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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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Samantha Bee's solution for making money on local news? Lottery tickets

Add Samantha Bee to the list of media thinkers with a scheme to make money in local journalism. On this week's episode of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," the "Daily Show" alumna became the latest late-night comedian to give journalism a boost. But, rather than put out a call for donations like her colleague John Oliver, Bee opted for … Read More
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Burned once, publishers are wary of Medium's new subscription offering

Late last summer, Kelley Calkins and her team began discussions with Medium to take their burgeoning company in a new direction. The Establishment, a scrappy, four-person outlet funded and run by women, was considering moving its site to Medium. Taking the plunge would mean free hosting, access to the company's minimalist content management system and a variety of business opportunities. Read More
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Campbell Brown on filter bubbles, fake news and Facebook's role in the news industry

Before she became Facebook's Head of News Partnerships, Campbell Brown had to deal with a low-tech filter bubble. As a host on CNN, she was competing every night with the likes of left-leaning MSNBC and right-leaning Fox News. Battling low ratings, she left her 8 p.m. slot in 2010 with a rare hat tip to her partisan competitors. "I … Read More
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Despite closing expansion site, Charlotte Agenda plans to book $1 million this year

One of the brightest lights in local journalism suffered a setback late last year when Raleigh Agenda, the sister site of Charlotte Agenda, closed its doors after failing to find a sustainable business model. But the closure of the site didn't prevent the parent company from banking a comfortable profit in 2016, said Ted Williams, Charlotte Agenda's cofounder and … Read More
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The majority of U.S. news is still produced by men, new report finds

The majority of news coverage in the United States is still written or produced by men, according to a report released today by the Women's Media Center. At 20 of the nation's top media outlets, men produce about 62.3 percent of news coverage, according to the report, which examined 24,117 pieces of content from newspapers, wire services, television and … Read More
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Report: Benny Johnson was accused of plagiarism (again)

Staffers at Independent Journal Review accused Benny Johnson of plagiarism in 2015, just a year after BuzzFeed fired him for copying dozens of other sites, according to a story published Tuesday by Business Insider. Johnson, who joined Independent Journal Review in 2015 after being let go from BuzzFeed for 41 examples of plagiarism, was accused by his … Read More
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For a speedier D.C. news cycle, Politico is rolling out a second Playbook

The rhythm of Washington, D.C. has been thrown off in recent months as President Trump has refined his ability to create entire news cycles with a series of tweets dashed off before breakfast. So, Politico is trying something different. Today, as pundits chew over the latest twist in the Russia-Trump story, an email will arrive in the inboxes of political … Read More
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How did a journalist wind up with Tom Brady's stolen jerseys?

For most journalists, memories are the most precious souvenir. Not this time. The case of Tom Brady's missing jersey took a bizarre twist Monday when the NFL announced that the Super Bowl keepsake, valued at $500,000, had been found in the possession of a journalist. In a statement issued this morning, the league said Brady's No. 12 jersey … Read More
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Secretary Tillerson allows Fox News, excludes others from DMZ meeting

During his trip to the Korean Demilitarized Zone Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson excluded the pool reporter representing U.S. networks from a meeting, allowing a team from Fox News to be admitted instead. Tillerson was visiting the United Nations Command, Military Armistice Commission meeting room in the DMZ's Joint Security Area, the so-called "truce village" where negotiations between North … Read More
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Rachel Maddow sees huge ratings boost from Trump taxes teaser

Rachel Maddow may have taken flak for dangling her scoop in front of Twitter users for more than an hour, but the suspense appears to have paid major ratings dividends. The Rachel Maddow Show was the No. 1 cable news program on Tuesday, according to Nielsen ratings, drawing 4.13 million total viewers. Last week, Maddow's show drew just 2.5 … Read More
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IJR retracts story that 'does not meet our editorial standards'

Independent Journal Review on Thursday took down a story that implied Barack Obama's recent trip to Hawaii had something to do with a federal judge's decision to block President Trump's immigration order. The story, published earlier today, was headlined "Fmr President Obama Made 'Surprise Visit' to Hawaii, Days Before Judge Issued Travel Ban Ruling." It juxtaposed Obama's visit to … Read More
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In Trump's America, the competition for investigative journalists is fierce

In the months since the election, America's major newsrooms have been recruiting investigative journalists with the knowledge and skills to dig into government institutions at the federal, state and local levels. The New York Times, BuzzFeed, ProPublica, The Washington Post and CNN have all posted or filled investigative reporting jobs in the days since the election, … Read More
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President Trump's budget slashes support for funder of NPR, PBS and public radio stations

The Trump administration's budget blueprint, released this morning, proposes to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds NPR and PBS, as well as many public radio and television stations across the United States. In a section on page 11 labeled "major agency budget highlights," the budget summary lists the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as among the … Read More
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Meet the man who calls journalists on their own B.S.

It's a story that's cherished in the hearts of journalism students across the United States: Two enterprising Washington Post reporters, hungry for a big story, dig deep into Richard Nixon's secretive presidency and expose wrongdoing that eventually pushes him out of office. Except it didn't happen that way. Not exactly. In fact, the enterprising heroes of Watergate, Bob Woodward and … Read More
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Publisher of 'Pill City' stands by book despite questions

The publisher of "Pill City" told Poynter on Wednesday it stands by the book, a Baltimore true-crime story whose bona fides have been questioned by the Baltimore Police Department and other agencies. "St. Martin's Press supports Kevin Deutsch and his book," Rebecca Lang, publicity manager for St. Martin's Press, told Poynter in a statement. The backing from St. Martin's Press … Read More
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