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Jarl Mohn Becomes NPR President and CEO (FishbowlDC)
The board of directors of NPR announced Friday that it has selected Jarl Mohn to become its next president and chief executive officer. WSJ Mohn is becoming the fifth leader in a five-year stretch marred by scandal and financial woes. Mohn hails from a flashier background than some of his predecessors at NPR. He spent years as a radio DJ, under the pseudonym Lee Masters, and served as an executive at MTV and VH1 before creating and running E! Entertainment Television. He subsequently served as chief executive of Liberty Digital Inc., a subsidiary of Liberty Media Group focused on interactive and cable television. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Mohn, who currently serves as chairman of Southern California Public Radio, will begin his tenure as CEO on July 1. He was recruited by acting CEO Paul Haaga, who had been running the network since September after the unexpected resignation of Gary Knell, who left to join National Geographic. Deadline New York Knell left NPR after 21 months on the job, succeeding Vivian Schiller, who was forced to resign over a string of controversies. In September NPR hoped to cut its staff by 10 percent by offering staffers a voluntary buyout. It was part of a two-year plan to eliminate an operating cash deficit expected to hit $6.1 million. HuffPost / AP Board chair Kit Jensen says Mohn has a keen ability to identify media and consumer trends and has a strong track record on diversity and fairness. Mohn said in a statement that he considers the new position a mission, not a job.

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Poynter Snags Three-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner

DavidBarstowPicDavid Barstow‘s first Pulitzer was for public service, in 2004. The second, a 2009 prize for investigative reporting. And the third came just last year, when Barstow – together with his New York Times colleague Alejandra Sxanic von Bertrab – won for a series about Wal-Mart malfeasance in Mexico.

Moving forward, this esteemed member of the journalism profession will soon be contributing to the website poynter.org and teaching via the organization’s e-learning site News University. From today’s announcement that he is joining the institute’s adjunct faculty:

“David Barstow is one of the premier investigative reporters and storytellers of this generation, or any generation,” said Tim Franklin, president of The Poynter Institute. “He represents exactly what Poynter strives to impart in its programs and its teaching – excellent journalism that serves the public interest. David is the first of several new adjuncts who will be joining the institute’s already stellar teaching team.”

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Meet the Ukrainian Man Who Owns Poynteronline.org

Back around 2008-2009, the Poynter Institute vacated the URL Poynteroinline.org as part of a website redesign. However, it continued using that terminology – “Poynter Online” – on Facebook and elsewhere.

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Today, iMediaEthics publisher-editor Rhonda Roland Shearer has some bad news for the St. Petersburg, Florida journalism institute. A non-journalist in a faraway land snapped up the URL in 2011 and has been using it as a legacy framework for some illicit SEO activity:

According to Whois, Poynteronline.org is registered by a man in the Ukraine named Evgeniy Varlashov. Varlashov, according to the Whois links, also registered nearly 300 other URLs. Since his snagging of the Poynteronline.org URL, Varlashov has been mining the benefits of Poynter.org’s long history, prestige and very high Google page ranking of 7 out of a possible 10.

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NPR Creates New Senior Management Role Focused On Diversity

Keith Woods.jpgNational Public Radio is increasing its focus on diversity with the addition of a new senior manager role.

Keith Woods, the dean of faculty at the Poynter Institute, has been named as the first vice president in charge of Diversity in News and Operations for the nonprofit organization. In his new role, Woods, a former consultant to NPR, will “lead the development of NPR’s vision and strategy for diversity, and will play a central role in its implementation across the NPR newsroom, throughout the organization and in the public radio community as a whole,” NPR said. He will join NPR full-time in February.

Woods, a journalism veteran who has served on two Pulitzer Prize juries, will work with NPR’s CEO Vivian Schiller to help broaden the radio network’s content in order to reach a more diverse audience. He will also provide coaching and training throughout the organization and its member stations to help deal with issues of “content, recruiting and workplace environment strategies,” the company said.

Full release after the jump

NPR’s Schiller: “Our Plans For Going Forward Is More”

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A Thin Line Between Marketing And Journalism

innovate.jpgThe Innovation International Media Consulting group, like other media consultancies, used to have a place in the media field. It was not unusual for papers or magazines to bring in outside agents to help identify issues and drive content, with an emphasis on marketing strategies and advertising. And it’s also not unheard of in publishing to have consultants push editorial in a certain direction to maximize readership. None of this is new business.

What is new, however, is when consulting companies like Innovation decide to rebrand themselves as a news org, without creating a clear distinction between their marketing services (and the clients who may have this company on their payroll), and objective journalism. Then things start to get a little bit complicated.

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