ADVERTISEMENT

Corrections and Clarifications

Poynter strives to avoid corrections in all its published work. This effort is matched by an equally strong dedication to publishing corrections promptly. Please do not hesitate to flag any mistakes through our social media accounts or by emailing us at tips@poynter.org.

Recent articles that have been corrected are listed below. For additional details, see our corrections policy.

NEWS

The New Yorker becomes first magazine to win a Pulitzer Prize

The New Yorker on Monday became the first magazine to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, taking home awards in both feature writing and criticism categories. Emily Nussbaum, a TV critic at The New Yorker, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. In its citation, the prizes touted her "television reviews written with an affection that never blunts the shrewdness … Read More
NEWS

How do you pronounce Pulitzer?

Every year around this time, you'll hear two different things when people talk about the Pulitzer Prizes. There's the pull-it-sirs and the pew-lit-sirs. But why does the pronunciation of this name cause people confusion? Linguist Edwin Battistella wondered this, too, after his friend and Pulitzer winner James Risser told Battistella that he'd been saying it wrong. Here's what Battistella, who … Read More
NEWS

Is there a business model for virtual reality news? Native advertising provides a start

Virtual reality and its cousin, 360-degree video, have been the talk of future-of-news circles since late last year — usually with the disclaimer that there is no business model yet. But the starting place to generate revenue is clear: native advertising and sponsored content. Even as both VR storytelling and viewing technology remain in their infancy, big brand sponsors — McDonalds, … Read More
NEWS

Ravi Somaiya to leave The New York Times media desk

Ravi Somaiya, a media reporter for The New York Times, is leaving the newspaper to join the newsmagazine “Vice on HBO,” it was announced today. Somaiya, formerly an editor at Gawker, joined The New York Times in 2012. In a memo to staff, New York Times business editor Dean Murphy hailed Somaiya as "a collegial presence" who pitches … Read More
NEWS

With 690 rubber bands and a watermelon, BuzzFeed creates Facebook Live's first driveway moment

It started innocuously enough. Two BuzzFeed staffers sat around a small, circular table, wearing smocks and safety glasses. Between them was a watermelon and a pile of rubber bands. Their mission: blow up the watermelon by gradually adding bands until it burst from the tension. Over the course of an hour, that tension — and BuzzFeed's audience — would grow exponentially. At … Read More
NEWS

Boston Globe editor announces initiative to reinvent newspaper

The Boston Globe on Thursday became the latest newspaper to announce it's undertaking a major reassessment of its strategy and coverage priorities to keep pace with the ongoing tumult of the digital age. The announcement, an internal memo from Globe Editor Brian McGrory, tops 1,000 words and touches on several major aspects of The Boston Globe's operation. Among other things, … Read More
NEWS

Mashable announces layoffs in staff reorganization

Mashable, the digital news site founded by media entrepreneur Pete Cashmore in the mid-aughts, announced on Thursday it's laying off staffers as part of a sweeping reorganization of the company and reorientation of its coverage priorities. Two of the company's major leaders are leaving as a result of the restructuring. Jim Roberts, the editor in chief of Mashable who joined … Read More
NEWS

Thomas Hjelm will be NPR's new digital chief

NPR announced on Thursday the creation of a new role responsible for overseeing the public radio network's digital operations. Thomas Hjelm, the executive vice president and chief digital officer of New York Public Radio, will be chief digital officer at NPR, responsible for infusing digital innovation across its various divisions. Hjelm replaces Zach Brand, currently vice president of digital media … Read More
NEWS

Credentials come first for Alison Overholt, the first female editor of a major U.S. sports magazine

Alison Overholt never expected to make this kind of history. Not in 2016. When Overholt was named editor of ESPN The Magazine in February, research revealed that she is the first woman to be editor of a national, general-interest sports magazine. (Sports Illustrated for Women, which lasted from 1999-2002, did have women editors). Overholt’s groundbreaking promotion seems hard to … Read More
NEWS

It's time for news organizations to embrace Creative Commons

For the past several years, Cards Against Humanity has been Amazon’s No. 1 bestseller in the “Toys and Games” category. But the card game, which has raked in millions of dollars and inspired dozens of imitations, is also available for free on the Cards Against Humanity website. Anyone can download, remix, or share the game, which is licensed … Read More
NEWS

Ad agency spinoff hints at strategic pivot at the New Republic

When Frank Foer was publicly ousted from the New Republic's top editorial job at the end of 2014, industry observers pegged his departure to a larger culture shift at the venerable magazine of politics and culture. Chris Hughes, the multi-millionaire former Facebook executive, had purchased the magazine and pledged to transform it into a "vertically integrated media company," in … Read More
NEWS

Hulk Hogan wins $115 million judgment against Gawker Media

After a years-long legal fight, a Florida jury has ruled in favor of Hulk Hogan in his invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media, awarding the ex-professional wrestler $115 million. Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, said in a statement that the company plans to appeal the decision. Given key evidence and the most important witness were both improperly withheld from … Read More
NEWS

Why you should consider shutting down your newsroom...temporarily

There’s a newspaper in my Rust Belt hometown that has barely changed since I learned to read. You know this story. The front page is a mix of town board trivialities and newswire articles. Somewhere there’s a photo of students beaming over an accomplishment. On Sundays, an old columnist hearkens back to the halcyon days. My hometown newspaper isn't alone. Read More
NEWS

Ask the ethicist: Should top editors oversee business initiatives?

Tribune Publishing, whose holdings include the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, announced this morning that it's combining the editor and publisher jobs at its major daily newspapers. This shakeup runs counter to a long-held tradition in the newspaper industry, which typically splits the responsibilities of running the newsroom and overseeing business initiatives into two separate jobs. Although … Read More
NEWS

By canceling ‘Melissa Harris-Perry,’ MSNBC continues legacy of conformist programming

Last week, I spent a few minutes trying to explain the concept of media hegemony to my international media class. The question came up about two-and-half hours into our three-and-a-half hour seminar, and, fatigued from a day of student meetings and class discussions, I couldn't find a concrete example of how media elites subtly maintain power over the production … Read More
ADVERTISEMENT