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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

    — 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:

    — AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) January 30, 2015

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

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Awards presented for best CNY journalism of 2012

The Syracuse Press Club honored the best journalism of 2012 at an awards ceremony Saturday night at Drumlins Country Club, in Syracuse.

The club's 35th annual Scholarship and Professional Recognition Awards dinner honored exceptional work in local print, broadcast and online.

 Among the highlights of the evening,  broadcasters WCNY-TV, YNN, CNYCentral and Newschannel 9 shared a first place award in the Special Television Program category for their jointly produced special Protecting Our Children. It was a project aimed at the problem of physical and sexual abuse of children.

Also among the highlights of the evening, won for best news website,  The Post-Standard won for spot news coverage.  The Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin was honored for best investigative reporting in a daily newspaper. Carol Thompson of the Valley News won investigative in a non-daily paper. WAER FM 88 won for best newscast on radio, and Newschannel 9 at 5 won best newscast in television.

The evening was hosted by Post-Standard/ sports columnist Bud Poliquin and Newschannel 9 reporter Tammy Palmer.

The Press Club also honored several individuals for their body of work.   CNYCentral multi media journalist Tom Eschen won the A. Brohmann Roth Newcomer award.   Recently retired WKTV anchorman Bill Worden was honored with the Gus Bliven-JoeGanley-Mario Rossi Career Achievement Award. 

The club also honored two former Post-Standard journalists with the Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award.  John Berry spent his career at the paper as an award winning photographer.   Toni Guidice was honored for her nearly 30 year career and high standards as a  copy editor for the paper.

Three individuals shared the Philip Hofmann President's Award for Best News Source.  Ken Heffernan and Joe Galloway, investigators with the Syracuse Fire Department and Kae Young, public affairs officer with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum were honored for their efforts to provide journalists with the information they need to report the news in a timely fashion.

The Syracuse Press Club is also proud to present a $2,000 scholarship to Paul Valentino, a student graduating from Onondaga Community college.

The Syracuse Press Club would like to sincerely thank the journalists and news managers of our local media for their hard work, dedication to their craft, and their support of the club by participating in our awards competition and attending this dinner.  Your support makes this event possible and makes possible the presentation of a scholarship to a journalism student.

Click here for a PDF file of the 2012 winners.


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