Daily Archives: July 8, 2014

Last Wednesday, NPR education team blogger Anya Kamenetz complained on Twitter NPRTWEETthat “only the white guys get back to me” when reaching out to diverse sources. After being criticized for the tweet, Kamenetz said that “I take personal responsibility [for the tweet and] I don’t think it should reflect on my employer.”

But it does, says a just-released NPR memo. It reminds the public radio staff to always ask before posting something: “Is it helping my journalism, or is it hurting my journalism?”

The memo from NPR’s Standards & Practices supervising editor:

From: Mark Memmott
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:24 PM
To: News-All Staff
Subject: Reminder: There Is No Privacy On The Web, And ‘Personal’ Pages Are Not Safe Zones

“If you wouldn’t say it on the air, don’t say it on the Web.”

That’s been the basic guidance for quite a few years.

In reality, Twitter and other social media sites allow us to show more of our personalities than we might on the air or in a blog post.

BUT, though the words may be on “personal” Twitter or Facebook accounts, what we say can reflect on NPR and raise questions about our ability to be objective.

Matt Thompson offers a test. Before posting something about your work or a news event or an issue, even if you’re putting it on what you think of as a personal page, ask this question: “Is it helping my journalism, or is it hurting my journalism?”

Here’s a bit more from the Ethics Handbook:

“We acknowledge that nothing on the Web is truly private. Even on purely recreational or cultural sites and even if what we’re doing is personal and not identified as coming from someone at NPR, we understand that what we say and do could still reflect on NPR. So we do nothing that could undermine our credibility with the public, damage NPR’s standing as an impartial source of news, or otherwise jeopardize NPR’s reputation. In other words, we don’t behave any differently than we would in any public setting or on an NPR broadcast.”

Also, despite what many say, retweets should be viewed AS endorsements. Again, from the handbook:

“Tweet and retweet as if what you’re saying or passing along is information that you would put on the air or in a ‘traditional’ news story. If it needs context, attribution, clarification or ‘knocking down,’ provide it.”

(July 8, 2014)

* P.J. Vogt: “The upside of that stupid NPR tweet” (
* Earlier: Sometimes it’s best to keep your work problems off Twitter (

The Boston Globe plans a late summer launch for its website devoted to Pope Francis and the Catholic Church. “Don’t think of this site as the place you go to buy statues you bury in the backyard,” says Globe CEO Mike Sheehan. “It’s going to be news and analysis of all things Catholic.”

Attendance is 14 percent in the Archdiocese of Boston, but there is a renewed interest in what’s going on in the Catholic Church. So there’s a real opportunity for us to do well with this. I look every day at what is being read digitally, and whatever [Globe religion reporter and Vatican expert] John Allen writes is always in the top five, which means it’s relevant to people here but also people from around the country are coming in to read it, too.

Sheehan predicts the new site “will have a global audience. There’s a natural audience for it.”

* Mr. Sunshine: Boston Globe’s CEO is incredibly optimistic (

Update: The Globe has announced the new website’s staff. The release is after the jump. Read More

Memo from the head of Wall Street Journal’s Real-Time News Desk:

From: Wisnefski, Stephen
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:50 AM
To: Real-Time News Desk
Subject: WSJ125 Goodie Bags

All –
As many of you already know, WSJ is distributing goodie bags to employees to commemorate the 125th anniversary. You will be receiving a note soon from HR letting you know where to pick them up. The bags weren’t left on the desks of the RT editors because most of us share our workspaces.


wsj“The ice cream scoops seem to be a real hit,” writes my Journal tipster. “There are also cell phone chargers. There are a couple other things, but those are the items really talked about.”

Update: “We also got a notebook with WSJ 125 on the front of it,” writes another Journal staffer. “The ice cream scooper says ‘125 Years of Scoops.’ Quite fitting! I can also confirm the portable cell phone charger we received too.”

Update 2: Sorry, WSJ freelancers.

Please be advised. Unfortunately, If you are a contingent worker or freelancer you are not eligible for the WSJ 125 Bag.

Rolanda Bazemore
The Wall Street Journal
News Assistant

* Q&A with Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker (

* @KittyKatHall: Man accused of killing neighbor’s cat (
* Earlier: Coral Davenport writes about coral reefs, and more fun with bylines (

– h/t (@CNYJason)

This journalist works at a top-15 (by circulation) newspaper and, I’d say, is the perfect layoff/buyout candidate. (Gasp – “I even tweeted one of my own” stories!) | Update: I’m told this person is a “few years from retirement.”

* Read the comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers (


* Lawmaker wants “pornographic” Apollo removed from 100 ruble note (

* Brian D. Sweany is promoted to editor at Texas Monthly. He replaces Jake Silverstein, now New York Times Magazine editor. (@JeffSalamon) | “Welcome to the very best club in existence.” (@evanasmith)
* The blogger who was hired two weeks ago to defend “Redskins” has already quit. “I don’t want to be a distraction to the team as the political attacks have shifted towards being personal towards me,” says Ben Tribbett. (
* Michael Powell writes his final New York Times “Gotham” column. “I’m about to wander off and write a sports column,” he tells readers. (
* Wall Street Journal celebrates 125 years. ( | The annotated first edition. (
* Gannett’s Louisville Courier-Journal loses another staffer to WDRB News – the sixth in two years. Toni Konz says of leaving print: “Coming to a decision this big wasn’t easy. …I have wanted to write for a newspaper since I was very young.” (
* Philadelphia editor: “When you come to this new and improved website [], we are going to stand for something.” (
* Fortune launches a daily email newsletter about women leaders in business. (
* Chicago Tribune journalists cover 82 shootings over four days. (
* The Connecticut Supreme Court says police only have to release basic arrest information. (AP via
* The word “magisterial” appeared in the New York Times more than 70 times last year. (
* A West Virginia TV reporter is attacked while working on an animal abuse story. “He kind of just went crazy there for a minute,” WCHS’s Bob Aaron says of his attacker. (
* Rebekah Campbell on her co-working space experience:”At first, the place felt like a utopia. …It took a week for the high to wear off.” (
* Suggestion: Use your vacation time to change passwords and do other tech chores. (