Glen Taylor’s plans for Star Tribune, NPR’s new approach to diversity

June 30, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

mediawiremorning Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. AP hires robots: The news co-op will use automation technology from Automated Insights to produce more than 4,000 earnings-reports stories (it now produces about 300). No job cuts: “If anything, we are doubling down on the journalism we will do around earnings reports and business coverage,” AP’s Lou Ferrara says. (Poynter) || Related: “Can a robot-journalist win a Pulitzer Prize?” Laugh it up while you can, humans. (HuffPost)
  2. Glen Taylor plans to appoint his daughter to the Star Tribune’s board: Deal is “on the verge of closing.” He tells Curt Brown, “Most business guys are saying about the newspaper thing: ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it,’ and that’s why I’m doing it.” (The Star Tribune)
  3. NY1 will stop using the term “illegal immigrant”: “Instead, staff are encouraged to indicate that an individual is ‘here illegally,’ with ‘undocumented immigrant’ as a permissible fallback.” (Capital)
  4. Twitter says JAV can stay: During its broadcast of Jose Antonio Vargas‘ film “Documented” last night, CNN polled people with a tweet: “Do you think Jose should be deported?” 63 percent of people said he should stay. (BuzzFeed) || Related: Vargas talks with Kristen Hare: “I think we in the media for the most part are missing the moral crisis that is happening in our own country.” (Poynter)
  5. Diversity will not be a vegetable at NPR: New NPR honcho Jarl Mohn pointed to the audience of the KPCC show “Take Two,” which is 22 percent Latino, as a model for diversity at the broadcaster. “If we see diversity and a diverse organization as our green vegetable that we have to eat, that’s not success,” he tells Elizabeth Jensen (NYT)
  6. More on Matt Lauer’s question to Mary Barra: “as long as journalists can use other sexist interviews to rationalize perpetuating sexist media coverage, it’s hard to imagine anything changing,” Kat Stoeffel writes. (New York) | Deborah Norville and Jeffrey Toobin discuss Lauer’s question. (CNN)
  7. Deciding to pay interns doesn’t mean you’ll avoid a suit: “any New York-based company that paid interns less than minimum wage during the last six years could easily find themselves the target of an Outten & Golden class action suit,” Peter Sterne writes. (Capital)
  8. Aereo done? It suspended operations this weekend. “[O]ur journey is far from done,” CEO Chet Kanojia wrote. (Aereo) || Other companies gun for Aereo’s customers. (NYT)
  9. Email newsletters David Carr likes: Ann Friedman‘s. Caitlin Dewey‘s. Alexis Madrigal‘s. (NYT) || Related: Former NBCUniversal executive Lauren Zalaznick writes a newsletter “about, and for, women in business.” (LAT)
  10. Matt Drudge did an interview: He stopped by Washington, D.C., station WTOP and said, “I make waves. I don’t surf them.” (The Washington Post)

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