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After conflict-of-interest questions, NPR is tweaking its financial disclosure rules

Beginning today, rank-and-file journalists at NPR are responsible for making sure appropriate financial disclosures are made in their stories — and they have the information to make that happen. Until now, the responsibility to disclose who funds NPR's journalism was left to senior supervising producers. But in response to conflict-of-interest questions raised by NPR's coverage of the Iran deal (a … Read More
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Trump's speech should remind journalists that tone matters

The news cycle this morning is breathing a collective sigh of relief: President Donald J. Trump can do the presidential thing. But as they reflect on the president's bearing, journalists should also turn their powers of analysis back upon themselves. That feeling you get, when you hear the president and his staff repeatedly take a hostile tone with the press? … Read More
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Milo Yiannopoulos quits Breitbart, vows to start his own company

Alt-right star Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart News after backlash from his statements regarding pedophilia put his status at the conservative publication in doubt. Earlier Tuesday, Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow called Yiannopoulos' remarks "indefensible." Several staffers at Breitbart were on the verge of quitting if Yiannopoulos remained at the site, according to Washingtonian. In a … Read More
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Erik Wemple: Tucker Carlson 'intentionally mischaracterized' my work

Fox News host Tucker Carlson had Erik Wemple on his show Tuesday night and attempted to paint The Washington Post media columnist as a hypocrite for covering the media's white-gloved treatment of Russia while neglecting to examine "Russia Behind the Headlines," a pro-Russia advertising insert syndicated by The Post. During the exchange, which lasted for 10 minutes, … Read More
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Jonah Lehrer remembers the moment his career was shattered

Jonah Lehrer was about to go on stage before 1,000 people in the summer of 2012 when he got the news: Another writer just discovered that he put made-up quotes from Bob Dylan in his book. "I’d been a lifelong Dylan fan, and I’d been familiar with the proximate versions of what he’d said," Lehrer said of getting the call … Read More
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Should journalists protest in Trump's America?

On Sunday, Robert Hernandez went on Twitter to share his thoughts as “a Catholic who believes in equal/human rights, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation.” He explained that President Trump’s executive order indefinitely blocking Syrian refugees from entering the United States and suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries conflicted with his own religious beliefs. Hernandez, a journalism … Read More
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Time editor on MLK bust: We regret the error

Nancy Gibbs, the editor of Time magazine, issued an apology on Tuesday for an error that the Trump administration has repeatedly used to criticize the press in the last week. In doing so, she pushed back against claims from the administration that the magazine made a deliberate error when reporter Zeke Miller incorrectly reported that the White House had … Read More
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Should you broadcast Sean Spicer’s press conference?

Given Sean Spicer’s first White House press conference, where he said things that were demonstrably false and refused to take any questions, many news organizations are wondering whether they should broadcast today’s press conference, currently scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Eastern. The call is easy: Broadcast it. There are many valid reasons that television stations opt to … Read More
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For the last time, journalists shouldn't pick Hall of Fame winners

I remember an epiphany of sorts I had one morning in Miami in 1991. I was in town as the national college football writer for the Chicago Tribune. A few years earlier, I was asked to participate in the Associated Press’ college football poll. Back then, there wasn’t a committee selecting four teams for a playoff. The national champion was … 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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BuzzFeed drops a Trump bombshell, irresponsibly

As CNN reported on a private intelligence report claiming that Russia has dirt on President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday night, BuzzFeed published the basis of the report, a 35-page dossier, online. Both CNN and BuzzFeed pointed out that the documents have been circulating since at least October and that its claims are unverified. Related teaching: Sources, Verification and … 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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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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Chicago TV makes right call by running violent Facebook video cautiously

For the past 24 hours, Chicago media have been cautiously running gruesome video of four people tying up, cutting, beating and taunting a mentally disabled man while broadcasting the ordeal live on Facebook. The video is hard to watch. One of the captors slapped the victim repeatedly and used a knife to cut the victim's clothing then cut a plug … Read More
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