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White House press corps rebels as colleagues are excluded from gaggle

Several news organizations boycotted the White House press gaggle this afternoon after the White House excluded CNN and other outlets from attending. Press gaggles — on-the-record scrums with communication staffers that disallow video recording — are a staple of White House reporting, and it's highly unusual for a reporter to be barred from the meeting. Today, after Trump delivered a stinging … Read More
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NPR's David Folkenflik on the state of American journalism under President Trump

Apologies to Dickens, but this really might be the best and the worst of times for American journalism. As near-daily attacks on the press are launched from President Trump's Twitter account and trust in the media sinks to record lows, readers are subscribing to national newspapers in droves and newsrooms across America are infused with … Read More
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Vice goes inside Syria to show what media censorship really looks like

Inspired by President Trump, Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer, the press frequently invokes the specter of ominous reality control as exercised by the bad guys in George Orwell's "1984." No surprise, book sales are through the roof even if many journalists may not have actually read the classic they cite. But, forget Trump: if you want truly odious propaganda in … Read More
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A checklist for the tasks and territory of your beat

With the passing of our colleague and friend Steve Buttry, we wanted to highlight some of the teaching he brought to Poynter. Today's Coffee Break Course is courtesy of Introduction to Reporting: Beat Basics, an online course that Steve developed for News University. Like a job description, a beat description outlines the tasks and territory of your beat … Read More
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Here's The New York Times' plan for covering the Trump administration

In the early days of the Trump administration, no news organization has been a bigger target than The New York Times. The Gray Lady has been unsparing in its coverage of President Trump and frequently provoked his ire on Twitter. So, does all that abuse affect the paper's coverage? "I think the answer is no," … Read More
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How a Politico reporter helped bring down Trump's Labor Secretary pick

The email went out Tuesday afternoon to Politico's newsroom. "I know it is a rather unusual request, but does anyone have a working VHS player that video team can borrow today?" The message, from video producer Beatrice Peterson, probably seemed innocuous at the time. But things cleared up that night when Politico published an exclusive: The ex-wife of President … Read More
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Facebook is beginning to reach out to local newsrooms

Last week, Facebook visited journalists in Atlanta and Dallas in what looks like the start of a more reciprocal relationship between the social media giant and local newsrooms. Journalists rely on Facebook to help them reach their audiences, but, until now, Facebook's attention has largely been on national news organizations. The visits are part of the Facebook … Read More
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How observation can turn into an investigative story

Ideas for great investigative stories come from many directions, including your daily activities. But good stories don't tell you they're good stories right away. For example, on your way to work, you may see vacant buildings, a homeless person, dangerous driving, a dilapidated bridge or broken traffic lights. Each of these could lead you to an investigative story if you … Read More
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Who is (and isn't) ditching the WHCA dinner

To go or not to go? Attendance at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner has been a topic of much debate in recent months as journalists prepare to put on formal wear and hobnob with a president who routinely bashes the press. Advocates of attending say that it's just a dinner and showing up would provide some much … Read More
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What's it like to be BuzzFeed's White House correspondent?

President Trump has had a long and stormy relationship with BuzzFeed. Three years ago, when Trump was considering a run for president, BuzzFeed ran a lengthy and dismissive profile that said he would "not be king." As his bid for president gained momentum, he tried (unsuccessfully) to freeze BuzzFeed out, putting the company on his media blacklist and … Read More
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David Fahrenthold on transparency, sourcing, B.S. and other advice for covering President Trump

Editor's note: This story was originally published by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. David Fahrenthold, a political reporter for The Washington Post, discussed his investigations of President Trump’s charitable giving during the 2016 campaign season, and provided insight about how to cover the president and his administration during a visit … Read More
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Trump's breakfast includes serving of press bashing

America's media consumer in chief awoke at his Palm Beach, Florida manse Monday and offered a tart sunrise tweet about press coverage of himself. I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February … Read More
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The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg: We're in a 'knife fight' with people who don't use facts

President Trump's administration is unconventional by any reporter's standards, said Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor in chief of The Atlantic. But that doesn't mean journalists should abandon basic skills and principles they've held onto for years. "It's true, we are in a little bit of a knife fight with people who don't want to have a fact-based discourse," Goldberg said. Read More
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How your newsroom can cover the Trump story (without covering Trump)

Every time I take a spin through my Facebook or Twitter feeds, I’m reminded that there’s only one big story right now: Trump, Trump, Trump. For news organizations that wrestle with what coverage their community is most likely to consume, this is one of those rare moments when the mystery is solved. Give ‘em Trump. Love him or loathe him, … Read More
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Margaret Sullivan on the dark clouds and silver lining of covering President Trump

Donald Trump is a threat to press freedom and the norms of political reporting, said Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan. But his presidency presents at least one upside for journalists: There's probably going to be a lot of leaks in the Trump administration. "I think that people inside agencies and government offices, many of them are people of … Read More
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