Daily Archives: November 18, 2014

Two months ago, journalists at Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times were told that “if you have options, you should be exploring them because there’s no guarantee of where we’ll be in three months.”

Bill Duryea and Michael Kruse explored their options and jumped to Politico, where they’ll lead the website’s enterprise unit.

A Politico memo says: “The award-winning team …[has] done everything from a massive deep-dive (literally) on the sinking of the tall ship Bounty in Hurricane Sandy to revelatory profiles on Charlie Crist and other political figures.”

Read the full memo after the jump: Read More

On July 18, Arizona Republic higher education reporter Anne Ryman asked to see the names of 36 sexual assault victims from crime reports filed with the Arizona State University (ASU) Police Department. (Ryman has been reporting on sexual violence at the school.)
Four months later, the journalist and Gannett’s lawyer are still fighting for the information, according to documents.

“[ASU chief media officer Sharon Keeler] stated the names would not be released on grounds that it would have a chilling effect on sexual violence reporting,” Gannett attorney Courtney French wrote a letter to ASU’s assistant police chief. “While we appreciate ASU’s efforts to ensure all incidents of sexual violence on campus are reported and investigated, withholding victims’ names is not consistent with Arizona law.”

The Arizona Criminal Code, says the newspaper’s lawyer, “requires the victim’s name to be made public [and] as a result, the ASU PD’s redaction of victims’ names in this case is unlawful.”

Still, the university continues to withhold the victims’ names; it says in an October 17 letter to the Republic that “we continue to believe that our initial determination was and is the proper one.”

ASU attorney Cynthia Jewett‘s letter continues:

Ms. Ryman informed the University’s Director of Communications that she was seeking the names for the purpose of contacting each sexual assault victim to see if s/he would discuss her or his experience in the criminal justice system. Given that ARS §13-4434 mandates the redaction of all identifying and locating information of a victim, it is unclear how a reporter would go about contacting an individual other than cold calling or contact through an email address and asking if s/he was the victim of a sexual assault referenced in a specific police incident report.

Such an approach is completely contrary to the leading guidance that universities, as well as law enforcement agencies, should be training and using trauma-informed and victim-centered protocols to encourage the reporting of sexual assaults and improve the rate of prosecutions for crimes of sexual violence.

ASU says it considered contacting the 36 sexual assault victims – to see if they wanted to talk to the reporter? – but “we concluded that making such a contact could be a trigger event that is inconsistent with a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach.”

The university says reminders of the attack or abuse can cause flashbacks, and “we believe cold calls or emails by a reporter to individuals who might possibly be the correct Jane or John Doe could also be a trigger event.”

Anne Ryman

Anne Ryman

ASU’s lawyer offers some journalistic advice: “While there may be sexual assault victims who would be willing to speak with Ms. Ryman, the method for engaging them is not through random cold calling. The Arizona Republic can certainly solicit individuals by posting such a request on the paper’s online site or by going to various biogs that focus on the topic of prevention of sexual violence.”

I don’t know what the newspaper’s next move is because Republic executive editor Nicole Carroll hasn’t responded to my email. Ryman writes in an email: “We don’t talk about reporting details before publication.” An ASU spokesperson declines to comment.

Your thoughts on the paper’s request and ASU’s response? Please post in Comments or send me an email if you don’t use Facebook.

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NPR changed its clocks on Monday because, the network says, “people listen to radio differently now.” Current, the website about public media, explains that “the clocks are the second-by-second scheduling of what happens when during the newsmagazines, including newscasts, music beds and funding credits. They also affect when stations can insert their own local content.”

WUWM in Milwaukee told listeners that with the change “you’re likely to hear several more regular breaks for local news and info in Morning Edition, and a local feature segment in each hour of All Things Considered. In both clocks, WUWM will have more opportunities to share details on upcoming stories while still having time to insert our local material.”

One veteran producer who isn’t a fan of the clock changes tells Romenesko readers:

Monday NPR forced its new “clocks” on all its affiliates.
The real impact?

Less local news.
Less in-depth local news.
All segments will be shorter.

“Newscast 2” in Morning Edition is now less than 2 minutes long. This is where local stations insert their news.

Stations that used to cover a segment for local in-depth reporting now have only 4 minutes for a story. They used to have 6 minutes.

What will donors think when they give to their local station and finally realize how much less they’re getting for their money?

ATC [“All Things Considered’] allows longer features. But local stations often ran the same long reports in ME and ATC. They don’t have time or resources to edit two versions so now ATC will end up with the truncated shorter “in-depth” reports now too.

The one thing that seems longer is the funding credits. At 22 past the hour in ME and 58 past in ATC, they’ll now be nearly a minute long with the sing-songy announcer they have.

Local stations are trying their best to spin the changes as a “way to keep up with people’s busy lives.”

Any other public radio employees care to chime in? If you don’t want to post in Comments, send me an email and I’ll post the message for you.

Update – NPR spokesperson Isabel Lara sends this statement:

“As many of the commenters have pointed out, the new broadcast clocks for Morning Edition and All Things Considered provide stations with at least as many opportunities for local programming as they have in the past.nprlogo In fact, these clocks were designed to provide more flexibility for stations allowing them to move national stories to accommodate local news. Morning Edition and All Things Considered best serve listeners as a national/local collaboration. These new clocks strengthen that partnership and were created in consultation with our member stations after many months of research and testing.”

* NPR’s clocks are changing. What does that mean for you? (

Seen this morning on Kansas City’s KCTV

KCTV chief meteorologist Chris Suchan laughs and tells me that “sometimes you’re up against the clock” and type ASS when you mean AS. (That’s his colleague, Gary Amble, on the air this morning.)

– h/t @dcschrader

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