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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Breaking with tradition, USA Today 'disendorses' Donald Trump

For the first time in its 34-year history, USA Today took sides in the presidential race Thursday, publishing a scathing "disendorsement" of Republican nominee Donald Trump. "From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from … Read More
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Washington Post initiative aims to keep reporters from writing 'unnecessarily long'

In August, Washington Post Managing Editor Cameron Barr and his fellow senior editors decided to do something about a problem that had been niggling at them for some time: Articles were becoming too long, often for no good reason. "We were seeing too many pieces that were in the mid-range of their ambition and their success — coming in at … Read More
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CNN's Corey Lewandowski gets remainder of payments from Trump

Corey Lewandowski, the former Donald Trump campaign manager-turned political contributor to CNN, will now receive the remainder of his severance from Trump's campaign. Lewandowski, who was fired from Trump's campaign in June, has been receiving payments from his former employer, prompting objections from critics who cited the severance as a conflict of interest. Alisyn Camerota, an anchor for CNN, … Read More
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With its new redesign, BuzzFeed's betting that the homepage still matters

BuzzFeed is well-known in the media business for publishing stories wherever its audience is — on Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr and many other places. Given this emphasis, it might seem odd that BuzzFeed spent the last six months overhauling its homepage. But in an age where the bulk of readers are finding stories with social media and search engines, the homepage is … Read More
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NPR's real-time fact-checking drew millions of readers

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were preparing to debate one another Monday night, NPR reporters and editors flexed their fingers and got to work. Over the next hour and a half, Clinton and Trump hurled accusations, policy positions and one-liners and at one another. More than once, Clinton asked viewers at home to consult with fact-checkers. Related: How … Read More
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Jose Antonio Vargas is relaunching #EmergingUS on Medium

"Excuse me, can I bother you for a second?" Onscreen is Jose Antonio Vargas, the former Washington Post political reporter turned filmmaker and entrepreneur. He's holding a poster-sized section from the 2010 census, the page that asks readers to describe their race. In front of him are White people, pulled aside for interviews on a street in Iowa. Vargas … Read More
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Verge employee worked at Apple for months but didn't tell his editors

Chris Ziegler, a former founding editor at The Verge, was employed at Apple this summer while he worked for the tech and culture website, Verge Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel announced in an open letter Friday. Being employed at a company your newsroom covers regularly represents a clear conflict of interest, but Patel says Verge parent company Vox Media has undertaken … Read More
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CNN hires director of mobile and off-platform

In further evidence of the growing importance of platforms like Facebook, Apple News, Twitter and Snapchat, CNN has added a director of mobile and off-platform to its growing programming team. Marcus Mabry, who ran Twitter Moments for U.S. and Canadian audiences, will oversee CNN's mobile and off-platform efforts, including those on Apple News and Amazon Echo. Christina Cuesta Kline, deputy … Read More
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Old Gawker Media stories are getting new life in Spanish

Univision is moving fast. Since agreeing to buy Gawker Media Group in August, the company has already begun to refashion the blogging empire in its image, shutting down Gawker, removing controversial posts and, on Wednesday, announcing the appointment of a new CEO. The Spanish-language media company is also experimenting with ways to magnify the audience of the newly … Read More
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Why The Atlantic is doubling down on CityLab

The world reached a huge milestone in 2008 when, for the first time in history, the majority of the human race began living in cities. Three years later, The Atlantic reached a milestone of its own. The well-known magazine of ideas and reportage launched a standalone site, Atlantic Cities, aimed at chronicling this global shift toward urbanization. The editors … Read More
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Mediaite walks back report saying Corey Lewandowski has been suspended

For the moment, Corey Lewandowski isn't going anywhere. That's the conclusion the media news site Mediaite reached this morning after a series of revisions that walked back a would-be bombshell about the Donald Trump campaign manager-turned CNN political contributor. Earlier this morning, Mediaite senior editor J.D. Durkin reported that the cable news network had suspended Lewandowski after realizing that … Read More
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Sunlight Foundation will lay off 5 ahead of merger push

The Sunlight Foundation, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting transparency in government, will lay off five staffers in the coming weeks as it seeks to merge with another organization, according to a source at Sunlight. The cuts come in the wake of a months-long search for an executive director to take over for Christopher Gates, who exited the … Read More
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NYT to partner with division of Google's parent company to expand comments

While many news organizations are closing down their comment sections, The New York Times is using technology to double down. Today, the Times announced a commenting-focused partnership with Jigsaw, the technology skunkworks of Google's parent company, Alphabet. The newspaper is working with Jigsaw to create a new moderation system that will increase the speed at which comments are … Read More
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Missed the Online News Association conference? Here's what you need to know

One of the biggest strengths of the annual Online News Association conference also presents its biggest challenge. The conference, held this year in Denver, is jam-packed with so much stuff that it can be hard to get your arms around all the ideas presented in a three-day span. Fortunately, your fellow journalists have your back. If you didn't go to … Read More
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Dallas Morning News 'paid a price' for its Hillary Clinton endorsement

When The Dallas Morning News endorsed Hillary Clinton for president earlier this month, it broke a 75-year streak of not endorsing a Democrat. The editorial drew pushback from many readers in Texas, a Republican-dominated state that hasn't voted for a Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976. A sampling of the comments underneath the endorsement (more than 3,500) gives … Read More