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3 tips for covering sexual violence with compassion

Twenty percent of the population will experience sexual violence during their lifetimes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Covering those crimes requires nuanced reporting, respect for sexual assault survivors and concern for one’s own mental wellness. Here are three tips from Poynter’s News University on the proper way to approach stories about sexual violence: Allow … Read More
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Layoffs come to the East Bay Times after Pulitzer win

Earlier this month, the staff of the East Bay Times won a Pulitzer Prize for their breaking news coverage of the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire. Last week, their editor informed them of coming newsroom layoffs. "The timing's unfortunate coming after the Pulitzers, but the alternative would be not to have told people as soon as we knew what … Read More
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Reporter takes the David Fahrenthold approach to covering ESPN layoffs

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. It's a crowdsourced and premature obituary. Richard Deitsch, a sports media columnist for Sports Illustrated, took to Facebook Tuesday with a declaration and a request for information that underscores troubles in … Read More
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Gannett earnings forecast a bleak 2017 for newspaper companies

Warnings were that the first quarter of 2017 would be about as bad financially as the final two of 2016 for newspaper organizations. That proved to be the case today as Gannett kicked off the reporting season for publicly traded companies. Acquisitions led to some revenue growth. But comparing same properties: Print advertising revenues were down 17.7 percent compared … Read More
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With Briefing, The Information muscles in on news aggregators like Techmeme

Ever heard of Google Blogsearch, Blogrunner or TechFuga? No? You're probably not alone. Each service tried and failed to dethrone Techmeme as the place where Silicon Valley die-hards get their up-to-the-minute dose of headlines about the tech industry. Techmeme has hung around for more than a decade in various incarnations and still boasts an influential readership that includes Facebook … Read More
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You can now tell Google that Obama was not the 8th Black U.S. president

Late last year, Google tweaked its search algorithm to fix a pesky problem: Users who asked the search engine whether the Holocaust occurred were served a post from the White supremacist site Stormfront denying its existence as a top result. Similar problems occasionally arise with Google's featured "snippets," the prominently displayed boxes that highlight highly-cited answers from around the … Read More
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Local Edition: Journalists need to unlearn 'we are the authority.' 'We are not.'

This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. What do you need to unlearn to stay in journalism? This week, two journalists named almost exactly the same thing. That’s not rare, but it struck me as interesting … Read More
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Report: New censorship tactics combine the worst old practices and the newest technology

Old-school censorship and repressive government tactics have combined with technology and social media to create a new and troubling press freedom climate for journalists around the world, according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. That combination has resulted in more killings and arrests of journalists than CPJ has ever documented, according to the report. At … Read More
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Can a future-of-work newsroom thrive inside a jobs site? Ladders is about to find out

To hear Ryan Sager tell it, classified ads aren't dead. They just need a little reimagination. "What you've got here is a great 19th century newspaper model with classified ads, just with no news hole," said Sager, a longtime journalist with stints at Time, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. "And we're here to be the news … Read More
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Rupert Murdoch's biggest worry? Money, not politics

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. To understand the ethical and moral morass facing the Murdoch empire, skip Fox News Channel and take a walk to your local supermarket or pharmacy. Be it the produce or dental hygiene … Read More
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With its new redesign, HuffPost wants to become a working-class digital tabloid (and make its splashy headlines go viral)

The Huffington Post shed its old look and several syllables this morning as it unveiled a new redesign and changed its name to HuffPost. It's the first total overhaul in the website's nearly 12-year history and marks a refocusing of HuffPost's editorial vision under its new-ish Editor-in-Chief, Lydia Polgreen. "We’re doubling down on our bold, splashy style, and serving up … Read More
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VR holds promise for journalists, but newsroom adoption has remained sluggish

Newsrooms around the world are experimenting with virtual reality more and more, but mass adoption of the medium has been slowed by the lack of quality content and an industry-wide inability to make money from it. That's the gist of a new report, released this evening by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, that tracks adoption of … Read More
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Fact-checking booms in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — The news of Maria Eduarda Alves da Conceição’s death dominated headlines in this city that has become painfully familiar with extreme levels of violence. The 13-year old was killed in a schoolyard last month when a gunfight erupted outside between the police and gang members. As authorities scrambled to investigate who had fired the fatal shots, … Read More
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Why The Daily Beast doesn't publish Trump stories on Sunday mornings

The presidency of Donald Trump is the most important story in the world, said Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon. But it's not the only story. That's why, for the last few weeks, The Daily Beast has decided not to publish Trump-related news on Sunday mornings, opting instead to run longer, in-depth stories that give its readers a look at … Read More
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