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Thursday, May 14, 2015

RIP: NPF Board Member Ed Fouhy

Sandy K Johnson by Sandy K Johnson 0 comments

Ed Fouhy, a giant in television news, has died. Ed was a long-time member of NPF’s board of directors, retiring when he left Washington for Cape Cod.

“Ed was an invaluable board member who brought insight and wisdom to all of our conversations,” said Bob Meyers, NPF president emeritus.

Ed provided quiet counsel to me during my career. And I was delighted to hire his daughter, Beth, as a political reporter for the Associated Press. Ed was so proud of her.

Beth wrote this obituary for her father for MSNBC, where she now works.

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Award-winning journalist Ed Fouhy dies at 80

Ed Fouhy, an Emmy Award-winning journalist who served as a top news executive at three broadcast networks, died May 13 of complications of cancer. He was 80 and lived in Chatham, Massachusetts, where he retired in 2004 after a 35-year career in Washington.

Fouhy was born in Boston on November 30, 1934 and grew up in neighboring Milton. He began his journalism career as a sports stringer for the Boston Globe while a student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he graduated in 1956. He launched his broadcast career as news director for WBZ Boston while attending graduate school at Boston University’s College of Communications.

Fouhy joined the CBS Morning News as a producer in 1966 and went on to serve in several top positions at the network, including West Coast bureau chief, Saigon bureau chief, and as Washington producer for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite from 1969-74. There he covered the totemic news events of the Richard Nixon presidency, including Nixon’s historic visit to China, Watergate, and Nixon’s resignation. Fouhy left CBS in 1982 after serving as a top news executive at the network’s headquarters in New York.

Fouhy worked for NBC News as a producer and executive from 1974-1977 and returned in 1985 to launch a news magazine show. Fouhy also served as Washington bureau chief for ABC News from 1982-1985.

After leaving network news, Fouhy served as executive producer for the Commission on Presidential Debates. He produced the nationally televised debates between presidential candidates Michael Dukakis and George H.W. Bush in 1988 and Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot in 1992.

Toward the end of his news career Fouhy focused on journalism innovation, developing projects through the Pew Charitable Trusts, including the Pew Center for Civic Journalism and Stateline.

Fouhy won numerous awards throughout his career, including five Emmys and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, UMass. He was a revered mentor and boss to many younger journalists.

Fouhy served as chairman of the board of IREX, an international nonprofit organization, until stepping down earlier this year. He was an active volunteer in retirement, serving on Chatham’s Zoning Board of Appeals where he was chairman for two terms, and as an adviser to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign in 2012.

Fouhy served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956-59 and remained to the end a proud Marine. He was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan and loved to ga

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NPF Teams Up With CQ Roll Call to Train Journalists

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The National Press Foundation will collaborate with CQ Roll Call to provide training and education to Washington journalists on critical issues that percolate in the Capitol, the two organizations announced.

The Capitol Hill Issues Briefings began in 2010 to inform journalists on issues as they develop, ranging from immigration to the fiscal cliff and an annual favorite -- covering the federal budget.

These free morning briefings are hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, at the invitation of former Rep. Lee Hamilton, now director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

Seventeen briefings have been produced since 2010.

"CQ Roll Call is delighted to partner with the National Press Foundation on its Capitol Hill Issues Briefing program,” said David Ellis, Chief Content Officer for CQ Roll Call. “We’ll use our deep knowledge and insight into congressional issues to help journalists untangle and synthesize complex issues for their readers. NPF is a valuable resource that lets journalists do better work, and CQ Roll Call is happy to support its mission."

“NPF is honored to collaborate with CQ Roll Call on this valuable training for journalists,” added Sandy K. Johnson, President and Chief Operating Officer of NPF. “CQ Roll Call has deep roots in reporting the policy and politics that dominate the federal government, and we look forward to working with them.”

Several Capitol Hill Issues Briefings are planned this year, including a program on Monday morning June 22 on FAA reauthorization, which is set to expire Sept. 30. This briefing is sponsored by the U.S. Travel Association. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Up Your Game With Data Visualization

Linda Topping Streitfeld by Linda Topping Streitfeld 0 comments

If you’re a journalist who is NOT looking for new ways to present your information online, you’re getting left behind. And with the explosion of available data, every journalist needs a basic understanding of how to deal with it. Two new resources on our website can get you started: Audio and slides on the basics of data visualization, and an hour-long tutorial on using the free version of Tableau software (below).

Data Visualization Basics

Washington Post graphic artist Lazaro Gamio has sound advice in three parts for reporters contemplating a dataset: Evaluate the data – where does it come from, is it reliable, is it complete? Who collected it? Who keyed it in? How recent is it? He points out that a simple query on the population of Azerbaijan has four different answers, depending on whether you consult the World Fact Book, Wikipedia, the World Bank or the Population Reference Bureau.

Next step: Ask questions of the data. What’s the biggest value? The smallest? Are there trends? Watch for outliers – they could be the basis of a great story or simply flawed data points. Beware of missing data -- remember 0 is a value, so empty boxes in a spreadsheet can throw off your numbers. Look for correlations between data dimensions, but always be aware that correlation is not causation.

Finally, pick a shape that works best for your data. Decide what type of visualization will tell your story best – and when you can ditch the visual and just use your words. Full audio from Gamio's presentation here.

Tableau Public Software

Dash Davidson, a data analyst from Tableau Software, presents a tutorial on the free version of this flexible tool, which can help you turn an Excel spreadsheet into an interactive fever chart, bar chart, map, scatterplot or all of the above. The drag-and-drop format is simple to use, and invites a user to play with the data. Drag the dimension of country name onto the box labeled “color,” and quickly color in the country outline, or place a colored dot on the country. Drag the “price” dimension onto the color box and watch the countries change colors. The best part? If you try something and don’t like it, just use the “back” arrow to try something different.

For journalists, the tool could be part of the reporting process, as it nimbly enables manipulation of the data to show trends and outliers. The recorded tutorial is on our website here. Davidson walks you through building a map, a bar chart and a fever chart, all from the same World Bank dataset. In the end, the three are linked in one interactive graphic that is easily embedded on a blog or website. Follow along, then download the software and take it for a spin.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Co-Chairs of Annual Awards Dinner to Celebrate NPF’s 40th Year

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The National Press Foundation has appointed digital media leader Julie Triolo and public affairs executive Amos Snead to serve as co-chairs of its Annual Awards Dinner in 2016.

“Next year the National Press Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary of training journalists around the world,” said NPF Board Chairman Heather Dahl. “This dinner will be an extraordinary evening as we look forward to the next 40 years of journalistic achievement. That’s why the Board of Directors is very excited to have Amos and Julie, two high energy and accomplished professionals, chair this event because they believe by honoring the best of journalism in all its mediums we can inspire the next era of quality reporting.”

The National Press Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner brings together 1,000 journalists, media executives and public affairs professionals to recognize journalistic achievement. The event is the Foundation's largest source of general support revenue and proceeds from the dinner allow the Foundation to provide no-cost educational programs to journalists. The Dinner Committee is composed of leading professionals across many industries and journalists who work together to make the event possible.

Amos Snead is founder and partner at Bryant Row, a Washington public affairs firm, and also serves on the Board of the National Press Foundation. This will be his second year as Dinner Co-Chairman. “Our last dinner was incredibly exciting because we saw top reporters from digital publications like BuzzFeed News, Re/code and KrebsonSecurity.com standing alongside award winners from traditional organizations like Gannett and CNN,” said Snead “The addition of Yahoo’s Julie Triolo as Dinner Committee Co-Chair will continue to build upon this success bringing the dinner into the digital age.”

Julie Triolo is a marketing director at Yahoo with experience leading global marketing efforts for Yahoo News, Yahoo Finance & Yahoo Tech brands. She was a member of the National Press Foundation Dinner Committee this year. “I’m thrilled to be part of an organization that celebrates the importance of journalistic excellence, while embracing the landscape for which it’s consumed. I look forward to partnering with Amos Snead to continue the success of this special event that honors the legacy of the news media industry and acknowledges those who are shaping its future.”

NPF, led by veteran journalist Sandy Johnson, has offered free professional development to journalists since 1976. Through seminars and webinars, NPF helps journalists better understand and explain the impact of public policy and other issues to readers and viewers. Upcoming training programs focus on retirement issues, covering medical advancements and learning how to navig

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fracking Investigation Wins NPF’s Stokes Award

Sandy K Johnson by Sandy K Johnson 0 comments

The National Press Foundation has awarded its Thomas L. Stokes award for energy writing to three news organizations for their collaborative in-depth look at hydraulic fracturing in Texas.

InsideClimate News, the Center for Public Integrity and The Weather Channel share the Stokes award for their partnership that produced “Big Oil, Bad Air.”  Journalists from the three organizations combined extensive data analysis with narrative reporting, video, photos and graphics. They zeroed in on the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, a microcosm of the fracking phenomenon.

NPF judges said of the winning work: “First-rate investigative work with a human pulse. The collaborative project blended hard facts with a powerful narrative of real people that made you care. The description of fracking consequences in Texas is now playing out elsewhere, in the Bakken and Utica shales. The project triggered meaningful impact, forcing concessions from state regulators.”

The reporting team for the project included Lisa Song and David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News, Jim Morris from CPI, and Greg Gilderman of The Weather Channel.

Judges for the Stokes award were Ronnie Greene of The Associated Press, Rod Kuckro of EnergyWire, and Chris Mooney of The Washington Post.

The Thomas L. Stokes Award was established in the spring of 1959 by friends and admirers of the late Thomas L. Stokes, the syndicated Washington columnist on national affairs. It was to be given annually for the best writing "in the independent spirit of Tom Stokes" on subjects of interest to him including energy and natural resources.

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