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On NYT’s front page, a selfie

It's actually the making of a selfie that we see on the front of The New York Times, with a spring scene as the backdrop.

Photos of the making of selfies are down-right common at this point. Poynter's Andrew Beaujon included a few in his March 3 story, including one of John Kerry and students in Indonesia and Justin Bieber and fans in L.A. Of course, Ellen brought attention to the group selfie trend at the Oscars, and photos of that selfie, as well as the selfie itself also made big news.

On April 1, photos of the president posing for a selfie with David Ortiz led to the news that that photo, like the Oscar one, was really a stunt by Samsung.

But at least photojournalists are using their skills to add something to these strange, culturally-relevant moments. Via AP Images, here's a recent sampling of what photographers have done when selfies happen. (more...)
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AP: ‘Damn’ and ‘hell’ OK, but not most other profanity

Associated Press | The Economist "I’m not sure everyone’s OK with news media keeping up with the latest vulgarities," AP standards editor Tom Kent writes in a post on the suddenly kind of hot topic of whether news organizations should publish profanity. "For instance, if our stories were as laced with things 'sucking' as common speech is, readers might find it very tedious very fast." AP now prints "damn" and "hell" without occasioning any pearl-clutching, Kent notes. And it will usually hyphenate or bleep newsworthy profanity, like when Vice President Biden called the health-care law "a big fucking deal" (a word Kent reproduces in all its glory). So why worry so much, AP?
We believe most AP subscribers — web and mobile news sites, broadcasters and newspapers — still want certain obscenities obscured. It’s also our own opinion that loading up our services with gratuitous obscenities cheapens our work and is of service to no one.
A "newspaper’s job is not to report tasteful news," The Economist's language blog, Johnson, writes in a call for The New York Times to loosen its standards.
True slurs, such as those concerning race, sex and disability, can sear the victim. Yet reporting on the damage done no more repeats the damage than publishing a photograph of a victim of physical harm repeats that harm. It’s called journalism, and it is the New York Times’s sole reason for existence.

On Thursday, Amanda Hess wrote about the media talking down to women. In a piece called “Enough With the Ageist, Sexist Mom Jokes,” Hess wrote about a story in The New York Times on Tuesday and how the act of having a child does not actually lower IQ or the ability to understand complex topics.

I heard about “How to Explain Bitcoin to Your Mom” from my mother, of course, who spotted the item on the Times’ twitter feed. She is a New York Times subscriber (since the audience of the is 52 percent female with a median age of 47, I assume moms are a key demographic for the newspaper), so she is well-aware of the paper’s near-constant coverage of the cryptocurrency, even though these articles are written using grown-up words and not pretty pictures. (The same cannot be said for my father: When I called and asked him “What is Bitcoin?,” he replied, “I’ve been asking everybody the same thing for months.”)

Amanda Hess, Slate


NYT Now app offers trendy mobile design and human-powered aggregation — for iPhone only

NYT Now, the new iOS app from The New York Times that’s free for digital subscribers and $8 per month otherwise if you want to read more than 10 articles, is live in the App Store.… Read more

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On profanity: As language evolves, should the media?

The New York Times | The Wall Street Journal
On Sunday, Jesse Sheidlower wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times making "The Case for Profanity in Print."
Our society’s comfort level with offensive language and content has drastically shifted over the past few decades, but the stance of our news media has barely changed at all. Even when certain words are necessary to the understanding of a story, the media frequently resort to euphemisms or coy acrobatics that make stories read as if they were time capsules written decades ago, forcing us all into wink-wink-nudge-nudge territory. Even in this essay, I am unable to be clear about many of my examples.
Sheidlower, author of “The F-Word” and president of the American Dialect Society, wrote that often the words themselves are the story, and other times, they're integral to the story itself.

On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal's "Style & Substance" covered the same issue, in part. The piece refers to a March 7 story which included the word "ass." In the past, the story reports, that word would have been a--.
What has changed? Standards Editor Neal Lipschutz says the change is slight. Use of impolite words should still be rare, but there are certain words that we’ll publish now that we wouldn’t have used a decade ago. There still has to be a compelling reason to use the quotation, including demonstrating insight into someone’s character by his or her word choices, but there are times when ass, jackass or yes, suck, may be allowed to appear, in cases where they might have been “Barney-dashed” before.

The reasoning is that we want to be classy without being Victorian, in line with the evolving language. “We still want to be tasteful, but we also want to as much as possible reflect how people speak in this era,” Neal says.
I stopped by the office of my colleague, Roy Peter Clark, Monday morning to talk about these articles and the roll of "bad" words. Clark stood up, walked to a tall book shelf and pulled down his copy of Sheidlower's "The F-Word."

In many ways, some words that used to offend don't do so any more, he told me, and new ones rise to take their place. (more...)

NYT public editor takes off again after anonymous sources

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In the second installment of AnonyWatch, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan turns a sharp eye on the continuing use of anonymous sources in the Times and elsewhere.

She scrutinizes and challenges the use of unnamed sources in reporting on topics large and small, but specifies she is after the kinds of examples that give people a free pass to make "gratuitous anonymous quotations, the kind that allow people to speculate, offer personal criticism or get a self-serving (often political) message out without taking any responsibility for it."

After hearing from the editors responsible for stories in which anonymous quotes appeared, she sometimes concludes a good case has been made for anonymity; in others, she's not so sure. (more...)
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SND names ‘World’s Best’ news sites and apps, criticizes design stagnation

Society for News Design

The Society for News Design has recognized websites from The New York Times and Nautilus and iPhone apps from WNYC and Al Jazeera America as 2013 World's Best-Designed winners.

The judges seemed to prefer experiences that were carefully tailored to specific devices: "Native apps, iOS, Android and others that rose to the level of excellence for us were purposefully appropriate in their medium." (more...)
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Why TV journalists ‘test the system’ with stunt reporting: It sometimes works

New York Post | BBC | The New York Times
On Tuesday, two CNN producers tried to sneak into the World Trade Center site. Several times. They were arrested, Larry Celona, Kevin Fasick and Bruce Golding reported for the New York Post.
Connor Boals, 26, and Yon Pomrenze, 35, made multiple attempts to get onto Ground Zero before being arrested shortly after 2 p.m., law enforcement sources said. The pair initially tried to get through a gate at Vesey and Washington streets, with a source saying they told the cop who stopped them that “if a 16-year-old could get on the site, they should be able to get in.”
Yon Pomrenze, left, and Connor Fieldman Boals, are shown after their arrests on Tuesday, March 25. Both men were been charged with criminal trespass, obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct after trying to forcibly push their way through a controlled gate at the World Trade Center Construction site in New York City. A spokeswoman for CNN said the men were in the area to do a story about the recent security breaches and were not asked to sneak onto the site. (AP Photo/Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)
They weren't, and both have been charged with trespassing, Celona, Fasick and Golding reported, as well as disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration. (more...)

New York Times will launch new subscription products April 2

The New York Times plans to launch two new subscription products on April 2: NYT Now, a standalone iOS app that costs $8 a month, and Times Premier, which the company describes as a “premium subscription service designed for The … Read more


NYT corrects: St. Patrick banished snakes, not slaves, from Ireland

Michael M. Grynbaum and Nikita Stewart's article about perceived slights by Mayor Bill DeBlasio to New York's Irish community bears a seasonal correction:
A person dressed as St. Patrick in a Dublin parade in 1998. (AP Photo/John Cogill)
Correction: March 17, 2014 An earlier version of this article misquoted a comment from Malachy McCourt on St. Patrick. Mr. McCourt said, “My attitude is, St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland and they all came here and they became conservatives.” He did not say St. Patrick banished the slaves from Ireland.