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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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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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