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Career Beat: Jose Valle is president of political and advocacy sales at Univision

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

  • Jose Valle is now president of political and advocacy sales at Univision. Previously, he was president of Univision Radio. (TV Spy)
  • Melissa Block will be special correspondent at NPR News. She hosts “All Things Considered.” (Poynter)
  • Emory Thomas Jr. is now publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal. He is chief content officer of American City Business Journals. (Talking Biz News)
  • Karen Mahabir is now managing editor of news at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was digital products producer for The Associated Press. (Capital New York)

Job of the day: Quartz is looking for breaking news reporters. Get your résumés in! (Mediagazer)

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Should Jann Wenner have canned Rolling Stone staffers?

The question on the lips of several reporters during Columbia Journalism School’s presser today: Should heads have rolled at Rolling Stone for the oversights that produced “A Rape on Campus?

The authors of the report deferred to the magazine, emphasizing their role in highlighting “systemic and institutional problems” rather than prescribing specific fixes. “We leave it up to Rolling Stone to decide how best to deal with these problems,” said Sheila Coronel, dean of academic affairs at the school.

While Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner and managing editor Will Dana told The New York Times they have fixed some newsroom practices, Wenner has said staffers at Rolling Stone will not be disciplined for the flawed story.

The decision was a striking one when viewed in the context of the long and unforgiving review. Read more

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Career Beat: Angel Rodriguez named sports editor at Los Angeles Times

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

  • Ben Reining is now deputy editor at Refinery29. Previously, he worked for NowThis News. Meredith Clark is now a news writer for Refinery29. Previously, she covered women’s rights and activist movements for MSNBC. Christina Bonnington is now technology editor at Refinery29. Previously, she was a staff writer at Wired Digital. (Capital New York)
  • Bianca Consunji will be director of video at Bustle. She is a video producer at Mashable. (@biancaconsunji)
  • Angel Rodriguez is now sports editor at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was deputy editor for mobile innovation at The Washington Post. (Email)
  • Sierra Jiminez is now senior video producer at Mashable. Previously, she was at Fortune magazine. (@MashableHQ)

Job of the day: The Boston Globe is looking for a features writer. Read more

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Poynter, ONA announce participants in digital leadership academy

The Online News Association and The Poynter Institute Tuesday announced the names of 25 women selected for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, an initiative that will provide leadership training for women from news organizations throughout the United States.

The participants, who were selected from a pool of nearly 500 applicants, will visit Poynter in mid-April for free training designed to enable them to grow as leaders. The classes are designed to be an open forum for discussion and networking and will allow participants to leave with a “built-in support system,” according to a release from Poynter.

“This was an amazing and intense process,” said Kelly McBride, Poynter’s vice president of academic programs. “Amazing because we discovered so many journalists doing incredible work. Read more

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Career Beat: Lisa Arbetter named editor of StyleWatch

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

  • Lisa Arbetter will be editor of StyleWatch. Previously, she was deputy editor of InStyle. (Time Inc.)
  • Jill Geisler has been named Loyola University’s Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity. She was a faculty member at Poynter for 16 years. (Poynter)
  • Anna Dickson will be deputy director of photography at The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was photography director at The Huffington Post. (Mediabistro)
  • Eliot Pierce is now chief product officer at The New Republic. Previously, he was a consultant. (Poynter)

Job of the day: The Tampa Bay Times is looking for a general assignment reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Career Beat: Juliet Lapidos named op-ed page editor at the Los Angeles Times

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

  • Juliet Lapidos will be the op-ed page editor of the Los Angeles Times. She’s currently a staff editor at The New York Times. (Email)
  • Luz Maria Doria will be a contributor to Siempre Mujer. She is vice president and executive producer of Univision’s Despierta America. Irma Martinez will be a contributor to Siempre Mujer. She is a celebrity stylist. Luz Avila-Kyncl will be a contributor to Siempre Mujer. She is a nutrition coach. (Email)
  • James Warren will be chief media correspondent at Poynter. He is Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News. (Poynter)
  • Remy Stern is now chief digital officer at The New York Post. Previously, he was digital managing editor there.
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James Warren will be Poynter’s chief media correspondent

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James Warren (New York Daily News photo)

James Warren will join Poynter’s digital team as chief media correspondent starting in April. Warren is currently the Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News and a former managing editor and Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune.

Warren was also a media columnist for the Tribune and a television analyst on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America.

“Jim Warren will add personality and perspective to our already outstanding digital team,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “He brings with him a reporting background and contacts in three of the nation’s largest media markets — Washington, Chicago and New York — and he’s worked across media platforms in print, television and digital. Jim is someone who understands how the media business works, and he has the ability to bring original, unique insight to our coverage of the industry.”

In his new role, Warren will be the lead media news reporter for Poynter covering breaking news and writing in-depth stories on major issues. Read more

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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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