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Jonathan Hunt leaves Vox Media for National Geographic

Jonathan Hunt, Vox Media's former vice president of international operations, has left the digital news publisher for a job leading National Geographic's audience development and digital strategy. Hunt's hire is part of an expansion of National Geographic's digital team. Also new at National Geographic will be Marcus East, formerly the digital director at retail company Marks and Spencer, who will … Read More
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National Geographic built an online photo community that has more than half a million members

Seven years and more than 1,000 photos ago, Mike Melnotte shared his first image with National Geographic's Your Shot. The image featured a striped, contorting caterpillar. "I don't even know how I stumbled across it," said Melnotte, a pharmaceutical rep who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. He learned photography in high school, then mostly just took snapshots for … Read More
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What's behind this fall's wave of layoffs and buyouts?

Mid-September to mid-November brings changing leaves and football but also rampant newsroom downsizing, and this has been an especially cruel season. Just last week saw 46 layoffs to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and the Philly.com website plus deep cuts at National Geographic. That's not counting the 75 in process at the Los Angeles Times … Read More
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Layoffs today at National Geographic

Jim Romenesko | NPPA | Washingtonian | POLITICO Journalists at National Geographic are learning whether they still have jobs today, Jim Romenesko reported on Tuesday. Romenesko published a memo from National Geographic CEO Gary Knell that read, in part, "Please watch your inbox for important information about your employment status tomorrow." After very careful and … Read More
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How news organizations are using The List App to reclaim the listicle

Several news organizations have joined "The List App," which debuted earlier this month. Pop quiz: Which of these shows is produced by NPR? "This American Life" "99% Invisible" "Radiolab" "Prairie Home Companion" The answer? None of them, even though each program airs on public radio stations. Of course, you'd already know this if you followed NPR on The List App, … Read More
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110 photojournalists run National Geographic's Instagram account

Three years ago, National Geographic started an Instagram feed. Now, it has close to 7,000 images, more than 19 million followers and recently reached its billionth like. But guess who's running the account? Not a social media manager, not an editor, not someone from marketing. It's the photojournalists — 110 of them. They each have the password. Read More
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How to write great captions for your photos

National Geographic magazine's Managing Editor David Brindley stopped by Poynter last week to give a Webinar on Writing Effective Photo Captions. Given the recent eye tracking study that showed people spend a lot of time reading photo captions, we asked Brindley to give us his top tips. (A video of this conversation is below.) … Read More
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Publishing news direct to Facebook is a big step -- but the Apocalypse is not upon us

Sceeenshot from Facebook My read on Facebook's deal with nine news publishers to post some material direct to the platform: yes, it's a significant business development but by no means apocalyptic, as some commentators are suggesting. Here's why: Good company: It was artful of Facebook and the publishers to assemble nine prominent brands to launch the experiment  … Read More
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Look to the past for lessons on the news industry showdown with Facebook

News and commentary this week that leading news organizations are close to striking a deal to publish directly to Facebook's platform reminds me, and others, of an industry faceoff six years ago with Google. As you may recall, Rupert Murdoch had denounced Google for "stealing" content in its news summaries.  William Dean Singleton, chairman of MediaNews … Read More
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What defines a healthy newsroom culture?

Earlier this month, I had the honor of conducting a writing workshop in Washington, D.C., for the writers and editors of National Geographic.  It was a kick for me to work with a publication that I had read as a boy, one that, in 1963, had published a photo of my father, a U.S. Customs officer, pasting a sticker on … Read More
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Keith Jenkins answers questions about his meteoric ascension at National Geographic

In just about one year’s time National Geographic’s Keith Jenkins has gone from director of photography to executive editor for digital content to general manager, National Geographic Digital. Jenkins will be charged with restructuring, reimagining and elevating the venerable organization in the digital space. In a recent telephone interview with Poynter’s Kenny Irby, Keith shared plans and hopes … Read More
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Career Beat: Yahoo names editors for 2 verticals

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Kate Lanphear is now editor-in-chief of Maxim. Previously, she was style editor at T Magazine. (WWD) Kerry Diamond is now editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food. She is the co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe. Kristen Baldwin is editor-in-chief of Yahoo TV. Previously, she was deputy editor at Entertainment Weekly. Read More
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