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
4:54 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

"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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The Two-Way
5:10 am
Sat April 25, 2015

There's A Sad Reason 'Migrants,' Not 'Immigrants,' Is The Word Being Used

Near Valletta, Malta, on Thursday there was a funeral service for 24 of the hundreds of migrants who died earlier in the week when the ship they were on capsized and sank.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 11:55 am

As NPR and other news outlets report about the hundreds of people killed this month when the ship they were on went down off the Libyan coast, the stories are referring to those who died as "migrants."

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The Two-Way
6:20 am
Sat February 21, 2015

There's A Reason We Say 'Self-Declared Islamic State'

Fighters from the self-declared Islamic State parade through Raqqa, Syria, in June 2014.
Raqqa Media Center AP

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 11:14 am

Eight months after a notorious group of fighters in Iraq and Syria became regular characters in the news, NPR still begins most of its reports with words such as these:

-- "Self-declared Islamic State."

-- "Self-proclaimed Islamic State."

-- "The group that calls itself the Islamic State."

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The Two-Way
4:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Why You're Not Seeing Those 'Charlie Hebdo' Cartoons

In Paris late Wednesday, a woman held a pen in the air during a memorial. Hundreds gathered to show solidarity with the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo, where gunmen killed 12 people.
Thibault Camus AP

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 8:14 am

Wednesday's attack at the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is thought to have been the work of killers who believe cartoons can be so offensive that they justified the murder of 12 people.

News organizations and people around the world obviously believe the opposite — that no one deserves to die just because he's rude, crude or otherwise obnoxious. Free speech includes the right to be offensive.

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News
4:48 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 4:29 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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