Liberals and conservatives agree: You can’t trust BuzzFeed

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  1. Nobody trusts BuzzFeed much: Pew’s new report on Political Polarization & Media Habits says “There is little overlap in the news sources” conservatives and liberals “turn to and trust.” The Wall Street Journal is trusted across ideological boundaries, and the BBC and The Economist do well among all but the most consistent conservatives, who say they equally trust and distrust those outlets. Only one publication is rated “More distrusted than trusted” regardless of respondents’ political outlook: BuzzFeed. It’s important to note, though, that fewer than 40 percent of respondents had heard of BuzzFeed. (Pew) | BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith emails: “Most of the great news organizations have been around for decades, and trust is something you earn over time. Our organization is new, our news operation is even newer, and it’s early days for us. The more people know BuzzFeed News, especially young people who make up a small share of these surveys, the more they trust us.” | Brian Stelter: “Among other things, the study underscores Fox’s unique position in the media marketplace, thanks to what it calls the ‘strong allegiance’ that conservatives have to Fox.” (CNN)


  2. Jill Abramson plans a startup with Steve Brill: Investors “sound very interested.” (The Wrap) | “Abramson and Carr now discussing their teenage pot smoking habits.
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UNITY offers student fellowship to attend minority journalists’ conferences

UNITY: Journalists for Diversity will select one student to attend five minority journalists conferences this summer as part of a new fellowship offered by the journalists’ alliance.

The chosen candidate will participate in student projects at the gatherings of UNITY’s member groups — the Native American Journalists Association, Asian American Journalists Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association — as well as its partners, the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“The student fellow will participate in convention training that will include interactive online courses in interviewing, multimedia, ethics, and visual and audio techniques,” UNITY said on its website.

Travel and hotel rooms for the student will be covered.

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students 18 years or older with a serious interest in pursuing a journalism career may apply. Recent graduates are also eligible. More details about the fellowship are posted on the UNITY website. Read more


NABJ names Stephen Henderson 2014 Journalist of the Year

National Association of Black Journalists

Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor at the Detroit Free Press and a 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner, has been named the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. In a press release Friday, NABJ noted that Henderson won the Pulitzer for commentary, according to the citation, “on the financial crisis facing his hometown, written with passion and a stirring sense of place, sparing no one in their critique.”

“Stephen Henderson’s career has been one marked by incisive, detailed reporting about politics, policy and urban affairs,” NABJ President Bob Butler said. “As an editorial writer and columnist, Stephen has a unique voice which helps punctuate his arguments and compels readers to seriously reflect on the issues facing them locally, nationally and globally, often motivating them to seek solutions to the problems discussed.”

Henderson, who has also worked at The Baltimore Sun and the Chicago Tribune, worked at the Free Press in the 90s, NABJ reports, and returned in 2007. Read more


Chuck Stone dies at 89: Journalist, UNC professor, NABJ cofounder

The Washington Post | The News & Observer | Philadelphia Daily News | NABJ | Solomon Jones

Chuck Stone, whose career spanned journalism, academia and politics, died Sunday. He was 89 and had congestive heart failure, his daughter Krishna told The Washington Post.

Until 2004, Stone was a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where Andrea Weigl reports he “became known around campus for his stylish attire, his morning commute on a bicycle and his popular class on censorship that he called ‘dirty books and dirty pictures,’ one that always had a waiting list.”

Before academia beckoned, Stone was a journalist at black newspapers and a towering columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, “the most influential journalist in Philadelphia,” former Editor Zack Stalberg said. On several occasions, John F. Morrison writes, police called Stone into dicey situations: An armed robbery where the suspects requested his presence at a standoff, and a prison incident in 1981, during which he helped negotiate the release of several hostages. Read more

Unity: Journalists for Diversity logo. (AP Photos/PRNewsFoto/UNITY: Journalists for Diversity)

AAJA, too, says it has concerns about Unity

The Asian American Journalists Association recently expressed concerns with Unity’s “strategic direction, its relevance in the industry and Unity’s value for the remaining alliance partners,” according to an e-mail to members on Tuesday.

Paul Cheung, AAJA president and global interactive editor at the Associated Press, told Poynter via phone AAJA’s board met recently with Unity President David Steinberg. Some members feel Unity is critical, he said, and some question the organization’s existence without the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

On Oct. 22, NAHJ voted to leave Unity. NABJ withdrew from the organization in 2011.

“I think people are just questioning the identity of Unity,” Cheung said. “It’s a little bit existential.” Read more

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NAHJ leaders cite Unity’s ‘financial disorganization,’ ask board to vote to leave

NAHJ | Unity | Maynard Institute | CJR

National Association of Hispanic Journalists representatives on Unity: Journalists for Diversity’s board “are asking the NAHJ national board to vote in favor of leaving UNITY,” they write in a statement on NAHJ’s site.

UNITY’s financial disorganization continues to be a frustration with the NAHJ reps on the UNITY board and the NAHJ executive director. It has been over a year since the August 2012 UNITY conference and we have not seen detailed financial reports for the 2012 conference.

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NAHJ reconsiders its membership in Unity

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The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is re-evaluating its membership in Unity: Journalists for Diversity, Richard Prince reports.

Student journalists at NAHJ’s convention reported the organization’s board “discussed NAHJ’s relationship with Unity during closed-door sessions on Friday and that the discussion will eventually open up to all NAHJ members in a future town hall meeting, possibly in September,” Prince writes.

Unity’s last few years have been eventful. The National Association of Black Journalists withdrew from Unity in 2011 and decided against a reunion the following the year. The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association joined the organization, which changed its name from Unity: Journalists of Color at the beginning of 2013. Its president, Tom Arviso Jr., resigned in April, saying his “leadership style has not been as effective or as productive as I would like.”

“UNITY’s mission remains relevant,” the organization’s acting president, Doris Truong, wrote in an email to Poynter. Read more


NABJ president says boycotting Orlando convention would cost more than $1 million

Journal-isms | The Grio | | The Root

The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s Richard Prince writes that the National Association of Black Journalists would lose more than $1 million if it were to pull out of its Orlando convention, scheduled for July 31-Aug. 4.

Some members of the organizations have called for the group to leave Florida following the trial of George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. NABJ President Gregory H. Lee Jr. told Prince in an email that such a move wouldn’t be feasible under the terms of the group’s contract with the hotel. But registrations already seem to be lower than prior conventions.

“We are still processing registrations but from early reports it looks like we will have a more intimate convention along the lines of San Diego or Indianapolis, two of our better conventions.” Lee said in an email. “While the turnout may not be as great as when we are in a top tier city, we look forward to an amazing time in Orlando.”

While NABJ attracted 2,586 registrants last year in New Orleans, the 2010 convention in San Diego had about 1,670 registrants, a spokeswoman said at the time.

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NABJ: KTBS ‘missed a golden opportunity’ for conversation about diversity

The National Association of Black Journalists says it’s saddened by KTBS-TV’s decision to fire meteorologist Rhonda S. Lee. In a statement, NABJ encouraged media companies to “allow greater latitude” when employees defend themselves against critics online.

NABJ believes Lee’s managers missed a golden opportunity to initiate a community dialogue about respect, identity and diversity, particularly as it relates to redefining standards of beauty, what is aesthetically acceptable in television news and the value of on-air journalists beyond appearance.

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NABJ study: Diversity declines in TV station management

The National Association of Black Journalists’ 2012 Diversity Census examines management of newsrooms across the country. It paints a grim picture: NABJ found that African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Hispanics and other people of color are represented in mid-level ranks but not in the upper echelons of TV news management.

According to the 2010 United States Census, non-Whites comprise nearly 35% of the U.S. population but the study finds that people of color fill only 12% of the newsroom management positions at 295 stations owned by ABC, Allbritton, Belo, CBS, Cox, Fox, Gannett, Hearst, Journal, Lin Media, Media General, Meredith, NBC, Nexstar, Raycom, Sinclair, E.W. Scripps, Post-Newsweek and Tribune.

ASNE’s annual census found thatjournalists of color make up about 12 percent of print newsroom staffs.

However, the NABJ survey’s methodology is extremely unusual:

Information for all 295 stations was gathered by examining Google, individual station websites, Facebook, NewsBlues, and by talking with industry insiders familiar with the respective markets and stations.

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