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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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At the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a newsroom that's gone from surviving to thriving

MINNEAPOLIS — Step into the new office of this old newspaper and it would be easy to assume the Minneapolis Star Tribune has moved fully into the present. It has — at least physically. The Star Tribune's offices in downtown Minneapolis are filled with light from walls of windows. There's a news hub, quiet rooms, studios, even a wall that … Read More
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Gannett abandons bid to buy Tronc

Gannett's pursuit of Tronc is over. This morning, in a terse statement, the company announced it is no longer trying to acquire the owner of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and several other major daily newspapers: Gannett today confirmed that the Company has been engaged in discussions with Tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) (“Tronc”) regarding a potential transaction and has … Read More
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It's debate day. Here's what some top journalists would ask tonight

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 if Chris Wallace of Fox News couldn't moderate tonight's final debate. Say he's kidnapped by a jealous Sean Hannity or beckoned for an emergency deposition in a Roger Ailes sexual harassment … Read More
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Jessica Coen will be Mashable's new executive editor

Mashable has tapped former Vocativ Editor-in-Chief Jessica Coen as its executive editor. Coen, who joined Vocativ as its top editor in October 2015, left Vocativ late last month along with deputy editor Erin Gloria Ryan. At Mashable, Coen will be responsible for leading "Mashable’s global editorial team, leading its smart and obsessive coverage of culture, entertainment, technology, science and … Read More
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The New York Times and Washington Post are setting the media's campaign agenda

Good morning. Real reporting wins out Donald Trump bashed The New York Times' "outright lies" yesterday. It was The Washington Post a few days earlier. It's to be expected. They've gotten under his skin by kicking his butt. Step back and think how many stories they've broken, how many tweets they've inspired, how much cable coverage is pegged to … Read More
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Huffington Post Executive Editor Liz Heron exits

Liz Heron, Executive Editor of The Huffington Post, is leaving that organization about a year after being appointed the newsroom's second-in-command. Heron was hired in September 2015 after serving as Facebook's head of news partnerships, will exit HuffPost for "her next adventure," CEO Jared Grusd told employees in a memo Tuesday. "I’m writing to let you know that after … Read More
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Washington Post initiative aims to keep reporters from writing 'unnecessarily long'

In August, Washington Post Managing Editor Cameron Barr and his fellow senior editors decided to do something about a problem that had been niggling at them for some time: Articles were becoming too long, often for no good reason. "We were seeing too many pieces that were in the mid-range of their ambition and their success — coming in at … Read More
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With its new redesign, BuzzFeed's betting that the homepage still matters

BuzzFeed is well-known in the media business for publishing stories wherever its audience is — on Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr and many other places. Given this emphasis, it might seem odd that BuzzFeed spent the last six months overhauling its homepage. But in an age where the bulk of readers are finding stories with social media and search engines, the homepage is … Read More
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CNN hires director of mobile and off-platform

In further evidence of the growing importance of platforms like Facebook, Apple News, Twitter and Snapchat, CNN has added a director of mobile and off-platform to its growing programming team. Marcus Mabry, who ran Twitter Moments for U.S. and Canadian audiences, will oversee CNN's mobile and off-platform efforts, including those on Apple News and Amazon Echo. Christina Cuesta Kline, deputy … Read More
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Old Gawker Media stories are getting new life in Spanish

Univision is moving fast. Since agreeing to buy Gawker Media Group in August, the company has already begun to refashion the blogging empire in its image, shutting down Gawker, removing controversial posts and, on Wednesday, announcing the appointment of a new CEO. The Spanish-language media company is also experimenting with ways to magnify the audience of the newly … Read More
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Here's to fewer meetings and emails and getting more work done

40 Better Hours is a Poynter project dedicated to improving your workweek. This is the second day of the weeklong series. A lot of journalists come through Poynter’s doors, and we enjoy hearing their ideas (and, let’s face it, gripes) about how to improve work. More often than not, two big complaints come up in those conversations: poorly run … Read More
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune staffers vote to unionize

Citing staff reductions and repeated cost-cutting, the staff of the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune voted to unionize Thursday, becoming the second Florida newspaper to do so. The vote was 22-16. Elizabeth Johnson, an investigative reporter at the Herald-Tribune, lauded the vote in a statement, saying it will allow the newspaper's staff to "have a voice and a place at the table." … Read More
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How USA Today Network plans to double down on video

DENVER — Don't expect the country's biggest newspaper publisher to ignore the tectonic shift toward video. The USA Today Network (neé Gannett) has made moves in recent months to turn its sprawling empire of more than 100 local media organizations into a single, cohesive whole — and video is a central part of that strategy. Late last year, it hired … Read More
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