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Fact-checking changes minds but not votes, according to new research

Facts-don't-matter headline writers take note: According to new research, fact-checking may be an effective medicine against misinformation. However, it doesn't seem likely to move people at the ballot box. A study published today by Royal Society Open Science concentrated specifically on statements — both factual and inaccurate — made by Donald Trump during the Republican primary campaign. Read More
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Press freedom organizations are teaming up to start a news site

In the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump has called journalists the "enemy of the American people" (twice), assailed unflattering reporting as "fake news" and brought aboard a press secretary who's shut news organizations out of a briefing. It's behavior that has press freedom organizations across the United States worried. So, they're working together to … Read More
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Craigslist founder gives $1 million to ProPublica

Craig Newmark, the entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded Craigslist, announced on Wednesday a $1 million gift to ProPublica. The gift will "allow ProPublica to deploy resources and address opportunities, including adding staff, where they are most needed over a wide range of issues in the public interest," according to an announcement from the investigative nonprofit. "A trustworthy press is the … Read More
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Trump's speech should remind journalists that tone matters

The news cycle this morning is breathing a collective sigh of relief: President Donald J. Trump can do the presidential thing. But as they reflect on the president's bearing, journalists should also turn their powers of analysis back upon themselves. That feeling you get, when you hear the president and his staff repeatedly take a hostile tone with the press? … Read More
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Matt DeRienzo on how local independent online news is kind of like craft beer

When Matt DeRienzo started working with Local Independent Online News Publishers two years ago, he thought the local news business had hit the bottom of cuts and layoffs. He was wrong. Cuts have continued at newsrooms around the country, leaving fewer journalists covering local news. Meanwhile, LION, an organization created to connect local independent online news outfits with each other, … Read More
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Trump's big speech spawns marathon of media fawning

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. If you were out last night, leading a normal life, here's your CliffsNotes on the media consensus for President Trump big address to Congress: "Good and polished speech..." "Trump's best, albeit the … Read More
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News organizations hiccup as Amazon servers malfunction

Several news organizations, including BuzzFeed, Mic and Business Insider, were affected by today's glitch with Amazon Web Services. Amazon Web Services, one of the largest hosting providers in the world, is experiencing problems in its U.S. East region, which contains many of the servers that news organizations headquartered on the East Coast rely upon. "We're working as quickly as … Read More
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How building trust with your audience is like dating

This piece was originally published by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. It has been republished with permission. You can join the author for a free Webinar about building trust on Facebook at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Relationships take work. You don’t get intimacy without putting in some time. You don’t ask … Read More
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Local Edition: Here's why journalists stay in the business

This was originally published in our weekly newsletter, Local Edition, which is a product of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative. Subscribe here. Have you ever had a party and looked around the room at some point and thought, Wow, there are a lot of cool people here? Well, that’s how my inbox felt this week. Thanks to everyone … Read More
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There are now 114 fact-checking initiatives in 47 countries

Facts may be passé, but fact-checking appears to be a growth industry. The latest figures by the Duke Reporters' Lab indicate there are 114 dedicated fact-checking teams in 47 countries. When the Lab first counted up fact-checkers in 2014, the same number was 44. While some of this increase is a matter of identification rather than creation — Duke … Read More
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Here are 42 ideas for your newsroom's next newsletter

Every so often, I like to dream about how we could think differently about the building blocks of the news industry. So far, I’ve tackled headlines, homepages, bylines, analytics, podcast ideas, comment sections and ideas for covering the President; in today’s installment, I’ll list some new ideas for newsletters. The nice thing about … Read More
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U.S. News and World Report unveils state-by-state rankings

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. Rating colleges proved a gold mine for U.S. News & World Report. Tuesday brings the rollout of what might be another: assessing the 50 states. It's why Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and … Read More
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Sean Spicer manages to avoid making news in latest press conference

Frictions? Between the press corps and the White House?! Monday's White House press briefing made Sunday night's languorous (if now comically notorious) Oscars ceremony look like the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus (absent the elephants). It was all tranquil, rife with policy questions and only one passing reference to Friday's combo tumult: President Trump trashing the press before … Read More
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Months after breaking the Panama Papers, ICIJ is going independent

Shortly after breaking the Panama Papers, an international exclusive that shed light on illegal offshore banking around the globe, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists should have been riding high. Instead, the scrappy cross-border investigative team was facing the dreary prospect of laying staffers off due to a financial squeeze at its parent organization, the Center for Public Integrity. Read More
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Journalism can't afford for corrections to be next victim of 'fake news' frenzy

In a Facebook post, Barbara Tyler is merciless. "Hey, did anyone think of proofreading your headline today before the paper went to press? I am pretty sure Trump did not replace his vice president. Fake news at its best. Sometimes I wonder why I continue to subscribe to your paper." Tyler was responding to an extraordinary slip-up by The … Read More
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