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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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