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The Ringer Bryan Curtis

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Politico NICHOLAS VINOCUR

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KOB Kenneth Mahan

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The New York Times MAGGIE HABERMAN, GLENN THRUSH and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

The White House is considering a new communications strategy

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The Guardian David Dennis

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Nieman Lab JOSEPH LICHTERMAN

You can now get a few additional features on Nuzzel for $100 a year

"The news aggregator this week launched Nuzzel Pro, which is ad-free, lets users filter stories, and use a dark mode."

Columbia Journalism Review Shelley Hepworth

Tracking Trump-era assault on press norms

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Media Nation DAN KENNEDY

Globe CEO to staff: Full speed ahead with the move

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Politico JACK SHAFER

As President Trump goes abroad, Russia story gathers steam in the press

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The New York Times MATT FLEGENHEIMER and PETER BAKER

President Trump returns to the U.S., and to bashing the media

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PressThink Jay Rosen

Is President Trump really a 'media wizard?' Let's go to the tape

"That our President is a master of media manipulation is a view commonly expressed by American journalists. I doubt it."

WWD Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke

Here’s how top women’s magazines are doing online

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HuffPost Michael Calderone

Montana TV station won’t air recording of GOP candidate’s attack on journalist

"Right-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group recently purchased the local NBC affiliate, but the general manager says the company didn’t interfere."

The New York Times SAPNA MAHESHWARI

Hannity isn’t seeing advertisers’ exodus that O’Reilly did

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Lexington Herald-Leader Staff report

Windows shattered at Lexington Herald-Leader building

"Three exterior windows were shattered, leaving broken glass on the sidewalk outside. Two windows on the upper level of the press room were damaged, but did not shatter. Those windows show small holes and cracks that appear consistent with small-caliber bullet damage."

The Ringer Bryan Curtis

What Frank Deford meant to sportswriting

"Deford wrote so well it obscured his divining-rod abilities as a reporter."

Politico NICHOLAS VINOCUR

Macron, standing by Putin, calls RT and Sputnik ‘agents of influence’

"Macron said the two media organizations 'did not behave like press outlets, but behaved like agents of influence and propaganda' which spread 'serious falsehoods,' Macron said. 'I will never give in to that.'"

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Pros (and cons) of open-ended or closed poll questions

Every poll involves a questionnaire that contains a standardized set of questions that are asked of every person. The way a question is asked can affect the answers that people give.

In an open-ended question, people answer in their own terms. In a closed-ended format, people choose from a given list of answers. (The vast majority of polling questions are closed-ended.)

One example is the “most important problem” question. This is asked most commonly in the open-ended form used by the Gallup organization: What is the most important problem facing the country today?

But some polling organizations ask the question this way: Which of the following problems is the most important one facing the country today?

This closed-ended form produces a shorter list of problems, based upon the length of the list. It may also produce other differences based upon the order in which the “problems” are listed.

Advantages and disadvantages exist in using either form. Open-ended questions are good for really getting at what is on people’s minds and having people talk about issues in their own words. On the other hand, open-ended responses can be hard to code into meaningful categories, particularly in tight time frames; they take more time to administer, so the researcher must ask fewer questions; and they can be hard to draw conclusions from if only a small number of people provide any given response.

Closed-ended questions are considerably easier to administer and analyze, but they can sometimes make people feel constrained in their answers, particularly if the categories do not include the response a person wants to provide.

Taken from Understanding and Interpreting Polls, a self-directed course at Poynter NewsU, developed in partnership with the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

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