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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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John Podesta will write columns for The Washington Post

John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, will be a contributing columnist at The Washington Post, the newspaper announced today. "No one knows more about how Washington works, how the White House operates, and how policy ideas are translated into reality than John Podesta," said Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt. "His long experience in Congress, inside two … Read More
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Mashable says it's thriving by embracing quality journalism — and avoiding the same old Trump stories

Last year, Mashable laid off about two-dozen employees, cutting its politics and international reporters in a push for more video. So, how's that going? The reorganization of the company, which saw Chief Content Officer Gregory Gittrich replace Editor-in-Chief Jim Roberts "wasn't an easy stretch," Gittrich said. But Mashable has some good news — unique visitors and revenue are way … Read More
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Milo Yiannopoulos quits Breitbart, vows to start his own company

Alt-right star Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart News after backlash from his statements regarding pedophilia put his status at the conservative publication in doubt. Earlier Tuesday, Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow called Yiannopoulos' remarks "indefensible." Several staffers at Breitbart were on the verge of quitting if Yiannopoulos remained at the site, according to Washingtonian. In a … Read More
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Remembering Steve Buttry, teacher of journalists

It was only fitting that Steve Buttry, 62, was the first to Twitter with news of his own death. A journalist for more than four decades, Buttry was a tireless evangelist for digital transformation who encouraged reporters and editors to engage with their audiences face-to-face, in the comments below stories and especially on social media. So when the tweet came … Read More
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Texas Monthly editor walks back comments about longform journalism

Texas Monthly Editor-in-Chief Tim Taliaferro on Tuesday backed away from comments made during an interview with Columbia Journalism Review that indicated the magazine was retreating from political and longform journalism. In a note published on Texas Monthly, Taliaferro said that he "unfortunately gave the CJR the wrong impression" when he told the journalism review that "Texans don’t care … Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg thanks journalists after stop by Alabama newspaper

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday gave a shoutout to journalists on his Facebook page, posting a photo of himself reading a local newspaper with his wife. "It seems like a good time to say thank you to all the journalists around the world who work tirelessly and sometimes put their lives in danger to surface the truth," Zuckerberg … Read More
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It's been a month since Trump took office. What lessons have journalists learned?

Remember Inauguration Day? A month ago, journalists wondered whether the lessons from the Trump campaign would apply to the Trump administration. Would President Trump lay off Twitter? Would his media-bashing continue? And would he keep shutting down disfavored news organizations? So far, the answer to those questions appears to be No, yes and yes, … Read More
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Journalists react to being called 'the enemy of the American people'

President Donald Trump took his press-bashing to a new level on Friday when he called journalists from The New York Times, ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC "the enemy of the American people." The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of … Read More
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Here's The New York Times' plan for covering the Trump administration

In the early days of the Trump administration, no news organization has been a bigger target than The New York Times. The Gray Lady has been unsparing in its coverage of President Trump and frequently provoked his ire on Twitter. So, does all that abuse affect the paper's coverage? "I think the answer is no," … Read More
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New York Times fans sponsored 209,000 student subscriptions in 8 days

Since The New York Times launched a program that allows supporters to sponsor digital student subscriptions last week, the program has already grown large enough to fund 209,000 subscriptions. Donations to the program, which began on Feb. 9, have ranged from $4 to $20,000, according to an announcement from The New York Times. More than 100 contributions came from … Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg takes on fake news, the importance of the news industry and the rise of filter bubbles in new manifesto

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of a "strong news industry" in his 5,000-plus word manifesto published this afternoon. Calling the news "critical to building an informed community," Zuckerberg said Facebook will do more "to make sure this vital social function is sustainable." "...From growing local news, to developing formats best suited to mobile devices, to improving the … Read More
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Carolyn Ryan named assistant editor at The New York Times

Carolyn Ryan, The New York Times' senior politics editor, is getting a promotion. Ryan, who ran The Times' coverage of the presidential campaign, will join the Times' masthead as an assistant editor in charge of recruitment, according to a memo from Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn. "Carolyn's primary responsibility will be to recruit investigative reporters, narrative … Read More
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How a Politico reporter helped bring down Trump's Labor Secretary pick

The email went out Tuesday afternoon to Politico's newsroom. "I know it is a rather unusual request, but does anyone have a working VHS player that video team can borrow today?" The message, from video producer Beatrice Peterson, probably seemed innocuous at the time. But things cleared up that night when Politico published an exclusive: The ex-wife of President … Read More
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Erik Wemple: Tucker Carlson 'intentionally mischaracterized' my work

Fox News host Tucker Carlson had Erik Wemple on his show Tuesday night and attempted to paint The Washington Post media columnist as a hypocrite for covering the media's white-gloved treatment of Russia while neglecting to examine "Russia Behind the Headlines," a pro-Russia advertising insert syndicated by The Post. During the exchange, which lasted for 10 minutes, … Read More
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Layoffs hit Tronc's San Diego Union-Tribune

Seven journalists were laid off from the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday, editor and publisher Jeff Light said in a memo to staffers. "I feel badly about these difficult decisions," Light said. "Everyone we are saying goodbye to is a dedicated journalist and a valued colleague. Some have spent decades at the U-T." "In an organization of our size, it … Read More
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