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The media's not-so-golden moment: Publishing claims of Trump perversion

Good morning. Running an unsubstantiated tale Who'd think there might be a connection between Monica Lewinsky and Donald Trump? Chalk it up to the media's latest self-inflicted wound. On a Sunday in late January of 1998, those of us in Washington bureaus confronted an ABC News story built on a claim from the Drudge Report: Former White House intern Lewinsky … Read More
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The fact-checking tools David Fahrenthold used on Trump’s charity claims

In a surprise announcement on Christmas Eve, President-elect Donald Trump declared that he planned to shut down his private foundation. After touting the foundation's contributions, Trump declared that, in order "to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President I have decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways." The … Read More
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How the team of wonks at Vox will cover Trump's presidency

To understand how Donald Trump will change America, don't listen to his speeches, says Vox Editor-in-Chief Ezra Klein. Instead, look at the president-elect's policies, he said. "This idea that Donald Trump exists in some state of quantum unknowability is going to end the day that he raises his hand and takes the oath of office," Klein said. "So we need … Read More
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It's time to stop saying 'old media'

This year, I visited six newsrooms. Some had low-ceilinged cubicle mazes with coffee-stained carpets and newsprint towers. Some had quote-covered glass meeting spaces and slick, quiet rooms. At all of them, I found local legacy newsrooms, or "old media" as they're often called, doing the work of digital journalism. In one case, the print product was an afterthought. In another, … Read More
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Jim VandeHei's startup will have a Silicon Valley foothold, a D.C. newsdesk and an events business

Politico founder Jim VandeHei is hiring for his new startup, and the job descriptions give a few clues about what he and co-founder Mike Allen are up to. Just weeks after announcing the name of the startup — Axios, Greek for "worthy" — and sketching out a few details, VandeHei and company are now making early hires for a venture that aims … Read More
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With Tarbell, a whistleblower is betting on crowdfunded muckraking

Journalism took a beating in 2016. Donald Trump was elected president, thwarting pollsters and shaking off seemingly endless fact-checking. News organizations continue to lay off journalists as Facebook and Google gobble up the advertising market. And trust in media sunk to an all-time low, helped along by abuse on the campaign trail. Despite that, a … Read More
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These two stats from The New York Times should give newspapers hope

It's been a bad year for newspapers. Money from print advertising is tanking. Layoffs have affected newsrooms large and small. And The President-elect isn't shy about abusing journalists on Twitter. But today, just a few weeks before Christmas, the clouds parted a bit as New York Times CEO Mark Thompson spoke at the UBS Global Media … Read More
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Plane crash in Colombia leaves 20 journalists dead

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. There were 20 members of the press who died in Monday's Colombian crash of a charter plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team, journalists who fought through obstacles even a Trump-besieged press can't … Read More
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As publishers battle for attention, the fight over lock screens is heating up

News organizations are increasingly turning to push notifications to connect with readers who are awash in a flood of information. A third of American smartphone users — most of them younger — receive news alerts, and most reported being satisfied with the notifications they receive, according to a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. More than … Read More
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NPR adds 'Radio Ambulante' to podcast lineup

As the competition for podcast listeners heats up, NPR is adding a ringer to its portfolio. "Radio Ambulante," the Spanish-language radio show co-founded by novelist-journalist Daniel Alarcón, will be distributed by NPR, the public radio network announced this morning. The addition fits with NPR's slate of high-quality narrative journalism and gives the broadcaster an entreé to more than 50 million … Read More
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New York Times publisher: We will cover President Trump fairly

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger on Friday told the newsroom in an email that President-elect Donald Trump would be covered "fairly" and "without bias." In the note, sent to staffers at noon, Sulzberger hearkened back to an old motto of the newspaper first instituted by Adolph Ochs, the pioneering editor who transformed the Times in its early years: "To … Read More
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Facebook is buying the social analytics company CrowdTangle

Facebook on Friday announced that it's acquiring CrowdTangle, a service used by publishers including BuzzFeed, The New York Times and ESPN to optimize their content on social media. The acquisition, which was made for an undisclosed sum, recognizes the growing importance of social optimization among publishers, according to a statement from a Facebook spokesperson. “Publishers around the world turn … Read More
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Fact-checking under President Trump

Media self-loathing is flooding the internet. Finger-wagging critiques have been directed at many segments of the industry. Poll aggregators failed to properly represent the uncertainty of the result. Cable news polluted the airwaves with uncritical and senseless Trump coverage. Pundits didn't bother to dig beyond the smart take on their Twitter feed. Critics will no doubt soon turn their attention … Read More
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'Vice News Tonight' riffs on the Cubs, Trump and the apocalypse

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Imagine a millennial Andy Rooney with an Australian accent, beard, dark hair and a picture of what looked like Boris Yeltsin at his side. He was the finale of "Vice News Tonight," … Read More
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What happens when a podcasting company gets into fiction? Gimlet Media is about to find out.

Since Gimlet Media was founded in 2014, the company has made a name for itself with journalism. Painful, confessional journalism. Journalism with loads of goofy puns. But journalism. This week, the podcasting company changed that game plan up a little. On Tuesday, Gimlet Media announced that for the first time, it would produce a fictional podcast. The show, … Read More
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