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    Guilty, guilty: How journalists covered a momentous day. And what's next.

    Manafort found guilty; Cohen pleads guilty; how presidential coverage is changing

    After bang-bang verdicts, newspapers issued historic front pages on Wednesday and reporters rushed to cover a flood of new details about the Trump campaign and presidency. 

    Here's a brief rundown and look ahead after the conviction of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and the guilty plea of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on campaign finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud.

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    Not the enemy of the people

    It is gut-wrenching and physically painful to hear you call journalists “the enemy of the people” and question their patriotism. You’re talking about not only my husband and my children’s father, but about his many close friends and co-workers.

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    Continuing to build: NYT’s Sewell Chan heads west to a resurgent L.A. Times

    Hire of new L.A. Times deputy managing editor widely praised

    When Sewell Chan was 14, he got the chance to cover the Democratic National Convention in New York for the Children’s Express, a now-defunct nonprofit news service. He interviewed DNC chair Ron Brown and delegates who would choose Bill Clinton to run for president. 

    That heady experience, plus working on and eventually editing his high school newspaper, gave the son of immigrants “a license to be curious,” he told me on Monday.

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    7 next steps for #FreePress

    News organizations must advance a steady series of actions in a larger campaign to confront attacks on the press.

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    Merger of 2 public radio ‘outsiders’ has something for both

    Decades ago, NPR passed on pitches for “A Prairie Home Companion,” “This American Life” and “Marketplace.” A Minnesota-based company, PRI, developed and distributed them nationwide instead.

    Decades later, another public radio company emerged focusing on web distribution. PRX developed and/or distributed podcasts, some of which — “Radiolab,” “The Moth Radio Hour,” “Snap Judgment” and “Reveal” — have become public radio staples in recent years.

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    The Senate embraces the press; some readers do, too. Trump, not so much.

    The Senate condemns hate-mongering toward the press; broadcast outlets amplify editorials; Trump tweets ‘collusion’; rest in peace, Aretha

    Let’s get right to it: The nationwide initiative to raise awareness of dangers to America’s free press stretched into a second day, with broadcast outlets, associations, unions, NGOs and the entire U.S. Senate chipping in.

    Here are a few highlights:

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    America, help! The freedom of the nation depends on you, hundreds of news outlets write

    Here are excerpts from a nationwide drive of news editorials to promote a free press and reject President Donald Trump’s drive to scapegoat journalists as “enemies of the people.” (Thanks to the many editors who e-mailed their editorials our way).

    The Boston Globe: “Replacing a free media with a state-run media has always been a first order of business for any corrupt regime taking over a country.”

 
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