Despite ABC News/CPI blowup, here’s how news partnerships can work

Journalism organizations might get discouraged about joining partnerships after the public meltdown of the partnership between ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity this week.

CPI’s reporter Chris Hamby won a Pulitzer Prize for stories that exposed how coal … Read more


Newseum relents, will display weeklies after protest by editors

Front pages from the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Biloxi Sun Herald are seen on display at the Newseum in Washington for their exhibit on press coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A daylong protest by weekly newspaper editors from around the U.S. against the Newseum’s snubbing of community journalism resulted in the Washington, D.C., museum changing its policy to include weeklies in its Today’s Front Pages exhibit.

For years, the Newseum has featured a daily roundup of front pages, both electronically and along its Pennsylvania Avenue exterior. The electronic archive includes PDFs sent in each day by hundreds of newspapers, both U.S. and international. The ground-floor exhibit, visible to passersby, includes a newspaper from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and a dozen other countries. (more...)
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Media organizations challenge order to take down anti-Muslim video

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Major news organizations have filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Google and YouTube in their effort to overturn a takedown order for an anti-Muslim video that inflamed Islamic communities worldwide.

"Innocence of Muslims," a badly produced 14-minute video insulting to the Islamic faithful, prompted protests in 2012 after it was uploaded to YouTube and translated into Arabic. Some have blamed the video for the attack on a U.S. temporary diplomatic office in Benghazi, Libya, and death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (more...)

Denver Post strengthens sponsored content designation on energy section

Center for Western Priorities | ThinkProgress | Wonkette
Following articles that said a Denver Post-sponsored energy section wasn't marked clearly enough, Post President and CEO Mac Tully told Poynter in an email the paper decided to "strengthen the sponsored content designation and included a definition of custom content." Tully said he hadn't "seen one complaint that misunderstood the content to be Denver Post generated."

The change comes after reports in several publications about the "Energy and Environment" section, which is sponsored content from Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development, a group formed by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy "to provide scientifically sound information about fracking."

The section looks too much like regular Denver Post content, Erin Moriarty writes for the Center for Western Priorities: "Advertising is, of course, crucial to newspapers’ existence, but there is a line that has been crossed."

A "former Denver Post staffer who asked not to be named" told ThinkProgress' Katie Valentine, “If I weren’t a journalist, I’m not sure I could tell the difference here.”

(As long as we're discussing the Post's decisions, why on earth did ThinkProgress let a former employee zing his former employer under cover of anonymity? "​​The source was concerned about the impact of commenting publicly on his current employment," TP Editor-in-Chief Judd Legum told Poynter in an email. "We wanted to try to get various perspectives in the piece and thought it was valuable to include." Here's more of me spouting off about anonymity.)

Tully said the paper's "goal is to be just as clear online as we have been in the print editions by clearly designating the custom content as advertiser sponsored. We feel that's the key to maintaining the separation of news and paid content."

In a funny post about the section, Wonkette's Doktor Zoom made a discovery about the section: "If you have Adblock Plus turned on, everything but 'The Denver Post: Energy and Environment' is blocked out."
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OK, now let’s read some good ledes

That was fun. Thanks for sharing your bad ledes, and I hope you enjoyed a few of ours.
Let's take this thing one step further now and talk about good ledes. Luckily, Poynter faculty and staff have done good work gathering some now and then. If you're particularly proud of a good lede of your own, or you've seen one that's memorable, send it to me at or @kristenhare on Twitter (with links if possible), and I'll start a collection.

-- In 2012, Poynter's Roy Peter Clark shared tips for writing a good lede. As part of a live chat with that piece, Clark points out several good ledes, including this: (more...)
Sean Combs and Wale are seen performing at “Revolt’s Music Revolution Party” on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision /AP)

Newspapers mentioned in rap songs: A brief history

I love rap music, and I love first-person narrative journalism, for some of the same reasons. Rappers, like writers, tell stories -- about the places they've been, the things they've done, and the people and institutions (newspapers included) that have shaped them.

And while print newspapers certainly face a precarious future, they're still seen as a totem of success. Make the newspaper, and you've made it. (Though it could be for the wrong reasons -- in the crime blotter or the obituaries instead of A1.) They also play a vital role in framing how our society views certain people and cultural phenomena.

But instead of think-piecing about how rap and journalism intersect, I decided to go back 20 years and put together a list of almost every instance in which newspapers have been mentioned in rap songs.
DJ Clue and DMX pose with a newspaper featuring DMX (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Paul Wall, "Break 'Em Off" Chasin' paper in the mornin', call me Houston Chronicle

Whoopi Goldberg launches column for Denver Post pot site

The Cannabist | Digital First Media
Goldberg at the 2008 Tony Awards (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
Whoopi Goldberg loves her vape pen: "her ability to help me live comfortably with glaucoma makes her one of the more important figures in my day to day," the actor and TV host writes in The Cannabist, the Denver Post's weed-focused breakout site. "What kind of kush is in my vape pen at the moment?" she writes. "The indica-dominant Platinum OG, of course." Goldberg will write a column about every two months, Post owner Digital First Media says in a press release. In the release, Cannabist Editor Ricardo Baca says he and Goldberg "instantly connected" when he appeared on "The View." Goldberg's "curiosity and desire to discuss the issues surrounding America’s ever-changing marijuana laws immediately reminded me of my colleagues back in Denver,” Baca says.

Baca on Monday teased a new celebrity columnist. Goldberg was among nine other "possible candidates" he wrote might be a good fit, including Michelle Malkin, Miley Cyrus and Sanjay Gupta.
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Businessman touching Delete button on a virtual screen.

And now for some really bad ledes

These bad ledes don't need another one introducing them, so let's keep it simple. We asked for your bad ledes. You sent them. Enjoy.
"My worst lede was my first lede," Jim Morrison, a reporter with Wicked Local Newton in Massachusetts, wrote in an email.

The meeting began when a quorum was reached.

When he was a freshman sportswriter for the student newspaper, "I wrote this horrible lede in a story about a javelin thrower being behind the curve from the rest of the track team because she couldn't compete during indoor season," wrote Robby Korth, a journalism student at the University of Nebraska and an intern at the Lincoln Journal Star.

Mrs. Brady told her children not to play ball in the house. In the winter, the NCAA tells its competitors not to throw javelins.

This one's from Andy Boyle, a news applications developer at the Chicago Tribune.

The house on 53rd Street and Huntington Avenue stood motionless. From the south side of the building, nothing looked out of the ordinary except for the police barricades that were set up.

"How does a house stand other than motionless, Andy?" Boyle wrote in his e-mail. "Can it dance? Perhaps sit at a funny angle?" (more...)
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Michael Wolff no longer writes for the Guardian

Capital | CJR
The Guardian has discontinued Michael Wolff's media column, Joe Pompeo reports.
"It has been a longstanding and productive relationship for which we are grateful," a Guardian U.S. spokesperson told Capital in a statement. "It's always been interesting, never dull and more often exciting. We wish him the best of luck."

Asked if there was any specific reason for the split, the spokesperson would only say: "It's time to go our separate ways."
Wolff's hasn't written for The Guardian since late March. Last week, CJR's Ryan Chittum wrote about Wolff's columns, noting he is the founder of Newser, a news aggregator that competes with some of the companies he covers. Wolff also writes a column about media for USA Today.

The Guardian didn't answer Chittum's queries about Wolff, but USA Today Editor-in-Chief David Callaway did: “I’ll discuss with him and his editor," Callaway wrote. "We’re happy to disclose all relationships that might appear to cause conflict."

Related: No one predicts failure like Michael Wolff

AP wins SPJ award for public service, Boston Globe for deadline reporting

Society of Professional Journalists
Rebecca Boone of The Associated Press received the Society of Professional Journalists' public service award for coverage of the Idaho prison system and The Boston Globe staff won deadline reporting honors for its stories on the Boston Marathon bombings, SPJ announced Wednesday.

Also winning in the online investigative reporting category (affiliated) were ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity journalists Matt Mosk, Chris Hamby, Lee Ferran and Brian Ross. ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity are feuding over the sharing of a Pulitzer, which CPI's Chris Hamby alone won on Monday. Judges selected 85 winners from 1,800 entries covering a range of media, including newspapers/wire services, magazines, online, television and radio. (more...)