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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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Washington Post reporter knocked to the ground during protests

Washington Post reporter Dalton Bennett thrown to the ground by riot police. pic.twitter.com/4I442QhEqM — Alex Emmons (@AlexanderEmmons) January 20, 2017 Dalton Bennett, a political video reporter at The Washington Post, was thrown to the ground by police today while covering the protests against President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. According to reporter Alex … Read More
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NBC's Chuck Todd: "I don't like being a political prop"

With Donald Trump's inauguration just a day away, "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd is preparing to cover a president who occasionally treats journalists like political punching bags. "I think he sees the media as an incredible political tool for him," Todd told Poynter. "I don't like being a political prop. And I think we have been set up … Read More
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Is the Facebook Live honeymoon over?

At the beginning of 2016, it seemed as if we were all destined to spend our days gawking at live video. Facebook Live, which debuted in April, was everywhere thanks to an enormous boost in reach bestowed by the social network. News organizations, including The New York Times, BuzzFeed and CNN, were churning out live video after … Read More
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With the 2020 report, The New York Times charts a course for its future

Three years ago, The New York Times published its innovation report, an unsparing assessment of the newsroom's many weaknesses. Nearly 100 pages long and full of words like "worrying," "shrinking" and "upheaval," the report described a New York Times that was in a digital standstill while competitors like BuzzFeed, Vox Media and The Washington Post were racing ahead. Today, … Read More
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The fight for the White House briefing room

A showdown is brewing over the fate of journalists in President-elect Donald Trump's White House. Several officials from the incoming administration are reportedly considering evicting reporters from their traditional offices inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, sparking concern from the association that assigns journalists seats in the White House briefing room. "The White House Correspondents’ Association Board is aware of the … Read More
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Capital New York co-founders leave Politico

Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran, who founded the politics, culture and media site Capital New York in 2010 before selling it to Politico in 2013, are leaving the company. The departures were announced in a memo to staff from Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris, who also said Politico's statewide operations would be consolidated at Politico headquarters in Rosslyn. Launched … Read More
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Report: Video isn't as popular with viewers as it is with advertisers

Video is now deemed essential for any media organization. But do consumers really like it as much as, say, advertisers? A new report suggests not. For sure, journalism had a huge moment in 2016. In a few short months, Facebook launched a live video offering (and began paying publishers to use it), Snapchat expanded its advertising options, and … Read More
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BuzzFeed CEO supports decision to publish Trump dossier

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti supported Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith's decision to publish a 35-page dossier containing damaging, unverified information about President-elect Donald Trump, saying that the company "stand(s) with Ben on his decision to publish this newsworthy document." During his first press conference since becoming president-elect Wednesday, Trump blasted BuzzFeed for publishing the document in its entirety, calling the … Read More
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CNN publishes statement distancing itself from BuzzFeed

CNN sought to distance its reporting on President-elect Donald Trump from an article published by BuzzFeed shortly after he blasted both news organizations during his first press conference since the election. Both BuzzFeed and CNN went public with reports on Tuesday that a British intelligence official had compiled memos indicating that Russian officials might have compromising information about … Read More
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Trump blasts the media during first press conference as president-elect

Donald Trump and his transition team used the president-elect's first press conference to launch an all-out offensive against the media, calling outlets that published adversarial stories "fake news," "disgusting" and "a failing pile of garbage." Sean Spicer, Trump's spokesperson, kicked off the president-elect's press conference with a full-throated denial of allegations of compromising personal and financial information alluded to by … Read More
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Seeking to deepen ties with publishers, Facebook rolls out journalism program

Facebook on Wednesday announced a new program of training, products and tools aimed at further solidifying the social network's relationship with publishers, which view the Silicon Valley giant as both a firehose of referral traffic and an at-times fearsome adversary. The program's debut comes days after Facebook hired former TV journalist Campbell Brown to be its head of news … Read More
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BuzzFeed editor defends publishing explosive allegations against Donald Trump

BuzzFeed on Tuesday published a 35-page dossier that summarized damaging allegations about President-elect Donald Trump's personal and financial dealings. By publishing the entire dossier, which has not been disclosed publicly by U.S. intelligence agencies, BuzzFeed has taken an unusual step. It's uncommon for public-spirited news organizations to publish explosive, unverified information about public officials without first confirming the details … Read More
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Reader support is more important than ever. Here are 22 ways to connect with your community

2017 is shaping up to be a gloomy year for journalism that's supported by advertising. With ad-blocking on the rise and advertising budgets shifting away from news, one of the most promising moneymaking frontiers seems to be reader-supported journalism. The New York Times, with its massive global reach, is betting big on subscribers; Dean Baquet, the Times' … Read More
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Committee to Protect Journalists saw a spike in donations after Meryl Streep's speech

Courtney Radsch was just sitting down to watch the Golden Globes when Meryl Streep came on. Radsch, a fan of Streep's, sat down to watch the awards show with her husband and heard the Academy Award-winning actress make an unexpected plug for the Committee to Protect Journalists. "That was pretty exciting," said Radsch, advocacy director at CPJ. "I don’t think … Read More
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