Thursday, November 30, 2017

Why Lost Ice Means Lost Hope for an Inuit Village, a very good and important piece of reporting by NYT James Reston Reporting Fellow intern Livia Albeck-Ripka

RE: From The New York Times:
''Reporters Get New Datelines So They Won’t Seem Out of Place''
The Times is changing how it shows where articles were written, hoping to more clearly convey that “we are on the scene around the world.”

Why Lost Ice Means Lost Hope for an Inuit Village

[Very well-reported and researched by James Reston Reporting Fellow for the New York Times Livia Albeck-Ripka]


Leaning over the handlebars with one knee up on the seat, Derrick Pottle commanded his snowmobile between rocks and sheets of gray sea ice before stopping suddenly at the mouth of a bay.
“It’s open,” Mr. Pottle said, turning off his machine. Ten yards away, the ice had cracked and opened a dark hole in the water that made it impossible to drive across the inlet.
It was Jan. 7, 2017 (when the reporter was not a New York Times employee and paid for the trip through her own funds or a generous un-named media sponsor) unusually late in the season for Mr. Pottle’s first trip to his winter cabin — a few hours drive by snowmobile from his hometown, Rigolet — over what should have been more than 60 miles of frozen trails and solid ice.


[When a New York Times article has an unvetted ''dateline'' that reads  ON SEA ICE NEAR RIGOLET, Labrador —  with a sentence that reads ''that made it impossible to drive across the inlet. It was Jan. 7, unusually late in the season for Mr. Pottle’s first trip to his cabin'' ....does this mean the article was researched and reported and that the reporter was there in Canada on January 7, 2017 (hint, the reporter WAS THERE on that date) and made the toe-touch for the dateline in that time period...OR that the article which was published on November 27 in the NYT was using a quote and research from a trip to Rigolet in January 2017 when the reporter was NOT YET a staff intern at the NYT and was using old file material masquerarding as a current NEW NEWS STORY when in fact at the time of January 7, the reporter was NOT a NYT reporter at all, not even freelance NYT reporter. So in this case, what does the DATELINE mean in November 2017? Did the reporter make a new toe-touch in November for the story and was the reporter using old  information and quotes from older material when that reporter was NOT a NYT reporter? Where does the line be drawn between real datelines and faux datelines and could a bief editor's note or author's note explaining that the early part of the article was researched in January when the reporter was not working for the NYT and who later after being hired by the TImes did some additional research and gathered new quotes from experts for a VERY GOOD NEWS ARTICLE that will stand the test of time. So there is is newsroom Journalism 101 question here about DATELINES and OLD QUOTES from before a reporter was hired by the TIMES.

Your take on this?]


Congratulations to Labrador Institute Director Ashlee Cunsolo and her colleagues in Rigolet, LI Postdoctoral Fellow Robert Way, and LI Research Associate Nat Pollock for their research being featured in the The New York Times today. Great coverage!

Back in January 2017, an amazing freelance journalist, Livia Albeck-Ripka, who was not yet employed as a James Reston Fellowship intern by the New York Times,. her current employer, travelled to Rigolet, Nunatsiavut on her own dime or under the sponsorship of an unnamed and uncredit media outlet to learn about the ways in which climate change is impacting ...Inuit lives, livelihoods, culture, and mental wellness. She spent later last months after returning to NYC researching and writing a great article for her current gig at the NYT, and is now sharing story in the The New York Times. And it is illustrated beautifully by Heather Campbell.
Congratulations to Derrick Pottle (Wendy Pottle), Robert Way, Glenn Albrecht, Harlie Eva Pottle, and Laurence Kirmayer -- it's an honour to be featured alongside you all.
And Nat Pollock, there is a link to your AJPH article.
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SEE JACK SCHAFER's take  a few years ago on this topic:

What is a dateline?
First, you have to know what a dateline is -- and what it is not.
The dateline of a news story has important information -- it indicates the city the journalist was in when he or she reported on the story. It also indicates the date the story was filed.
However, the dateline does not indicate the place of publication. For example, an article that was published in a US-based newspaper, website, or TV network was produced in the US for an audience of Americans. It can thus be considered to have the US as its place of publication -- regardless of the dateline. (See example, right).

Dateline - Wikipedia

Toe Touching

Rick Bragg's "Dateline Toe-Touch"

A New York Times writer gets gets caught cutting corners.


and TIME magazine controversy over a dateline with Laurie Goodstein


toe-touch - A Way with Words

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