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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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In many communities, the best local journalism is not coming from print

Editor's note: This article was previously published on Medium. The author is the executive director of LION Publishers, a national network of independent news sites. Margaret Sullivan is right to sound the alarm about what steep newspaper cuts are doing to local journalism across the country, but her April 16 Washington Post column misses the story of what … Read More
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One Fusion editor is taking road trips around the country to work with local journalists

After the election, after a tough round of layoffs at Fusion, features editor Nona Willis Aronowitz pitched an idea to her higher-ups. She wanted to get out of the office. "I was doing a little bit of soul-searching about what we could do to really be part of this conversation," Aronowitz said. Normally, she said, editors sit behind desks … Read More
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Bloomberg and Postlight team up to annotate the world's news

Just how rich is Jeff Bezos? If you're at your keyboard, the answer is just a Google search away: $75.6 billion. But if you're swiping through an article that doesn't include the info (or has an out-of-date figure) on your phone, you have to spend an extra minute or three tapping out the question to come up with an … Read More
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The press was hoodwinked by the Trump administration's bogus North Korea news

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 was a military move heralded worldwide: The Trump administration was sending the U.S.S. Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to the Sea of Japan as a warning to the nutbag in North Korea. Read More
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U.S. Press Freedom Tracker will keep tabs on the safety of journalists in America

A coalition of advocacy organizations including the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Index on Censorship have settled on a name for their forthcoming press freedom website, and a journalist to lead it. Peter Sterne, who has covered digital and print media for Politico since 2014, will spearhead U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a … Read More
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Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse

Editor's note: This article was previously published on Medium.com. It is being republished here with the author's permission. Starting in January of this year, we at the Chicago Tribune started to anecdotally see a fairly significant change in our post reach. We weren’t seeing a huge difference in post consumption or daily average reach, but we were just seeing … Read More
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Fake news, a Snapchat clone and other things to expect from Mark Zuckerberg's keynote at f8 today

The journalism world will be watching today at 10 a.m. PST as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes the stage at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose to deliver the keynote for the company's annual developer conference. The conference has become appointment viewing for media types in recent years, as Facebook's massive reach gives it enormous power over the publishing … Read More
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Local Edition: What do journalists need to stop doing to survive?

This article originally ran in Local Edition, our newsletter dedicated to mapping the future of local news, together. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. One of the hardest things for me when I started at Poynter was aggregation. Also Twitter. And writing breaking news as it happened instead of hours after. Read More
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Comparing parental leave policies in American newsrooms

Last year, I received an email from someone who worked in a mid-sized newsroom. She explained that she would soon be having a baby, and she was concerned about the paid parental leave policy in her organization. A policy existed, but it wasn’t great — and she wasn’t sure how to compare the policy with other newsrooms, or even if … Read More
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By demonizing journalists, Trump has prepared the way for something far darker

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. President Trump's portrayal of the press as "enemy" is not only a godsend for the circulation and ratings of some media but now for an emerging cottage industry of footnote-laden academic dissections. Read More
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Boston Globe's plan for digital reinvention: Be ready for constant change

The Boston Globe's much-awaited plan for digital reinvention came out Monday in a 3,000-plus word memo from Editor Brian McGrory. The changes, which result from a year of rethinking what they do and how they do it, are similar in many ways to others at newsrooms across the country. The newsroom's day … Read More
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Sean Spicer gives swampy explanation for keeping White House logs secret

When it comes to full disclosure of White House visitors, big and small, Sean Spicer underscored Monday that the faraway past is now prologue. Monday's post-Easter Egg Roll briefing opened with a mix of questions on North Korean's obvious military belligerence and President Trump's equally conspicuous administrative opacity. Several reporters confronted Press Secretary Sean Spicer with the decision not … Read More
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With help from Trump, TV and cocktails, New York is trying to turn its rabid fans into an events business

Most money-making ideas in journalism don't involve holding a pajama party while slurping bloody marys. But come May, that's exactly what the pop culture-obsessed team at Vulture plans to do. Vulture isn't turning to drink because it's harder than ever to make money in journalism (although it's pretty bleak out there). No, they're knocking a few back at the … Read More
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