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Caroline Little is stepping down as CEO and President of Newspaper Association of America

littleCaroline LIttle will be leaving her job as president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America at the end of August, NAA announced this afternoon.

She will have been head of the industry trade association for just over four years when she departs.

Little is a lawyer and served as publisher/CEO of Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive and then as CEO of the Guardian’s North America operations before joining NAA in 2011. Her background as a digital executive figured in her being hired to succeed John Sturm who served 16 years and was a lawyer and experienced lobbyist.

I reached Little by phone, and asked what she expects to do next. “I don’t really have any future plans right now,” she replied, except moving to Sante Fe, “where I have a husband, a child and a dog — in that order.”

As industry’s revenues have fallen, NAA has sharply downsized.   Read more

Posted: March 27, 2015, 9:14 pm

The New York Times linked John Bolton’s op-ed to a story making the opposite case

The Intercept

Yesterday, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton published an op-ed in the pages of The New York Times, arguing that the United States has no choice but to bomb Iran. “Only military action like Israel’s 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor … can accomplish what is required,” Bolton wrote.

But The Intercept’s Jon Schwarz noticed something odd about that sentence in the paper’s online edition. The reference to Israel’s attack on the Osirak reactor contained a link to a Washington Post op-ed that argued that far from crippling Iraq’s nuclear weapons program, Israel’s attack actually compelled Saddam Hussein to employ 7,000 scientists and spend $10 billion in pursuit of a nuclear bomb.

This is not exactly the sort of supporting link that Bolton might have hoped for. Read more

Posted: March 27, 2015, 9:08 pm

Chicago Tribune columnist: ‘The people have spoken, and the people hate my hair’

Update: Stevens sends more emails from her hair critics. They’re after the jump. From: Robert JXXXXXX Number One: Look in the mirror each morning and ask yourself: Do I respect my family, friends and myself and those I encounter enough that when I walk out the door I do not look like something the cat …

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 7:30 pm

New Civics Practitioners Conference

Wed, June 24, 2015 | 12:00 a.m. PDT
Thu, June 25, 2015 | 12:00 a.m. PDT
Location: Chicago

Educators from across the country will gather in Chicago on June 24th - 25th for the New Civics Practitioners Conference. The gathering will bring together educators from the 26 communities where the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invests and other cities for hands-on workshops and training to learn about the "New Civics" program. The program focuses on teaching students to shape the civic life of their school and communities through lessons on critical thinking, research of community issues, youth action and reflection.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 6:47 pm

FYI: New York Times *does not* hate plays

* New York Times critics really like theater (
Posted: March 27, 2015, 6:11 pm

ACES: AP’s guidance on suicide terms shows sensitivity


On Friday at the American Copy Editors Society conference, The Associated Press revealed some of the upcoming changes to the 2015 AP Stylebook, and among them is updated guidance on suicide terms.

From our earlier story with the AP’s David Minthorn:

With stories about suicide, the AP now recommends not going into details.

“The guidance also says that we avoid using the term committed suicide except in direct quotations from authorities.”

Instead used “killed himself, took her own life or died by suicide.”

“Committed in that context suggests possibly an illegal act, but in fact, laws against suicide have been repealed in the U.S., at least in certain states, and many other places,” Minthorn said, “so we’re going to avoid using that term on our own, although it’s a term that authorities widely use and we will use it while quoting authorities.”

After those changes and others were shared at the ACES conference, ACES sent out a press release in support of the AP’s guidance on suicide terms. Read more

Posted: March 27, 2015, 5:57 pm

Ex-News of the World reporter’s conviction overturned

The Guardian | BBC News

Yesterday, the United Kingdom’s Court of Appeal threw out the conviction of a former News of the World reporter accused of paying a public official for information, BBC News reports. The decision is a setback for Operation Elveden, the controversial police investigation into the practice of journalists paying officials for leaks and confidential details about public figures.

According to BBC News, the journalist, whose name cannot be disclosed for legal reasons, was convicted in November 2014 of supplying money to an unnamed prison official in return for information. The journalist was given a six-month suspended sentence. The prison official who allegedly accepted the money has also had his conviction and 42-month sentence overturned.

The Guardian reports that the Court of Appeal ruled that Justice William Davis did not give sufficiently clear instructions to the jury. Read more

Posted: March 27, 2015, 5:34 pm

AP hasn’t decided what to do about ‘Redskins’ yet

The Associated Press is mulling over usage of the term “Redskins” as it relates to the Washington, D.C. football team, but has not decided whether to make a ruling on the controversial word yet.

The topic is of interest to the AP Stylebook committee, which meets weekly between October and March, said AP Stylebook co-editor David Minthorn. The word’s usage is an “active topic” that the stylebook might make a ruling on.

Minthorn fielded the question at the annual American Copy Editors Society gathering in Pittsburgh, where he and Associated Press assistant business editor Philana Patterson were previewing changes to the 2015 edition of the AP Stylebook, which determines the lingua franca for English-language journalists around the world.

A couple of journalists in the audience at Minthorn and Patterson’s session tweeted out news of the AP’s possible ruling on the term:

@APStylebook is looking at Washington Redskins, but for now still allowed #ACES2015

— Teresa Schmedding (@tschmedding) March 27, 2015

#UHOH Q: Has @APStylebook discussed Wash.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 5:22 pm

Carl Bernstein jeered after criticizing Fox News in front of mostly Republican crowd

Carl Bernstein said at a Thursday SCARC fundraiser in New Jersey that Bill O’Reilly is “a fabulist” and Fox News “is not a news organization that’s breaking down the doors for the best obtainable version of the truth, any more than MSNBC is.” The Watergate reporter was jeered, reports the New Jersey Herald’s Rob Jennings, …

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 4:50 pm

San Antonio Express-News Copy Editor Dies at 87

John Means, who finished a long journalism career as a copy editor at the San Antonio Express-News, died Saturday at his home in Schertz after a heart attack, said his daughter, Lesley Pryor of Arlington. He was 87.   Means w ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 4:15 pm

Forbes writer on moving newsroom to New Jersey: Food courts can really make you think


Last December, Forbes Media left Manhattan and moved its newsroom to Jersey City, taking advantage of a $27 million tax grant in return for bringing at least 350 jobs to New Jersey. And Chief Product Officer Lewis DVorkin is doing his best to adjust.

In a piece slated to run in the magazine’s April 13 issue, DVorkin says, “We love gazing at the Manhattan skyline — and who we’ve become.” From across the Hudson, he writes, the city’s view changes with each change in the weather, while the new, less cramped newsroom lets Forbes staffers collaborate in all the ways that are remaking journalism from top to bottom.

Everyone’s connected by a central staircase, with common areas for people to gather on their way up or down.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 3:58 pm

NPR editor: be careful using ‘suicide’ in Germanwings case


Mark Memmott, standards and practices editor at NPR, gave journalists there two reasons to be cautious of the word “suicide” to describe the death of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of a Germanwings flight who may have purposefully forced the plane down:

— His motivation and state of mind aren’t known (and may never be).

– The investigation into what happened is still in the early stages.

Memmott also writes that the word “suicide” may not be adequate given that Lubitz might have deliberately crashed the plane. He also addressed the use of other formulations that incorporate “suicide,” including “suicide bomber” and “committed suicide.” In both cases, better alternatives exist, he says.

The AP Stylebook on Friday previewed a new entry for its forthcoming 2015 edition, recommending journalists should avoid using “committed suicide,” preferring instead “killed himself, took her own life or died by suicide.”

Committed, the new entry notes, “suggests possibly an illegal act” that is inconsistent with laws in certain U.S. Read more

Posted: March 27, 2015, 3:08 pm

AP Stylebook change: BLT is now acceptable on first reference

BLT. Delicious and OK on first reference.

BLT. Delicious and OK on first reference.

On Friday morning, people at the American Copy Editors Society conference will get a preview of some of the changes coming to the 2015 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook. I asked David Minthorn, the AP Stylebook’s co-editor, about those changes and what people might freak out about.

“We’re never quite sure what people may be excited about,” Minthorn said. “But for example, we have two amended spellings of datelines that might be of interest.”

One of those datelines is Nepal’s capital.

“Now it’s K-A-T-H-M-A-N-D-U,” Minthorn said. “We felt it was time to conform with local preferences, and I think the dictionary also uses the that spelling.”

OK. That doesn’t seem melt-down worthy. And the AP doesn’t make these changes lightly, Minthorn said. Read more

Posted: March 27, 2015, 2:45 pm

NYT reporter Tanzina Vega moves to CNN Politics

New York Times reporter Tanzina Vega will join CNN Politics to cover the intersection of technology, politics and civil rights, according to a Friday staff memo from CNN Politics Executive Editor Rachel Smolkin.

Vega, who will report from CNN’s New York office, will examine the ways that 2016 campaigns are using “technology, the evolution of micro targeting and new twists in voter registration,” according to the memo:

She’ll build on the work that she has done so well at the Times, including her smart coverage of race and ethnicity. This is an important area where we will distinguish ourselves going into 2016.

In January, The New York Times moved Vega from the national race beat to covering the Bronx courthouse, prompting several journalists and media watchers to speculate about the future of race coverage at The New York Times. Read more

Posted: March 27, 2015, 2:18 pm

A good way to get your foot in the door….

Slip the editors a story idea or two while picking up their dirty plates, and the next thing you know you’re promoted to editorial assistant. | ALSO: SumAll is looking for a social media marketing manager who is “diligent with instagram filters and not a psycho with the tilt-shift.” The ad notes: “Fan of Always …

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 2:01 pm

Morning Report for March 27, 2015

* The New Jersey radio news director who was given a Corvette loaner – thanks to Chris Christie – is still writing about the governor. I asked Eric Scott about it Thursday, but he never responded. ( * Jonah Peretti‘s dumb idea: “I would raise prices [of the print New York Times] and make it …

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 1:37 pm

What Periscope saw

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Periscope’s first day

    On Thursday, Twitter's live-streaming app Periscope came out on iTunes and journalists quickly started sharing what they were seeing. By the afternoon, that included a fire and the collapse of two buildings in New York City. "I had less information than I would if I had waited for a formal news crew to arrive, report out what was happening, and then pass that information back to me. With the smartphones in our pockets, we're all citizen journalists now." (The Verge) | Here are full details on the fire, where 19 people were injured. (The New York Times) | On Friday, BuzzFeed News reported that six people were missing. (BuzzFeed News) | "The New York tragedy showed the potential for two new apps, including one from Twitter Inc.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 1:35 pm

Newspaper Association of America CEO Caroline Little to Step Down

Newspaper Association of America President and CEO Caroline Little announced to the Board of Directors today that she is stepping down from her position effective August 31, 2015. Little was named president and CEO of the industry’s larges ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 12:29 pm

The Line Between Digital and TV: Online Video at CNN

Digital video has become more important for news outlets in recent years, but there's still no exact recipe for what works and what doesn't in terms of format and storytelling styles.   At CNN, being successful in digital video is closel ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 11:10 am

Despite Policies, Media Keep Naming Uncharged Suspects

Over the years, I’ve written many times about local news organizations’ ethics regarding naming people who police say are suspects in a crime, but have yet to be arrested or charged.   Almost every news organization in the Tw ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 11:07 am

Three Journalists in the Maldives Arrested and Held Without Charge

Three journalists in the Maldives have been arrested while covering political demonstrations calling for the release of Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s former president, who is serving a 13-year jail sentence on terrorism charges.   Moh ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 11:03 am

WUSA, 'Washington Post' Partner on Editorial and Video

Gannett's WUSA Washington and Graham Holdings Company's Washington Post have formed an editorial partnership and video sharing agreement. The pact calls for WUSA video, including some live streaming, to appear on The Post's website.
Posted: March 27, 2015, 11:02 am

WPP’s Martin Sorrell Sticks Up for Newspapers

Newspapers suddenly have another ally, and this one runs the world’s largest advertising group.   Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP WPPGY +0.01%, said at a Broadcasting Press Guild breakfast on Wednesday that clients and agen ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 10:47 am

Instapaper 6.2 Introduces Speed Reading Option

Instapaper, the reader app owned by betaworks, has today launched an update to the app that brings a few new key features to the experience.   With Instapaper 6.2, users will gain access to a feature called Speed Reader (video below), which high ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 10:36 am

Move Over Mad Men: The Digital Revolution is Driving Greater Gender Equality

Move over Mad Men, we are in a new age of advertising. It’s no surprise the advertising ecosystem and agency dynamics have evolved dramatically, especially over the last five years, due largely to the rise of new digital channels. The days ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 10:31 am

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 bo ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 10:20 am

Here’s the Chart That Explains Why Media Companies Are Obsessed With Snapchat

Why are media companies and advertisers clamoring to work with Snapchat? Because media companies and advertisers are trying to track down the elusive Young People of America, who are increasingly hard to find in places they used to congrega ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 10:15 am

One Way to Phase Out Newspapers: Make Them a Luxury Good

There will eventually come a day when The New York Times ceases to publish stories on newsprint. Exactly when that day will be is a matter of debate. "Sometime in the future, date TBD," the paper's publisher said back in 2010.   Nost ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 10:11 am

How Citizens and Investigative Journalists Handle Privacy Protection

The American public has had a muted response when it comes to concerns about possible government monitoring of their digital behavior, and many have not yet adopted – or are even aware of – many of the tools available to protect t ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 8:00 am

Newsonomics: BuzzFeed and The New York Times Play Facebook’s Ubiquity Game

Intellectually, we all knew that the Internet was so big as to be virtually infinite. But it’s hard to know what to do with that squishy concept. Then BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti outlined his all-in approach in front of a couple thousand ner ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 7:58 am

How 3 Publishers Combat Data Leakage

Many publishers fear data leakage, when a third party collects valuable data about their digital audience without their permission. These third parties (be they agencies or ad tech companies) then use that data to create and buy a look-alike aud ...
Posted: March 27, 2015, 7:57 am

60 Minutes' Africa 'problem'

The media’s narrative in Africa typically falls into at least one of three narrow categories, according to Columbia Journalism School associate professor Howard French: Immense Catastrophe, White Protagonists, or Wildlife. CBS’ 60 Minutes hit on all three in recent months, prompting French--previously a New York Times west and central Africa correspondent--to send 60 Minutes’ executive producer Jeff Fager a letter...
Posted: March 26, 2015, 9:30 pm

The huge FCC fine against a Virginia station is a sign we need to rethink broadcast indecency rules

“The stroking of an erect penis on a broadcast [news] program is shocking.” Count those among the words I didn’t expect to type this week. They appear in a written notice released Monday by the FCC. It informs WDBJ, a Roanoke, VA, television station, that the FCC intends to fine it $325,000—for a July 2012 news report that included, for...
Posted: March 26, 2015, 8:06 pm

You don’t see ‘scrum’ very often, either

I think the @Brooklyn_Paper crime blotter is the only place I've seen the word "galoot" in a while — Carrie Melago (@carriemelago) March 26, 2015 * Teens punch girl during brawl ( | @carriemelago ( New: Word suggestions from my Facebook friends and subscribers
Posted: March 26, 2015, 6:25 pm

Newsonomics: BuzzFeed and The New York Times play Facebook’s ubiquity game

Intellectually, we all knew that the Internet was so big as to be virtually infinite. But it’s hard to know what to do with that squishy concept. Then BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti outlined his all-in approach in front of a couple thousand nerds at SXSW Interactive last week. He was both surrendering to and embracing...
Posted: March 26, 2015, 3:57 pm

Jeff Israely: Good content marketing benefits from a smart publisher’s touch

On a recent trip down to Italy, I was thumbing through a thick copy of the Air France inflight magazine. As sleek and smartly organized as it was, the formula was still the familiar mix of fashion and travel pieces, VIP briefs and culture profiles that you reach for because it’s there. But I was...
Posted: March 26, 2015, 1:00 pm

Gazette publisher in Colorado defends controversial marijuana series

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- On Sunday, The Gazette, the daily newspaper here in Colorado's second-largest city, published the first of a four-day series called "Clearing the Haze," about the state's marijuana legalization experiment. So far, based on much of the public reaction, it might have been better called "Blowing Smoke." The newspaper teased its project in a Sunday front-page print...
Posted: March 26, 2015, 1:30 am

How a hobby foreign affairs blog became a paywalled news destination — and a business

Like many journalism startups to emerge in recent years, the World Politics Review got its start because the kind of reporting its founder was interested in didn’t really exist at most traditional media outlets. “I was trying to publish op-eds in various newspapers,” Hampton Stephens told me in a phone interview. “And I was struck...
Posted: March 25, 2015, 1:30 pm

A new Knight Foundation grant will support the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard

I’m very happy to pass along a bit of Nieman news: The Knight Foundation has awarded a grant of $223,000 to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard (of which this website is a part) to support the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships, which bring journalists, technologists, academics and other news innovators to campus to work...
Posted: March 25, 2015, 1:00 pm

How to cover Medicaid during campaign season

Amid the abundance of presidential campaign coverage, stories that examine what type of a president a candidate might be—what he or she might do, policy-wise—are often hard to come by. The horse race dominates, but there is much more to cover and the super-charged topic of healthcare and the Affordable Care Act is a compelling place to start. With a...
Posted: March 25, 2015, 12:00 pm

Atavist revamps its publishing software to push design and readability to the fore

The web made it easier for anyone to put their writing out in the world. But what happens after the crowd gets used to becoming publishers? They want it to look good, naturally. “There’s a stronger emphasis on design than there was before,” said Atavist CEO and cofounder Evan Ratliff. There’s no shortage of options...
Posted: March 24, 2015, 9:40 pm

Search optimization for local news: Google adds pressure to get mobile friendly

How mobile-friendly is your local news/engagement website? Starting April 21, this could begin to make a substantial difference in how people in your community find your content (or not), once Google changes how it delivers search results to smartphones.

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 9:06 pm

What happens when platforms turn into publishers?

If you’re a publisher, Facebook holds a lot of power. The social media giant is already responsible for directing up to 40 percent of some sites’ traffic, and 75 percent of BuzzFeed’s. Now, according to a report in The New York Times on Tuesday, Facebook is negotiating with a number of publishers to be more than a funnel that directs...
Posted: March 24, 2015, 7:35 pm

A view of what “our possible media futures” might look like, out of The New York Times’ R&D Lab

Last night’s news about news orgs publishing directly to Facebook wasn’t a surprise, exactly — we’ve known this was in the works for months — but it’s been a good excuse to think about the permeable boundaries of modern digital media. Yes, you have a website, but it’s less a freestanding entity than a hub...
Posted: March 24, 2015, 6:35 pm

How Chicago's press corps is dealing with 'Washington Rahm'

For four years now, Mary Ann Ahern has been chasing Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel, a three-term Illinois congressman and former White House chief of staff who became Chicago’s mayor in 2011, has ducked out back doors while Ahern, a veteran TV reporter, has been waiting to talk to him, she said. He has retaliated for coverage he hasn't liked by restricting...
Posted: March 24, 2015, 4:48 pm

A wave of distributed content is coming — will publishers sink or swim?

Last August, when BuzzFeed announced a new $50 million round of venture capital investment, a lot of journalists heard a new phrase for the first time: distributed content. The company announced it would be spending some of that new money to start a new division, BuzzFeed Distributed, which it described as a team of 20...
Posted: March 24, 2015, 4:06 pm

Academics are hardly mentioned in March Madness coverage

March Madness, the annual NCAA Division I basketball tournament, has been as chaotic as usual so far, with obscure underdogs eliminating top teams and numerous games decided in the final seconds. But at least one thing is different this year: More people are questioning whether it’s right that the players at the center of the extravaganza, which generates over a...
Posted: March 24, 2015, 11:50 am

Local news on Twitter: Hard to find

A yearlong project examining local news on Twitter in three cities showed that national news and other content far outpaced local news on the platform. In addition, keywords about local news were virtually impossible to find with frequency, according to a report by the Pew Research Center.

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 8:08 am

What’s behind The Texas Tribune’s “growth hacking” pilot?

Audience, audience, audience - growing the audience, that is, by slicing and dicing it.  The Texas Tribune’s growth hacking pilot is about smart audience development and a search for low cost, innovative approaches to traditional marketing.

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 6:19 am