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‘Investigative reporting is obviously alive and well’ and other observations from first-time Pulitzer jurors

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University)

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University)

This year, several first-time Pulitzer Prize jurors came from online news organizations and platforms, including Quartz, Twitter, Trove, The Marshall Project and The Texas Tribune. I spoke with three of them about their experiences judging the Pulitzers. They can’t talk in specifics about entries, but they did talk about what the Pulitzers say about journalism, the role of social media and what they’d like to see next.

1. On what makes for powerful work and where that work is coming from:

“I think the winners this year validate the fact that important, game-changing journalism is being produced regardless of the medium, and that newspapers — even those facing dwindling resources — are continuing to emphasize the most important kind of reporting, work that exposes injustice,” said Emily Ramshaw, editor of The Texas Tribune. “In the category I judged, investigative reporting, the winners had incredibly strong digital presentations and gave readers the opportunity to engage with those projects on a variety of platforms.”

“Investigative reporting is obviously alive and well, from daily newspapers big and small to digital-first news sites to magazines,” Ramshaw added. “News organizations are clearly putting their limited resources where they count — high-impact, game-changing reporting — and that’s reflected in the entries.”

2. On what makes good storytelling:

S. Mitra Kalita, outgoing editor-at-large for Quartz and incoming managing editor at the Los Angeles Times (and a Poynter adjunct faculty member), said that Web-only content was an element for every finalist submitted in the international reporting category, “and I’d like to think that it’s really impossible for any jury to now consider just straight-up prose without thinking of all the other elements of a story.”

Video and data visualizations stuck out this year, said Kalita, who was a juror in the international reporting category. They often offer better ways to tell stories, “and what the Pulitzers are judging is the story.”

Social media continues to be part of the storytelling package, too.

“I think there was, in most of the entries that we saw, some sort of social media presence,” said Mark Luckie, manager of journalism and news at Twitter and a juror in the breaking news category.

“Twitter is such a part of breaking news,” he said. “What we noticed is that a lot of entries did have Twitter as their first response.”

Screenshot from The Seattle Times Pulitzer-winning entry.

Screenshot from The Seattle Times Pulitzer-winning entry.

In 2014, The Boston Globe included tweets as part of its Pulitzer-winning package in breaking news. In 2013, The Denver Post did the same, as did the Tuscaloosa News in 2012.

3. On what they’d like to see in the future:

“I think one great takeaway is that you do go in and you come out vowing to do journalism differently,” Kalita said. “I keep thinking what a gift that would be if we gave that to more young reporters and editors, and also what an important voice to have at the table.”

Ramshaw said she’d like to see the process “go entirely digital — to be able to judge entries as they originally appeared on the web, versus reading them through an entry portal where written stories have been turned into pdfs, and interactive elements are considered supplemental material. I think a lot of what digital-first news organizations in particular are producing is best judged through a fully immersive interactive experience, and that those projects should be judged the way they were meant to be consumed.”

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Career Beat: S. Mitra Kalita joins the Los Angeles Times

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • S. Mitra Kalita will be managing editor for editorial strategy at the Los Angeles Times. She is executive editor-at-large at Quartz and an adjunct faculty member at Poynter. (Poynter)
  • Matt Saal will be executive producer at Bloomberg TV. He is an executive producer at MSNBC. (Email)
  • Mike Bruno is now senior vice president of digital content at Billboard. Previously, he was vice president of digital content there. (Email)

Job of the day: BBC News is looking for a news writer. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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S. Mitra Kalita heads to the L.A. Times to ‘develop and refine new styles of journalism’

Mitra Kalita.

S. Mitra Kalita, executive editor-at-large at Quartz, will join the Los Angeles Times as managing editor for editorial strategy, LA Times publisher Austin Beutner and editor Davan Maharaj told staff in an email on Wednesday.

A creative force behind the business news site Quartz, with a background in traditional journalism as well, Mitra will join The Times as managing editor for editorial strategy. She will focus on helping us remake how the newsroom works and on creating new forms of journalism.

Kalita, who is also an adjunct faculty member at Poynter, will be one of three managing editors, joining Marc Duvoisin, who is managing editor for news, and Larry Ingrassia, who will become managing editor for new ventures.

From the announcement:

Mitra will work to develop and refine new styles of journalism similar to those she helped pioneer at Quartz. Launched in 2012, Quartz is known for its lively mix of news and analysis, its Daily Brief of worldwide business news, its creative use of social media and its focus on “obsessions” of special interest to its readers rather than traditional beats. Mitra will also lead newsroom efforts as part of an enhanced effort at audience acquisition — bringing more people to see our terrific journalism and finding new communities of readers.

In October of last year, Quartz moved Kalita into the executive editor-at-large role. She was previously the ideas editor. Kalita will be teaching at the Online News Association-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media next month.

Here’s the full email:

From: Maharaj, Davan
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:17 AM

To the staff:

The news environment and the needs of readers are changing more rapidly than at any time in the history of our industry. The Los Angeles Times should do more than keep pace with that change; we must strive to lead it.

To that end, we are expanding the newsroom leadership and announcing an important new hire. These moves continue our efforts to create a newsroom of the future that can innovate even as we deliver robust digital and print coverage for our readers.

The newest member of our leadership team is S. Mitra Kalita. A creative force behind the business news site Quartz, with a background in traditional journalism as well, Mitra will join The Times as managing editor for editorial strategy. She will focus on helping us remake how the newsroom works and on creating new forms of journalism.

Mitra, who will report to Davan, will be one of three managing editors in the new structure. Marc Duvoisin, as managing editor for news, will continue to be the senior editor overseeing news and enterprise coverage, a job he has done with great skill. Larry Ingrassia, currently associate editor, will become managing editor for new ventures, focusing on developing editorial products with revenue potential.

Deputy managing editor Megan Garvey, our leading digital practitioner, will also play a key role in our broader digital transformation while running all aspects of our daily digital news report.

All of us will coordinate with our colleagues on the business side as we develop new journalism efforts and offerings that strengthen us commercially. Our common mission is to maintain the editorial excellence and integrity of all we do.

The new structure is aimed at helping us build on the progress we have made by picking up the pace of change in what we do and how we do it.

Mitra will work to develop and refine new styles of journalism similar to those she helped pioneer at Quartz. Launched in 2012, Quartz is known for its lively mix of news and analysis, its Daily Brief of worldwide business news, its creative use of social media and its focus on “obsessions” of special interest to its readers rather than traditional beats. Mitra will also lead newsroom efforts as part of an enhanced effort at audience acquisition — bringing more people to see our terrific journalism and finding new communities of readers.

Mitra has a notable record in high-quality journalism. At the Wall Street Journal, she oversaw coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and reported on the housing crisis as a senior writer. In 2007, she was part of the team that created Mint, a business newspaper and website in India launched in collaboration with the Journal that has become that country’s second-largest circulated business newspaper. Before that, she worked for the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press.

At Quartz, part of the Atlantic Media family, Mitra was ideas editor and, more recently, executive editor (at large). She was behind some of the site’s most viral stories, on subjects as varied as monetary policy and baby blankets, and the force behind Quartz India and the upcoming Quartz Africa. She is the author of three books related to migration and globalization and has taught at Columbia Journalism School, among other institutions. She has won numerous reporting awards and was named one of Folio’s Top 100 Women in Media for 2014.

Mitra was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Long Island, Puerto Rico and New Jersey — with regular trips to her grandparents’ villages in Assam, India. She speaks Spanish, Assamese and Hindi and studied Mandarin for a year. She lives in Queens, N.Y., with her artist husband and two daughters. She tweets @mitrakalita.

Please join us in welcoming Mitra to Los Angeles and The Times.

– Austin and Davan

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SXSW report: Washington Post’s digital numbers even better than officials claimed

According to Capital New York, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron and Chief Information Officer Shailesh Prakash gave a presentation at the South by Southwest Interactive festival on how the technological innovations introduced by Jeff Bezos have changed the newspaper’s fortunes. And they made a remarkable claim: according to numbers produced by comScore, the Post’s number of unique visitors jumped 71 percent in a single year, to roughly 42.6 million in December.

But according to comScore, the Post’s numbers are even better if you look at what happened in February. comScore Vice President of Marketing and Insights Andrew Lipsman claims that in February, The Washington Post’s number of unique visitors jumped to more than 48 million, a 63 percent increase over the same month last year. The paper is closing in on The New York Times, which logged 59.5 million unique visitors last month but has been growing much more slowly. Meanwhile, the BBC’s unique visitors are lagging behind at 34.1 million, and the Los Angeles Times actually lost unique visitors in the last 12 months, posting just under 23.2 million for February. But BuzzFeed still beat them all with 81.7 million unique visitors last month.

Correction: In a previous version of this story, Capital New York reported that The Washington Post received 42.6 million unique visitors in January 2015. Capital New York has since corrected its reporting to assert that, in fact, The Washington Post received 42.6 million unique visitors in December 2014. This story has been amended to reflect that correction. Read more

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Career Beat: LinkedIn adds 3 to editorial team

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community.

  • Caroline Fairchild has been named new economy editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was a reporter at Fortune. Ramya Venugopal is now a senior editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was managing editor of YourStory. Maya Pope-Chappell is now an editor at LinkedIn. Previously, she was social media and analytics editor at The Wall Street Journal. (Email)
  • Jose Antonio Vargas is now editor at #EmergingUS. He is a journalist and documentarian. (Poynter)
  • Tom Gjelten is now a religion reporter at NPR. Previously, he reported on national security, intelligence, the military and terrorism there. (Email)
  • Kat Odell is now the editor of Eater Drinks. Previously, she was an editorial producer at Eater. (Poynter)
  • Charlie LeDuff is now a contributor at Vice News. He is a reporter at WJBK in Detroit. (Poynter)
  • Mariel Garza is now a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board. Previously, she was deputy editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee. (Email)

Job of the day: The Buffalo Bulletin is looking for a reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Jose Antonio Vargas and the L.A. Times create a platform for immigration and identity

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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times announced a new partnership with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas in creating #EmergingUS. According to a press release, the multimedia platform will examine “the intersection of race, immigration, identity and the complexities of multiculturalism. #EmergingUS will aim to illuminate these issues and create a dialogue at a time when demographic shifts are transforming the face of America.”

Vargas, who is also an undocumented immigrant, revealed his status in an article in The New York Times Magazine in 2011. Last year, he created the film “Documented” about his own experiences in the U.S.. Vargas, who started Define American, was also detained last year in McAllen, Texas by U.S. border patrol agents. He was later released.

In the press release, Times Publisher Austin Beutner spoke about the partnership.

“Los Angeles is the most diverse big city in our country, America’s window to Asia and Latin America. Los Angeles is where America comes to see its future, and part of that future will be built on a better understanding of how diversity plays a role in our lives,” said Times Publisher and CEO Austin Beutner. “Jose is uniquely suited to look at the issues and find and tell stories that will inform all of us.”

CNN’s Brian Stelter reported on the new platform on Tuesday and noted that, like other outlets that have worked with Vargas, the L.A. Times can’t directly hire him because of his immigration status. Instead, they’re working with him as partners.

Beutner emphasized that Vargas is coming on board as a journalist, not an activist.

“The point of view” of the venture, he said, “is that this is an important topic to be talked about. It’s not meant to be advocacy, and it won’t be advocacy. But the mere fact that we’re telling more stories will change, we think, the way people view the topic.”

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Journalist on Cuba: ‘My mom has been waiting and waiting and waiting’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. A more personal look at the Cuba story

    On Wednesday, Maria Carrillo, a senior editor at the Houston Chronicle, spent a lot of time on the phone with her mother, a Cuban exile. "I am an American, born here, raised here, never been to the island where my parents were born. But those are my people, as surely as if I'd toddled into the surf at Varadero or spent summer nights along the Malecón. And this has all been painful to watch. We are separated — by that embargo, by politics, by distance, by time. We've been waiting and waiting and waiting." (Houston Chronicle) | CNN's Patrick Oppmann is based in Havana. "Church bells ringing in Havana. Covering history..." (@CNN_Oppmann)

  2. ProPublica is watching you, China

    Since mid-November, ProPublica has been monitoring accessibility to international news sites in China. "Of the 18 in our test, 9 are currently blocked." (ProPublica) | It's getting even harder to report there. (The New York Times) | And, as reported yesterday, it's getting even easier to get arrested there. (Committee to Protect Journalists)

  3. Serial's first season is over. Now what?

    Maybe it's time to seek advice elsewhere. Like in a new podcast. WBUR has started Dear Sugar, from the advice column by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. (WBUR) | Serial was "the Best Reality Show of 2014." (Bloomberg View) | But it wasn't journalism. (Dan Kennedy) | Oh yes, it was. (Dan Kennedy)

  4. Foreign journalists took a tour of New Jersey

    On Tuesday, The New York Foreign Press Center took a group of 16 foreign journalists on a tour of Camden, New Jersey, to see what a good police department looks like. On Wednesday, another 18 visited. Salim Siddiqi, bureau chief of Online News Agency in Pakistan, hoped his reporting on Camden would offer an example back home. "I'm hoping to file a story that can be very, very useful." (South Jersey Times)

  5. Al Jazeera journalists have been in jail in Egypt for nearly a year

    "Our colleagues have been jailed for 354 days. Remember them w/ us & post a pic of what you would've missed #ThisYear" (@AJAMStream) | This year, journalists around the world joined the social media campaign to #FreeAJStaff. (Poynter) | Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy have been jailed since Dec. 29. An appeal is set for Jan. 1, 2015. (Al Jazeera America)

  6. The continuing Sony story in three tweets

    "Of all the symbols of free speech and standing up to terrorism, did it have to be a dumb movie with Seth Rogen and James Franco?" (@mathewi) | ".@mathewi The terrorists choose the targets. We don't often get perfect cases to test our commitment to our ideals." (@stevebuttry) | "@stevebuttry: I know, I know -- and the real test of free speech is when you defend the crap you despise :-)" (@mathewi)

  7. Oh, 2014. What can we say?

    A lot, apparently. Craig Silverman's annual list of the year's best and worst errors, corrections and apologies is out, and it includes a few late but notable entries. Also Kim Kardashian. (Poynter) | Digg shares its most dugg of the year. (Digg) | Vox has the year on video. (Vox) | Here's Circa's list of most followed news stories for the year. (Circa) | Capital New York looked back at 2014 at The New York Times. (Capital New York) | PBS MediaShift targets some things that actually made money for journalism in 2014. (PBS MediaShift) | And finally, Wired gazes down deep into the digital news organizations that have made news themselves this year, including Circa, First Look Media and BuzzFeed. "Here is the big secret: Nobody has it figured out." (Wired)

  8. 'Nearing death, two people offer a journalist and caregiver life lessons'

    Francine Orr's story on caregiving leads the front page of the Los Angeles Times today. "I wanted to document the emotional impact of caregiving on families, and the Huntington Senior Care Network in Pasadena suggested Evelyn. She agreed to participate even before we met. My interest in the subject was journalistic but also personal: As the caregiver for my father, I had been living the story for more than a decade." (Los Angeles Times)

  9. Front page of the day

    The Boston Herald led with a postcard-like view of Cuba (Courtesy the Newseum)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Russell Contreras will be president of UNITY. He is a reporter at The Associated Press. (NAJA) | Sam Figler is now head of global business development at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was vice president of business development at Yahoo. (Capital) | Wendy Carrillo is now an anchor and producer at Reported.ly. Previously, she was a writer and digital producer for NuvoTV. (MediaMoves) | Will Hobson will be a sports news reporter at The Washington Post. Previously, he was a cops and courts reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. (Washington Post) | Ryan O’Hara will be CEO of Move, Inc. Previously, he was president at the Madison Square Garden Company. (News Corp) | Katy McColl is now senior executive editor at Southern Living. Previously, she was an editorial consultant. Whitney Wright is now general manager at Southern Living. Previously, she was deputy food director there. (Time Inc.) | Job of the day: The Des Moines Register is looking for a business columnist. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

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Facing a flood of incivility, news sites make reader comments harder to find

When the Los Angeles Times redesigned its website earlier this year, it became harder to find the opinions of people like iamstun1, jumped2, and Shootist.

Those are the screen names of some Times readers who are among the most prolific authors of online comments. Their writings, like the rest of the reader comments, no longer appear at the bottom of stories on latimes.com.

Instead, comments for each article remain hidden unless users click on an icon along the right side of the screen.

Screenshot from latimes.com

Screenshot from latimes.com

That opens a separate page where readers can peruse the thoughts of iamstun1 on the federal budget bill (“Republicans really are scums”), jumped2 on the Senate torture investigation (“EVERYONE involved in releasing the CIA report and harming our Military should be tried for TREASON and HUNG”), and Shootist on a flash flood that damaged homes and forced evacuations throughout Southern California (“couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of pantywaists”).

The change, part of a major overhaul of latimes.com in May, reflects a trend among news websites. Many are moving reader comments onto separate pages, or – in a few cases – eliminating them entirely, often because of concerns about their acerbic content.

“Everyone in the industry has struggled with how to handle comments,” said Times Deputy Managing Editor Megan Garvey. In a phone interview, she said the latimes.com change was designed to create a “more discrete reading experience.”

“If you want to participate with the comments, you can open them up and you can spend your time there,” Garvey said. “But if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t read comments, you can just read the story in peace.”

Politico, The New York Times, and USA Today also have de-emphasized reader comments in their most recent site redesigns. Each site now requires readers to click a small “speech balloon” icon to see comments from other readers or add their own.

“They’re saying if you really want to read the comments, you’ll have to go a little bit out of your way,” said University of Houston Communications Professor Arthur Santana, who studies the evolution of website comment forums. “They really are worried that (comments) are bringing down the brand identity of the news organization.”

“The worst of humankind”

Santana, a former writer and editor at The Washington Post and San Antonio Express-News, bemoans what comment sections have become at many news websites – forums for name calling, hate speech, and off-topic political rants.

In a study planned for publication this spring in the Newspaper Research Journal, he examined comments about Arizona’s 2010 immigration law on latimes.com, as well as the websites of The Arizona Republic and Houston Chronicle. He found that just over half included threats, attacks, slurs, or vulgarities.

“These commenting forums are very much a cesspool of incivility, racism, and sexism,” Santana said in a phone interview. “It’s just the worst of humankind.”

That nastiness has led a handful of news websites to eliminate comments entirely. The Chicago Sun-Times temporarily discontinued comments in April, lamenting that they had devolved into “an embarrassing mishmash of fringe ranting and ill-informed, shrill bomb-throwing.” (Comments have since returned to some Sun-Times articles, hidden behind a speech-balloon icon.) Popular Science killed comments last September, and Reuters eliminated them a few weeks ago on all stories except opinion columns.

“It didn’t feel like it was such a fit anymore,” said Reuters Digital Executive Editor Dan Colarusso, who directed readers instead to take their comments to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

“Our site is about the biggest stories in the world being presented in a rational way,” he said in a phone interview.

At the L.A. Times, Garvey said vitriol infiltrated reader forums not only on controversial stories, but sometimes on features and even obituaries. In addition to segregating the comments onto separate pages, she said the Times is moderating them on certain stories, while choosing to not open comment forums on others.

Still, Garvey said the Times isn’t planning to get rid of reader comments.

“We have certain very heavy users who spend a lot of time commenting,” she said. “The question is do you want to alienate people who spend a lot of time on our site …. These are people who are paying to read us.”

A continuing evolution

The Times said it heard little reaction from readers about the change once their initial confusion about the site redesign wore off. Reuters, which allowed reader comments on its decision to eliminate comments, got a mixed reaction. It ranged from a complaint that the news agency is trying to “silence the people” to a reader who agreed with the decision and asked, “Why maintain a trash heap?”

Santana, the Houston professor, sees the latest changes as part of a continuing evolution of online reader forums, which date back to the early days of the web.

“Newspapers allowed commenting forums, and almost immediately regretted it,” he said.

Santana said about half the nation’s largest 137 newspapers have banned anonymous comments, a strategy that can greatly reduce incivility, according to his research. Some sites also screen each message prior to publication or provide tools that encourage the online community to police itself.

Yet despite the angst comments cause and the resources they require, most editors are hesitant to eliminate them. (Santana found fewer than ten percent of large newspapers lack online forums.) They attract users, remain an important tool for reader engagement, and – in between the bile – still feature some productive conversations.

“A lot of people may not like them, but are comforted by the fact that they exist,” Santana said. “The idea of silencing the community by killing the forum might turn off the reader.

“Nobody quite has figured it out yet. It’s an imperfect system all the way around.”

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Career Beat: Kevin Sullivan named EP for CIR’s investigative radio show, ‘Reveal’

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Kevin Sullivan has been named executive producer at “Reveal.” He’s the senior managing editor of “Here and Now.” (Center for Investigative Reporting)
  • Mike Hofman has been named executive digital director at GQ. He’s executive digital director at Glamour. (Email)
  • Steve Battaglio is now a TV and media business reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was the business editor at TV Guide. (Email)

Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for interns. Get your résumés in! (AP)

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Jeff Bezos

Newspaper distributor to do same-day delivery for Amazon

mediawiremorningIt’s Thursday. Here’s a pop quiz: How many media stories do you think you’re about to get?

  1. UK newspaper distributor will do same-day Amazon deliveries: “Connect Group will make early morning deliveries at the same time as it delivers daily newspapers and use contractors to fulfill a second delivery in the afternoon.” Connect distributes The Guardian and The Mirror, Rory Gallivan reports. (Wall Street Journal)
  2. Longtime S.F. Chronicle editor William German dies at 95: “Mr. German began his career at the paper as a copy boy. When he retired 62 years later, he was the dean of West Coast editors. He had helped transform The Chronicle from the No.3 newspaper in a four-newspaper city to the largest paper in Northern California.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
  3. BBC battles Ebola in Africa with WhatsApp: “The service will deliver information on preventative care, health tips and breaking news bulletins specific to the region about the virus in French and English, and often in audio formats,” writes Alastair Reid. (Journalism.co.uk) | Related: 5 tips on covering Ebola from the Dallas Morning News and KERA News. (Poynter) | Related: 5 Ebola falsehoods, via PunditFact. (Poynter)
  4. Ken Doctor on Kushner’s OC Register: “Aaron Kushner, by age 40, may be setting a land-speed record for entry, meteoric rise, embarrassing fall and exit from the newspaper industry.” (Nieman Lab) | Related: A lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles Times alleges not only that Kushner has failed to pay more than $2 million owed to the Times for delivery services, but also that the Register kept tips intended for the LA Times newspaper carriers who delivered the Register. (OC Weekly) | Related: “I admired his daring approach, his insistence that investing in newspapers rather than constantly cutting them back and weakening them would give them a better chance to prevail in the digital age,” Rem Rieder writes. (USA Today)
  5. Another alt-weekly closes: The Knoxville News Sentinel, which owns the Metro Pulse, laid off all 23 staffers, including everyone at the alt-weekly. “Yes, it’s true. We don’t exist anymore. We no longer have jobs either. This week’s issue will be our last,” Metro Pulse wrote on its Facebook page. (Poynter)
  6. Indianapolis TV news crew carjacked: No one was hurt after the van was stolen by a gunman after a reporter and photographer for WXIN covered a prayer vigil. (Fox59)
  7. Ernie Pyle statue has a misspelling: The Indiana University alum who covered World War II is referred to as a “U.S. War Corespondent.” The sculptor says it could become “part of the lore of the piece.” (Indiana Daily Student)
  8. ICYMI: At the Washington Post, “what began as a simple experiment to improve the site’s author pages has evolved into the beginnings of a completely new content management platform,” explains Benjamin Mullin. (Poynter)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: The Kansas City Star celebrates the Royals’ trip to the World Series (courtesy the Newseum).kansascitystar
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Ryan Kellett is now audience and engagement editor at The Washington Post. Previously, he was national digital editor there. (The Washington Post) | Dean Haddock is a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He is director of web and information technology for StoryCorps. Melody Joy Kramer is a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is an editor and digital strategist at NPR. Donna Pierce is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is a contributing editor at Upscale Magazine. Jack Riley is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He is head of audience development for The Huffington Post UK. Freek Staps is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He heads up business news start-up NRC Q. Amy Webb is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is the founder and CEO of Webbmedia Group. (Nieman Lab) | Job of the day: BuzzFeed UK is looking for a political reporter. Get your résumés in! (BuzzFeed) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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