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Chicago Sun-Times sold to group including unions, former politician

The Chicago Sun-Times has been sold to a group that includes Chicago unions and former local politician Edwin Eisendrath, it was confirmed Wednesday. A source involved in the deal indicated that it would close by day's end after the paper's owners succumbed to pressure from the Justice Department's antitrust division. The department had made clear it would not approve an … Read More
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Newsday releases review of Kevin Deutsch’s reporting

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the latest report from iMediaEthics, comments from Indira Lakshmanan (the Craig Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at Poynter) and Deutsch's response to Newsday's review. More than four months after it opened an investigation into Kevin Deutsch's reporting history, Newsday has published its results. The Long Island-based newspaper published an editor's note Wednesday … Read More
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CNN goes long, again, with the Trump administration

Censorious Chris Cuomo was chewing up scenery Wednesday – and trying to devour an attorney for Donald Trump. Yet again CNN took on the flavor of next month's made-for-pay-TV tussle between boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor. This week it's been Kellyanne Conway, Sabastian Gorka and Jay Sekulow in the challenger's box on the screen. The … Read More
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Weld, 'Birmingham's newspaper,' has suspended print but is still online

In February, Weld — a free, for-profit weekly in Birmingham, Alabama — launched a crowdfunding campaign and rebranded itself "Weld: Birmingham’s Newspaper." On Wednesday, the publication suspended print, according to a note from publisher Mark Kelly. As of July 13, 2017, Weld is suspending publication of its weekly newspaper until further notice. This suspension is expected to … Read More
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Dana Canedy will be the new administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prizes announced Wednesday that journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Dana Canedy will be the next administrator of the annual journalism competition. She's the first woman and the first person of color to serve in the role. Canedy replaces Mike Pride, who retires at the end of the month after three years in the role. Dana Canedy will be the … Read More
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Our love/hate relationship with the copy desk

The decision of Dean Baquet and other leaders at The New York Times to ditch and switch some copy editors has caused a donnybrook. The copy editors are angry and worried; so is their union; so are other editorial workers at the Times, who fear the erosion of standards with fewer green eyeshades on the job; … Read More
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Why David Brooks 'ruining America' column fell short

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. David Brooks may deserve what we once called a knuckle sandwich. It's one thing to be responsibly provocative, especially as an op-ed columnist. It's another to be sanctimonious, moralizing and off-key, as … Read More
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European policy-makers are not done with Facebook, Google and fake news just yet

ROME — The U.S. and its political context have loomed large over the interventions made by Facebook and Google to combat fake news. Even though the companies are household names all over the world, it was fallback from the revelation that top false stories outperformed real stories ahead of the American election that ultimately moved Facebook to deploy … Read More
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Police praise TV assignment editor for helping rescue hostages

Cobb County, Georgia police praised WSB TV Assignment Editor Stephanie Steiger for helping them rescue two hostages in a bank Friday. Brian Easley, who said he was a former Marine, called Atlanta's WSB TV and told Steiger, “I have a bomb and I’m holding people hostage.” For 45 minutes, Steiger listened to Easley's complaints about the Department of Veterans … Read More
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11 questions to ask before sharing graphic photos, video

Images and videos can be powerful tools to describe extremely difficult subjects. And digital cameras, smartphones and emerging storytelling tools make it easier than ever to share a dizzying array of news images. Yet many of these can be graphic or gruesome. Here are some questions to help you decide what, where or whether to broadcast, publish or share visually … Read More
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Knight Institute sues President Trump over Twitter blocking

The Knight First Amendment Institute has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his communication teams, alleging that they're violating the Constitution by blocking people on Twitter. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Southern District of New York today on behalf of seven individuals blocked by the @realdonaldtrump account, seeks to have the court determine that Trump's exclusion of … Read More
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Quartz is using vertical video to make its long-form journalism mobile-first

Vertical video and native ads with artificial intelligence would have sounded like science fiction only five years ago. Today, they're both part of Quartz's latest project. On Tuesday, the digital business news site launched an ambitious new project in its Machines with Brains "obsession," a content vertical focusing on the development and application of AI. While very much in keeping with Quartz's brand, the package … Read More
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