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Fergus Bell leaves AP for startup that helps newsrooms verify content

Fergus Bell, who helped the Associated Press develop standards for verifying user-generated content, will become the head of newsroom partnerships and innovation at Social Asset Management Inc. SAM sells software to newsrooms that helps them build verification of UGC into their workflows.

“Moving to a startup was something that was pretty difficult, but I think it was a natural extension of the work I’ve been doing,” Bell said in a phone call. He’s SAM’s first employee with a news background and will visit newsrooms considering its product, as well as help his coworkers figure out what newsrooms need.

Bell will remain in London. He said SAM’s small size (he’ll be its sixth employee) was a major enticement to move from AP, where he was international social media and UGC editor — “I’m really excited to be a part of a team where an idea can come up in the morning and be executed in the afternoon,” he said.

At SAM he’ll also apply some of the thinking he’s developed as co-leader of the Online News Association’s ethics working group, which examines the ethical dimensions of gathering content from outside traditional news sources. He intends to help the company “build an ethical product” that will be mindful of both those sharing content as well as people sifting through it.

One issue: “Vicarious trauma,” he says, when journalists have to look at disturbing content. Newsrooms working with SAM can “tag that content in a newsroom so perhaps junior staff don’t have to see it if they don’t want to,” he said. Another thing: Making sure the originators of content are credited — SAM makes it easy to “bake in” credit to originators — and making sure newsrooms can communicate with them.

Yet another dimension: Considering the impact that sharing content may have on its creators. “That’s something that I’m thinking about in my ethics working group, but it’s also something I can bring to SAM,” Bell said.

SAM is not a direct competitor to Storyful, Bell said: It doesn’t verify content for newsrooms; it gives them the tools to do that themselves, and Bell may be able to help them design workflows. (One nice feature: the software allows people in the same newsroom to see what others are working on, so they don’t all descend on someone with a killer piece of UGC.)

“This is the first time that I’ll get to work with newsrooms that have audiences as well,” he said. He looks forward to seeing “how the UGC best practices that I’ve been preaching can be used.” Read more


Here’s why food editors don’t mess with Thanksgiving (but some would like to)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, which is still a thing, at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.  (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line(TM) at 1-800-BUTTERBALL. (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

It was around the Jewish High Holy Days, actually, when Sheryl Julian learned not to mess with people’s recipes. The menu was pretty much the same for the Jewish community in Boston, Julian said, who were then largely Ashkenazi.

“One year I found a Sephardic Jewish woman raised in north Africa and she gave me this wonderful menu,” said Julian, food editor for The Boston Globe.

About a month later, a woman stopped Julian after she gave a talk “and she said, ‘I have a bone to pick with you. What where you doing printing that recipe on the High Holy Day? That’s not what the Jews in Boston make.’”

Yes, Julian replied, but wasn’t it interesting?

“And she said, ‘it was different and i wasn’t interested.’”

Don’t you have your own recipes? Julian asked the woman.

“And she said, ‘of course i do, I just want to read everyone else’s.’”

Julian realized something just then. It doesn’t matter if someone knows how to cook a turkey. They still want to see how somebody else does it.

“If I decide I’m tired of the same recipes, I’m being a damn fool,” Julian said, “because nobody else is.”

With Easter, you can stretch a bit, she said. For Fourth of July, anything American is game, and people have different traditions for Christmas.

“Thanksgiving is the same menu every year,” she said. “You can add lemon rind to the brussels sprouts and you can add Dijon mustard to the brussels spouts and you can mash the potatoes with a special masher and make them more mashed, but essentially, it’s pretty much the same menu.”

I emailed several other food editors and asked them all the same question — what’s the one Thanksgiving food feature you’d love to stop running? Here’s what they said:

Bonnie Benwick, deputy food editor/recipe editor, The Washington Post

“I can’t think of any Thanksgiving features that I’m tired of doing – must be a rare bird, in that respect. (Stop the presses! Just thought of something – riffs on the crunchy onion-strewn green bean casserole. Over it.) But if I never had to edit or write another “Ham or Lamb?” episode for Easter, I’d be a happy camper.”

Kristen Aiken, executive editor, HuffPost Taste:

“‘Light Thanksgiving Recipes.’ It’s ONE day, can’t we give ourselves a break for ONE day? Though it’s a holiday that’s supposed to revolve around being thankful for the blessings of a good harvest, let’s be real — it’s all about stuffing. Ourselves. With food.”

J.M. Hirsch, food editor, Associated Press:

“I took over as AP food editor about 10 years ago. One of the Thanksgiving features I inherited was an annual roundup of cooking hotlines for home cooks to call when they need help roasting their turkeys or rescuing soggy pie crusts. It was awful to assemble. There were so many numbers, and at least half of them would change every year. I muscled through it for a couple years until it dawned on me just how outdated a concept it was. If people need help with their birds or baking, they’re going to Google it on their phones. So I killed that feature and never looked back. I haven’t run it for years now, but I still get the calls every September by the hotline people asking if I’ve changed my mind. And that would be a no.”

Miriam Morgan, food editor, San Francisco Chronicle:

“Thanksgiving in general is a real challenge. And that’s an understatement. How to say something new each year, when there is very little new and readers really just want you to hold their hand through the basic meal. Every year we go round and round about what to do differently, and it can seem forced. We always seem to come up with something fun, though. This year it was Tyler Florence’s spatchcocked turkey with stuffing under the skin. A real winner.
One year, we tested about 30 turkeys to compare and contrast the best way to roast (brined, air-dried). That was probably 10 years ago, and it’s still our fall-back, foolproof method. But bottom line? I wish we could skip Thanksgiving entirely!”

Sheryl Julian, food editor, The Boston Globe:

“I hate to say it, but the dreaded story is every holiday.” Read more


Washington Post looks toward national audience with Kindle Fire app

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Washington Post looks toward national audience with new Kindle Fire app

    This is important: It will not provide local news. Updates every day at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Free for six months, a buck for the next six months. (WP) | Post people said owner Jeff Bezos "had made it clear, through meetings with executives and through feedback on ideas and proposals, that The Post’s broad strategy should shift toward growing its national and international audience — in direct contrast to its previous mission of narrowing its focus to local news." (NYT) | The Post also launched "BrandConnect Perspective" Thursday, a native advertising initiative for opinion pieces. First up is Bayer, with "Modern Agriculture is Based on Sound Science." (WP) | Related: Former Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli's North Base Media is an investor in Inkl, a "Spotify for media content." (StartupSmart)

  2. Bill Cosby and the media

    "I think if you want to consider yourself to be serious, it will not appear anywhere," he warns Brett Zongker after declining to comment on rape allegations. (AP) | Ta-Nehisi Coates: "I would not dismiss all journalists who've declined to mention these allegations as cowards." (The Atlantic) | Cosby, Terrence Howard, R. Kelly: "a lot of arts writing is PR driven, and talk of arrests and assaults is off-message," Bill Wyman wrote earlier this month. "But that doesn’t excuse the straight news sections’ inability to relate the basic facts of these cases." (CJR)

  3. Reuters lets Jack Shafer go

    “I’m fine,” the media columnist told Poynter. “My philosophy is that the job belongs to the employer. When they want to do something else with the money, that’s their prerogative.” (Poynter) | "Ours is a great business," Shafer tells Peter Sterne. "I’d take your job." (Capital) | Thomson Reuters plans to eliminate as many as 55 editorial jobs. (BuzzFeed)

  4. The Uber stories continue

    Michael Wolff invited BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith to the dinner for "influentials" where a company executive mused publicly about spending a million bucks to dig up dirt on a critical journalist. The night "was a convivial evening" and "Smith's portrait is at odds with the event," he writes. (USA Today) | Dylan Byers: "it's troubling to watch the digital lynch mob on Twitter promote the idea that a man should be fired from his job because he floated an idea, however unsavory, over dinner." (Politico) | Silicon Valley publications are in a tight spot with this and similar stories because "many of these publications make a significant portion of their revenue from live events and conferences that feature appearances by the big-name tech executives they cover. Some publications also rely on investments from venture capital firms that have stakes in the start-ups they cover." (NYT) | What Uber drivers make. (BuzzFeed) | U.S. Sen. Al Franken writes the company, asks whether it disciplined the blabby executive, Emil Michael. (Al Franken) | Uber's more guarded about customer data when New York's taxi commission wants it than, say, when it wants to blog about "Rides of Glory." (Capital)

  5. MailOnline will rip off Daily Mail's name

    Kidding, kidding, they're part of the same publication. MailOnline has massive traffic but profitability eludes. So it will become in the U.S. to help bridge the brand gap. CEO Jon Steinberg plans to goose sales of native ads, which MailOnline reporters create. (WSJ)

  6. It's Old Newsboys Day in St. Louis

    Volunteers sell a special newspaper this morning around town to help raise money for local children's charities. Here's where you can find a newsboy: (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  7. Media orgs are obsessed with intersections

    Erik Wemple takes apart the cliché. (WP)

  8. Watch your pens around Josh Mankeiwicz

    The NBC News reporter bombs a lie detector test when asked about stealing office supplies. (NBC News)

  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare

    A Depew, New York, resident tries to tunnel out. More snow is falling. Also, the band Interpol is stuck. (Courtesy the Newseum)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Anthony DeMaio is now publisher of Slate. Previously, he was president of national sales there. (Politico) | Chelsea Janes will cover the Washington Nationals for The Washington Post. She covers high school sports there. (Washington Post) | Sophia Papaioannou is now editorial director at HuffPost Greece. She hosts "360 Degrees". Nikos Agouros is now editor-in-chief of HuffPost Greece. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of VimaMen. (Huffington Post) | Steve Unger will be interim CEO at Ofcom. He is director of strategy, international technology and economy there. (The Guardian) | The Associated Press is looking for a supervisory correspondent in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Correction: This post originally said the Post's Kindle app would cost $1 per month after a trial period. Six months' access will cost $1 after the trial period. Read more


NYT corrected Gary Hart story after source’s recollection changed

Good morning. Thanks, veterans. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. NYT corrects Gary Hart story

    Former Miami Herald reporter Tom Fiedler disputes the chronology he gave Matt Bai about when he saw Gary Hart's challenge to prove his infidelity. "Therefore, it is likely that the original version of this article, based in large part on Fiedler’s account, referred incorrectly to the point at which any of the Herald journalists first saw the Times article quoting Hart as saying, 'Follow me around,'" the correction reads. "The text has been adjusted accordingly." (NYT) | Bai: "I find it particularly disturbing that Fiedler, someone I'd very much admired, has now invented a new version of events after repeatedly and recently reconfirming his own longstanding account, which is something we as journalists often condemn in the people we cover." (HuffPost)

  2. Journalists and lawyers: A special legal mini-roundup

    ACLU sues St. Louis County police on behalf of Bilgin Şaşmaz, a Turkish journalist arrested in Ferguson in August. "The suit says that Şaşmaz repeatedly said “Press, Press” to identify himself. Caucasian reporters and photographers who were also documenting the incident were not arrested, it says." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) | Read the suit: (ACLU of Missouri) | Related: AP CEO Gary Pruitt wrote U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey demanding answers about the FBI's impersonation of an AP reporter and seeking "assurances that this won’t happen again." (AP) | Jack Shafer: "Any blurring of the line between government and press can only benefit the government at the expense of the press and the dilution of the best law the country has, the First Amendment." (Reuters) | Also in journalists and courts: Ben Seibert sues Nancy Grace, who incorrectly reported he "invaded a woman's home and snapped a photo of himself on her phone, which she described as a 'textbook serial killer's calling card.'" (AP)

  3. Russia annexes media

    The Kremlin's new Sputnik service "aims to offer an alternative for people who are 'tired of aggressive propaganda promoting a unipolar world and want a different perspective,' according to its press release." (Moscow Times) | For instance, did you know that Miami was on the brink of secession? (BuzzFeed) | "The editor-in-chief of business daily Kommersant has resigned, triggering speculation Monday that he was forced out over a recent article in the newspaper about oil giant Rosneft." (Moscow Times) | CNN will no longer be broadcast in Russia after the end of the year; it ended distribution deals "following the passage of new media laws in Russia." (Mashable)

  4. Washington Post says Zakaria stories are problematic

    Five of the Post articles ID'd as unoriginal by the mysterious media critics @blippoblappo and @crushingbort are "problematic," editorial page Editor Fred Hiatt said. (Poynter) | Slate corrected a 1998 article he wrote. "I have to distinguish my own view here from Slate’s editorial decision, which I respect but don’t agree with," Slate Group boss Jacob Weisberg tells Dylan Byers. (Politico) | The next thing? "Someone from NYC is editing Zakaria's Wikipedia page to remove notes about his plagiarism and fix his mom's name." (@blippoblappo)

  5. NPR's ombudsman search is taking a while

    Edward Schumacher-Matos' last day keeps getting postponed. (Media Moves)

  6. The New Yorker paywall returns

    "We are quite reliably told that" on Tuesday "the Web site of the New Yorker, the last magazine in the world, will no longer offer the entirety of its archives, going back to 2007, for free." (The Awl)

  7. Is it time to forgive Stephen Glass?

    Hanna Rosin visits her former New Republic colleague, who has reassembled his life as a paralegal in California. "When clients come in, Steve helps the firm get them ready for trial. The first thing he does is tell them who he is. He says he worked at a magazine and he lied and made up stories and covered them up. He says he got caught, that Hollywood made a movie about it and that there are many people 'who dislike me and rightly so.'" (The New Republic)

  8. Meanwhile, in Australia

    Reporter drinks camel's milk for a month. (The Advertiser)

  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare

    A chiseled salute to veterans on the Arizona Republic. (Courtesy the Newseum)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Greg Jaffe will cover the White House for The Washington Post. Previously, he covered the Pentagon there. Steve Mufson will cover the White House for The Washington Post. He covers the energy industry there. (Washington Post) | Herman Wong has joined the Washington Post's social media team. Previously, he was on the social media team at Quartz. (Washington Post) | Peter Holley is now a reporter on the general assignment desk at The Washington Post. Previously, he was an associate editor at Houstonia magazine. (Washington Post) | Joyce MacDonald is now vice president of journalism at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Previously, she was interim president and CEO at National Public Media. (Poynter) | Job of the day: The Center (Texas) Light and Champion is looking for a reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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FBI impersonated an AP reporter

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. FBI impersonated AP reporter

    FBI director James B. Comey wrote a letter to The New York Times saying an undercover officer investigating some bomb threats "portrayed himself as an employee of The Associated Press, and asked if the suspect would be willing to review a draft article about the threats and attacks, to be sure that the anonymous suspect was portrayed fairly." (NYT) | Statement from AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll: "This latest revelation of how the FBI misappropriated the trusted name of The Associated Press doubles our concern and outrage, expressed earlier to Attorney General Eric Holder, about how the agency's unacceptable tactics undermine AP and the vital distinction between the government and the press." (AP) | Previously, we learned the FBI "created a fake news story on a bogus Seattle Times web page to plant software in the computer of a suspect." (The Seattle Times) | Comey says the operation "was proper and appropriate under Justice Department and F.B.I. guidelines at the time" but a letter the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press wrote Comey and Holder yesterday says attorney general's guidelines "restrict the circumstances under which FBI agents may impersonate the news media during the course of an investigation." RFCP asks the FBI to "release additional information regarding when and under what circumstances it uses links to what are or appear to be news media websites to digitally impersonate the news media in the course of criminal investigations." (RCFP)

  2. BuzzFeed doesn't do clickbait

    "If your goal — as is ours at BuzzFeed — is to deliver the reader something so new, funny, revelatory, or delightful that they feel compelled to share it, you have to do work that delivers on the headline’s promise, and more," EIC Ben Smith writes. (BuzzFeed) | Smith links to an interview I did with Nilay Patel in July: "Most clickbait is disappointing because it’s a promise of value that isn’t met — the payoff isn’t nearly as good as what the reader imagines," he said. (Poynter) | In September, Sam Kirkland argued that cheap content -- "takes," for instance -- are an opportunity for publishers "to be exposed to news that matters, too — the stories that might be less likely to take off on Facebook." (Poynter) | "OH YEAH???" the Internet cried in response. | "Confused by people who think pointing out low-brow articles BuzzFeed publishes refutes @BuzzFeedBen's point." (@pkafka) | I am not confused. Write an article with "BuzzFeed" and "journalism" in the hed or tweet and watch the snide remarks fill your @ column.

  3. NBC News financed a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

    The news organization in 1962 paid 50,000 Deutschmarks for exclusive film rights to a group of Germans and Italians who were trying to dig their way out of East Berlin. "The story was told in NBC News' documentary 'The Tunnel,' which was meant to air on Oct. 31, 1962 but was held after NBC came under pressure from the State Department not to exacerbate tensions after the Cuban missile crisis." The documentary aired Dec. 10. (NBC News) | The Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989, and you do not have to listen to the Scorpions to commemorate it, but no one's going to judge you if you do.

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  4. Matt Taibbi will talk about his departure from First Look today

    He's scheduled to appear on HuffPost Live at 3:30. (HuffPost Live)

  5. Metered paywalls work better than hard paywalls

    73 percent of "global newspaper companies" polled by Peter Marsh and the International News Media Association say they have some sort of paywall in place. And "Retention rates appear to be significantly higher for newspapers that use metered pay models as opposed to hard paywalls." (INMA, via The Guardian)

  6. Tampa Tribune ceases publication of Hernando Today

    "A tough newspaper advertising climate made the printing and distribution of the twice-weekly newspaper cost-prohibitive, said Ken Koehn, managing editor of The Tampa Tribune." (Koehn's byline is on the article.) (Hernando Today) | The Tribune competes with the Tampa Bay Times, which Poynter owns and which has had troubles of its own. Tribune officials "declined to return calls from the Tampa Bay Times to discuss the status of Hernando Today or other publications." (Tampa Bay Times)

  7. More trouble at the OC Register

    Two shareholders claim the newspaper's parent company, Freedom Communications, is "insolvent" and ask for it to be placed in receivership. Gustavo Arellano: "The most interesting part of the complaint, however, is how much of the complaint remains redacted and under seal. One section, for instance, has the titillating headline 'Defaults and Liens Under the Company Pension Plan.'" (OC Weekly) | "Freedom spokesman Eric Morgan called the petition 'meritless and unfounded.'" (LAT)

  8. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare

    Australia's Daily Telegraph fronts news about AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd with a typeface that recalls the band's logo. It is important to note that prosecutors in New Zealand dropped the murder-for-hire charge that let a thousand "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" jokes bloom, though! Rudd "still faces charges of possessing drugs and threatening to kill," Rose Troup Buchanan reports in The Independent. (Front page via Kiosko)


  9. Speaking of typefaces

    Dylan Lathrop writes about ITC Serif Gothic, a typeface shared by "Star Wars" and "Star Trek." "It also doesn't hurt that The Verge logo is based on the same font," Lathrop writes. (The Verge)

  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Leah Kauffman, Robert McGovern and Matt Romanoski have joined Philly Voice. Previously, they were executive producers at ( | Marina Marraco will be a reporter at WTTG in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was a reporter at WESH in Orlando. (Media Moves) | Scott Levy is now news director at WIVB in Buffalo. Previously, he was news director for WTAJ in Altoona, Pennsylvania. (TV Spy) | Job of the day: ASNE is looking for an executive director. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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AP Stylebook: Holiday eating edition

On Tuesday, while you were likely out voting or covering people out voting, the Associated Press had a style chat on Twitter, and it was about food. AP’s food editor, J.M. Hirsch, joined the chat, which was useful from both a journalism and holiday eater perspective. I’ve added in links to some AP holiday recipes, too, found thanks to Hirsch’s Twitter feed.

Let’s start with the drinking:

And now for the sides:

Here are ideas for “10 fresh ways to doctor stuffing mix” from the AP’s Alison Ladman.

AP’s Michele Kayal wrote a handy piece on “What can and can’t be prepped ahead.”

Just in case you’re not even gonna try:

And just in case you really are gonna try:

You’ll need that Kosher salt in this creamy mashed potato recipe from Sara Moulton. And wow to these pumpkin pie into cannoli and barbecue-rubbed turkey recipes from Ladman.

Now for some housekeeping notes:

And this is tweet wins them all.

If you simply can’t bring yourself to spatchcock, here’s an AP recipe for Thanksgiving Eggplant Strata and You-Won’t-Miss-The-Meat Vegetarian Gravy from Ladman. On Tuesday night I wrote about what journalists were eating as they covered the election. There were no pumpkin pie cannolis, as far as I could tell, but many of them did better than newsroom pizza.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon Tom Turkey enters New York's Columbus Circle, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003. (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon Tom Turkey enters New York’s Columbus Circle, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003. (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel)

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BuzzFeed will look to Twitter users to help call elections tonight


The “decision desks” assembled by the Associated Press, TV networks and other mainstream news organizations have been “outcompeted in the marketplace of fast, accurate, sophisticated, and transparent information,” BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith writes.

So tonight as it covers returns, he says, BuzzFeed “will be looking first to the players in the vibrant, transparent twitter conversation to make our own calls and to power our election night graphic, and to make our own election night calls.”

AP and the nets will be among the participants in that conversation, but so will Nate Silver, Daily Kos and the Ace of Spades HQ Decision Desk, whose honcho, Brandon Finnigan, Smith profiled in September. (Finnigan will work from BuzzFeed’s L.A. office Tuesday night.)

In 2012 Brian Stelter wrote about how news organizations planned caution when making election-night calls — CNN and Fox’s goofs when reporting the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision, NBC News’ star-crossed George Zimmerman 911 call still loomed large. “In a close contest, we’ll simply wait,” CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist told Stelter.

AP says it called 4,653 races in 2012, with a 99.9 percent accuracy rate. This year it will deploy 5,000-plus people to help it collect vote counts. But AP’s first obligation is not to the masses on Twitter but to its customers. In 2012 it also promised members that it would not scoop them on social media.

Finnigan and his volunteer cohort have “a tiny fraction” of AP’s newsgathering muscle, Smith wrote in September, but they’ve got more than 100 volunteers who “collect results directly from local officials.” They’ll “focus on the relative handful of races of national interest, and have become central to a political conversation that has been for years now shaped on Twitter.”

Queried about BuzzFeed’s plans, AP spokesperson Paul Colford told Poynter “Democracy is a wonderful thing.” He continued:

“We’re happy to see others participate in the excitement of election night while at the same time we have confidence that AP will provide authoritative and the most comprehensive vote-counting, as well as expert coverage of the results across the country and what they mean. Welcome to the show.”

Related, from 2012: How news orgs plan to avoid bad calls on election night Read more

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AP: Don’t use ‘horse race’ and other election cliches

Associated Press

The Associated Press published a mid-term election style guide on Friday, and it includes a list of election cliches with suggested alternatives.

For instance, instead of messaging, use “candidate’s pitch to voters.” Instead of horse race, use “a closely contested political contest.” And instead of war chest or coffers use “campaign bank account or stockpile of money.”

There are more cliches to avoid, plus style tips on common terms you may be using next week. Conservative and liberal, for instance, don’t get capped unless you’re talking about a formal name.

Here are a few things we’ve done on cliches at Poynter:

Why newspaper photo cliches make for great Tumblrs

And now for some really bad ledes

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Former AP editor sues over dismissal that followed retracted story

Style Weekly

Dena Potter has filed suit against the Associated Press, saying “she was unjustly fired for an error in a story edited by another staffer,” Ned Oliver reports for Style Weekly.

Potter was Bob Lewis’ editor in Richmond, Virginia, but says in the suit she did not work on the story that led to his dismissal, which claimed that then gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied during a federal investigation.

AP retracted the story. AP fired Potter, Lewis and another editor, Norm Gomlak.

Potter’s suit says Gomlak and Lewis worked on the story, and that she was “busy working with a reporter on another story, a shooting at a courthouse in West Virginia,” Oliver reports. She is seeking damages of $950,000 plus court costs, he writes.

Reached via email, AP spokesperson Paul Colford had no comment. Read more

Connor Schell, Bill Simmons

ESPN ‘frees’ Bill Simmons, but will he seek more freedom elsewhere?

mediawiremorningIt’s Wednesday. That means you get 10 media stories.

  1. Freed Simmons: ESPN’s Bill Simmons returns to the network today after his three-week suspension “for calling N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell a ‘liar’ during a podcast, and then effectively daring ESPN to punish him.” His contract expires next fall, Jonathan Mahler and Richard Sandomir report. Will he leave? (New York Times) | Deadspin would take him. (Deadspin) | Previously: At the time of the suspension, Kelly McBride wrote, “when your biggest star declares himself above his newsroom’s standards, the boss has to respond.” (Poynter)
  2. Oops — ABC News didn’t beat NBC after all: Two weeks ago, Nielsen reported that ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped “NBC Nightly News” for the first time in 260 weeks. But it turns out NBC actually kept its streak alive thanks to revised ratings after Nielsen discovered inaccuracies, Bill Carter reports. (New York Times)
  3. How Time is getting all that traffic: “Time, together with sister site Money, published at least five different pieces” on the day the cable channel FXX began its marathon of “The Simpsons.” Joseph Lichterman takes a deep look at how Time is engaging its audience — and how it has more than doubled its unique visitors in a year. (Nieman Lab) | Previously:’s bounce rate down 15 percentage points since adopting continuous scroll (Poynter)
  4. AP’s Gannon speaks: “Honestly, I’ve thought it through so many times — I know neither Anja or I would have done anything differently,” says AP correspondent Kathy Gannon in her first interview since she and photographer Anja Niedringhaus were attacked in Afghanistan in April. Niedringhaus was killed, and Gannon “was hit with six bullets that ripped through her left arm, right hand and left shoulder, shattering her shoulder blade.” (Poynter)
  5. Layoffs at CNN, Conde Nast: CNN has closed its entertainment news division, and shows including Christiane Amanpour’s have lost their production staffs, Alex Weprin reports. (Capital New York) Meanwhile, “Condé Nast is expected to lay off 70 to 80 employees within the next week or two, primarily from the group that oversees ad sales,” writes Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg. (Wall Street Journal)
  6. Baltimore Sun redesign: A Los Angeles-times style redesign comes to another Tribune newspaper. Among the advantages, writes executive editor Trif Alatzas: “Endless-scroll technology connects you to other news categories and related articles and images without page breaks at the end of an article or Web page.” (Baltimore Sun) | Previously: New L.A. Times site: precooked tweets and a new flavor of infinite scroll (Poynter) | How news sites are adding continuous scrolls to article pages (Poynter)
  7. Vox’s email newsletter debuts today: One differentiator: It’ll be sent in the evening, not the morning. And it’ll consist of, uh, “sentences.” (Nieman Lab)
  8. ICYMI: The South Florida Sun Sentinel is reducing its emphasis on print, and that means changing things beyond workflow: “It’s our language, how we talk,” associate editor Anne Vasquez told Kristen Hare. For instance, “‘That was a great paper today’ or ‘Write that story for 1A.’” (Poynter)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: The final edition of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, “one of the most venerable, staunchly independent, and defiantly weird of America’s great alternative weekly newspapers,” as Slate’s Will Oremus describes it.
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Justin Bank is deputy editor of audience development at The New York Times. Previously, he ran The Washington Post’s audience and digital news team. (The New York Times) | Dao Nguyen is now BuzzFeed’s publisher. Previously, she was vice president of growth and data there. (Poynter) | Michael Dimock has been named president of the Pew Research Center. Previously, he was executive vice president there. (Politico) | Tessa Gould is senior director of native advertising at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was director of HuffPost’s partner studio. (Huffington Post) | Kevin Gentzel has been named head of advertising sales for Yahoo. Previously, he was chief revenue officer for The Washington Post. (Poynter) | Peter Cooper will be the writer and editor for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He’s a music columnist for The Tennessean. (The Tennessean) | Sean Kelley will be managing editor of Cooking Light. Previously, he was director of content and video for Sharecare. Katie Barreira will be director of Cooking Light Kitchen. Previously, she was food editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray. (Fishbowl NY) | Job of the day: GoLocalPDX is looking for an investigative reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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