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How ThinkProgress became ‘real competition for scoops’

One morning in late February, ThinkProgress‘ climate reporting team met in a narrow conference room with the thermostat set to 72 degrees and a selection of Bigelow teas in one corner.

There were eight people around the table and … Read more

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Omidyar’s First Look Media looking to find its focus, target an audience

Pierre Omidyar has issues. Several problems, actually.

The billionaire technologist, philanthropist, and publisher is stitching together a strategy for his weeks-old First Look Media group, and he’s grappling with some essential questions:

  • What’s the focus?
  • Will First Look be
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Thursday, Apr. 03, 2014

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What went wrong at Digital First Media — and what’s next?

The announced shutdown of Digital First Media’s national newsroom Wednesday and the probable sale of its 75 daily newspapers later this year is a significant jolt to those who believe a viable business model for rapid transformation of legacy operations … Read more

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Monday, Mar. 31, 2014

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Advance defends bonuses for reporters who post frequently and join comment chains

Advance’s quota and bonus system at The Oregonian came in for heavy criticism last week, prompting a rejoinder from the typically close-mouthed private company.

In a note to senior executives shared with Poynter, Advance Local’s President Randy Siegel says that … Read more

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Friday, Mar. 28, 2014

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How the Miami Herald told the story of 477 child deaths

Carol Marbin Miller has six long, deep drawers filled with child death cases.

“And each one is as bad as the one before it,” she said in a phone interview with Poynter.

Since the mid-1990s, Marbin Miller has covered Florida’s … Read more

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Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014

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Letter from Poynter India’s Workshop Team

Kochi, India, Workshop Participants. March 25, 2014 — One of the nicest traditions at The Poynter Institute is the seminar photograph. This is a record of a special time with colleagues and faculty and of new friends made.

When I … Read more

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How AOL maintains editorial independence in Ford-sponsored ‘This Built America’ series

When an AOL team with an editorial vision joined a video production team with an artistic vision to launch an ambitious 50-week series about people and companies rebuilding America, it was clear they needed a brand to help fund it.… Read more

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Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014

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New York Times will launch new subscription products April 2

The New York Times plans to launch two new subscription products on April 2: NYT Now, a standalone iOS app that costs $8 a month, and Times Premier, which the company describes as a “premium subscription service designed for The … Read more

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Pew finds embattled newspaper industry still pulls in more than half of all news revenue

Pew’s 11th annual State of the News Media report, out this morning, offers fresh measures of news media revenue and news staffing at digital-only start-ups. Both findings are arresting for those of us in the news-about-news business but also … Read more

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Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014

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AP Stylebook update: A sign of our times

People are freaking out over an update to the AP Stylebook, the equivalent of canon law for journalists. AP Style now tells us that “more than” and “over” are interchangeable. It’s as if Big Brother has just suggested that … Read more

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