Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott appears in the following:

Guidance: Don't Refer To It As An 'Attempted Sexual Assault'

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

What Christine Blasey Ford alleges Brett Kavanaugh did would be a sexual assault, not an attempt at one.


Reminder: Requests To Use NPR Content Have To Be Vetted

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

There's a process for evaluating such requests and it needs to be followed.


Guidance: On Describing Christine Blasey Ford's Letter

Monday, September 17, 2018

It was not sent anonymously. But she did ask that her name not be revealed. We should be precise.


Guidance: Ask Ex-administration Officials About NDAs

Friday, September 07, 2018

We need to know whether they have signed non-disclosure agreements that could restrict what they say. It may determine whether we go ahead with an interview. It's also something to disclose.


Why Are We Tying Up People?

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

"Before I let you go" has become one of our favorite ways to end an interview. How about mixing in other ways of asking one last question?


Reminder: All Clips With Offensive Language Must Be Vetted

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

There are no exceptions. If a piece being prepared for broadcast has an offensive word or phrase, or involves excretory or sexual issues, care and consultation are required.


'Lying In State' Vs. 'Lying In Repose' & 'Lying In Honor'

Monday, August 27, 2018

Sen. John McCain will "lie in state" at the Arizona and U.S. capitols.


NPR Statement On Ethical Violations In Freelancer's Reports

Friday, August 10, 2018

NPR this week discovered ethical violations in many reports prepared for it by freelance journalist


Ahead Of This Weekend's Rally, Another Label Warning

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Remember: "Show, don't tell" is always good advice. Describe what people are doing and report what they're saying. After you've established those facts, carefully considered labels may fit.


Think You Know How To Spell That Famous Person's Name? Don't Trust Your Memory

Thursday, July 26, 2018

It looks like we're not always double-checking the spelling of some familiar folks' names.


You Literally Can Really Say More By Actually Eliminating Words Ending In 'ly'

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

"Throwaway intensifiers" are wastes of time and space. By cutting them, you can make room for more facts and words that do a better job of moving a story along.


Don't Refer To Maria Butina As A 'Student' In Headlines And Intros

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

It makes it sound like her reason for coming to the U.S. was to get an education. That's a conclusion we shouldn't jump to.


Guidance On '17 Intelligence Agencies'

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

We should say that the U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 elections, without specifically attributing that to all 17 intelligence agencies.


To Cut Down On Mistakes, Let's First Concentrate On Names

Friday, July 13, 2018

About one-quarter of our mistakes involve names of people or organizations.


'Copy And Paste' Can Help You Avoid Many Mistakes

Thursday, July 05, 2018

No, we're not suggesting anyone plagiarize. This is about an easy step that can make stories more accurate.


Like Other Loaded Language, 'Catch And Release' Is For Others To Use

Thursday, June 28, 2018

"Politically loaded language not only violates our commitment to be fair, but also gets in the way of telling good stories. "


Let's Put 'Truth Sandwiches' On Our Menu

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

When debunking falsehoods, it may be best to wrap them around two slices of reality.


We're Making Too Many Mistakes; We Must Start CQ'ing

Monday, June 18, 2018

Cadit quaestio ("the case is closed") is the approach we have to take to the stories we produce. That means double-checking facts to get them right the first time.


Tips On Reporting About Suicides

Friday, June 08, 2018

When reporting about someone's death by suicide, the language, tone and context are incredibly important. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has some guidance.


Let's Keep The 'Gate' Closed

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Not every potential scandal needs to be labeled a "gate" right from the start. We should resist the temptation.