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Graydon Carter on Trump: "A pillar of ignorance and certitude"

"As America’s 45th president enters office, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter examines what’s to come under a leader whose mind careens from one random thought to the next."

The Huffington Post Emily Peck

New York Times apologizes for much-ridiculed story about fathers

"'We blew it,' said Metro editor Wendell Jamieson."

The New York Times Michael Slackman, Jodi Rudoren, Phil Pan

New York Times opens Australia bureau

The Times will open a bureau with a small staff in Sydney.

Nieman Lab RICARDO BILTON

Patreon is helping The Asheville Blade connect directly with readers

"I never have to consider if a story I run is going to make me take a financial hit. That lack of pressure gives us a huge amount of independence."

CJR David Uberti

Behind the scenes of Axios' launch day

"Axios aims to similarly capitalize on white-shoe Washington and other small, but elite, groups of news consumers."

LSU Jerry Ceppos

New scholarship fund honors journalism visionary Steve Buttry

"Friends of Steve Buttry, a journalism educator and one of the most important thinkers about social media and journalism, have started a scholarship fund in his name."

Politico Media Jack Shafer

Put on your big-boy/girl pants, journos

"President Trump’s lies don’t call for extraordinary media measures. Just do your jobs."

The New York Times Katie Benner

Snapchat Discover clamps down on misleading and explicit images

"Those kinds of risqué and misleading images will now be much less prominent on Discover because early on Monday, Snapchat updated its guidelines for publishers in a way that essentially cleans up what is shown on its news service."

Digiday Ross Benes

The global state of fake news in 5 charts

"Despite the increased coverage of fake news, surveys show that users are still overconfident in their ability to detect false stories. 'This is a global issue,” said Forrester analyst Susan Bidel. 'Fake news will be a problem wherever fake-news generators can make money.'"

Twitter Laura June

Matter Studios is kaput

"We're sad to share this news, but as of today, Matter Studios is ceasing its business operations. We are grateful for your interest and support over this [sic] last many months, and wish you the best in 2017."

The Daily Beast Marlow Stern

A prelude to President Trump’s war on the free press

"The Sundance documentary ‘Nobody Speak’ chronicles how an angry billionaire was able to take down the news site Gawker out of spite, providing a disturbing window into our future."

The New York Times Ben Smith

Why BuzzFeed published the dossier

"...We need to develop new rules that adhere to the core values of honesty and respect for our audience...Sometimes, it means publishing unverified information in a transparent way that informs our users of its provenance, its impact and why we trust or distrust it."

The Washington Post Erik Wemple

Dean Baquet rips public editor's column

"When a news organization concludes that it cannot prove something, it doesn’t get to say, 'I want to show you my notebook anyway,' says Baquet."

YouTube Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson eviscerates hoaxter

"This is a sham. Your company isn't real. Your website is fake. The claims you have made are lies. This is a hoax."

PressThink Jay Rosen

Want to do the press briefing justice? Send the interns.

"Put your most junior people in the White House briefing room. Recognize that the real story is elsewhere, and most likely hidden."

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Vanity Fair GRAYDON CARTER

Graydon Carter on Trump: "A pillar of ignorance and certitude"

"As America’s 45th president enters office, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter examines what’s to come under a leader whose mind careens from one random thought to the next."

The Huffington Post Emily Peck

New York Times apologizes for much-ridiculed story about fathers

"'We blew it,' said Metro editor Wendell Jamieson."

The New York Times Michael Slackman, Jodi Rudoren, Phil Pan

New York Times opens Australia bureau

The Times will open a bureau with a small staff in Sydney.

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