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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Boston Globe announces buyouts, again

Another round of buyouts is coming to The Boston Globe as the newspaper seeks to reinvent its strategy and coverage priorities in advance of a move to new downtown offices. The buyouts, announced in a newsroom memo from Globe editor Brian McGrory, were prompted by a desire to fix the newspaper's balance sheet: The Globe’s numbers aren’t as good as … Read More
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Digiday launches Glossy, a site dedicated to fashion and luxury

Digiday, the company best known for its concise coverage of the shifting media industry, announced on Monday plans to extend its reporting to the realms of fashion and luxury with a new publication called Glossy. Glossy, which officially launches today, will bring to the likes of Gucci, DKNY and Dior a central tenet of Digiday's coverage: A focus on … Read More
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With Select All, New York wants to separate itself on the crowded tech beat

The internet isn't hurting for a lack of tech coverage. A quick glance at the rolls of electronic and future-of-media outlets on the news aggregator Techmeme reveals a tech press obsessed with every industry development: Mashable. The Verge. TechCrunch. Gizmodo. Ars Technica. WIRED. Tech Insider. Re/code. The list goes on and on, and it's growing every day — earlier … Read More
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Bloomberg EIC: Automation is 'crucial to the future of journalism'

Bloomberg has become the latest news organization to place bets on automation as a measure to cover so-called "commodity news" and free up time for enterprise journalism. In a memo to Bloomberg's staff Wednesday, Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait announced that the data-driven news organization is creating a 10-person team to determine how automation can be used throughout the company's portfolio of … Read More
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Here's what Gannett would do with Tribune's major newspapers

Michael Ferro, the primary shareholder of Tribune Publishing, on Tuesday told the Tribune-owned Los Angeles Times that Gannett is "trying to steal the company" with its $815 million bid for the publisher of the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and nine other major daily newspapers. But Gannett CEO Robert Dickey says his company's offer is a generous one that … Read More
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Gannett and Tribune bosses get into snit during acquisition talks

Update, 6:40 p.m.: Michael Ferro, the primary shareholder of Tribune Publishing, escalated the pointed rhetoric between his company and Gannett Tuesday afternoon, accusing the newspaper publisher of attempting to mount a hostile takeover in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "I believe 100% in my heart that this is completely a manipulation, that they’re trying to steal the … Read More
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Want to get a journalism job? Here are the skills you need, according to a new report

Many journalism job listings read as if they were meant for superhuman uber-reporters. What do employers want? Not much, just someone who can send tweets, post to Facebook, shoot video, code interactive features, take photos and write stories. And, by the way, hope you've got at least five years of experience. So, what's a prospective journalist to do with this … Read More
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NY Daily News editor: 'I accept 100% of the blame'

Jotham Sederstrom, the editor who was fired from the New York Daily News for removing attribution from columns written by senior justice writer Shaun King, publicly apologized this morning. Sederstrom called the deletions an accident in a post on Medium, citing a frenetic newsroom pace, sloppy editing and technical glitch, the error: In all honesty, the controversy  —  a fuck … Read More
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Accelerated Mobile Pages launches on Google News

Google on Wednesday announced that it's integrating Google News with Accelerated Mobile Pages, the burgeoning web standard that aims to make the mobile web faster. Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, launched on Google Search earlier this year after a months-long ramp-up and development process. Thousands of publishers, including The New York Times, The Guardian and The Washington Post, have … Read More
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New York Daily News fires editor for deleting attribution

The New York Daily News on Tuesday fired an editor after unearthing a pattern of deletions that made it appear as if a columnist had plagiarized work from multiple news outlets. In an unusual episode in the annals of journalism controversy, Daily News editor Jim Rich announced the firing of the unnamed editor for serial attribution-removal after a brief plagiarism … Read More
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The New Yorker becomes first magazine to win a Pulitzer Prize

The New Yorker on Monday became the first magazine to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, taking home awards in both feature writing and criticism categories. Emily Nussbaum, a TV critic at The New Yorker, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. In its citation, the prizes touted her "television reviews written with an affection that never blunts the shrewdness … Read More
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With a smaller staff, Mashable editor pledges to cover the news

After reports earlier this month that Mashable laid off at least two dozen editorial staffers, the digital news company will continue providing "well-reported, original stories, analysis, reviews and features," new editor in chief Greg Gittrich pledged in an external memo today: We’ll cover big breaking news and important issues through the lens of our core sections, using our … Read More
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Gabriel Snyder to leave The New Republic

Gabriel Snyder, who led the New Republic through a turbulent staff exodus and a change in ownership, is leaving the storied magazine of politics and culture, Editorial Director Hamilton Fish announced in a staff memo Thursday. Here's the memo: All - In addition to bringing many of the talented editors and writers we have on staff today, Gabriel has … Read More
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Here's what it's like to manage 'Serial's' worldwide network of diehard fans

Kristen Taylor vividly remembers the day in early December when "Serial" had its Beyoncé moment. Rumors were swirling that the podcast was planning to focus its much-anticipated second season on Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who'd been captured and freed by the Taliban after walking off a military base in Afghanistan. "Serial" host Sarah Koenig, who'd been catapulted … Read More
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Going global: The New York Times pours $50 million into reaching international readers

The New York Times on Thursday became the latest media organization to announce a major investment in reaching vast and largely untapped international markets in a bid to grow its revenue and influence. The $50 million investment, which will fund the creation of a new team called NYT Global, will bankroll a three-year plan to expand The Times to … Read More