Reporter covers massive bee spill, gets stung

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Journalists from Seattle TV station KIRO were “stung numerous times” as they covered an overturned semi truck that scattered millions of bees across Interstate 5. The station created a supercut titled “Battle of the Bees” that shows reporter Jeff Dubois enduring several bee assaults and describing an onset of bee-induced paranoia:

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‘Pushy’ ‘badass’ and other words used to describe women in leadership

This week 25 women came to Poynter for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, and we wanted to ask them three questions: What’s the worst word you’ve heard that describes women in leadership? What’s the best? And what’s your advice for women just entering the business?

Jordan Kranse, News University’s Finberg Fellow, brought along a whiteboard and spoke with some of them.

Here’s what they told her:

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How the Tampa Bay Times followed a mailman’s flight to the capital

A police device rolls toward a copter device, right, that landed on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

A police device rolls toward a copter device, right, that landed on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)


Ben Montgomery started running. He sprinted, pushing himself as fast as he could go, burdened by a backpack containing his laptop. His quarry, which started out as a distant speck in the skies over Washington, D.C., had now descended on the nation’s capital, flying low in the April air.

It must have been an unusual sight for the rarefied skies around the United States Capitol Building on Wednesday afternoon. Here was a man aboard a lightweight craft borne aloft by helicopter blades and driven forward by a propeller, buzzing through protected airspace in open defiance of the law.

Before he saw it with his own eyes, Montgomery would have bet against the man making it this far. Read more

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Expand the pie: 5 tips for the compensation conversation

Wedding pie. (Photo by Cassidy Duhon)

Wedding pie. (Photo by Photo by Cassidy Duhon)

When you imagine a negotiation, you probably imagine this scene: on one side of the table, there’s an employee who wants more money — a bigger slice of the pie. On the other side, a manager who wants to save some pie for other employees, for big projects, and for the sake of the bottom line.

When Will Neville-Rehbehn of VShift got married about four years ago, he wasn’t thinking about salaries or compensation packages. But he was thinking about pie.

He knew that not only did he want pie at his wedding, he also wanted to make the pies himself. Everyone told him it was not only unconventional but also impossible. Instead of compromising on what he wanted, he zoomed out and thought about what was important to him. Read more

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Media must pay for South Carolina police shooting video

scouthcarolinashootingThe New York Times reports that an Australian based “publicity and celebrity management company” representing Feidin Santana, is sending cease-and-desist letters to media outlets demanding they pay for the use of the video Santana captured. That video shows a North Charleston police officer shooting an unarmed man, Walter Scott in the back as Scott ran away from the officer.

The letter from Markson Sparks demands media outlets pay $10,000 to run the video that has gathered millions of page views on multiple YouTube web pages.

The Times’ story quotes Santana’s attorney, Todd Rutherford:

The lawyer, Todd Rutherford, said it was only fair for Mr. Santana to start getting paid for something that news outlets benefited from.

“The search for justice is served by turning the video over to law enforcement,” Mr.

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Academics criticize media’s handling of Ray Rice case

When it came to placing the domestic assault case of NFL star Ray Rice in any larger societal framework, much of the media fumbled early on, according to an academic study.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, addressing the media at a news conference after NFL football training camp practice, on July 31, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, addressing the media at a news conference after NFL football training camp practice, on July 31, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

An assessment of press coverage also suggests that while old-line newspapers were more sophisticated than others initially, both old and new media improved later in similar fashion.

The preliminary findings were presented Thursday at an international gathering of political scientists via a draft of a paper titled, “Mediating the Red Zone: Tracing Sports Media’s Coverage of the Ray Rice Case and the Continued Influence of Traditional Media.”

A trio of young political scientists from Georgetown University and Colorado State University conclude that traditional media, led in no small measure by the New York Times, did better early on in grasping the larger significance of the Rice case. Read more

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Do the stuff that scares you and other lessons from Thunderdome

Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome didn’t last long. But the journalists there learned a few things both while working and while leaving. Here are four of them:

1. Get used to this.

“If you’re in journalism, you know it’s an industry that gets shaken up a lot, and it’s tough to deal with,” said P. Kim Bui, now with First Look Media’s reported.ly. “I had some very low moments, but I had a support system that made sure I didn’t stay down for too long. It’s not that journalism is dying, it’s that projects, sites, ideas, live and die, much like they do anywhere.”

“Having been through a promising startup being abruptly closed down before, when I was at TBD in 2011, I pretty much go into every journalism job knowing it could disappear tomorrow,” said Mandy Jenkins, now Storyful’s news director. Read more

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1 year after Project Thunderdome closed, most former staff have pretty great jobs. Here’s why.

April 17, 2014 was the last day for most of the journalists at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome.

And it was a sad one, obviously, said Jim Brady, who was DFM’s editor-in-chief at the time. But what he saw that day and in the days leading up to it was something he’d never seen before in journalism. The journalists at DFM’s news hub helped each other with job searches. They made calls. They practiced interviewing together.

“Even people who were competing for the same jobs were helping each other prepare,” said Robyn Tomlin, who was then Thunderdome’s editor. “Unlike situations where only a handful of people are affected, we were all in this together.”

One year later, most of 50 or so people in Thunderome’s newsroom are still in journalism, and most of them have jobs. Read more

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A Boston Marathon bombing victim family’s plea on Boston Globe’s front page

For the second time in as many weeks, a major newspaper has placed a powerful and dominating essay on its front page. Boston Globe readers awoke to a front page plea from Bill and Denise Richard, the parents of an eight year old son who was killed and a seven year old daughter who was seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombing attack.  The front page letter asks federal prosecutors to “end the anguish” by dropping the death penalty and locking up Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the rest of his life.

(Front page photo courtesy the Newseum)

(Front page photo courtesy the Newseum)

The timing of the “End the Anguish” plea comes as the city’s emotions are once again, raw. This week marks the second anniversary of the bombing. Soon the federal jury considering the case will gather for another month or so to decide whether to hand Tsarnaev a death sentence. Read more

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8 lesser known stories the Pulitzer committee should know about

Related: Roy J. Harris Jr. makes his Pulitzer predictions

National journalism awards have already sniffed out some exceptional journalism that no doubt will be top Pulitzer contenders: The Arizona Republic’s exceptional work investigating VA hospitals, The New York Times’ coverage of Ebola in Western Africa and The St Louis Post-Dispatch’s coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting and protests all have rightfully been cited as among 2014’s best journalism. But let me tell you about some other reporting in print and online that deserves your attention.

  • Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 8.17.52 PMOne of my favorite investigations of 2014 was “Subsidized Squalor” by the Center for Investigative Reporting and a host of partners. I loved the project from the first sentence, “There are 4,055 public housing agencies across the U.S., and we’ve spent the past year writing about one of the worst.” People living in Richmond, California’s public housing lived with rodents and sewage CIR created a unit-by-unit interactive graphic so you could see what was wrong in each unit.
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