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Did fake news help elect Trump? Not likely, according to new research

"Fake news" stories favoring Donald Trump far exceeded those favoring Hillary Clinton but did not have a significant impact on the presidential election, concludes a new survey of social and other media consumption. The study, which also downplays the political impact of social media in general, is co-authored by economists Matthew Gentzkow of Stanford University and Hunt Allcott of New … Read More
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How the Times-Picayune is rebuilding its environmental team in a critical time

Mark Schleifstein wasn't at work seven years ago, when an explosion rocked an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. On April 20, 2010, the day of the BP oil spill, the Times-Picayune's environmental reporter was at home on furlough. Schleifstein, whose work won a Pulitzer for Public Service in 1996, got to work anyway covering the massive … Read More
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2 ways to tell stories with polls

Writing about polls or survey results is similar to writing about any news story: It requires attention to the same principles of journalism, such as always reporting with precision and without bias, as well as providing context and looking for the deeper story. Dig Deep — Look at Sub-Groups and Follow-Up Questions Often, the best story can be found by … Read More
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Facing legal threat, German fact-checking project goes offline

Much like U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, the German right-wing populist party has a rocky relationship with the media. The party, ‘Alternative for Germany’ (AfD), recently decided to bar a range of individual journalists as well as the entire German public broadcasting sector from a congress of European right-wing populist parties. Its functionaries and supporters regularly dismiss the news media … Read More
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Baseball writers primed to report the news they made

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. Donald Trump, a beneficiary of performance-enhancing evasions, should note that it's Election Day for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, two of the greatest baseball players — and perhaps cheaters — ever. Do … Read More
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If your newsroom only has one meeting, make it this one

Meetings are usually a waste of time, but make an exception for this one. Every Friday, my team meets to discuss how the week went. We suggest ways to work together better, brainstorm and set goals. This end-of-week meeting is called a retrospective. It gives teams an opportunity to assess how their week went, talk about new ideas and recognize … Read More
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Is the Facebook Live honeymoon over?

At the beginning of 2016, it seemed as if we were all destined to spend our days gawking at live video. Facebook Live, which debuted in April, was everywhere thanks to an enormous boost in reach bestowed by the social network. News organizations, including The New York Times, BuzzFeed and CNN, were churning out live video after … Read More
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With the 2020 report, The New York Times charts a course for its future

Three years ago, The New York Times published its innovation report, an unsparing assessment of the newsroom's many weaknesses. Nearly 100 pages long and full of words like "worrying," "shrinking" and "upheaval," the report described a New York Times that was in a digital standstill while competitors like BuzzFeed, Vox Media and The Washington Post were racing ahead. Today, … Read More
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Why Donald Trump doesn't have a libel case against BuzzFeed

This week, BuzzFeed roiled the media world when editors published a 35-page dossier containing explosive and unverified accusations against President-elect Donald Trump. Shortly after, Trump blasted BuzzFeed in his first press conference since the election, calling the company “a failing pile of garbage.” But does he have grounds to take his grievance from the briefing room to the … Read More
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Not just 'Trump's America': These journalists will spend 100 days digging into Appalachia

Since Lyndon Johnson declared his War on Poverty in the early 1960s, Appalachian journalists have grappled with the portrayal of the region in the press. In his foreword to photographer Roger May’s book "Testify," the Kentucky journalist Silas House lamented that "only the poorest folks got into the newspapers and magazines, perpetuating the stereotype that everyone in the … Read More
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The White House briefing room doesn't matter

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 White House press corps should find inspiration from Clint Eastwood. In dealing with Donald Trump, just repeat the mantra of grizzled detective "Dirty Harry" Callahan: "Go ahead, make my day." Jeff … Read More
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The fight for the White House briefing room

A showdown is brewing over the fate of journalists in President-elect Donald Trump's White House. Several officials from the incoming administration are reportedly considering evicting reporters from their traditional offices inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, sparking concern from the association that assigns journalists seats in the White House briefing room. "The White House Correspondents’ Association Board is aware of the … Read More
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How a small Detroit news site busted a foul-mouthed cop

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. A Detroit cop who used Facebook to refer to city residents as "garbage" and came pretty close to bragging about police brutality has retired, the city's police chief announced Thursday. And at … Read More
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Her newsroom was shut down. Then, she decided to run for Congress

At the end of August, after the news organization she helped launch shut down, Wendy Carrillo rented a red Ford Fiesta and took off on a road trip with Lulu, her Maltese poodle. At Reported.ly, where Carrillo was the West Coast anchor and producer, she covered the pipeline protest at Standing Rock in North Dakota. Now, … Read More
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