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Public editors are disappearing in U.S. newsrooms. But abroad, they're more important than ever

When The New York Times nixed its public editor position earlier this summer, the move was met with a mix of derision and approval. Despite criticism from journalists — especially on Twitter — Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger stood by the move, saying in an internal memo that substituting an online reader center for an official ombudsman was justified … Read More
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Facebook announces improvements to its Live 360 feature

Facebook users who want to view live, 360-degree videos in ultra-high resolution and virtual reality are now able to do so. The social network announced some improvements to its Live 360 feature Tuesday, including support of 4K resolution for live videos and the ability to watch them in virtual reality using a special app for Samsung's Gear VR. Other significant changes to … Read More
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'Every man has a limit': Twitter responds to Sean Spicer's resignation

After it was reported that Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary Friday, Twitter users reacted in the typical way — by posting GIFs, memes, jokes and other reactions to the news. Spicer, who had served as President Donald Trump's media liaison since December, reportedly left because of the president's appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications … Read More
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Facebook releases an update on its project to combat fake news and support journalists

More than six months after announcing a project to combat fake news, Facebook released an update today. The Facebook Journalism Project — a three-pronged approach aimed at providing training, products and tools for journalists and news consumers — was created as a way to solidify relationships with media organizations, which often hold contradictory feelings about the social network. One key part of … Read More
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This new Facebook analytics tool lets publishers compare their mobile and Instant Articles traffic

Editor's note: This article has been updated with a comment from The Atlantic. Facebook today released a new developer's tool for publishers to see how their stories are doing on the social media platform. The analytics tool, which is located under the "Publishing Tools" tab on Facebook pages, allows news outlets to compare the traffic of their regular mobile articles with … Read More
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3 guidelines for effective content on social platforms

Posting on social doesn’t mean you should post the same thing on every platform. Each platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.,) has unique qualities, different strengths and purposes, and a specific best use case. Your goal is to share content in a way that is natural for users on that social platform. You want to offer relevant content that your audience … Read More
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'I’m sure they’re going to get a Pulitzer for this': The internet responds to photos of Chris Christie's beach day

The (Newark, New Jersey) Star-Ledger has proof, and the internet is living for it. When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday that he hadn't gotten any sun that day, the newspaper proved him wrong with photographs of him and his family on the beach. One of the Star-Ledger's photographers had been cruising the deserted shoreline in a private plane and snapped … Read More
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8 headline tips to draw readers on social media

Stories fill social media platforms in a continuous stream, so drawing readers to your work gets more difficult every day. Cutting through the social noise starts with sharper headlines that resonate with audiences. Here are eight tips for stronger headlines on social media. Explain the news: People want to stay informed and learn information they can use. Pick strong verbs: … Read More
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Is the news business unfair to journalists with children? Poynter's readers respond

On Thursday, Poynter published a story about how family policies at news organizations in the U.S. affect the decisions journalists make about their home life and career paths. Afterward, readers took to Twitter to express their own experiences and opinions on the findings. Below is a Storify with some of our readers' best insights. Want to join the conversation? Tweet … Read More
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6 ways to learn what works on a social media platform

Different audiences live on the various social media platforms, and their expectations for what you share (and how) can be wildly different. Here's how you can learn more about the voice, tone and content for any platform: Start using it and seeing what other people are sharing Ask people who use the platform what types of content they like (and … Read More
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How building trust with your audience is like dating

This piece was originally published by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. It has been republished with permission. You can join the author for a free Webinar about building trust on Facebook at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Relationships take work. You don’t get intimacy without putting in some time. You don’t ask … Read More
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Dan Rather is worried about Facebook's lack of transparency

In a note (on Facebook, no less) legendary anchor and longtime newsman Dan Rather voiced concern about the social network's "mysterious algorithms" while heralding its potential as a "tremendous force for good." In his nearly 500-word post, Rather cites Facebook as among the "literally world changing" social networks that are "reimagining my chosen line of work and all of … 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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Happy birthday, Twitter! We weren't sure what to do with you at first.

“I spend too much time online. What’s another addiction?” That was my first tweet, posted on March 6, 2008. Little did I know how addictive Twitter would eventually become. The social media network celebrates 10 years of existence today. It’s hard to overstate Twitter’s role in journalism over the past decade, from being the go-to platform for breaking … Read More
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5 questions to ask before adopting Peach (or any other social network)

A colleague texted me last month with a question that made doubt my early-adopter status. “Are you on Peach?” I was not. In fact, I didn’t even know what it was. But a quick Google search told me it was a new messaging app from the man who brought us Vine, the popular video-sharing network that Twitter acquired in … Read More
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