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Megyn Kelly will leave Fox News for NBC

Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for NBC News, bringing an end to one of the most protracted and public contract negotiations for a television news personality in years. The "Kelly File" host is getting a three-part deal at NBC News: She will host a new one-hour daytime program, anchor a new Sunday evening news magazine show and contribute to … Read More
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BuzzFeed News hires 'FOIA terrorist' Jason Leopold from Vice News

BuzzFeed's legal team has helped reporters pry more than 70,000 pages of documents from government agencies with FOIA requests. That number is about to increase in a big way. On Tuesday, BuzzFeed News announced the hiring of investigative journalist Jason Leopold, who has made a living — and eked out tons of scoops — by deluging the federal government with Freedom … Read More
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9 approaches to fact-checking and verification

Tools and technologies play a key role in verification. But traditional journalistic approaches remain essential. Be skeptical of everything that crosses your path, guard against assumptions and work with colleagues to bring fresh eyes to what you find. Here are some verification practices to apply: Develop human sources Be skeptical when something sounds too good to be true Consult credible … Read More
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How the team of wonks at Vox will cover Trump's presidency

To understand how Donald Trump will change America, don't listen to his speeches, says Vox Editor-in-Chief Ezra Klein. Instead, look at the president-elect's policies, he said. "This idea that Donald Trump exists in some state of quantum unknowability is going to end the day that he raises his hand and takes the oath of office," Klein said. "So we need … Read More
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Why new journalism grads are optimistic about 2017

Since today's college journalism students have been in school, the forecasts for their futures has been filled with words like "layoffs," "cutbacks," "buyouts" and "freelance." And yet, when I asked journalism professor friends of mine to recommend top graduating students I should interview, I found every newly minted journalist optimistic about the future, despite the uncertainties that await them. I … Read More
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Here are the biggest media mysteries of 2017

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. Certitude is the stuff of visionaries, the mask of con artists and a coin of the realm in media. You need only experience the pregnant pause of a TV news booker when … Read More
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2016 showed us there's no sure thing in sports media

It wasn’t that long ago that there were a few sure things in this world: — ESPN would continue to print money thanks to fees from its 100 million-person subscriber base. — The NFL would continue to generate massive TV ratings thanks to an insatiable demand for all things football. — The Cubs would continue their century-plus run of … Read More
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Culture guides how your newsroom reacts to everything that comes its way

Here’s something you don’t hear enough: Journalists, you’re doing a good job. Chances are good that you learned a new skill this year and put it into action. Maybe 2016 was the year you started using Snapchat to tell global stories. Perhaps you figured out how to use GIFs, or augmented your reporting with data. It’s also … Read More
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There's power in vulnerability

Over the past nine months, I’ve admitted some big weaknesses to hundreds of strangers. I’ve spoken about my struggles with low self-esteem, battles with self-care and history with anxiety. I’ve divulged uncertainties about starting a family and taking on bigger responsibilities at work. And I’ve shared it all in a newsletter that’s devoted to women … Read More
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It's time to stop saying 'old media'

This year, I visited six newsrooms. Some had low-ceilinged cubicle mazes with coffee-stained carpets and newsprint towers. Some had quote-covered glass meeting spaces and slick, quiet rooms. At all of them, I found local legacy newsrooms, or "old media" as they're often called, doing the work of digital journalism. In one case, the print product was an afterthought. In another, … Read More
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The Gannett-Tronc bidding war showed us why people are still investing in legacy media

Arguably the biggest newspaper business story of 2016 was Gannett's failed (for now) bid to take over Tronc. What the broken deal says about the industry, however, is more than a little ambiguous. For starters, consider that 2016 was a particularly hard year financially, with advertising revenue losses that started bad and got even worse in the fall.  Both … Read More
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On today's front pages: Carrie Fisher, 1956-2016

Front pages on Wednesday led with a last salute to actress Carrie Fisher, who died on Tuesday at age 60. Many of the fronts feature images of Fisher in her iconic role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" franchise. Here's a quick collection, via Newseum: United States: … Read More
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Want to be a good writer? Keep talking.

I am retiring from The Poynter Institute on New Year’s Eve. As my wife and I watch the ball in Times Square slide down to 2017, our fervent smooch will not just mark a new beginning. It will be the first celebration of almost 40 years well-spent. When my retirement was announced — along with the news that I would … Read More
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We need collaboration in journalism now more than ever

More than a month after the election, the following sentence has become a cable news cliché: Journalists in New York and Washington, D.C. are out of touch with the rest of the country. It's true. There's a lot of local nuance that doesn't make the national news. And it’s even true within cities like New York — growing up in … Read More
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