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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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Craig Newmark Foundation gives Poynter $1 million to fund chair in journalism ethics

Some exciting news on the homefront: The Craig Newmark Foundation, the charitable organization established by Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, is giving Poynter $1 million to fund a faculty chair in journalism ethics. The gift will support a five-year program at Poynter that focuses on verification, fact-checking and accountability in journalism. It's the largest donation Poynter's ever received from an … Read More
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Meet the photographer who accidentally made two presidential memes

By now, you know the photo — some version of it, anyway. President-elect Donald Trump is smiling over a bowl of young garlic soup. Across the table, former Republican nominee and current Secretary of State candidate Mitt Romney is smiling tightly underneath his furrowed brow. The photo, taken at Jean Georges in Trump Tower Tuesday, has since taken on a … Read More
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Politico editor resigns after posting address of White nationalist

Michael Hirsh, national editor of Politico Magazine, resigned Tuesday after posting the address of White nationalist Richard Spencer online and urging people to "exercise your rights as decent Americans." Hirsh, who joined Politico from National Journal in 2014, posted two of Spencer's addresses on Facebook. In a subsequent post, he said he wasn't "thinking of (sending) a...letter" and referenced … Read More
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New York Times publisher: We will cover President Trump fairly

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger on Friday told the newsroom in an email that President-elect Donald Trump would be covered "fairly" and "without bias." In the note, sent to staffers at noon, Sulzberger hearkened back to an old motto of the newspaper first instituted by Adolph Ochs, the pioneering editor who transformed the Times in its early years: "To … Read More
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On Election Day, Politico reminds staffers to stay nonpartisan on social media

Politico on Tuesday joined the list of news organizations that have warned staffers against exhibiting their personal political beliefs on social media. In a staff memo, Editor-in-Chief John Harris told journalists "to remember that we are ambassadors for a news organization with a nonpartisan mission." "It's been an uncommonly emotional election season, with plenty of pointed fingers and frayed nerves, … Read More
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Trying to cover drug addiction? Don't share photos of passed-out victims

Police in Hope, Indiana this week released a photo of a 25-year-old mom who overdosed on heroin with her 10-month-old child in the backseat. They are following a precedent set in September by cops in East Liverpool, Ohio, and by a shopper at a Family Dollar Store in Lawrence, Mass. The photos and videos go viral on … Read More
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Is media bias really rampant? Ask the man who studies it for a living

Earlier this month, Donald Trump attacked the media at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. "This crooked media. They are worse than she is. I’m letting you, they are so dishonest," he told the crowd, which responded by shouting an epithet towards CNN. This tactic wasn’t new. Trump has spent much of his campaign attacking the press for its coverage … Read More
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Ask the Ethicist: Should journalists use Facebook's new endorsement tool?

A pair of stories broke last week that invoke a familiar question during election season: Should journalists put their personal political views on display? On Wednesday, Facebook announced a new feature that allows users to publicly support any candidate for elected office. The endorsement can be shared publicly or privately depending on the user's preference, and candidates can feature … Read More
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Weighing the decision to publish new allegations against Trump

The last 15 hours have provided a real-time lesson on the ethics of publishing serious accusations with an election looming. Wednesday night, The New York Times quoted one woman who said Donald Trump groped her on an airplane in the early 1980s. Another woman told the Times Trump kissed her on the mouth without consent in 2005 at Trump … Read More
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Newspapers hit with a wave of requests to take down embarrassing archived stories

Legacy news organizations have been trying for more than a decade to crack the code of what to publish digitally, where and when. Now they are fielding a different kind of urgent request from readers — can you "unpublish" that? The cause is obvious — people routinely get Googled by potential employers, dating partners or the just plain curious. That … Read More
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CNN's Corey Lewandowski gets remainder of payments from Trump

Corey Lewandowski, the former Donald Trump campaign manager-turned political contributor to CNN, will now receive the remainder of his severance from Trump's campaign. Lewandowski, who was fired from Trump's campaign in June, has been receiving payments from his former employer, prompting objections from critics who cited the severance as a conflict of interest. Alisyn Camerota, an anchor for CNN, … Read More
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Verge employee worked at Apple for months but didn't tell his editors

Chris Ziegler, a former founding editor at The Verge, was employed at Apple this summer while he worked for the tech and culture website, Verge Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel announced in an open letter Friday. Being employed at a company your newsroom covers regularly represents a clear conflict of interest, but Patel says Verge parent company Vox Media has undertaken … Read More
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USA Today suspends Glenn Reynolds

USA Today has decided to suspend Glenn Reynolds for a month following a controversial tweet about demonstrations in Charlotte.

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