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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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Google is reportedly working on subscription tools for publishers

Google on Friday became the latest tech giant to begin rolling out tools to help publishers recruit subscribers. The initiative, which is three-pronged, is being piloted by The New York Times and Financial Times, according to Bloomberg, which broke the news: Relaunching "first click free," the function that allows readers to access paywalled content free of charge if they access … Read More
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Days after Charlottesville, magazines depict President Trump using KKK imagery

President Trump's response to racial unrest in Charlottesville was provocative fodder for illustrators at major magazines this week. Both The Economist and The New Yorker have worked the white hooded robe of the Ku Klux Klan into their cover illustrations for their latest issues. Here's The Economist, which shows President Trump using the Klan robe's hood as a megaphone: … Read More
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Mic lays off 25 staffers in pivot to video

MTV News did it. Vocativ did it. Now it's Mic's turn. The millennial-focused digital news publisher announced on Thursday that it was laying off 25 staffers because "we believe deeply in our vision to make Mic the leader in visual journalism." In other words: Fewer people typing and editing words, more people shooting and editing video. Here's how … Read More
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In a few hours, The Marshall Project raised a five-figure sum from its new membership program

Whether it's local public radio stations or nonprofit websites, most membership programs launched by news organizations are aimed at a geographic audience. The Marshall Project, which launched its membership program on Tuesday, wants to change that — and it's already getting results. It's been more than a day since The Marshall Project went live with its membership program, and … Read More
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BuzzFeed inks six-figure deal with Decision Desk to provide election results

Last night, BuzzFeed News political editor Katherine Miller talked over the finer points of Alabama politics with Brandon Finnigan as green and red hearts ghosted up the side of the screen. Comment bubbles began popping up. "Who's winning?" asked one. "Be nice to each other," implored another. "Lunch," said another commenter, nonsensically. Miller and Finnigan were live on Periscope … Read More
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Are tech and media becoming the same beat? Financial Times has a reporter in L.A. to cover the convergence

When Disney announced last week that it was launching a streaming service to compete with Netflix, Financial Times tech reporter Tim Bradshaw couldn't get to the story. The former Londoner was busy unpacking boxes in his new apartment in Los Angeles, where he'd moved from San Francisco to cover the intersection of tech and entertainment — exactly the kind … Read More
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Here's why 4 publishers jumped onto Facebook Watch

A year ago, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram launched "Titletown, TX," a real-world version of "Friday Night Lights." Over 20 mini-documentaries, the Star-Telegram followed the Aledo Bearcats as they rebounded from defeat and won a Texas state football championship. When the season came to an end, so did the documentary. But in the past week, "Titletown, TX" saw an unexpected resurgence … Read More
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'I walked out of the room': Journalists react to Omarosa Manigault's appearance at NABJ

Journalists at this week's National Association of Black Journalists conference turned their backs on White House aide Omarosa Manigault during a panel on police brutality Friday. The panel discussion, which saw Manigault spar with Bounce TV’s Ed Gordon, at times ran afield of the topic at hand, drawing exclamations and applause from the audience. Some journalists walked out before it … Read More
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Jim Kirk to leave the Chicago Sun-Times

Jim Kirk, the editor and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, is leaving the newspaper to join Tronc, the parent company of longtime Sun-Times competitor the Chicago Tribune. The news comes just weeks after the Sun-Times was acquired by a group led by businessman Edwin Eisendrath and the Chicago Federation of Labor. Kirk will be senior vice president of strategic … Read More
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Scribd, on the hunt for a bigger trove of journalism, doubles down on magazines

The bigger, the better. Joining the ongoing wave of partnerships and consolidation sweeping the media industry this morning was Scribd, the on-demand reading startup that has ambitions to become the Netflix of text. It announced on Friday a partnership with Zinio, which bills itself as the world’s largest digital magazine producer and distributor, to add 30 new magazine titles to … Read More
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How Guam's biggest daily newspaper is covering the standoff with North Korea

Dana Williams has covered a lot of disasters during her three-decade career as a reporter and editor. Hurricanes in Florida. Typhoons and earthquakes on Guam. Even, once, a volcanic eruption in Hawaii. But the potential for disaster now facing Guam, where Williams works as executive editor of the island's largest daily newspaper, feels different. There's no storm bearing down, no … Read More
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With its new site, The Ringer is giving more real estate to podcasts and video (but keeping writing front-and-center)

Fans of Bill Simmons, fear not: The Ringer isn't pivoting to video anytime soon. The sports columnist-turned-podcaster-turned-entrepreneur's website, relaunched on Tuesday, gives more prominence to The Ringer's two biggest multimedia offerings: podcasts and video. New to the relaunched TheRinger.com is a right-hand rail full of video stories and a homepage bar containing a portfolio of podcasts from The Ringer's podcast … Read More
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Frédéric Filloux on his new job, digital disruption and the one thing every newsroom should avoid

There are a lot of reasons to dread Mondays: The oncoming tide of emails, getting out of bed early and the rush of (generally unpleasant) news. But Mondays also mean a new post on Monday Note, a Medium blog tracking changes in the publishing industry that's like crack for future-of-news wonks. Monday Note was founded by Frédéric Filloux, a longtime … Read More
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BuzzFeed's latest streaming gambit? A new morning show (brought to you by Wendy's)

BuzzFeed News is launching a morning show on Twitter later this year, and it's hiring a team to get it off the ground. The next broadcast from the company that brought you exploding watermelons and a live goat ambush is a weekday newscast aimed at "an audience that wakes up hungry for the latest in 'fire Tweets,'" according … Read More
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Mike Pence says NYT story is 'categorically false,' but he hasn't requested a correction

Vice President Mike Pence has issued a blanket denial of a New York Times report outlining his under-the-radar positioning for a presidential run in 2020, but he hasn't taken issue with any of the claims in the article. This weekend, The Times published a story by political reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns that described a "shadow campaign" being … Read More
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