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Inside the 8-month reinvention of an unprofitable college newspaper

Last summer Betsy O’Donovan, the incoming Executive Director of The Daily Tar Heel, wrote an essay on Medium charting the dire financial situation of UNC-Chapel Hill’s student newspaper. It started pretty bluntly: “The Daily Tar Heel is a news organization, and we don’t dodge the facts: This 123-year-old institution has two years to figure out its finances.” The … Read More
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Inside the mad dash to dig through the finances of 180 White House staffers

Some called it a Friday night news dump, but it was more like a frustrating trickle. One by one, the White House began slowly releasing financial disclosure reports Friday evening for about 180 of its top staffers, including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner and Sean Spicer. The reports, which show how much money President Trump’s top aides have … Read More
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The cases for canning — or keeping — 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. Vroom, vroom! That's the sound of two big advertisers saying auf wiedersehen and annyeong — namely goodbye — to Bill O'Reilly. Germany's Mercedes-Benz and South Korea's Hyundai are pulling ads amid … Read More
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Local Edition: What Mike Wilson learned at FiveThirtyEight and The Dallas Morning News

This interview originally ran in Local Edition, Poynter's weekly newsletter about the digital transformation of local news. Subscribe here. Mike Wilson didn't go to journalism school. So when he started in newsrooms, first as an intern at The Boston Globe, then as an intern at The Miami Herald, the skills he had to learn on the job were pretty … Read More
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'I want to see us take journalism to people where they are': A
Q-&-A with Jeff Jarvis about restoring trust in journalism

Journalism has a trust problem. In the run-up to the 2016 election, a Gallup poll revealed Americans' trust in the press had sunk to an all-time low, with just 32 percent surveyed saying they felt "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust in the mainstream media. Whether it's criticism from the Trump administration, the failure of the … Read More
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With 'Up First,' NPR has created a bite-sized, podcast version of 'Morning Edition'

With a network of local stations that criss-cross the United States and a roster of hit podcasts to its name, NPR has big — and often separate — audiences on the radio and internet. NPR's newest podcast, "Up First," aims to reach the digital audience with a spin on a tried-and-true radio product. The 10-minute daily news podcast, which has … Read More
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What to avoid when writing online headlines

Headlines are lifelines to our readers. They grab attention, build trust and help time-pressed consumers focus on the stories they care most about. They link readers with our content, giving us a chance to reach our audience across a sea of information. Headlines also help search engines decide whether our offerings match what users are looking for online or on … Read More
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In Eugene, Oregon, the newspaper takes on an issue 'in a way that couldn't be told from the outside'

When Nicole Dahmen opened her Sunday paper early last month, she found something she wasn't expecting. On Feb. 12, The (Eugene, Oregon) Register-Guard announced the start of an ongoing editorial project on homelessness. "Living in the Northwest, living in the West Coast, living in Eugene, homelessness is the problem," said Dahmen, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism … Read More
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The West Wing totally predicted the great media rollup

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. Sean Spicer, meet C.J. Cregg. Like others suffering from both Trump and cable news melancholia, my spouse is bingeing on "The West Wing" via Netflix. Yesterday we were into Season Five and … Read More
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Can trust in the news be repaired? Facebook, Craig Newmark, Mozilla and others are spending $14 million to try

A global coalition of tech leaders, academic institutions, nonprofits and funders, including Facebook, Mozilla and Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, on Monday announced a $14 million initiative to combat declining trust in the news media and advance news literacy. The News Integrity Initiative, which will be administered by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, will unite an initial group of 19 … Read More
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For the last time, President Trump can't change U.S. libel law

President Trump has repeatedly threatened to change U.S. libel law to crack down on news organizations that publish information he finds objectionable. But could he actually make good on his threat? Several First Amendment experts reached by Poynter say President Trump couldn't amend libel law simply because there is no federal statute governing libel. Further, any changes to existing libel … Read More
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How Facebook and other platform companies promote bad journalism — and what to do about it

Facebook and other platform companies publishing news are forces for bad journalism not good, despite some well-intended efforts lately to help media companies. That's the conclusion of a massive, 25,000-word report, "The Platform Press," published Wednesday by Emily Bell of the Columbia School of Journalism's Tow Center and co-author Taylor Owen. The rapid shift to news reading directly on … Read More
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Is it time to completely rethink fact-checking?

The basic format of political fact-checking is identical the world over: Start from a widely circulated claim by a public figure, then rate the truthfulness of its objectively verifiable components. Tom Rosenstiel, executive director at the American Press Institute, thinks it may be time to rethink this model. Local newsrooms especially, he suggests, should make “the key unit of fact-checking … Read More
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What do banks and the press have in common? Loss of trust.

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. There is dumb provocative, which we can associate with talk radio and President Trump's tweets, and there is smart provocative. Nieman Lab offers the latter as it wonders if the media and … Read More
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