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Washington Post denies Jeff Bezos sways coverage

Martin Baron, the executive editor of The Washington Post, hit back on Friday against characterizations made by presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is using the newspaper to advance his agenda. "As the individual who oversees The Washington Post’s news staff, I can say categorically that I have received no instructions from Jeff Bezos regarding our … Read More
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The dark side of data journalism

People are using ProPublica's database to find doctors who will give them painkillers, no questions asked.

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The Senate is following up with Facebook

Gizmodo's report Monday that Facebook suppressed conservative news is being followed with news Tuesday that the US Senate Commerce Committee has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg requesting some answers. "The letter asks that Facebook 'arrange for your staff including employees responsible for trending topics to brief committee staff on this issue.'”

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Ask the ethicist: Is it right for Facebook to suppress conservative news?

Gizmodo ignited a social media firestorm today when it reported that curators for Facebook's "trending" section regularly put the kibosh on right-leaning news stories. The story, attributed to anonymous sources, was notable in part because of Facebook's status as a media behemoth that directs a firehose of traffic at news organizations every day. But it also made waves because … Read More
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Las Vegas Review-Journal editor fired

Stephanie Grimes, a Las Vegas Review-Journal features editor, has been pushed out amid the ongoing turmoil set in motion by the purchase of the newspaper by Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. "The time has come to move on. The choice was made for me."

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Ask the ethicist: Should local TV anchors agree to conditional interviews with the president?

Whether he's gabbing with Zach Galifianakis between two ferns or talking to Marc Maron in his garage, President Obama is used to orchestrating unconventional interviews to get his message out. His latest effort came earlier this week, when he invited several journalists from local TV stations to the White House for one-on-one interviews. Six local anchors spent … Read More
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Media shoots down latest Trump conspiracy theory

A National Enquirer claim that Texas senator Ted Cruz was fathered by a man who was sympathetic to Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was largely laughed off by major media outlets.

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Scholarship money shrinking from White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

"The association’s spending on scholarships for journalism students declined 26 percent, to $86,550, from 2013 to 2014–that’s the least it has spent on scholarships since 2007. The association spent only 21.5 percent of its revenue on scholarships in 2014, down from 26 percent in 2013 and nearly 60 percent in 2009."

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Daily Mail 'repackages' freelancer's story

The Daily Mail ran a story from freelancer Martin Fletcher that was published by another publication. "This isn’t proper journalism, as Fletcher told me. It is plunder plain and simple. And his is not an isolated case."

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Huffington Post questions own ability to fairly cover Uber

How can Huffington Post fairly cover Uber now that boss Arianna Huffington is on Uber's board of directors? "For as long as there have been newspapers, media moguls have had relationships — personal or financial — with powerful businesses and politicians. That was true for William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, and it’s true today for the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg. What makes Huffington different is that she is not a publisher who resides strictly on the business side."

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Ask the ethicist: Should Arianna Huffington sit on Uber's board?

Arianna Huffington was announced as the newest member of Uber's board of directors today, sparking questions about whether the appointment would conflict with her role as editor in chief of The Huffington Post. In statements to CNN, The Verge and others, The Huffington Post sought to allay concerns that her new job would influence coverage at the online … Read More
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Some universities are forgetting the difference between journalism and public relations

At several colleges around the country, communications departments are running blogs and news sites that don't look too different from journalism. "The role of the public relations department is to manage the reputation of the university — not produce the news, not produce a newspaper."

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