NPR, WAMU limit use of Washington football team’s name

An NPR editor has recommended that network journalists avoid referring to the Washington Redskins by their name and should instead use "Washington" or "the team" as much as possible. Standards & Practices Editor Mark Memmott provided the guidance Oct. 10 amid a growing backlash against a name that is a racial slur. Memmott said he is not calling for an outright ban, but that use of the name should be curtailed under the organization’s policy regarding potentially offensive language. “The team’s name is the name and our job is to report on the world as it is, not to take a position or become part of the story,” Memmott wrote.

Public TV freelancers in Writers Guild approve contract extension

More than 200 members of the Writers Guild of America who work as freelancers in public TV have ratified a two-year extension of their current contract, which includes raises in salary minimums and additional pension contributions from WGBH in Boston and WNET in New York. The guild represents members working on national programs including Frontline, American Experience, Nova, American Masters, Nature and Great Performances. After four months of negotiations, members unanimously approved the extension Tuesday. It provides a 2 percent raise in minimum salaries retroactive to July 1, which increases to 2.5 percent July 1, 2015. Employers also will contribute an additional .5 percent to the Producer-Writers Guild of America pension plan.