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The New York Times, ‘PBS Newshour’ strike video-sharing agreement

The New York Times and “PBS NewsHour” have entered into an agreement to share video journalism, including news reports and longer documentaries, on a regular basis, the outlets announced Thursday.

The deal specifies that both news organizations will begin to offer each other footage for use on their websites and social channels.

This announcement formalizes an arrangement that manifested recently when “PBS NewsHour” aired a New York Times video about the film giant Kodak attempting to reinvent itself, according to the announcement. The program also broadcast two other videos from The New York Times, including an in-depth look at the life of Times Tehran Bureau Chief Thomas Erdbrink.

The agreement does not include a provision for sharing revenue, according to a spokesperson for The New York Times. Read more

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Career Beat: Kevin Krolicki named Washington bureau chief at Reuters

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

  • Kevin Krolicki has been named Washington bureau chief at Reuters. Previously, he was Japan bureau chief there. (Poynter)
  • Michael Oreskes is now senior vice president of news and editorial director at NPR. Previously, he was vice president and senior managing editor of The Associated Press. (Poynter)
  • Amy Gardner is now senior local politics editor at The Washington Post. Previously, she covered the White House there. (Washington Post)
  • Dakarai Turner is now a reporter and multimedia journalist at WMAR in Baltimore. Previously, he was a reporter at WLTX. (TV Spy)
  • Julie Shapiro is now news editor on the global continuous publishing desk at Time. Previously, she was news editor at DNAinfo.
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15 political clichés journalists should avoid

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Politico’s Mike Allen, founder of the influential Beltway tipsheet “Playbook,” once wrote that those who write in clichés are probably thinking in clichés, too. As news organizations prepare to cover the 2016 election, here are some hackneyed words and phrases they should consider leaving off the campaign bus:

New York Times standards editor Philip Corbett weighed in Tuesday with a list of well-worn words that sneak into The Times’ coverage:
“I can project with confidence that we will see far too many uses of “optics,” “narrative,” “pivot,” “war chest” and “coffers” in the months between now and November 2016.”

A 2012 election style guide from The Associated Press offers a litany of stale verbiage. Read more


Bill O’Reilly to NYT reporter: ‘I am coming after you with everything I have’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Bill O’Reilly threatens jounalist

    In an interview with The New York Times Monday, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly warned reporter Emily Steel there could be consequences for inappropriate coverage surrounding disputed claims about his reportage of the Falklands War. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.” (The New York Times) | Politico's Dylan Byers followed up with Steel, who told him "the story speaks for itself." (Politico) | Here's Steel's tweet. (@emilysteel) | O'Reilly continued defending his coverage Monday and sought to end the controversy. (CNN Money) | Meanwhile, the author of a New York Times story that O'Reilly cited in his defense said the anchor "cut out an important phrase" while reading it on air.

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Mary Rezaian, mother of imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, wrote for CNN about her desire for her son to receive a fair trial:

“Our family has been exceedingly patient during these seven months. We have been respectful of Iran, of its laws and its procedures. But our patience ran out some time ago, and it is difficult, nearly impossible, to maintain respect for a system under which someone who was born and raised American is being detained “as an Iranian” even as his rights under Iran’s own laws are being so flagrantly violated.

I am calling on Iranian Human Rights Minister Mohammad Javad Larijani, Javad Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to ensure that Jason’s rights are observed. Please review the evidence and release my son or ensure that he receives a fair trial immediately. It is long past time.”

Mary Rezaian


Career Beat: Jessica Morgan named contributing writer at Cosmo

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

  • Simon Rogers is now a contributing editor at Vox. He is Twitter’s data editor. (Poynter)
  • Juliet Eilperin is White House bureau chief at The Washington Post. Previously, she was a staff writer there. (Washington Post)
  • Heather Cocks is now a contributing writer at Cosmopolitan. She is the co-founder of Go Fug Yourself. Jessica Morgan is now a contributing writer at Cosmopolitan. She is the co-founder of Go Fug Yourself. (Fishbowl NY)

Job of the day: The Chicago Reader is looking for an editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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4 reasons the New York Times Company won’t be sold anytime soon

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We learned last week that Michael Bloomberg would like to buy the New York Times Company. He even spoke to Chairman Arthur Sulzberger about it a couple of years ago. So what else is new? Rupert Murdoch covets the Times as well.

The only live question is whether the Sulzberger family would sell.  Through a spokesman Sulzberger said Friday, as he has many times before, that the company was not on the market whatever the offer.

Case closed?  Not quite.  The Wall Street Journal was not for sale until Murdoch’s News Corp. made the Bancroft family an offer — 67 percent above their shares’ trading value — they felt they could not refuse.  Nor did any but the inner circle know the Graham’s Washington Post was for sale until Jeff Bezos bought it in August 2013. Read more


Career Beat: Alexander Burns joins The New York Times

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

  • Alexander Burns is now a metro political correspondent at The New York Times. Previously, he was a senior political reporter for Politico. (Washington Post)
  • Zanny Minton Beddoes will be editor at The Economist. Previously, she was business affairs editor there. (Poynter)
  • Gene Ramírez will be a morning anchor for WFLA in Tampa. Previously, he was a general assignment reporter for WSVN. (Media Moves)

Job of the day: The Wall Street Journal is looking for an economics reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org. Read more


Washington Post launches energy and environment section

The Washington Post’s long-anticipated energy and environment section anchored by former Mother Jones correspondent Chris Mooney launched Thursday.

In the section’s inaugural post, Mooney laid out his ambitions, noting that coverage of environmental issues has “never mattered more.” The Post will aim its coverage at “consumers, policymakers, executives and scientists” and turn its eye toward both international and domestic news.

We are now upping our environmental focus and launching this new coverage to bridge the gap between the urgency of environmental and energy problems and a public that too often finds them mystifying, off-putting, daunting and dizzying.

When The Post announced Mooney’s hire in October, the paper forecasted the rollout of “a standalone blog” that would feature work from environment and energy writers across the newsroom. Read more


Michel du Cille’s last assignment

Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for The Washington Post, died late last year in the middle of a project documenting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Before he died, du Cille sent Poynter’s Kenny Irby his most recent batch of photos from the region and discussed his ambitions for the project. In honor of du Cille’s memorial Friday, Poynter is publishing those photos, along with a conversation with Irby, who was one of du Cille’s close friends:

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