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Why Gene Demby considered quitting NPR

Gene Demby covers race for NPR as part of its Code Switch team, and the job has been wearying since protests in Ferguson, Missouri, put the issue back on the front burner last summer. A nation with a frequently short attention span remains very much immersed in the complex and frustrating reality of race relations and related issues, including … Read More
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NPR Visuals is trying to reduce the effects of privilege while hiring

Recently, NPR Visuals announced that they would allow applicants to resend cover letters for their fall internship positions. They felt that their hiring process had not been a level playing field for everyone. The issue of diversity has been a topic of constant discussion within the journalism community. While BuzzFeed has tried to come up with an … Read More
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NPR standards guru: You shouldn't say 'a**hole' on a podcast

NPR In a public memo to staffers Thursday, NPR Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott admonished the network's journalists to use the same standards for offensive language on podcasts that they would over the air. The guidance was in response to a question from journalists in NPR's New York bureau, who asked whether it was OK to "call … Read More
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Melissa Block, leaving 'All Things Considered' after more than a decade, on what's next

Block. (Photo courtesy NPR) Melissa Block, the globe-trotting journalist who has anchored NPR's "All Things Considered" for more than 12 years, announced Monday that she's leaving the flagship news program to become a special correspondent for the network. We asked Block, who has been at NPR for 30 years, to reflect via email on her time as host, the … Read More
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NPR corrects: the Battle of Waterloo wasn't today

NPR A recent story from NPR explaining what Napoleon's men ate while on the warpath carries the following correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Napolean called the Breakfast Conference on June 18, 2015. In fact, it was 1815. The Breakfast Conference, as the NPR story explains, was a meeting called by Napoleon wherein the commander explained … Read More
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'PBS NewsHour,' NPR unite for election coverage

PBS NewsHour Two of America's most prominent public media organizations announced Tuesday that they will join forces to cover the 2016 political conventions. NPR and "PBS NewsHour," the flagship nightly news broadcast of PBS, will work together to cover the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. The two organizations will pool their reportorial muscle to … Read More
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Michael May will run NPR's Storytelling Lab

NPR has picked a journalist to lead a new venture dedicated to developing innovative modes of storytelling. Michael May, an instructor at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, has been named senior producer at NPR's Storytelling Lab. The lab, which was announced early this year, is an incubator established within NPR to test out ideas for podcasts and … Read More
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This week on Medium: 6 media stories you may have missed

Links shared in Poynter's internal Slack channel are quite frequently from Medium and almost always about journalism and media (although sometimes not.) So this week, we're trying something new and gathering them up here. Throughout the week, let me know what you're reading on Medium and we'll try to include it next Friday, if we try this again. Read More
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NPR: Before you write a correction — or correct that correction — notify the author

NPR On Thursday, we pointed out a variety of correction rarely glimpsed in the wild: a correction-correction-clarification. Clarification May 21, 2015 In a previous correction on this post, we corrected something that was actually correct. So we have corrected that correction. It had to do with Celsius temperatures. NPR deserves plaudits for the abundance of transparency demonstrated above. Read More
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NPR publishes Holy Grail of corrections

NPR Since I started on this beat nearly a year ago, I've seen a lot of corrections. Some are funny, some are morbid and some seem obvious in retrospect. But NPR on Thursday published something I've never witnessed before — the seldom-seen correction-correction-clarification. Clarification May 21, 2015 In a previous correction on this post, we corrected something … Read More
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NPR ombud: Hosts shouldn't plug their own books on air

NPR The long-standing routine of NPR employees using the network's airtime to discuss their own books has got to stop, NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen wrote Thursday. NPR hosts, correspondents, producers and contributors write an awful lot of books, many of them eagerly anticipated by listeners who turn them into bestsellers. But I believe NPR should not routinely help … Read More
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'The audience is going to demand it': Why good visuals matter

Kainaz Amaria and Imaeyen Ibanga are the type of extroverted, vibrant people who can win over a room within minutes. But they find it frustrating when they and their visual colleagues aren’t included in the room at all, especially as editorial decisions are being made. Amaria, NPR's picture editor, and Ibanga, a multi-platform producer at NBC News, were both part … Read More
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NPR editor: Don't call looters 'protesters'

NPR When referring to individuals who have committed crimes in Baltimore, don't describe them as "protesters," NPR Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott wrote Tuesday. Reports from Baltimore indicate that some people are taking advantage of the situation to lash out at authorities or to grab what they can from businesses. Those are not just protesters in the … Read More
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NPR standards editor voices disapproval of Affleck episode on PBS

NPR An episode of PBS' "Finding Your Roots" that glossed over the slave-owning heritage of movie star Ben Affleck is not in keeping with standards at NPR, Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott wrote Wednesday. Let’s keep this simple: The people we interview, the sources we use and the supporters who give us money do not shape or … Read More
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NPR editors: Chuy broadcast did not meet our standards

NPR An episode of the NPR-distributed program "Latino USA" that focused on the campaign of Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia did not meet standards of fairness and completeness, the public radio network's editors said Friday. The editors raised a number of concerns about the hourlong program, which aired four days before the runoff election between Garcia and … Read More