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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MediaFile, a D.C.-based media reporting site, is launching Monday

In his 2015 obituary for American Journalism Review (published in Columbia Journalism Review), Mike Hoyt mourned the passing of a Washington institution that had the muscle to tackle ambitious stories about the media business. In a world rife with shallow criticism, Hoyt argued, AJR's passing meant one less newsroom full of reporters working the phones and calling B.S. on … Read More
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BuzzFeed undergoes company-wide reorganization, separating entertainment from news

BuzzFeed is making a major organizational change that cleaves its journalistic efforts from its entertainment-focused content, founder Jonah Peretti announced in a memo to staffers Tuesday. Citing a desire to "simplify our organizational structure" and "allow us to operate more entrepreneurially," Peretti announced that the social-first media company will formally divide BuzzFeed News, the reporting division overseen by Editor-in-Chief Ben … Read More
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Gimlet Media's latest membership perk? A Slack channel for die-hards

A few weeks ago, Chris Giliberti arrived at the office to discover a delicious surprise. Giliberti, chief of staff of Gimlet Media, turned up at the Brooklyn-based podcasting company and found a box of cookies from a nearby artisanal bakery on his desk. A greeting was written neatly on the lid of the box in black marker: "To Chris + … Read More
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Melania Trump threatens to sue news outlets

Charles Harder, the attorney who represented Hulk Hogan and others in their lawsuits against Gawker Media, is now taking legal action against Politico, The Week, The Daily Mail and other publications on behalf of Melania Trump. Melania Trump has notified the news organizations of her intent to take action based on "false and defamatory" statements, Harder told Poynter in an … Read More
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The New York Times has created a newsroom-wide team for covering race

More than a decade ago, The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for "How Race is Lived In America," a series of stories exploring attitudes toward race across the United States. It was an ambitious project. But the idea of doing a single big series about race once a year doesn't track with The Times' current approach … Read More
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CNN just launched a new drone division. Here's what they plan to do with it.

For months, anticipation has been building about the prospect of journalists sending drones skyward to cover the news. At long last, after many months and piles of red tape, the Federal Aviation Administration in June released guidelines that will allow journalists without pilot licenses to operate drones after passing a test. Those guidelines go into effect later this … Read More
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How The Wall Street Journal plans to reach 3 million subscribers

Like many newspapers, The Wall Street Journal is betting that reader support will be a lynchpin of its business as print advertising continues to fade. So Dow Jones, the Journal's publisher, has staked out an ambitious target: Reach 3 million subscribers by the end of 2017. To help achieve that goal, the Journal recently took two big steps. Read More
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Nick Denton is getting out of the news business

Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker.com, toasted the dying website Thursday in a memo to staff after an announcement that the site is closing before Univision takes possession of its parent company. In the memo, Denton acknowledged that he will not be involved in the company he built after Univision begins running the show: Sadly, neither I nor Gawker.com, the … Read More
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R.I.P. Gawker, 2002-2016

Gawker.com will shut down at the end of next week, the website reported Thursday. Over more than a decade, the pioneering website produced a cadre of talented writers and editors, oodles of attention-grabbing scoops, became the scourge of the Manhattan media scene and a magnet for lawsuits. It sometimes drew attention — and derision from established media — for … Read More
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To boost its subscription business, The New York Times shutters NYT Now

The New York Times is "shelving" its daily news app, NYT Now, in response to limited interest from readers, a rapidly-fluctuating news environment and a desire to increase paid subscribers. Launched in early 2014, NYT Now was heralded as an attempt to capture and monetize a rapidly growing audience on smartphones. In the spring of 2015, NYT Now transitioned to … Read More
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NPR joins tide of publishers getting rid of comments

Citing an ineffective experience that was not particularly well-used, NPR on Wednesday announced that it's getting rid of website comments in favor of other means of communication with listeners, including social media. Scott Montgomery, the managing editor for digital news at NPR, explained the decision in a blog post on NPR.com (that drew no shortage of comments): NPR … Read More
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Buyouts hit GateHouse newspapers across the United States

More cuts are coming to newspapers owned by GateHouse Media. Several papers, including the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, the Rockford (Illinois) Register Star and the Providence (Rhode Island) Journal are undergoing a round of buyouts as the newspapers' parent company seeks to offset revenue declines. Journalists at GateHouse Media who accept the buyout will receive one week of … Read More
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Layoffs hit San Diego Union-Tribune in restructuring

At least six newsroom employees have been laid off at the San Diego Union-Tribune as the newspaper undergoes a reorganization. Four employees responsible for a mix of social media and homepage curation were laid off on Monday, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. An additional two employees, photographers, have also been laid off, those sources said. The move … Read More
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As legacy news organizations cut back, local sites are cropping up to fill the void

Two years ago, when Matt DeRienzo was editor of the New Haven Register, he remembers being frustrated by a scrappy little site that dug up scoop after scoop at his expense. The New Haven Independent, a nonprofit news organization just a few miles away, would regularly unearth stories that the Register missed, in part because DeRienzo and his staff were … Read More
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Donald Trump rails against 'disgusting' media after New York Times article

Donald Trump once again lobbed accusations of bias against The New York Times today after a front-page story portrayed a Trump campaign struggling to right itself amid a wave of gaffes. In a series of tweets that referenced The New York Times and the media in general, Trump railed against "dishonest" coverage and called the Times "a newspaper of … Read More