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NYT’s Leonhardt: The Upshot staff will ‘serve as navigators for the news’

Facebook | Mashable | The Guardian David Leonhardt explains his vision for his upcoming "startup" publication at The New York Times, which will be called The Upshot.
Imagine that you were sitting down with a journalist and could ask any question about the news. Which parts of Obamacare are working, and which parts are not? Is Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, really in danger of losing his seat this year? Is it better to buy a home or rent one in your metro area right now?
"Our biggest goal is to serve as navigators for the news," Leonhardt writes. "We’ll be conversational without being dumbed down." This urge to explain also drives another forthcoming startup, the Ezra Klein-edited Vox, whose tagline is "Understand the news." Nate Silver's soon-to-be relaunched FiveThirtyEight chose a fox for its logo, because of an Isaiah Berlin parable in which a hedgehog "views the world in a simple fashion, with one big defining truth," Sam Laird reports. "But the fox sees a world of nuance, a world that can be approached from multiple angles and contains multiple truths from multiple perspectives." The fox also needs to diversify, Emily Bell wrote Thursday, saying that in the "rush to revolutionize journalism, the protagonists are almost exclusively – and increasingly – male and white." The fact that these startups reflect legacy journalism's diversity problem don't let them off the hook, Bell argues:
Women tend to have to choose in the newsroom, even digital-first newsrooms: serve others, as an editor or commissioner, or be your own presence as a journalist/columnist/blogger. The leadership in the new (new) journalism do both, and their founders would not for one second have thought they had to choose.
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Upworthy co-founder at SXSW: ‘This is what media should do’

The cofounder of Upworthy, speaking at South by Southwest Interactive on Monday, called for traditional news organizations to find better ways to engage readers with important journalism that previously never had to worry so much about promoting itself.

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Vanessa Friedman is NYT’s new top fashion critic

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Financial Times fashion editor Vanessa Friedman will become The New York Times' fashion director and chief fashion critic, Laure Guilbault reports in WWD. Alexandra Jacobs "has been promoted to fashion critic and fashion features writer," a Times press release says.
Friedman fills a void left by the resignations of Suzy Menkes, who is exiting the International New York Times to join Condé Nast International, and by Cathy Horyn, the New York-based critic who left the paper last January.
Horyn announced in January she would leave the Times for personal reasons.
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NYT corrects date of corrections

A metacorrection adorns The New York Times' corrections page Tuesday:
Correction: March 11, 2014 An earlier version of these corrections misstated the date in which they appeared in print. They appeared on March 11, not March 10.
As John Cook pointed out on Twitter, this correction would likely impress Rust Cohle.
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NYT corrects 161-year-old article about Solomon Northup

After "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture at the Academy Awards Sunday, The New York Times tweeted a gem in its archives: An 1853 account of Solomon Northup's kidnapping. A user on Twitter noticed a problem with the article, which the Times corrects today:
An image from "12 Years a Slave" (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)
An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir “12 Years a Slave” became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup. The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives. (The errors notwithstanding, The Times described the article as “a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared.”)
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Poynter at SXSW: Algorithms, Journalism and Democracy

Editor’s Note: Poynter will be at South by Southwest, the annual music, movie and interactive festival, March 7-16, in Austin, Texas. Look for our Poynter faculty members, Roy Peter Clark, Ellyn Angelotti and Kelly McBride, and digital media reporter Read more

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Russian spies take over New York Times website

An unusual ad greets visitors to The New York Times homepage Wednesday morning: Headlines with Cyrillic text descend from the top of the page, then jumble into Cold War-era "news" in English: It is, of course, an ad for the FX show "The Americans," which returns tonight.

"The Americans" used a similar-style ad last year, Times spokesperson Linda Zebian tells Poynter in an email. And an ad promoting the National Geographic show "Killing Lincoln" went back farther than the '80s, using a Times front from 1865.
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National Enquirer funds playwriting foundation after false Philip Seymour Hoffman report

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The National Enquirer and its publisher, American Media Incorporated, will fund a new group called the American Playwriting Foundation, "which will give out an annual prize of $45,000 for an unproduced play," Jim Dwyer reports.

The foundation was set up by David Bar Katz, who the Enquirer falsely reported was in a relationship with Hoffman. "As part of the agreement, The Enquirer has also purchased a full-page advertisement in the main news section of Wednesday’s New York Times," Dwyer writes. Katz and Hoffman were friends, and he found the actor's body earlier this year.
Katz at Hoffman's funeral on Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
The Enquirer quoted someone who claimed to be Katz, who sued. The Enquirer removed its story, but its essence appears to be archived on this site.

Neither the Enquirer nor Katz's lawyer told Dwyer the amount of the settlement, but it's "enough for the foundation to give out these grants for years to come,” Katz's lawyer said.
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On Twitter, NYT reporter writes about his mother’s suicide

On Twitter last Thursday evening, New York Times reporter Nate Taylor, as he sometimes likes to do, told a personal story. This one was about a secret he's kept from a lot of people: "I’ve gotten emails. I’ve gotten looks today," Taylor said when we talked on the phone Friday afternoon. Surprisingly, he said, nobody online had said anything nasty after he shared his story. Someone asked if he'd prepared the story in tweet form. Nope: "This tweet -- boom! -- what's the next thing I want to say," Taylor said, remembering the process. "Don't stop till you've said everything you wanted to say." Taylor, a member of the Times' sports staff who was part of its Student Journalism Institute, said one of the reasons he tells stories on Twitter is that so many younger journalists and journalism students are there (he is 26), and it's a way to talk straight to them. I asked if he'd discussed the story with his father. "No, he's not on Twitter," he said, laughing. "My family's kind of all on Facebook, so maybe somebody back home had to have seen it." In his Twitter tale, Taylor linked to a Times Magazine story by Jessica Lamb-Shapiro about meeting another person whose mother committed suicide. One of his doctors gave him the piece, he said, adding his story wouldn't exist without it. "Thank God for Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, thank God for my Dad, Thank God for the people at the New York Times for giving me a shot, and thank God for all the people on Twitter who read that," he said.
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4 things Pulitzer winners have in common

The winners of four 2013 Pulitzer Prizes came together Tuesday night at Poynter to talk about their work and their wins. They came from Florida, New York and a shop with people scattered around the country, from three large papers and one nonprofit news site. They won for work on speeding cops, diluted bitumen, fluoride in the water and cross-border corruption at Wal-Mart. Other than that Pulitzer, the work of the seven people present Tuesday night didn't have much in common. But, for most, the processes they used to produce their work did. (more...)
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