Monday roundup: WDET screens doc featuring Radiolab host; Poynter chats with NPR’s Memmott

By Andrew Lapin

WDET hopes to make The Pleasure of Sound, a documentary about music featuring Jad Abumrad and Matthew Dear, available for free. (Photo: WDET)

WDET hopes to make The Pleasure of Sound, a documentary about music featuring Jad Abumrad and Matthew Dear, available for free. (Photo: WDET)

• Detroit’s WDET-FM staged the New York premiere Friday of The Pleasure of Sound, a documentary featuring Radiolab‘s Jad Abumrad. In the short film, shot in Detroit in 2013, Abumrad and musician Matthew Dear discuss music and creativity. WDET will launch a crowdfunding campaign to cover distribution costs for the film in May and plans to distribute the documentary free to interested community organizations and pubmedia stations for screenings. The Pleasure of Sound previously screened in Detroit as part of a fall 2013 installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

• NPR appointed Mark Memmott as its new standards and practices editor Thursday. Memmott is the founder of the Two-Way breaking-news blog and co-author of NPR’s 2012 ethics handbook. He replaces Stu Seidel, who took a buyout in the fall. Poynter sat down with him to talk about ethical considerations, including the proper way to refer to transgendered people.

• Elsewhere in management chats, CFO magazine featured a video interview with PBS CFO Barbara Landes, who has been with the organization for 10 years. Landes discusses her career moving from for-profit business at AOL Broadband to nonprofit media.

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