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MEDIA News: Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, Fortune, USA Today

http://prnbloggers.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/agility-logo.png?w=127&h=125&h=125PR Newswire’s Audience Research Department makes thousands of updates to the  database of journalists and bloggers that underpins our Agility media targeting and distribution platform.  Below is a sampling of recent media moves and news from the research team.  Learn more about Agility media targeting here.

WSJ Health News The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY): Jeanne Whalen (@JeanneWhalen) has become the new Deputy Health and Science Bureau Chief. Follow @WSJHealth for more health and science news. Nathan Olivarez-Giles (@NateOG) is a new Technology Blogger and Web Producer for the outlet.

Roll Call Roll Call (Washington, DC): Kieran Sharpe is the new Banking & Finance Editor. Leslie Hoffecker (@lesliehoffecker) is the new Immigration News Editor. And Stephen Walsh is the new Legal News Editor. There are five new analysts: Security Analyst Eric Hammesfahr; Capital Markets Analyst William Ardinger; Corporate Governance Analyst Alexandra Higgins; Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst Jad Chamseddine and Immigration Analyst Christina Carr (@ChristieCarr).

Freedom Communications (Santa Ana, CA): Freedom Communications will launch a new daily newspaper in 2014 called Los Angeles Register. Freedom is the parent company of the Orange County Register (@ocregister).

CSMonitor.com The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA): Editor John Yemma will step down next month as Editor and Marshall Ingwerson will replace him. Stephen Kurczy (@KurczyBeast) is a new Correspondent and will be located in Rio de Janeiro.

Boston.com Boston.com (Boston, MA): Chart Girl (@_chartgirl_) Hilary Sargent (@lilsarg) joins as a Feature Reporter in January.

The New York Times Magazine (New York, NY): Editor Hugo Lindgren (@HugoLindgren) will be leaving after the new year.

NYT Magazine The New York Times – Washington Bureau (Washington, DC): Former Associated Press Pulitzer Prize winning Reporter Matt Apuzzo (@mattapuzzo) has joined the Times as a Justice Department Reporter.

Washington Post The Washington Post (Washington, DC): Ben Terris (@bterris) joins the Post (@washpost.com) as a Political Features Reporter after a stint at National Journal.

Fortune Magazine Fortune Magazine (New York, NY): Caroline Fairchild (@cfair1) is now a General Assignment Reporter at the magazine. Prior to joining @FortuneMagazine she was an Associate Business Editor at the Huffington Post.

LI Business News Long Island Business News (New York, NY): Former Senior Reporter Gregory Zeller (@QuantumAcres) has been elevated to Editor.

USA TODAY USA Today (McLean, VA): Former Associated Press Chicago Sports Writer Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) joins the team as a Sports Enterprise Reporter.

Popular Science Popular Science (@PopSci): Cliff Ransom was promoted to Editor-in-Chief at Popular Science.

VentureBeat VentureBeat (@VentureBeat): Dylan Tweney (@Dylan20) was promoted to Editor-in-Chief.

The Daily Beast The Daily Beast (@TheDailyBeast): PJ O’Rourke (@PJORourke) has joined the outlet as a Columnist.

Associated Press – Washington Bureau (Washington, DC): Political Editor Liz Sidoti (@lsidoti) has left AP (@AP) for a communications gig at BP.

Defense Systems Defense Systems (Vienna, VA): Kevin McCaney (@KevinMcCaney) is the new Editor-in-Chief at Defense Systems (@DefenseIT).

Business First Business First (Louisville, KY): Reporter John Karman (@BFLouJohn) has left the trade magazine  (@bflouisville) to join the University of Louisville media relations team.

Luxe Magazine Luxe Interiors + Design (Boca Raton, FL): Luxe Interiors + Design (@LuxeMag) has named Miranda Agee Features Editor.

PressHerald Portland Press Herald & Maine Sunday Telegram (Portland, ME): Michael Warshaw (@TechWarshaw) has joined the Press Herald/Telegram (@PressHerald) as their new Business Editor.

Idaho Press-Tribune Idaho Press-Tribune (Nampa, ID): Managing Editor Vickie Holbrook is leaving the paper to become the new spokeswoman for the city of Nampa, ID. She has been with the paper for over 30 years in a variety of roles.

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Breaking News: Fast vs. Right and How the Media Continues to Adapt

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There’s no debating that websites and social media have made it easier to track breaking news as it happens. We saw that clearly with the tweets and photos around the Asiana Airlines crash earlier this year.

However, this immediacy also places pressure on the media to break news significantly faster than before – measured in minutes and seconds, 24/7.

In just the last year, Hurricane Sandy, Newtown and the Boston Marathon have demonstrated how our constant demand for immediate news can lead to misinformation.

With misinformation sometimes having serious consequences, the debate repeatedly comes up:

Which is more important: Getting news out first or getting it right?

Speed versus accuracy is an issue that affects all news organizations – from local media to the likes of the AP, The New York Times and CNN.  And it’s not a new concern.  Prior to social media, organizations had to adjust to the challenges of online news in the 90s and 24-hour cable news before that.

But with the ability to immediately post something on social media, how are journalists adapting to an even faster news cycle?

Accuracy = Credibility

Media’s value comes from how credible the news source is, and reporting the news accurately has historically been a key factor in credibility.

When a newsroom makes a mistake, trust is broken and the relationship damaged. Depending on the mistake, there can even be an economic impact from the loss of subscribers and advertisers.

Many newsrooms use the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics to preserve credibility.  Its concepts of seeking truth, being judicious, acting independently and holding oneself accountable are drilled into journalists’ heads in school.

Although no one is perfect, audiences and other journalists are less understanding when a news organization doesn’t own up to an error or makes a mistake because it was more important to break the news first instead of verify it.

When the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act in 2012, two cable news leaders incorrectly reported the Court’s ruling.

In “Getting News Fast and Wrong,” Kate Culver, Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Journalism Ethics, argued that their mistakes were avoidable since these organizations had advance access to resources which could have helped them check their interpretation.

Unlike smaller organizations such as SCOTUSblog who correctly read the ruling’s summary, some newsrooms’ desire to be faster than their competition overran the need to be precise.

Culver says it’s not just a question of ethics, but with audience fragmentation and other issues facing journalists, “They have a fiscal interest to retain their credibility and differentiate themselves from the waves of information, misinformation and disinformation that pound digital media shores.”

Adapting to an Evolving Process

After the Boston Marathon, The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi interviewed media observers about the mistakes that had been reported around the bombing.

Many said that although mistakes should be avoided, they may no longer be as consequential thanks to the media’s ability to immediately self-correct on social media and online.

Reporting news during unfolding events has always been a chaotic practice. The difference now is that social media has opened up a wider view to a previously behind-the-scenes process.  Today the public can watch the gathering and verification of rumors as they develop into news stories.

It also gives everyone an opportunity to participate in the process.  In a talk at April’s International Symposium for Online Journalists, NPR’s Andy Carvin stressed that news organizations should use social media and other tools not just for promoting the latest headlines.

Instead, when a story breaks, media “should be more transparent about what we know and don’t know. We should actively address rumors being circulated online. Rather than pretending they’re not circulating, or that they’re not our concern, we should tackle them head-on, challenging the public to question them, scrutinize them, understand where they might have come from, and why.”

That means replying to tweets as events happen by asking questions and helping the public understand how to properly confirm information.

By approaching it as a two-way flow of information, media can still respond to unfolding events but wait until they have the substantiated story before providing a report. Similarly, the public can contribute to the reporting process and be patient with a work in progress.

Tools Helping Journalists be Accurate and Fast

Although the Internet has added to the pressures of getting news out fast, online tools can benefit journalists when used in line with their code of ethics:

  • Josh Stearns, the Journalism and Public Media Campaign Director at Free Press, recently launched Verification Junkie, a growing directory of fact-checking tools and sites.
  • HootSuite’s white paper 3 Ways Social Media Command Centers Improve Newsrooms offers up techniques that any newsroom can leverage.
  • PR Newswire works closely with journalists and bloggers to provide them with the news they need, when they need it. By registering for PR Newswire for Journalists, media can access press releases, multimedia and subject matter experts to meet pressing deadlines.

No one wants to be wrong, but the reporting process is changing and each organization needs to communicate what their priority is: Whether that’s responding early and updating on the fly, or waiting until they’ve confirmed the facts and not worrying about the scoop.

Once a news organization decides on their approach and follows it consistently, social media and other online resources don’t have to be viewed as a source of stress.

If you are a journalist or blogger, register for PR Newswire for Journalists at http://media.prnewswire.com or email media.relations@prnewswire.com. The site’s 28,000 unique active registrants are able to customize news feeds by geography, subject and industry and receive news as soon as it is announced.

Amanda Hicken is a media relations manager at PR Newswire.  She can be found on Twitter @ADHicken or blogging about the city she loves at ClueIntoCleveland.com.