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Rex Tillerson’s poor 'tone at the top' on press freedom sets a dangerous precedent

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon CEO, is undoubtedly familiar with "tone at the top," a term coined by audit firms and drilled home by business ethicists in the wake of financial scandals at Xerox, Enron and Arthur Andersen. When corporate leaders fail to model tone at the top by upholding principles, corners are cut … Read More
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The moment I knew I wasn't going to be a conflict photographer

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. I remember the moment I knew I wasn’t going to be a conflict photographer. I was a freelance photojournalist based in Mumbai, India, and in New York for a week visiting prospective clients. All assignments mattered, but there was one publication that I held to an … Read More
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4 questions with Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, associate photo editor at National Geographic

This profile initially appeared in The Cohort, Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel fell in love with photography in college, had a moment where she thought she was going into development work, but then came back to work in documentary film and photography. She co-founded a local photo salon hosted … Read More
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7 ingredients for effective reviews

Powerful reviews do more than offer a list of observations about a movie, TV show or play. Reviews, like all forms of opinion writing, work best when they tell a story and connect with their audience. Eric Deggans, the TV critic for NPR, shares these strategies. Be a griot. Just like the African poets and storytellers who told the history … Read More
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Nate Silver's sober, data-driven guide to March Madness

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. Nate Silver's "March Madness" analysis is out and, knock on hardwood, he's not picking Hillary Clinton. I know, I know. Cheap (jump) shot. It's that time of year when FiveThirtyEight, the ESPN-owned … Read More
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As the world watches, Rachel Maddow slow-plays Trump tax return scoop

NBC coined the slogan "Must-See TV" more than two decades ago; tonight, MSNBC invented "hurry-up-and-wait" TV. In an excruciatingly delayed primetime media extravaganza that was reminiscent of Geraldo Rivera's slow-as-molasses unveiling of Al Capone’s vault in 1986, Rachel Maddow used her show Tuesday night to release a portion of President Trump's tax returns from 2005. In doing so, the … Read More
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The New York Times and The Washington Post are at war, and everyone's winning

This weekend, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet took a shot at his rival, Washington Post boss Marty Baron. During an interview at South by Southwest Sunday, an audience member asked Baquet what he thought of The Washington Post's new slogan: "Democracy Dies in Darkness." "'I love our competition with The Washington Post,' Baquet said. 'I think it's … Read More
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The civil war inside the White House press room

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. Floaters are shadows cast on your retina — unless you're a White House correspondent. In that case, "floaters" are a discomforting sign of Trump-era media changes right in the James S. Brady … Read More
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Brian Stelter calls out Sean Hannity for ignoring blatant plagiarism

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. John McLaughlin, the late syndicated gabfest pioneer of a sort, used to ask guests like myself and Monica Crowley about whether we could make some declaration with "metaphysical certitude." Little did we … Read More
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The Intercept exposes Trump's tall tale on the botched Yemen raid

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. British reporter Iona Craig went to the al Ghayil, the Yemeni town stormed by Navy SEALs in the raid that President Trump says was a great success even as it claimed the … Read More
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Senior Correspondent hails 'old' journalists in bewildering Twitter campaign

During my budding career, I have been fortunate to work with veteran journalists many years my senior. I was and continue to be grateful for their experience, insight and wisdom, dispensed frequently and with candor. Some of the most innovative journalists I know are also some of the most experienced. That's because, to stay in this business through a punishing … Read More
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Is it time to hook Sean Spicer to a polygraph machine?

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. Imagine polygraphs at the daily White House briefing or just outside the Oval Office. It's gotten to the point where even Sean Spicer's Wednesday announcement that Donald Trump would not scrap the … Read More
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What would happen if Obama sued Trump for libel?

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. A year ago, a Republican candidate for president declared, “One of the things I’m going to do if I win is to open up our libel laws,” so that he could sue … Read More
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Bloomberg nails scoop on cyber blackmail

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 it comes to Russian hacking and other subterfuge, the obvious and unavoidable media and political talk involves either the Clinton presidential campaign or the Trump White House. As Bloomberg's Michael Riley … Read More
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Presidential? Trump's new conspiracy theory belies fawning punditry

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 speech to Congress prompted the press to act like a parent rewarding a toddler for not throwing up at the dinner table. It set the bar rather low, as he … Read More
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