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    Twitter, please don't mess with the perfect measure

    Editor's note: This story was originally published in late September, when news of the 280 Twitter character count first surfaced. We bring it back today with this lament: Sorry, we tried.

    When it comes to short writing, I am a professional hypocrite: I wrote a book on the topic. A book. On short writing.

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    Judy Woodruff's tales of perseverance enthrall at Poynter Bowtie Ball

    In the beginning, there was just one woman per station.

    That’s how Judy Woodruff, the groundbreaking anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour summed up her entry into the world of broadcast journalism.

    A pioneer in the industry, Woodruff was the 2017 recipient of the Poynter Institute’s Medal of Lifetime Achievement in Journalism during the third annual Bowtie Ball held Saturday at the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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    This blog is worth exploring to get better insight into rural journalism

    In February 1942, The Atlantic published an essay by Arthur Morgan, a civil engineer and educator who had previously served as the first chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Morgan argued that all Americans should care about the future of struggling small towns, which he said had become “orphan[s] in an unfriendly world … despised, neglected, exploited, and robbed.”

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    What journalists wore for Halloween: Fake news, apps and the death of print

    Journalists seem to have a knack for describing a moment in pop culture with a pithy headline, a well-turned phrase or a spot-on Twitter post.

    And at Halloween, it's no different. At Poynter, we were tossing around our own versions of what we could dress up as. Here are a few that popped up in our Slack channel:

    Scary journalism-related Halloween costume: an off-topic pitch

    Cute journalism-related Halloween costume: a Chartbeat spike

    Scary journalism-related Halloween costume: a dead phone battery

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    Satirist Andy Borowitz explains the fine art of lampooning Trump

    Soon after charges were announced Monday morning against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, I asked the New Yorker's great satirist Andy Borowitz if he was scrutinizing the indictment and flipping among instant punditry on cable news networks.

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    Variety's TV critic goes public with alleged assault by male TV executive

    A prominent television critic is going public about being groped and assaulted by an executive in the TV industry.

    Sh also described taking a leave of absence amid seeming lack of concern by either his or her own employer at the time.

    Maureen Ryan, TV critic for Variety and former critic for Huffington Post and the Chicago Tribune, makes clear that the context for her disclosure is the dramatic coverage of Harvey Weinstein. As she writes Wednesday:

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    Media struggles to develop strategies for covering hate incidents

    Most news organizations, if asked, would be hard-pressed to articulate a strategy when it comes to covering hate crimes. But that’s emerging as a rising concern as the number of such crimes rises around the country.

    Nearly 900 hate incidents against minorities were documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center during the 10 days after Donald Trump’s election victory.

 
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