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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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White House Correspondents' Association: 'We are not satisfied' about the state of briefings

The White House Correspondents' Association has met with Trump administration officials to take issue with the current state of briefings at the White House, according to a note sent to the association's members this morning from its president, Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason. "Yesterday on behalf of the WHCA I had a meeting with Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders … Read More
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The Washington Post gets more than a million comments every month, so it's using AI to tackle them

Some news organizations are killing their comment sections entirely. And some are opening up the floodgates. The Washington Post gets about a million comments every month on its stories, said Greg Barber, director of digital news projects at the newspaper. So, like The New York Times, The Post has begun using artificial intelligence and machine learning to moderate them. Read More
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Bedbugs infestation breaks out at BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed employees will be working from home thanks to a newly discovered infestation of bedbugs, according to an email to the staff this morning from Carole Robinson, chief communications officer of the company: "We are acting out of an abundance of caution and asking you to work from home tomorrow to give facilities the chance to deal with this in … Read More
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Knight Foundation awards $1 million to projects aimed at fighting misinformation

A mobile game that tracks falsehoods, a tool that busts lie-spewing internet bots and projects aimed at increasing the reach of fact checks are among the winners of a $1 million challenge from The Knight Prototype Fund aimed at improving the flow of accurate information. The 20 ideas, which are eligible for $50,000 each, come from universities, news organizations and … Read More
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Wall Street Journal fires foreign affairs correspondent for ties to gunrunner

The Wall Street Journal has fired Jay Solomon, its chief foreign affairs correspondent, after the newspaper learned he was unethically entangled in the business dealings of one of his sources. The Associated Press uncovered that Solomon was offered a 10 percent stake in a company called Denx LLC while reporting on the company's founder, aviation magnate Farhad Azima, according … Read More
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Is the White House 'stonewalling' the press? Reporters get restive after string of off-camera briefings

Reporters on Monday cried foul after the White House announced that it would hold another daily briefing off-camera and off-mic, further fueling concerns among journalists that the Trump administration is ducking questions from the press. Several journalists on Monday took to Twitter to report that, once again, the daily press briefing would not be broadcast live on TV or on … Read More
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Buyouts hit the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times on Friday issued a staffwide announcement that it's offering buyouts to the newsroom. The announcement, which came in a memo from editor and publisher Davan Maharaj, described the buyout program as limited in scope and attributed it to adverse industry conditions. "For the Los Angeles Times, and the news industry overall, 2017 has been challenging," Maharaj … Read More
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Emma Carmichael is stepping down as editor in chief of Jezebel

Emma Carmichael, the editor in chief of Jezebel, announced on Friday that she's stepping down from that position next month. "This has been the hardest decision of my professional life, but it’s one I feel clear-headed about — I’m simply a little burnt out and ready to take a break from running a website," she wrote in a memo to her … Read More
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Kinja, the publishing system at the heart of Gawker, lives on under Univision

When Univision bought Gawker Media Group for $135 million in a bankruptcy auction last year, they got a critical piece of technology pretty cheap. Kinja, the publishing system that Gawker founder Nick Denton reportedly sank millions into before leaving the company, is now being expanded to a broader swath of sites owned by Univision. Later this year, … Read More
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How Roman Mars used President Trump to become the Beyoncé of podcasting

Roman Mars couldn't help but laugh this winter when he read a tweet from UC Davis law professor Elizabeth Joh. Then, he retweeted it. Then, he decided to make (another) podcast. "She wrote a tweet that said, 'Teaching Con law in 2017 means checking Twitter every five minutes before class,' Mars said. "...I sent her a couple-line email that was, … Read More
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The New York Times is teaming up with Alphabet's Jigsaw to expand its comments

Comments have seen better days. In the last few years, several news organizations — NPR, Reuters and Recode, among them — have eliminated their comments sections because the internet can be a dark and terrible place. One by one, financially challenged news organizations have thrown up their hands in exasperation and declared that they have better things to … Read More
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Is Facebook serious about helping publishers find subscribers? Industry leaders are watching carefully

The Holy Grail of the news business these days is figuring out how to turn the droves of readers who swipe past stories on social media into a reliable stream of revenue. As more and more users flock to monoliths like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram and away from publishers' websites, many news organizations have been hard-pressed to cash in … Read More
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The New York Times has changed the headline on its Katy Tur profile (again)

The New York Times showed this weekend that Twitter can be a serviceable public editor, at least when it comes to copy editing. On Saturday, the newspaper tweaked a headline on its profile of NBC News correspondent Katy Tur after criticism that the original headline, "Katy Tur Is Tougher Than She Looks," was sexist. The new headline read: "Katy … Read More
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