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A show named after the First Amendment will replace WAMU's 'The Diane Rehm Show'

WAMU announced the successor for the popular "The Diane Rehm Show" on Wednesday. Starting with the new year, "1A," hosted by Joshua Johnson, "will take a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world." Johnson, host of "Truth Be Told," previously worked at KQED in San Francisco and helped … Read More
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NPR's new podcast boss on the competition, scouting talent and keeping his unfair advantage

NPR is serious about podcasting. As advertiser and listener demand for podcasts explode, the public radio network on Friday named Neal Carruth its first-ever general manager for podcasts. Carruth, who was previously supervising senior editor for the broadcaster's business desk, is preparing to oversee all six of NPR's "news podcasts" — "Planet Money," "Embedded," "Hidden Brain," "Code Switch," "Pop … Read More
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NPR names its first general manager of podcasting

NPR on Friday appointed its first general manager of podcasting, yet another sign of the medium's growing importance. It's Neal Carruth, the supervising senior editor for NPR's business desk. Carruth, a 17-year veteran at NPR, will oversee "Planet Money," "Embedded," "Hidden Brain," "Code Switch," "Pop Culture Happy Hour" and NPR's Politics podcast. In the new job, Carruth will work to … Read More
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NPR's real-time fact-checking drew millions of readers

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were preparing to debate one another Monday night, NPR reporters and editors flexed their fingers and got to work. Over the next hour and a half, Clinton and Trump hurled accusations, policy positions and one-liners and at one another. More than once, Clinton asked viewers at home to consult with fact-checkers. Related: How … Read More
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NPR joins tide of publishers getting rid of comments

Citing an ineffective experience that was not particularly well-used, NPR on Wednesday announced that it's getting rid of website comments in favor of other means of communication with listeners, including social media. Scott Montgomery, the managing editor for digital news at NPR, explained the decision in a blog post on NPR.com (that drew no shortage of comments): NPR … Read More
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Ask the Ethicist: When it comes to breaking news, should you admit you might be wrong?

NPR earned applause on Sunday when, in the midst of the chaos of the Orlando shooting, it made an unusual admission. In an unconventional editor's note at the bottom of a breaking news story, NPR admitted that it — and the rest of the media — sometimes report inaccurate information: This is a developing story. Some things that get reported … Read More
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Remembering David Gilkey, NPR's "18th bureau"

He covered the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He was there to watch the Sundarbans of India swallowed up by climate change. In South Sudan, he bore witness to a food crisis, the fallout from a devastating civil war. In the aftermath of his death Sunday from a grenade attack while covering a story in Afghanistan, David … Read More
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NPR photographer and interpreter killed in Afghanistan

Two journalists were killed in Afghanistan Sunday while reporting for NPR. David Gilkey, a photojournalist, and Zabihullah Tamanna, NPR's Afghan interpreter, were on assignment with an Afghan army unit, which came under attack. This is the first time in NPR's 46-year history that one of its journalists have been killed on assignment, according to CNN. Gilkey devoted much … Read More
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Code Switch wants its new podcast to be a discussion about race​, not a seminar

When Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby went to Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia in 2013, they wrote longform stories about the country's Whitest historically Black college, they produced a six-minute radio piece and they did a Reddit AMA. But still, they had so much leftover reporting. A podcast would have been the perfect … Read More
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Journalism has an editing crisis, but we can do something about it

In my early days as a producer at "All Things Considered," I set up a meeting with one of NPR’s newsroom leaders. I was in my mid-20’s, trying to advocate for myself. I told this person, “I want to be an editor.” Was there a pathway for someone like me? The answer was no. Or at least, that was the … Read More
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How NPR and ProPublica exposed America's unequal workers' compensation system

When ProPublica's Michael Grabell was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News, there were three kinds of phone calls he dreaded most. "Family law, V.A. cases and calls involving workers' compensation are impossible to sort out," he said. But as he finished a project about temporary workers injured on the job, he began to get comfortable with state databases … Read More
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Why NPR spent Super Bowl 50 tweeting football haikus

Super Bowl 50:From start to end — in haiku.Want to play along? Just use #SuperBowlHaiku https://t.co/66Yn5SZw0V — NPR (@NPR) February 7, 2016 If you kept an eye on your second screen last night during Super Bowl 50, at some point, a haiku or two might have crossed your Twitter stream. Read More
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ESPN’s The Undefeated will launch in 2016

After a series of setbacks that included the ousting of founding editor Jason Whitlock, ESPN's site focusing on the intersection of race and sports is primed for a launch in 2016. That's according to Kevin Merida, the former Washington Post managing editor who left his post late last year to replace Whitlock at the helm of The Undefeated. Read More
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Michele Norris is leaving NPR

Two years after rejoining NPR, Michele Norris is vacating her slot as a host and special correspondent at the public radio network, NPR news chief Michael Oreskes announced Thursday. Norris, who was formerly a host of "All Things Considered," has been with the network for 13 years, according to a memo addressed to NPR staffers from Oreskes. During her … Read More
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