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Storytelling, Writing and Reporting

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Meet the man who's got all the news on conservative news

A few days before the presidential election, Will Sommer wrote a story for Washington City Paper about a little D.C. pizzeria with a big problem. "Alt Right Conspiracy Theorists Obsess Over Comet Ping Pong," read the headline, which fronted a story that described how harebrained internet sleuthing implicated a neighborhood pizza joint in "a global Democratic sex ring." Weeks … Read More
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By dismantling its copy desk, The New York Times is making a mistake that's been made before

Two decades ago, I wrote a critical essay titled “Goodbye Copy Desks, Hello Trouble.” What prompted that Newspaper Research Journal piece was a brief experiment in eliminating free-standing copy desks – an approach taken in the mid-’90s by a few regional newspapers. Those papers thought that moving copy editors onto reporting or production teams would solve some long-standing … Read More
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Meet the 'cranky country publisher' who files lawsuits instead of tweets

At the Sacramento Valley Mirror, Tim Crews is everything. He’s the founder, publisher, editor and owner. He reports, takes photos and sells ads. The newspaper is so small that he even helps deliver copies when it prints twice a week. And you wouldn't know it by his blank email signature or no-nonsense tone, but Crews is also a controversial, bulldog … Read More
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Chris Cillizza is doing a Reddit AMA. Guess how that's going.

This story has been updated. On Tuesday, CNN's Chris Cillizza introduced himself on Reddit and asked users to start sending in their questions. Hi everyone, I'm Chris Cillizza, editor at large for CNN Politics. I haven't been here long - but I've been covering politics forever, mostly at The Washington Post and before that at Roll Call. Read More
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The updated 'Bloomberg Way' style guide focuses on best practices for data and multiplatform journalism

Bloomberg News has published a major update to its meticulous style guide, with a new emphasis on best practices for its data and multiplatform journalism. The updated version of "The Bloomberg Way," which was circulated to staff this week, is a departure from the business news organization's previous version of the guide, which focused heavily on writing for the terminal — Bloomberg's hallmark product … Read More
FROM THE POYNTER INSTITUTE

Write Field: 'Awakening minds and fueling a passion for writing'

Khalil Turner wore a tuxedo for the first time for the Write Field program’s graduation ceremony. Last year, the soft-spoken student had trouble staying on track during class and was afraid to raise his hand. But on the night of the ceremony, dressed in that tuxedo, Turner felt comfortable in the spotlight. In front of a crowd of … Read More
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In his Revisionist History podcast, Malcolm Gladwell really wants you to know why golf is evil (among other things)

Each episode of Malcolm Gladwell's podcast begins with a simple inquiry — it could be about an event, a person, an idea or even a song. But by the time it's over, your mouth's agape and you're questioning everything you know. "I literally would do a story on anything," he told Poynter. Ain't that the truth. Now halfway through its second season, … Read More
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Our love/hate relationship with the copy desk

The decision of Dean Baquet and other leaders at The New York Times to ditch and switch some copy editors has caused a donnybrook. The copy editors are angry and worried; so is their union; so are other editorial workers at the Times, who fear the erosion of standards with fewer green eyeshades on the job; … Read More
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Knight Institute sues President Trump over Twitter blocking

The Knight First Amendment Institute has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his communication teams, alleging that they're violating the Constitution by blocking people on Twitter. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Southern District of New York today on behalf of seven individuals blocked by the @realdonaldtrump account, seeks to have the court determine that Trump's exclusion of … Read More
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Quartz is using vertical video to make its long-form journalism mobile-first

Vertical video and native ads with artificial intelligence would have sounded like science fiction only five years ago. Today, they're both part of Quartz's latest project. On Tuesday, the digital business news site launched an ambitious new project in its Machines with Brains "obsession," a content vertical focusing on the development and application of AI. While very much in keeping with Quartz's brand, the package … Read More
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This SB Nation story has everything: Robots, football and 2.3 million pageviews

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the latest audience numbers from SB Nation. It starts with a long paragraph containing only one sentence — "Something is terribly wrong." — and by the time you finish reading it, you're more confused than when you started. But that's the point of SB Nation's latest subversive experiment. The project, titled "17776" (that's nearly … Read More
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When telling detail reveals more about the teller than it does about the tale

Writers and storytellers search for the telling detail. Donald Trump found one and used it to describe Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” In what is now widely considered an ill-advised tweet, the president described seeing her at an event at his Florida home: ...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New … Read More
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Media hypes Trump-Putin showdown as the 'Axis of Testosterone'

Would President Trump look Russian President Vladimir Putin in the eye and broach his country's meddling in the presidential campaign? Would Putin smirk, filibuster and scoff at Trump over his support of the Syrian regime or Putin's disinclination to do much with North Korea? Might Putin take off his own shirt, exhibit that well-known upper chest, and see if Trump … Read More
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President Trump peddled 'fake news' at Warsaw press conference, says CNN's Jim Acosta

What goes around comes around. When President Trump took the world stage in Poland Thursday, he derided the news media back home but was quickly lambasted by a CNN reporter for lying. Trump couldn't resist using the venue of a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw to quickly take an initial softball question from a conservative … Read More
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'I’m sure they’re going to get a Pulitzer for this': The internet responds to photos of Chris Christie's beach day

The (Newark, New Jersey) Star-Ledger has proof, and the internet is living for it. When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday that he hadn't gotten any sun that day, the newspaper proved him wrong with photographs of him and his family on the beach. One of the Star-Ledger's photographers had been cruising the deserted shoreline in a private plane and snapped … Read More
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