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  • BuzzFeed’s new editorial standards tout traditional news values

    BuzzFeed Friday published its Editorial Standards And Ethics Guide, and most of the guidelines will look familiar to journalists.

    Spanning traditional topics like conflict of interest and newer media guidelines like selfie-snapping, BuzzFeed’s ethical standards look like those upheld by many journalism organizations, with a few twists. Here are some excerpts:

    On the deletion of stories:

    Editorial posts should never be deleted for reasons related to their content, or because a subject or stakeholder has asked you to do so.

    On paying for interviews:

    We do not pay sources for interviews. If an interview incurs costs to a source through travel or work compensation lost, we may be able to reimburse them, but check with your editor before agreeing to do so.

    On providing advance questions:

    Giving a subject a general sense of the direction of the interview is fine, but we should decline to provide questions to subjects in advance of an in-person interview.

    On the use of graphic content:

    Generally speaking, we will embed or link to the graphic content we are writing about. We have technical tools that give our readers the opportunity to opt in to view graphic content.

    Swearing is OK:

    Profanity: We speak the language of the internet — which is often hilarious and often profane. As such, profanity is permitted on BuzzFeed; but see the BuzzFeed Style Guide for more information on how to style it responsibly.

    Don’t snap selfies with celebrities:

    Selfies are fantastic and you should take them as often as possible with friends and loved ones. But when celebrity visitors come to a BuzzFeed office, please don’t ask for photographs unless the staffer who brought them in has checked that it’s OK.

    On public activism:

    But when it comes to activism, BuzzFeed editorial must follow the lead of our editors and reporters who come out of a tradition of rigorous, neutral journalism that puts facts and news first. If we don’t, it makes it harder for those reporters to do their jobs.

    On political speech:

    While we understand that many BuzzFeed editorial staffers are passionate and thoughtful and hold personal views on policy issues or candidates, we must maintain one blanket rule for all of editorial: Political partisanship may not be expressed in public forums, including Twitter and Facebook.

    On potential conflicts of interest:

    Our investors have no influence on our reporting, and reporters should not take any special note of investors’ views or interests.

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  • Australian obit that called an author ‘plain of feature, and certainly overweight,’ leads to #myozobituary

    The Guardian | The Daily Dot | The Mary Sue

    Colleen McCullough, the late author of “The Thorn Birds,” died on Thursday, Elle Hunt reported Friday for The Guaridan. Her obituary on Friday in The Australian resulted in the hashtag #myozobituary.

    In Friday’s edition of the Australian, the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds – which sold 30m copies worldwide – is remembered as “plain of feature, and certainly overweight, [but] nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth” in the first paragraph.

    How everyone wants to be remembered! MT @joanna_mcc: Award for worst opening lines of an obituary in @australian pic.twitter.com/XaCNXGI1Tc

    — Elle Hunt (@mlle_elle) January 30, 2015

    Gavia Baker-Whitelaw wrote Friday for The Daily Dot about the hashtag.

    Some of these hashtag obituaries are pretty funny, but they expose a grim truth: If you’re a woman, it’s practically impossible to escape being judged by your appearance.

    Sam Maggs reported on it as well for The Mary Sue.

    The incredible classiness and inarguable misogyny of the obituary did not go ignored by the internet, and #MyOzObituary has been trending on Twitter to some fairly hilarious results.

    All three pieces include some tweets, and here are a few more, from journalists and writers.

    Thin-skinned and often cranky, he was nevertheless quick with an Irene Dunne reference. Also something about commas, IDGAF. #myozobituary

    — Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) January 30, 2015

    Though hirsute of leg and rather fond of cake, she did, according to her mother-in-law, marry well. #myozobituary

    — Amanda Jennings (@MandaJJennings) January 30, 2015

    Having never really recovered from carrying twins, she hoisted her breasts in ropes and pulleys for the remainder of her days #myozobituary

    — Caroline Overington (@overingtonc) January 30, 2015

    She often failed to brush her hair or shave her legs, but she could -occasionally- string a sentence together & put it to air #myozobituary

    — Sarah Gerathy (@sarahgerathy) January 30, 2015

    Fat, ignorant and flatulent; yet nevertheless as charismatic as a paper clip. #myozobituary

    — Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) January 30, 2015

    She was too female for a cartoonist. #myozobituary

    — Sir Madame Wilcox (@cathywilcox1) January 30, 2015

    Even though she was a filthy traitor, she loved cats. #myozobituary

    — Paula Matthewson (@Drag0nista) January 30, 2015

    Though she wore glasses and never grew taller than 5'5 she was fond of technology and committed several acts of journalism. #myozobituary

    — Lora Kolodny (@lorakolodny) January 30, 2015

    #myozobituary "Woman, sister, daughter, friend. Despite all that, managed to get a college degree and go into journalism. Go figure".

    — Alejandra Jover (@alejandra_jover) January 30, 2015

    Though she only had cleavage if she stood on her head, she was a well-published journalist and writer. #MyOzObituary

    — Nina L. Diamond (@ninatypewriter) January 30, 2015

    "Plain of face and large of nose, she nevertheless produced some publishable articles, and one child." #myozobituary

    — Jessica Friedmann (@MsFriedmann) January 30, 2015

    Although she had unfortunate skin, she could eavesdrop like nobody's business. #myozobituary

    — iworkatalibrary (@iworkatalibrary) January 30, 2015

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  • AP style tips for the Super Bowl: Avoid ‘Hail Mary’
    The Lombardi Trophy at a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    The Lombardi Trophy at a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    If you’re covering the Super Bowl on Sunday instead of watching it (or just watching the commercials), you probably know the correct style to use for every player and play. In case you’re not a sports reporter and may end up writing about the game, the fans or the players anyway, here’s a quick look at some common football terms from the Associated Press Stylebook.

    Some football positions:

    Cornerback, defensive end, defensive tackle, fullback, halfback, left guard, linebacker, lineman, running back, quarterback, tailback, tight end and wide receiver.

    In a 2012 Super Bowl style guide, the AP advises:

    Spell out a player’s position on first reference. In follow-ups, mix in QB for quarterback, RB for running back, FB for fullback, WR for wide receiver, TE for tight end, DE for defensive end, DT for defensive tackle, LB for linebacker or CB for cornerback (though never just corner).

    Some game terms:

    Blitz, out of bounds, end line, end zone, pitchout, fair catch, place kick, field goal, play off (verb), playoff (noun, adjective), goal line, goal-line stand, halftime, handoff, kick off (v.), kickoff (noun, adjective), touchback and touchdown.

    According to the AP on phrasing: “yards passing, yards receiving, touchdowns rushing, etc. Not passing yards, receiving yards, rushing touchdowns.”

    Years vs. Roman numerals:

    Use the year the game is played.

    Except in formal reference as a literary device, pro football Super Bowls should be identified by the year – not the season – played, rather than the Roman numerals: 1969 Super Bowl, not Super Bowl III.

    Also, use figures for yardage and yard lines.

    Don’t use ‘fumblerooski:’

    Finally, from 2012, a few more distinctions:

    A field goal clears the crossbar, not the goal posts.
    Avoid “Hail Mary.” Use desperation pass instead.
    Don’t use “fumblerooski” for a strange turnover. Describe the play.
    It’s end zone, not pay dirt.
    No such thing as a “forward lateral.” A lateral is tossed sideways or backward.
    Only a quarterback gets sacked. Other ball carriers are tackled for a loss.

    AP Style tip: Sunday's Super Bowl is between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. More: http://t.co/3uori2jnJQ

    — AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) January 30, 2015

    Related: What you can learn about video storytelling from the Budweiser Super Bowl commercial

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Winners announced for 2011 awards contest
I wanted to thank every media organization that entered the 2011 2011 Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Awards Contest. We had twice as many entries this year as we did in 2011. The competition was fierce.
 
Attached are identical lists of the winners. The first attachment is in a Word docx file and the second is in an older version of a Word doc file.
 
Congratulations to all of the winners!
 
Whether you won or not, we hope that you will join us and celebrate the best of CNY journalism at the Press Club’s annual awards banquet on May 5 at Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road, Syracuse, NY. Cocktails will be at 6 p.m. Dinner and the program will begin at 7 p.m. We will be accepting reservations for the dinner here beginning April 2. Please make your reservation ASAP. Tickets are $40, $380 for a table of 10.
 
If you did not submit any entries for this year’s contest, we hope you will join the fun in January 2013 when we will be accepting entries again.
 
(All decisions of the judges are final. But please notify us ASAP if you spot any errors in a contestant’s name or any other information in the list of winners.) 
 
Mike McAndrew,
Awards Committee Chair
 

Winners in the 2011 Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Awards Contest

 

COLLEGE STUDENT JOURNALISM

Best Print Feature Story

1st Place, Ashley M. Casey, The Dolphin, ‘Rhinoceros’ provokes thought, giggles from audience; 2nd Place, Eva de Charleroy, The Overview, Bistro falls short on service to campus

Best Print News Story

1st Place, Ryan Gavin, The Overview, Campus-based YMCA opens doors; 2nd Place, Kevin Carr, The Overview, Sculpture dedication marks beginning of anniversary commemoration

Best Print Sports Story

1st Place, Matthew Clark, The Dolphin, Spadine's game winner keeps Dolphins afloat; 2nd Place, Pete Schneider, The Overview, OCC athletics lauded for sportsmanship

Best Radio Sports Story

1st Place, Chet Davis, NCC News & WAER, How Tulane keeps pushing for the return of an on-campus stadium; 2nd Place, Bill Spaulding, NCC News & WAER, SU Marching Band

Best Radio News Story 

1st Place, Matt Johnston, WRVO, Central NY man brings Santa to special needs children; 2nd Place,  Durrie Bouscaren, NCC News & WAER, 7-11-11 Southern Sudanese community celebrates first Independence Day

Best Radio Feature Story

1st Place, Matt Johnston, WRVO, Quilt exhibition educates people about AIDS awareness

Best TV News Story

1st Place, Marlei Martinez, NCC News & ABC News OnCampus, From infantryman to freshman; 2nd Place,  Danielle Waugh, NCC News & ABC News OnCampus, Fighting childhood obesity with books

Best TV Feature Story

1st Place, Matt Phifer, NCC News & ABC News OnCampus, Football walk-on shares his story; 2nd Place, Clay LePard, Ryan Koletty, Nena Garga, Bill Sharp, NCC News & CitrusTV, CitrusTV visits the Syracuse zoo

Best TV Sports Story

1st Place, Clay LePard, NCC News & ESPNU, Syracuse racer; 2nd Place,  David DeGuzman, Ted Goldberg, Caleb Lamb, Ryan Koletty, NCC News & Citrus TV, We still remember

 

DAILY NEWSPAPER

Spot News

1st Place, Staff, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Flood of 2011:  worse than '06; 2nd Place, Emily Kulkus, Mike Waters, Mike McAndrew, Bud Poliquin, The Post-Standard, Bernie Fine fired

Investigative Story

1st Place, Tim Knauss, The Post-Standard, Political contributions returned; 2nd Place, John O'Brien, Catie O'Toole, Fernando Alfonso, The Post-Standard, Jordan-Elbridge

News Feature

1st Place, Jennifer Micale, Valerie Zehl, Press & Sun-Bulletin, When care can't wait ... but it does; 2nd Place, Staff, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Protecting our children

Human Interest Feature              

1st Place, Jon Campbell, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Who was Whitney Titus?; 2nd Place,  Renee Gadoua, The Post-Standard, Mother Marianne: The saint from Syracuse

Front Page Design

1st Place, John Catlett, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Designs by John Catlett; 2nd Place,  Tom Schmitt, The Post-Standard, Front pages by Tom Schmitt

Sports Story

1st Place, Joy Lindsay, Kevin Stevens, Mike Mangan, Press & Sun-Bulletin, SENSATIONAL! B-Sens capture city's first pro hockey title; 2nd Place, Andrew Legare, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Concussions

 

ALL PRINT

Still Photos - Photo Portrait

1st Place, Mike Greenlar, The Post-Standard, First homicide victim of 2011; 2nd Place, Connie Berry, The Catholic Sun, Young girls from Kenya

Still Photos - Scenic Photo

1st Place, Dennis Nett, The Post-Standard, Clinton Square; 2nd Place, Peter Chen, The Post-Standard, Fall Beauty in the Adirondacks

Still Photos - Sports Photo

1st Place, Dennis Nett, The Post-Standard, From the sidelines; 2nd Place,  Herm Card, City Eagle, Lessons learned outside the classroom

Still Photos - Photo Illustration

1st Place, Christa Lemczak, The Post-Standard, Photo Illustration by Christa Lemczak; 2nd Place,  Peter Allen, The Post-Standard, Photo Illustration by Peter Allen

Still Photos - Photo Essay

1st Place, Frank Ordonez, The Post-Standard, Kicking cancer; 2nd Place,  Nicholas Lisi, The Post-Standard, Bald eagles on Onondaga Lake

Still Photos - Feature Photos

1st Place, David Lassman, The Post-Standard, Say Yes!; 2nd Place, Seth Harrison, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Health risks everywhere

Still Photos - Carl Single Award for Spot News Photos

1st Place,  Gary Walts, The Post-Standard, Drone arrests; 2nd Place,  Casey Staff, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Fearing the worst

Critique

1st Place, James MacKillop, Syracuse New Times, Bohemian Rhapsody; 2nd Place, Rabbi Rachel Esserman, The Reporter, Trash or treasure

Editorial

1st Place, Renee Gadoua, The Post-Standard, Practice what you preach; 2nd Place, Ned Campbell, Eagle Bulletin, Mannion made a contest a contest

Headline Writing

1st Place, Mark Libbon, The Post-Standard, Headlines by Mark Libbon; 2nd Place,  Al Vieira, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Headlines by Al Viera

Magazine

1st Place, Tim Atseff, Peter Allen, Linda Bien, CNY The Good Life; 2nd Place, 2nd Place,  Karen Sherwood, Jennifer Creighton, Bud Poliquin, Mark Libbon, CNY Sports

 

NON-DAILY NEWSPAPER

Human Interest Feature              

1st Place, Molly English-Bowers, Chris Baker, Michael Elliott, Ed Griffin-Nolan, Syracuse New Times, The Fab Four; 2nd Place,  Sarah Hall, Eagle Star-Review, Taking a stand against suicide

Robert Haggart Award for Best Column

1st Place, Jason Emerson, Skaneateles Press, Some of us need to remember: Football is only a game; 2nd Place, Ed Griffin-Nolan, Syracuse New Times, The shame game

Sports Story

1st Place, Kevin Corbett, Syracuse New Times, Shoot to chill; 2nd Place, Erin Smith Wisneski, Baldwinsville Messenger, State golf champ!

Investigative Story

Carol Thompson, The Valley News, County clerk vendor under investigation in Essex County; 2nd Place,  Carol Thompson, The Valley News, County to return five permits to City of Oswego

News Feature

1st Place, Sarah Hall, Eagle Star-Review, Ending the epidemic; 2nd Place,  Ed Griffin-Nolan, Syracuse New Times, Hydrofracking

Front Page Design

1st Place, Michael Davis, James Rutkey, Meaghan Arbital, Syracuse New Times; 2nd Place, Ami Olson, Doug Campbell, Jen Wing, Ken Jackson, Urban CNY Newspaper

 

ONLINE JOURNALISM

News Website

1st Place, Staff, Becky Combes, Ginger Whitaker, Teresa Riley, ynn.com; 2nd Place, Staff, wktv.com

Blog

1st Place, Matt Mulcahy, cnycentral.com, Matt’s Memo: Sweet dreams Angel; 2nd Place, Katie Gibas, ynn.com, Give it a tri  

Video Journalism

1st Place, Steven J. Pallone, Syracuse.com; 2nd Place, Ellen M. Blalock, Syracuse.com

Still Photos - Photo Essay

1st Place, The Post-Standard Staff, Syracuse.com, Fall beauty in the Adirondack Park; 2nd Place,  Stephen D. Cannerelli, Syracuse.com, Southern Tier flooding aftermath - Owego cleans up

Public Service

1st Place, Jeff Platsky, Staff, pressconnects.com, Data Center; 2nd Place,  Peter M. Naughton, CNYradio.com/CNYtvnews.com

 

RADIO

Public Affairs Program

1st Place, Emma Jacobs, Rachel Ward, Mark Lavonier, WRVO, Innovation conversation: Following the power lines; 2nd Place, Fergus Nicoll, Fred Vigeant , Mark Lavonier, WRVO, Community forum - culture under siege in Pakistan

News Feature

1st Place, Joyce Gramza, WRVO, Transforming long term care in CNY; 2nd Place,  John Smith, WAER, Syracuse Tech Garden entreprenuers

Investigative Story

1st Place, Joyce Gramza, WRVO, Prom, body image and eating disorders; 2nd Place,  Ellen Abbott, WRVO, Concussions

Sports Story

1st Place, Kevin Barry, WAER, Penn State scandal reactions; 2nd Place,  Adam Feldfogel, WAER, Dyshawn Davis, special relationship with coach

Spot News

1st Place, Chris Bolt, WAER, 99 percent and Jobs Act at bridge                                   

Human Interest Feature

1st Place, Ellen Abbott, WRVO, Central New York woman helps heal the sick with music; 2nd Place,  A. Randall Wenner, Freelance, Remembering the Cardiff Giant

 

 

SPECIAL INTEREST PRINT

News Feature

1st Place, Jeanne Albanese, CNY Business Exchange, Crucible's hot idea; 2nd Place,  Dave Tobin, CNY The Good Life, Aurora after Pleasant

Sports Story

1st Place, Farah Jadran, Syracuse Woman Magazine, Mother, wife, professional...triathlete; 2nd Place,  Jessica Zurell, Cammi Clark, Kimberly Cook, Amy Fields, Today's CNY Woman, Queen of Heights

Robert Haggart Award for Best Column

1st Place, Bud Poliquin, CNY Sports, Great Success at Colgate, but with a tinge of 'what if?'; 2nd Place,  Barbara Stith, CNY The Good Life, Reading recipes between the lines

Human Interest Feature

1st Place, Mark Libbon, CNY The Good Life, Rosamond Gifford's battle of wills; 2nd Place, Farah Jadran, Syracuse Woman Magazine, Pregnant and battling breast cancer... now what?

 

TV

Documentary

1st Place, Curtis Jetter, YNN, After the storm; 2nd Place,  Brian Dwyer, Curtis Jetter, YNN, Force on force

Special Program

1st Place, Jim Beebe, Tim Fox, WSYR TV, Lion King; 2nd Place,  News Staff, WKTV, Boilermaker 2011

Spot News

1st Place, Staff, WSYR TV, Flooding   9/8/11; 2nd Place, Staff, YNN, Flooding ravages Southern Tier

Investigative Story

1st Place, Katie Alexander, WWNY, The war within - combating military suicides; 2nd Place,  Christie Casciano, Jack Estabrook, WSYR TV, Targeting gang violence

News Feature

1st Place, Tim Fisher, WKTV, Heartbreak on Schuyler Street; 2nd Place,  Alex Dunbar, CNY Central, School kids Grammy nomination

Human Interest Feature

Bill Carey,  Jay Hy, Tom Walters, YNN, Following Lincoln's trail home; 2nd Place, Staff, YNN, Your hometown

Sports Story

1st Place, Andy Malnoske, WENY, Acceptance: Troy's Greg Congdon battles homophobia; 2nd Place,  Andy Malnoske, WENY, Beating the odds: Trevor Umlah

Video Journalism

1st Place, Keith Kobland, Phil Rankin, Luke Eggleston, Liz McDougall, WSYR TV, Video journalism; 2nd Place, Jim Beebe, WSYR TV, Video journalism

Video Essay

1st Place, Scott Irving, WSYR TV, Winter day at the zoo; 2nd Place,  Jason Hy, YNN, Lake Ontario's rich history

Sports Show

1st Place, Staff, YNN, First and 10; 2nd Place,  Lindsay Liquori, Sal Maneen, Steve Infanti, WSYR TV, SU basketball NCAA preview

Regularly Scheduled Local Newscast

1st Place, Kristy Smorol, CNY Central, Major flood and homicide arrest; 2nd Place,  Staff, WSYR TV, Bernie Fine fired 
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 John Krauss

General Manager, WRVO-FM

 WRVO GM John Krauss completed 41+ years with WRVO on April 1, 2010. Krauss started at WRVO on the day the station signed on, January 6, 1969. As the station grew from that initial spark, he worked with his mentor Bill Shigley, a small staff and college administrators who saw a big future for the fledgling station.

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