As the week wraps up, let's take a look at the NPR announcements and reports currently capturing attention in the news:
— At a news conference today, NPR announced that it's joining with Member Station WWNO and their licensee, the University of New Orleans, to form a new local nonprofit newsroom: NewOrleansReporter.org The Wall Street Journal offered a full report on the new initiative, and media sites such as Romenesko and Poynter quickly picked up the news.
— NPR Books launched its annual readers' poll on Tuesday. This year people are being asked to pick the best young adult novels of all time. Voting has been intense as many outlets have have helped us get the word out, including the LA Times Jacket Copy blog, USA Today's Pop Candy, the Atlantic Wire and GalleyCat.
— NPR foreign correspondent Kelly McEvers recetnly returned from a week inside northern Syria, where she traveled in rural, rebel-controlled areas and gained a rare view of the anti-government forces known as the Free Syrian Army. She appeared on the PBS NewsHour to discuss what she heard and saw, and her five-part series of reports Inside Rebel-Held Syria.