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Journalism can't afford for corrections to be next victim of 'fake news' frenzy

In a Facebook post, Barbara Tyler is merciless. "Hey, did anyone think of proofreading your headline today before the paper went to press? I am pretty sure Trump did not replace his vice president. Fake news at its best. Sometimes I wonder why I continue to subscribe to your paper." Tyler was responding to an extraordinary slip-up by The … Read More
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Milo Yiannopoulos quits Breitbart, vows to start his own company

Alt-right star Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart News after backlash from his statements regarding pedophilia put his status at the conservative publication in doubt. Earlier Tuesday, Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow called Yiannopoulos' remarks "indefensible." Several staffers at Breitbart were on the verge of quitting if Yiannopoulos remained at the site, according to Washingtonian. In a … Read More
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This month, a Washington weekly is shutting down. Today, it ran a house ad looking for new jobs for its journalists.

When a newsroom shuts down, there's usually a series of announcements, internal memos and "I'm looking for work" tweets. Most times, it ends there. But in one Washington newspaper this week, there's a full-page advertisement devoted to helping soon-to-be jobless journalists find work again. Here's what it says on page five of today's Issaquah Press: "We're professional journalists. On Feb. Read More
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Should journalists protest in Trump's America?

On Sunday, Robert Hernandez went on Twitter to share his thoughts as “a Catholic who believes in equal/human rights, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation.” He explained that President Trump’s executive order indefinitely blocking Syrian refugees from entering the United States and suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries conflicted with his own religious beliefs. Hernandez, a journalism … Read More
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How The New Yorker brought the soul of the magazine to the web

Nick Thompson was on his way to the subway when he got an email from his boss, New Yorker Editor David Remnick. The subject line? "Morning piece." It was 8:17 a.m. on Sept. 8, and Remnick had just watched libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson ask "what is Aleppo?" live on national television. "I wrote back and said, 'great!'" said … Read More
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Trump's press secretary strikes conciliatory note on second try

Sean Spicer tried to go from combative to cuddly. And he almost made it. In his first actual press briefing, the new press secretary on Monday rebounded from an angry disaster of a monologue late Saturday by cutting a more traditional, measured pose that was still revealing about a new press order at The White House. He dispensed with again … Read More
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NBC's Chuck Todd: "I don't like being a political prop"

With Donald Trump's inauguration just a day away, "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd is preparing to cover a president who occasionally treats journalists like political punching bags. "I think he sees the media as an incredible political tool for him," Todd told Poynter. "I don't like being a political prop. And I think we have been set up … Read More
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How the Times-Picayune is rebuilding its environmental team in a critical time

Mark Schleifstein wasn't at work seven years ago, when an explosion rocked an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. On April 20, 2010, the day of the BP oil spill, the Times-Picayune's environmental reporter was at home on furlough. Schleifstein, whose work won a Pulitzer for Public Service in 1996, got to work anyway covering the massive … Read More
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Not just 'Trump's America': These journalists will spend 100 days digging into Appalachia

Since Lyndon Johnson declared his War on Poverty in the early 1960s, Appalachian journalists have grappled with the portrayal of the region in the press. In his foreword to photographer Roger May’s book "Testify," the Kentucky journalist Silas House lamented that "only the poorest folks got into the newspapers and magazines, perpetuating the stereotype that everyone in the … Read More
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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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