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With its new newsletter, The New York Times wants to help you live your best life (and plug some money-making links)

Last year, a timeless story began making the rounds on social media. "A toolkit for women seeking a raise," from The New York Times, imparted enduring advice: Be proactive. Be prepared. Anticipate your boss' reaction. The story saw a flurry of tweets and Facebook shares despite its somewhat antiquated publication date: May 14, 2010. Patient zero for the story … Read More
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Listening Post has expanded to 7 cities. Here's a free guide to bring it to yours.

The video starts with a close-up of the mayor and his Charlie Brown Christmas tie. "Alright, hi everybody," a voice says from offscreen. The mayor folds and unfolds his hands. "This is Kelly from Jersey Shore Hurricane News. Today I'm sitting down with Brick (Township) Mayor John Ducey and asking him the questions that you submitted for our … Read More
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The White House's reality-proof press briefing

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. The White House can't leave bad enough alone. It was in overdrive as CNN retracted a story and accepted resignations from three journalists who were responsible. In the process, it countered one … Read More
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7 of the best Twitter bots in journalism

Ah, bots: data journalists' favorite pastime and regular journalists' favorite distraction. And this article is no exception. Over the past few years, the number of automated bots on social media and messaging platforms has skyrocketed. These days, it feels like everyone with a pulse and a password has retweeted their favorites or cobbled together Github repository of their creations. Read More
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Sarah Palin sues The New York Times over Virginia shooting editorial

Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin filed suit against The New York Times on Tuesday evening, alleging the newspaper defamed her by publishing an editorial that connected rhetoric from a Palin political action committee to the shooting of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The lawsuit, which began circulating on Twitter Tuesday evening, alleges that The New York Times published … Read More
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Meet the new Google News: Less clutter, more fact-checking and extra stories from your area

Remember using Google News to cut through the clutter, find fact-checked articles and learn about what’s going on in your area? Probably not, because before this week, that was nearly impossible. The technology giant has announced an overhaul of its popular news aggregation product in an effort to respond to user demands. TL;DR: They wanted to make it look better. "Right … Read More
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NPR is reinventing itself. Here's how it could change for the better.

About six weeks ago, I asked two people to play fantasy NPR with me. Both Adam Ragusea, who runs the insidery public radio podcast The Pub, and Nicholas Quah, who chronicles the podcasting industry for his newsletter Hot Pod, were game. I asked them to envision what NPR would look like if it tripled its bureau chiefs from … Read More
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Civil wants to use cryptoeconomics and blockchain to build the future of news. What?

We've all heard the bad news. Newspapers are struggling because of decreasing circulation and advertising revenue, media organizations are competing with Google and Facebook for traffic and layoffs are plaguing nearly every corner of the Fourth Estate. Yeah, the situation looks pretty bad. But have you considered using cryptoeconomics, digital marketplaces and blockchain to fix it? That's what Civil is … Read More
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5 fact-checking tips for editors

Facts matter in all types of writing, especially in news and informational texts. Errors of fact can damage a writer's credibility and cause embarrassment, and they can irritate readers. Many fact errors are preventable, and that's where editors come in. Your first step is to identify the potential fact errors in the writing. Here are next steps: Find at least … Read More
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Local Edition: Do the best ideas come from inside the newsroom?

This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. KPCC wanted to discover stories that weren’t getting told in the media. So the Southern California public radio station reached out with a simple request: tell us your story. Read More
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The White House goes dark

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller is famously fastidious with all presidential happenings. Ditto his Monday accounting of June press briefings: Five on camera, 10 off camera, three days with none … Read More
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Why do local independent news sites die?

After returning to Davidson, North Carolina from a year-long trip to Asia in 2006, David Boraks decided to start blogging about his neighborhood. At the time, the nearby daily paper had pulled back from his area, and Boraks felt his neighborhood was going undercovered, he said. His blog eventually became DavidsonNews.Net, and he later launched CorneliusNews.Net, a similar … Read More
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3 CNN journalists responsible for retracted article resign

Three journalists from CNN's investigative team have resigned after an internal review found flaws in an investigation that tied a senior adviser of President Trump to an investment fund overseen by the Russian government. The author of the story, Thomas Frank, the story's editor, Eric Lichtblau and CNN Investigates Executive Editor Lex Haris have all left the network, according … Read More
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8 headline tips to draw readers on social media

Stories fill social media platforms in a continuous stream, so drawing readers to your work gets more difficult every day. Cutting through the social noise starts with sharper headlines that resonate with audiences. Here are eight tips for stronger headlines on social media. Explain the news: People want to stay informed and learn information they can use. Pick strong verbs: … Read More
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Across the United States, NPR is reorganizing its member stations around regional hubs

NPR's top news executive announced plans to roll out a regional hub system at a speech for the Public Radio News Directors convention in Miami on Friday. Michael Oreskes, NPR's senior vice president for news and editorial director, told news directors that he envisions, "more than four and less than 12 hubs around the country." The hubs would be staffed … Read More
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