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    A Southern editor's anguished lament at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr.

    On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we thought it would be appropriate to look at some of the journalism from his era, and try to find a way to explore the emotions around his death from an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968.

    We didn’t have to look very far. The Poynter Institute’s Roy Peter Clark was a co-editor of a 2002 book called “The Changing South of Gene Patterson.” (Historian Raymond Arsenault was the other editor.)

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    New York Times defends its Glenn Thrush actions, but one reporter wasn't buying it

    Paul Farhi, a superior and veteran Washington Post reporter, was ever so briefly a skunk at a summit Tuesday when he respectfully confronted a top New York Times newsroom manager about the tricky sex harassment case involving Times reporter Glenn Thrush.

    Carolyn Ryan, assistant managing editor of The Times, had just delicately outlined how the paper handled allegations of inappropriate behavior against the high-profile Thrush (who was at Politico at the time) during an informative daylong "Power Shift Summit" at Washington's Newseum. 

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    Poynter's Al Tompkins awarded prestigious honor by NPPA

    The National Press Photographers Association has given its highest honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, to Poynter's Al Tompkins and David Burnett as part of the annual NPPA Awards that recognize people for their commitment to the craft of visual journalism and to education that advances the profession.

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    A grand tribute to a golden era of cartoons

    Just imagine: In 1922, cartoonist Sidney Smith, creator of the then-popular The Gumps comic strip, signed a contract with the Chicago Tribune that paid him $100,000 and included a Rolls-Royce. That salary would be about $1.4 million these days, by one inflation-driven estimate. And the Rolls.

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    10 reasons why 'A Christmas Prince' gets journalism totally wrong

    Cable television Christmastime romantic comedies are now as ubiquitous during the holiday season as Black Friday sales. Popular channels such as Lifetime and Hallmark have doubled down on the trend during the past few years. Their tried and true formula typically includes a blonde female lead, a blandly attractive male lead and a series of silly meet-cutes in either the winsome charm of small-town America or the frenetic energy of the Big City.

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    In a new podcast, our host explores the craft of writing about music

    It's amusing that with his bassy voice, Tom Breihan became a writer and not a broadcaster. But the Charlottesville, Virginia-based writer is the first guest on "No Stars," a music journalism podcast that Poynter has agreed to run on a trial basis.

    The show aims at offering some insight into a changing industry, as well as the craft of it all. Yes, the word "metrics" will be uttered. But there's also going to be some discussion of how and why stuff gets covered and why folks like lists as much as profiles.

 
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