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Kyle Larson (32) goes airborne and into the catch fence during a multi-car crash involving Justin Allgaier (31), Brian Scott (2) and others during the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Larson's crash sent car parts and other debris flying into the stands injuring spectators. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

YouTube restores Daytona crash video after NASCAR blocks it out of ‘respect’

Kyle Larson (32) goes airborne and into the catch fence during a multi-car crash involving Justin Allgaier (31), Brian Scott (2) and others during the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb.
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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

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Where The Journal News went wrong in publishing names, addresses of gun owners

In the days since The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News published and mapped the names and addresses of local citizens who hold gun permits, outraged critics have published the names and addresses of journalists at the paper. New York … Read more

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Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

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What journalists should know about school shootings and guns

In the coming days, journalists will have to provide clear-eyed context to help the nation come to terms with the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Without question this incident will once again spark heated debates over gun-control and school … Read more

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Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2012

Backgrounds become foreground in election night images

Elections provide journalists great lessons about the power of visual journalism, especially election nights.

When Mitt Romney delivered his concession speech, he was standing on a stage, alone, with flags and a big red, white and blue screen behind him. … Read more

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Monday, Nov. 05, 2012

The 8 commandments of tweeting on Election Day

It is going to be especially tempting to share and retweet information in the heat of Election Day. My colleague Mallary Tenore wrote about the six social media mistakes journalists are most likely to make and how to avoid them. … Read more

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Friday, Nov. 02, 2012

Cassandra Thompson votes at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Cleveland. Early voting began Tuesday in Ohio's March 6 presidential primary. Early in-person voting is set to continue until March 2, the Friday before the election. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

What journalists need to know & explain about the Electoral College

Three times in United States history, the person who became president did not receive the most votes — 1824, 1876, 2000.

Polls have consistently shown a large majority of Americans want the system changed. The National Popular Vote bill Read more

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Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

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NBC News President: ‘It’s just lazy’ to use journalists in campaign ads

Journalists have been unable to stop candidates from using copyrighted news clips in campaign ads, but maybe “Sesame Street” can. Ever since Mitt Romney said during last week’s debate that he would cut federal funding to PBS even though “I Read more

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Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2012

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Local TV anchor criticized for her weight: ‘I don’t take a lot of crap from people’

Wisconsin TV news anchor Jennifer Livingston has gained thousands of supporters this week by publicly taking on one critic who called her fat. Her story has since been broadcast on NBC’s “Nightly News” and she has appeared on the “Today” Read more

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Saturday, Sep. 29, 2012

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Will TV’s long love affair with car chases come to a screeching halt as Fox broadcasts suicide live?

After Fox inadvertently aired live video of a man in Phoenix shooting himself Friday following a car chase, Executive Vice President for News Michael Clemente tried to explain how it happened. He called it a “severe human error.”  True enough. … Read more

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Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012

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What journalists need to know about Coptic Christians

This morning I got a call from the Poynter.org editors, who asked: “Could you write a piece explaining Coptic Christianity?” The request comes as law enforcement identifies Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, being widely described as a “California Coptic Christian,” as the … Read more

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