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June 8, 2012

Soul of the South releases promotional video; U.S. prosecutors to investigate "leaks" to N.Y. Times; "a disappearing daily ritual for many"; online diversity issues mirror those in legacy media; op-ed print editors can counter poor Web editing; N.Y. Daily News confuses Cuban flag for Puerto Rico's; Celtics-Heat Game 6 gives ESPN a ratings spike; now they're heading for internships (6/8/12)

Soul of the South Releases Promotional Video

U.S. Prosecutors to Investigate "Leaks" to N.Y. Times

"A Disappearing Daily Ritual for Many"

Online Diversity Issues Mirror Those in Legacy Media

Op-Ed Print Editors Can Counter Poor Web Editing

N.Y. Daily News Confuses Cuban Flag for Puerto Rico's

Celtics-Heat Game 6 Gives ESPN a Ratings Spike

U.S. Prosecutors to Investigate "Leaks" to N.Y. Times

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday night appointed two top prosecutors to lead a probe into recent leaks about classified national-security operations, Evan Perez reported Friday for the Wall Street Journal, as Dean Baquet, managing editor of the New York Times, defended his paper's national security coverage.

Dean Baquet"Ronald Machen, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, and Rod Rosenstein, U.S. attorney for Maryland, will head the probe, Mr. Holder said Friday," according to Perez's story.

Baquet said Thursday in an interview with Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post, "Both the rise and use of drones, and the increased use of cyberwarfare, are the kinds of issues that we have a public service mission to surface so they can be part of a national debate.

"That's our job," Baquet said. "That's our primary job, to report things that should be part of the national discussion."

Calderone's story continued, "The controversy stems from two front-page Times stories last week.

"On May 29, reporters Jo Becker and Scott Shane wrote a 6,000-word piece delving into [President] Obama's hands-on role in counterterrorism operations, which was based on conversations with three dozen advisers and included details such as the existence of a set of 'baseball cards' containing information about suspected terrorists.

"Three days later, the paper ran a piece by David Sanger about how Obama had stepped up cyberattacks on Iran, an excerpt from his new book, 'Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.'

" 'I reject the notion that they were leaks,' Baquet said, arguing that 'leaks' come with 'the implication they were access journalism and someone in the White House called up and said, "Let me give you something that makes the president look good."

"[Baquet] said that Sanger's piece 'had been in the works for 18 months,' while the Shane/Becker piece was reported over several months."

Sanger echoed Baquet's position Friday on "The Diane Rehm Show" on Washington's WAMU-FM, which is transmitted to other NPR stations.

"Lawmakers of both parties held a news conference Thursday calling for legislation to restrict the flow of leaks," Perez reported.

Gail Brooks takes in the day's news while Wilbert

"A Disappearing Daily Ritual for Many"

"With The Times-Picayune set to reduce its print schedule to three days a week, The Lens took a look at readers' rituals on Monday and Tuesday, two of the days that the paper will drop sometime in the fall," Bevil Knapp wrote in the Lens, which describes itself as "the New Orleans area's first nonprofit, nonpartisan public-interest newsroom, dedicated to unique in-depth reporting projects, as well as exclusive daily stories."

"Photographer Bevil Knapp set out across the metro area this week and provides this photo essay of scenes that will soon be a thing of the past early in the week." The photo essay was titled, "A look at a disappearing daily ritual for many."

Online Diversity Issues Mirror Those in Legacy Media

How does the online world stack up against traditional media in racial and gender diversity?

"One yearlong look at the home pages of popular sites Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Slate and Salon (Nieman Reports, Fall/11) described a dispiritingly familiar world in which African-Americans are usually celebrities or athletes, Latinos appear primarily in sporadic immigration stories, and Native Americans and Asian-Americans go missing," Janine Jackson reported for Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting.

". . . without explicit recognition of how sponsors and owners narrow the range of acceptable content (in ways and for reasons that can, in fact, be racist), and without honest reckoning with the differing definitions we all carry about what news matters, covering 'stories of importance' to underrepresented communities will remain an 'on paper' priority."

Jackson questioned special sites dedicated to people of color. "Even done well, the 'special section' model invites questions. Are they places for those generally marginalized to speak authentically, without filter? Or do they unnaturally barricade perspectives, like the Women's Pages of old, with their implication that the rest of the paper, the 'real' news, concerns only men? . . .

"The answer might be that spaces created by and for people of color, or women, or any community can be a vital part of a healthy, varied media landscape, but are not a substitute for forums where these perspectives intersect and interact, as they do in life. . . . most people don't want to talk only to themselves, or to never be challenged. They do want to participate in arenas where they, and the issues they care about, are respected, not devalued or erased."

Op-Ed Print Editors Can Counter Poor Web Editing

". . . The Internet is filled with poorly edited opinion pieces by writers who are burning to express themselves and are not going away," this columnist wrote Friday for the Association of Opinion Journalists, formerly the National Conference of Editorial Writers.

"When the Columbia Journalism Review recently asked about demographic diversity on op-ed pages for a late May article, I thought not only about op-ed pages, but about young writers on the Internet. The two need each other.

". . . It's sometimes said that news organizations had more of an opportunity to diversify when the economy was stronger and newspapers weren't competing with more modern technologies. These days, 'doing more with less' seems to be the rule.

"AOJ can do the next best thing, however: It can give the gift of editing.

". . . We might not be able to hire, but there are other ways to make our products more inclusive. Let's think about what we can do with freelancers.

"And let's give the gift of editing!"

N.Y. Daily News Confuses Cuban Flag for Puerto Rico's

"Employees of The Daily News apparently could use a brush-up on world flags," Christine Haughney reported Thursday for the New York Times.

"In Thursday's paper, the newspaper, which is a sponsor of this 'That is one big oops'weekend's Puerto Rican Day Parade, published an ad promoting the parade that shows the New York Giants football player Victor Cruz smiling and standing underneath the Cuban flag.

" 'Talk about an oops. That is one big oops,' wrote the Web site Latino Rebels. 'We just called the newspaper and they told us that they will be printing a correction tomorrow, but that no statement has been issued.'

"A spokesman for The Daily News issued an apology by Thursday afternoon.

" 'As the presenting media sponsor, the Daily News apologizes to the Puerto Rican, Cuban and other Latino communities as well as parade sponsors who were offended by our honest mistake,' the spokesman said. 'It will be rectified in tomorrow’s paper.' "

The outcomes during the Eastern Conference finals have stumped at least one commentator, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, right. (Video)

Celtics-Heat Game 6 Gives ESPN a Ratings Spike

"The nail-biting Eastern Conference Finals battle between Boston and Miami has earned ESPN an 8.2 overnight rating for Game 6," Sports Media Watch reported Friday.

"That's a 49 percent increase from the Magic-Celtics Game six in 2010."

The series stumped at least one commentator. ESPN Boston reported, "After flip-flopping between writing the Celtics off (before the conference finals) and then conversely [calling] the series 'over' for Miami prior to Game 6, ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith has officially thrown his hands in the air when asked for his prediction for Saturday night's Game 7.

" 'I'm taking the fifth,' Smith says in the SportsCenter video above. 'I've been wrong this entire series. I have nothing to say, I plead the fifth. I don't know what they're going to do, I just know I'll be there.' "

Graduates of the Sports Journalism Institute go to member newspapers of the Ass

Now They're Heading for Internships

The Sports Journalism Institute graduated its 20th class Friday in Columbia, Mo. A group of seven men and four women (seven African Americans, two Asian Americans and two Latinos) were in residence at the University of Missouri School of Journalism from June 1 to 9, after which students move on to internships around the country. They are placed at Associated Press Sports Editors member newspapers, ESPN.com, MLB.com and the Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, 12 students, including 11 of color, were to graduate Saturday from the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute's 11-day Multimedia Scholars Program. Schools represented in the program at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University are Bennett, Grambling, Hampton, Howard, Louisiana Tech, Michigan State, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, Northern Alabama, Northwest Missouri State and Xavier (La.). Eleven of the 12 are to intern for eight weeks at six newspapers owned by Schurz Communications Inc.

Short Takes

  • Angela Rye, executive director and general counsel of the Congressional Black Caucus, is interviewed on C-SPAN's "Q&A" airing Sunday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern time.

  • Free Speech TV is carrying the annual Netroots Nation conference, held through Saturday in Providence, R.I., on DISH Network channel 9415, DIRECTV channel 348 and online at freespeech.org. "Netroots Nation 2012 brings the top names in the progressive movement," Free Speech Executive Director Don Rojas said in an announcement.

  • Chris Haynes, entering his second season with Comcast SportsNet, has signed three-year contract with Comcast SportsNet Northwest, the network announced on Friday. Referring to the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, the network said Haynes "will continue to expand the role he began during the 2011-2012 Trail Blazers season on the network and on CSNNW.com breaking news and providing reliable inside information alongside CSNNW.com's senior editor Dwight Jaynes."

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