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New union owners pledge 'firewall' with Sun-Times newsroom

New union owners of The Chicago Sun-Times have assured its editor-publisher that they will not push their views on politics and policy on the newsroom, he said Friday. Publisher-Editor Jim Kirk reiterated remarks made on local television Thursday as he emailed, "The union leaders who lead the ownership group have assured me and the staff that there will … Read More
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Write Field: 'Awakening minds and fueling a passion for writing'

Khalil Turner wore a tuxedo for the first time for the Write Field program’s graduation ceremony. Last year, the soft-spoken student had trouble staying on track during class and was afraid to raise his hand. But on the night of the ceremony, dressed in that tuxedo, Turner felt comfortable in the spotlight. In front of a crowd of … Read More
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Ohio editor argues media blowing it on Trump-Russia

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. Coverage of the Trump campaign and Russia dominated the news this morning, even as President Trump celebrated Bastille Day in sunny Paris. Still, Main Street America seems to be saying "nyet" when … Read More
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In his Revisionist History podcast, Malcolm Gladwell really wants you to know why golf is evil (among other things)

Each episode of Malcolm Gladwell's podcast begins with a simple inquiry — it could be about an event, a person, an idea or even a song. But by the time it's over, your mouth's agape and you're questioning everything you know. "I literally would do a story on anything," he told Poynter. Ain't that the truth. Now halfway through its second season, … Read More
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7 questions to help you organize new ideas

You've brainstormed some ideas for your organization. Now it's time to evaluate how well they might work. The answers to these questions can help shape any idea: Are you willing to try an idea even if it isn’t theoretically practical? How dramatic is the change that the innovative idea requires? How quickly can management/staff adapt to this change? Should a … Read More
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SAG/AFTRA has posted an NPR contract countdown clock

As promised, SAG/AFTRA, the union that represents more than 400 on-air and off-air workers at National Public Radio, published a website Thursday complete with a countdown clock timed to Friday midnight when the temporary extension of the current contract expires. The union says, "The Future of NPR is at stake." And Becky Sullivan, a union shop steward and … Read More
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This tool will help you show what you're trying to tell

This week, we talk about a tool that's been around for awhile that you may not have considered as a way to illustrate your work. Kristen Hare: Hey, Ren, before we get started, I’m not sure if we’ve ever told people how we choose the tools we highlight. I know that from my end when we sit down to talk … Read More
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USA Today managing editor for news: 'Change is like oxygen: We need it to exist.'

This is part of a series of questions and answers with leaders at news organizations. I asked leaders to think about the challenges they face in their news organizations and to share guidance and advice. Whether your news organization is small or large, a start-up or more than 100 years old, the issues are often the … Read More
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Journalism 101 prompts whiff by golf's leaders at Trump National

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. USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan threw a softball to the lords of golf assembled at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey for the U.S. Women's Open. “Does the USGA have … Read More
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NPR-SAG/AFTRA contract talks are either 'productive' or 'frustrating' depending on who you talk with

National Public Radio says contract talks with the SAG-AFTRA union that represents more than 400 on- and off-air NPR employees are "productive." The union says talks are "frustrating," and "not going well." Becky Sullivan, a union shop steward and a member of the bargaining team, told Poynter that a federal mediator met with both sides Monday and Tuesday but talks … Read More
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NYT memo on editing cuts: '...we believe it was deliberate, fair and necessary.'

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn have updated the newspaper of record's staff in a memo about changes to the editing structure and process. "We have taken some critical steps in remaking our editing system for the digital age. More than 100 editors, mainly from the copy desk but also from other parts of the … Read More
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