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On front pages today, 'Trump rising'

The inauguration of the United States' 45th president made front pages around the country with images of President-Elect Donald Trump, stars, stripes and the White House. Trump's big day also made front pages outside the U.S., where newspapers threw some shade. Here's a quick collection, via Newseum and Kiosko: … Read More
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NBC's Chuck Todd: "I don't like being a political prop"

With Donald Trump's inauguration just a day away, "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd is preparing to cover a president who occasionally treats journalists like political punching bags. "I think he sees the media as an incredible political tool for him," Todd told Poynter. "I don't like being a political prop. And I think we have been set up … Read More
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Obama to the press: 'America needs you'

Pres. Obama tells White House press corps: "America needs you. Our democracy needs you." https://t.co/H9n7JKbYS7 pic.twitter.com/zCQpyfx2Mi — CBS News (@CBSNews) January 18, 2017 President Obama praised the press as central to democracy Wednesday in a final "farewell" that was part ironic homage to the media and part admonition to the incoming Trump … Read More
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The fight for the White House briefing room

A showdown is brewing over the fate of journalists in President-elect Donald Trump's White House. Several officials from the incoming administration are reportedly considering evicting reporters from their traditional offices inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, sparking concern from the association that assigns journalists seats in the White House briefing room. "The White House Correspondents’ Association Board is aware of the … Read More
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Trump blasts the media during first press conference as president-elect

Donald Trump and his transition team used the president-elect's first press conference to launch an all-out offensive against the media, calling outlets that published adversarial stories "fake news," "disgusting" and "a failing pile of garbage." Sean Spicer, Trump's spokesperson, kicked off the president-elect's press conference with a full-throated denial of allegations of compromising personal and financial information alluded to by … Read More
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Washington Post's Express corrects: 'We erroneously used a male symbol instead of a female symbol'

It's not exactly "Dewey defeats Truman," but the cover of Thursday's Express, The Washington Post's free publication, is a doozy. The cover, which leads with the origins of this year's Women's March on Washington, shows people scattered into a well-known symbol. The problem? It's the wrong symbol. Mid-morning Thursday, Express tweeted an apology: … Read More
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40 things I learned about the writing craft in 40 years

This is the first piece I have published since my official retirement from Poynter on New Year’s Eve. I have lots of work ahead of me, but it has been fun and instructive to look back. If you reach your destination in decent shape, it’s easy to forget the bumps in the road behind you. Better to look at the … Read More
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Environmental journalists have a new beat: Coping with climate disaster

As Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Connecticut coast late October of 2012 and Gov. Dannel Malloy pled with residents to find high ground, reporter Neena Satija couldn’t shake one thought: “We are clearly not prepared for this." Sandy passed, and sheer luck spared the state the worst of its impacts. But did officials acknowledge the averted disaster? Not … Read More
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How the team of wonks at Vox will cover Trump's presidency

To understand how Donald Trump will change America, don't listen to his speeches, says Vox Editor-in-Chief Ezra Klein. Instead, look at the president-elect's policies, he said. "This idea that Donald Trump exists in some state of quantum unknowability is going to end the day that he raises his hand and takes the oath of office," Klein said. "So we need … Read More
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Why new journalism grads are optimistic about 2017

Since today's college journalism students have been in school, the forecasts for their futures has been filled with words like "layoffs," "cutbacks," "buyouts" and "freelance." And yet, when I asked journalism professor friends of mine to recommend top graduating students I should interview, I found every newly minted journalist optimistic about the future, despite the uncertainties that await them. I … Read More
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On today's front pages: Carrie Fisher, 1956-2016

Front pages on Wednesday led with a last salute to actress Carrie Fisher, who died on Tuesday at age 60. Many of the fronts feature images of Fisher in her iconic role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" franchise. Here's a quick collection, via Newseum: United States: … Read More
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Want to be a good writer? Keep talking.

I am retiring from The Poynter Institute on New Year’s Eve. As my wife and I watch the ball in Times Square slide down to 2017, our fervent smooch will not just mark a new beginning. It will be the first celebration of almost 40 years well-spent. When my retirement was announced — along with the news that I would … Read More
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2016 wasn’t the worst of it

This year. I started out as a managing editor of the L.A. Times. I end it as a vice president at CNN. We lived in Los Feliz, under the hills of Griffith Park and neon signs of donut shops. Now we’re in Jackson Heights, in the shadow of brick buildings and halal butchers and planes headed to LaGuardia. After the … Read More
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We cannot allow the anger in this moment to change who we are

Eileen Eagar was a single mom, working at a steel mill in Chicago. Feeding her two kids sometimes meant going out on a date, ordering the biggest steak on the menu and bringing the leftovers home. When we met her in the fall of 2016, she had married, moved to Arizona and started a career in real estate … Read More
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