The Latest Media News The New York Times’ bombshell report on the president’s taxes: How did they get it and why did they run it?Based on comments from the executive editor, we can assume the records were leaked to the Times. It's an important story and worthy of publication. Why Chris Wallace likely won’t be fact-checking during Tuesday’s presidential debateFrank Fahrenkopf, co-chair for the Commission on Presidential Debates, says it's a role for the other candidates, not the moderator. The second round of the Fact-Checking Innovation Initiative awards five new projects Here are the newsroom layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirusWe're updating this list almost daily The U.S. health department is planning a $250 million COVID ad campaign to ‘defeat despair’ before the electionPlus, the president promised $200 drug vouchers, COVID-19 and 'poor leadership' are top issues, a movement to save small music venues, and more. As Bivol reported on COVID-19 in Bulgaria, it found the pandemic being used as a cover for corruptionJust some hard-hitting stories they uncovered: dried fruits masquerading as medical supplies, ‘toxic’ disinfectant and unreliable antibody tests In support of student media handoffs and the power of personal essaysPlus great bylines to share with students and avoiding burnout Fact-check: Did KKK members carry a banner endorsing Trump? The coronavirus has closed more than 50 local newsrooms across America. And counting.At first, the pandemic cost newsrooms jobs and communities critical work. Now it’s starting to end entire newsrooms. We’re tracking layoffs at Lee Enterprises newspapers10 were laid off Monday at The Tulsa World, and more than 20 in the last two weeks at other newspapers What’s the biggest media story of the moment? It’s getting harder every day to sayPlus kudos to a Playboy reporter and ESPN isn't sticking to sports When can we expect a vaccine for children, an important step in the fight against COVID-19?Infected children, even if they do not show symptoms, will continue to spread the virus — even if there's an adult vaccine Reporting on polls? Here’s how to do it responsiblyImproving the quality of coverage isn’t rocket science if you know a few essentials As it turns out, product thinking is a great asset in a crisisThe Product Immersion for Small Newsrooms training program will expand due to its success How the media handled Wednesday’s Breonna Taylor rulingNews leaders sifted through the legal talk and got straight to the point — and the outrage. Understanding the legal language and judicial issues in the Breonna Taylor rulingIt is important for journalists to understand the legal underpinnings of this case ‘A bittersweet moment’: How gal-dem launched membership amid Black Lives Matter protests and COVID-19Few publications were hit as hard by the global pandemic than the UK independent media collective gal-dem Airborne or not? What the CDC said about the aerosol transmission of COVID-19The CDC walked back guidance saying coronavirus could spread through the air. Why? How to be funny in a pandemicStephanie Hayes’ was supposed to start as a new humor columnist. Then the coronavirus hit Time to ratchet up the fight against misinformation in Spanish. Take a look at this solution.FactChat brings together 10 U.S fact-checking organizations and two Spanish-language television networks The sheer amount of misinformation is forcing fact-checkers to collaborateThis is the September 24, 2020 edition of Factually Universities continue to block athletes from talking to the media. That’s got to stop.For athletes at many of the nation’s top athletic programs, talking to the news media is regarded as a punishable offense New group offers a place for product people in newsrooms (and the newsrooms that need them)The News Product Alliance launches today Why the student newspaper at Syracuse University launched a membership programThe Daily Orange hopes to connect with its community and create a sustainable revenue model A fresh publishing study argues that paid digital subscriptions are the only avenue to growth'Publishers who are not using digital subscriptions should start' The death toll from the coronavirus passes another grim numberPlus a special Poynter honor and the Monday Night Football crew is finally living up to the hype Poynter to honor Chris Wallace at its fundraising gala FDA plans guidance this week to assure the public there will be no ‘October surprise’ vaccineMeanwhile, PTO is piling up and homeless shelters should be girding for winter Are journalism academics worth a listen? This new podcast says yesScholars and working journalists can work from common ground for the good of the industry Poynter now offers six months paid parental leave. Here’s how it happened.From The Cohort, Poynter's newsletter for women kicking ass in digital media We’ve almost made it to election day. So what should we do now?Plus a damning story about a government public affairs employee and details on an upcoming Oscar Pistorius documentary CDC’s flip-flop leaves lingering doubts about potentially lingering dropletsPlus aid for farmers and a hunch about car thefts in the pandemic Could Ginsburg’s death be the biggest election issue facing America — and the media?Plus a conflict of interest for a storied NPR journalist, and a weekend low point involving the president The virus vaccine challenge: Overcoming mistrust from Black AmericansFollowing a history of mistrust of the medical community, just 54% of Black adults said they would “definitely or probably” get a coronavirus vaccine. Can Obamacare survive without Ginsburg?One week after the election, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about the future of the Affordable Care Act Looking to teach about misinformation? The line starts herePlus a painful Washington Post correction makes for a great classroom discussion, and tips for teaching remotely Newspaper front pages commemorate Ruth Bader GinsburgAcross the country, editors showcase a pioneering figure in American law Here are resources for journalists covering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and succession A pre-election guide to reporting on the weirdest election ‘night’ ever14 questions for journalists to answer before Election Day to prepare for an election season that may drag on longer than usual. The challenges of the 2020 election — What we’re readingA reading list about election returns; debunking misinformation; television coverage on election night, and reporting from key swing states. The pandemic has been disastrous for advertising but political spending will bail it out“While militant partisanship may be bad for the country, it’s great for political ad spend … with many close races in play,” Ad Age reports. Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network launches the first-ever coalition of major U.S. fact-checkers to debunk misinformation in English and SpanishThe project, FactChat, lead to the creation of a WhatsApp chatbot and two Spanish-language fact-checking units College students are dropping out at an alarming ratePlus, newsrooms are providing COVID-19 data when states aren't, 1 in 7 cases are health care workers, police liability insurance, and more. Fact-check: Did Joe Biden say that Breonna Taylor should be arrested? Sustained outrage has a new home in West VirginiaFormer Charleston Gazette-Mail journalists officially launched Mountain State Spotlight this afternoon Fact-check: Does the president want to defund Social Security? Strong metro newspapers are seizing the opportunity to expand their footprint well beyond their home baseAfter decades of newspaper industry contraction, publications based in Boston, Minneapolis and Charleston are growing to nearby cities. 6 closer looks into the pandemic’s impact on minorities and the poorSix months into the coronavirus pandemic, its uneven impact has been thoroughly reported. Here are ideas that can be reported almost anywhere. The first look at the U.S. government’s COVID-19 vaccine ‘playbook’The playbook is full of details: who gets vaccinated first, where vaccines will be distributed, the critical second dose, and journalists' role. Are journalists repeating the mistakes they made while covering the 2016 election?Journalists are repeating election mistakes and haven’t adapted to a world in which the rules have changed, The Atlantic's James Fallows argues. 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