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You can now apply for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Applications are now open for the Online News Association-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, which will take place on April 12 to April 17 at Poynter in St. Petersburg, Florida. The academy is tuition-free, and 25 women will be chosen.

Teaching at the academy will be Facebook’s Liz Heron, S. Mitra Kalita of Quartz, Google News Lab’s Olivia Ma and Poynter’s Kelly McBride.

Here’s the application.

“I wish I had a program like this available to me early in my career,” said McBride in a press release. “It’s about time that we did something to address to documented barriers women face as they try to climb to the highest levels of leadership in media companies.”

From the press release:

Individual workshops will explore effective management styles, understanding journalism business models, navigating newsroom and digital culture, staying on top of technology trends, building entrepreneurial and collaborative teams, managing across differences, and coaching critical thinking.

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Why NPR didn’t publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

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NPR decided not to publish controversial cartoons from satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo because “posting just a few of the cover images” of the Prophet Muhammad “could be misleading,” standards editor Mark Memmott wrote Monday.

Publishing a few magazine covers, Memmott writes, might give readers the impression the magazine is “only a bit edgier” than similar publications. But a more thorough examination of the cartoons would violate “most news organizations’ standards regarding offensive material.”

At NPR, the policy on “potentially offensive language” applies to the images posted online as well. It begins by stating that “as a responsible broadcaster, NPR has always set a high bar on use of language that may be offensive to our audience.

In the aftermath of the shooting at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, news organizations have been divided over whether to publish cartoons from the magazines depicting Muhammad, whose likeness is sacrosanct among Muslims. Read more

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4 factors the media should consider when predicting presidential success

Edwards speaks to the assembled crowd in the Barnes Auditorium at The Poynter Institute. (Credit: Tom Cowthon)

Edwards speaks to the assembled crowd in the Barnes Auditorium at The Poynter Institute. (Credit: Tom Cowthon)

After Barack Obama’s 2008 election, some politicos surmised that America’s new president began his term with the clout to effect major change.

With a new kind of campaign that harnessed the power of the social Web and rhetoric espousing the twin virtues of hope and change, they said he had an opportunity to rouse the public and persuade Congress to enact legislative reform.

George Edwards, a professor of political science at Texas A&M, disagreed. In fact, as he told a crowd gathered at The Poynter Institute Wednesday night, pundits who predicted that Obama would be successful in rallying the public and generating bipartisan support from Congress were ignoring facts that hamstrung the presidency as soon as it began.

“The president did not transform American politics, and his failure to do so was not because he lacked the eloquence or bargaining skills or the determination to succeed,” Edwards said. Read more

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Career Beat: Daniel Norselli named president and publisher of the Springfield News-Leader

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Daniel Norselli is now president and publisher of the Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader and The Baxter Bulletin. Previously, he was senior digital sales director for the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group. (Gannett)
  • Katie Hawkins-Gaar will be Poynter’s digital innovation faculty member. She is editor of CNN’s iReport. (Poynter)
  • Jenna Wortham is now a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. Previously, she was a columnist on the business desk. (New York Times)
  • Jessica Lustig will be deputy editor at The New York Times Magazine. Previously, she was a staff editor there. (Poynter)
  • Ethan Bronner will be managing editor for international government at Bloomberg News. Previously, he was deputy national editor at The New York Times. (Fishbowl NY)

Job of the day: The Newseum is looking for a special projects associate. Read more

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Career Beat: Xana Antunes named editor of new initiatives at Quartz

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Xana Antunes is now editor of new initiatives at Quartz. Previously, she was editor and vice president of CNBC Digital. (Capital)
  • Dan Steinberg will be sports columnist at The Washington Post. He founded the D.C. Sports Bog there. (Washington Post)
  • Ann Marie Lipinski is now a member of Poynter’s board of trustees. She is the curator of the Nieman Foundation. Rob King will be chairman of Poynter’s National Advisory Board. He is a senior vice president at ESPN. (Poynter)
  • Jill Waage is now executive editor at Better Homes and Gardens. Previously, she was editorial director for home there. (Email)
  • Mark Neerman is now news director at KSNV in Las Vegas, Nevada. Previously, he was news director at WHAS in Louisville, Kentucky. Megan Harris is now news director for WFAA in Dallas. Previously, she was an executive producer there.
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The Poynter Institute lost $3.5 million in 2013, makes progress toward new revenue sources

The Poynter Institute filed its financial statement for 2013 with the Internal Revenue Service Friday. It shows a loss of about $3.5 million for that year. (Here’s Poynter’s press release about the report.)

Poynter has taken a number of steps in 2014 to try to regain its footing as its traditional revenue sources have dwindled — it last received a dividend from its ownership of the Tampa Bay Times in 2010. It hired Tim Franklin as president in February. In May, Franklin released his plan for the institute’s future, which includes more international instruction, custom teaching programs and the sale of some of Poynter’s assets (though not its building, which has taken on six paying tenants, all digital startups, this year).

There has been progress toward these goals, Franklin said in a phone call. “We’re on pace to set a record this year in teaching income, which I’m very excited about,” he said. Read more

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WHO blacklists BuzzFeed reporter, accidentally tells her

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. WHO blacklists BuzzFeed reporter

    World Health Organization spokesperson Laura Bellinger mistakenly CC'd BuzzFeed reporter Tasneem Nashrulla on an email saying "My understanding is that BuzzFeed is banned." Tarik Jasarevic, another WHO staffer weighed in on another email -- Nashrulla was still CC'd -- saying only BuzzFeed reporter Jina Moore, who is covering Ebola in West Africa, was blacklisted. Jasarevic has not replied to a request from Poynter for elaboration on the thinking behind such an extraordinary (and petty) step. (Mashable) | In August, Jasarevic listed among his duties "being available to report to national and international media about the situation," but he was talking to someone who worked for Bono, not Jonah Peretti. (One)

  2. Former SPJ treasurer sentenced

    Scott Eric Cooper admitted embezzling more than $43,000 from SPJ's Oklahoma chapter and will serve a 10-year deferred sentence.

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Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, Anders Gyllenhaal, Alexandra Zayas among additions to Poynter’s National Advisory Board

The Poynter Institute announced Thursday the addition of five journalism leaders to its National Advisory Board, including Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, senior editor for strategy at The New York Times and Anders Gyllenhaal, vice president of news at the McClatchy Company.

Each of the board members have gained widespread recognition for their work and developed reputations as journalism innovators, Poynter president Tim Franklin said in a release accompanying the announcement.

“They’ll be invaluable partners for Poynter as we transform the institute to make it even more relevant and useful for media executives, practitioners, educators and students,” Franklin said. “We’ll benefit greatly from having their expertise and knowledge on the advisory board.”

The new members will each serve two-year terms on the 10-person board, which advises Poynter’s faculty and staff on trends shaping various media industries. They replace current board members whose terms expire at the beginning of the year.

Here’s the full list of new board members:

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Career Beat: AP gets new global news manager for weekends

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • James Nord is now a political correspondent for The Associated Press. Previously, he was a political reporter at MinnPost. (AP)
  • Evan Berland is now global news manager for weekends at the AP. Previously, he was deputy editor for the eastern United States. (AP)
  • Mitra Kalita is now an adjunct faculty member at Poynter. She is Quartz’ ideas editor. (Poynter)
  • Catherine Gundersen is now managing editor of Marie Claire. She was editorial business manager at GQ. (Fishbowl NY)
  • Jacob Rascon is now a correspondent at NBC News. Previously, he was a reporter for KNBC in Los Angeles. (TV Spy)

Job of the day: The Wall Street Journal is looking for a banking editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Mitra Kalita joins Poynter as an adjunct

Quartz ideas editor Mitra Kalita will join the Poynter Institute as an adjunct faculty member. Before Quartz, Kalita worked at The Wall Street Journal, and she’s also worked for the Associated Press and The Washington Post.

Mitra Kalita.

Mitra Kalita.

Kalita first came to Poynter when she was a college student. “A lot has changed in our profession since then and I’ve made the transition from legacy media to a digitally native, innovative startup in Quartz,” Kalita says in the release. “But a lot hasn’t; the Poynter rules I learned that summer in the late 1990s still apply.”

Full release:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (October 2, 2014) –Mitra Kalita, one of the nation’s leading digital innovators and current Quartz ideas editor, is joining The Poynter Institute’s adjunct faculty.

Kalita, who was named one of Folio’s Top 100 Women in Media for 2014, is also an author, a senior manager for three startups and is a frequent lecturer on digital storytelling.

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