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The fight for the White House briefing room

A showdown is brewing over the fate of journalists in President-elect Donald Trump's White House. Several officials from the incoming administration are reportedly considering evicting reporters from their traditional offices inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, sparking concern from the association that assigns journalists seats in the White House briefing room. "The White House Correspondents’ Association Board is aware of the … Read More
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How a small Detroit news site busted a foul-mouthed cop

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. A Detroit cop who used Facebook to refer to city residents as "garbage" and came pretty close to bragging about police brutality has retired, the city's police chief announced Thursday. And at … Read More
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Her newsroom was shut down. Then, she decided to run for Congress

At the end of August, after the news organization she helped launch shut down, Wendy Carrillo rented a red Ford Fiesta and took off on a road trip with Lulu, her Maltese poodle. At Reported.ly, where Carrillo was the West Coast anchor and producer, she covered the pipeline protest at Standing Rock in North Dakota. Now, … Read More
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Capital New York co-founders leave Politico

Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran, who founded the politics, culture and media site Capital New York in 2010 before selling it to Politico in 2013, are leaving the company. The departures were announced in a memo to staff from Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris, who also said Politico's statewide operations would be consolidated at Politico headquarters in Rosslyn. Launched … Read More
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Report: Video isn't as popular with viewers as it is with advertisers

Video is now deemed essential for any media organization. But do consumers really like it as much as, say, advertisers? A new report suggests not. For sure, journalism had a huge moment in 2016. In a few short months, Facebook launched a live video offering (and began paying publishers to use it), Snapchat expanded its advertising options, and … Read More
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How to tell an audio story without narration

Standard audio stories have a host introduction, narration, voice tracks and actualities (such as natural sound). But you can also use non-narrated pieces, stories that don't include the reporter's voice or storytelling. Non-narrated pieces aren’t usual, but they can be effective when paired with the right story. These stories can take several forms. First-person essays. This works well for commentaries, … Read More
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The media missed this Trump whopper

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. Donald Trump is nothing if not transparent, especially when it comes to views of the press and outright evasions about his business holdings. That was self-evident at his Wednesday spectacle (labeled "press … Read More
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What will happen to fact-checking in 2017? Here are 7 guesses

Fact-checkers had a big year in 2016; will 2017 prove as eventful? Below are seven predictions of what the year ahead holds in store for fact-checking. As with the 2016 predictions, I promise to return to these when the year is over and evaluate how they fared. (You can check out last year's annotated predictions here). 1. Fact-checkers … Read More
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For the last time, journalists shouldn't pick Hall of Fame winners

I remember an epiphany of sorts I had one morning in Miami in 1991. I was in town as the national college football writer for the Chicago Tribune. A few years earlier, I was asked to participate in the Associated Press’ college football poll. Back then, there wasn’t a committee selecting four teams for a playoff. The national champion was … Read More
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BuzzFeed CEO supports decision to publish Trump dossier

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti supported Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith's decision to publish a 35-page dossier containing damaging, unverified information about President-elect Donald Trump, saying that the company "stand(s) with Ben on his decision to publish this newsworthy document." During his first press conference since becoming president-elect Wednesday, Trump blasted BuzzFeed for publishing the document in its entirety, calling the … Read More
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CNN publishes statement distancing itself from BuzzFeed

CNN sought to distance its reporting on President-elect Donald Trump from an article published by BuzzFeed shortly after he blasted both news organizations during his first press conference since the election. Both BuzzFeed and CNN went public with reports on Tuesday that a British intelligence official had compiled memos indicating that Russian officials might have compromising information about … Read More
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Trump blasts the media during first press conference as president-elect

Donald Trump and his transition team used the president-elect's first press conference to launch an all-out offensive against the media, calling outlets that published adversarial stories "fake news," "disgusting" and "a failing pile of garbage." Sean Spicer, Trump's spokesperson, kicked off the president-elect's press conference with a full-throated denial of allegations of compromising personal and financial information alluded to by … Read More
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How to make routine stories memorable

Stories that reveal system failures or expose abuses of power are important to your audience. But they can seem dry or boring because they tend to be driven by data. The data builds the skeleton of a story, revealing patterns and subplots. But the heart of the story comes from the people whom the data helps you find. The key … Read More
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Seeking to deepen ties with publishers, Facebook rolls out journalism program

Facebook on Wednesday announced a new program of training, products and tools aimed at further solidifying the social network's relationship with publishers, which view the Silicon Valley giant as both a firehose of referral traffic and an at-times fearsome adversary. The program's debut comes days after Facebook hired former TV journalist Campbell Brown to be its head of news … Read More
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The media's not-so-golden moment: Publishing claims of Trump perversion

Good morning. Running an unsubstantiated tale Who'd think there might be a connection between Monica Lewinsky and Donald Trump? Chalk it up to the media's latest self-inflicted wound. On a Sunday in late January of 1998, those of us in Washington bureaus confronted an ABC News story built on a claim from the Drudge Report: Former White House intern Lewinsky … Read More
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