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  • NPR editor: Don’t call looters ‘protesters’

    NPR

    When referring to individuals who have committed crimes in Baltimore, don’t describe them as “protesters,” NPR Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott wrote Tuesday.

    Reports from Baltimore indicate that some people are taking advantage of the situation to lash out at authorities or to grab what they can from businesses. Those are not just protesters in the sense of the word that normally comes to mind.

    In lieu of using labels like “protesters” that broadly categorizes entire groups of people, Memmott recommends describing specific actions. He describes them as “people who have injured police officers, started fires, looted stores and vandalized properties.”

    In this respect, Memmott’s guidance is aligned with the AP Stylebook, which suggests avoiding the term “riot” because of its legal implications.

    He also admonishes NPR journalists not to use the construction “protests turned violent.”

    That paints a picture of a peaceful gathering that changed into a rock-throwing, tear-gas flying confrontation between citizens and police.

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  • The Boston Globe is sending lunch to The Baltimore Sun today

    On Tuesday, The Baltimore Sun’s Pete Sweigard tweeted about an act of kindness from the Boston Globe.

    Very kind gesture by the @BostonGlobe, which is sending lunch to @baltimoresun's newsroom today. Many thanks. #BostonStrong #LightForAll

    — Pete Sweigard (@petesweigard) April 28, 2015

    It’s not the only kindness that we’ve seen from journalists as the story in Baltimore unfolds. On Monday night, The Guardian’s Paul Lewis tweeted this:

    The @GuardianUS would like to thank the @BaltimoreSun for giving us shelter, coffee and a desk to file from. Genuinely kind gesture.

    — Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) April 28, 2015

    The Globe has been on the receiving end of kindness before, too. In April of 2013, Andrew Beaujon wrote for Poynter that the Chicago Tribune sent pizzas to the Globe after the Boston Marathon bombing. Read more

  • Stephen Suen: ‘Learn to talk about code’

    What would you do differently if you could go back to college again? It’s a question I often get from college students who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

    I always say the same thing, “I wish I took more computer science classes, more statistics classes, didn’t worry so much about my grades and got off campus more.”

    But comparing a college journalism experience from a decade ago with someone’s experience today is like comparing an abacus to the Apple Watch. Back in my day, which wasn’t that long ago, we didn’t have Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, GitHub, Snapchat, Uber, Kickstarter, or YouTube. I used to promote my weekly humor column by waking up early on Wednesday mornings and folding the campus newspaper so my column was above the fold. Read more


Rod Wood

WIXT

WHEN, WNDR

Club President: 1976

Rod Wood?s interest in news goes back to when he wrote and published a little neighborhood newspaper while he was still in elementary school in Syracuse.
Part of his interest may have come from his father and mother, who met while they both were employed at the old Syracuse Journal -- although neither was in news.

He says he lost interest in news for a period while he became involved in drama, and even thought about becoming an actor. While in high school, he took part in a Syracuse University Drama Department program and starred in a production of ?Pinnochio.? But, after he graduated from Nottingham High School in 1960, Uncle Sam beckoned and Rod went into the U.S. Army. During his three years of military service, Rod repeatedly tried to get into the Armed Services Radio Network, but couldn?t get the Army to transfer him from his duties in the Military Police.

After his discharge in 1963, Rod applied for a job with WOLF radio in Syracuse and persisted until the station gave him a chance. His broadcasting work -- and especially his voice -- drew the interest of WNDR radio in 1964, and he was offered a job broadcasting news. Three years later, Rod moved from WNDR to WHEN, where he became the radio station?s morning news anchor and then news director in 1974. He also served as backup anchor on WHEN-TV during the nine years he was on James Street.

Rod joined WIXT in 1976 as news anchor, where he has been ever since. He currently co-anchors NewsChannel 9 at noon and at 5:30 and 6 p.m. Each night, he also brings Central New Yorkers a money talk report from Consumer Reports.

He has been on local airwaves doing the news for 38 years. In addition to his broadcasting career, Rod has worked with a number of community organizations, including several volunteer fire departments and the Red Cross.
--Joseph A. Porcello
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2008 01:16 )
 

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Bill Carey

News 10 Now

WIXT

WTVH

WHEN
It’s late October, and it is test time in the WHEN radio newsroom. News Director Bill Carey is quizzing his staff of young reporters on their homework.
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