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Chicago TV makes right call by running violent Facebook video cautiously

For the past 24 hours, Chicago media have been cautiously running gruesome video of four people tying up, cutting, beating and taunting a mentally disabled man while broadcasting the ordeal live on Facebook. The video is hard to watch. One of the captors slapped the victim repeatedly and used a knife to cut the victim's clothing then cut a plug … Read More
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Tucker Carlson gets a Fox promotion, Greta Van Susteren gets an MSNBC gig

A revolving door of cable news show hosts continued spinning Thursday as Tucker Carlson got a new gig at Fox News, while former colleague Greta Van Sustern got a new home at MSNBC. Two days after Megyn Kelly announced she was leaving a popular Fox perch for NBC News, Fox moved quickly and promoted Carlson to her prime-time spot. That … Read More
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Washington Post's Express corrects: 'We erroneously used a male symbol instead of a female symbol'

It's not exactly "Dewey defeats Truman," but the cover of Thursday's Express, The Washington Post's free publication, is a doozy. The cover, which leads with the origins of this year's Women's March on Washington, shows people scattered into a well-known symbol. The problem? It's the wrong symbol. Mid-morning Thursday, Express tweeted an apology: … Read More
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Why the press is 'utterly unprepared' for Trump

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. Embedded plentifully during the presidential campaign, the press may now leave most consumers in the cold. I'd been talking to Merrill Brown, director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair, … Read More
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This year, try focusing on job fulfillment

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Happy 2017, friends! I gave up on yearlong resolutions a few years back, but I still adore fresh beginnings and all the promise they hold. Instead of setting specific goals this year, I’m focusing on the kind of work I want to do, the kinds of days … Read More
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40 things I learned about the writing craft in 40 years

This is the first piece I have published since my official retirement from Poynter on New Year’s Eve. I have lots of work ahead of me, but it has been fun and instructive to look back. If you reach your destination in decent shape, it’s easy to forget the bumps in the road behind you. Better to look at the … Read More
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Twitter launches in-stream verification badges

Twitter just made it a little easier to determine which users have that little blue tick. Beginning today, the social network is identifying verified users in additional places across its platform. This means tweets from verified accounts will be marked as such in Twitter's main timeline rather than exclusively on their individual pages. Previously, users had to navigate to each … Read More
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The Boston Globe's major overhaul is underway

Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory on Wednesday afternoon detailed the finer points of a massive reorganization aimed at reinventing the newspaper for the digital age. After months of consultation with staff members throughout the newsroom, McGrory outlined 10 big changes that are coming to The Globe in the coming months. Among them: a complete overhaul of the newsroom's beat structure, … Read More
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How to choose the best multimedia elements for your story

As you plan your multimedia story, you have to decide which tools would best tell each part of the story. Here are some guidelines for choosing different media. Still photos are the best medium for emphasizing a strong emotion, for staying with an important point in a story or for creating a particular mood. They’re often more dramatic and … Read More
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The fact-checking tools David Fahrenthold used on Trump’s charity claims

In a surprise announcement on Christmas Eve, President-elect Donald Trump declared that he planned to shut down his private foundation. After touting the foundation's contributions, Trump declared that, in order "to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President I have decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways." The … Read More
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Don't want the public to see your newsroom's gossip? Don't put it on Slack

Last year, instant messages from Gawker staffers were cited as evidence in the defamation lawsuit filed by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. What they revealed wasn't pretty: tasteless jokes about the former pro-wrestler’s sexual trysts and his genitals, snide remarks that weren't meant for publication. The transcripts quickly became a cautionary tale for journalists who might exchange sensitive information … Read More
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Could changing the way bylines look help increase trust with readers?

How does journalism signal its trustworthiness to an audience that has lost confidence in its ability to be fair? That’s been the ongoing question behind The Trust Project, which has convened journalism strategists and leaders over the past year to identify and develop tools which may help build trust with readers. The initiative, which is based at the Markkula … Read More
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How a small public radio station uses a bread truck to spark community engagement

Editor’s note: Localore: Finding America is a national initiative from the Association for Independents in Radio supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tenore, Poynter's former editor, is an AIR freelancer who is helping identify lessons learned from the initiative. When Jess Mador … Read More
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Hiring Megyn Kelly was smart...but it's no guarantee

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. NBC's hiring of Megyn Kelly of Fox News falls rather short of the strategic genius of George S. Patton, Erwin Rommel or Napoleon Bonaparte. It's a no-brainer. She's very good, young (46) … Read More
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Environmental journalists have a new beat: Coping with climate disaster

As Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Connecticut coast late October of 2012 and Gov. Dannel Malloy pled with residents to find high ground, reporter Neena Satija couldn’t shake one thought: “We are clearly not prepared for this." Sandy passed, and sheer luck spared the state the worst of its impacts. But did officials acknowledge the averted disaster? Not … Read More
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