WBEZ | News Media http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-media Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Tribune Co. to cut 700 jobs at newspaper division http://www.wbez.org/sections/literacy/tribune-co-cut-700-jobs-newspaper-division-109204 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP526898405060.jpg" style="height: 159px; width: 400px; float: left;" title="(AP/File)" />Tribune Co. says it&#39;s eliminating about 700 jobs as part of a restructuring of its newspaper business.</p><p>Spokesman Gary Weitman says the cuts will take place over the next year.&nbsp;In addition to the Chicago Tribune, the Tribune Co. owns the Los Angeles Times and six other daily newspapers.</p><p>The company&#39;s reporting staff won&#39;t be affected, but there will be small reductions in other editorial areas.</p><p>The cuts account for about 6 percent of Tribune Co.&#39;s workforce.</p><p>The Chicago-based company emerged from a four-year stint under bankruptcy protection last December. In the months since, it has focused on boosting profitability at its broadcast division. It plans to spin off its publishing business by mid-2014.</p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/literacy/tribune-co-cut-700-jobs-newspaper-division-109204 Second Secretly Recorded Tape Emerges In NPR Sting http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-03-10/second-secretly-recorded-tape-emerges-npr-sting-83528 <p><p>In "Part II" of his secretly recorded conversations with NPR fundraisers, conservative political activist James O'Keefe's accomplice presses for assurance that a $5 million gift to NPR from the fake group could be kept anonymous.</p><p>In the 44-minute recording, NPR Senior Director of Institutional Giving Betsy Liley speaks with a man posing as "Ibrahim Kasaam" of the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center Trust. They talk at length about the donation process. "Kasaam" presses the question of whether NPR could shield the group's donation from the government. Liley, who earlier this week was placed on administrative leave, says she thinks so but will have to check with NPR's legal counsel. That's among several mistakes she made during the call, NPR said this evening in a statement.</p><p>The facts that <a href="http://philanthropy.com/search/?search_siteId=6&contextId=&action=rem&searchQueryString=anonymous+giving" target="_blank">anonymous giving is common and legal</a>, but that NPR reports all donations to the IRS and that NPR did not accept the fictitious Muslim charity's offer are not detailed in either:</p><p>-- <a href="http://www.theprojectveritas.org/npr2" target="_blank">The blog</a> where O'Keefe has posted the recording of that conversation.</p><p>-- Or the report about it <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/10/new-video-npr-was-going-to-accept-muslim-education-action-center-donation-and-hide-it-from-the-government/" target="_blank">at The Daily Caller</a>, which this week has been the outlet where O'Keefe's revelations have been broken.</p><p>And NPR says Liley, who is now on administrative leave, made several errors during the conversation. NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm has sent this statement to NPR staff and stations:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"The statement made by Betsy Liley in the audiotapes released today regarding the possibility of making an anonymous gift that would remain invisible to tax authorities is factually inaccurate and not reflective of NPR's gift practices.</p><p>"All donations — anonymous and named — are fully reported to the IRS. NPR complies with all financial, tax and disclosure regulations.</p><p>"Through unequivocal words and actions, NPR has renounced and condemned the secretly recorded statements of Ron Schiller and Betsy Liley. Mr. Schiller is no longer with NPR and Ms. Liley has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation of the matter.</p><p>"No stronger statement of disavowal and disapproval is possible. NPR will not be deterred from its news mission and will ultimately be judged by the millions and millions of listeners and readers who have come to rely on us every day."</p><p></blockquote></p><p>This follows the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/09/134358398/in-video-npr-exec-slams-tea-party-questions-need-for-federal-funds" target="_blank">Tuesday release of a videotape</a> that O'Keefe's representatives secretly made. In it, Ron Schiller (who at the time was NPR's chief fundraiser) is heard slamming conservatives and musing that NPR might be better off without any federal funding (a position that directly contradicts the organization's official view).</p><p>And it follows <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/10/134388981/npr-ceo-vivian-schiller-resigns" target="_blank">Wednesday's ousting of NPR CEO and President Vivian Schiller</a> (no relation to Ron), in the wake of the video controversy and last year's mishandled dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams.</p><p>O'Keefe says the lunch was videotaped on Feb. 22. The phone recording of Liley, his site says, was made on Feb. 28.</p><p>We'll keep following this story.</p><p><strong>Update at 6:55 p.m. ET.</strong> NPR just released copies of correspondence between NPR and the fictitious Muslim organization. Included in that correspondence is a message from Vivian Schiller about "Kasaam." She wrote on March 3 that in a conversation he "repeated again that they want to deliver the check. I said that's very generous but we really need to sort out these issues first."</p><p>The issues, according to her note, included proof from the group that it was a 501(c)3 charitable organization. And she says she told him that NPR would have to report the donation and the charity's name to the IRS.</p><p>Here are those notes. Click "fullscreen" to make them more readable:</p><p>Rehm has also sent another message to NPR staff and stations, in which she says that "NPR is committed to financial transparency and posts our audited financial statements as well as IRS 990s on our website [<a href="http://www.npr.org/about/aboutnpr/publicradiofinances.htm" target="_blank">here</a>].</p><p>"Incoming gifts must go through legal vetting by our General Counsel's office. Our General Counsel asked repeatedly and in writing for the information necessary for the proposed gift to be evaluated. 'MEAC' failed to produce that information.</p><p>"Because of the failure to provide the information required, NPR rejected the gift."</p><p><strong>Update at 6:45 p.m. ET. </strong><a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/romenesko/122867/npr-hosts-journalists-appalled-by-ron-schillers-comments/" target="_blank">In an open letter</a> to "listeners and supporters," 23 of NPR's best-known journalists say:</p><p></p><p><blockquote></p><p>"We, and our colleagues at NPR News, strive every day to bring you the highest quality news programs possible. So, like you, we were appalled by the offensive comments made recently by NPR's now former Senior Vice President for Development [Ron Schiller]. His words violated the basic principles by which we live and work: accuracy and open-mindedness, fairness and respect.</p><p>"Those comments have done real damage to NPR. But we're confident that the culture of professionalism we have built, and the journalistic values we have upheld for the past four decades, will prevail. We are determined to continue bringing you the daily journalism that you've come to expect and rely upon: fair, fact-based, in-depth reporting from at home and around the world.</p><p>"With your support we have no doubt NPR will come out of this difficult period stronger than ever."</p><p></blockquote> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1299806534?&gn=Second+Secretly+Recorded+Tape+Emerges+In+NPR+Sting&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Betsy+Liley,Project+Veritas,James+O%27Keefe,News+iPad,News+Media,National+News,NPR,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,Business,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=134433473&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110310&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=134433501,134360324,134360224,127603166,127602855,125936618,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-03-10/second-secretly-recorded-tape-emerges-npr-sting-83528 David Logan, Who Funded Investigative Journalism, Has Died http://www.wbez.org/story/david-logan/david-logan-who-funded-investigative-journalism-has-died <p><p>David Logan, a philanthropist and supporter of investigative journalism, died Saturday in Chicago after getting pneumonia following a heart operation, <a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_17178053?nclick_check=1" target="_blank">according to the Associated Press</a>. He was 93.</p><p>The AP writes that:</p><p></p><p><blockquote></p><p>"Referring to investigative reporting as 'the guardian of the public interest,' Logan's foundation, the <a href="http://loganfdn.org/" target="_blank">Reva and David Logan Foundation</a>, provided funding for investigative journalism projects and the efforts of journalists. 'He was a real fireball,' said his son [Daniel]. 'He was energized by his anger that things in the world weren't as good as he wanted them to be.' "</p><p></blockquote></p><p>Logan's foundation provided significant funding for the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism program, the Center for Investigative Reporting and PBS-TV's <em>Frontline</em>. It also <a href="http://www.loganfdn.org/?/projects/" target="_blank">supported projects</a> centered on education, the arts, religion and social change.</p><p>"The passing of David Logan is a great loss for the cause of investigative reporting. Most important was his deep belief that he expressed to me and others, in the kind of work that brings about change, that rights wrongs," says Lowell Bergman, co-founder of the non-profit <a href="http://centerforinvestigativereporting.org/" target="_blank">Center for Investigative Reporting</a>. Bergman also serves as the Riva and David Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting at Berkeley.</p><p><em>(Alicia Cypress is the web editor for investigations at NPR.)</em> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295902642?&gn=David+Logan%2C+Who+Funded+Investigative+Journalism%2C+Has+Died&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=David+Logan,Obituaries,News+Media,The+Two-Way,Media,U.S.,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133187037&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110124&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133187062,128466026,127603166,103943429,133183418,133183415,127602596,103943429,133182731,133182729,127602855,127602446,103943429,133181819,127602855,127602596,125936762,103943429,133179833,127602855,127602446,103943429,121027244,127602855,127602331,125944306,103943429,133174048,133174040,127602855,127602530,126929718,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/david-logan/david-logan-who-funded-investigative-journalism-has-died Palin: 'They're Not Going To Shut Me Up' http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot/palin-theyre-not-going-shut-me <p><p>Saying that the "main stream media" has tried to score political points and that she and other conservatives were "falsely accused of being [an] accessory to murder," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke again last night about <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/132783213/arizona-shooting-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot" target="_blank">the shooting rampage in Arizona</a> and discussions afterward regarding the tone of political debate.</p><p><a href="http://video.foxnews.com/v/4500319/exclusive-sarah-palin-on-hannity" target="_blank">On Fox News Channel's </a><em><a href="http://video.foxnews.com/v/4500319/exclusive-sarah-palin-on-hannity" target="_blank">Hannity</a>, </em>the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee expanded on things she said in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/12/132856601/palin-its-irresponsible-to-apportion-blame-for-arizona-rampage" target="_blank">a video she released last week</a>. She told Sean Hannity that:</p><p></p><p>-- "I will continue to speak out. ... They're not going to shut me up. ... They can't make us sit down and shut up."</p><p>-- Regarding the tone of political discourse, "it's going to be very tough and even futile to ... start censoring everyone's speech and everyone's icons. ... We hear now of this desire, this demand for civility. ... [I am] certainly in agreement with the ideal of being civil. ... [But] we should not use an event like that in Arizona to stifle debate."</p><p>-- The much-discussed map that her political action committee posted last year, with crosshairs on the districts of 20 members of Congress (including that of Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded in the Jan. 8 attack) "wasn't an original graphic." It is like others used "for many years ... in political races" by Democrats and Republicans.</p><p>The decision to remove that map from her PAC's website shortly after the shootings was made by "the contract graphic artist. ... I don't think that was inappropriate [removing the map]."</p><p>But, the map "had absolutely  nothing to do with an apolitical or perhaps even left-leaning criminal" attacking the Giffords event in Tucson.</p><p>Here is the video of Palin's appearance on <em>Hannity.</em> Palin is a paid contributor on Fox:</p><p><strong>Update at 7:45 a.m. ET.</strong> Speaking of Palin, this video tribute was originally put on YouTube last October, but <a href="http://www.examiner.com/democrat-in-national/sarah-palin-battle-hymn-youtube-sensation-goes-viral" target="_blank">seems to have "gone viral" in recent days</a>: Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295357831?&gn=Palin%3A+%27They%27re+Not+Going+To+Shut+Me+Up%27&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Sean+Hannity,Rep.+Gabrielle+Giffords,Sarah+Palin,Arizona+shooting,Arizona+Rampage%3A+Congresswoman%2C+Others+Shot,News+Media,National+News,Politics,Crime,Fox+News+Channel,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133014233&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110118&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 06:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot/palin-theyre-not-going-shut-me Don't Call Killer's Actions 'American,' Gibbs Tells Russian Reporter http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot/dont-call-killers-actions-american-gibbs-tells-russi <p><p>There is nothing "American" about the "deranged actions of a madman" who would <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/132783213/arizona-shooting-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot" target="_blank">kill six people and shoot another 13</a> at a Tucson strip mall on a Saturday morning in January, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs sternly told a Russian reporter today at the White House.</p><p>It's sometimes part of a White House press secretary's job to correct what he or she sees as the mistaken impressions of foreign reporters -- and Gibbs did just that. You can listen and we'll put the transcript below:</p><p></p><p><blockquote></p><p><strong>Reporter:</strong> "First my condolences to all the Americans, especially obviously to the victims. But second as to why -- it does not seem all that incomprehensible, at least from the outside. It's the reverse side of freedom. Unless you want restrictions, unless you want a bigger role for the government ..."</p><p><strong>Gibbs:</strong> "Well, let me do this -- because, look, I think there’s a -- there’s an investigation that’s going to go on -- there's a ..."</p><p><strong>Reporter:</strong> "No ..."</p><p><strong>Gibbs:</strong> "Hold on, let me -- let me take my time back just for a second. I think there's an investigation that's going to go on. I think there are -- I think as it goes on, we will learn more and more about what happened.</p><p>"I think as the president was clear last night, we may never know fully why or how. We may never have an understanding of why, as the president said, in the dark recesses of someone’s mind, a violent person’s mind, do actions like this spring forward.  I don't want to surmise or think in the future of what some of that might be.</p><p>"But I think it's important to understand that, as I said earlier, the event that was happening that day was the exercise of some very important, very foundational freedoms to this country: the freedom of speech; the freedom to assemble; the freedom to petition your government; democracy or a form of self-government that is of, by and for the people -- all of -- all very quintessential American values that have been on display along with the tremendous courage and resilience of those in that community and throughout this country that have had to deal with this tragedy.</p><p>"Yes."</p><p><strong>Reporter:</strong> "Exactly, Robert.  But this is what I was talking about -- exactly this. This is America, the democracy, the freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly, the freedom to petition your government.  And many people outside would also say -- and the quote, unquote 'freedom' of a deranged mind to react in a violent way is also American.  How do you respond to that?"</p><p><strong>Gibbs</strong>: "I'm sorry. What’s the last part?"</p><p><strong>Reporter:</strong> "The quote, unquote 'freedom' of the deranged mind to respect -- to react violently to that, it is also American."</p><p>[Another reporter is then overheard on the recording saying "No, it’s not."]</p><p><strong>Gibbs:</strong> "No, no, I would disagree vehemently with that. There are -- there is nothing in the values of our country, there's nothing on the many laws on our books that would provide for somebody to impugn and impede on the very freedoms that you began with by exercising the actions that that individual took on that day. That is not American.</p><p>"There are -- I think there's agreement on all sides of the political spectrum: Violence is never, ever acceptable. We had people that died. We had people whose lives will be changed forever because of the deranged actions of a madman. Those are not American. Those are not in keeping with the important bedrock values by which this country was founded and by which its citizens live each and every day of their lives in hopes of something better for those that are here.</p><p>"Thank you."</p><p></blockquote> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294948330?&gn=Don%27t+Call+Killer%27s+Actions+%27American%2C%27+Gibbs+Tells+Russian+Reporter&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Arizona+Rampage%3A+Congresswoman%2C+Others+Shot,Arizona+shooting,Robert+Gibbs,News+Media,National+News,Crime,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132904850&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110113&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 13:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman-others-shot/dont-call-killers-actions-american-gibbs-tells-russi Review Of Juan Williams' Firing Done; NPR News Exec Resigns http://www.wbez.org/story/ellen-weiss/review-juan-williams-firing-done%C2%A0npr-news-exec-resigns <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//ellenweiss_sq.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>NPR just released two statements -- one on the completion of an independent review of the dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams and another on the resignation of Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"Washington, DC January 6, 2011 -- The NPR Board of Directors announced today that it has completed its review into the facts and circumstances leading to the termination of NPR's contract with senior news analyst Juan Williams. The review also included an examination of how other NPR analysts and correspondents have been treated under the NPR Ethics Code with respect to on-air comments. The independent members of NPR's Board (the “Board”) worked with outside legal counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (“Weil”), to gather information related to the contract termination.</p><p>"In light of the review and feedback provided to them, the Board has adopted recommendations and remedial measures designed to address issues that surfaced with the review. The recommendations and remedial measures range from new internal procedures concerning personnel and on air-talent decisions to taking appropriate disciplinary action with respect to certain management employees involved in the termination.  Some of these changes have already been made and others are in process.  Specifically, the Board adopted recommendations that NPR:</p><p>"-- Establish a committee comprised of NPR personnel, respected journalists, and others from outside NPR to review and update NPR’s current Ethics Code (the “Code”).</p><p>"-- Develop policies and procedures to ensure consistent application of and training on the Code to all employees and contractors.</p><p>"-- Review and update policies/training with respect to the role of NPR journalists appearing on other media outlets to ensure that they understand the applicability of the Ethics Code to their work and to facilitate equitable and consistent application of the Code.</p><p>"-- Review and define the roles of NPR journalists (including news analysts) to address a changing news environment in which such individuals have a myriad of outlets and new platforms for their talent, balancing the opportunities presented by such outlets and platforms with the potential for conflicts of interest that may compromise NPR’s mission.</p><p>"-- Ensure that its practices encourage a broad range of viewpoints to assist its decision-making, support its mission, and reflect the diversity of its national audiences.  The Human Resources Committee of the Board is working in conjunction with key members of NPR management on this issue.</p><p>"-- Williams' contract was terminated in accordance with its terms.  The contract gave both parties the right to terminate on 30 days’ notice for any reason.  The facts gathered during the review revealed that the termination was not the result of special interest group or donor pressure.  However, because of concerns regarding the speed and handling of the termination process, the Board additionally recommended that certain actions be taken with regard to management involved in Williams’ contract termination.</p><p>"The Board has expressed confidence in Vivian Schiller's leadership going forward.  She accepted responsibility as CEO and cooperated fully with the review process.  The Board, however, expressed concern over her role in the termination process and has voted that she will not receive a 2010 bonus.</p><p>"NPR also announced that Ellen Weiss, Senior Vice-President for News, has resigned.</p><p>" 'We have taken this situation very seriously and the Board believes these recommendations and remedial steps address the concerns raised in connection with the termination of Williams’ contract,' said Dave Edwards, Chair. 'The Board regrets this incident’s impact on NPR and will work with NPR’s CEO, Vivian Schiller, to ensure that these actions will be expeditiously completed, examined, and monitored on an ongoing basis.'</p><p>"In conducting the review, Weil gathered thousands of documents from various sources and interviewed many current and former NPR employees and contractors.  Weil requested Williams’ participation in the review through both his agent and a former NPR colleague.  Unfortunately, these efforts were unsuccessful and Williams was not interviewed.</p><p>"The Ad Hoc Committee and the non-management members of the Board met on multiple occasions and deliberated on the information provided to them.  Weil reported to an Ad Hoc Committee of the NPR Board consisting of Dave Edwards (Chair of the Board), Howard Stevenson (Immediate Past Chair), and Carol Cartwright (Vice-Chair)."</p><p></blockquote></p><p>In addition, this message just went to NPR staff from NPR CEO Vivian Schiller:</p><p></p><p><blockquote></p><p>"Dear Staff,</p><p>"NPR SVP for News <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/6461426/ellen-weiss" target="_blank">Ellen Weiss</a> has notified me that she will be leaving her position. Over her decades at NPR, Ellen has made meaningful and lasting contributions to the evolution of NPR and our newsroom. She is a strong journalist who has brought her considerable talents to how NPR covers the world and meets the ever-increasing expectations of today’s audiences. Ellen exemplifies journalistic professionalism and integrity. I’m grateful to her for what she has accomplished at NPR, and I encourage you to reach out to her in the days ahead with your own thanks.</p><p>"I’ve asked Vice President for Programming Margaret Low Smith to step in as acting senior vice president for news until we’ve found Ellen’s replacement. Margaret is an accomplished newswoman. She spent nearly 14 years in the news division, ultimately as a senior producer for <em>All Things Considered,</em> before she joined NPR’s senior management team. She knows our programming, staff, and stations well, and she is a talented executive and leader. Eric Nuzum will oversee the programming division during this interim period. Margaret and I will be meeting with different departments in News over the next few days. I will distribute a proposed schedule for those meetings shortly.</p><p>"In the coming weeks we will begin a search for Ellen’s replacement. The position will be posted on NPR.org, and we expect a strong slate of both internal and external candidates. Margaret has indicated that she will not be a candidate for the position.</p><p>"The NPR Board of Directors has also completed the review of the events leading to the termination of Juan Williams’ contract as a part-time news analyst. This independent review was undertaken at the request of the NPR Board and performed by the Weil firm. Attached is the Board’s statement. There is no written 'report' aside from this statement, which summarizes the overall outcome of the Weil review. This is typical for this kind of outside review.</p><p>"As you will see, the review surfaces important issues that I have committed to address in terms of how we operate internally. Most of the actions to be taken are already in process. The review of NPR’s News Code of Ethics and Social Media Policy is underway to assure that the guidelines are clear, consistent, and relevant to today’s media environment. That will be followed by information sessions for all News staff and some outside the newsroom. We’ve also strengthened our termination procedures and our communications protocols.</p><p>"This has been a difficult period for all of us. Now is the time to focus on what we can do to make NPR an even stronger organization and a more meaningful part of daily life for the millions who depend on us each week. I am committed to making NPR one of the best places to work and a rewarding experience for all employees."</p><p>- Vivian</p><p></blockquote></p><p>We'll have more as this story develops.</p><p>For background on the Juan Williams dismissal, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/10/25/130805049/npr-ceo-apologizes-for-handling-of-williams-termination" target="_blank">you might start here</a>. Alicia Shepard, NPR's ombudsman, previously said that the firing "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ombudsman/2010/10/21/130713285/npr-terminates-contract-with-juan-williams" target="_blank">was poorly handled</a>." Williams previously said he thinks he was fired <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/10/21/130729461/npr-ombudsman-williams-should-have-been-given-choice" target="_blank">because "I appear on Fox."</a> Weiss was the NPR executive who informed Williams of his dismissal, which came after he said on Fox News Channel that he gets nervous when he sees people in "Muslim garb" on airplanes. NPR said the remark was the latest in a pattern of problem comments made by Williams over recent years.</p><p>As NPR's David Folkenflik reports for our newscast, after Williams' dismissal "conservatives blasted NPR, and Fox News' most prominent opinion hosts made a cause of it. Republican lawmakers threatened to cut federal funding for public broadcasters."</p><p>As for the review done by Weil, Gotshal & Manges, David summarizes the findings this way: "It found that the termination of Williams' contract was entirely legal. But the board said the report called for a full review of the company's policies on ethics and outside appearances and for them to be applied consistently to all personnel."</p><p>He adds that Weiss "joined NPR in 1982 and rose through the ranks, holding a variety of key positions, such as executive producer of <em>All Things Considered </em>and national editor. She helped lead coverage of some of the biggest stories and highest-impact investigations in recent years. And she is credited with leading the network through an era of wrenching changes in journalism. But her dismissal of Williams -- by phone -- became a flashpoint in the debate." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294341727?&gn=Review+Of+Juan+Williams%27+Firing+Done%3B%C2%A0NPR+News+Exec+Resigns&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Vivian+Schiller,Ellen+Weiss,News+Media,Juan+Williams,NPR,The+Two-Way,Media,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132708700&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110106&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=132708712,132708709,127603166,125936729,125936618,103943429,127603166,127602596,127537990,103943429,132707344,127602855,127602596,103943429,132703604,128059985,127602855,103943429,132676104,130816030,129679032,127602855,127602596,103943429,132702798,132702796,127602855,127602331,103943429,132646409,127602855,127602446,103943429,132702130,132702128,129641447,127602855,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 12:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ellen-weiss/review-juan-williams-firing-done%C2%A0npr-news-exec-resigns Helen Thomas Is Writing Again http://www.wbez.org/story/helen-thomas/helen-thomas-writing-again <p><p>Seven months <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/06/helen_thomas_retires_after_ant.html" target="_blank">after resigning from her post</a> as a White House columnist for Hearst because of controversy over her comment that Israeli Jews should return "home" to Poland and Germany, 90-year-old Helen Thomas is writing again.</p><p>The <em><a href="http://www.fcnp.com" target="_blank">Falls Church News-Press</a></em> in northern Virginia has brought Thomas on to write a weekly political affairs column. Her first piece for the newspaper is headlined "<a href="http://www.fcnp.com/commentary/national/8197-privatizing-social-security-again.html" target="_blank">Privatizing Social Security Again?</a>" She's against any such idea. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294338126?&gn=Helen+Thomas+Is+Writing+Again&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=News+Media,Politics,Helen+Thomas,The+Two-Way,Media,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132708117&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110106&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=127603166,127602596,127537990,103943429,132707344,127602855,127602596,103943429,132703604,128059985,127602855,103943429,132676104,130816030,129679032,127602855,127602596,103943429,132702798,132702796,127602855,127602331,103943429,132646409,127602855,127602446,103943429,132702130,132702128,129641447,127602855,103943429,126475680&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 11:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/helen-thomas/helen-thomas-writing-again CNN's John Roberts Leaves For Fox News http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/cnns-john-roberts-leaves-fox-news <p><p><a href="http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/03/john-roberts-leaving-cnn/" target="_blank">CNN reports</a> that "anchor and correspondent John Roberts is leaving the network to join Fox News Network."</p><p>Roberts had been <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=132055337" target="_blank">taken off CNN's <em>American Morning</em> last month.</a> <em>The Orlando Sentinel</em>'s <a href="http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2011/01/john-roberts-leaving-cnn-for-fox-news-channel.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+entertainment%2Ftv%2Ftvguy+%28TV+Guy%29" target="_blank">Hal Boedeker says</a> he will be a "senior national correspondent" for Fox.</p><p>Roberts, who joined CNN in  2006, was with CBS News before that and at one time was thought to be an candidate to anchor the<em> CBS Evening News</em>. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294089157?&gn=CNN%27s+John+Roberts+Leaves+For+Fox+News&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=CBS,CNN,Fox+News+Channel,John+Roberts,News+Media,National+News,The+Two-Way,Television,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132630919&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110103&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 14:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/cnns-john-roberts-leaves-fox-news Judith Miller: WikiLeaks' Assange Didn't Care About Verifying His Information http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/judith-miller-wikileaks-assange-didnt-care-about-verifying-his-information <p><p>Former <em>New York Times</em> reporter Judith Miller's career includes <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/23/opinion/23publiceditor.html?scp=3&sq=%22Judith%20Miller%22%20Keller%20Iraq%20weapons%202004&st=cse" target="_blank">pre-Iraq War stories</a> about supposed weapons of mass destruction that the newspaper later famously conceded were inaccurate and flawed.</p><p><em>On the Media</em>'s Bob Garfield had <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2005/11/11/04" target="_blank">a quite contentious conversation</a> with Miller about all that in 2005.</p><p>Something Miller had to say about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange this weekend has ignited a fire in the blogosphere. <a href="http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/scarce/judith-miller-criticizes-julian-assange-not" target="_blank">CrooksAndLiars.com</a> captured the moment when Miller, appearing on Fox News, criticized Assange and his leaks of State Department diplomatic cables "because he didn't care at all about attempting to verfiy the information that he was putting out or determine whether or not it would hurt anyone": Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294081631?&gn=Judith+Miller%3A+WikiLeaks%27+Assange+Didn%27t+Care+About+Verifying+His+Information&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Bob+Garfield,On+the+Media,Julian+Assange,Judith+Miller,News+Media,National+News,Foreign+News,Wikipedia,New+York+Times,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132627724&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110103&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 12:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/judith-miller-wikileaks-assange-didnt-care-about-verifying-his-information Columnist Howard Kurtz To Move From 'The Washington Post' To The Daily Beast http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/columnist-howard-kurtz-move-washington-post-daily-beast <p><p>Earlier today, Howard Kurtz announced his plans to move from <em>The Washington Post</em>, where has been a media columnist, to The Daily Beast, where he will head the online site's fledgling Washington bureau.</p><p>In an interview with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly, he said that "it's a very difficult decision for me, because I essentially grew up at <em>The Washington Post</em>."</p><p><blockquote></p><p>I have printer's ink in my veins. I always thought I would be a newspaper man. But we're all sort of hurtling into the digital future, and the opportunity at The Daily Beast, to help shape what is essentially a two-year-old startup site, and to expand the Washington presence, was too tempting to pass up.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>In his new role, Kurtz will have an opportunity "to paint on a broader canvas," he said. While he recruits new staff members, he will also write more about politics.</p><p></p><p>Asked what his departure might say about the health of <em>The Post</em>, Kurtz said he thinks the newspaper will be around for "a long, long time."</p><p><blockquote></p><p>It's not a commentary on the future of <em>The Washington Post</em>. It's more of a career decision about what kind of space I want to operate in, and choosing to become a part of an interesting and a challenging future.</p><p></blockquote> Copyright 2010 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1286988356?&gn=Columnist+Howard+Kurtz+To+Move+From+%27The+Washington+Post%27+To+The+Daily+Beast&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=News+Media,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,Media,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=130356404&c7=1020&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1020&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20101005&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=2&v21=D%3Dc2&c31=127603166,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 05 Oct 2010 15:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/columnist-howard-kurtz-move-washington-post-daily-beast