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6 non-traditional ways to tell stories

Standalone alternative story forms (ASF) do just what their name implies: They stand alone as independent stories, with no traditional story to accompany them. Like a standalone photo or graphic, the standalone ASF needs to be a complete story. It might be all the reader will see about the topic, particularly in print media. Typically, a standalone ASF begins with … Read More
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Facebook rolls out global warning against fake news

Beginning Friday, Facebook users in 14 countries including the United States will begin to see an announcement at the top of their news feeds warning them about hoaxes and pointing them to a series of tips to help them to detect fake news. "(User), it's possible to spot false news," reads the PSA, under the legend "tips for spotting false … Read More
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Boardroom battle heats up as Tronc accuses billionaire investor of scheming to buy Los Angeles Times

What been tagged the "rat's nest of corporate intrigue" at Tronc. Inc., publisher of The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, got a bit larger and rattier Thursday as the company alleged that a Los Angeles billionaire has consistently violated its rules by buying more stock. The letter from Tronc, which alleges a "cynical and transparent attempt to smear" … Read More
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Here's a free tool that could prevent your newsroom from getting hacked

Editor's note: This is the latest in a series of articles that explain digital tools to journalists. You can read the others here. With news organizations getting hacked now on a semi-regular basis, it's more important than ever for journalists to protect their work from would-be cyberattacks. That's why, after several weeks focusing on video tools, … Read More
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Blendle, the Dutch 'iTunes for news' lands investment from Financial Times owner Nikkei

Blendle, the Dutch "iTunes for news," has landed new investments from Financial Times owner Nikkei and Amsterdam-based investment fund INKEF Capital a year after its debut in the United States. "The partnership between Nikkei and the Financial Times is one of the most exciting publishing initiatives worldwide," Blendle founder Alexander Klöpping said in a statement. "The New York Times and … Read More
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President Trump's baffling defense of Bill O'Reilly

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 Bill O'Reilly sexual harassment debacle now calls to mind the history-making declaration from Boston attorney Joseph Welch, who in 1954 asked red-baiting Sen. Joseph McCarthy, "Have you no sense of decency … Read More
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Does anyone care about journalism research? (No, really)

It’s become a tired and frustrating refrain from the Twitterati engaged in news innovation: Academic journalism research can’t be shown to have any kind of impact on the professional field, few journalists can even name a journalism researcher and the lack of motivation to do applied work limits our ability to contribute to the field. These sorts of complaints usually … Read More
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For as long as newspapers are alive, support them

Two recent items have me scratching my head about the future of newspapers. On March 23, I sat in the back row of a conference room at The Poynter Institute to watch an interview with veteran news reporter and anchor Campbell Brown. She has been hired by Facebook to help the company develop standards and practices at the places … Read More
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4 strategies for writing story endings

A writer can face many problems in ending a story. Time may run out, or space on the page, so that the ending really says: “I stopped writing here.” The story may lack focus or a problem may not be clearly defined so that an ending strategy appears forced or contrived. Some endings are stale and conventional, the equivalent of … Read More
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How to get laid off from your journalism job

Editor's note: The author was laid off from his job as music editor of The Miami New Times in December 2016 after three years at the paper. When it happens, don’t scream or curse. Don’t toss your chair through a window or shotput your iced coffee across the room or enact any of the other outrageous scenarios you rehearsed in … Read More
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Why Bill O'Reilly might survive the growing sexual harassment scandal

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. After a languorous 50 minutes or so, Bill O'Reilly last night teased a grand finale for his show. "Up next: I go on the record about my mistreatment of the women here … Read More
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Ron Fournier doesn't miss covering the White House

Yes, you can go home. If you labor in the self-regarding echo chamber of Washington, D.C., leaving can be difficult. The issues in the capital are important, the spotlight intense and enervating, the proximity to power is alluring to many and the professional benefits can be ample. "I cover the White House," you can perhaps tell the world, even if … Read More
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'Important political news' is a casualty of the Trump-media feud, new Pew Research survey finds

Americans are highly aware that President Trump and the media have locked swords, and nearly three-quarters think those tensions are suppressing their access to important political news. Those are the findings of a new two-question survey the Pew Research Center released today. Hardly surprising, Pew researchers found that 83 percent of a survey panel of more than 4,000 believe Trump's … Read More
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6 questions to help you evaluate media messages

Every time you watch TV, listen to radio, open a web site or read a newspaper, magazine or book, someone is trying to tell — or sell — you something. The best way to achieve media literacy is to evaluate all the messages that bombard you. Ask these questions to understand the message: Who created, or paid for, the message? … Read More
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