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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:

  • Arthur Gregg Sulzberger: Sulzberger is the primary author of The New York Times innovation report and the senior editor for strategy at The New York Times.
  • Anders Gyllenhaal: Gyllenhaal is the vice president of news at the McClatchy Company and former editor of the Miami Herald (2007 to 2010) and the Minnseapolis Star Tribune (2002 to 2007).
  • Lori Bergen: Bergen is the dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University and was named 2014 Journalism and Mass Communication Administrator of the Year by the Scripps Howard Foundation. She is also the incoming president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • Emilio Garcia-Ruiz: As managing editor of digital at The Washington Post, Garcia-Ruiz is The Post’s chief strategist for digital execution and the newsroom’s top liaison with business operations for digital programs.
  • Alexandra Zayas: Zayas, a reporter for The Tampa Bay Times, has won several prizes for her investigative reporting, including the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. She was a 2013 Pulitzer finalist for a series of stories that investigated abusive conditions at unlicensed religious group homes.

The following members are leaving Poynter’s National Advisory Board at the beginning of the year:

  • Philip Bennett, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University.
  • David Boardman, dean of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication.
  • Mónica Guzmán, a columnist at The Seattle Times.
  • David Nordfors, president and co-founder of IIIJ.
  • Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute.
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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.

Prior to her current position as Quartz ideas editor, she managed The Wall Street Journal’s reporting on the Great Recession. She also spearheaded the launch of a local news section for New York City and covered the housing crisis. Additionally, she was a driving force behind the launch of Mint, a New Delhi business paper. Other previous editorial roles include her time spent on staff at the Washington Post, the Associated Press and Newsday. She also holds a position as adjunct professor of journalism at St. John’s and Columbia universities, and is a past president of the South Asian Journalists Association.

“Mitra is a perfect fit for Poynter’s teaching team, and her appointment symbolizes the institute’s new strategic focus on digital innovation,” said Tim Franklin, president of The Poynter Institute. “Mitra has thrived at top legacy news organizations, and now at a growing digital operation, Quartz. At the same time, she’s also gained experience teaching at Columbia University and St. John’s. That background uniquely positions Mitra for Poynter. Mitra also is one of the nation’s leaders when it comes to innovative digital storytelling. We couldn’t be happier to have Mitra join our team.”

Kalita began her affiliation with Poynter as a college student. “My introduction to Poynter came during a seminar for college editors,” she said. “It was there I picked up lifelong lessons on ethics, storytelling, diversity, and management—all through the complicated lens of a journalist’s desire for fairness, compassion, and accountability. 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. But a lot hasn’t; the Poynter rules I learned that summer in the late 1990s still apply.

I am so honored to now be able to give back a little to this institution as an adjunct faculty member. As has always been tradition at Poynter, I expect to gain as much from participants as they might from me. And I look forward to figuring out together not just how our industry will survive but thrive.”

“Mitra’s an ideal complement to the Poynter faculty,” said Kelly McBride, Poynter’s vice president of academic programs. “She’s smart, entrepreneurial and dynamic. And she has the great combination of journalism chops, startup expertise and teaching experience to enhance our curriculum and help us lead the journalism industry.”

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Poynter, Arizona State University announce online adjunct faculty certificate

The Poynter Institute and Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication announced Wednesday an online certificate program for adjunct journalism professors.

The program, which will be made available to journalism and mass communication programs across the country, will teach instructional skills. It will focus on the five areas: building a syllabus and course schedule, assessing teaching success, new teaching tools, student engagement and participation and teaching and evaluation and grading.

This pedagogical instruction is essential for adjunct professors, most of whom are trained primarily as journalism professionals, said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School.

“They bring real-world experience and up-to-date skills into their classrooms, but few are trained as teachers,” Callahan said. “By giving them the tools they need to be successful in the classroom, we can meet the high expectations of journalism and mass communications programs and strengthen student learning.”

The program will be hosted by News University, with coaching and feedback provided by educators at the Cronkite School. Those who complete the program will be awarded a certificate of proficiency.

Registration for the certificate program will begin at Poynter’s NewsU in early 2015.

The program comes months after Poynter’s president, Tim Franklin, unveiled a new vision for the institute that includes plans for expanding online education. One element of Poynter’s new strategic plan, “teaching the teachers,” outlines ambitions to reach more high school and university journalism teachers in person and in online self-directed courses.

The program also aims to meet the increased demand for adjunct journalism faculty members across the nation. Part-time faculty members made up more than half of the nearly 1.5 million college educators nationwide in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.

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5 investigative journalism tips from New York Times’ David Barstow

After a publisher chopped away at one of David Barstow’s early investigative stories, he considered ditching journalism and heading off to law school. Since then, Barstow — now a reporter at The New York Times — has gone on to win three Pulitzer Prizes for journalism that has exposed poor working conditions and bribery in America’s companies and manipulation of the American media.

New York Times investigative reporter David Barstow (right) talks to Poynter's Butch Ward in Poynter's inaugural Master Class. Photo by Ren LaForme.

New York Times investigative reporter David Barstow (right) talks to Butch Ward, senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute at a Master Class. (Photo by Ren LaForme)

But Barstow’s professional journey hasn’t been easy. It’s one that left him with “scar tissue” and an evolving understanding of the best way to approach cagey sources, unyielding spokespersons and impatient editors.

He shared some of that knowledge Friday with senior faculty member Butch Ward for Poynter’s inaugural “Master Class,” a discussion on the trajectory of his career and some of the stories that shaped it. During the discussion, Barstow described some of the psychological, narrative and interviewing tools that go into his work. Here are five tips we pulled out from the class:

Establish a track record to earn more time to cover investigations

Barstow felt like he had two jobs when he began his career. He would “feed the beast” during workdays and chip away at ambitious enterprise stories on the nights and weekends. Then, when he knew those stories were almost ready to be published, he would ask his editor to place a “small bet” on him: a few days to bring the story to its conclusion.

After he established a history of turning in these ambitious stories, he was able to ask for larger investments of time from his editors at small and large newspapers.

“If in my first month at The New York Times, I had gone to them and said, ‘you know, I have this really great tip about potential corruption in Mexico by Wal-Mart, and I’m going to have to spend months in Mexico and it’s going to take forever,’ they would have politely said, ‘maybe we’ll ask the Mexico bureau chief to take a look at this.’”

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Never let ‘em see you sweat

Barstow’s hands used to sweat before he conducted showdown interviews with the powerful corporate leaders in his stories. He would wipe them on his pants before he shook hands or blow on them to conceal his anxiety. When they could feel the sweat on his hands, they knew they had him, he said.

But Barstow adopted a strategy to help kill the pre-interview nerves. He prepares “relentlessly”, sometimes for a week at a time, and he enters the room alone, dressed down, with his documents in a milk crate.

When the approach works, he wears down the other side, he said. As the interview progresses, the lawyers or executives he’s questioning start to slump in their chairs as he demonstrates mastery of the story, and they’re less likely to “say obviously ridiculous, stupid things,” Barstow said.

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New York Times investigative reporter David Barstow talks to Butch Ward, senior faculty at the Poynter Institute at Poynter’s inaugural Master Class. (Photo by Ren LaForme)

Frame big stories tightly

After the U.S. invaded Iraq, many reporters wanted to know: where were the weapons of mass destruction that propelled the county to war? Barstow was assigned to a group at The New York Times that tried to answer that question.

“That’s a simple question, but when you start getting into it, when you start wandering down those roads, you could spend all kinds of times looking at chemical weapons or biological weapons or nuclear weapons,” Barstow said.

To tackle the complex story, Barstow narrowed his field of focus. He wrote about aluminium tubing, which the Bush administration said Saddam Hussein was using to create material for nuclear weapons. This allowed him to ask targeted questions about something specific and connect his reporting  to the larger issue of how the U.S. was using its intelligence to provide justification for the war.

“By scrunching the field of focus down, it allows you, first of all, to target your reporting much more precisely,” Barstow said. “But it also, then, allows you to bring in all the complexity within that tight little frame.”

Bring a piece of paper with you for sensitive interviews

Barstow says getting someone to talk can be extremely difficult. He tries to show up unannounced, between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m., with an object — such as a piece of paper — in hand to pique his subject’s curiosity. Common politeness often gets him in the door. Once inside, he takes every opportunity to prolong his visit, including accepting offers for coffee and, if he needs to, using the bathroom.

Convince editors to buy into the investigative “journey”

Journalism is not a business that embraces patience, Barstow said. Many conversations between editors and reporters are driven by the need for timely content, and this can sometimes lead to an impulse to publish a story prematurely.

But editors can also be allies in the reporting process, Barstow said. if reporters convince them to buy into the “journey” of an investigation, they’re more likely to advocate for the story to their bosses.

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8 digital media lessons from Poynter’s ‘Journalism and the Web@25′ panel

Journalists shared personal stories about a “Goosebumps” fan site, a three-year-old riding an elevator, and dropping computer science classes in college to illustrate how journalism has changed since 1989 — and needs to change more quickly today — at Poynter’s “Journalism and the Web@25″ event Tuesday night.

The panelists at the Ford Foundation in New York represented both new and old media, and television, print, and mobile:

  • Rob King, ESPN‘s senior vice president, SportsCenter and News
  • Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide
  • Melissa Bell, co-founder, senior product manager and executive editor at
  • Kathleen Carroll, executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press
  • Jeff Jarvis, founder of and professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism

Here’s a replay of the lively discussion (the event begins around the 8:50 mark) and some digital journalism lessons shared by panelists as they reflected on the past 25 years of the Web:

The time for urgency was then — and now

When it comes to digital transformation, “I think we probably all wish we had been faster, sooner,” said the AP’s Carroll. Jarvis made a similar point: “I wish I’d done a better job of scaring the shit out of people,” he said. “The problem is you don’t want to be Chicken Little, but what I was trying to say was we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve got a lot of experimentation to do.”

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Audience expectations rise quickly

ESPN’s King told a story about his son, who as a three-year-old visited his grandparents’ house after the recent installation of an elevator. After three days, he returned home and asked King as he was being carried upstairs to bed, “where’s the elevator?”

“That is audience expectation in the digital age,” King said to laughter. “You see something one time, that’s it. It exists. It can’t not be anymore. The first time you ever pick up a tablet and watch a movie, you’re like, ‘hey, I can do this now.’”

Writers should embrace technology

Vox’s Bell started college as a computer science major but switched to literature. “I never went back to computer science classes, and I think it was a mistake to think of those as different things, to really think about my love of computers and my love of the sciences and maths as separate from writing,” she said. “It took me a long time to realize how intertwined they can be.”

We can’t afford separation between church and state

King used the example of Craiglist’s early days (founder Craig Newmark was in the audience) to illustrate the dangers of a newsroom unaware of what the business side is up to — and vice-versa. “We had business writers writing about Craigslist, story after story,” he said. “And nobody got up and walked over to the classified folks and said, ‘we got a problem.’”

“We felt as though it wasn’t our responsibility or it wasn’t our job to care about the building of the business, or to care about things that were germane to the business, and then we got surprised when the lights started going out.”

Brian Stelter, Melissa Bell and Rob King. (Photo by Serena Dai)

Brian Stelter, Melissa Bell and Rob King. (Photo by Serena Dai)

Community and conversation have power

CNN’s Stelter said his pivotal Web experience came in 1996, when he made a “Goosebumps” fan site. “My a-ha moment was when R.L. Stine, the author of the books, started reading the site and emailing me and answering questions.”

When Jarvis started blogging after 9/11, he said, “People started communicating with me, and I realized that the proper structure for media is a conversation among people, and that wasn’t the structure we had.”

Audiences have always wanted to engage, King argued: “People have been yelling at televisions during sports events for years.” Added Stelter: “Now we can hear them.”

Potential for news customization/personalization is unrealized

How far have we come in 25 years? Maybe not far enough, Stelter said: “I wish that when I landed at an airport in a new city that my phone would light up with options: ‘Here, sign up for the local paper, just $1 for one day. Here’s a live broadcast from the NBC affiliate, you can access it without jumping through hoops.’”

Added Stelter: “It just doesn’t feel to me like my technology knows me, and I don’t feel like these news outlets, who could get a buck or two from me at a time, know me either.” Jarvis made a similar point: “Waze knows where I live and I work. My newspaper doesn’t.”

Kathleen Carroll and Jeff Jarvis. (Photo by Serena Dai)

Kathleen Carroll and Jeff Jarvis. (Photo by Serena Dai)

News should serve audiences ‘anytime, anywhere’

“If there’s a big game we’ll cut a three-minute highlight for SportsCenter and we’ll cut a 30-second clip for the mobile space,” King said. “We know that if you’ve got a phone with limited LTE we can’t be sending a 6-minute 59-second, beautiful ’30 for 30′ short because that’s just not respectful of how you use that device. But we have to make that easy to access online or in the tablet space.”

One person’s theft is another person’s aggregation

“Yes, we have too many damn sites, especially in technology, too many TechCrunches that repeat and repeat and repeat until the Xerox gets so light you can’t read it anymore,” Jarvis said. But he defended purposeful attribution done right through linking as a key to good Web journalism, while Carroll said linking isn’t always sufficient to ensure original reporting gets the credit it deserves.

King argued that questions of aggregation ethics aren’t something readers care about: “That’s really an ‘us’ problem.” But Carroll said her worry is that “we will have so many people riffing off the facts that there won’t be enough people actually able to uncover the facts, whatever they are. And that is an audience issue, because we need reporters.”

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Kelly McBride named Poynter’s Vice President for Academic Programs

Kelly McBride will be the Vice President for Academic Programs, leading the Poynter Institute’s teaching team and overseeing all of our educational efforts in person and online.

McBride has the credibility, expertise, ideas and passion to help execute the new mission of The Poynter Institute to be a global thought leader and innovator in this time of transformational change in newsrooms and journalism education, said Poynter President Tim Franklin:

Kelly is a nationally known and respected writer, teacher and thought leader on the media. She co-edited the recently published book, “The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century,” which explores the guiding standards for our new digital media age. She represents the institute with distinction as a frequently quoted expert in the nation’s top publications and broadcast programs, and has a weekly segment on Tampa Bay’s NPR affiliate.

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Poynter takes on 2 tenants

The Poynter Institute has leased office space in its St. Petersburg, Florida, headquarters to two new tenants, both of which are digital startups.

Check I’m Here offers a suite of products that let universities track student engagement and attendance, and Tribunat “provides a new economic model for equity analysis and valuation information.”

“Poynter is a mature organization that operates with the heart of a startup,” Poynter President Tim Franklin said in a statement. “The energy and entrepreneurial drive of these young companies are a great fit with Poynter at this time in our history.”

In his vision statement for Poynter released last week, Franklin said Poynter “should welcome tenants, especially ones with similar missions” to “add both revenue and another element of vitality.” Poynter is also exploring the sale of land adjacent to its building, as well as an office building it owns in Seminole, Florida.

Poynter is in St. Petersburg’s planned “Innovation District.” The city “is particularly pleased with Poynter’s plans to catapult its commitment to innovation by sharing space with local startups that are also committed to this focus,” Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin says in a statement. Read more


Poynter president outlines new strategic direction

Tim Franklin, Poynter’s president.

Since February, a screen in the Great Hall at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, sped through seconds, clicked through minutes, rolled through hours and scrolled through days. The countdown began on February 10 and marked the start of 100 days that Poynter’s new president, Tim Franklin, gave himself before offering a new vision for the institute.

On May 14, with less than a week to go, Franklin stopped the clock and presented faculty and staff with his report (you can download the document here; it’s also embedded at the bottom of this story). From the introduction:

We will change how we work, where we work and how we financially support our work. We will move with urgency and an entrepreneurial spirit to meet this challenge.

That includes more teaching internationally, a new website, an online laboratory, custom teaching, and new opportunities for revenue, including the possibility of sharing Poynter’s St. Petersburg headquarters with tenants.

“Before Tim arrived, I think we looked at things as either/or,” said Jesse Perez, Poynter’s director of business and finance, in an interview. “We either had to cut expenses or grow revenue.”

Franklin’s vision, however, points to potential ways to grow Poynter, both in revenue and in mission. The report lays out plans for Poynter’s future after several years of financial struggle.

“The fate of Poynter has always been tied to the health of the news industry and the old economic model that supported it,” Roy Peter Clark, Poynter’s vice president, said in an interview.

That old model is obviously crumbling, he said, “and the journalism that Poynter was created to support is under tremendous stress.”

But there’s a sense here now of new vision, he said, of growth, “of a new level of influence on new forms of journalism based on new economic models.”

From the report: We should move boldly and confidently, and with a profound sense of urgency. In times of historic change, the losers are those who don’t transform. Just ask BlackBerry.

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