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NPR combines interactive, multimedia desks into one

In an effort to make its storytelling even more web-optimized, NPR is combining its interactive news applications desk and multimedia desk into a new “good Internet team.”

That’s not what it’ll officially be called, said Brian Boyer, the news apps … Read more

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NPR’s Andy Carvin offered buyout, he hasn’t yet accepted

Andy Carvin's Twitter page NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin announced on Twitter this morning that he's been offered a buyout from the organization. Carvin included a link to his blog, where he explained more. "Earlier this fall, NPR announced it would offer buyouts for staff to help balance the company’s budget by reducing the workforce by about 10%. Surprising even myself, I must admit, I threw my hat into the ring. Last Friday, I learned NPR has accepted my buyout request." But he hasn't yet accepted it. Carvin writes that he has until December to decide. If he doesn't take it, he'll keep his job. (more...)
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Twitter hires Vivian Schiller as head of news

Twitter and Vivian Schiller announced Thursday that she would be the service's head of news.     The question of who would land in the job has fascinated media people for months. In early October, AllThingsD's Mike Isaac and Kara Swisher said Schiller was "a lock" for the job. (more...)
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NPR says the sources it gets through Facebook are worth the heated comments

Thursday morning NPR posted a query on Facebook: "Do you know of an innovative African American start-up or technologist active in Silicon Valley or in your community? Share your thoughts here or email tellmemore@npr.org #NPRBlacksinTech." The NPR show "Tell Me More" often features the stories and voices of minorities.

Here's a smattering of what followed, organized into some themes that emerged. The outraged and confused: "Why does their race matter? Racists!!!" (more...)
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NPR will use term ‘Obamacare’ less

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NPR standards editor Stuart Seidel asked reporters and editors to "avoid overusing 'Obamacare'" after the Maynard Institute's Richard Prince wrote him saying "the term can no longer be defended as neutral."

Seidel's memo, Prince writes, says:

"'Obamacare' seems to be straddling somewhere between being a politically-charged term and an accepted part of the vernacular. (more...)
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NPR ombudsman responds to criticism about Al Jazeera America sponsorship ads:

Questions of bias or independence are irrelevant when it comes to whether NPR should accept sponsorship or cable networks should carry the new network. Many news outlets have a bias. What matters is whether Al Jazeera America’s falls within the acceptable boundaries of decency and free speech, and clearly it does. …

We should not be afraid of these many new voices. Democracy does quite well in Europe, Japan and other parts of the world where the news media has long been identified with ideological, party or individual points of view. American news networks such as CNN are present on cable channels in the rest of the world, including, specifically, Qatar. What counts for American democracy is that we uphold our free speech values and let the best ideas win in the marketplace of open debate.

NPR, Edward Schumacher-Matos

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NPR ends on-air credits for some staffers

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NPR ended its practice of crediting "behind the curtain" staffers Friday, "Morning Edition" producer Jim Wildman writes. One NPR exec told Wildman that "vast amounts of recent research indicates with clarity that on-air credits are a turn-off for listeners," he writes, adding, "I think I'm ok with all this."
It still doesn't mean that the decision doesn't sit well. It is — or was — a perk, however small. And to be honest, on-air credit fans the all-too-tempting flames of vanity. A colleague shared this morning how her brother had once been asked: "Are you the brother of Selena Simmons-Duffin?"
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NPR President Knell leaving network for National Geographic Society

Gary Knell plans to leave his post as NPR's president and CEO to assume a role with the same titles at the National Geographic Society, the network announced in a press release Monday. He took his current post in 2011.

NPR reporter David Folkenflik says on Twitter that Knell's move surprised the network's "largely supportive board" and that NPR staffers reacted "with widespread astonishment" at the news. Knell is NPR's sixth CEO in the past eight years, Folkenflik notes.

National Geographic's release says its current president and CEO, John M. Fahey, will be chairman of the board after Knell starts.

"I was approached by the organization recently and offered an opportunity that, after discussions with my family, I could not turn down," Knell writes in a letter to NPR staffers. (more...)
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NPR ombud’s latest report raises important questions, but it’s not without flaws

The modern ombudsman has been a prominent fixture in several of the largest American newsrooms since The New York Times instituted its public editor in the wake of the Jayson Blair debacle a decade ago.

While the position itself has … Read more

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NPR’s new redesign aims to create a less overwhelming reading experience

My first instinct when describing NPR.org’s just-launched redesigned homepage is to say it feels like the radio: soft-spoken and spare. But upon further reflection, I think the better old-media analogy for the new homepage is newspapers.

That might sound like … Read more

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