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The New York Times might be snapping you soon

A Wednesday staff memo announcing the hire of New York Times deputy editor of audience development Justin Bank noted that he will be in charge of formulating “strategies for all existing and new social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest but also new ones like Snapchat and WhatsApp).”

At least one Poynter follower wondered publicly whether that means The Gray Lady is jumping onto Snapchat.

The answer? Maybe, says Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokesperson for The New York Times. Although The Times doesn’t currently have Snapchat or WhatsApp accounts, the paper “may experiment on those platforms.”

RELATED: Here’s how to use Snapchat (and how not to use Snapchat)

If The Times starts snapping its readers, it won’t be the first news organization to do so. The Washington Post, NPR and NowThisNews have all used the ephemeral messaging app to engage with their audiences. In August, BuzzFeed announced a new division that would use social platforms, including Snapchat, to propagate its content. Read more


Career Beat: Loren Mayor named chief operating officer for NPR

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

  • David Gillen is now executive editor of news enterprise at Bloomberg News. Previously, he was deputy business editor of enterprise at The New York Times. (Politico)
  • Loren Mayor is now chief operating officer for NPR. Previously, she was senior vice president of strategy there. (Poynter)
  • Weston Phippen is now a reporter for the National Journal. Previously, he was a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times. Lauren Fox will be a Congress reporter at the National Journal. Previously, she was a political reporter at U.S. News and World Report. (Email)
  • Mark Brackenbury has been named executive editor for the Connecticut Group at Digital First Media. He is managing editor for the New Haven Register. (New Haven Register)
  • Colleen Noonan has been named vice president of marketing and creative service for the New York Daily News. Previously, she was a digital media and marketing consultant at Pitney Bowes. Melanie Schnuriger is now vice president of product development for the New York Daily News. Previously, she was general manager of fashion and beauty for Hearst Digital Media. Kristen Lee is director of digital development for the New York Daily News. Previously, she was digital integration editor there. Brad Gerick is now director of social media for the New York Daily News. He has been social media manager and regional editor for Zach Haberman is now deputy managing editor for digital at the New York Daily News. Previously, he was digital news editor there. Cristina Everett is now deputy managing editor for digital entertainment at the New York Daily News. Previously, she was senior digital entertainment editor there. Andy Clayton is now deputy managing editor for digital sports at the New York Daily News. Previously, he was senior online sports editor there. Christine Roberts is mobile and emerging products editor at the New York Daily News. Previously, she was an associate homepage editor there. (Email)

Job of the day: BuzzFeed is looking for a National LGBT Reporter. Get your résumés in! (BuzzFeed)

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Kinsey Wilson leaves NPR

NPR chief content officer Kinsey Wilson will leave NPR, new NPR CEO Jarl Mohn announced Monday in a note to staff (below). NPR media reporter David Folkenflik broke the news on Twitter:

Wilson is a trustee for Poynter. Mohn has promoted senior vice president for strategy Loren Mayor to COO. NPR plans to hire an SVP of News, a search that’s still active, a network spokesman tells Poynter. That person “will report to the CEO,” Mohn says in the memo. He also says he “will continue the practice of not being involved in day-to-day editorial decision-making and will have the same ‘publisher’ relationship with the SVP of News that exists at other media organizations.” Wilson’s position “will not be filled,” Mohn writes.

Wilson “declines to comment about his departure,” Folkenflik reports. Margaret Low Smith announced in July she would leave her post as NPR’s senior vice president for news for a job at The Atlantic. NPR news programming boss Ellen McDonnell announced last month she would leave. Mohn got the top spot at NPR in May.

Here’s Mohn’s note to staff:

Dear Colleagues,

It’s been just over 90 days since my first day on the job, and I’m even more enthusiastic about our future. From day one I’ve said my most important responsibility will be to secure the resources that allow you to do the best work of your careers and to ensure that NPR and our Member Station community not only grow but thrive.

Today I’m announcing a reorganization of the senior leadership team that enables us to deliver on that commitment.

First, Loren Mayor, Senior Vice President of Strategy, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

As many of you know, Loren brings a sharp strategic lens to NPR and has demonstrated her ability to convene and advance conversations across the entirety of the organization. Thanks to her leadership, we have our first strategic plan in 10 years. It clearly lays out our four strategic priorities: create exceptional content; expand, diversify and engage our audience; collaborate; and grow net revenue.

As part of the reorganization, Kinsey Wilson, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, will leave NPR after six years of vital contributions.

Loren will manage the daily operations across the organization, enabling me to focus on areas that most immediately impact content, station relations, philanthropy and corporate underwriting, and audience development (research, positioning, promotion, marketing), and help build NPR’s public profile.

I’ll naturally be involved in strategic decisions across the organization, but areas that will report up to Loren are: Corporate Strategy, Digital Media, Digital Services, Diversity, Engineering/IT, Human Resources, Member Partnership, and Policy and Representation.

Given my commitment to ensuring that NPR journalism continues to thrive as a preeminent and trusted news source, the newly selected Senior Vice President of News will report to the CEO. Our priority is to continue the quality and reach of our news programming across all platforms, especially for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. I will continue the practice of not being involved in day-to-day editorial decision-making and will have the same “publisher” relationship with the SVP of News that exists at other media organizations.

Chris Turpin will remain as acting head of news while we search for someone to fill that spot permanently.

Anya Grundmann, Director and Executive Producer of NPR Music, will report to the SVP of News, and Sarah Lumbard, VP of Content Strategy and Operations, Zach Brand, VP of Digital Media, and Bob Kempf, VP of Digital Services, will report to Loren. Eric Nuzum, VP of Programming, will report to Chief Marketing Officer Emma Carrasco, whose portfolio will expand to include audience development and the alignment of promotion and marketing across all platforms. All news-focused programming will eventually shift to the SVP of News, while non-news programs will continue to be led by Eric. All previously reported to Kinsey. Kinsey’s position will not be filled.

Kinsey, whose last day in the office will be Friday, joined NPR in October 2008 as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media. He is widely credited with positioning NPR as a leader in the digital space, building editorial excellence and growing audience across platforms. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer in 2012, with responsibility for NPR’s worldwide newsgathering, programming, and digital operations. Under his leadership, NPR’s news and cultural coverage has flourished and been recognized with numerous broadcast and digital journalism awards. He championed NPR’s investigative reporting, led the development of new areas of editorial focus including Code Switch, expanded education and global health coverage, and created NPR’s new Culture and Identity unit. He forged groundbreaking partnerships with WBUR’s Here & Now and more recently with Marketplace Morning Report. And he oversaw the development of successful new programs, including TED Radio Hour and Ask Me Another.

Kinsey also spearheaded efforts to adapt NPR’s programming to changing audience demands and to extend the organization’s influence and reach. He sponsored an ongoing effort to deepen NPR’s editorial ties with Member Stations. He championed the development of the Public Media Platform, forged a deal to make NPR the first news and information service on Apple’s iTunes Radio, and drove the vision and fundraising for NPR’s newest digital listening platform, NPR One, which launched in July.

I understand these changes may be disruptive to you but you have my assurance that the transition of responsibilities will be as seamless as possible. We will have an opportunity to discuss these changes during the upcoming all-staff meeting on October 8 at 12:30 PM ET.

While other outlets in our line of work have been retrenching, NPR has remained a leading brand in American journalism and a unique national asset. We must leverage this asset more than ever. Thanks to the commitment of our Member Stations, staff, listeners and sponsors, we have a bright future.

Please join me in congratulating Loren on her new role and thanking Kinsey for his years of leadership and service.

- Jarl

Correction: This post originally said Wilson promoted Mayor; Mohn did. Read more


Career Beat: Ali Watkins joins HuffPost Politics

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

  • Marjorie Powell is now vice president of human resources at NPR. Previously, she was chief human resources officer at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. (NPR)
  • Tim O’Shaughnessy is now president of Graham Holdings Company. Previously, he was CEO of LivingSocial. (GraHoCo)
  • Victor Caivano is now news director for The Associated Press’ “Southern Cone” countries — Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Previously, he was a photojournalist there. (AP)
  • Ali Watkins will be a reporter at HuffPost Politics. Previously, she worked for McClatchy DC. (Email)
  • Zach Goldfarb will be policy editor at The Washington Post. Previously, he was a White House and economics correspondent there. (Washington Post)

Job of the day The Washington Post is hiring a video producer. Get your résumés in! (Wash Post PR)

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4 quick Twitter tips from Time, CNN, Mashable and NPR

Four social media experts offered tips from their experiences detecting news, reporting news, publishing news and engaging with audiences at a panel moderated by Twitter’s head of news, Vivian Schiller, at the Online News Association conference in Chicago. Here are four of them.

Get retweeted by telling people stuff they don’t know

Quiz time: Callie Schweitzer, director of digital innovation at Time, asked attendees to guess which of these two tweets received the most retweets:

Schweitzer said the second tweet gave people info that they didn’t already know, accounting for its success. “Thinking for the retweet” is part of Time’s larger strategy for boosting social traffic.

The second tweet above contains a factoid that’s useful to readers even if they don’t click the link. More retweets means potential for more impressions, but remember that sharing doesn’t always correlate with clicking. The most shareable tweets aren’t always those that are most likely to compel followers to click a link.

Even on social media, it’s possible to have difficult conversations

Engaging with audiences on Twitter can go much deeper than asking for opinions on the news. Kat Chow, a blogger/social media producer for NPR’s Code Switch, highlighted how she cultivated conversation around topics that wouldn’t ordinarily be broached on social media.

One such topic: interracial relationships. Check out a Storify of tweets on the topic that Chow put together here.

Use geolocation to find and verify content

Searching for tweets by location is an advanced search option on Twitter and Tweetdeck. It doesn’t prove that a user reporting on, say, the arrest of Justin Bieber is telling the truth, but if you find out she’s located in Los Angeles, that can set you on the right path toward verification.

CNN Digital’s Dorrine Mendoza, senior social media producer, talked about CNN’s use of Dataminr, a tool for surfacing potential breaking-news tweets that officially launched this week for all news organizations. Using Dataminr is “like learning to play the piano,” Mendoza said, and it still requires a human touch to verify what the service uncovers.

There’s no substitute for on-the-ground coverage

When Mashable’s real-time news editor Brian Ries — in Mashable’s New York offices — heard word on social media of tear gas being used during riots in Ferguson, Missouri, he messaged Amanda Wills, who was on the scene, to fill her in. Her response: “I know.”

Mashable’s mastery of social reporting from its New York office freed up those on the ground to do deeper reporting, Ries said.

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The ‘One-Page Magazine’ is toast

mediawiremorningGood morning from Chicago, where the Poynter dot org crew is attending the 2014 Online News Association Conference. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ESPN benches Bill Simmons: The talking head and Grantland boss said on a podcast that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was a “liar” and “has no integrity whatsoever.” ESPN has removed the podcast. (NYT) | Richard Deitsch: “ESPN management is looking to become more decisive with suspensions when its employees go off the rails.” (SI)
  2. Forbes zaps contributor after stupid article: Bill Frezza‘s article “Drunk Female Guests Are the Gravest Threat To Fraternities” “was removed from almost immediately after he published it,” a Forbes spox tells Philip Caulfield. “Mr. Frezza is no longer a contributor to” Frezza: “I stand by every word I wrote.” (NYDN) | Jessica Roy: “Only when we tackle the menace of drunk girls, who are absolutely getting themselves drunk while the sober brothers lock themselves in their rooms and study, can the fraternity system be restored to its rightful glory.” (NY Mag)
  3. NPR kills Robert Krulwich’s blog: “I can’t pretend. I’m sorry to have to move on.” (NPR) | NPR’s statement to Poynter’s Ben Mullin: “As [Radiolab] has grown, it has consumed a larger share of [Krulwich's] time. … Robert expects to continue his signature work for WNYC, including hosting Radiolab which is heard by millions on public radio stations across the country.”
  4. What went wrong at The Wire? Former editor Gabriel Snyder says he “always considered The Wire a great success story,” Justin Ellis reports. “I’m sorry to see the leadership of The Atlantic didn’t see it that way.” (Nieman)
  5. The Ethicist abides: But the “One-Page Magazine” and “Who Made That” are toast as new New York Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein cleans “up the book in anticipation of the redesign,” Joe Pompeo reports. (Capital)
  6. Weisberg v. Blappo: Slate Group honcho Jacob Weisberg called @blippoblappo and @crushingbort‘s most recent docket of charges against Fareed Zakaria “silly.” In response, they put a 1998 Zakaria column for Slate under their microscope. (Our Bad Media) | Weisberg retweeted Jesse Eisinger: “.@jacobwe is right & @blippoblappo is wrong on this new Fareed Zakaria plagiarism accusation. Also: it’s trivial.” (@eisingerj) | A little further down in Eisinger’s responses: “Generally, I think plagiarism is a low order journalism crime.”
  7. After Stanley/Rhimes affair, reflections: “Are critics – some of whom are big-name stars – subject to rigorous and questioning editing, or is there a hands-off approach?” NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan writes. Executive Editor Dean Baquet tells her diversity is “an issue and we need to work on it.” (NYT) | Baquet reorged the Times’ masthead yesterday, eliminating the position of managing editor and elevating four people to “deputy executive editor.” (NYT) | Baquet’s memo to staff. (Poynter)
  8. It’s not too late to vote for salvo! Poynter dot org yesterday settled on a list of words that are often written, never spoken. Please vote for one to ban forever. Ballyhoo is currently winning; results later today. (Poynter)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: Via David Shedden‘s media-history post this morning, the Sept. 25, 1690, front of Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick.


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Susan Chira is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was an assistant managing editor there. Janet Elder is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was a deputy managing editor there. Matt Purdy is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. He was an assistant managing editor there. Ian Fisher is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was an assistant managing editor there. Steve Duenes is now an assistant editor at the New York Times. Previously, he was graphics director there. Clifford Levy is an associate editor at the New York Times. He is the head of NYT Now. Alexandra MacCallum is now an assistant editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was an assistant managing editor there. Tom Bodkin is now creative director at The New York Times. Previously, he was a deputy managing editor there. Joe Kahn will be assistant editor for international at The New York Times. Previously, he was foreign editor there. (The New York Times) | Bill Mulvihill is now associate publisher at The Atlantic. Previously, he was national advertising director for Vanity Fair. (Email) | Roxanna Sherwood is now executive producer of “Nightline.” Previously, she was a senior producer on “20/20.” (TV Newser) | Job of the day:The Charleston Daily Mail is looking for a statehouse reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Obama met with journalists before ISIS speech

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Obama met with journalists before Wednesday’s ISIS speech: “The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in an off-the-record session, included New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe; Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll; The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib; and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, a source familiar with the meeting told The Huffington Post.” (HuffPost)
  2. CBS won’t CNET CBS News: While the company’s news operation benefits from cross-pollination among news properties, it doesn’t have to worry about suits asking for more sinister forms of synergy, Alex Weprin reports: “[W]e are not going to be asked to do something that doesn’t fit for the news division,” Steve Capus says. (Capital) | Last January, Greg Sandoval left CNET after CBS forced it to remove a Dish Network product from its annual awards program, and also forced a revote of its Best in Show prize at CES. (Poynter) | It also forbade CNET from reviewing Aereo. (The Verge)
  3. NPR tries to boost revenue with live shows: “The most ambitious of three ‘NPR Presents’ series, ‘Water,’ will marry news reports, oral histories and conversation about topics such as the drought in the West and mudslides in Seattle with theatrical and musical storytelling.” (NYT)
  4. Anchor tells viewers he has six months to live: WCIA-TV anchor Dave Benton told viewers Thursday he has an inoperable tumor. (AP) | “Really, I just want to enjoy every day,” Benton says. (The News-Gazette)
  5. A tweet story: “The couple met where one might expect a social media expert and a technology journalist to meet: on Twitter.” (NYT)
  6. So that’s where Dean Starkman is going: The former CJR editor will cover Wall Street for the L.A. Times. (Capital)
  7. Longtime Philly Inquirer cartoonist Tony Auth has died: He was 72. “Mr. Auth’s impressive portfolio – he produced five cartoons a week – was a Philly staple when breakfast meant coffee, bacon and eggs, and the morning paper.” (Inquirer, via | A gallery of his work. (Inquirer)
  8. A David Carr twofer: Two media columns Monday, or maybe they’ve finally cloned him. How Apple makes journalists applaud. (NYT) | Why sports villains aren’t the only ones who should fear TMZ: “As journalists, we like to think that the august platforms we work on and our learned interpretation of facts create value and credibility, but in an age of digital artifacts and digital distribution, the pure act of discovery can create big news.” (NYT) | If the NYT does start cloning journalists, who would you like to see two of? Email me!
  9. Front page of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: The Green Bay Press-Gazette does what the Jets couldn’t: It stops Jordy Nelson.


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Charles Dharapak will be Asia-Pacific regional photo editor for AP. He was a White House photographer. (AP) | Nia-Malika Henderson will write for The Fix at The Washington Post. Previously, she was a political reporter there. (Washington Post) | Jose DelReal is now a blogger for Post Politics. Previously, he was a reporter at Politico. (Washington Post) | Tracy Everding is now a creative director at All You. Previously, she was a creative director at Cosmo Magazine. (Time Inc.) | Amy Haneline is now a beer, wine and coffee reporter at The Indianapolis Star. Previously, she was a digital developer there. (‏@AmyBHaneline) | Kenny Plotnik is now vice president of New England Cable News. Previously, he was vice president of news at WABC in New York. (TV Spy) | Kat Meyer is now director of events and community engagement at Publishers Weekly. Previously, she was community manager and conference chair at the Frankfurt Book Fair. (Publishers Weekly) | Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for a junior designer and front-end developer. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Here are 9 kinds of stories you’ll see on NPR’s Local Stories Project

Photo by Kasia Podbielski/NPR

Photo by Kasia Podbielski/NPR

NPR’s Local Stories Project officially launched on Wednesday with a Tumblr homepage and a Twitter account. But the idea of sharing local stories with a bigger audience actually started a few years ago.

“The project itself has kind of been churning and gradually expanding since it began as a really tiny experiment in 2011,” said Eric Athas, senior digital news specialist, in a phone interview. Athas works at NPR Digital Services on the editorial coaching and development team.

That experiment started in 2011 with KPLU in Seattle. Athas and his team took stories from the station and shared them through NPR’s Facebook page, geotargeting them to people in the Seattle area.

“What we found is that the stories that we targeted did really well,” he said. “They resulted in record traffic to KPLU’s website.”

They were also widely shared, Athas said, and the stories generated lots of comments. As the experiment grew, they started looking at the stories that got shared and developed internal tools to help local stations think through their pitches, polish and edit. NPR now targets posts from 36 stations.

“They’re a really specific type of story. It’s a story that’s unique, it’s interesting, stories that the local community cares about and stories that they’ll react to,” Athas said. “In curating these really unique local stories that are rooted and created by people at these stations, we discovered that many of these stories would be really interesting or relevant to a broader national audience.”

The stories are created, or tailored, for a digital audience, Athas said. And as the project ramped up, he and Teresa Gorman gathered the most successful, looked at the data from the stories and started labeling them. They found some similarities that, eventually, led to a framework of nine categories. He and Gorman wrote about their framework for Nieman Journalism Lab in 2012.

Courtesy NPR Local

Graphic by Russ Gossett

Here’s more on the framework of nine stories Athas, Gorman and Ki Sung have found work best and will be featured on NPR’s Local Stories Project. (They’re not the only kind, Athas added, but they do offer a guide for what they’ve found works.)

1. Place explainers: “Every city has mysteries or traditions or things that eveveryone who lives there knows about but rarely do people stop and ask why or how,” Athas said. “Place explainers take those things and simply explain them. They turn them around and tell people, here’s why we are the way we are.”

What It’s Like To Live In Walt Disney’s Childhood Home In Kansas City (KCUR)

2. Crowd pleasers: These include positive stories about a city, state or region, Athas said. Maybe it’s a sports championship, or when that city, state or region is ranked. “It’s something that gives people the opportunity to brag about their hometown.”

51 Things Everyone Should Experience At Least Once In D.C.(WAMU)

3. Curiosity stimulators: “These are just the weird, quirky, often times science or technology stories,” Athas said. “When you see them, you feel like it’s something you’ve never see before and you’re discovering something new.”

Why Was This Cake Decorated With a Zombie Ben Franklin Left on a Hyde Park Porch Overnight? (KUT)

4. News explainers: These stories take hard news stories and help make sense of them, Athas said. “It’s something that public radio has done really well in the past, providing clarity and explanation.”

7 Things We Know About the Chemical Spill in West Virginia (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

How Much Does It Cost to Live Comfortably in the Bay Area? (KQED)

5. Major breaking news: These are stories that impact an entire city, often weather events. These are “Stories that are so big that everything else kind of gets put aside.”

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Wisconsin’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban (WUWM)

6. Feel-good smilers: These stories make people smile, Athas said. “The bat kid story in San Francisco is a perfect example.”

From Ding Dong To Loco, Take A Tour Of Texas Towns With Strange Names (KERA)

An 11-Year-Old Provides Words Of Wisdom About Ferguson’s Underlying Problems (St Louis Public Radio)

7. Topical buzzers: When every one is talking about something that’s happening locally, it fits here.

Boston Marathon Bombings: They Picked On The Wrong City (WBUR)

8. Provocative controversies: These stories are about topics that people have strong opinions on.

ACLU, PETA Sue Idaho Over New Law To Punish Animal Rights Activists (Boise State Public Radio)

9. Awe-inspiring visuals: This one is kind of self-explanatory.

9 Incredible Pictures Of The Spooky, Surreal Clouds In North Texas March 27 (Video, Too

Often stories overlap in the framework, Athas said, but since creating the graphic of the framework in 2012, “we’ve used it regularly, training and coaching with NPR journalists and stations as a way to think differently about stories they’re telling.”

What’s exciting, he said, is seeing the collaboration between NPR and the 36 stations involved.

“The stations are the ones that know their local communities and they’re the ones creating stories. We’re working with them to refine them and make them work as best as possible and to get them to as many people as possible.”

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NPR’s head of programming to retire


Ellen McDonnell, NPR’s executive editor for news programming, will retire at the end of the year, Eyder Peralta reported for the network today.

McDonnell had been at the network for nearly 35 years and was “a part of NPR’s DNA,” NPR Chief Content Officer Kinsey Wilson said in an internal memo quoted in Peralta’s story:

“She has touched and transformed nearly every aspect of NPR News, her creativity and zeal surpassed only by her generosity of spirit. When you describe Ellen the words you hear over and over are transparent and authentic. She is the real deal.”

In July, NPR’s senior vice president for news, Margaret Low Smith, left the network to join the Atlantic as president of the company’s events division. NPR got a new president and CEO in Jarl Mohn in May. Mohn was chairman of Southern California Public Radio. Read more

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After Sawyer’s final ABC World News broadcast, all 3 nightly anchors are now white men

mediawiremorningYo. Here are some media stories.

  1. Is the Yo app ridiculous or revolutionary? That’s the question Cory Blair asks. It’s definitely the former, but it has potential to be the latter, especially now that users can send links and not just notifications with no content. Robert Hernandez has an interesting idea for what news organizations like The Washington Post could use Yo for: “whenever an unarmed person dies at the hands of the police, or every time somebody is killed with a gun.” (American Journalism Review)
  2. Diane Sawyer anchors her final ABC World News broadcast: But she’s staying with the network. David Muir is her successor. “Now, all three nightly news anchors are once again white men,” Brian Stelter notes. (CNN)
  3. NPR’s Michel Martin heads to Ferguson: The former “Tell Me More” host will lead a town hall meeting today. (Poynter) | Yesterday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Lynden Steele and Gary Hairlson spoke with Poynter’s Kenny Irby in a live video chat. (Poynter) | Kristen Hare’s ever-fluctuating list of journalists in Ferguson is down to 109. It peaked at 148 last week. (Twitter) | Related: Twitter was widely celebrated for breaking news during the protests, but Nick Bilton writes that “while those live streams were seen as an unfiltered window into events as they unfolded, they often bore little resemblance to reality.” (The New York Times) | Related: The first Ferguson dispatch paid for by Huffington Post’s controversial crowdfunded fellowship. (Huffington Post) | Previously: HuffPost’s Ferguson Fellow Mariah Stewart: “This is huge for me.” (Poynter)
  4. goes SFW: The new site will have a “safe-for-work look and editorial focus,” Ricardo Bilton reports. “More classic nude fare can be found on Playboy Plus, Playboy’s digital subscription service.” Sixty percent of Playboy’s traffic is social. (Digiday)
  5. A Sopranos saga: Is Tony Soprano dead? wrote that “David Chase finally answers the question he wants fans to stop asking” in a story Wednesday. ( | Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief of The Verge (also a Vox Media site) was pissed that @SavedYouAClick tweeted the reveal of the story and “stole an experience” from readers. (The Verge) | And now Sopranos creator David Chase says the story by Martha P. Nochimson misconstrued his remarks about the show’s finale. (NYT/ArtsBeat)
  6. Facebook’s ‘algorithmic censorship’: Here’s Alex Hern on the frightening power Facebook wields when it tweaks its News Feed algorithm: “The lack of transparency around this isn’t just worrying for media types: it should be concerning for everyone.” (The Guardian)
  7. NYT subscriptions still have room to grow: A Re/code story this week by Edmund Lee indicated New York Times digital-only subscriptions have plateaued; Ryan Chittum argues otherwise: “On a year-over-year basis, digital subs were up 19 percent in the second quarter and paywall revenue was up 13.5 percent. That’s hardly hitting a wall.” But he emphasizes growth in digital ad revenue will of course be crucial for medium- to long-term success. (Columbia Journalism Review)
  8. Who’s the most evasive press secretary of them all? BuzzFeed’s John Templon tracks the number of “weasel phrases” used by White House press secretaries in 5,000 press briefings since 1993. (BuzzFeed)
  9. Newspaper front page of the day: The Duluth (Minnesota) News Tribune, selected by Kristen Hare. (Newseum)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Noah Chestnut will be the lead developer for BuzzFeed’s news app. He’s currently director of labs at The New Republic. (Capital) | Rob Mennie is now senior vice president of Gannett Broadcasting and general manager for WTLV/WJXX in Jacksonville, Florida. Previously, he was senior vice president of news for Gannett Broadcasting. (Gannett) | Ben Walsh will be a business reporter at The Huffington Post. He’s currently a writer for Reuters. (‏@BenDWalsh) | Kimberly Leonard will be a healthcare reporter for U.S. News and World Report. Previously, she was a health producer there. (@leonardkl) | Larry Abramson is now dean of the journalism school at the University of Montana. Previously, he was a correspondent for National Public Radio. Eric Whitney is now director of news for Montana Public Radio. Previously, he was a health reporter for National Public Radio. (The Missoulian) | Job of the day: KFSN in Fresno, California is looking for a news photojournalist and live truck operator. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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