The Latest Media News NBC’s ‘Dateline’ turns 30 and Josh Mankiewicz reveals the secret to its successThe addictive true crime show with famous fans like Taylor Swift and Bill Hader becomes the longest-running series in NBC prime-time history. Want to be a better public writer? Celebrate the versatility of the question mark.From the question that sparks the advice column to the ones that clinch a cross-examination, the question is a writing tool that rules. UPDATE: CDC director overrules advisers and approves Pfizer booster shots for millions of people in high-risk jobsPlus, do not inhale hydrogen peroxide, the real cost of delaying ‘elective surgeries,’ 10,000 TSA employees have been infected, and more. There’s no evidence that the Pfizer vaccine causes deathsThe Pfizer vaccine is the only one fully approved in the U.S. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to be used under an EUA. For-profit newsrooms are adding philanthropy as another way to make moneyIt’s not a subscription. It’s not a membership. And it’s not just nonprofits anymore. How Jim Sheeler took the news ‘to a place where grief could unfold in depth’The former Rocky Mountain News Pulitzer Prize winner died last week. He was 53. Trump, conservative media and the big lie — the damage is not doneThe lie that faulty voting machines cost Trump the 2020 election lives on. And backers of the claim seek to control upcoming elections. The NYT knocked on Trump’s niece’s door. An ‘insidious plot?’ A Trump lawsuit claims so.Donald Trump is suing Mary Trump, The New York Times and three Times reporters over what he claims was an 'insidious plot' to obtain his tax records. Seven states are using most of the dwindling monoclonal antibody supplyPlus, a new study on the cost of remote work, vaccinations are rising fast in rural America, people are suing for and against mandates, and more. Why the Gabby Petito case has drawn so much attention compared to other missing people casesCriminologists say a range of factors play into the attention, including a substantial online trail documenting Petito’s trip and her age and race. Should you trust media bias charts?These controversial charts claim to show the political lean and credibility of news organizations. Here’s what you need to know about them. It’s not easy to cover Indian Country. Here’s why you must.In mainstream U.S. news, coverage of Indigenous communities is sporadic, uneven and barely visible. Student journalists need better editing and management training, and we’re here to helpReporting and editing are totally different skill sets, and student journalists need more preparation before they move into editor roles. John Walsh’s explosive comments about the Gabby Petito case, and why we, the media, are captivated by the storyWalsh, often measured, hasn’t held back over the past two days, ripping into police and others after Petito’s disappearance. COVID-19 hospitalizations are fallingBut Ohio and Pennsylvania are posting big increases. Plus, why gunshot injuries may tell a clearer story than deaths, and more. Amid proposals for travel vaccine mandates, is there a right to unfettered travel in the US?Legal experts say the Constitution generally recognizes a right to travel between the states. But it’s not an absolute right. With legacy newspapers contracting, local newsletter startup 6AM City is planning rapid expansionThe group will ramp up from eight to 24 markets by the end of 2021 and plans to grow its staff from 30 to 100. NewsGuild releases report on culture and harassment at Pittsburgh GuildThe report includes multiple stories of harassment at the Pittsburgh Guild over the past 20 years A new book offers up the latest wacky story from the Trump presidencyIt tells a tale of how Sen. Lindsey Graham looked at supposed election meddling evidence from Rudy Giuliani and deemed it suitable for ‘third grade.’ COVID-19’s death toll in America has topped the 1918 pandemicPlus, children could have vaccines by Halloween, COVID is the leading cause of law enforcement deaths, and more. Are cloth masks good enough against the delta COVID variant?A large-scale, real-world study published in September found surgical masks to be especially effective at reducing symptomatic infections. Here are the newsroom layoffs, furloughs and closures that happened during the coronavirus pandemicWe're still updating this list What does ‘off the record’ mean? The latest journalism controversyA dustup between a Washington Post opinion columnist and a Politico White House reporter is all about journalism jargon. What it means that an FDA advisory committee did not recommend COVID-19 booster shotsPlus, the CDC takes up COVID booster shot debate this week, the evidence that Pfizer couldn't supply, what we can learn from Israel, and more. Yes, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is FDA approvedThe Pfizer vaccine had been administered under an emergency use authorization from the FDA. On Aug. 23, the vaccine received FDA approval. Here’s a look into my camera roll after a trek around the country’s college journalism spacesFrom Montana to Miami, I traveled the United States working with student journalists Piers Morgan and Rupert Murdoch — a match made in, well, somewhereMorgan’s bombastic and trolling style should fit right in with Murdoch’s outfit and will likely have lots of followers. How news organizations used automated news to cover COVID-19As the virus spread across the world, governments and health authorities made a considerable amount of open-source data available to the public. Pfizer and Moderna press for booster shots. Will the FDA’s decision come today?Plus, the data Biden's team leans on to favor boosters, NIH to study long-haul COVID, food costs are increasing, and more. If you’ve been vaccinated, what are the odds of a breakthrough COVID infection?A recent CDC report contains data showing that the odds of a breakthrough might be around 1-in-5,000 a week. People need dependable local news for a lot of reasons. One? Call it ‘the big pumpkin theory.’ “It all comes back to the community part of community journalism.” IFCN and Facebook will award $800K to fact-checkers fighting climate misinformationEligible applicants can receive up to $100,000 for innovative solutions to refute false claims about the environment. The Nassar case is a horrific story that the media needs to continue coveringThe raw truth these gymnasts are sharing — and how the FBI failed them — should compel all of us to listen. How a community-focused weekly is punching holes in an Illinois town’s political discourseThe Cicero Independiente is bringing politics into the open in Latino-majority Cicero, Illinois. 1 in 500 Americans has died from COVID-19Plus, how the White House is planning for the next serious viral outbreak, the pandemic has been good for lottery sales, and more. COVID-19 vaccines do not affect fertility, study showsThe research counters entertainer Nicki Minaj’s tweet about COVID-19 vaccines and impotency. Journalism schools often don’t teach audience engagement skills. Here’s how students can make up for itPrioritizing digital journalism in journalism education is the first step toward cultivating a strong relationship between journalists and audiences. This local journalist studied other locally owned newsrooms. Here’s what he found.The NewStart fellow wanted to understand what's working and what's not in community journalism Nicki Minaj tweeted … what? Why taking a break from the news is a good idea.The news is important, of course, but wearisome just the same, especially in this never-ending and stressful news cycle. The problems that Nicki Minaj caused for the vaccination effortPlus, no action against physicians who spread false info, why hospitalizations might not be a reliable barometer, and more. Japan has not approved ivermectin as a COVID treatment, and it’s still using the Moderna vaccineIvermectin is not listed by the Japanese government as an approved medication to treat COVID-19. He’s on the radio. She started a news site. These high schoolers are using their new journalism skills in the real world.Eighteen teenagers learned fact-checking, health reporting and more during Poynter’s second virtual High School Journalism Program this summer. Handing off The Cohort to Alex Sujong LaughlinHighlights from the outgoing editor, and hellos to the new host The National Trust for Local News is trying to build a $300 million fund to help save local newsRather than grants, the trust makes investments and offers advice, with a goal of growing local support to serve small-town news deserts. Opinion: Opt-in to op-eds, a final attempt to distinguish news from opinionAmericans can’t tell the difference between fact and factoid and assign political labels to news outlets based on columnists rather than reporters. Social media platforms drive partisan political polarization in the US, study findsWithout internal or government reforms, the researchers say, partisan hatred will continue to have ‘dire consequences.’ Are evictions spiking as expected?Plus, National Guard called in over school bus driver shortage, home COVID test kits are in short supply, still no agreement on boosters, and more. What we know about COVID-19 booster shots so farWhy they are needed, whether they'll work, who should get one and when, and more. 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