Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott is NPR's supervising senior editor for Standards & Practices. In that role, he's a resource for NPR's journalists – helping them raise the right questions as they do their work and uphold the organization's standards.

As the NPR Ethics Handbook states, the Standards & Practices editor is "charged with cultivating an ethical culture throughout our news operation. This means he or she coordinates regular training and discussion on how we apply our principles and monitors our decision-making practices to ensure we're living up to our standards."

Before becoming Standards & Practices editor, Memmott was one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog, which he helped to launch when he came to NPR in 2009. It focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Prior to joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He reported from places across the United States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

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The Two-Way
8:33 am
Sat August 29, 2015

The Sounds Of A Murder: News Or Not?

On Thursday, balloons and flowers were in front of the Roanoke, Va., studios of WDBJ-TV. A day before, WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and WDBJ photojournalist Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Sat August 29, 2015 10:37 am

How much, if any, of the shocking sights and sounds should newsrooms report when two people are murdered on live television and the video whips around the world on the Web?

Alison Parker and Adam Ward, two local TV journalists, were gunned down while on the air Wednesday. They were near Roanoke, Va., interviewing local Chamber of Commerce official Vicki Gardner about tourism. Gardner was seriously injured.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Sat July 25, 2015

3 Things To Know About NPR's Policy Regarding Offensive Language

Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:55 am

Editor's note: The headline on this post tips our hand. But just to be clear, we're discussing language that some readers don't want to hear or read, even when it's bleeped or not spelled out.

This question came up in the newsroom: Should an NPR journalist say during a podcast that someone's an a****** if many people would agree that person is an a******?

The question wasn't about a real person. It was about someone who would bet against his favorite team or would bet that his lover would say "no" to a marriage proposal.

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Just A Few Important Words About The Declaration Of Independence

Artist John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence. It can be seen in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 2:37 pm

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

It's Independence Day. Let's take a break from parades, patriotic songs and pyrotechnics to think about the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

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News
7:48 am
Sat December 6, 2014

'Fewer' Or 'Less?' The Express Lane Language Debate

Does it bother you if the sign says "or less?" Or do you think the fans of "or fewer" are fussbudgets?
James Clark NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 7:29 pm

You're ready to check out at the supermarket. There are only eight items in your cart, so you look for the express lane.

The sign above says "10 items or less."

Do you:

-- Head for the register without a second thought?

-- Rue the decline of the English language because you were taught that the sign should say "10 items or fewer?"

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The Two-Way
2:36 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Before This Blogger Moves On, He Wants To Say Thanks

Mark Memmott: All packed up and ready to move on to a new role at NPR.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

The Two-Way is just shy of its fifth anniversary, on May 13.

This blogger has written just over 9,700 posts for NPR — almost 9,500 of them for The Two-Way.

It seems like a good time to move on.

Next week, I'll be on vacation. When I return to work May 5, I'll be taking on the duties of "standards and practices" editor at NPR and no longer blogging for The Two-Way.

According to our ethics handbook:

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