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Pulitzer Prize boss Mike Pride says further expansion of the award is 'probable'

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize centennial is approaching its halfway point, with three of the Pulitzer organization’s four planned “marquee events” behind it. Designed to celebrate the prizes’ history, the events also are setting the stage for today’s new realities facing American journalism, and arts and letters. The first of the four events — at The Poynter Institute in March — examined … Read More
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Newsrooms are sending food to the Orlando Sentinel

As the Orlando Sentinel newsroom continues covering the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, newsrooms in other cities are showing their support with food. Southern California News Group, which includes publications such as the San Bernardino Sun that covered the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, bought Monday night's dinner. The Los Angeles Times, … Read More
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7 lessons from BuzzFeed’s 'FOIA-friendly newsroom'

Does your newsroom have a public records strategy? Do you track how many Freedom of Information requests reporters make? Who do your reporters turn to for help if they are struggling to get records? Answers to these questions likely vary by newsroom, but I recently got a chance to find out how BuzzFeed’s news staff is working to improve the … Read More
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Harper's boss Rick MacArthur on blogging, paywalls, his editor shakeup and the future of journalism

Rick MacArthur is an acerbic, slightly rumpled born-to-the-manor renegade who remains publisher of Harper's Magazine long after saving it from extinction upon taking it over in 1983 as the storied monthly was suffering seven-figure annual losses. He's the grandson of the billionaire whose fortune is behind the MacArthur Foundation but who also clashed acrimoniously with his late dad. His great … Read More
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Shuttered apps, aborted podcasts and TV hiccups: Fact-checkers share stories of failure

Fact-checkers are experts at thorough research and careful writing, but many confessed Thursday that they struggle with thinking on their feet and venturing out of their comfort zones. Eleven fact-checkers presented their organizations’ biggest successes and failures to kick off the third annual Global Fact-Checking Summit in Buenos Aires. Most of the success stories underlined what fact-checkers are good at … Read More
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No longer chasing scale, Longform is building a site meant to last for years

The news business looked way different when Max Linsky and Aaron Lammer, two college buddies from Wesleyan University, started Longform.org. The site, whose 2010 launch was timed to the release of the iPad, was conceived as a kind of conservatory for ambitious journalism, a space free from ugly display ads and cluttered reading experiences where narrative junkies could … Read More
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Vox suspends editor for Trump tweet

Emmett Rensin, the deputy editor of Vox’s first person section, has been suspended by the explainer site after tweeting that people should "start a riot" if their towns are visited by presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Advice: If Trump comes to your town, start a riot. — Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) June 3, 2016 The … Read More
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Tribune Publishing elects new slate of directors

Editor's note: The previous headline on this story, "Gannett's 'withhold' campaign against Tribune Publishing fails," was incorrect insofar as it overstated the results of today's shareholder vote. Gannett's withhold campaign would not have prevented the election of Tribune's slate of directors; it was a symbolic effort, and the number of "withhold" votes has not yet been disclosed. We regret the … Read More
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New York Times announces buyouts in the midst of an overhaul

The New York Times on Wednesday announced it's offering buyouts to employees as part of an ongoing effort to remake its entire news operation. In an email to Poynter, a New York Times spokesperson said the newspaper is not aiming to cut an exact number of employees or free up a specific amount of money. The New York … Read More
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Digital news organization style guide

Editor's note: We have changed this styleguide to favor capitalization of proper nouns even when the entity prefers to be rendered in lowercase. Likewise, Poynter prefers to cast the names of news organizations in lowercase, with the exception of the outlet's first letter and inter caps (e.g. BuzzFeed, ThinkProgress). One of the first things reporters at Poynter learn is to … Read More
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A timeline of the messy newspaper war between Gannett and Tronc

If you blinked this evening, you might've missed the latest development in the weeks-long trench warfare between the newspaper companies Gannett and Tronc. If the headline looks familiar, that's because both companies have been circling each other since late April, when Gannett unveiled its $815 million bid to take over the Chicago-based Tribune Publishing (now called Tronc). Talks … Read More
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Looking for a sustainable business model for a regional newspaper? Start at the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Does the Star Tribune of Minneapolis have a secret formula for outperforming the rest of the newspaper industry? I have been puzzling over that for years. After two run-ins at the Newspaper Association of America annual conference last month in Washington, D.C., I think I may have finally cracked the code. Marketing chief Steve Yaeger wrapped up an NAA presentation … Read More
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Inside USA TODAY's Facebook Live strategy

John Kasich was supposed to go live with USA TODAY. In the dwindling hours of his presidential run, the Ohio Governor was scheduled for a back-and-forth on Facebook Live. It would've been a newsmaker, given that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had dropped out the night before, putting Kasich in a two-way contest with Donald Trump. Then, after months of fighting … Read More
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How CNNMoney is getting to know its audience

When controversies about Facebook started making the news recently, staffers at CNNMoney knew quickly it was a topic their audience was very interested in. How? A tool they built told them. "We knew that they were hungry for that," said Leezel Tanglao, assistant managing editor of programming, "and we saw it surging." That notice came from the proprietary tool, … Read More
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