Al Tompkins

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This journalist created a system to make sure more female experts got on air

Ros Atkins is a BBC anchor who was tired of "trying" to get more female experts on his programs. Trying was not enough, so he, without any directive from a boss, developed a way to increase the number of women on all BBC programs. In 2017 only 39 percent of the contributors to his program were women. Within five months, 51 percent of the experts and contributors his program included were women.  ...

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1,400 aftershocks later, Anchorage newsrooms are shaken but reporting

Journalists in the KTVA newsroom in Anchorage, Alaska, are required to wear hard hats this week. Friday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake heavily damaged the station and hundreds of aftershocks have left journalists on edge, but they kept reporting, even while hiding under desks....

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Nexstar to buy Tribune Broadcasting for $6.4 billion

Nexstar Media Group has reached an agreement to acquire Tribune Media Co. for about $6.4 billion. The deal, which is even larger than was initially reported over the weekend, would make Nexstar the biggest owner of local TV stations in the country. ...

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A Little Rock TV station denied Nazis news coverage

News director Austin Kellerman of KARK-TV/Fox16 News wrote to viewers to explain why they would not be covering a Nazi rally on the Capitol steps recently. He explained, "Quite frankly, I’m not willing to give them our attention. There are far too many important issues in our communities that need to be covered. This doesn’t deserve our time. You, as a viewer of KARK and Fox16, deserve better."...

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Sinclair backs away from Boris

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns 193 TV stations in 81 markets, waded back into the crosshairs of cr...

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Alaska media scramble to cover 7.0 quake

Three hours after a powerful earthquake struck Alaska, KTVA TV meteorologists were live on Facebook when another aftershock hit....

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Media companies join CNN supporting Acosta; judge to rule Thursday

The Department of Justice claimed Wednesday that "the President and his staff have absolute discretion over which journalists they grant interviews to, as well as over which journalists they acknowledge at press events. That broad discretion necessarily includes discretion over which journalists receive on-demand access to the White House grounds and special access during White House travel for the purpose of asking questions of the President or his staff. No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House." Dozens of media companies filed legal briefs Wednesday saying if CNN loses its lawsuits all journalists may be at risk if they cross the president....

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CNN and Jim Acosta lawsuit is about free speech, free press and due process

CNN's lawsuit against President Donald Trump, White House press secretary Sarah...

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CNN’s Jim Acosta’s actions to Trump don’t represent the best of journalism

We want journalists to ask questions and seek truth....

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SPJ research suggests that a surge in PIOs negatively impacts journalism

Seven surveys by the Society of Professional Journalists raise concerns that public information officers are making newsgathering increasingly difficult because "journalists are not allowed to speak to people intimately involved in the issues they cover."...

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200+ newspapers will write pro-journalism editorials. Will they also listen?

Right off the top, let me say that I wish the president would knock it off with the fake news is the "enemy of the people" nonsense....

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Tribune pulls out of TV station sale to Sinclair

Tribune media didn't just pull out of the deal to merge with Sinclair Broadcast Group — it also filed a lawsuit against Sinclair for breach of cont...

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60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager will ‘stay on vacation’ during sexual misconduct investigation

The head of America's most-watched TV investigative news program won't return to the office until CBS completes its investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct inside the news division, including "60 Minutes," one of two investigations inside CBS....

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Scripps Howard Foundation announces $6 million to university investigative journalism programs

The Scripps Howard Foundation will help start investigative reporting centers at the University of Maryland and Arizona State University. ...

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CBS keeps Moonves pending investigation

The CBS board of directors voted Monday to hire "outside counsel to conduct an investigation" into allegations from six women who said CEO Les Moonves sexually harassed them. The board could have fired or suspended Moonves, but CBS has troubles with Viacom that could get more complicated if Moonves is out....

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Federal court refuses to overturn FCC rule, but not because it’s a good one

A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to overturn an archaic Federal Communications Commission rule that has been a political football for years. The rule benefits big TV station owners by giving them a way around ownership caps....

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