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Media hypes Trump-Putin showdown as the 'Axis of Testosterone'

Would President Trump look Russian President Vladimir Putin in the eye and broach his country's meddling in the presidential campaign? Would Putin smirk, filibuster and scoff at Trump over his support of the Syrian regime or Putin's disinclination to do much with North Korea? Might Putin take off his own shirt, exhibit that well-known upper chest, and see if Trump … Read More
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Maine's governor accused the press of lying. Then, the press found the evidence

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. If President Trump craves both "fake news" to excoriate and long, beautiful weekends away from "the swamp" of Washington, he must go immediately to bucolic Maine. Forget steamy Mar-a-Lago and the tacky … Read More
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Is collaboration the new frontier of fact-checking? 3 journalists share their experiences

Sometimes it takes a village to find the truth — or at least a handful of fact-checking news partners. Even though journalism is a competitive business, members of the fact-checking community have long reaped the benefits of collaboration — from PolitiFact’s formal network of state news affiliates in the United States to informal "factcheckathons" focused on … Read More
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New York Times staffers are being encouraged to take buyouts today

One-by-one, copy editors at The New York Times are learning today that they won't have jobs at the newspaper once the latest round of cuts takes place and are being encouraged to apply for buyouts. The unwelcome news is being broken in meetings between copy editors and two-person teams of editors, according to a source at The New York Times … Read More
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These are the new fact-checkers at Global Fact 4

Almost every journalist who does fact-checking tries to answer the same question: true or false? But one of the many new fact-checkers attending the Global Fact 4 summit in Madrid finds itself grappling with even larger questions. “The SNU FactCheck Center shows the many aspects of truth,” said EunRyung Chong, director … Read More
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This free tool will tell you what the internet thinks of your work

Analytics tools including Chartbeat and Parse.ly are full of ways to see how your audience is connecting with your work. This week's tool gives you a personalized look at who's clicking and sharing your work. Hare: Ren! It’s summer and, despite our best efforts, we’ve slacked a bit here for the last few weeks. But we’re back! Before we get … Read More
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You think Chris Christie's beach photos were great? Just wait until drone journalism really takes off

By now, you’ve probably seen the pictures: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, surrounded by his family and friends, sitting on a public beach that had been closed to the public amidst a state government shutdown. In a write-up for the (Newark, New Jersey) Star-Ledger, which published the photos, photographer Andrew Mills described how he caught the governor by … Read More
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President Trump peddled 'fake news' at Warsaw press conference, says CNN's Jim Acosta

What goes around comes around. When President Trump took the world stage in Poland Thursday, he derided the news media back home but was quickly lambasted by a CNN reporter for lying. Trump couldn't resist using the venue of a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw to quickly take an initial softball question from a conservative … Read More
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This century-old law could let President Trump go after reporters

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. It's as preposterous as the notion of a president calling the press the enemy or tweeting a GIF of himself wrestling the CNN logo: Using the 100-year-old Espionage Act to go after … Read More
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Tampa Bay Times' CEO on refinancing debt and accepting money from anonymous lenders

Last week, the Tampa Bay Times Company (which Poynter owns) made a big announcement: With help from a local group of lenders, the company refinanced an outstanding $18 million loan from Crystal Financial, a Boston-based financial firm. Under the banner "FBN Partners" (a nod to "Florida's Best Newspaper," The Times' longtime slogan), the eight locals loaned the Tampa … Read More
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What can fact-checkers learn from Wikipedia? We asked the boss of its nonprofit owner

Since its launch in 2001, Wikipedia has often been treated by news organizations like the black sheep of the information business. For years, the site has drawn criticism for its crowdsourced content, with pages being written and edited by anyone in the world. But as trust in the media wanes and news organizations struggle to engage with readers, Wikipedia has … Read More
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Ask the ethicist: Did CNN blackmail a pro-Trump Reddit troll?

CNN ignited a powder keg of controversy on Independence Day when its chief internet sleuth, Andrew Kaczynski, reported a blow-by-blow account of his successful quest for the Reddit user behind a GIF of President Trump wrestling CNN to the ground. Kaczynski, who ultimately opted not to unmask "HanAssholeSolo" in his story, drew pushback from critics who said CNN's justification … Read More
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What do Chris Christie and Rahm Emanuel have in common? The press ruined their holidays

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. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who's the new Webster's definition of "tone-deaf," had a pretty bad holiday weekend at the beach. He can thank the (Newark, New Jersey) Star-Ledger for that, which … Read More
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