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"We have joined forces with leading press freedom organizations including the San Francisco-based Freedom of the Press Foundation to work on a project that will document every major press freedom incident that occurs in this country."

The Australian Darren Davidson

Trump bump good for New York Times: Mark Thompson

"The New York Times chief executive Mark Thompson has credited US President Donald Trump with helping reinvigorate consumer interest in newspapers after subscriber growth hit record highs and the brand begins ramping up its ambitions for Australia."

The Guardian Andrew Vincent

How a Google tax could revive the local press

"Emily Bell... rightly identifies the collapse of local newspapers as a factor that allowed the housing safety crisis to run unchecked. That’s why the Green party wants to introduce what’s been dubbed a “Google tax” – a small tax on online advertising to fund local community-interest journalism."

Charlotte Observer Andrew Malcom

We’re politically divided and hateful. Maybe that’s the media’s fault too

"A CBS News Poll the other day revealed that a whopping three out of four Americans believe the current tone and lack of civility in U.S. politics and public discussions actually encourages violence among some people."

Press Gazette Zainab Mahmood

Journalist who launched awards to change media depiction of young people made MBE

"Tony Gearing, former journalist at The Independent and Daily Telegraph, has been made an MBE for showcasing achievements of young people in the UK by founding the Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEY’."

The Standard Emmanuel Yegon

TOP STORY: Cultivating the future of investigative journalism

"Investigative journalism requires that reporters deeply scrutinize a single topic of interest, such as serious crimes, political corruption, or corporate wrongdoing."

HoldtheFrontPage David Sharman

Students and journalists to do battle for regional media awards

"Media students and working journalists will compete against one another for the first time at a regional media awards event."

Columbia Journalism Review Jonathan Peters

Media opposes right-of-publicity bill: ‘an attack on the First Amendment’

"The hasty effort in New York to pass a right-of-publicity bill ended—for now—last week after the state assembly sponsor pulled his bill and the senate appeared unwilling to advance its own version until the assembly acted."

Columbia Journalism Review Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

A push for diversity encounters resistance at The Wall Street Journal

"When it comes to news coverage of diversity in the workplace, The Wall Street Journal’s sterling reputation is frequently on display through the work of its reporters."

National Press Club Will Lester

Washington Post, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, KPIX-TV win National Press Club awards

"A Washington Post political writer, a team of Bloomberg reporters, the Chicago Tribune and KPIX-TV won first-place awards in this year’s National Press Club journalism contest."

New Republic Graham Vyse

Can journalists live without Twitter?

"As the social-media platform's struggles continue, we asked reporters and editors to imagine a world free of 140-character limits. They responded with equal parts horror and wonderment."

TV Newser A.J. Katz

Holly Williams explains why she’s reporting from the self-proclaimed capital of ISIS

"CBS News correspondent Holly Williams is part of the first U.S. broadcast network TV crew to venture inside the city limits of Raqqa City, Syria since the ravaged city came under ISIS control."

Politico Mitchell Stephens

Goodbye Nonpartisan Journalism. And Good Riddance.

"We don’t yet know to what extent Donald Trump will succeed in remaking the United States, but his candidacy and presidency are already remaking American journalism."

Digiday Lucia Moses

How Atlantic Media’s CityLab plans to make niche work

"The internet is favoring niche media, and The Atlantic wants CityLab, its site focused on the shift to urbanization, to take full advantage of it."

Digiday Jessica Davies

How Trinity Mirror’s digital-only football vertical differentiates

"While most sports publishers focus on using football’s global appeal to tap mass audiences, British newspaper group Trinity Mirror’s digital-only site Football.London has gone the other way."

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Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon

CPJ to use $50,000 Gianforte donated as part of body slam settlement to track other assaults on press

"We have joined forces with leading press freedom organizations including the San Francisco-based Freedom of the Press Foundation to work on a project that will document every major press freedom incident that occurs in this country."

The Australian Darren Davidson

Trump bump good for New York Times: Mark Thompson

"The New York Times chief executive Mark Thompson has credited US President Donald Trump with helping reinvigorate consumer interest in newspapers after subscriber growth hit record highs and the brand begins ramping up its ambitions for Australia."

The Guardian Andrew Vincent

How a Google tax could revive the local press

"Emily Bell... rightly identifies the collapse of local newspapers as a factor that allowed the housing safety crisis to run unchecked. That’s why the Green party wants to introduce what’s been dubbed a “Google tax” – a small tax on online advertising to fund local community-interest journalism."

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  • Trust your gut. If something seems odd to you, check it. Don’t risk letting a mistake slip through.
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  • Keep an eye out. Once you find a mistake, you’re not done. There may be another one lurking right behind it. Look over the entire piece with your eagle eye so you are sure to spot all the errors.

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