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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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The fight for the White House briefing room

A showdown is brewing over the fate of journalists in President-elect Donald Trump's White House. Several officials from the incoming administration are reportedly considering evicting reporters from their traditional offices inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, sparking concern from the association that assigns journalists seats in the White House briefing room. "The White House Correspondents’ Association Board is aware of the … Read More
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Capital New York co-founders leave Politico

Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran, who founded the politics, culture and media site Capital New York in 2010 before selling it to Politico in 2013, are leaving the company. The departures were announced in a memo to staff from Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris, who also said Politico's statewide operations would be consolidated at Politico headquarters in Rosslyn. Launched … Read More
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Report: Video isn't as popular with viewers as it is with advertisers

Video is now deemed essential for any media organization. But do consumers really like it as much as, say, advertisers? A new report suggests not. For sure, journalism had a huge moment in 2016. In a few short months, Facebook launched a live video offering (and began paying publishers to use it), Snapchat expanded its advertising options, and … Read More
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BuzzFeed CEO supports decision to publish Trump dossier

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti supported Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith's decision to publish a 35-page dossier containing damaging, unverified information about President-elect Donald Trump, saying that the company "stand(s) with Ben on his decision to publish this newsworthy document." During his first press conference since becoming president-elect Wednesday, Trump blasted BuzzFeed for publishing the document in its entirety, calling the … Read More
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CNN publishes statement distancing itself from BuzzFeed

CNN sought to distance its reporting on President-elect Donald Trump from an article published by BuzzFeed shortly after he blasted both news organizations during his first press conference since the election. Both BuzzFeed and CNN went public with reports on Tuesday that a British intelligence official had compiled memos indicating that Russian officials might have compromising information about … Read More
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Trump blasts the media during first press conference as president-elect

Donald Trump and his transition team used the president-elect's first press conference to launch an all-out offensive against the media, calling outlets that published adversarial stories "fake news," "disgusting" and "a failing pile of garbage." Sean Spicer, Trump's spokesperson, kicked off the president-elect's press conference with a full-throated denial of allegations of compromising personal and financial information alluded to by … Read More
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Seeking to deepen ties with publishers, Facebook rolls out journalism program

Facebook on Wednesday announced a new program of training, products and tools aimed at further solidifying the social network's relationship with publishers, which view the Silicon Valley giant as both a firehose of referral traffic and an at-times fearsome adversary. The program's debut comes days after Facebook hired former TV journalist Campbell Brown to be its head of news … Read More
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BuzzFeed editor defends publishing explosive allegations against Donald Trump

BuzzFeed on Tuesday published a 35-page dossier that summarized damaging allegations about President-elect Donald Trump's personal and financial dealings. By publishing the entire dossier, which has not been disclosed publicly by U.S. intelligence agencies, BuzzFeed has taken an unusual step. It's uncommon for public-spirited news organizations to publish explosive, unverified information about public officials without first confirming the details … Read More
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Reader support is more important than ever. Here are 22 ways to connect with your community

2017 is shaping up to be a gloomy year for journalism that's supported by advertising. With ad-blocking on the rise and advertising budgets shifting away from news, one of the most promising moneymaking frontiers seems to be reader-supported journalism. The New York Times, with its massive global reach, is betting big on subscribers; Dean Baquet, the Times' … Read More
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Committee to Protect Journalists saw a spike in donations after Meryl Streep's speech

Courtney Radsch was just sitting down to watch the Golden Globes when Meryl Streep came on. Radsch, a fan of Streep's, sat down to watch the awards show with her husband and heard the Academy Award-winning actress make an unexpected plug for the Committee to Protect Journalists. "That was pretty exciting," said Radsch, advocacy director at CPJ. "I don’t think … Read More
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The best way to cover President Trump? Stay out of the White House

Watergate. Spying by the National Security Agency. Bungled protection by the Secret Service. These stories have two things in common: Each were major, consequential pieces of journalism about the federal government that got big results. And none of them were broken by the White House press corps. With less than two weeks before Donald Trump is inaugurated … Read More
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Meryl Streep: 'We need the principled press to hold power to account'

Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep called on journalists to "hold power to account" on Sunday night during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at The Golden Globes. "We need the principled press to hold power to account," Streep said. "To call them on the carpet for every outrage. That's why our founders enshrined the press and … Read More
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Facebook names Campbell Brown head of news partnerships

Facebook's new head of news partnerships will be Campbell Brown, the founding editor in chief of a nonprofit educational news site. Brown, who was previously a journalist for CNN and NBC News, will be "working directly with (Facebook's) partners to help them understand how Facebook can expand the reach of their journalism, and contribute value to their businesses," she … Read More
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Why some publishers are sticking with Medium, for now

This week's news that Medium is laying off 50 employees and closing its offices in Washington, D.C. and New York came as a surprise to the stable of news organizations that signed up to use the site as its publisher. The prospects for Medium, which was sold to publishers as a high-end alternative to traditional web advertising, … Read More
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Twitter launches in-stream verification badges

Twitter just made it a little easier to determine which users have that little blue tick. Beginning today, the social network is identifying verified users in additional places across its platform. This means tweets from verified accounts will be marked as such in Twitter's main timeline rather than exclusively on their individual pages. Previously, users had to navigate to each … Read More
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