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Is Facebook a publisher? Murder in Cleveland raises the question again

By now, it's a common refrain: Facebook insists that it's not a media company, even though it does exactly what most news organizations do: Show its users advertising that's adjacent to content relevant to their interests. The "we're not a media company" claim is meant to obviate Facebook's responsibility to make the kind of discerning choices about content that … Read More
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How The New York Times decides which stories to link to (and which ones to match)

Even though The New York Times has a staff of more than 1,000 journalists that produce roughly 230 articles per day — the equivalent of a daily Harry Potter book — there's some stories they just can't get. Controversial (but worthy) opinion pieces, harrowing first-person accounts and profiles of reclusive celebrities all exist beyond the walled garden of … Read More
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BuzzFeed admits 'millennial' into its styleguide

BuzzFeed has dropped its long-standing resistance to "millennial" and will permit usage of the word in its copy, the company announced Friday. In a post co-published with Columbia Journalism Review, BuzzFeed copy gurus Emmy Favilla and Megan Paolone explained their decision to allow unironic use of the word: It seems that millennials have now reclaimed millennial. Pretty soon, … Read More
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Journalists cry foul at White House plan to keep visitor logs secret

Journalists and open-government advocates on Friday derided the Trump administration's decision not to release visitor logs to the White House, in a break with policy established by the Obama administration. The Trump administration's refusal to make visitor logs public, which was reported first by Time, was greeted with pushback by journalists working at left-leaning and right-leaning publications as well … Read More
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The Washington Post says it was disqualified from Emmys due to its 'unfair advantage'

Update: The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences issued a reply to The Washington Post Friday night. It's copied in its entirety below. The Washington Post has been disqualified from 12 Emmy categories in a regional contest, and a senior editor at the paper isn't happy about it. Micah Gelman, the head … Read More
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Meet the woman who brings CNN's political coverage to the web

If you were tuning into CNN one evening in early January, you would've watched a quartet of reporters break a big story live on air: Intel chiefs presented President Trump with claims that Russian agents tried to compromise him. Except you didn't have to be watching CNN to see the story. You could have spotted Jake Tapper breaking the … Read More
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Gawker founder's next act: Something with internet forums

After taking about a month off in the wake of his settlement with the plaintiffs represented by Peter Thiel's lawyer, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton will begin a new project: Building internet forums. In an interview with journalist Aaron Lammer on the new podcast "Stoner," Denton called the design of internet forums his "obsession" and said that bridging the … Read More
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Poynter to honor Judy Woodruff with lifetime achievement award

Judy Woodruff, a pioneering broadcast journalist and the anchor and managing editor of "PBS Newshour," will be the 2017 recipient of the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, the institute announced Thursday. "It is such an honor to be recognized by Poynter, which from the day it opened its doors has been dedicated to nourishing excellent journalism as the … Read More
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And the winner for the best Pulitzer Prize lead in 2017 is….

With apologies to Antony and Julius Caesar, we have come not to bury leads but to praise them. We would expect winners of Pulitzer Prizes to craft good leads — and this year they have. It is not always the case. Even in the digital age, reporters can bury a lead. Or they can write "suitcase" leads with tons of … Read More
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Are the photos of Syria's dead children a form of propaganda?

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 as President Trump grapples daily with the truth, it's hard to find fault with this assertion at his press conference with NATO's chief: "And everybody in this room saw it all … Read More
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Sometimes you need to lean out

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. One of the most common pieces of work advice I give women is to know when and how to put themselves first. We need to be healthy, physically and mentally, in order to be effective leaders, productive employees and empathetic coworkers. We need … Read More
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Here's how local newsrooms can collaborate on big projects

Journalists, as competitive and scoop-seeking as we are, have started doing something uncharacteristic. More and more, we're working together. Those partnerships have resulted in big impact and big rewards, including a few Pulitzer Prizes. That happened again in 2017. And this year, one of those collaborations included a local newsroom. Read More
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How the Freedom of Information Act applies to federal agencies

Freedom of information is instrumental to journalism and essential for democracy. FOI laws grant you the right to know what your government is doing — how it spends your tax dollars, how it creates and implements policy and how it makes decisions that affect you. Before you can use the Freedom of Information Act for your research or reporting, you … Read More
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