Posts by Benjamin Mullin

About Benjamin Mullin

Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of 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.

How the San Antonio Express-News broke news of Scalia's death

Gary Martin, the government and political editor for the San Antonio Express-News, was working the weekend shift this afternoon when he got a tip from a federal source bearing big news. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who had been a conservative fixture on the high court since his appointment in 1986, was dead, according to the source. As Martin would … Read More

The Oregon standoff is over, but the story hasn't ended for The Oregonian

Earlier this afternoon, the last holdout from a group of armed protesters that seized federal buildings near the town of Burns, Oregon gave himself up. David Fry's surrender marked the end of a 41-day standoff that's seen scrutiny from national and regional outlets alike. But for The Oregonian, which has been covering the occupation since it began in … Read More

Introducing 'In Case You Missed It,' a look at all the news that's fit to click

Dear readers, In case you missed it, we launched a new feature on our site today called, no joke, "In Case You Missed It." Just below the primary article on our homepage, you'll notice a digest of headlines and summaries that shed light on the changing profession of journalism. They're stories about important industry trends, major media deals, the ongoing … Read More

Keith Moyer named editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, which late last year was purchased by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, has a new editor atop its masthead. Keith Moyer, the former publisher, president and CEO of The (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Star Tribune, will be the editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, publisher Craig Moon announced at a staff meeting Friday. During the meeting, Moyer … Read More

Fewer than 6 percent of U.S. adults say newspapers are 'most helpful' for following election news

People seeking political news are more likely to turn to cable television than any other news medium, although the allegiance of consumers is increasingly divided among several different news providers. That's according to a new report from the Pew Research Center, which asked 3,760 U.S. adults how they learn about the ongoing U.S. electoral process in a given week. Read More

The Washington Post isn't planning on deploying another reporter to Iran anytime soon

After more than 500 tension-filled days, The Washington Post has finally managed to wrest its Tehran bureau chief back from the Iranian government. In light of Jason Rezaian's belated release from Iran's Evin Prison, The Post is understandably reluctant to dispatch additional correspondents to the country without first ensuring their fair treatment. Although The Washington Post wants to continue … Read More

The Intercept's Juan Thompson fired for fabrication

Juan Thompson, who until November was a reporter for The Intercept, has been fired from the national security site after editors unspooled "a pattern of deception" that revealed he fabricated quotes and misled colleagues in order to cover his tracks, Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed said in a note to readers. An investigation into Thompson’s reporting turned up three instances in … Read More

Why every HuffPost article about Donald Trump calls him a liar

The Huffington Post continued pushing up against traditional notions of journalistic neutrality Thursday when it appended the following editor's note to a story about Donald Trump's ongoing spat with Fox News: Note to our readers: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion … Read More

Top POLITICO talent to exit amid company shakeup

Top talent at POLITICO — including co-founder and CEO Jim VandeHei, Playbook founder Mike Allen, Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley and Executive Vice President of Expansion Danielle Jones — are departing the political news organization later this year, POLITICO publisher Robert Allbritton announced in a memo Thursday. John Harris, POLITICO's other co-founder, will become publisher and retain his editor in chief title, … Read More

Meet the 26-year-old who's got all the news on podcasting

Radio aficionados and die-hard fans of longform journalism often cite the fall of 2014 as the moment the mainstream media finally began paying attention to podcasting. As "Serial" attained widespread popularity among casual radio listeners, general interest publications like New York and The New York Times published pieces that placed the true crime broadcast in the vanguard … Read More

Debating whether to lower the paywall for big news? Think about the public (and reader goodwill)

There's a well-established playbook for digital journalists when tragedy, or some other big breaking news story, strikes a community. Reporters and photographers fan out across the affected area, becoming roving news bureaus as they publish images and bulletins to Instagram and Twitter. Back in the newsroom, editors make room for the coverage on a liveblog or clear out airtime … Read More

Obit: 'In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump'

Squirrel Hill resident Jeffrey H. Cohen is reaching out from beyond the grave with a very simple request: Do not vote for Donald Trump. Buried in the traditional end-of-life business that usually clutters a death notice, Cohen's obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette contains a humble supplication (emphasis mine): Friends received at McCABE BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut Street, Shadyside … Read More

Fresh from a $700,000 funding round, Hearken is scaling up to sell a new kind of journalism

You might be thinking backward if your newsroom sticks to the following formula: Editors sit around and decide which stories should be told. Those stories are then assigned to reporters, who call up their usual sources for information. Then, reporters write up a story to their editors' specifications, a story that's published in its final form all at once. That's … Read More

Crowdfunding is on the rise for journalism, Pew report finds

Although crowdfunding is still "a drop in the bucket" when compared to the multi-million dollar business of print advertising, journalists are increasingly turning to their audiences for cash to bankroll various projects, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. In the first nine months of 2015, crowdfunding projects devoted to journalism raised more than $1.74 million … Read More

Jason Rezaian's next steps: Watching basketball and seeing 'Star Wars'

Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post reporter who was released from an Iranian prison this weekend after more than a year in captivity, plans to resume his career covering the fraught relationship between the U.S. and Iran "at some point in the future," he said this morning in a statement. I’ve spent a lot of my life writing about the United … Read More