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Posts Tagged ‘KELLY McBRIDE’

PBS MediaShift’s ‘Mediatwits’ Explore Plagiarism

pbs-mediashift-logo-final1-470x140Following instances of plagiarism at BuzzFeed and The New York Times in recent weeks, PBS MediaShift executive editor Mark Glaser pulled together POLITICO’s Dylan Byers, The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, Newsweek’s Alex Leo and Poynter’s Kelly McBride for “How Far Does Plagiarism Go in the Age of BuzzFeed?,” the latest installment of “Mediatwits.”

“I think that the problem with an organization like The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed, while it’s a business model where the fun stuff pays for serious journalism to be done, is that you’ve blurred the lines completely between what are the serious practices and serious rules and something that we do on Tumblr for fun,” explains Leo.

Definitely worth a listen this weekend.

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Capehart Reacts to Subway Doom Incident

WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart addresses the delicate role journalists sometimes play in the course of their day jobs.

In his column, he praises CNN’s Anderson Cooper for helping a small boy in Haiti, who got hit in the head with a concrete block. “Cooper did what I would have done,” Capehart wrote. “At least, I hope I would have had that much courage.”

Capehart delves into the New York subway incident this week in which a freelance photographer shot a picture of a man who had been pushed from the platform and was about to die. His column indicates he thinks the photographer had time to help and didn’t take it… Read more

Editors Offer WaPo Words Of Wisdom

“If you were advising Weymouth and her senior managers, what would you tell them?”

That’s the question WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander poses on his blog, soliciting advice from veteran editors from publications such as the Sacramento Bee, LAT and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. An excerpt:

Ethics group leader at the Poynter Institute

DON’T RETREAT: “Don’t let this stop you from continuing to be bold in pursuit of new revenue, even in convening events.”

CROSS POLLINATE: “Start to work on cross pollination within the company. Large newsrooms are traditionally isolated from the rest of the company. In the past that made sense because it protected and insulated our best asset. Now we have to figure out how to leverage our best asset without undermining our core values. Creating a company-wide culture where everyone understands the core values, the various missions of different departments, will go a long way. I don’t think you have to do it with silly retreats and goofy internal training. But getting top managers together on a regular basis and having them all spend time in each other’s departments is important.”

Read the rest of their good advice here.