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Why NPR didn’t publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

NPR | The Two-Way

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. BuzzFeed reported that several news organizations, including The Telegraph, The Associated Press and The New York Daily News, decided to censor the images in some way. Politico noted that the decision seemed to be split along the lines of old and new media, and Poynter’s Kristen Hare talked to news organizations that chose to publish the images. Read more

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Is being a mom headline-worthy? Take our quiz!

Mic | The Guardian | Huffington Post

A sexist headline and lead greeted Rona Fairhead’s appointment as head of the BBC Trust, Sophie Kleeman wrote Tuesday for Mic.

From Kleeman’s story:

Instead of highlighting Fairhead’s professional accomplishments — the things actually landed her the job — the newspaper instead decided to highlight her maternal status.

The story’s lede just makes it worse. It gives the message that because she’s the first woman to hold the position, we must somehow use “feminine” characteristics to distinguish her from her predecessors; in this case, her motherhood.

Kleeman points out that the Web version of The Telegraph’s story uses a different headline. Actually, a few of them do. There’s “In Rona Fairhead, the BBC may have found the formidable chief it needs,” and “Businesswoman Rona Fairhead the preferred choice for next BBC Trust chairman”.

On Tuesday, Laura Bates also wrote about the story for The Guardian with the headline “Ability not fertility: why do we define professional women by their family?”

From Bates’ story:

The way the media reports on the careers of businesswomen and female politicians is vitally important, because it influences our societal ideas about women and their place, which in turn help to underpin unconscious bias in voters and employers, as well as girls’ aspirations. When press coverage can translate into voter confidence, what impact does it have to see Cameron and Osborne’s policies covered in detail on the front page, alongside a massive photograph of Theresa May’s shoes? When women already face high levels of maternity discrimination in the workplace, is it helpful to report on high-achieving woman first and foremost by referencing their family life?

Huffington Post’s Catherine Taibi wrote about the story on Sunday, pointing out all the other headline-worthy things Rona Fairhead has accomplished.

Being a mom is a part of my own identity (and it’s in my Twitter bio, as my editor and fellow parent Andrew Beaujon pointed out.) Since my 7-year-old was born, I’ve worked some combination of freelance and part-time and only started working again full-time at the start of this year for Poynter. So yes, being a mom is a part of my identity and it has impacted my career choices.

But for me and I imagine many other women, it’s generally not headline-worthy.

To help with the decision on whether or not to include motherhood in a headline, I’d like to offer this quick quiz.

1. Did the woman in the headline just have a child?

NO — Not headline-worthy.

YES — Then maybe this is headline-worthy. While women around the world have babies without headlines quite often, there are stories when famous and/or powerful women have children, and the story is probably about that woman having a child, but not about her getting a new job. Unless she does both those things at once, in which case, that’s an awesome headline.

2. Is the woman’s job somehow directly related to the raising of children or the being of a mom?

NO — Not headline-worthy.

YES — OK, that could be relevant, but I’d guess a lot of other details are, as well.

3. Are you going to use “mom” in every headline you write about women who also have children just because they happen to be women who also have children?

NO — Not headline-worthy.

YES — I give up. Read more

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Russian ‘law on bloggers’ takes effect today

mediawiremorningHello there. Sorry this isn’t Beaujon. Here are 10 or so media stories. Happy Friday!

  1. Russian blogger law goes into effect: It could crack down on free expression, Alec Luhn explains: “Popularly known as the ‘law on bloggers,’ the legislation requires users of any website whose posts are read by more than 3,000 people each day to publish under their real name and register with the authorities if requested.” (The Guardian) | “Registered bloggers have to disclose their true identity, avoid hate speech, ‘extremist calls’ and even obscene language.” (Gigaom) | The law also states that “social networks must maintain six months of data on its users.” (BBC News)
  2. More on David Frum non-faked photo fakery saga: Photo fakery surely occurs in places like Gaza, James Fallows writes. “But the claim that it has is as serious as they come in journalism.” The three words that are the “immensely powerful source of pride in what we do,” he says: “I saw that.” (The Atlantic) | Frum-related: 3 ways to prevent your apology from becoming the story, from Kristen Hare. (Poynter) | Gaza-related: Jay Rosen on why the AP revised its “members of Congress fall over each other to support Israel” tweet: “A major provider like the AP gets hit hard in the bias wars, so the principle, don’t give them ammunition! has to be built into its routines.” (Pressthink)
  3. SEC watchdog conducted lengthy leak investigation: “The SEC’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) started the investigation after Reuters published information about the regulator’s decision, taken in a closed-door meeting on Sept. 12, 2013, to settle its probe into JPMorgan Chase & Co’s massive London Whale trading loss.” Inspectors “don’t consider issues of press freedom when carrying out their investigations,” according to an OIG official. (Reuters)
  4. Media company Twitter interactions are up: The average number of Twitter interactions per month increased 159 percent between June 2013 and June 2014. John McDermott attributes that to October design tweaks that allow users to interact with retweet, reply and favorite buttons without first clicking or tapping the tweet. (Digiday)
  5. Chicago Tribune launches new website: The responsive platform — explained here by editor Gerould Kern — will be rolled out to other Tribune newspaper sites later this year, when metered paywalls will also be introduced. (Chicago Tribune) | Previously: Suggested tweets and choose-your-own adventure scrolling will be familiar to those who have visited the relaunched LA Times. (Poynter)
  6. More issues with Carol Vogel’s NYT stories? A tipster clues Erik Wemple in to three other troubling cases. But he notes “Not all eerie similarities are created equal.” (Washington Post) | A Times editor note earlier in the week acknowledges Vogel lifted part of a July 25 column from Wikipedia. (Poynter)
  7. Telegraph’s traffic up 20 percent in June: How? A “surge in Facebook traffic referral” as the Telegraph emphasized Facebook over Twitter. “It had previously been all about Twitter. Journalists are all on Twitter, and obsessed with it, so that is where the energy had gone,” Telegraph Media Group editor-in-chief Jason Seiken tells Mark Sweney. (The Guardian) | Related oldie-but-goodie: Ezra Klein tackles the “Why are journalists so obsessed with Twitter?” question. (Washington Post)
  8. Washington Business Journal won’t use the term ‘Redskins’: “I can’t dodge the question anymore,” editor-in-chief Douglas Fruehling writes in a paywalled article. (Washington Business Journal) | We’ll add them to our list of publications rejecting the football team name. (Poynter)
  9. It’s all about the clicks: “Has the Internet killed newspapers?” asks Jon Stewart. “YES!” The takeaway from this segment: Spend 15 minutes on a headline, five minutes on the article itself. (The Daily Show)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Sara Just will be the executive producer of PBS NewsHour. Formerly, she was Washington deputy bureau chief for ABC News. (PBS NewsHour) | Josh Rubin will be executive producer and managing director for video at the Daily Dot. Formerly, he was a producer at CNN. Allen Weiner will be an editor at large at the Daily Dot. Formerly, he was a vice president of research for Gartner, Inc. (The Daily Dot) | Brandi Grissom will be enterprise editor for the Los Angeles Times. Formerly, she was managing editor of The Texas Tribune. (@brandigrissom) | Shelby Grad will be assistant managing editor for California news at the Los Angeles Times. Formerly, he was city editor there. Ashley Dunn will be deputy national editor for the Los Angeles Times. Formerly, he was metro editor there. Mark Porubcansky, foreign editor for the Los Angeles Times, will be retiring. Kim Murphy, who has been named assistant managing editor for national and foreign news, will add international coverage to her responsibilities. (Los Angeles Times) | Oskar Garcia, news editor for the Associated Press in charge of coverage of Hawaii, will be AP’s east region sports editor. (Associated Press) | LaToya Valmont will be managing editor of Glamour. Formerly, she was production director there. Job of the day: The Newhouse School at Syracuse University is looking for a director of its Goldring Arts Journalism program. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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The Daily Mail changes Georgia courtroom story

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail has tweaked the first and third paragraphs of a story that ran Tuesday detailing a courtroom scene in Georgia. On Wednesday, Poynter wrote about Joe Kovac Jr., The (Macon, Ga.) Telegraph reporter who was in that courtroom and called the Mail out on the story on Twitter.

Here’s how the story now reads:

And the original:

The changes are very small but they correct, at least, a scene that never happened. No note or correction accompanies the story. Read more


Daily Mail publishes fictional account of real trial

The Daily Mail | The Telegraph

On Tuesday night, Joe Kovac Jr. sat down and did a search to see how a murder trial in Macon, Ga., was getting covered elsewhere. That led him to The Daily Mail’s James Nye, whose account of the trial begins with a sentence that is fictional. Kovac, a reporter with The (Macon, Ga.) Telegraph, knows it was wrong because he sat in the front row of the Georgia courtroom Monday morning and saw the whole thing for himself.

He tweeted about the Mail’s bizarre account Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The family didn’t didn’t listen to the killer confess, Kovac said. Read more

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French newspaper cuts all photos to support photographers

British Journal of Photography

On Thursday, the French newspaper Libération ran with no photos, according to a story Friday by Olivier Laurent in the British Journal of Photography.


The empty white space came on the opening day of Paris Photo, in support of the work of press photographers, specifically war photographers, who “barely make a living.” BJP ran Libération journalist Brigitte Ollier’s own explanation.

“A visual shock. For the first time in its history, Libération is published without photographs. In their place: a series of empty frames that create a form of silence; an uncomfortable one. It’s noticeable, information is missing, as if we had become a mute newspaper. [A newspaper] without sound, without this little internal music that accompanies sight.”

Libération has used its space to make statements in the past, too. In May, The Telegraph reported that Libération ran their front page in English, with no translations, in support of allowing French universities to teach in English. Read more


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