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This is KGOU
11:34 am
Wed October 1, 2014

MAPPED: Three Years Of StateImpact Stories

Three years ago KGOU and our other public media colleagues in Oklahoma started a project with NPR called StateImpact Oklahoma.

After countless web stories and nearly 150 broadcast reports, the project's digital guru Joe Wertz created this Google map with a pin from every broadcast story they've reported and traveled to over the past 36 months.

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NPR Ombudsman
11:22 am
Thu September 25, 2014

On The Uncomfortable Matter Of Beheadings And Executions

This 1587 facsimile of a copperplate engraving shows three beheadings as capital punishments decreed by King Henry VIII against Thomas More and two other Roman Catholics in 1535.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 2:47 pm

Differences in recent weeks over whether to post videos or photographs of the grisly beheadings by ISIS seem to have come down pretty strongly on the side against the postings. But what about the use of the word "beheading" itself in radio stories? Should there be an advance warning for listeners?

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NPR Ombudsman
9:05 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Policing The Trolls: The Ins and Outs of Comment Moderation


Internet comment sections seem by nature to breed both insightful musings and the foulest bile. Many readers and comment writers complain to us about their frustrations in trying to understand what rules, if any, lie behind how the comments are moderated. NPR, like many news organizations, constantly walks a tight-rope in trying to encourage both lively discussion and respect.

Scott Montgomery, NPR's managing editor of digital news, says there's no optimal comment moderation system out there:

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NPR Ombudsman
3:53 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Taking Stock: NPR's Ferguson Coverage So Far

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol speaks to media during a protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri.
Michael B. Thomas AFP/Getty Images

The Ferguson story has moved off the streets and into the grand jury room, which is to say that there is a lull in the reporting in this otherwise emotive story.

The quiet is a good time to take stock of just how well NPR has done so far. The scores of emails that have come in from listeners over these past weeks have mostly dealt with the issues themselves coming out of Ferguson, and not focused on NPR's coverage. By itself, that says something: listeners have found no major problems with the coverage.

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NPR Ombudsman
9:19 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Open Forum

You're invited to use this space to discuss media, policy and NPR's journalism. We'll follow the conversation and share it with the newsroom.

We have updated the format in order to keep the comments section open longer, at least until a new forum is posted next month. While we cannot respond to every comment, the ombudsman's staff reviews the Open Forum regularly. Please note that your comments here may be used in a future ombudsman post. As always, please be respectful of your fellow commentators.

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Thu September 4, 2014

After A 35-Year Run, NPR's Programming Chief Is Leaving

Doby Photography NPR

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 2:19 pm

After almost 35 years at NPR, Ellen McDonnell, the network's executive editor for news programming, is stepping down.

The network announced the news in a memo to staff on Thursday.

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NPR Ombudsman
1:48 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

GlobalPost, Parenting And A Question of Plagiarism

This photo of children playing outside at a day care center in Norway appeared on the version of the GlobalPost story.
Alf Magne Andreassen Flickr

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 11:23 am

Plagiarism is a big word. So big that it can ruin a career. And yet it is slippery to define.

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NPR Ombudsman
3:47 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Did An NPR Story Empower Road Rage Against Bicyclists?

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 2:48 pm

Reporters and editors have to make editorial judgments every day for which there is no single right answer. NPR West Bureau Chief Jason DeRose and reporter Alex Schmidt made one such call as they edited Schmidt's story about bicyclists in Los Angeles who move in group "trains" for support and safety. Schmidt recorded her experiences while biking with one train and then separately interviewed a driver who admitted to threatening bicyclists with her car.

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NPR Ombudsman
12:46 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Attacking NPR As A Shill For Government Intelligence

Glenn Greenwald has denounced an NPR story as an "indisputable case of journalistic malpractice and deceit."
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 10:50 am

Glenn Greenwald can certainly raise a ruckus.

The lawyer-cum-journalist who has been a principal conduit for the publication of the National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden has turned his sights on a recent NPR story by counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston. Greenwald has called it an "indisputable case of journalistic malpractice and deceit."

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NPR Ombudsman
3:36 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

For Your Eyes Only: Is Telling A Story's Limits Convincing Or Annoying?

Annie Johnson NPR

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 1:45 pm

A puzzle underlay the complaints about a health care story in May from Houston. The reporting seemed gullible, but wasn't. It was in the more recent objections over war reports from Gaza, however, that I finally saw the full outlines of the conundrum—one that has been long nipping at me. You can help.

The issue is one of style, but beware: occasional listeners amongst you may judge differently from diehard NPR fans.

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