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ProPublica isn't planning to expand past Illinois — yet.

Since announcing the creation of ProPublica Illinois, president Richard Tofel has heard from people in other states hoping the nonprofit investigative organization will set up shop in their cities, too. And it might. But first, they have to figure out the prairie state. ProPublica announced Wednesday the creation of ProPublica Illinois, the search for a Chicago-based editor and … Read More
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Breaking News is shutting down

Breaking News, the popular alert app from NBC News, is shutting down at the end of the year. The entire staff at Breaking News — more than 20 editors, developers and administrative staffers — will stay on payroll at NBC News until Jan. 20, a spokesperson for NBC News told Poynter. Meanwhile, an effort is underway at the company to … Read More
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Vice founder Shane Smith predicts 'chaos' for digital advertising in 2017

Al Jolson, long ago America's most famous and best-paid entertainer, opened "The Jazz Singer," the first featured-length film with synchronized sound, by declaring his signature line, "You ain't seen nothing yet." Eighty-nine years later, Shane Smith, a Canadian with ambitions to also be king of a hill, says very much the same. The founder of iconoclastic and growing Vice Media … Read More
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In Houston, Hearst bucks the industry trend and reinvests in journalism

Here's a novel management strategy for beleaguered metro newspaper organizations — don't cut, reinvest instead. Privately-held Hearst has pursued such a program without fanfare at its five large newspapers for most of this decade — notably at its biggest property, the Houston Chronicle. When Mark Aldam became president of Hearst Newspapers in 2011, he began by assessing the group as … Read More
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How The Oregonian made a lead dust investigation that could compete with cat videos

Mark Katches has spent his career battling one of the cruel realities of journalism: Hard-hitting and important investigative reporting rarely creates the kind of online buzz that a good cat video does. "I have been involved in Pulitzer Prize winning projects that were getting 20,000 pageviews," Katches, the editor of the Oregonian, told Poynter. So when his team discovered that … Read More
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How Bloomberg exposed Apple's multi-billion dollar money swap

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. As he speed dials Sean Hannity from the Oval Office for pro bono counsel, President Donald Trump may also confront a Washington reality: The greatest outrages are what's legal. You know, like … Read More
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Anne Hull is leaving The Washington Post

Anne Hull, a five-time Pulitzer Prize finalist who won the award in 2008 for coverage of the poor care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, is leaving The Washington Post. She is traveling to Berlin with her partner, a German journalist. Hull, who serves on Poynter's board of trustees, is departing The Post "reluctantly" after spending 17 years at … Read More
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ProPublica expands to Chicago

Chicago politicians will have one more reason to look over their shoulders in 2017. The city's history of political corruption and high crime rates have long made it fertile territory for investigative reporting. Next year, investigative nonprofit ProPublica plans to capitalize on that opportunity by colonizing the city with its first regional expansion. ProPublica plans to open the expansion in … Read More
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Front pages show the 75th anniversary of an infamous day

For the 75th anniversary of the bombing at Pearl Harbor, newspapers around the country shared images and stories many Americans no longer remember for themselves. Those front pages led with the story of the attack, personal stories from survivors and memories from their loved ones. Here's a collection via Newseum: … Read More
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New project looks at the biggest stories from the smallest newspapers

Every year, Nigel Jaquiss gets calls from college students who want to talk to him about his Pulitzer Prize for their class projects. It's been more than a decade since he won the Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting, but he likes that people are still interested. So when University of Missouri senior Kelsi Anderson called, Jaquiss shared the story … Read More
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86 pieces of journalism wisdom published in the month since the election

It’s been a month. In the days since the election, a number of articles have been written about the lessons journalists can take from the presidential campaign. Pieces have also focused on what journalists should or must do over the next few months. CJR staff writer David Uberti wrote this three days after the election: It feels as if … Read More
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Vice Media smartly documents Obama's 8-year brawl with the GOP

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. "This sh*t really isn't on the level, is it?" Vice quotes President Obama declaring to an unidentified top aide (actually David Axelrod) just eight days into his tenure, on his way to … Read More
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Lydia Polgreen is The Huffington Post's new editor in chief

Lydia Polgreen, the editorial director of NYT Global at The New York Times, will be The Huffington Post's next editor in chief. She follows Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, who had been at the top of the website's masthead since its founding in 2005. So excited that my successor as EIC of HuffPost will be Lydia … Read More
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After less than a year, Raleigh Agenda is closing down

Raleigh Agenda, the news site founded by local media entrepreneur Ted Williams, announced this afternoon that it's closing. "It's personally and professionally painful and disappointing to be wrong, let teammates down and fail," Williams told Poynter in an email. "(Editor-in-Chief) Grayson Haver Currin and (Senior Reporter) Jane Porter are very talented, and I loved working with them." In his … Read More
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Dallas Morning News continues newsroom pizza chain with cookie delivery

There's a well-documented tradition of journalists sending pizza to their colleagues in other cities amid big, breaking news. It happened in Boston, Baltimore, Charleston and Orlando (Orlando actually got lots of food, including pizza). The Dallas Morning News also had a well-fed newsroom while covering the recent attack on … Read More
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