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  • Career Beat: Erick Erickson to leave RedState

    Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

    • Lou Ferrara will leave The Associated Press. He is managing editor there. (Poynter)
    • Erick Erickson is leaving RedState. He is editor there. Leon Wolf will be managing editor at RedState. Previously, he was a contributor there. (The Huffington Post)
    • Jon Steinberg is leaving He is North America chief there. (The Wall Street Journal)

    Job of the day: The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a photographer. Get your resumes in! (Journalism Jobs)

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  • Twitter: Curators are not reporters
    Today, Twitter announced that its team of curators for its Moments feature do not qualify as journalists. (AP Photo)

    Today, Twitter announced that its team of curators for its Moments feature do not qualify as journalists. (AP Photo)

    Twitter | TechCrunch

    Twitter does not consider the staffers responsible for maintaining the company’s new curation feature to be reporters, the social network announced Tuesday in a list of rules and regulations governing the product.

    The guidelines, which debuted today timed to the launch of Moments, apply to the handful of curators employed by Twitter in New York and San Francisco to compile tweets around current events. According to the guidelines:

    • Curators aren’t journalists: “Our own curators do not act as reporters or creators of original content; instead, they organize and present compelling content that already exists on Twitter in a straightforward, easy-to-consume way.”

    • Not every story is worth a moment: Twitter moments should not “invade privacy, encourage illegal activities, exploit or harm minors, or make Twitter, Inc.
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  • Al Jazeera America digital workers vote to go union

    Digital workers at Al Jazeera America have voted to go union and thus join editorial workers at Gawker Media, Vice, Salon and The Guardian in what’s a modest but clear recent pro-labor trend.

    The unit comprises 50 workers, mostly in New York City, with the company late Tuesday dropping a challenge to whether nine editors should be included in the bargaining unit.

    The vote was 32 to 5 for joining the NewsGuild of New York. The National Labor Relations Board supervised the election, its first such involvement at any of the recently-unionized digital operations.

    “It’s too bad that this great day for AJAM journalists has been tainted by management’s opposition to giving nine senior members of its digital newsroom a greater say in how the newsroom operates,” Peter Szekely, president of the NewsGuild of New York, said several hours before the company dropped the challenge. Read more

Michael J. Connor, recipient of the Bliven-Ganley-Rossi Career Achievement award

Editors note: We are posting articles about the special club award winners honored May 5 at the annual SPC Awards dinner.

By Mike McAndrew

Michael J. Connor speaks with a fiery passion about the importance of watchdog journalism and the public’s thirst for local news.

But economic realities pinching all of Syracuse’s media organizations means there’s fewer boots on the ground and the city’s news is being covered less thoroughly now than 10 or 20 years ago, The Post-Standard’s executive editor said.

  “I can remember a time when all or most of the three network affiliates in broadcast TV had court reporters and municipal reporters. There was pretty fierce competition in government and institutional coverage. That’s gone away. Radio reporting is almost nonexistent,” he said. “There’s less competition. There’s just fewer reporters (in Syracuse) than there were at one time. That can’t help but reduce the amount of basic reporting and contextual reporting made available to residents of the area.”

 “If fewer institutions are being covered on a regular basis because you have a smaller total reporting staff in the community, at some point readers are missing something,” he said.
 Connor — who is being awarded the Gus Bliven-Joe Ganley-Mario Rossi Career Achievement Award by the Syracuse Press Club — has spent his entire 36-year journalism career at The Post-Standard.
 While a student at Cornell University, he decided to pursue a newspaper career after being inspired by a speech by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh.

 Connor started out in 1976 as a bureau reporter based in Oneida. After working in a series of reporting and editing positions, he became the paper’s managing editor in 1983.
 Under Connor’s leadership, The Post-Standard in 1993 was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for explanatory journalism for a series of stories about poor medical care provided to inmates in state prisons. The prison series remains among Connor’s favorite stories published by the newspaper.

 That same year, Connor was named executive editor of The Post-Standard. When the morning paper merged in 1997 with The Herald-Journal, Connor became executive editor of the combined news operation.
 These days, the 59-year editor is overseeing the transformation of The Post-Standard from a newspaper into a news organization that delivers stories, photos, video and audio recordings to readers via the newspaper,, Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.

 “The Post-Standard is the best-read newspaper in America. is one of the strongest newspaper websites in America. Why? Because of Mike Connor,” said Stephen A. Rogers, editor and publisher of The Post-Standard. “He built a great staff and pushed it to the top.”

 Connor has two sons, Jeff, 25, who is a musician, and Adam, 21, who graduates this month from the University of Vermont.

 Outside of the job, Connor spends his time biking 10 to 15 miles per day before work. On weekends, he sometimes takes 40-mile rides around Skaneateles Lake.

 He also volunteers Thursday nights at Matthew House, serving terminally-ill people at a hospice residence in Auburn.

 “It’s an extraordinary place of great peace, for families and individuals preparing for that transition, that next phase. It’s about as caring and loving a place as you can imagine,” he said.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 May 2012 02:03 )
    "Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory."
--Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Wall of Distinction

Linda Loomis

The Liverpool Review

Linda Loomis decided to become a journalist because she believed newspapers are one of the best ways of "telling the story" of a community, its people and their activities. She pursued her avocation for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor for Brown Newspaper' (now Eagle Newspapers) Liverpool Review.
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