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American households are changing. So should American news.

I grew up living in a house with my parents, brothers and grandparents. My grandparents taught me how to play poker, cook Matzoh balls and appreciate a long afternoon reading a newspaper (and then, perhaps, we’d spend the next few hours writing a well-thought-out letter to the editor). I’m not alone. A record 60.6 million Americans — nearly one in … Read More
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Ask the ethicist: Is it right for Facebook to suppress conservative news?

Gizmodo ignited a social media firestorm today when it reported that curators for Facebook's "trending" section regularly put the kibosh on right-leaning news stories. The story, attributed to anonymous sources, was notable in part because of Facebook's status as a media behemoth that directs a firehose of traffic at news organizations every day. But it also made waves because … Read More
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Mic hires Cory Haik from The Washington Post

Haik, who has ascended rapidly through the ranks of The Washington Post, is moving to millennial-focused news startup Mic. (Photo credit Marvin Joseph, The Washington Post) Re/code Cory Haik, the executive director of emerging news products at The Washington Post, is headed to the millennial-focused news startup Mic as its chief strategy officer. Haik, who was promoted at … Read More
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Upworthy made a push into original video, and you'll totally believe what happened next

A screenshot from one of Upworthy's original videos, "Why I Paint My Daughter's Nails," which has been viewed millions of times. It's hard to watch this video of Nathan Bond painting his daughter's nails without getting a little bit choked up. As soft acoustic guitar jangles in the background, the single father explains matter-of-factly that he and his 6-year-old … Read More
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Billy Penn and Knight Foundation want to build 'Yelp for mobile news'

Jim Brady doesn't think the press can afford to keep trade secrets anymore. In the years before the Web came along and blew up the business model for journalism, the media landscape was much less volatile. If one publisher gained the upper hand on its competitors by dint of innovation or improved strategy, that technique could eventually be rediscovered … Read More
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Blendle, the Dutch 'iTunes for news,' will launch in the U.S. early next year

Blendle, a Dutch "digital newsstand" that allows readers to pay by the article, is coming to the United States early in 2016, the company announced today. The two-year-old company has 500,000 users in the Netherlands and Germany, and its expansion into the U.S. has been expected. Alexander Klopping, Blendle's 28-year-old co-founder, describes the U.S. version of the … Read More
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I was on an all-female panel on a news show for the first time — and it rocked

(Photo from Matthew Keefe, via Flickr) As an expert on media ethics, I’ve been a frequent guest on radio and television programs for more than a decade. But this week was a first for me: When I joined the CBC’s morning news show, The Current, to talk about the ethics of which name to call the terrorist … Read More
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NPR and The New York Times teamed up to make election reporting faster

Although its monopoly on election night race calls has weakened in recent years, The Associated Press is still the authority when it's time to tell America who won (and who lost) an election. That's why journalists are bound to pay attention when The AP changes the way it distributes race calls and polling returns to its network of subscribers. Read More
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The Huffington Post is no longer treating Trump as 'Entertainment'

Donald Trump (AP Photo) The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington, the editor in chief of The Huffington Post, isn't laughing at Donald Trump's presidential campaign anymore. And she doesn't want her staff to, either. That's the sentiment expressed in a new public-facing note from HuffPost's co-founder, which calls Trump an "ugly and dangerous force in American politics" who must … Read More
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First Look Media wants to make the next 'Spotlight'

Nearly two years since the company's founding, a new strategy is beginning to take at shape First Look Media. When it launched in early 2014, First Look Media's trajectory looked markedly different from the way it does today. Bankrolled by billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, the company was slated to launch multiple standalone digital magazines with a single flagship … Read More
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Budget shortfall threatens NABJ

The Huffington Post The National Association of Black Journalists is cutting expenses in the face of a $380,000 budget gap that's prompting the nonprofit to consider closing its Maryland office, The Huffington Post reports: “It is not a pretty picture for NABJ,” states an assessment from the group’s finance committee, presented to the board in October. “If … Read More
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Media circus in San Bernardino distracts from mass shooting story

Journalists — keep your eyes on the serious story playing out in San Bernardino. On Friday, a jaw-dropping distraction derailed important reporting when dozens of journalists invaded the apartment where the San Bernardino shooters used to live. A Sunday Times reporter, Toby Harnden, says he used the landlord's crowbar and screwdriver to detach plywood that blocked the residence's front entrance. Read More
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New York Times publishes front-page editorial advocating gun control

(Courtesy The New York Times) For the first time in many decades, The New York Times has taken the rare step of running an editorial on its front page. Calling the availability of deadly weapons "a moral outrage" and "a national disgrace," the editorial calls for an outright ban on some weapons: Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified … Read More
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Yes, reporters should go into the apartment, but don't broadcast it live

As tawdry as it looked to have a barrage of reporters trampling through the residence of the deceased couple responsible for this week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, the journalists who walked through the door did the right thing. But the journalists who broadcast the invasion live were irresponsible. As a reporter, your primary obligation is to gather information … Read More
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Gannett rebrands its local papers as USA TODAY Network

In a slightly cryptic rebranding maneuver, Gannett is removing its own name from the digital sites of its 92 local newspaper organizations and describing them as part of the USA TODAY Network. The new style has been piloted at The Courier Journal of Louisville. The company announced today that it will be rolled out to all of its local … Read More
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