Nancy Barnes’ vision for NPR
Nancy Barnes, the former editor and senior vice president at the Star Tribune, has laid out her vision for the future of NPR News, the network’s public editor reports. Last October, Barnes was tabbed to take the job once held by the disgraced Michael Oreskes, forced to resign as the result of a sexual harassment scandal in 2017.
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NPR’s Scott Simon is coming to recognize what we all eventually do: people on the internet have no idea how to discuss anything in a civil manner. Read more →
Hold on tight, NPR is moving the furniture around, announcing it’s replacing its long-time musical theme on Morning Edition. How long-time? It’s been the same theme since the show debuted during the Carter administration.
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NPR, temporary workers, and survival of the fittest journalists
For sure, the business is hard economically, and has been since Marconi. But over the years its method of advancement also provided networks with a steady stream of seasoned journalists. Only the best survived the winnowing process. Read more →
NPR isn’t giving any ground to critics of last Friday’s interview with a white supremacist, during which the Morning Edition host allowed Jason Kessler to theorize on the differences in IQ between whites and people of color. Read more →
Allow us a moment of pride as we point out that a small cadre MPR newsies as well as David Folkenflik and Mary Louise Kelly at NPR, have been awarded 2018 Ethics in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Both groups had a difficult task in the last year. They had to report on failings within their own organizations. Read more →
Death of a news blog: NPR’s Two-Way signs off
We don’t like to see news blogs disappear but it’s an inescapable fact that the days are numbered for them in core media. Mainstream news organizations have had a very difficult time squaring the more personal nature of blogs, their willingness to amplify the work of newsroom competitors, and the reader community they create with the traditional practices of newsrooms. Read more →
If you pay close attention to NPR’s Morning Edition, you’ve probably noticed a shift in the journalism. Gone — mostly — are deep dives from reporters. In are interviews with ‘newsmakers’, and it’s causing waves with NPR listeners, as NPR’s ombudsman, Elizabeth Jensen, wrote last month when she said listeners are finding it unsatisfying.
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A review of how two news executives sexually harassed their way through NPR this week results in the execs getting a full vote of confidence. Read more →
Ex-MPR producer: Here’s my #metoo story of NPR’s Zwerdling
Kryssy Pease says she has kept quiet for years and might have on Tuesday, too, if Daniel Zwerdling hadn’t said the accusations from other women aren’t true.
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If there’s one radio listener complaint that’s as predictable as rain, referring to the person in the Oval Office as ‘President’ or ‘Mr.’ is it. Read more →
In the end, it was easier for NPR to use an obscenity than it was during the presidential campaign to use a word that is far less offensive: ‘lie’. Read more →
1,000 Words: Robert Siegel
NPR’s Bob Mondello took and tweeted this photo of the All Things Considered staff and retiring host Robert Siegel. It is packed with so many more than 1,000 words. This picture, however, comes with words. Read more →
Ode to a man who made us proud to be informed
Radio people of a certain age get accustomed to departures. It’s the nature of the business. Long before the “gig economy” became a thing, radio was one giant gig economy. People come, people go, the institution moves on as if they’d never been there at all. Read more →
Debate over how a killer’s story is portrayed
Listeners to a Story Corps episode on NPR about what happened when a man met the imprisoned man who killed his son in a shooting spree on a Western Massachusetts campus apparently noticed the same thing about the episode that I did when I wrote about it the day it aired: There was a lot left out. Read more →