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How to fly drones for journalism in the U.S.

About six months ago, we bought a drone to help us cover stories at the Yakima Herald-Republic, a daily newspaper in Yakima, Washington. We’d seen other people’s drone footage of fires and floods and protests, and wanted to get our own. We knew that a drone had a lot of potential to contribute to our news coverage, but we didn’t … Read More
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Don't call Steve Stephens 'The Facebook Killer'

We in the media love nicknames for notorious people. Often, these names are associated with a place or thing that has a random connection, like The Boston Strangler, The Green River Killer or The San Bernardino Shooters. This time it's "The Facebook killer," the shorthand description for the actions of Steve Stephens, who killed an elderly Cleveland man at random, … Read More
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One last lesson from Don Murray, America's greatest writing coach

There were five huge boxes sitting at the loading dock of The Poynter Institute yesterday, waiting for the FedEx truck to pick them up. They are filled with more than 125 file boxes containing the literary effects of Donald M. Murray, in my opinion the most influential writing teacher America has ever known. The precious content of those boxes — … Read More
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A onetime rebel, Fox is being cautious after booting Bill O'Reilly

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. The swashbuckling Murdochs now look as milquetoast as old media rivals whom they upended and disdain. With the belated firing of Bill O'Reilly, the monarchical lords of 21st Century Fox turned 1990s … Read More
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This tool will help you clean up after your online footprints

This article is part of an ongoing series on digital tools for journalists. We've spent the past few weeks talking about tools for keeping reporters and their sources safe. This week, Poynter's Ren LaForme is focusing on a tool that will help you find which information about you is on the internet, what you may want to … Read More
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Meet the journalists who told the inside story of Hillary Clinton's stunning loss

As her email mess was growing, Hillary Clinton scheduled the first national TV interview of her campaign with Brianna Keilar of CNN. It went poorly. But wait. It now turns out that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had meant "Bianna," not "Brianna" when she disclosed her belated intent to a communications aide. She wanted what she figured would be a non-threatening … Read More
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Poynter picks 21 news organizations to participate in local news innovation program

Poynter on Thursday announced a final list of 21 local news organizations that will participate in the Poynter Local News Innovation Project, receiving guidance from the Institute to help them transform their newsrooms into digital-first enterprises. The program, a project of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, is designed to spur digital transformation in local news organizations and will include tiny, … Read More
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Bill O'Reilly scandal illustrates the price of toxic newsroom star culture

It was money that kept Bill O’Reilly in his bulletproof bully’s pulpit at Fox News despite sordid sex harassment claims dating back 13 years. And in the end, it was money — not morals — that catapulted him out. For two decades, O’Reilly has been the acid-tongued, anti-political correctness muse and megaphone of the populist right and scolder of the … Read More
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Is there an untapped market for print in local journalism? No, seriously.

A few months ago, staff at The Minneapolis Star Tribune did something journalists don't always have the time to do: think way ahead. One year in advance, staff photographers shot images of the Minnesota winter for next winter's StarTribune Magazine. The quarterly magazine debuted Sunday, marking a new product for a newsroom that's worked hard over the last … Read More
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A French journalist is bringing fact checks to millions using Facebook Live and his own two feet

Julien Pain was tired of preaching to the choir. After spending several years debunking viral fakes for France 24's Les Observateurs, Pain was on the lookout for a format that would expand the reach of his fact-checking. "I realized I was only reaching people who agreed with me," says Pain. "And people who didn't check their information wouldn't be … Read More
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With the Rhoden Fellowship, The Undefeated is trying to address lack of diversity in sports journalism

Bill Rhoden is frustrated. He doesn’t hold back. “Our industry (sports media) is one of the most segregated parts of journalism,” Rhoden said. Later, he said, “If you’re an editor, and you don’t have any Black reporters, you’re part of the problem.” Rhoden, a 35-year veteran, wants to change a dynamic that still shows few African-Americans writing about sports and … Read More
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How Bill O'Reilly and other TV stars got rich as cable boomed

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. With Bill O'Reilly's ouster the lead story in this morning’s New York Times, a top broadcasting executive sets aside his usual air of certitude to concede one ambiguity: the ratings impact. Read More
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Politico is trying to turn the business model for magazines on its head

I've read a hundred stories and written a few myself on the halting efforts of legacy magazines over the last decade to develop a complementary digital presence. That makes Politico Magazine a novelty. While many publications struggle to convert their ink and paper to pixels, the four-year-old glossy bimonthly is reversing direction with a foray from digital into … Read More
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Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News

"O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly has been ousted from Fox News amid a growing furor over sexual harassment allegations and multiple confidential settlements with former employees at the network. O'Reilly, whose perennial ratings success over multiple decades earned him the moniker "the King of Cable News," will not be returning to the network from a vacation to Italy announced last … Read More
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Is the 'King of Cable News' replaceable?

Even special dispensation from Pope Francis won't save Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly was in a VIP line at the Vatican on Wednesday as a holy war over his employment status was apparently climaxing in New York. He's now a goner from his mega-successful Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor," in a turn of events that will further spotlight the precarious … Read More
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