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With a new tool, The Marshall Project has turned the internet into a tipline

Last month, Tom Meagher was on vacation in Prague when he got an email from a tipster. It was important news. Meagher, the deputy managing editor of The Marshall Project, checked his phone and saw that a Texas court was staying the execution of Rolando Ruiz, a convicted San Antonio hitman. He read the court's decision, then updated The … Read More
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Reporter who rappelled down a 245-foot-high building: 'Yeah, I did look down'

Reporter Craig Hill isn't a huge fan of heights. Keep that in mind while watching him rappel down a 245-foot-high hotel in downtown Tacoma, Washington: .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%}   Despite his feelings about heights, Hill, who covers the outdoors for The (Olympia, Washington) Olympian and The (Tacoma, Washington) News Tribune, is lucky to have a job where he gets … Read More
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Chicago Tribune endorses Gary Johnson for president

The Chicago Tribune is clearly unconcerned that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson didn't know what Aleppo is, couldn't identify a single foreign leader for Chris Matthews and was clueless about the identity of Harriet Tubman. It's endorsed him for president. It's either journalism courage and candor or, perhaps, its own Aleppo moment. A day after USA Today "disendorsed" Donald … Read More
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Is the National Enquirer in bed with Donald Trump?

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. If you were at last night's Trump SoHo 90th birthday bash in Manhattan for The National Enquirer, you could have told its fearless editorial leaders how much you enjoy their current fare. Read More
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Newspapers hit with a wave of requests to take down embarrassing archived stories

Legacy news organizations have been trying for more than a decade to crack the code of what to publish digitally, where and when. Now they are fielding a different kind of urgent request from readers — can you "unpublish" that? The cause is obvious — people routinely get Googled by potential employers, dating partners or the just plain curious. That … Read More
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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