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Why you should know the work of Claude Sitton – reporter

Claude Sitton

Claude Sitton

I noted with sadness the death of a great American journalist, Claude Sitton, who encouraged me early in my career, and who was a good friend of the Poynter Institute. The giants of the Civil Rights movement are passing from this life. Their witness must be remembered and celebrated, a legacy that should inspire us to re-double our efforts to commit our journalism to the cause of social justice.

I was introduced to Sitton by another great Southern journalist, Eugene Patterson, who hired me in 1977 to coach the writers at the St. Petersburg Times. From 1960 to 1968 Gene served as editor of the Atlanta Constitution under the leadership of his mentor Ralph McGill. One day I was having lunch with Gene and the conversation went something like this:

“Gene, you know I’ve heard so much about the columns you wrote in Atlanta.  Read more

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NYU students review the state of The New York Times

timesTLike most newspapers around the country, The New York Times has seen its advertising revenue steadily decline. New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen asked 12 of his students what they think the paper’s managers should do to turn the company around, and after interviewing some two dozen current or former Times employees, they’ve just published the first of their thoughts online. Their first step was to examine what the Times is doing now to improve its value to its readers, and these initiatives include:

You can read all of their coverage here. Read more

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ACLU’s NSA lawsuit claims that all Americans are potential plaintiffs

Yesterday, lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a federal lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice, requesting that they halt their program of collecting any and all Internet communications between Americans and overseas correspondents as part of their effort to fight the “War on Terror.” The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, The Nation magazine, and a host of other media plaintiffs, represents perhaps the most significant attempt to halt the NSA’s practice of monitoring emails between American journalists and sources from outside the country.

Clearly, the ACLU’s lawyers took their time getting this lawsuit ready. Wikimedia founder Jimmy Wales and executive director Lila Tretikov published an opinion essay in The New York Times to coincide with the filing, and the lawsuit’s plaintiffs run the gamut of political opinion, including the Rutherford Institute, Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Read more

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Career Beat: Nathan Brown named general manager of video at HuffPost Studios

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Nathan Brown is now general manager of video at HuffPost Studios. Previously, he was general manager of video and TV for Complex Media. Roy Sekoff is now president and chief creative officer of HuffPost Studios. Previously, he was president of HuffPost Live. (Email)
  • David Firestone will be managing editor of FiveThirtyEight. Previously, he was special projects editor of The New York Times editorial board. (Poynter)
  • Leon Wieseltier is now the Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was literary editor of The New Republic. (Politico)
  • Rich Battista will be president of People and Entertainment Weekly. He is CEO of Mandalay Sports Media. (Time Inc.
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David Firestone will be managing editor of FiveThirtyEight

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FiveThirtyEight announced Monday that David Firestone will be managing editor of the data-driven news site, joining his former New York Times colleague Nate Silver.

In his new position, Firestone will help ESPN’s news site gather resources for projects, infuse statistics into the site’s journalism and create “a sense of mission around the news each day,” Silver writes.

Firestone, who was a 21-year veteran of The New York Times, announced in December he was joining many of his colleagues in taking a buyout from the paper. During his run at The Times, Firestone helped edit the paper’s coverage of “the Great Recession, Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans,” according to FiveThirtyEight’s announcement. He was recently special projects editor of The New York Times editorial board. Read more

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The New York Times launches main Instagram account

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The first photo published on The New York Times main Instagram account.

The first photo published on The New York Times’ main Instagram account.

The New York Times Monday launched a primary account on the popular photo sharing network Instagram, the latest effort by the paper’s audience development team to make New York Times journalism more visible on social media.

The account, @nytimes, joins several sister accounts showcasing the paper’s photographic coverage of other topics, including fashion (@nytimesfashion), sports (@nytimessports) and travel (@nytimestravel), among others. The Times’ main account will share work by both staff and freelance photographers to “provide richer context to breaking news, and experiment with an Instagram-first method of storytelling,” according to a release from The New York Times.

The launch of the account has been in the works for some time. Read more

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Career Beat: Randy Archibold named deputy sports editor at The New York Times

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Randy Archibold will be deputy sports editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was Mexico bureau chief there. (Email)
  • Justin Green will manage social media and engagement at IJReview. Previously, he was online editor at the Washington Examiner (IJReview)
  • Andy Lack is now chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. Previously, he was CEO and director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. (Poynter)
  • Bryan Bender will be national security editor at Politico. He is a national security reporter at The Boston Globe. (Dan Kennedy)

Job of the day: Inside Higher Ed is looking for a higher education management and finance reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) Read more

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15 political clichés journalists should avoid

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Politico’s Mike Allen, founder of the influential Beltway tipsheet “Playbook,” once wrote that those who write in clichés are probably thinking in clichés, too. As news organizations prepare to cover the 2016 election, here are some hackneyed words and phrases they should consider leaving off the campaign bus:

New York Times standards editor Philip Corbett weighed in Tuesday with a list of well-worn words that sneak into The Times’ coverage:
“I can project with confidence that we will see far too many uses of “optics,” “narrative,” “pivot,” “war chest” and “coffers” in the months between now and November 2016.”

A 2012 election style guide from The Associated Press offers a litany of stale verbiage. Read more

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Career Beat: Juliet Lapidos named op-ed page editor at the Los Angeles Times

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Juliet Lapidos will be the op-ed page editor of the Los Angeles Times. She’s currently a staff editor at The New York Times. (Email)
  • Luz Maria Doria will be a contributor to Siempre Mujer. She is vice president and executive producer of Univision’s Despierta America. Irma Martinez will be a contributor to Siempre Mujer. She is a celebrity stylist. Luz Avila-Kyncl will be a contributor to Siempre Mujer. She is a nutrition coach. (Email)
  • James Warren will be chief media correspondent at Poynter. He is Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News. (Poynter)
  • Remy Stern is now chief digital officer at The New York Post. Previously, he was digital managing editor there.
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The New York Times will expand its comment section

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The New York Times intends to “expand and build” on its commenting system, providing readers with more stories to opine on, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Wednesday.

New York Times community editor Bassey Etim tells Sullivan the Times will double the number of stories open for readers to comment on “by the end of the summer,” and added that the paper will make attempts to “elevate and recognize” the quality of the conversation around its stories.

Several news organizations, including Reuters and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have ended or clamped down on commenting systems to stem the flow of invective from readers. Popular Science and The Huffington Post also cracked down on commenting, as has the Chicago Sun-Times. Read more

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