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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Time Inc announces shakeup of editorial structure

Time Inc on Friday announced a remaking of its editorial structure in a bid to increase collaboration across its portfolio of magazines. In a memo to staff, newly appointed chief content officer Alan Murray announced a series of appointments aimed at improving "our ability to take advantage of opportunities that cut across individual titles." All titles will be divided into … Read More
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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review offers major buyout as part of 'strategic growth plan'

For the second year in a row, Pittsburgh-based Trib Total Media announced a round of buyouts aimed at sharply reducing newsroom headcount, the latest phase of its "strategic growth plan." About 100 of the company's 585 full-time employees are expected to accept the buyout offer, which comes less than a year after the company laid off 153 employees, according … Read More
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Bloomberg gets into rapid-fire explainer journalism with breaking Q&As

Negative interest rates. Corporate inversion. The monthly job report. If you asked the media world to rank the country's sexiest stories, most journalists would probably put these pretty low on their list (with some exceptions). But at Bloomberg, the worldwide bastion of finance wonks, these topics are fodder for the company's QuickTakes team, which has been writing Vox-style explainers … Read More
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Roger Ailes is out at Fox News

Roger Ailes, the media titan who founded and built Fox News into a ratings powerhouse, has left the network after a 20-year tenure. 21st Century Fox announced his departure in a glowing statement that made no mention of the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed the embattled Fox News chairman in recent days. Rupert Murdoch, the company patriarch, praised … Read More
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Kathleen Carroll, the AP's top editor, will step down

Kathleen Carroll, the executive editor at The Associated Press and its top editorial staffer, will retire at the end of the year. She has led the AP for 14 years. In a statement, Carroll said her departure will allow time for "family events," including her son’s college graduation in the spring. "Plus, sleeping in on weekdays for a while," she … Read More
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How do you handle waves of terrible news? The Wall Street Journal's graphics team has a plan

In June, Stuart Thompson and his team were talking over their coverage of the latest horrific story: The shooting in an Orlando nightclub that left 50 people dead. Thompson, director of graphics at The Wall Street Journal, oversaw the production of a just-the-facts visual story about the shooting, complete with a diagram of the nightclub, a map of Orlando … Read More
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Roger Ailes is in talks to exit Fox News

Although multiple reports pointed toward a sudden end for Roger Ailes' long tenure atop Fox News Tuesday evening, conflicting information from the media and the network's public relations team left the exact terms of his departure uncertain. A rollercoaster day of anonymously sourced reports regarding Ailes' status at the network gained a note of finality after The New … Read More
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New York Times buyout watch, 2016 edition

At least 49 journalists at The New York Times have accepted a standing buyout offer from newsroom leadership and will leave the paper in the coming months. The Times, which has a newsroom headcount of about 1,300, announced in May it would offer buyouts to an unspecified number of employees as part of a digitally focused reorganization. Among … Read More
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A breaking news podcast? "Marketplace" hopes to capture convention drama as it happens

Andrea Seabrook has a big theory about American politics, and she thinks you should hear it. After spending much of her career covering Congress for NPR and making an independent podcast about Washington, D.C., Seabrook's been led to one conclusion: The two-party system is on its way out. "This is the first election where it's really obvious that there really … Read More
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BuzzFeed's newest political reporter is a bot

Amanda Hickman was living in New York City in 2004 when the Republican National Convention got ugly. While George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were being nominated in Madison Square Garden, police were surrounding protestors in nearby Union Square with orange netting and arresting them in droves. The clashes didn't end there. "There were horses charging down the … Read More
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The Boston Globe sells its headquarters

Boston Globe Media Partners, the parent company of The Boston Globe, announced on Saturday the sale of its headquarters. The buyer and the purchase price were not disclosed. The sale fits into a national trend: Newspapers liquidating real estate holdings acquired in better times as print revenue continues to decline. The building, situated in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, has … Read More
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A tug-of-war for power in Turkey, with journalists in the middle

As an attempted military coup unfolded Turkey Friday night, reports on social media pointed to a community of journalists under duress as armed invaders attempted to sway reporters through intimidation. Several Turkish news organizations published reports on Twitter, Facebook and their websites indicating they were being forcibly interrupted as they tried to gather news. Meanwhile, audiences turned to live video … Read More
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Anonymous sourcing is way down at The New York Times

In the four months since The New York Times laid out a new policy curbing the use of anonymous sources, use of anonymity by the newspaper is down about 30 percent. In addition, rules set forth in March that require anonymous sources to be approved by newsroom leaders have spurred "greater awareness of the issue," according to Liz Spayd, The … Read More
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What's next for Time Inc? Shared beats, more digital verticals and some paid content

Alan Murray was moderating a panel with the CEO of AOL earlier this year and wanted to know: What do legacy media companies have that digitally minded startups don't? "And he said, 'Oh my god. Your brands are Kryptonite to commodification,'" Murray said. "There's tons of competition in the digital world. But who really competes with People? Who really … Read More