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Alan Colmes, longtime Hannity sparring partner, dies at 66

Alan Colmes, a veteran radio and cable TV host best known for his lengthy Fox News on-air combat with Sean Hannity, passed away after an apparently brief illness. Bill Hemmer of Fox News announced the passing on Fox, which followed with a tribute from Hannity, his former longtime co-host on Hannity & Colmes, and an online tribute. Hannity called … Read More
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Remembering Steve Buttry, teacher of journalists

It was only fitting that Steve Buttry, 62, was the first to Twitter with news of his own death. A journalist for more than four decades, Buttry was a tireless evangelist for digital transformation who encouraged reporters and editors to engage with their audiences face-to-face, in the comments below stories and especially on social media. So when the tweet came … Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg thanks journalists after stop by Alabama newspaper

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday gave a shoutout to journalists on his Facebook page, posting a photo of himself reading a local newspaper with his wife. "It seems like a good time to say thank you to all the journalists around the world who work tirelessly and sometimes put their lives in danger to surface the truth," Zuckerberg … Read More
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Journalists react to being called 'the enemy of the American people'

President Donald Trump took his press-bashing to a new level on Friday when he called journalists from The New York Times, ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC "the enemy of the American people." The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of … Read More
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Michael Luo named editor of The New Yorker's website

Just a few months after joining The New Yorker, Michael Luo is moving up at the magazine. Luo, who was hired as The New Yorker's investigative editor in October, has been appointed editor of NewYorker.com. He replaces Nick Thompson, who left to run Wired after leading a years-long renaissance of the website. "Mike will help the site … Read More
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Wall Street Journal editor to staff: 'Muslim-majority country' isn't banned

The words "Muslim-majority country" are permitted in the Wall Street Journal, Editor-in-Chief Gerry Baker told his staff Tuesday, hours after being quoted telling editors to remove the phrase. "There is no ban on the phrase 'Muslim-majority country,'" Baker said. "But we should always be careful that this term is not offered as the only description of the countries covered under … Read More
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Samantha Bee will emcee 'Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner'

This year, Samantha Bee won't be a guest at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner — she'll be hosting her own. Bee, the host of "Full Frontal," on TBS, will be skewering President Trump on the same night that journalists are hobnobbing with their sources during a televised banquet in Washington, D.C. The event, called "Not the White House Correspondents’ … Read More
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15 rules for a saner news experience

There is little comfort in knowing that the crises we face in our political life today have been visited upon us before. It still helps to look back. George Santayana was only half-right when he said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." He might have added: "Even those who do remember the past sometimes fail … Read More
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If your newsroom only has one meeting, make it this one

Meetings are usually a waste of time, but make an exception for this one. Every Friday, my team meets to discuss how the week went. We suggest ways to work together better, brainstorm and set goals. This end-of-week meeting is called a retrospective. It gives teams an opportunity to assess how their week went, talk about new ideas and recognize … Read More
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Culture guides how your newsroom reacts to everything that comes its way

Here’s something you don’t hear enough: Journalists, you’re doing a good job. Chances are good that you learned a new skill this year and put it into action. Maybe 2016 was the year you started using Snapchat to tell global stories. Perhaps you figured out how to use GIFs, or augmented your reporting with data. It’s also … Read More
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Dallas Morning News continues newsroom pizza chain with cookie delivery

There's a well-documented tradition of journalists sending pizza to their colleagues in other cities amid big, breaking news. It happened in Boston, Baltimore, Charleston and Orlando (Orlando actually got lots of food, including pizza). The Dallas Morning News also had a well-fed newsroom while covering the recent attack on … Read More
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Shallow coverage of Standing Rock is part of a bigger problem

With the election behind us, journalists are turning their attention to stories that took a back burner ahead of Nov. 8. One of them is a case study in the need for awareness, cultivating diverse sources and understanding the local ramifications of national news: the ongoing protest at Standing Rock Reservation. Suddenly, the intersection of big energy, commerce, and sovereignty … Read More
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Uni-Ball pens, Smirnoff and other things journalists are thankful for right now

Journalists, what are you thankful for this year? Last week, we asked readers to share their gratitudes. Here's what we heard: Ellie Smith, editor of the student newspaper at George Washington University, wrote in to share her thanks: "I'm thankful for independent student newspapers as a training ground for future reporters." Tiffany Esshaki, a staff writer at the … Read More
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Journalists, what are you thankful for this year?

No, seriously. 2016 has given journalists a lot of news that has been tough to cover: A long election, police killings in Dallas, a mass shooting in Orlando and, most recently, the loss of a beloved journalist. There's also been the relentless drip-drip-drip of layoffs and … Read More
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After this election, journalists must take care of themselves

Good morning journalists, and welcome to the rest of your life. You may have spent the past year following one of the candidates day in and day out and only eating when a campaign break allowed you to get a quick bite. You may have spent most of your time in arenas, getting booed by protesters (and coping with … Read More
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