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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.

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, a new social network dreamed up by “The Office” executive producer BJ Novak. There, you can read the public radio network’s most popular offering: “‘OMG I LOVE NPR:’ A list of shows we don’t actually produce.’”

“It was immediately appealing,” said Wright Bryan, who heads up NPR’s social media desk. “You could see why people would want to share on it and how much fun it could be.”

The app is also fairly simple. Read more


Amazon rebuts The New York Times’ bruising article


Amazon chief spokesperson Jay Carney on Monday published a lengthy response to a New York Times article from earlier this year detailing an alleged unforgiving workplace culture at the online retailer.

In his remarks, which were published on Medium, Carney says The New York Times was remiss in not including information that might have balanced the piece, including a disclosure that one of the newspaper’s sources resigned after an attempt to defraud vendors.

What we do know is, had the reporters checked their facts, the story they published would have been a lot less sensational, a lot more balanced, and, let’s be honest, a lot more boring. It might not have merited the front page, but it would have been closer to the truth.

Carney’s post addresses information provided by multiple sources and says the reporters on the story didn’t allow Amazon to review critical anecdotes provided to the newspaper. Read more


Here are 80 journalism internships and fellowships for application season

For most journalism students, the biggest step toward finding employment isn’t passing the final. It isn’t acing midterms, turning in homework or even meeting deadlines at the college paper.

The most critical period in journalism school is the three-month window stretching from September to November informally known as internship application season. Getting professional experience and making contacts through an internship can mean the difference between landing a job or being unemployed after commencement.

That season is upon us. So write up a cover letter, polish your resumé and start applying to the internships listed below that pique your interest. Application deadlines for some of the best internships are in less than a week, so don’t wait!

If you have questions about this list or know of other internships I’ve missed, send me an email: Read more


NYT creates separate editorial group for production of print edition

The New York Times building in Manhattan. (AP Photo)

The New York Times building in Manhattan. (AP Photo)

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Citing a desire to break free from the legacy of the print deadlines, The New York Times on Tuesday announced the creation of a centralized desk responsible for putting out the daily print edition.

According to a staff memo from Executive Editor Dean Baquet, The Times is shifting responsibility for the paper’s print edition away from various desk editors and empowering a group of journalists at a central desk to order space and make decisions about placement of content on inside pages.

To make that possible, we are moving most print production responsibilities away from individual desks and placing them in the hands of a centralized group of editors. This new centralized print group will be part of a news hub – an expansion of the current news desk — that oversees the placement and presentation of coverage on all platforms.

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NYT appoints senior editor for ‘mini startups,’ project sponsorships

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Trish Hall, deputy editorial page editor at The New York Times, will move to the newsroom to take on a job identifying editorial projects that are likely candidates for sponsorship, according to a newsroom memo from Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Editorial Page Editor Andy Rosenthal.

In her new role, Hall will also scour the newsroom for editorial initiatives that could be appealing to readers and advertisers, “acting, in essence, as a new kind of projects editor looking for mini startups,” Baquet and Rosenthal write.

“This was a hard job to fill, because it requires a particular combination of background, skills and ways of thinking,” Baquet said in a statement. “Trish is a perfect candidate and I’m very excited to have her join us. Read more


Who will block the ad blockers? Publishers are proceeding with caution

Along with Apple's latest iOS comes the ability to block ads. In photo, Apple's new News app is displayed on an iPad.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Along with Apple’s latest iOS comes the ability to block ads. In photo, Apple’s new News app is displayed on an iPad. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Apple iOS 9 launched a week ago and with it comes the opportunity for users to install ad blocking software for its Safari mobile browser. So what are publishers doing to counter the added threat to the reach of their digital advertising?

It is a logical question. But I’m finding that, for now, the consensus response is to wait and gather more information, see what options vendors offer and puzzle through how best to preserve ad revenue and avoid antagonizing or running off users.

“First we need a good understanding of how much users — both subscribers and nonsubscribers — are coming to our sites with ad blockers,” Raju Narisetti, senior vice president, strategy, at News Corp,. Read more


The benefits of collaborating with ethnic media

coneyislandSitting at my breakfast table holding a copy of The New York Times, I was filled with jealousy. It was May 10, the newspaper published the first of its two-part 7,000-word investigative story about the exploitation of workers in New York’s nail salons. The stories had a big impact including lawmakers tightening regulations on the industry.

But to me, the main question was why hadn’t the nail salon stories we wrote had that impact. The Chinese language newspapers in New York have been writing about labor conflicts in Chinese-owned nail salons for the past decade. I personally interviewed and wrote about disgruntled nail salon workers as a junior reporter for Sing Tao Daily when I joined the newspaper in the early years of the last decade, before passing the story onto newer colleagues. Read more


Defying critics to publish the Unabomber ‘Manifesto’

This article was originally published on The 1995 Blog and has been republished with permission.

It may not have been courageous necessarily, but the joint decision by the Washington Post and New York Times 20 years ago to publish the Unabomber “Manifesto” certainly cut against the grain of media criticism that warned against yielding to a terrorist’s demands.

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Unabomber ‘Manifesto’ in Washington Post

The “Manifesto” was a 35,000 word screed written by a reclusive and anonymous serial killer who, from time to time over a 17-year period, mailed or placed bombs that killed three people and injured 23 others. Universities and airlines were his early targets, and he came to be called “Unabomber.”

The Unabomber’s final victim, Gilbert P. Murray, was killed April 24, 1995, by a parcel bomb sent to his office in Sacramento, where he was president of the California Forestry Association. Read more


NYT makes 50 of its best pieces of journalism free to read

The New York Times on Monday published a list of its best stories from the last four years.

The New York Times has published a list of its best stories from the last four years.

The New York Times on Monday lifted its paywall for some of the paper’s best journalism published during the last four years, part of a larger celebration marking the Times’ recent 1 million digital subscriber milestone.

The articles, op-eds and videos were selected by masthead editors and represent a tribute to the work enabled and sustained by digital subscribers, said Clifford Levy, an assistant masthead editor at The New York Times. The list runs 50 items and spans the breadth of the Times’ work, including foreign correspondence, opinion writing, cultural reporting and investigative journalism.

“We want our subscribers to know that this is some of the journalism that they supported,” Levy said. Read more

Photo by Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Why The New York Times is traveling with migrants and refugees through Europe

Migrants get on the train that will take them straight to #serbia border. #refugees #Europe #migrants #onassignment @nytimes

A photo posted by Sergey Ponomarev (@sergeyponomarev) on Aug 26, 2015 at 7:41am PDT

Along with a group of migrants and refugees, Anemona Hartocollis is now making a journey through Europe. It started a week ago. It feels like longer.

“Every day seems like a new discovery,” said Hartocollis, who was in Hungary when we spoke on Monday. “And it makes it much more exciting and much more difficult, because you have to find your way just as they’re finding their way.”

She’s following them, she said, and they’re all following each other.

Her serial about the journey, “Traveling in Europe’s River of Migrants,” started running as part of The New York Times’ Reporter’s Notebook feature on Aug. Read more

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