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The most important moments for journalism in 2016

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. Most of us can feel unavoidably like Mongo in Mel Brooks’ "Blazing Saddles," meaning a self-perception that "Mongo only pawn in game of life." (YouTube) Yes, we all try to be … Read More
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There are huge advantages to moving to a smaller city

In the summer of 2015, I left Washington, D.C. and moved to Carrboro, population 19,582, in the middle of North Carolina. I had never lived in the South before, or in a small town. Most of my life had been spent along the Acela corridor, in Philadelphia and New York and Boston and Hartford, Connecticut. I thought we would stay … Read More
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What will the White House correspondents' dinner look like under President 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. It could be a dinner akin to the disastrous ones in "Meet the Parents," "Talladega Nights" and "Wedding Crashers." Or maybe "American Beauty," where newly unemployed Kevin Spacey turns to his wife … Read More
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366 links to understand fact-checking in 2016

2016 was fact-checking's finest year [1]. No it wasn't, it was the year of "post-truth" [2] — some preferred "post-fact" [3] — and fact-checking is a fool's errand. The discussion about facts in journalism worldwide has rarely been as fractured and animated as it has been in 2016, so we collected 366 links, one for each day … Read More
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Jake Tapper (and other journalists) offer last-minute book-buying tips

Good morning. A media A-list's favorite books of 2016 Jake Tapper, the CNN reporter-show host, needed far less time than even a hyperactive wire service rewrite guy to answer a question about his favorite book this year: "'Moonglow' by Michael Chabon." Bam, that didn't take long. But it's why amid a Trump- and-terrorism-centric moment, I asked busy and smart journalists … Read More
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Despite fact-checking, zombie myths about climate change persist

As journalists grapple with the rise of fake news, it’s worth examining what happens when policymakers embrace misinformation instead of evidence when it comes to climate change. In September, YourNewsWire breathlessly told its readers that thousands of scientists had declared climate change “a hoax.” This was big news — at least on Facebook — where the YourNewsWire post was … Read More
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Brian Williams' under-the-radar late-night return

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 could be called the "NBC Very, Very Late Nightly News With Brian Williams." Instead, it's "The 11th Hour With Brian Williams" on MSNBC — a new show starring an old face … Read More
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2016 wasn’t the worst of it

This year. I started out as a managing editor of the L.A. Times. I end it as a vice president at CNN. We lived in Los Feliz, under the hills of Griffith Park and neon signs of donut shops. Now we’re in Jackson Heights, in the shadow of brick buildings and halal butchers and planes headed to LaGuardia. After the … Read More
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We cannot allow the anger in this moment to change who we are

Eileen Eagar was a single mom, working at a steel mill in Chicago. Feeding her two kids sometimes meant going out on a date, ordering the biggest steak on the menu and bringing the leftovers home. When we met her in the fall of 2016, she had married, moved to Arizona and started a career in real estate … Read More
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Best of media corrections, 2016 edition

Our annual collection of media corrections is, undoubtedly, an excuse to chuckle at our industry's missteps. But it's also a recognition of an honorable practice that not everyone follows. Outlets that mark their corrected articles clearly or collect them in one easily searchable section (for example, The Guardian) may be over-represented in this list, but they should be commended. A note … Read More
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What if fact-checkers picked out the fake news in your personal life?

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. Imagine if Snopes, PolitiFact and The Associated Press fact-checked our holiday cards and letters — or many of our daily declarations — for the truth. Facebook, of course, just announced it would … Read More
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News organizations beef up coverage for Trump's White House

When President-elect Donald Trump moves into The White House, he's going to have a lot of company. In the last week, several major news organizations — including The New York Times, Politico and The Washington Post — outlined their plans to dispatch reporters to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In what is perhaps a nod to the hyper-competitive nature of Washington, D.C. political reporting, … Read More
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Hoping to earn rental income, The New York Times is redesigning its office

The New York Times will vacate eight floors of its midtown headquarters in a bid to make some money and improve its efficiency. "The current way we have configured our office makes us slower and less collaborative," New York Times CEO Mark Thompson and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a memo to staff Friday. "It is also, frankly, too … Read More
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Vanity Fair's subscriptions soar after troll-y Trump tweet

Vanity Fair is the latest news organization to profit from President-elect Donald Trump's Twitter ire. The Condé Nast magazine has seen its subscriptions rise 100 fold Thursday after Donald Trump tweeted that the publication was "way down, big trouble, dead." Within 24 hours, Vanity Fair added 13,000 subscribers. This is the highest number of subscriptions sold in a single day … Read More
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