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NPR’s Michel Martin heading to Ferguson: ‘Talking is the one thing we can all do’

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NPR’s Michel Martin will moderate a town hall meeting at Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. St. Louis Public Radio reports that the event is open to the public and there’s no cost to attend. Martin, who was previously the host of “Tell Me More,” appeared on St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air” on Tuesday.

“Talking is the one thing we can all do,” she said.

I think one of the things that we hope to do in our field … is show people that you can have these conversations, important ones, difficult ones, painful ones, but you can have them and have them in a way that are constructive. That’s gonna be our task going forward. That’s gonna be our task every day.

Also part of the conversation on Thursday will be Ferguson’s mayor and The Rev. Willis Johnson, pastor of Wellspring Church, who was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Aug. 14.

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Obama is an ‘enemy to press freedom,’ Risen says

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. More journalists arrested, threatened in Ferguson: Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated, Telegraph reporter Rob Crilly and Financial Times reporter Neil Munshi all reported being detained last night in Ferguson. (Poynter) | A cop told KARG’s Mustafa Hussein to turn off his light “or you’re getting shot with this,” referring, apparently, to the gun he was holding. Police told MSNBC host Chris Hayes, “Media do not pass us, you’re getting maced next time you pass us.” (Gawker) || St. Louis station KSDK apologizes for showing video of the home of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown. (KSDK) | Brown was shot 6 times, a private autopsy says. (NYT)
  2. Watch Twitter if you want to keep up: David Carr: “Twitter still carries a great deal of unverified and sometimes erroneous information, but for all its limitations, it has some very real strengths in today’s media climate. It is a heat map and a window, a place where sometimes the things that are ‘trending’ offer very real insight into the current informational needs of a huge swath of news consumers, some of whom traditional outlets often miss.” (NYT) || FWIW, Kristen Hare‘s Twitter list of journalists covering Ferguson was invaluable when we were watching coverage last night. | Related: Twitter is testing a “downright blasphemous” new feature: “Some users are seeing a few tweets in their timelines that have merely been favorited by accounts they follow. Other tweets are showing from accounts that your friends follow.” (The Verge)
  3. Ferguson reporters talk coverage: Previously arrested Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly told Brian Stelter, “Any good journalist who was in that situation, the exact same thing would have happened to them.” Previously tear-gassed Al Jazeera reporter Ash-har Quraishi told Stelter “I do feel like we were targeted.” (CNN) | Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor-in-Chief Gilbert Bailon were on “Meet the Press.” (NBC News) | MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee was on “On the Media.” (OTM)
  4. James Risen talks about Obama: Many people “don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers,” he tells Maureen Dowd. “But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.” (NYT) | Risen spoke at length on that subject in March at a talk I covered. (Poynter)
  5. Julian Assange will leave Ecuadorean Embassy at some point: His “bag is packed,” WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson said, but he has no plans to turn himself in to police. (The Guardian)
  6. NPR puts editor’s note on story Glenn Greenwald challenged: Dina Temple-Raston‘s Aug. 1 story should have noted that intelligence agencies invested in the companies she reported on. | “I strongly agree with the critics that the story committed a fundamental failure,” NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos writes, but Greenwald “hears more in the NPR report than is there.” (NPR) | “[I]t shouldn’t take the ombudsman nosing around for NPR to admit that it screwed up.” (Jay Rosen)
  7. Washington Post didn’t intend to put “buy it now” button in article: “What a happy coincidence.” (Pando) | Copy editors insert the links. (Digiday)
  8. Mobile news apps don’t make enough of the devices they inhabit: “If mobile is to become the dominant vector for news, retaining readers will be much more challenging than it is on a PC or tablet,” Frédéric Filloux writes. “Why not envision a few more steps forward and take advantage of technologies now embedded in every smartphone?” (Monday Note)
  9. The driving delusions of journalists: “The fantasy that gets a lot of reporters out of bed in the morning is that if they expose a bad thing then the bad thing will stop,” Nick Davies says. (Capital)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: John Fraher is now executive editor for international government at Bloomberg Europe, Middle East and Africa. Previously, he was managing editor for politics and economics there. Ros Mathieson has been named regional managing editor for international government at Bloomberg EMEA. Previously, he was deputy managing editor for economy and government there. Andrew Barden has become deputy managing editor for politics and economics in Europe. Previously, he was a team leader for Middle East economy and international government. Craig Stirling is now the managing editor for economy in Bloomberg’s Europe, Middle East and Africa division. He was formerly a team leader for Western Europe economy at Bloomberg. | Bill Strickland is now editor-in-chief of Bicycling. Previously, he was interim editor-in-chief. (Fishbowl NY) | Cherry Yates is now vice-president of corporate communications for Fox International Channels. Previously, she was vice president of global communications for National Geographic Channels International. (Fox International Channels) Job of the day:The Willits News, a twice-weekly newspaper in California, is looking for a news reporter. (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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How journalists covering the Ebola outbreak try to stay safe

That tweet came from CNN international correspondent David McKenzie, who’s currently reporting on the Ebola outbreak from Sierra Leone. On Monday, McKenzie filed this story about how he and other journalists at CNN are staying safe while covering a story with worldwide health implications.

“This is more about just having some basic things, like chlorine and water and all of this, to protect yourself, but also just to calm yourself down in what can be a very emotional and scary reporting trip,” he said in the video.

I’ve started a Twitter list of journalists covering the Ebola outbreak from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and nearby countries. Who am I missing? Please email or tweet suggestions to me at or @kristenhare. Here’s what I heard from other news organizations:

Associated Press — West Africa correspondent Krista Larson is covering the story for the AP, “drawing on our network of reliable stringers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Krista is based in Dakar, Senegal and has a wide knowledge of West Africa and long-standing working relationships with the stringers and her stories reflect that depth,” Andrew Meldrum, AP’s assistant Africa editor, told Poynter in an email.

Those stringers include Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Liberia, Clarence Macaulay in Sierra Leone and Sarah DiLorenzo in Senegal.

“Because of the dangerous nature of Ebola, Krista Larson has instructed all AP stringers not to put themselves in any danger,” Meldrum said. “This has been challenging for AP’s photographers and videographers. Often we have had to rely on images taken by groups, such as Doctors Without Borders, which have staff photographers at treatment centers. It is a challenging story – but one on which the AP’s Africa team and others around the globe have relished working together to report on a complex, serious story.”

A close up of newspaper front pages focusing on the Ebola outbreak, including a newspaper, left, reading 'Burn all bodies' in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

A close up of newspaper front pages focusing on the Ebola outbreak, including a newspaper, left, reading ‘Burn all bodies’ in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

Los Angeles TimesRobyn Dixon is covering the outbreak from South Africa.

“In general, we try to take every possible precaution we can when covering dangerous situations,” Nancy Sullivan, vice president of communications with the Times, told Poynter in an email. “Each situation has its own specific nuances and, as such, we don’t have a formal one-size-fits-all policy in place regarding protection or pulling back.”

The New York Times — Adam Nossiter reported at the end of July from Guinea. Samuel Aranda is a freelance journalist. He’s covering the outbreak for the Times. Ben C. Solomon is a video journalist for the Times based in Kenya. He’s currently reporting from West Africa.

NPR– NPR’s Jason Beaubien was in Sierra Leone in mid-July, and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is heading to Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Monday.

“Before Jason’s assignment, we consulted with the CDC and MSF,” NPR spokesperson Emerson Brown told Poynter in an email, referring to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Doctors Without Borders. “We also had a number of conversations involving Jason, his editor, senior news executives and our international security manager. We agreed on a series of protocols to best allow Jason to do his reporting while minimizing the risk of contracting Ebola.”

Per Brown, those protocols include:

– Do not enter isolation units; avoid shaking hands; avoid funerals; avoid eating bush meat; avoid any obvious gatherings/demonstrations; use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

– While he was on the ground, he was in regular contact by phone, text and email with managers in DC about prospective daily movements.

Brown said Quist-Arcton will follow the same protocol and that since leaving Sierra Leone, Beaubien is monitoring his health.

Wall Street Journal: Drew Hinshaw is covering the outbreak from Ghana.

Vice — Vice doesn’t currently have anyone covering the outbreak, but it did send Kaj Larsen to Liberia for a story that ran on June 26 called “Bushmeat in the Time of Ebola.”

Al Jazeera: Ahmed Idris is reporting on the outbreak for Al Jazeera from Nigeria. Tommy Trenchard is writing for Al Jazeera and other news outlets from Sierra Leone. Clair MacDougall is covering the story from Monrovia, Liberia.

BBC: Stanley Kwenda is covering the outbreak for BBC Africa.

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NPR One app potential is huge

Public radio and podcasts have taken on an increasing role in my life. I listen while running, cleaning, cooking, driving long distances or taking public transportation, mostly times when I can afford to multitask, but can’t be looking at video or don’t want the added work of reading text.

I downloaded the NPR One app this week and listened to it twice during long morning jogs, and while I was riding public transportation and hanging out in airports. I’ll stop short of calling it a game-changer. But it’s clear that this app, or one like it, has the potential to become a content platform for news and culture audio, the way Amazon is for shopping or Netflix is for movies.

NPR One is like Pandora for public radio content. Because I already have an NPR account, even though I was in New York, it immediately knew that my local station was really WUSF in Tampa Bay.

NPR One began with a Guy Raz welcome and a request for access to my microphone (I’m not sure why). It then gave me the latest three-to-four-minute top-of-the-hour news update. Then it bounced through radio news, first from the last 24 hours of daily NPR shows Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Soon I started getting a mix of more evergreen content, blended in with the day’s news. I got a heavy dose of WNYC content, presumably because that’s where I was, but also because there is no content from my local market currently available.

The app draws from a big pool of NPR-owned products including podcasts, Joel Sucherman, NPR senior director of digital products said. The algorithm blends machine learning and editorial curation to ensure users don’t end up in a filter bubble, he said.

When you like something, you can tag it interesting. When you don’t like something, you click the forward triangle, and it skips to the next story in the queue. Soon, the app was delivering Planet Money reports, Scott Simon interviews with interesting musicians and stories about books and authors. I clicked past a Terry Gross interview once, because it was really long, and I never heard from her again, even though I wouldn’t mind the occasional film director interview. Some of the most pleasurable stories came from something called Vintage NPR, a collection of ‘driveway moments’ that manage to stand up over time.

NPR staff currently tags all NPR content as it goes into their management system, Sucherman said. A second level of NPR One editors then determine what “buckets” that content should go in. Those buckets determine how long the content will be available on NPR One and how and when the app will match it to customers.

NPR One was publicly available Monday for Android and IOS. They won’t say how many people downloaded it, but it was in the top three free apps in Apple’s App Store all week. Jeremy Pennycook, NPR One product manager, described the debut as more of a preview than a launch. Developers perfected the software enough so that users could open it up and press play. Many additions and improvements are in the works, he said. Eventually it will learn what time of day or days of the week users prefer shorter, newsy content to longer feature content.

The developers specified that all the audio listeners hear on the app will have “that NPR sound.” But they didn’t say how that will happen. Content like This American Life, that is heard on NPR stations but not owned by the NPR network, isn’t currently available on NPR One. There will be interesting negotiations about the pricing and licensing, considering that This American Life has recently gone out on its own. NPR One’s success is contingent on it being the go-to mobile platform, at least for public radio stories and shows, but maybe for an even broader array of audio content. How or even if independent content that seems as natural fit, as well as the good stuff from Public Radio International and American Public Media, isn’t clear.

“It’s a big ecosystem and the edges are very fuzzy,” Pennycook conceded.

(Disclosure: I have weekly media segment on WUSF and also a side podcast; neither are available on NPR One.)

NPR worked closely with six big local stations in the initial development and then later brought in a broader working group of large, midsize and smaller stations Sucherman said. While the app was smart enough to know what my local station was, it couldn’t recognize that I was already a donor. Thus the occasional instructions to press the “donate” button seemed annoying in a way that doesn’t bother me when I hear the same plea on the radio. When I did press that button, I got an email with “give now” button that sent me to my local station’s pledge page.

In order to capitalize on the opportunity, staff at local stations will have to load their “segmented audio” into the NPR One content system. That should be an incentive to the notoriously thinly staffed mid-size and small stations to create such content and produce it in a way that in conforms with the technical requirements of the app. Local stations will be rewarded with data about public radio listeners who may not be donors, including who their listeners are, where they go, when they listen and what they are most interested in. That kind of data will be a goldmine for local stations.

Sucherman and Pennycook pointed out that NPR was conscientious to connect users to their local station, which by design are crucial to NPR’s revenue model. With money from their pledge drives, local stations pay their own bills as well as pay the fees to license NPR shows.

“We had the best interests of the network and local stations in mind,” Pennycook said. “We are disrupting ourselves so someone else does not come in and eat our lunch.”

For me, the user experience was slightly addicting. Unlike the Public Radio app, NPR One can run in the background, so you can text and surf while you listen. It downloaded enough ahead of time that even in New York City, on the notoriously spotty AT&T connection, it didn’t drop as I ran through the streets. On an airplane I was able to listen to four or five stories after my phone lost its connection.

The most notable glitch was repetition, which Guy Raz promised in his introduction wouldn’t happen. The app delivers two quick sponsor messages in a row, which often repeated one right after the other as I continued to listen. I heard a few of the same stories the second time I used the app as well. Also, it drained my battery quickly.

Whether NPR One becomes a true platform, as opposed to just an app, will depend on the mix of content, transparency and sophistication of the algorithm. The reason Amazon works is because consumers can get to the variety of what they want, in a environment where Amazon controls for quality. That ‘NPR sound’ that both Sucherman and Pennycook mentioned can be a bit like Starbucks: It’s consistent and reliable, but sometimes you want a local vibe that is completely different.

Of course, there’s a natural evolution for all platforms.

Facebook had three distinct phases for me. First there was novelty. Then, as more and more people that I cared about joined, I felt a true connection to the platform because it enhanced my life by giving me information I wasn’t getting anywhere else. Lately, as it has become harder to find the content that actually enhances my life, that connection to Facebook has waned such that it’s more an indulgence than a necessity.

Maybe that’s natural evolution for all platforms. At first cable TV was so cool, then it was so pointless, but eventually it brought me unique content from MTV’s “Real World” to “Mad Men.” At first Netflix saved me time, then I couldn’t find anything I wanted to watch, and now I have “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards.”

It’s obvious that there is an audience for this type of news and culture audio and I think a need for a platform, outside of terrestrial radio, to deliver it. If NPR One doesn’t grow into that platform, something else will. Before Facebook there was MySpace.

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Employment tumbles again at newspapers, and First Look’s plans shift

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 (OK, maybe not exactly 10) media stories.

  1. The newspaper business lost 1,300 employees last year: “The overall revenue figure, as measured by the Newspaper Association of America, was down 2.6 percent in 2013, close to an even match with the percentage of news job cuts for the year,” Rick Edmonds writes. (Poynter) | One small bright spot: Minority employment was up, after years of stagnating. (Poynter)
  2. An update on First Look Media: “We have definitely rethought some of our original ideas and plans,” Pierre Omidyar writes. (First Look Media) | Jay Rosen: “For First Look the way to a large user base isn’t ‘one big flagship website’ or an ‘everything you need to know’ news app to go up against, say, the Guardian or” (PressThink) | Mathew Ingram: “More than anything else, what Omidyar is describing sounds like a real-time journalism lab, one that will test out different ways of interacting with readers around a topic — albeit a lab that happens to have a quarter of a billion dollars behind it.” (Gigaom)
  3. Margot Adler, R.I.P.: The NPR reporter died at 68. She “helped shape a lot we would call the NPR sound today – human, curious, conversational,” David Folkenflik says in his report. (NPR) | Adler “said that being a Wiccan priestess and an NPR reporter ended up working out ‘pretty fine,’ but there were times where she felt discriminated against.” (WNPR)
  4. The New York Times will use online panels as part of its polling: “This is a very big deal in the survey world,” Pew Research Center director of survey research Scott Keeter says. (Pew)
  5. Paper runs wrong photo: The New Zealand Herald ran a photo of dead “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn in a story about Staff Sgt. Guy Boyland, an Israeli soldier who died in Gaza. (L.A. Times) | Editor Shayne Currie: “I would like to reiterate how seriously we are taking this error and apologise again.” (The New Zealand Herald)
  6. Stephen A. Smith apologized for remarks about domestic violence: ESPN says, “As his apology demonstrates, he recognizes his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.” (@richarddeitsch) | Tom Ley: “Horseshit Apology.” (Deadspin) | Richard Sandomir: “If he is not suspended, it suggests that we need to understand ESPN’s discipline handbook. How offensive need someone be to earn a week or more off? (NYT)
  7. More sports media: Washington Times Editor John Solomon says the paper’s content partnership with the Washington Redskins will be transparent: “You’ll know what the Washington Times did, and you’ll know what comes from the Redskins.” (The Washington Post) | Washington, D.C., station WJFK-FM ran a promo for newly promoted host Chad Dukes that featured him calling a rival host a “fag.” It removed the promo after Dave McKenna wrote about it. (Deadspin)
  8. Not everyone reads on a tablet: News sites have to somehow go “mobile first” without “underserving the 9-to-5 audience that’ll probably be looking at a big screen for some years to come.” (Nieman) | Sam Kirkland wondered a similar wonder a while back: “Do mobile-friendly redesigns run the risk of frustrating desktop users?” (Poynter)
  9. Ira Glass finds Shakespeare unemotional: Tim Carmody: “Will bespectacled literary nerds have to choose between Chicago’s adopted son Ira and our old friend Stratford Billy?” ( | Alyssa Rosenberg: Our “contemporary conversation about Shakespeare would be a lot more interesting if, rather than using the Bard’s name as a synonym for unimpeachable greatness, we could talk about what works of Shakespeare we like best, which do not resonate with us and why.” (The Washington Post) | DRAMATIC TWIST INVADES ROUNDUP ITEM: As it happens, in October, Mike Daisey plans to perform a series of monologues about why Shakespeare’s work matters. “I mean, it would be a little odd in any event,” Daisey writes, “but of all the people to have made it a little uproar…” (Mike Daisey’s Facebook page) | Related: Glass is a total gearhead. (Gizmodo)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Fareed Zakaria will be a contributing editor with Atlantic Media starting in September. Zakaria will remain the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” and continue to write for The Washington Post. (Poynter) | Bob Cusack has been named editor in chief of The Hill. Formerly, he was managing editor there. He will replace Hugo Gurdon, who will be editorial director at the Washington Examiner. News editor Ian Swanson will succeed Cusack as managing editor and lobbying editor Dustin Weaver will replace Swanson as news editor. Scott Wong, Politico reporter and author of The Huddle, will be joining The Hill covering congressional Republicans. Diana Marrero, a former national account executive for The Washington Post, will be director of content partnerships at The Hill. Shannan Bowen, formerly an audience development manager at Atlantic Media Strategies, will be director of audience engagement at The Hill. (The Hill) | Jon Auerbach is executive producer at CNN’s Reliable Sources. Previously, he was a supervising producer at “John King, USA.” (TV Newser) | Shana Hale has been named creative director at Better Homes and Gardens. She had been art director there. ( | Malika Touré has joined Ad Age as a reporter. Formerly, she was an intern at Creativity. (Ad Age) | Job of the day: The Seattle Times is hiring a Microsoft reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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NYT will take pot questions at 4:20 today

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 or so media stories.

  1. BuzzFeed fired Benny Johnson for plagiarism: “After carefully reviewing more than 500 of Benny’s posts, we have found 41 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other sites,” BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith wrote Friday night. (BuzzFeed) | Smith’s memo to staffers. (@brianstelter) | Johnson’s lifts offend “not only readers but Web journos everywhere who fiddle to no end with their copy to guarantee originality, who link neurotically to eliminate any suggestion of misappropriation, who close and reopen and close and reopen their posts before publishing to re-inspect this little thing or that little thing, and who finally hit ‘publish’ with a plume of palm sweat.” (The Washington Post) | The 34 sources from which Johnson lifted. (Gawker) | BuzzFeed stands by a January piece in which Johnson quoted anonymous intelligence sources who said they’d like to kill Edward Snowden. (Pando)
  2. Legalize pot, NYT editorial board urges: “Repeal Prohibition, Again” (NYT) | The NYT will continue to drug-test employees: “‘Our corporate policy on this issue reflects current law,’ the spokeswoman said.” (HuffPost) | Judy Woodruff: “When I think of grass I think of something to walk on, pot as something to put a plant in.” (Mediaite) | Times Editorial Page Editor Andrew Rosenthal will take questions on Facebook at 4:20 p.m. Monday (NYT Facebook)
  3. Sarah Palin launches subscription-based online channel: “The conservative pol’s online network is modeled on TheBlaze, the online-video network and website that ex-Fox News host Glenn Beck launched in 2011.” (Variety) | “no half-term package?” (‏@SteveFriess) | Palin calls The Washington Post’s leadership “wusses” (Sarah Palin Facebook)
  4. The National Enquirer wants to win again: Joe Pompeo writes about the newspaper’s struggle to claw back from financial and editorial struggles. “Anyone who has information and wants to get paid, call me,” Editor-in-Chief Dylan Howard tells Pompeo. “My checkbook is open.” (Capital)
  5. Michel Martin writes about childcare: Women of color “often face additional pressures that white women are far less likely to encounter” when balancing work and family, the NPR host writes. “One reason I am so disappointed about the cancellation of Tell Me More, which will have its last broadcast Aug. 1, is that the show has allowed me to prioritize these discussions on my own terms.” (National Journal)
  6. News, but with ambient sound: Tools to lighten your text-heavy articles. (
  7. Reddit wants to improve its advertising business: “‘Reddit is a 1998 product, trying to have a 1998 business model,’ said Gina Bianchini, chief executive of Mightybell, a social networking start-up.” (NYT)
  8. Tweet of the weekend: “BREAKING: Col Allen out, J. Jonah Jameson in at New York Post.” (@harrysiegel)
  9. Here’s today’s world news, edited by Kristen Hare: Media regulators say the BBC’s Jeremy Clarksondeliberately used a pejorative racial term to refer to an Asian man on BBC2’s Top Gear, causing offense without justification and breaching broadcasting rules,” Jason Deans reported for The Guardian. The incident took place in March during an episode of “Top Gear.” | In a Sunday editorial, The New York Times said censorship and pressures on the press have returned to India. | Here’s the front page from Apple Daily – Taiwan edition, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Beware the shopping cart.) Front page courtesy Newseum.


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Joe Flint will be a media reporter at The Wall Street Journal. He’s currently a media reporter for the Los Angeles Times. (@JBflint) | Danielle Knox will be an anchor and reporter at WSVN in Miami. Formerly, she hosted a show on Lifetime. (TVSpy) | Tammy Cohen and Lori Cohn have both been named executive beauty directors at Self. Formerly, they were both executive beauty directors at Lucky. (FishbowlNY) | Job of the day: The Kokomo Tribune is hiring a sports reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Comedy Central show asks: ‘NPR anchor or minor Star Wars character?’

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On Tuesday, the Comedy Central show @Midnight had some fun with NPR journalists’ names. Read more

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Rupert Murdoch is not giving up, the BBC cuts hundreds of jobs

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Margaret Low Smith: ‘It will ache to walk out the door’

After The Atlantic announced today it was hiring Margaret Low Smith, the senior vice president for news at NPR, her email inbox was inundated with messages.

It was a “slight out-of-body experience,” said Low, who will head up The Atlantic’s live events division.

The new job might seem like a big change for Smith, who oversees the day-to-day operations of NPR’s news division — but the two jobs do have one strong similarity, she said. Read more

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Margaret Low Smith leaves NPR for The Atlantic

NPR senior vice president for news Margaret Low Smith will join the Atlantic as a vice president and the president of the Atlantic’s events division, according to a press release Tuesday. Her departure “will be a hard parting,” NPR chief content officer Kinsey Wilson told staffers in a note (below).

Smith joined NPR in 1982. She’s been in charge of news since 2011. She got that job officially the next year. In 2012, Smith talked with Poynter about NPR’s Ethics Handbook, which emerged after a turbulent period at the radio network.

Chris Turpin will be acting head of news, Wilson tells staffers. The organization “will announce plans for a permanent search as soon they are finalized,” NPR spokesperson Isabel Lara tells Poynter in an email.

At the Atlantic, Smith will replace Elizabeth Baker Keffer, who founded AtlanticLIVE. Baker Keffer left the company early this year to join an investment firm in Chicago. Among the events AtlanticLive produces is the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Naming Smith’s replacement will be among new NPR chair Jarl Mohn’s “major tasks,” NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes on Twitter. Wilson “will likely play a lead role in choice,” Folkenflik says.

Here’s Wilson’s note to NPR staffers Monday:

Dear all,

I’m writing to share the news that Margaret Low Smith is leaving NPR at the end of the month to take a position as President of The Atlantic’s live events business.

Her departure will be felt as profoundly as any in recent memory.

Margaret has devoted nearly her entire professional career to NPR and in that time has become its most determined and eloquent champion. She is the best partner I’ve had in nearly 20 years of news leadership.

And for many, she is the soul of the organization – in her compassion, her generosity, her optimism; equally in her intelligence, drive and ambition for NPR. She is our head and heart.

And so this will be a hard parting.

Margaret will tell you this was not an opportunity she sought. But she will also tell you she had hopes of someday going out on her own terms and of writing another chapter in her career. When Atlantic came courting, she found the opportunity irresistible.

As President of AtlanticLIVE she will be part of the leadership team charged with taking Atlantic’s already prodigious events business to the next level –a job that draws equally on her experience in journalism, programming and executive leadership.

Chris Turpin, who has been filling in for Ellen McDonnell while she was on leave, will become acting head of news upon Margaret’s departure. (Ellen returned yesterday). As executive producer of All Things Considered, and more recently as acting head of programming, Chris has shown the programming skill, news judgment, strategic outlook and leadership talent required to keep the organization on a steady course.

Margaret began her career at NPR in 1982 as an overnight production assistant on Morning Edition, eventually rising to become head of programming and, in January of 2011, stepping in to lead the news division at a challenging moment in our history.

Her life at NPR included a decade on All Things Considered producing stories on everything from the plight of chicken catchers on the eastern shore of Maryland to documenting the lives of the mentally ill homeless on the streets of New York. As head of programming she led the transformation of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! into a wildly successful live show.

She leaves the news division in a strong position, having undertaken a long list of ambitious initiatives that will be felt for years to come: crafting new ethical guidelines, professionalizing safety and security procedures for our overseas correspondents, naming new hosts, reorganizing her senior leadership team, moving WATC to the West Coast, overseeing the launch of new desks and foreign bureaus, undertaking an overhaul of the Morning Edition and All Things Considered clocks, launching an effort to reshape our newsgathering relationship with member stations, forging a first-of-its-kind partnership with WBUR and Here & Now, better integrating digital into our news operations, making tough but necessary budget cuts… The list goes on.

With those efforts, the news division is as strong as it has ever been – a beacon at a moment of turbulence in the news business.

Margaret will be here for the next three weeks, through August 1. And we will of course celebrate her properly as she heads for the door. More on that in the days ahead.

Chris will remain in his current position for the next week, before heading out on vacation. And we will detail staffing changes on ATC shortly.

All three of us will be available in the news conference room (3 North) at 10:30 to answer any questions. Dial-up information will be sent separately.

In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Margaret and Chris on the next chapters in their careers.


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