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Despite ABC News/CPI blowup, here’s how news partnerships can work

Journalism organizations might get discouraged about joining partnerships after the public meltdown of the partnership between ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity this week.

CPI’s reporter Chris Hamby won a Pulitzer Prize for stories that exposed how coal … Read more


NPR’s new standards editor brings breaking-news DNA to the job

NPR appointed Mark Memmott as its new standards and practices editor Thursday. Memmott co-authored NPR's 2012 ethics handbook, which charges the person in that job "with cultivating an ethical culture throughout our news operation." He replaces Stu Seidel, who decided last fall to take a buyout.

Memmott helped launch NPR's breaking-news blog "The Two Way" and said in a phone call he hopes to bring some breaking-news DNA to the position. "One thing we want to work on is the steps and procedures in a breaking-news event: who needs to talk to whom, how many confirmations do we need," he said. Referring to the shooting Wednesday at Fort Hood as an example, he said, "At what point can you feel comfortable enough to report Spc. Lopez's name?"

Those sorts of discussions need to be ongoing, Memmott said, and occur "before news happens." But what about when breaking news throws the newsroom a curveball? I asked. "We're not going to be perfect," Memmott said. "We’re going to make mistakes." He'll keep his desk in the newsroom and says he'll be "very easy to find."

Other editors at NPR have "as much or more" experience making tricky calls, Memmott said, citing Deputy Managing Editors Chuck Holmes and Gerry Holmes in particular.

When Pvt. Chelsea Manning announced last August she identifies as a woman, for example, NPR and other outlets (including this one) found they lacked clear stylebook rules about how to refer to transgender people. (The time of year slowed down attempts to clarify matters -- almost every standards editor I contacted that day was on vacation.) (more...)

This year, Society for News Design competition sees the legacy of ‘Snow Fall’

Society for News Design NPR's "Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt" and The Guardian's "NSA Files: Decoded" won gold medals from the Society for News Design's Best of Digital Design competition. Only two golds were awarded this year. Last year, five golds were awarded, said Ryan Sparrow, co-director of the Best of Digital Design competition and a journalism professor at Ball State University. "We see a gold medal as a piece that defines the state of things," Sparrow wrote in an e-mail to Poynter. "It pushes the visual and technical boundaries so much that it shows us a path for the rest of the industry to follow." (more...)

Kiev or Kyiv? Let’s choose already

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Kiev/Kyiv on Wednesday, March 5. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

My editor and I have had this discussion several times lately. Which one? Kiev or Kyiv? We don't write Roma for Rome, but we do now write Mumbai rather than Bombay. And really, there's not a lot of difference between the pronunciation of Kiev and Kyiv, at least when I read them.

On Friday, Ben Aris wrote about this orthographic challenge for Financial Times, noting that the White House switched to Kyiv on Thursday.

In addition, the President has signed an Executive Order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for activities undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine; threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; or purporting to assert governmental authority over any part of Ukraine without authorization from the Ukrainian government in Kyiv. This E.O. is a flexible tool that will allow us to sanction those who are most directly involved in destabilizing Ukraine, including the military intervention in Crimea, and does not preclude further steps should the situation deteriorate.

In a press briefing from Jan. 23, it was Kiev. (more...)

NPR reporter describes detention by Iran’s morality police

NPR NPR reporter Deborah Amos recorded an argument between her translator and a "morality squad" in Tehran last week, she reports. An officer demanded her recorder, but she resisted: "I wanted to protect my material from an overzealous cop I suspected would erase the entire recording rather than search for the two-minute conversation in front of the station house," she writes. In she went. In the station, she witnessed an argument between some women and the guards. One of the women "had been out sightseeing with a male cousin and stopped to take pictures in a park." Amos' own detention ended with the deletion of the recording she'd made outside:
The resolution to my case came with the assistance of the head female guard. We borrowed headphones from one of the other detainees, and I played her the two-minute recording I had made in front of the station house. She watched me delete it. I was now free to go.
A female officer "gave me a carton of fruit juice and a hug before I turned to walk out the door," Amos reports.
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PoynterVision: how NPR goes after emerging news audiences

Patrick Cooper, director of web and engagement at NPR, talks about trends that he sees coming in news audiences. In particular, he pays attention to fragmented audiences, the way audiences divide their time among devices, and the challenges that come … Read more

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Guardian ombudsman explains decision to remove Keller post

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There were problems with the style and tone of Emma Keller's Jan. 8 piece about Lisa Bonchek Adams, who has stage IV breast cancer and writes about her experiences on Twitter. There were editing problems and some difficulties that, for now, likely won't be resolved, Chris Elliott, the Guardian readers' editor, wrote Thursday.

The Guardian removed Keller's piece from its site Jan. 13, after a wave of reader complaints and a Twitter backlash.
Adams and her family were shocked by the blog post, which she has said completely misrepresented the nature of her illness and her reasons for tweeting, was riddled with inaccuracies, and quoted from a private direct message to Keller through Twitter published without permission. It was a shock compounded by the publication on 13 January in the New York Times of a column by Keller's husband, Bill Keller, a former NYT executive editor, which also focused on Adams's use of social media.
Keller told Elliott that she regretted not giving Adams notice that she planned to quote from direct messages on Twitter. Keller also regretted not giving Adams a head's up that the piece was coming, Elliott wrote. (more...)

Woman hears father’s voice for first time on vintage broadcast

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In December, WYPR in Baltimore re-aired a show that first ran in 1943, and Margaret Ann Wolf Harris, now 71, heard her father's voice for the first time.

NPR's All Things Considered told the story Saturday. Paul McCardell, a librarian for The Baltimore Sun, found the original broadcast last year, stored in a wrapped-up box, according to a Dec. 19 story by Frederick Rasmussen for the Sun. McCardell and Steve Sullivan, the paper's multimedia editor, approached columnist Dan Rodricks, who also hosts a show on the Baltimore station, about re-airing the broadcast.
The two records, each 30 minutes long, were copies of a Dec. 25, 1943, Christmas broadcast that was sponsored by The Sunpapers.

It featured soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division and Army Air Forces as well as women from the Red Cross sending messages to loved ones at home. It was broadcast from two bases "somewhere in England," through arrangements with the Army Special Services and the British Broadcasting Corp.
One of those men was Sgt. Cody Wolf, NPR reports. (more...)
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NPR grants will ‘reimagine the public radio experience for digital listening’

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NPR will use close to $17 million in grants to increase coverage and help build a mobile platform, Elizabeth Jensen reported Sunday in The New York Times.

The grants come from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Wallace Foundation as well as three individual donors, Jensen reported. (more...)
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Do mobile-friendly redesigns run the risk of frustrating desktop users?

Pardon my contrarianism, but I don’t do most of my web browsing via mobile on the toilet or in bed yet. I do most of my web browsing on a computer — a machine with a keyboard, mouse and no … Read more