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Journalists wonder: Is it 'tacky' for Obama to be cashing in?

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. When Barack Obama was vacationing recently with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey aboard a $300 million yacht in Tahiti, one wonders if he ever hummed Springsteen's "All Or Nothin' At … Read More
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ESPN should have covered its own layoffs

Sometimes those of us in the news media bust our own balloons, leaving us with lots of clown makeup and nothing to hand out to the kids. And that’s how ESPN, the company that changed the world of sports, looks this week. Journey back in time to 1979 when ESPN was created. The question almost asked was simple: How will … Read More
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Oh, Canada, where freedom of the press is less than you'd think

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. The state of press freedom worldwide is lousy and getting worse. The most ignominious culprits include Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Russia and other usual suspects. "Media freedom has never been so threatened," says … Read More
FROM THE POYNTER INSTITUTE

3 tips for covering sexual violence with compassion

Twenty percent of the population will experience sexual violence during their lifetimes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Covering those crimes requires nuanced reporting, respect for sexual assault survivors and concern for one’s own mental wellness. Here are three tips from Poynter’s News University on the proper way to approach stories about sexual violence: Allow … Read More
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Reporter takes the David Fahrenthold approach to covering ESPN layoffs

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. It's a crowdsourced and premature obituary. Richard Deitsch, a sports media columnist for Sports Illustrated, took to Facebook Tuesday with a declaration and a request for information that underscores troubles in … Read More
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Rupert Murdoch's biggest worry? Money, not politics

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. To understand the ethical and moral morass facing the Murdoch empire, skip Fox News Channel and take a walk to your local supermarket or pharmacy. Be it the produce or dental hygiene … Read More
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What does Bill O'Reilly's fall mean for right-wing media?

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. As the Bill O'Reilly affair underscores, what author Maureen Orth tagged the Celebrity-Industrial Complex includes lots of journalists, including ones on the right. "Roger Ailes is out at Fox News. Bill … Read More
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A onetime rebel, Fox is being cautious after booting Bill O'Reilly

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. The swashbuckling Murdochs now look as milquetoast as old media rivals whom they upended and disdain. With the belated firing of Bill O'Reilly, the monarchical lords of 21st Century Fox turned 1990s … Read More
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How Bill O'Reilly and other TV stars got rich as cable boomed

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. With Bill O'Reilly's ouster the lead story in this morning’s New York Times, a top broadcasting executive sets aside his usual air of certitude to concede one ambiguity: the ratings impact. Read More
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Is the 'King of Cable News' replaceable?

Even special dispensation from Pope Francis won't save Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly was in a VIP line at the Vatican on Wednesday as a holy war over his employment status was apparently climaxing in New York. He's now a goner from his mega-successful Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor," in a turn of events that will further spotlight the precarious … Read More
NEWS

In many communities, the best local journalism is not coming from print

Editor's note: This article was previously published on Medium. The author is the executive director of LION Publishers, a national network of independent news sites. Margaret Sullivan is right to sound the alarm about what steep newspaper cuts are doing to local journalism across the country, but her April 16 Washington Post column misses the story of what … Read More
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The press was hoodwinked by the Trump administration's bogus North Korea news

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. It was a military move heralded worldwide: The Trump administration was sending the U.S.S. Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to the Sea of Japan as a warning to the nutbag in North Korea. Read More
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By demonizing journalists, Trump has prepared the way for something far darker

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. President Trump's portrayal of the press as "enemy" is not only a godsend for the circulation and ratings of some media but now for an emerging cottage industry of footnote-laden academic dissections. Read More
NEWS

Sean Spicer gives swampy explanation for keeping White House logs secret

When it comes to full disclosure of White House visitors, big and small, Sean Spicer underscored Monday that the faraway past is now prologue. Monday's post-Easter Egg Roll briefing opened with a mix of questions on North Korean's obvious military belligerence and President Trump's equally conspicuous administrative opacity. Several reporters confronted Press Secretary Sean Spicer with the decision not … Read More
FROM THE POYNTER INSTITUTE

Poynter to honor Judy Woodruff with lifetime achievement award

Judy Woodruff, a pioneering broadcast journalist and the anchor and managing editor of "PBS Newshour," will be the 2017 recipient of the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, the institute announced Thursday. "It is such an honor to be recognized by Poynter, which from the day it opened its doors has been dedicated to nourishing excellent journalism as the … Read More
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