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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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Wired changes headline on dude-centric hacker story after backlash

Almost every time a hot Silicon Valley startup finally grits its teeth and releases diversity data, the story's the same. Facebook? Mostly male. Uber? Male-dominated. Google? Same story. It's a problem that's gotten plenty of play in the tech press. In 2014, Wired ran an 1,800-word dissection of Silicon Valley male-ness titled "This is what tech's … Read More
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ESPN lays off about 100 employees

ESPN on Wednesday went through with a long-awaited round of layoffs that will trim about 100 commentators from the sports network's payroll as cord-cutters and digital media upstarts continue to disrupt the broadcaster's business model. Among those laid off are on-camera personalities that have become familiar faces on the network's coverage of hockey, football and baseball and writers for ESPN's … Read More
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With Briefing, The Information muscles in on news aggregators like Techmeme

Ever heard of Google Blogsearch, Blogrunner or TechFuga? No? You're probably not alone. Each service tried and failed to dethrone Techmeme as the place where Silicon Valley die-hards get their up-to-the-minute dose of headlines about the tech industry. Techmeme has hung around for more than a decade in various incarnations and still boasts an influential readership that includes Facebook … Read More
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Can a future-of-work newsroom thrive inside a jobs site? Ladders is about to find out

To hear Ryan Sager tell it, classified ads aren't dead. They just need a little reimagination. "What you've got here is a great 19th century newspaper model with classified ads, just with no news hole," said Sager, a longtime journalist with stints at Time, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. "And we're here to be the news … Read More
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With its new redesign, HuffPost wants to become a working-class digital tabloid (and make its splashy headlines go viral)

The Huffington Post shed its old look and several syllables this morning as it unveiled a new redesign and changed its name to HuffPost. It's the first total overhaul in the website's nearly 12-year history and marks a refocusing of HuffPost's editorial vision under its new-ish Editor-in-Chief, Lydia Polgreen. "We’re doubling down on our bold, splashy style, and serving up … Read More
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VR holds promise for journalists, but newsroom adoption has remained sluggish

Newsrooms around the world are experimenting with virtual reality more and more, but mass adoption of the medium has been slowed by the lack of quality content and an industry-wide inability to make money from it. That's the gist of a new report, released this evening by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, that tracks adoption of … Read More
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Why The Daily Beast doesn't publish Trump stories on Sunday mornings

The presidency of Donald Trump is the most important story in the world, said Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon. But it's not the only story. That's why, for the last few weeks, The Daily Beast has decided not to publish Trump-related news on Sunday mornings, opting instead to run longer, in-depth stories that give its readers a look at … Read More
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Poynter picks 21 news organizations to participate in local news innovation program

Poynter on Thursday announced a final list of 21 local news organizations that will participate in the Poynter Local News Innovation Project, receiving guidance from the Institute to help them transform their newsrooms into digital-first enterprises. The program, a project of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, is designed to spur digital transformation in local news organizations and will include tiny, … Read More
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Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News

"O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly has been ousted from Fox News amid a growing furor over sexual harassment allegations and multiple confidential settlements with former employees at the network. O'Reilly, whose perennial ratings success over multiple decades earned him the moniker "the King of Cable News," will not be returning to the network from a vacation to Italy announced last … Read More
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Bloomberg and Postlight team up to annotate the world's news

Just how rich is Jeff Bezos? If you're at your keyboard, the answer is just a Google search away: $75.6 billion. But if you're swiping through an article that doesn't include the info (or has an out-of-date figure) on your phone, you have to spend an extra minute or three tapping out the question to come up with an … Read More
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U.S. Press Freedom Tracker will keep tabs on the safety of journalists in America

A coalition of advocacy organizations including the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Index on Censorship have settled on a name for their forthcoming press freedom website, and a journalist to lead it. Peter Sterne, who has covered digital and print media for Politico since 2014, will spearhead U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a … Read More
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Fake news, a Snapchat clone and other things to expect from Mark Zuckerberg's keynote at f8 today

The journalism world will be watching today at 10 a.m. PST as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes the stage at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose to deliver the keynote for the company's annual developer conference. The conference has become appointment viewing for media types in recent years, as Facebook's massive reach gives it enormous power over the publishing … Read More
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With help from Trump, TV and cocktails, New York is trying to turn its rabid fans into an events business

Most money-making ideas in journalism don't involve holding a pajama party while slurping bloody marys. But come May, that's exactly what the pop culture-obsessed team at Vulture plans to do. Vulture isn't turning to drink because it's harder than ever to make money in journalism (although it's pretty bleak out there). No, they're knocking a few back at the … Read More
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Is Facebook a publisher? Murder in Cleveland raises the question again

By now, it's a common refrain: Facebook insists that it's not a media company, even though it does exactly what most news organizations do: Show its users advertising that's adjacent to content relevant to their interests. The "we're not a media company" claim is meant to obviate Facebook's responsibility to make the kind of discerning choices about content that … Read More
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