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Breaking with tradition, USA Today 'disendorses' Donald Trump

For the first time in its 34-year history, USA Today took sides in the presidential race Thursday, publishing a scathing "disendorsement" of Republican nominee Donald Trump. "From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from … Read More
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Washington Post initiative aims to keep reporters from writing 'unnecessarily long'

In August, Washington Post Managing Editor Cameron Barr and his fellow senior editors decided to do something about a problem that had been niggling at them for some time: Articles were becoming too long, often for no good reason. "We were seeing too many pieces that were in the mid-range of their ambition and their success — coming in at … Read More
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3 ways to put more power in your video stories

When words and images compete, pictures win and your viewers misunderstand your story. But when words, images and audio work together, you give your story greater power and meaning. Explain the video Enrich viewers' understanding of your story. Don't simply tell them what they are seeing in the video. Explain what they are not seeing. But be careful: Don't talk … Read More
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Pew: Conservatives and liberals disagree about the media's best (and worst) traits

From January to February of this year, Pew asked 4,654 Americans about their views of the news. Specifically, researchers wanted to hear about the positive and negative traits they see the media. The results? That depends on the political leanings of the respondents. A third of conservatives Republicans ranked biased reporting as the worst offense, according to a … Read More
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CNN's Corey Lewandowski gets remainder of payments from Trump

Corey Lewandowski, the former Donald Trump campaign manager-turned political contributor to CNN, will now receive the remainder of his severance from Trump's campaign. Lewandowski, who was fired from Trump's campaign in June, has been receiving payments from his former employer, prompting objections from critics who cited the severance as a conflict of interest. Alisyn Camerota, an anchor for CNN, … Read More
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Was The Daily Telegraph's undercover soccer exposé ethical?

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. Sam Allardyce is now surprise frontrunner for the 2016 stupid celebrity award. But is he also a victim of overreach by reporters? Who's Allardyce? He's a jowly veteran B-plus English soccer coach … Read More
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Between Trump and Hitler, New York Times book review doubles as political criticism

A tweet from Politico's Timothy Noah Wednesday called attention to a review by Michiko Kakutani of a new biography of Adolf Hitler. The headline for the review on the New York Times website reads: "In ‘Hitler,’ an ascent from ‘Dunderhead’ to Demagogue." I smiled at the clever parallel of those D-words. But I remained puzzled by Noah’s hint … Read More
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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review shuts down print edition

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review announced this morning that it will discontinue its print edition Nov. 30 and become a digital-only publication. That leaves the larger Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the only daily print newspaper in town. The company will lay off 106 full and part-time staff. The Tribune's parent company had already offered more than 400 buyouts as it announced the closing … Read More
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A year after Roseburg, journalists share lessons from covering a mass shooting

Last October, Nicole Dahmen and Lori Shontz watched as their current and former students mobilized to cover a school shooting less than 80 miles away. While Roseburg, Oregon flooded with local and national journalists, they asked themselves a question: What was their responsibility, as journalism educators, to look at how journalists cover gun violence and inform their communities? What responsibilities … Read More
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With its new redesign, BuzzFeed's betting that the homepage still matters

BuzzFeed is well-known in the media business for publishing stories wherever its audience is — on Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr and many other places. Given this emphasis, it might seem odd that BuzzFeed spent the last six months overhauling its homepage. But in an age where the bulk of readers are finding stories with social media and search engines, the homepage is … Read More
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How headline writing and SEO collide

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) includes techniques (both editorial and technological) to ensure relevant content ranks well in search results on search engines. Good SEO calls for breaking--or at least re-examining--some established conventions of headline writing. Consider these ways that headline practices and SEO needs collide: Style issues. Conventional print headlines typically use last names only and abbreviations (in state names, … Read More
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Trump, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the media's post-debate group think

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. The consensus of elite media opinion is overwhelming. "Donald Trump lost badly," suffered a "beat-down," lost "a battle of preparation versus instincts" and was part of a confrontation in … Read More
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What The Dallas Morning News learned by testing its new site in public

In July, as The Dallas Morning News covered a protest that turned into a deadly shooting, their website went down. Luckily, they had a backup. The downside? It wasn't quite ready yet. The new site was still being tested. But when their server failed, they pushed the bare-bones, dress rehearsal version out to readers. More than two months later, … Read More
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NPR's real-time fact-checking drew millions of readers

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were preparing to debate one another Monday night, NPR reporters and editors flexed their fingers and got to work. Over the next hour and a half, Clinton and Trump hurled accusations, policy positions and one-liners and at one another. More than once, Clinton asked viewers at home to consult with fact-checkers. Related: How … Read More
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How to write a clear fact-check

Fact-checkers often have to check statements that are confusing, unsupported and unclear. The fact-check addressing it should be the opposite. Focus on writing that offers context, clarity and transparency. Context Start by providing context to the claim you're checking. Where and when was it said? To whom? Is there a history of repetition? Is there a pronoun or reference that … Read More