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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Knight Foundation gives Poynter $758,000 to remake online journalism education

The Knight Foundation announced on Tuesday that it's giving The Poynter Institute $758,000 to rebuild News University, its online journalism education platform. The grant will be used to create a new, mobile-friendly version of NewsU, which in 2015 saw an all-time enrollment peak of 102,000. The 11-year-old program, which was founded in 2005 with a $2.8 million grant from … Read More
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How The Huffington Post is mobilizing its newsroom to take on social issues

When Jo Confino started in newspapers more than three decades ago, reporting was way different. "It was always journalists throwing stories over the wall at readers and never wanting anything back," he said. "Now, I think we're trying to say: How do we create partnerships with our audience? And how do we become champions for our readers?" Confino should know. Read More
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Elizabeth Spayd, incoming New York Times public editor: 'I'm not there to make friends'

Elizabeth Spayd remembers where she was when the call came through. She was driving into New York City after a visit to Long Island when her phone rang. It was Philip Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards at The New York Times, who led the months-long search to replace outgoing Public Editor Margaret Sullivan. She picked up the phone … Read More
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New York Times reorganizes digital leadership ranks

In part of an ongoing push to remake The New York Times for a constantly changing media landscape, the newspaper on Friday announced several personnel moves among the leaders of its digital efforts. The big changes: graphics, digital news design and interactive news are now one team overseen by Assistant Editor Steve Duenes, audience development is being integrated into the … Read More
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"We're out!" UK publications commemorate Thursday's Brexit vote

Newspapers throughout the United Kingdom gave over their front pages Friday with news of the country's historic vote to leave the European Union. Some were definitive ("See EU later," declared The Sun), some were newsy (The Guardian went with a story on next steps) and others seemed outdated (The Times of London called it Britain's "closest call," with a headline … Read More
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AP, New York Times and CNN sue to obtain Orlando shooting records

A coalition of 25 news organizations, including the Orlando Sentinel, The New York Times, CNN and The Associated Press, are jointly suing the City of Orlando over recorded telephone calls and radio transmissions that could shed new light on this month's mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. The news outlets are seeking access to more than 600 phone calls … Read More
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High Times is riding high on vape pens, weed-offs and dank memes amid the legalization boom

High Times played the long game. For most of its 42-year history, the magazine — a chronicle for stoners around the world — has been an advocate for the legalization of marijuana and a clearinghouse for cannabis culture. It accumulated a counterculture following and published essays and criticism from the likes of Hunter S. Thompson, William S. Burroughs and … Read More
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Facebook is paying news organizations millions of dollars to use its livestreaming service

Facebook is shelling out to make its livestreaming service popular, and media companies have been among the biggest beneficiaries. In sum, the social networking giant has signed 140 contracts with various celebrities and news organizations worth a combined $50 million, The Wall Street Journal disclosed Tuesday. The biggest paydays have gone to BuzzFeed, The New York Times and CNN, … Read More
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Jim Roberts joins The Hill

Jim Roberts, the former executive editor of Mashable who was recently ousted in a shakeup of the company's editorial ranks, is joining the Hill as a consultant to create a new opinion section for the Capitol Hill newspaper. Roberts will "focus on bringing diversified views from top minds," to The Hill over the next few months, according to the … Read More
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After nearly a decade, Playbook is being recreated for a new breed of smartphone users

When Mike Allen launched Playbook in 2007, he promised to deliver his agenda-setting newsletter to a D.C. crowd obsessed with Treos (remember those?) and BlackBerrys. That same year, Apple debuted the iPhone, an event that helped accelerate the shift to mobile news that Playbook finds itself retooling for as its whirling dervish author prepares to leave Politico. Read More
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Early reviews of Tronc's branding video are in, and they're not good

When Tronc, the company known until Monday as Tribune Publishing, memorialized its name change with a video to employees to explain its strategy, the early reactions were surely not what it had desired. Negative responses greeted the video, which you can view here. Slate heralded the video as a "Deadly Swarm of Buzzwords," Recode likened it to " … Read More
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No credentials? No problem! Why The Washington Post's ban (probably) won't affect its journalism

Donald Trump sent Beltway media into a tizzy last week when he announced plans to ban The Washington Post from his official campaign events. Citing "incredibly inaccurate coverage" (without citing specifics), he tweeted his intention to revoke the press credentials of the newspaper, which he called "phony and dishonest." The move prompted pushback from First Amendment advocates, among … Read More
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Gimlet Creative, an early entrant to branded podcasting, is now open for business

There's a scene from "StartUp" — the popular, confessional podcast about starting a business — that depicts two journalists wrestling with a dilemma facing newsrooms around the world. As many do, the episode focuses on the struggles of Gimlet Media, the company behind a family of podcasts including "Reply All," "Mystery Show" and "StartUp" itself. The concern … Read More
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Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman will be the next authors of Politico's Playbook

Journalists Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman will take over Politico's Playbook newsletter in July, according to a memo from Editor-in-Chief John Harris sent to newsroom employees Sunday night: I view the selection of this team as an exhilarating first stride in the next phase of our publication, one that will come fully into bloom this fall with the election of … Read More
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Top editorial boss at GateHouse Media exits

David Arkin, the senior vice president for content and product development at GateHouse Media, is leaving the company next month, according to a memo from GateHouse CEO Kirk Davis. Arkin's new job will be chief content officer for Community Impact, a chain of 21 newspapers in Austin, Houston and Dallas Fort-Worth, according to the memo, which was sent to GateHouse … Read More