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How The Post and Courier covered the Dylann Roof trial

On Tuesday morning, as they have for so many mornings now, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Abigail Darlington walked into Charleston's District Court at 85 Broad Street with the tools they would need to tell the story. Hawes brought her 8.5-by-11-inch yellow notebook and whatever pen she had grabbed from the newsroom. Smith came ready to liveblog with his … Read More
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Attorney General hearing kicks off a media extravaganza starring Obama and Trump

It was somewhat fitting: While Washington media was transfixed Tuesday by the first of a rapid-fire series of Trump Cabinet nomination hearings, "Let's Make a Deal" was playing on another channel. As Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions was being grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee, gameshow contestants were being quizzed on less urgent matters: the number of floors in the … Read More
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Regulation, the Inquisition, and popular tribunals: Italy's fake news debate just got real

Italy's fake news debate has been so bitter that its U.S. equivalent feels like a schoolyard tiff by comparison. Sure, those upset with Donald Trump's victory have accused Facebook of tilting the election by enabling an unmitigated spread of misinformation, while the president-elect and his team repurposed the fake news epithet to attack mainstream media. The extent to which the phenomenon … Read More
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3 ways typography can create design contrasts

Contrast helps to create focal points on a page and a hierarchy for what readers will see first.  Here are several ways to create contrast in your design. Contrast of Size. The largest headline on a page will draw the reader’s attention first, creating a hierarchy of size that moves the reader from the most important stories to the lesser. Read More
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Why Meryl Streep's defense of the media could backfire

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. John Oliver and Meryl Streep bashed Donald Trump and praised journalism. Donations soared for two nonprofits praised by them: ProPublica and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Hip, hip, hoorah. Truth and justice … Read More
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50 ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act

This November, the Public Broadcasting Act will turn 50. The law created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and later led to the creation of both PBS and NPR. Here are 50 interesting pieces to read or listen to about public media to celebrate the anniversary. (If you have more ideas, please list them in the comments.) Understand the history … Read More
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5 ways to proofread your writing

Mistakes can lurk in your writing, whether it's a story, article, blurb, e-book, caption, tweet, menu, flier, Facebook status, blog post, script, advertisement, graphic novel, comic, brochure, editorial, email, manifesto, letter, birthday card, bumper sticker, wedding invitation, classified ad or graffiti. One cause of errors: You tend to read (or edit) with your memory rather than to actively read what's … Read More
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Committee to Protect Journalists saw a spike in donations after Meryl Streep's speech

Courtney Radsch was just sitting down to watch the Golden Globes when Meryl Streep came on. Radsch, a fan of Streep's, sat down to watch the awards show with her husband and heard the Academy Award-winning actress make an unexpected plug for the Committee to Protect Journalists. "That was pretty exciting," said Radsch, advocacy director at CPJ. "I don’t think … Read More
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The best way to cover President Trump? Stay out of the White House

Watergate. Spying by the National Security Agency. Bungled protection by the Secret Service. These stories have two things in common: Each were major, consequential pieces of journalism about the federal government that got big results. And none of them were broken by the White House press corps. With less than two weeks before Donald Trump is inaugurated … Read More
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Campbell Brown's move to Facebook is an education in poor reporting

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 New York Times reported, "Facebook is turning to a former television news journalist to help smooth over its strained ties to the news media, which views it as both a vital … Read More
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Meryl Streep: 'We need the principled press to hold power to account'

Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep called on journalists to "hold power to account" on Sunday night during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at The Golden Globes. "We need the principled press to hold power to account," Streep said. "To call them on the carpet for every outrage. That's why our founders enshrined the press and … Read More
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Facebook names Campbell Brown head of news partnerships

Facebook's new head of news partnerships will be Campbell Brown, the founding editor in chief of a nonprofit educational news site. Brown, who was previously a journalist for CNN and NBC News, will be "working directly with (Facebook's) partners to help them understand how Facebook can expand the reach of their journalism, and contribute value to their businesses," she … Read More
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Why some publishers are sticking with Medium, for now

This week's news that Medium is laying off 50 employees and closing its offices in Washington, D.C. and New York came as a surprise to the stable of news organizations that signed up to use the site as its publisher. The prospects for Medium, which was sold to publishers as a high-end alternative to traditional web advertising, … Read More
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How Marketplace took on culture, social media and distributed content with one small project

Social cards — images designed for specifically for social media — aren't new. News organizations have been using them to create content and promote their journalism for awhile now. So when Marketplace's Nishat Kurwa took on the idea of social cards for the L.A.-based public media organization, she combined the concepts of distributed content and social promotion. And, … Read More
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How much of a Chicago brutality video should be shown? The media don't agree

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. Even when it comes to brutality, little is left to the media imagination these days. The latest example of the decline in consensus about the acceptable involves the Facebook video of a … Read More
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