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  • Elisa Jackson Named Executive Director of Poynter Foundation; Chris Martin Leaving to Pursue Opportunities in Academia

    Chris Martin, vice president of external relations and president of the Poynter Foundation, is leaving her position. Elisa Jackson has been promoted to executive director of the foundation, which is the Poynter Institute’s fundraising arm, and she will manage the foundation’s fundraising efforts.

    “I’ve been restructuring all facets of the institute as part of a new strategic plan that is designed to change our business model and bolster the finances of the institute for the long term,” said Tim Franklin, who became Poynter Institute’s president 10 months ago. “We’ve made significant progress this year, and I’m quite optimistic about 2015. This restructuring has included changes to the teaching team, our leadership and our program coordinators.”

    Franklin recently began conversations about restructuring the foundation and as a result of those conversations, he said, Martin decided to leave the job.

    “It is her wish to pursue some new opportunities in higher education,” Franklin said. Read more

  • Secrets of Prize-Winning Journalism: This American Life’s Harper High School

    “This American Life” reporters Ben Calhoun, Alex Kotlowitz and Linda Lutton spent an entire semester embedded in Harper High School in Chicago — where the previous school year, 29 former or current students were shot and eight died.

    Working with producers Robyn Semien, Julie Snyder and Ira Glass, the team created two hour long documentaries that captured daily life in a school and neighborhood racked by gun violence.

    The story earned a Peabody Award, the Jack R. Howard Award for Radio In-Depth coverage and the Dart Center prize for journalism and trauma. Peabody judges called the work “vivid, unblinking, poignant and sometimes gut-wrenching;” Dart judges said the story was “profoundly moving” and “extraordinarily comprehensive and compassionate.”

    Shortly after “This American Life” aired the story, President Obama hosted Harper students at the White House and Michelle Obama spent an afternoon at the school.

    In an interview with Poynter’s Ellyn Angelotti Kamke for Poynter’s e-book Secrets of Prize-Winning Journalism, Calhoun, Kotlowitz and Lutton discussed their extensive reporting process, and how they created a narrative that embraces an array of compelling personal perspectives. Read more

  • Most memorable stories of 2014

    S. Mitra Kalita is the executive editor of Quartz, on Poynter’s adjunct faculty, and a Spencer Fellow at Columbia University. She tweets @mitrakalita.

    A friend of mine recently pondered the role of memory in journalism, saying an information overload has robbed his recall. Sometimes it feels like stories aren’t read as much as Facebooked, tweeted, toggled all day long. What actually gets absorbed, retained, understood?

    This was my dilemma as Poynter asked me to compile the top 10 stories of 2014. Insecure about whether the best journalism had actually reached me, my inclination was to crowdsource the list. That felt dishonest. Key takeaway of my transition to digital media: only authenticity wins the internet.

    So here are my picks, based solely on the top stories I remember from 2014. I whittled it down to the 11 that stayed with me long beyond the last line or my share. Note that I wrote this before newspapers began trotting out ambitious, investigative packages to make the Pulitzer deadline. Read more

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2 Ron Lombard Lou Gulino 7654
3 John Krauss Lou Gulino 4591
4 Janis Barth Lou Gulino 6663
5 Robert Atkinson Lou Gulino 4828
6 Funeral Arrangements for Jerry Barsha Lou Gulino 3599
7 Sylvahn, J. Luther Administrator 3925
8 Graeff, Ron Administrator 8031
9 Bunn, Tim Administrator 7759
10 Green, Maureen Administrator 9223
11 Robinson, Rosemary Administrator 3362
12 Henderson, Emanuel "Blair" Administrator 3925
13 Haggart, Robert Administrator 4630
14 Ennis, Paul Administrator 3700
15 Carey, Bill Administrator 5429
16 Shepperd, Walt Administrator 3479
17 Speziale, Donna Administrator 3385
18 Mareiniss, Joel Administrator 5621
19 Heyman, Fred Administrator 4792
20 Gorman, J. Leonard Administrator 5162
21 Atseff, Tim Administrator 3808
22 Rossi, Frank Administrator 4054
23 Pinckney, Leo Administrator 3325
24 Loomis, Linda Administrator 4063
25 Long, Richard Administrator 4515
26 Hofmann, Phillip Administrator 3378
27 Barsha, Jerry Administrator 4607
28 Smokes, Saundra Administrator 4113
29 Rogers, Stephen A. Administrator 3414
30 Price, Mike Administrator 6916
31 Grunfeld, Walter Administrator 3672
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33 Addington, Harold Administrator 3291
34 Sparrow, Kenneth Administrator 3358
35 Robinson, Jackie Administrator 7165
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 "Don’t be deluded into believing that the titular heads of the networks control what appears on their networks. They all have better taste."
--Edward R. Murrow

Wall of Distinction

Kenneth Sparrow


Herald American

Kenneth F. Sparrow joined the Syracuse Herald in 1925 as a reporter. This followed a short stint with the Oswego Palladium, where he first worked after completing his studies at Oswego Normal School, now SUNY at Oswego.
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