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Newspapers are still widely read, but business outlook remains gloomy

Newspapers reach nearly seven in 10 Americans in any given month, according to a new report from the ratings agency Nielsen. The report, drawn from a Nielsen Scarborough study, found that "more than 169 million adults in the U.S. read a newspaper in a month — whether it be in print, on a website or via mobile app." Notably, more … Read More
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Bob Dylan on lies and news fakery — way back in 1963

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. Bob Dylan just won the Nobel Prize for Literature, enough said. "Poet laureate of the rock era." But media critic, too? Patti Smith gained deserved attention for a notable performance of "A … Read More
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How the Tampa Bay Times took on a complicated story with simple storytelling (and Legos)

Caitlin Johnston and Anthony Cormier spent so much time with a 182-page plan from the Florida Department of Transportation that it became like a bible to them: important, instructive, kind of mysterious and confusing. But the truth that came out of its pages aren't the result of thousands of words of copy. It's revealed, instead, through Legos. Johnston, a transportation … Read More
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Nearly a quarter of Americans say they have shared fake political news

Almost a quarter of Americans acknowledged sharing fake news political news online, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. The report, which is based on a telephone survey of more than 1,000 people, showed that 23 percent of respondents shared fabricated stories. In that group, 14 percent said they knew the story was fake at the … Read More
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Facebook has a plan to fight fake news. Here's where we come in

Facebook announced today that it is taking several steps to reduce the reach of fake news. One of the initiatives announced by the social network, third-party fact-checking, will allow verified fact-checkers in the United States to review stories to determine if they are true or false. If enough fact checkers mark a story as fake, the post will be marked … Read More
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Facebook rolls out plan to fight fake news

Facebook on Thursday unveiled a multi-part plan to fight fake news that includes teaming up with fact-checkers in the United States to cut down on the reach of bogus stories. The plan (which Poynter's International Fact-checking Network is involved with) represents the first time Facebook has given fact-checkers the ability to verify news on its platform, and comes after … Read More
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Alabama newspapers give away nearly 100 years of history

A few years ago, Alabama Media Group moved its photo archives into one place. Nearly 100 years of negatives from The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and Mobile's Press-Register were brought to the building that housed the presses in Mobile. It was a reminder, said Michelle Holmes, vice president of content, of what they had. The newspapers started using more … Read More
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Patti Smith delivers a wondrous surprise to The New Yorker

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. We should all stumble like Patti Smith. She proves how redemption can quickly beckon. The rocker-writer, now 69, pulls off a marvelously poignant and unexpected essay for The New Yorker just a … Read More
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Does ‘badass’ belong in the workplace?

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. During the 2015 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, we put together a short video asking participants the best and worst words used to describe women in leadership. Of the 12 women who shared positive descriptors, two said “badass” and one decided on “kick-ass.” Those … Read More
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Politico severs ties with writer after vulgar Trump tweet

Politico has terminated its contract with magazine writer Julia Ioffe after she sent a tweet that referenced a possible incestuous relationship between President-elect Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka. In a note to Politico staff Wednesday, Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Editor Carrie Budoff Brown said Ioffe violated guidelines against displaying "gratuitous opinion" on social media. "Julia Ioffe’s tweet this afternoon … Read More
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White House Correspondents' Association fact-checks Trump's chief of staff

The White House Correspondents' Association on Wednesday responded to a radio interview with Reince Priebus, fact-checking the incoming Trump administration chief of staff and calling his remarks concerning. "The White House Correspondents’ Association notes with concern the comments President-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff-designate Reince Priebus made on today's Hugh Hewitt program," read a statement from the association. "...The WHCA … Read More
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Google is becoming less of a traffic powerhouse, new report suggests

Bad news for publishers who built their strategy on search engine referral traffic: Google is now sending a smaller proportion of visitors to news sites than it did a year ago. Earlier today, analytics company Parse.ly published an interactive dashboard that shows which referrers are driving the most traffic to websites in its network. No surprise: Facebook remains dominant, … Read More
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On front pages today, 'here lies Aleppo'

News of a broken ceasefire and evacuation in Aleppo, Syria, made a handful of front pages on Wednesday, mostly in Europe. Meanwhile, the United Nations reports that pro-Assad forces killed 81 civilians. Here's a look at a small collection of front pages from around the world, via Newseum. The translation of this … Read More
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We're looking for our next Google News Lab Fellow. Is it you?

The Poynter Institute is kicking off a national search for its next Google News Lab Fellow, and we want you to apply. In each of the last four years, Poynter has selected one U.S. college student to help us fulfill our mission of informing and instructing journalists around the world. Successful applicants generally have professional experience at multiple … Read More
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A reporter's odyssey: 70 countries and, now, the Trump Tower lobby

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 best window onto the schizoid state of America is Elevatorcam, C-SPAN's live feed of the Trump transition — or at least of those job candidates entering the Trump Tower lobby elevators. Read More
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