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Snopes turns to readers to avoid shutting down: 'we need your help'

Editor's note: This article has been updated with information from Snopes' GoFundMe page, comments from Snopes founder David Mikkelson and Karl Kronenberger, Proper Media's attorney. It seems that the ongoing legal battle between Snopes and one of its former contractors is beginning to take a toll. The popular debunking site published a plea to its readers Monday requesting they donate … Read More
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Apply for the 2017 International Fact-Checking Network fellowships

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at Poynter is accepting applications for its annual fellowship program. The two fellowships, worth $2,500 each, are aimed at fact-checkers seeking to spend time embedded at a fact-checking organization in another country to be exposed to best practices they wish to adopt. The inaugural fellows worked on automation and fact-checking on television. Read More
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Gannett's Storytellers Project has spread to 21 cities (and it's making some money)

Megan Finnerty started a live storytelling event in Phoenix for the Gannett-owned Arizona Republic six years ago. The initial concept was simple: produce live performances in front of ticketed audiences. Since then, that show has grown into a company-wide initiative called "The Storyteller's Project" that has taken off across the country, Finnerty said. It's spread from The … Read More
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President Trump lied about The New York Times (again). Will it make any difference?

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 the great Ella Fitzgerald were around during these days of Trump, here's what she might be singing: "Summertime, and the lying is easy, Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is … Read More
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News organizations are using Nextdoor to connect with readers block-by-block

Late last year, the San Diego Union-Tribune began a daunting project: Create an almanac for the San Diego metropolitan area, a region that 3.1 million residents call home. As they began profiling the city's smaller communities (there are lots), journalists at the Union-Tribune realized there was a huge reservoir of information they hadn't tapped yet: Nextdoor. Yes, that … Read More
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Southern California News Group announces buyout plan

Journalists at newspapers in Digital First Media's Southern California News Group got a memo on Friday announcing an unspecified number of buyouts, OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano reported Friday. The news of buyouts was a bit better than the layoffs the newsroom was expecting thanks to a pretty sloppy move, Arellano reported: Those sources were working off a bombshell … Read More
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McClatchy quarterly results and forecast show more stormy weather ahead for newspaper organizations

As expected, McClatchy today reported some encouraging gains in several of its digital businesses but a big second quarter loss – $37.4 million on revenues of $225 million. The report also included an ominous forecast with implications for the rest of the industry – deep print advertising losses are not expected to ease in the second half of this … Read More
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Here's why Sean Spicer left Washington's worst job

President Trump's own version of "Game of Thrones" took a predictably melodramatic turn Friday with the resignation of Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Ultimately, the exit reflected a real-world clash of various competing power centers, albeit with no actual sex or bloody murders. So one saw the figurative beheading of Spicer amid Trump's apparently unilateral decision to hire financial executive-turned-TV pundit … Read More
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'Every man has a limit': Twitter responds to Sean Spicer's resignation

After it was reported that Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary Friday, Twitter users reacted in the typical way — by posting GIFs, memes, jokes and other reactions to the news. Spicer, who had served as President Donald Trump's media liaison since December, reportedly left because of the president's appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications … Read More
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First, Trump appointed a new White House communications director. Then, Sean Spicer resigned.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the news of Sarah Huckabee Sanders' promotion to press secretary. After President Donald Trump appointed a new White House communications director Friday morning, Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary. Spicer, who had served as Trump's media liaison since December, told the president that he vehemently opposed the appointment of New York financier Anthony … Read More
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By dismantling its copy desk, The New York Times is making a mistake that's been made before

Two decades ago, I wrote a critical essay titled “Goodbye Copy Desks, Hello Trouble.” What prompted that Newspaper Research Journal piece was a brief experiment in eliminating free-standing copy desks – an approach taken in the mid-’90s by a few regional newspapers. Those papers thought that moving copy editors onto reporting or production teams would solve some long-standing … Read More
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Digital may be the future, but print still looms large in the present fortunes of newspapers

Another installment in the tale of newspaper earnings woes kicks off this week. In reports on the second quarter, expect to hear CEOs tout how the growth of digital audience and digital subscriptions is a bright spot. But I have been harvesting some statistics suggesting that print circulation revenues are far from a side issue for these transforming companies. Take … Read More
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A damning report on Trump and the press

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. Surpassed poor Obama record on transparency "Over the first six months of this young presidency, President Donald J. Trump’s approach to the office has been characterized by self-interest, defiance of basic … Read More
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