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Posts by Benjamin Mullin

About Benjamin Mullin

Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism innovation, business practices and ethics. He's also reported for USA TODAY College and The Sacramento Bee, and he was editor in chief of The Orion, Chico State's student-run newspaper. An Air Force brat who grew up around Northern California, he's still adjusting to the Florida sunshine.
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Here are all the jokes about President Obama starting a digital media company

Mic founder Jake Horowitz reported Friday afternoon that President Obama has been "discussing a post-presidential career in digital media." The White House swiftly denied it, but that didn't stop journalists from cracking wise about the possibility: *March, 2017*"Barack Obama, CNN digital contributor," the chyron reads. — Byron Tau (@ByronTau) December 2, 2016 … Read More
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The New York Times on the alt-right: 'It’s a racist, far-right fringe movement'

The New York Times on Friday joined The Associated Press and other news organizations in branding the alt-right as a movement with clear racist motives. In a memo to newsroom staffers, New York Times Standards Editor Phil Corbett ruled that the alt-right is a "racist, far-right fringe movement" that should be described in those terms when it appears in … Read More
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Meet the photographer who accidentally made two presidential memes

By now, you know the photo — some version of it, anyway. President-elect Donald Trump is smiling over a bowl of young garlic soup. Across the table, former Republican nominee and current Secretary of State candidate Mitt Romney is smiling tightly underneath his furrowed brow. The photo, taken at Jean Georges in Trump Tower Tuesday, has since taken on a … Read More
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Politico national editor Kristin Roberts is leaving

Kristin Roberts, Politico's national editor, is leaving for an as-yet unannounced job in journalism, she told Poynter Wednesday. "I have been incredibly lucky to be a part of Politico and have a chance to work with a group of exceptional reporters on an amazing story," Roberts told Poynter. "I have no doubt Politico's success will continue. What's next for me … Read More
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Politico founder publishes new manifesto for digital journalism

Wednesday is a banner day for digital media startups, as the founders of both Politico and The Huffington Post unveiled projects that have been under wraps for months. For Ariana Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post, it's launch day for Thrive Global, her much-anticipated wellness company. And Jim VandeHei, the former boss of Politico, picked today to sketch … Read More
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As publishers battle for attention, the fight over lock screens is heating up

News organizations are increasingly turning to push notifications to connect with readers who are awash in a flood of information. A third of American smartphone users — most of them younger — receive news alerts, and most reported being satisfied with the notifications they receive, according to a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. More than … Read More
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Sean Hannity urges Donald Trump to bring back media blacklist

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday said that, if he were Donald Trump, he would ban several major news organizations from covering the president-elect. "@politico @CNN @NBCNews @CNBC @MSNBC @nytimes @ABC @CBSNews," Hannity tweeted. "Are all biased and Corrupt. 'Fake News.' If I were @realDonaldTrump NO ACCESS!" Hannity's tweet comes on the heels of remarks on his Fox … Read More
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At The Boston Globe, Spotlight is changing, but it hasn't dimmed

Visitors to The Boston Globe might have a hard time finding the Spotlight team without a little help. There’s no sign on the wall. No fancy plaque. No display case crammed with awards. No visual reminder heralding the team of journalists that exposed rampant sexual abuse in the Catholic church, laid bare city-wide corruption and shed light … Read More
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Politico editor resigns after posting address of White nationalist

Michael Hirsh, national editor of Politico Magazine, resigned Tuesday after posting the address of White nationalist Richard Spencer online and urging people to "exercise your rights as decent Americans." Hirsh, who joined Politico from National Journal in 2014, posted two of Spencer's addresses on Facebook. In a subsequent post, he said he wasn't "thinking of (sending) a...letter" and referenced … Read More
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TV news let the public down in off-the-record meeting with Trump

An invitation from the president-elect was enough to send a star-studded cast of TV journalists scurrying to Trump Tower on Monday. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker. CBS News host Charlie Rose. Although the meeting was off-the-record, it appears Donald Trump used the session to slam broadcasters for what he perceived as unfavorable coverage during the … Read More
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Donald Trump cancels meeting with The New York Times

Update, 9:45 a.m.: A spokesperson for the Trump campaign has told CNN that the meeting is back on, contradicting the president-elect's previous statements. A planned session between the leadership of The New York Times and Donald Trump is no longer on the schedule, according to an early-morning tweetstorm from the president-elect. I cancelled today's meeting … Read More
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The Washington Post hires Ashley Parker from The New York Times

Ashley Parker, a longtime reporter for the New York Times, is joining The Washington Post to cover the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Parker, who’s been at The New York Times for more than a decade, began her career as a research assistant for columnist Maureen Dowd, according to a memo from national editor Scott Wilson and senior politics editor … Read More
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Why journalism layoff season could be worse in an election year

As it has for the past few years, the three-month span between September and December has brought news of job cuts at several news organizations looking to prune staff before the holidays. The Wall Street Journal, Gannett, the New York Daily News, Univision and Bloomberg have all already reduced staff or are planning to do so … Read More
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The man who kept editors glued to Chartbeat wants to help them keep the lights on

Tony Haile thinks now might be the moment readers decide digital journalism is worth paying for. With the election concluded and dollars flowing to organizations like The New York Times, ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal, people who care about quality information are coming to grips with the idea that they have to support it, said Haile, … Read More
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Seeking to combine its properties, Univision lays off at least 200

Months after agreeing to acquire the company formerly known as Gawker Media Group, Univision is laying off at least 200 staffers in a companywide push to operate its digital businesses more efficiently. The layoffs will entail cuts to the company's digital newsrooms — including that of Fusion, its millennial-focused news brand — and trimming from the business and operation staffs at … Read More
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