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Fact-checking has never been this important. Come define its future

In the fall of 2015, I joined Poynter to run the newly launched International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). While I had high expectations for the new gig, I could not predict that in the following years fact-checking would become a crucial element of the conversation on the future of journalism worldwide. The IFCN has played a central role in this … Read More
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The Cohort: Should women stop using exclamation points at work?

Welcome back to The Cohort. We’re joined again this week by Liz Plank, a senior correspondent at Vox Media and the co-host of a forthcoming podcast exploring divisions amongst women in America. The Cohort’s founder, Katie Hawkins-Gaar, returns next month. She sends her love. Thanks! Looking forward! You rock! Why do I feel the … Read More
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ABC settles 'Pink Slime' case and media breathes sigh of relief

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. "Pink slime." You'd figure that was some sophomoric epithet found in a President Trump tweet, inveighing against the press. In fact, it's the key phrase in an important lawsuit that went virtually … Read More
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When it comes to baseball, the fieldhouse trumps the White House

Miguel Montero trumped the president. The Wednesday White House visit of the world champion Chicago Cubs originally drew attention because reporters weren't to be allowed in, including those covering the team's series against the Washington Nationals. By mid-morning, however, events having nothing to do with Trump overtook the interest of the Chicago sports press, if not the White House press … Read More
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New York Times bosses respond to copy editors: '...We take those concerns seriously'

After receiving a blistering critique Wednesday afternoon from their editing corps, the two top editors at The New York Times issued a response defending their decision to eliminate layers of editing at the newspaper. The letter, which is addressed to New York Times employee and New York NewsGuild President Grant Glickson, spells out a commitment to copy editing, despite upcoming … Read More
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New York Times copy desk to top editors: 'You have turned your backs on us'

New York Times copy editors facing staff cuts or new jobs in a re-imagined editing system sent a letter to the newspaper's two top editors Wednesday protesting the oncoming changes. The letter, to Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn, comes after a committee at The Times interviewed editors for reconstituted jobs at the paper. "Dear Dean … Read More
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Politico is building a community of audience advisers that now numbers about 5,000

News organizations spend a lot of time trying to get their audiences to do things for them: Read our journalism! Come to our events! Pay us money! Generally, newsrooms put less emphasis on actually listening to what readers want. Earlier this month, Politico launched an initiative that changes the equation a little bit. Politico Insiders is an "audience insight community" … Read More
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NPR employees are renegotiating their contract

NPR is in ongoing contract negotiations with the labor union that represents many journalists at the public radio network, according to representatives from both sides. The negotiations, which are being conducted with the Los Angeles-based SAG-AFTRA union, seek to create "a contract that meets the needs of NPR’s employees and our operations," according to a statement … Read More
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With its new newsletter, The New York Times wants to help you live your best life (and plug some money-making links)

Last year, a timeless story began making the rounds on social media. "A toolkit for women seeking a raise," from The New York Times, imparted enduring advice: Be proactive. Be prepared. Anticipate your boss' reaction. The story saw a flurry of tweets and Facebook shares despite its somewhat antiquated publication date: May 14, 2010. Patient zero for the story … Read More
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Listening Post has expanded to 7 cities. Here's a free guide to bring it to yours.

The video starts with a close-up of the mayor and his Charlie Brown Christmas tie. "Alright, hi everybody," a voice says from offscreen. The mayor folds and unfolds his hands. "This is Kelly from Jersey Shore Hurricane News. Today I'm sitting down with Brick (Township) Mayor John Ducey and asking him the questions that you submitted for our … Read More
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The White House's reality-proof press briefing

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 White House can't leave bad enough alone. It was in overdrive as CNN retracted a story and accepted resignations from three journalists who were responsible. In the process, it countered one … Read More
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7 of the best Twitter bots in journalism

Ah, bots: data journalists' favorite pastime and regular journalists' favorite distraction. And this article is no exception. Over the past few years, the number of automated bots on social media and messaging platforms has skyrocketed. These days, it feels like everyone with a pulse and a password has retweeted their favorites or cobbled together Github repository of their creations. Read More
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Sarah Palin sues The New York Times over Virginia shooting editorial

Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin filed suit against The New York Times on Tuesday evening, alleging the newspaper defamed her by publishing an editorial that connected rhetoric from a Palin political action committee to the shooting of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The lawsuit, which began circulating on Twitter Tuesday evening, alleges that The New York Times published … Read More
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Meet the new Google News: Less clutter, more fact-checking and extra stories from your area

Remember using Google News to cut through the clutter, find fact-checked articles and learn about what’s going on in your area? Probably not, because before this week, that was nearly impossible. The technology giant has announced an overhaul of its popular news aggregation product in an effort to respond to user demands. TL;DR: They wanted to make it look better. "Right … Read More
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NPR is reinventing itself. Here's how it could change for the better.

About six weeks ago, I asked two people to play fantasy NPR with me. Both Adam Ragusea, who runs the insidery public radio podcast The Pub, and Nicholas Quah, who chronicles the podcasting industry for his newsletter Hot Pod, were game. I asked them to envision what NPR would look like if it tripled its bureau chiefs from … Read More
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