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Ask the ethicist: Should bots get a byline?

With journalists at The Washington Post, BuzzFeed and The Associated Press using bots to automate reporting, there remains some confusion about who gets credit for a story produced by a bot. In a recent paper, "I, Robot. You, Journalist. Who is the Author?" researchers Tal Montal and Zvi Reich analyzed 174 automated stories from 12 websites … Read More
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Roger Ailes "silence" payment to Laurie Luhn questioned

"Corporate governance experts have questioned how Roger Ailes was able to use Fox News funds to buy the silence of a woman who complained about him, without it coming to the attention of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, owner of the news network."

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Richmond Times-Dispatch fires food critic after plagiarism spree

The Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch has severed ties with food critic Elliott Shaffner after uncovering multiple instances of plagiarism. In a note to readers, Executive Editor Paige Mudd said the newspaper was alerted Thursday that "a number of sections" of a dining review published this week were copied from a 2011 L.A. Weekly restaurant review. Upon further investigation, the Times-Dispatch … Read More
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Ask the ethicist: Should Twitter have banished Milo Yiannopoulos?

Twitter took a prominent stand against online abuse last week when it permanently suspended the account of Milo Yiannopoulos, tech editor at Breitbart News and a high-profile figure in the internet's alt-right movement. The suspension, which came after Yiannopoulos mocked "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones amid a torrent of racist and hateful tweets, was viewed by some as an encouraging … Read More
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Is the media having a "Murrow moment?"

They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore: "After months of holding back, modern-day journalists are acting a lot like Murrow, pushing explicitly against Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee."

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Gawker boss Nick Denton on Hulk Hogan case

He sat down for The New Yorker's podcast to talk about lawsuits launched against his company and its subsequent bankruptcy. "We exist in the world in an explosion of free expression and not all of it is going to be what you like."

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In Olympics coverage, NBC News will have to balance the good and the bad

Michele Tafoya executed what can only be termed as a pre-emptive strike. The veteran sports reporter was assigned to moderate a session with NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus Monday during the big media gathering to highlight the network’s coverage of the upcoming Olympics in Rio. All the heavy hitters were there, including Brian Roberts, the CEO and chairman of Comcast. Read More
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10 questions journalists should ask themselves before going live on Facebook

Facebook Live came of age this week in the way that radio did in World War II, TV did when John Kennedy was killed, cable TV did during the first Gulf War and Twitter did in the Arab Spring. Journalists will look back on this week years from now and remember a time when only TV and radio stations had … Read More
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Portrait of a meddling publisher

Elizabeth Spiers, the former editor in chief of the New York Observer, describes dueling with Jared Kushner, the paper's owner, over a B.S. story about his real estate rival. Spiers put two reporters on a story he requested and they both found nothing. Kushner wasn't happy and kept selling it.

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