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Media tracks big night for Trump and Clinton

Good morning. Why Megyn Kelly cracked up MSNBC's Joe Scarborough held up The New York Times this morning. "We predicted this ahead of anybody else," said Scarborough, whose friendship with Donald Trump has raised questions of partisanship, indicating the banner headline: "Trump and Clinton Feast as 12 States Vote." The consensus most everywhere is that the vaunted and … Read More
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Dear Hollywood, here are 9 other Pulitzer-winning stories worth considering

Journalism had a good night at the Oscars. The "Best Picture" and "Best Screenplay" wins by "Spotlight" highlighted The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. Journalism did well last year, too, when "CitizenFour" won in the best documentary category. But there's much more movie material out there. That doesn't mean those stories … Read More
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Facebook is opening up Instant Articles to newsrooms everywhere. Will a flood of distributed content follow?

In a long-awaited move, Facebook announced this afternoon that it plans to open up access to its Instant Articles program to publishers around the world, giving every news organization the capability to publish their content on the social network. The program, which was previously available to a select group of publishers numbering in the hundreds, will be available to any … Read More
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There are 96 fact-checking projects in 37 countries, new census finds

The latest census of fact-checking and promise-tracking initiatives shows 96 such projects currently operating in 37 countries (highlighted in green below). This is a 50 percent increase compared to the 2015 census. The census, conducted by the Duke Reporters' Lab, indicates that these projects have been successful in very different conditions worldwide. The political context that … Read More
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The Oregon standoff is over, but the story hasn't ended for The Oregonian

Earlier this afternoon, the last holdout from a group of armed protesters that seized federal buildings near the town of Burns, Oregon gave himself up. David Fry's surrender marked the end of a 41-day standoff that's seen scrutiny from national and regional outlets alike. But for The Oregonian, which has been covering the occupation since it began in … Read More
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Super Bowl done, media frenzy down to wire in New Hampshire

Good morning. Wall-to-wall The media tried to puncture our weekend-long Super Bowl preparations with extensive coverage of the New Hampshire primary. If you were a junkie, it was a cable feast that still left one largely clueless about what may play out Tuesday (will Trump really win big?) amid an extravaganza of polling. (RealClearPolitics) Imagine, too, if you … Read More
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Ricky Mathews is leaving the helm of NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune

Ricky Mathews, who led the planning and execution of the digital-first publishing strategy at NOLA.com four years ago, will be leaving that position later in 2016. Advance Local, NOLA's parent, announced that Mathews will continue as president of the company's Southeast Division and work on picking his successor. The digital moves were paired with eliminating print editions several … Read More
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Fresh from a $700,000 funding round, Hearken is scaling up to sell a new kind of journalism

You might be thinking backward if your newsroom sticks to the following formula: Editors sit around and decide which stories should be told. Those stories are then assigned to reporters, who call up their usual sources for information. Then, reporters write up a story to their editors' specifications, a story that's published in its final form all at once. That's … Read More
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Why 2016 could be a breakout year for drone journalism

Three and a half years ago, journalist-turned educator Matt Waite won a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to kickstart a fledgling drone program at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dubbed the "Drone Journalism Lab" by Waite (a sometimes Poynter contributor), the program sought to establish an early foothold among the small but growing cohort of journalists using unmanned … Read More
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Globe delivery fiasco illustrates challenges of digital era

Diary of a Boston Globe subscriber, 2016: After a week of late and missed deliveries, the paper’s band of midnight-riding staffers provided me with not one but two copies of the Sunday paper. By Monday morning, though, things were back to the new normal: No Globe awaiting me in the lobby of our apartment building near Coolidge Corner in … Read More
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A new program at Medill places engineering and journalism students together in the Bay Area

Reporters and editors at The Daily Breeze had a big story on their hands. Waste, corruption and lazy local government — and at the center of it all, a superintendent pocketing a bloated salary. The tale of how Jose Fernandez ended up making $663,000 per year was complicated, with key events scattered throughout the last decade. To make sense of it … Read More
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What journalists need to know about Muslims to better write about them

Amid Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslim travelers to the US and claims of extremist Muslim cells across the US, telling the story of the nation’s Muslims seems more paramount now than ever. Who are the nation’s Muslims? They come from over 70 countries across the 1.6 billion-member Muslim world and their diversity is reflected in the fact … Read More
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First Look Media wants to make the next 'Spotlight'

Nearly two years since the company's founding, a new strategy is beginning to take at shape First Look Media. When it launched in early 2014, First Look Media's trajectory looked markedly different from the way it does today. Bankrolled by billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, the company was slated to launch multiple standalone digital magazines with a single flagship … Read More
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Gawker.com cuts staff as site focuses on politics

The Awl | The New York Times Staffers at Gawker.com are being laid off as part of a reorientation toward politics coverage, a remaking of the site instituted by newly named Editor-in-Chief Alex Pareene, multiple outlets reported Tuesday. Seven staffers throughout Gawker Media will lose their jobs in the culling, but six jobs will be added, according to … Read More
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Poynter cuts budget deficit by 35%, reports $2.26 million operating loss for 2014

The Poynter Institute reported today that it grew income and reduced expenses in 2014, cutting its operating loss by 35 percent from the previous year, but still ended with a $2.26 million operating deficit. Revenues were up 22.2 percent year-to-year and expenses down 9.5 percent, according to an institute filing with the Internal Revenue Service. That narrowed the budget gap … Read More
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