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How to turn your notebook into a camera

Good writers use their notebooks as they would a camera. They change their distance from their characters and change the angles they use to describe a scene. They shift their focus back and forth to capture both landscape and character. They write cinematically. Here are some standard camera angles to help you create a variety of effects: Aerial view: Look … Read More
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How will coverage of Trump and the campaign fare at the Pulitzers today?

(This article has been updated to include work recognized in recent contests including Investigative Reporters and Editors and American Society of News Editors.) With so many respected newsrooms still adjusting to having the president call them the "enemy of the American people," today's announcement of the 2017 Pulitzer Prizes feels like a showdown. What … Read More
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The New York Times prematurely announces its Pulitzer Prize win by mistake

Update: As it turns out, The New York Times won three Pulitzer Prizes today. The Pulitzer Prizes have been a notoriously leaky affair throughout the years. But news organizations almost never hint publicly at their wins before the official reveal, even though they sometimes get a wink and a nod before the Pulitzer Board goes public with … Read More
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The Atlantic's Molly Ball: Democrats are 'screwed'

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. When journalists surfaced at a major political science gathering in Chicago, a few things were abundantly clear, including the pointy heads' desire for more media attention and respect. There was, too, the … Read More
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How much is that digital media company really worth? A guide

How much is a digital media company worth? That is a question that a lot of us have been grappling with as lots of these companies have raised anywhere from a few million to hundreds of millions in venture capital. For publishers, their investors and potential acquirers, the question is crucial, as illustrated by a raft of recent coverage, … Read More
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Reporter’s firing exposes political pressure on state-funded public radio stations

Imagine if politicians could exert financial pressure on newsrooms to fire journalists who air their controversial comments. It sounds like a gross violation of press freedom, right? Well, it happens at state-owned media in places such as Russia, Egypt and China. And it may have just happened in Tennessee. When public radio reporter Jacqui Helbert was fired March 21 from … Read More
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How the editor and publisher of a tiny Oregon weekly took on the state — and won

Les Zaitz‏ wasn't spoiling for a fight. After busting frauds and needling scoundrels at The Oregonian for decades, Zaitz‏ was ready for a quiet semi-retirement on his ranch in Eastern Oregon. And why not? His 1980 coverage of the eruption of Mount St. Helens was bronzed for posterity. His stories on lethal Mexican drug cartels earned him … Read More
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Facebook's Mosseri on 'false' news: declining, hard to measure and bad for business

When Facebook was pilloried for allowing fake news to flourish last November, founder Mark Zuckerberg reacted dismissively: "Of all the content on Facebook," he wrote, "more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes." Five months later — and with the topic still widely debated — the company … Read More
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Facebook is giving publishers new ways to reach audiences on Instant Articles

Facebook announced Friday a few new ways that publishers can reach out to audiences directly through Instant Articles. Josh Roberts, a project manager at Facebook, wrote about the new features in a blog post. "Across the board, publishers want to have more direct lines of communication with their readers and drive the conversions that matter to their business," he … Read More
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With podcasts like 'Majority Minority,' McClatchy wants to shatter the Beltway bubble

As she was finishing up her interview with Franco Ordoñez and Bill Douglas, Rep. Pramila Jayapal brushed away a tear. "One of the last things she said, as she was wiping her eye is, 'I didn't expect that to be that personal,'" said Ordoñez, McClatchy's White House correspondent. Ordoñez did. In fact, it's what his new podcast is all about. Read More
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USA Today columnist grills Rory McIlroy on Trump connection

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. The "whole world is watching," a Republican congressman kept telling Tucker Carlson last night regarding President Trump and Syria. And that was before the missile strike. Of course, the reality of our … Read More
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Google is now highlighting fact checks in search

Google rolled out a new feature Friday morning that will help fact checks stand out in search results. Rendering courtesy Google - not an actual search result. If a search query returns a result that includes a fact check, it will be featured as a snippet on the result page (see right). The snippet will always include who said the … Read More
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Woodward and Bernstein will present the awards at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner

Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will reunite this year at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner to give a speech defending "a free and independent press," the association announced Thursday. The pair are the biggest guests booked so far for a generally star-studded event that has yet to announce a host in the wake of President Trump's … Read More
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Why Vox redesigned its homepage with newspapers in mind

Depending on who you ask, the homepage is either on the verge of death, surging back to life or stuck in a state of unending metamorphosis. Here's what you don't hear as often: An argument that digital homepages should look something like their teetering-on-the-verge-of-extinction, dead-tree predecessors. But that's more or less the position taken by the … Read More
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Watch this Dallas editor's plea to the next generation of journalists: 'Care.'

Selwyn Crawford didn't mean to get up and give a big speech. Most years at the end of The Dallas Morning News' annual High School Journalism Day, he says something like "thanks, see you next year." "That's usually it, and that's sincerely what I planned to say yesterday," said Crawford, communities hub editor and director of the newsroom's … Read More
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