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NPR Wins Peabody Awards

NPR has won several Peabody Awards for an investigation into inequalities in the South Dakota foster care system for Native Americans, coverage of the Arab Spring, and remembrances of 9/11 collected by StoryCorps and broadcast on Morning Edition. The news was announced today.

Receiving Peabody Awards are the NPR News Investigation “Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families,” reported by correspondent Laura Sullivan and producer Amy Walters; and NPR’s foreign desk, namely Jerusalem Correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, for coverage of the Arab Spring in 2011. The oral history project StoryCorps’ response to the 10th anniversary of 9/11 also received an award; interviews with survivors and victims’ relatives were broadcast in a series on NPR’s Morning Edition.

“This is an enormous honor,” said Margaret Low Smith, Senior Vice President of NPR News, in a release.

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Tricks of the Trade With NPR’s Laura Sullivan

NPR Investigations Correspondent Laura Sullivan is the subject of today’s Tricks of the Trade feature. And the timing couldn’t be more fitting. Credentials: On May 23, she’ll pick up a Peabody  for a report called “Behind the Bail Bond System.” She also recently won an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award and a Dupont-Columbia Silver Bond award back in January.

1. Favorite Interview Technique: And then what happened?… what did you think of that?… and then what happened?… what did you think of that?.. and then what happened?

2. Most Compelling Question You’ve Ever Asked: See above.  Conversely, worst non-question question I’ve ever asked: “Talk a little bit about…” I might as well have said, “Talk about whatever you feel like talking about in as boring a way as you feel like saying it, and don’t bother to actually address anything I’ve come here to talk to you about.  But please, go ahead.”

3. Best Self-Editing Approach: With an axe, not a scalpel.  Only 15 percent of a first draft is any good.

4. What to do When an Interview is Tanking: Cut and run. Find a better subject. If you really have to have the person/interview,  I take off my head phones (put away the  notepad for a while) so they relax and think the important part is over — and start over.

5. Approaching Lawmakers and other “Important People”: Groan. The approach isn’t the problem.  (The interview’s either in their self-interest or not. Doesn’t matter what you say.) Getting them to give a compelling interview is.

6. Most Surprising Thing to Happen During an Interview…

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NPR Gets the Baton

NPR News has won the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton Award for excellence in Journalism.

The award is for excellence in broadcast journalism for a three-part investigative series revealing deep and costly flaws in the U.S. justice system’s bail bond process, it was announced today.  NPR Correspondent Laura Sullivan reported the story; Senior National Editor Steven Drummond edited it. As the story is described, “Bonding for Profit” exposed deep inequities in the treatment of rich and poor defendants, how the bail industry is vested in maintaining those inequities and the surprising cost to taxpayers. The series aired on the NPR newsmagazines “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” and can be viewed here.

Awards will be presented at a ceremony on January 20 at Columbia University in New York.

Morning Reading List, 01.13.09

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Morning Reading List, 11.12.07

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  • Hooray for hair conditioner.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of October 29, 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ increased among total viewers and Adults 25-54 compared to last year while both CBS’ ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ declined.” Also, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday November 4, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ won the key Adults 25-54 demo, outperforming both CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ and NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’”

  • The New York Observer reports on The Atlantic’s anniversary party, “‘This is so offensive! Why is there a visible VIP area where people are gorging themselves on drinks and shrimp?’ said Steve Ruddy, a 35-year-old actor who lives in the West Village. ‘This is the strangest event I’ve ever been to,’ said Linda Lakritz of the Upper West Side. She said she was expecting a gift bag, and got a copy of The Atlantic instead. ‘It made me really sad,’ said Jennifer Vanasco, another member of the audience. ‘I expect something more from The Atlantic. I mean, I can get this from New York magazine.’”

  • XM-Sirius Merger Made Simple: One Is Always Less Than Two

  • Gannett Blog reports, “A private investment company, Brandes Investment Partners, disclosed today that it has nearly doubled its ownership stake in Gannett. Brandes now owns 11.25% of GCI vs. 6.6% as recently as March 15. The firm was already Gannett’s single-biggest stockholder, after buying a chunk of shares around February of this year. That’s when it appears to have emerged for the first time as GCI’s top investor.”

  • American University announced, “American University’s Center for Social Media, a center within the School of Communication, will host a lecture by Keith Richburg as part of the ‘Foreign Correspondence and the Future of Public Media’ speaker series at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 in the university’s Mary Graydon Center, Room 324.”

  • FCC Moves to Place Restrictions on Cable TV

  • An ABC release announced, “In a special Veterans Day edition of ‘Nightline,’ Vanity Fair and ABC News’ Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross partner to take a harrowing look at the other war seldom talked about in eastern Afghanistan. Over a six month period, ‘Vanity Fair’s’ Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington were embedded with the Second Platoon of the 173rd Airborne and given unprecedented access to the ongoing ground war. … The report brings the viewer inside soldier life in one of the most dangerous region of the war on terror in Afghanistan at a time when the major U.S. ally in the region, Pakistan, roils from a dire political crisis. Brian Ross and ‘Vanity Fair’s’ report on the war in eastern Afghanistan will air on ‘Nightline’ Monday, November 12, 2007 at 11:35pm (ET/PT).”

  • Inside Cable News reports, “CNN is trying a new gimmick during commercial breaks; a countdown clock with a progress bar that keeps track of how long until a program resumes…”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “IAC/InterActiveCorp., which recently announced plans to split off several major businesses, today launched a comedy news site as part of its broader push into online media and entertainment.”

  • A release announced, “The Magazine Group took home 11 Pearl Awards at a November 8 ceremony in New York City. Among the Washington, DC-based firm’s honors were four Gold, three Silver and four Bronze awards. Sponsored by the Custom Publishing Council, the fourth annual Pearl Awards saluted the best in design, editorial and strategic initiatives for B2B and consumer custom publications. A panel of marketing executives, academics, journalists, designers, corporate strategists and publishers evaluated 572 entries from 29 companies.”

  • Washingtonian has the details of the Yahoo summit where Karl Rove “revealed what ad his party would have run if Howard Dean had become the Democrat’s presidential nominee in 2004.”

  • A release announced, “RCN Corporation, a leading provider of video, data, and voice services to residential and business customers, announced today that it has become an official sponsor of
    American University Athletics.”

  • The News Interest Index shows, “Currently, just 16% of Americans name the Iraq war as the news story that first comes to mind when asked what has been in the news lately. In December and January, a period when U.S. policy toward Iraq and President Bush’s troop surge drew extensive news coverage, as many as half or more named the Iraq war as the first story that came to mind.”

  • A release announced, “Yahoo! Inc. … announced that the New York Daily News, the fifth largest newspaper in the United States, has become the largest newspaper to join the Newspaper Consortium.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNBC sure has a fan in Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH). Today, during Senate floor remarks, he said he was working out at the gym this morning when Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appeared on the network.”

  • Huffington Post reports, “YOU! Should recycle, but you probably already do — because lovin’ Mother Earth has never been more front-and-center in the national — nay, global — consciousness…and you heard it from Time’s annual “Person of the Year” panel first.”

  • A release announced, “My Damn Channel, an entertainment studio and new media platform, … announced the launch of the Big Fat Brain Channel. Two original episodic comedy series will debut this month from web video veterans Troy Hitch and Matt Bledsoe, who have designed the My Damn Channel site and produced many of its promotional videos including ‘Landlord 2027,’ ‘Doggy,’ ‘The Dizruptor’ and ‘The Way of Harry’ series.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “NPR’S Laura Sullivan named Daniel Schorr journalism prize winner.”

    Jobs

  • The Hill newspaper is looking for Reporters and a Features writer.

  • Washington and Lee University is looking for a Reynolds Program Coordinator.

  • Al Jazeera International is looking for an Assistant Producer.

  • Access Intelligence, LLC is looking for an Assistant Managing Editor.

  • American Lung Association is looking for a Vice President, Communications.

  • Argus Media is looking for a Power & fuels reporter.

  • The Israel Project (TIP) is looking for applicants for a Media Fellowship is open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent college or graduate school alumni who are starting their careers in journalism or strategic communications/Israel advocacy.

  • Smithsonian Magazine Online is looking for an Editorial Intern.

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  • Jeff Kosseff: The FishbowlDC Interview

    kosseff.jpgSay hello to Jeff Kosseff, who works in the Oregonian’s Washington bureau.

    <How many suits do you own? Seven, all of which I acquired after moving to Washington from Portland three years ago. Portland’s informal dress code is one of its many quality-of-life advantages over Washington.

    What word do you routinely misspell? According to my spell-check program, while typing the response to the previous question, it’s “acquired.” Aquired? Acuired?

    Did you see Brokeback Mountain? No. I haven’t seen a big studio film in years. But I’ve read and loved all of Annie Proulx’s stories and novels.

    Did you see The Da Vinci Code? No.

    What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “Ringer quick.”

    What time did you get up this morning? 4:10 a.m. Habitual early riser.

    When did you last cry and why? Can’t remember.

    Which of the seven deadly sins are you? I’d like to think I’m not a deadly sin.

    Beach, city or country? Beach, definitely. But only if we’re talking about a state-park beach where you can swim and surf without bumping into hundreds of people. Not overdeveloped beaches like Ocean City.

    Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? Ha! None of the above. But on a related note, I am the proud father of the two cutest cats in the Washington, D.C. area.

    Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Maura, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan)

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    Laura Sullivan: The FishbowlDC Interview

    ls_can06_16_web_crop.jpgSay hello to NPR’s Laura Sullivan.

    How many suits do you own? 3 suits, many jackets

    What word do you routinely misspell? manageable

    Did you see Brokeback Mountain? yes

    Did you see The Da Vinci Code? yes

    What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Magic

    What time did you get up this morning? 8 am but I’m pregnant. If I get up earlier, I tend to throw up on my colleagues.

    When did you last cry and why? Watching a made for tv movie Saturday afternoon. Maybe I’m hormonal.

    Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Lust. Especially with expensive handbags.

    Beach, city or country? Beach

    Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? This question is a landmine.

    Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar)

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    Laura Sullivan Wins Gracie Award

    From the release:

      The American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT) has selected NPR News and National Correspondent Laura Sullivan for a 2007 Gracie Award for “Outstanding News Series” for a three-part examination on solitary confinement that aired in July 2006 on the NPR news magazine All Things Considered. Sullivan took listeners behind the scenes of some of the nation’s largest and least known solitary confinement units, where inmates spend years isolated in small cells for 23 hours a day. In explaining its selection to NPR, the Gracie Award jury noted: “In a year with a record-breaking number of entries, your submission displayed superior quality in writing, production and programming.”