The Latest Media News TFCN Roundup: Did Democrat senators meet without masks? How FactChat members are preparing for Election Day The AP and other media players have changed their game for making election night callsSeven questions for executive editor Sally Buzbee, and why The Associated Press is collaborating with Fox News For Latinos, the COVID-19 trends are getting worse — and the worst may be yet to comeThe latest CDC shows that Latinos and Black Americans are dying at rates 3.2 times higher than white Americans What are the polls saying and should we believe them?In 2016, Donald Trump defied the polls defeated Hillary Clinton. Are polls still accurate? Is Trump too much of a wildcard? Or was 2016 an outlier? Be patient on election night 2020. Counting the returns will take time.The expected increase in voting-by-mail will pose challenges for how election officials and journalists report the results, and how voters absorb them Walmart pulls guns and ammo from shelves citing possible civil unrestPlus, what people are searching for about COVID-19, the oil industry will cut thousands of jobs, how the virus spreads, and more. President Trump is wrong that the law says a winner has to be announced on election nightPost-Election Day time to count absentee ballots, overseas military ballots, and provisional ballots are enshrined in both federal and state law. Report: The pandemic has hit newspapers hardA Pew study also shows local TV ad revenue is down but retransmission fees made up for it Here are the newsroom layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirusWe're updating this list almost daily Fact-checkers head to the War Rooms to battle last minute invasion of conspiracy theoriesDon't be surprised if your social media feeds and your messaging apps become filled with conspiracy theories until Nov. 3 After 40 years writing about food, this editor retires next weekThe Star Tribune’s Lee Dean has seen a lot of changes in local food journalism during her career The anonymous author of The New York Times’ op-ed who criticized Trump reveals himselfThe Times' description of author Miles Taylor as a 'senior official' and the decision to give him space and anonymity are still in question. The cynical campaign to turn human error into ballot ‘fraud’This is the October 29, 2020 edition of Factually The CDC’s eviction ban doesn’t seem to have stopped many evictionsPlus, what Europe’s new travel bans might mean for the U.S., Black Americans are buying more guns, and more. The press skewered the White House for saying the pandemic is over. Did it actually say that?A White House press release on the administration’s accomplishments listed “Ending the COVID-19 pandemic.” The underlying report made no such claim. Press groups call university president’s actions toward a student journalist ‘wildly unconstitutional’'Under no circumstances do you have the authority to contact the police department (or any other governmental agency),' the president said Electing the dead, drawing cards for a mayorship and other weird election storiesMay this be a tiny respite from the heaviness of the political climate right now. The coronavirus has closed more than 60 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. A pep talk for student journalists before Election DayThis is the last time for awhile we'll use the words 'election resources' in a newsletter issue Why do newspapers still make political endorsements?In these polarizing times, might endorsements do more damage than good if they can potentially alienate half of a publication’s audience? Trump stories are far outpacing Biden stories in attention, a Chartbeat analysis showsAn analysis of nearly 600,000 online news articles found Trump got 83% of engaged time traffic versus 17% for his rival. A majority of Americans know what’s true about the coronavirus, study findsPlus, what caused a spike in people asking if they can change their vote, a guide for police on Election Day, big cuts in higher education, and more. Seven-day newspaper print editions will disappear in Salt Lake City early next yearThe Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News will both pivot to weekend-only print editions and end their joint operating agreement early next year. How a local newspaper is bringing fans together when they can’t be togetherFan cutouts, player primers, Twitter banter. The Tampa Bay Times wants to keep you engaged. How many plans to save local journalism are too many?A consensus has gelled in Congress that news outlets need help. Now the question is how and when. Election Day is a week away, but when will we find out who won?One week from today, we’ll find out who will be president. Well, maybe. It might take a couple extra hours. Or days. Or even weeks. How to consume information about ballot errorsDespite all the conspiracies, ballot errors aren’t unique to the 2020 election. Utah moves to ration medical care, El Paso asks residents to stay home as COVID-19 surges againPlus, what we can learn from a study of infected health care workers, Bloomberg is giving a daily $75 stipend to returning office employees, and more. The Sacramento Bee wants to tie metrics to pay. Its guild is not having it.Metrics do matter, though. So does nuance. And culture. It’s time to apply for Poynter’s 2021 Leadership Academy for Women in Media. Here’s what you need to know. The final presidential debate had fewer interruptions, but more falsehoodsMembers of the FactChat collaboration found at least 50 claims that were either misleading, lacking context or oversimplified Trump is a ‘wretched human being’ but vote for him anyway, The Spokesman-Review saysThe publisher of the Spokane, Washington, publication called the president 'a bully and a bigot' and then endorsed him for president. One more week until the election. Here’s how to survive it.Follow trusted news outlets. Pass up punditry in favor of fact-based stories. Concentrate on facts. And remember: It’s almost over. 38+ tools and resources to improve Zoom, follow the election and to make your autumn a bit easierIncluding a tool that automatically transcribes Zoom calls, a tool to make it feel like you're back in the office and an animated headshot generator. As the coronavirus spreads beyond cities, rural hospitals are closingPlus, some cities are now cut off from air service, same-sex adoptions will soon appear before the Supreme Court, and more. Student journalists are facing increased mental health demands and job shortages — so let’s talk about itHow to localize a campus police violence story and one records request we all should be making Fact-check: Is Kanye polling ahead of Biden and Trump in Kentucky? The clear winner of Thursday night’s presidential debate? Moderator Kristen WelkerWelker moderated the debate with a firm hand, and yet a light touch. The result was a debate that looked like, well, a debate. NBC News defends a reporter after a bizarre Tucker Carlson criticismCarlson mischaracterized the work Brandy Zadrozny, an investigative reporter who has been reporting on conspiracy theories. The ‘poison pill’ holding up a U.S. stimulus agreementPlus, a second look at the CDC's new close contact definition, prisoners may get stimulus checks, patio heaters are in short supply, and more. Fact-checking Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the final presidential debateThe final presidential debate between Biden and Trump may have had fewer interruptions, but it wasn’t any more truthful. This Texas newsroom has a new Indigenous affairs reporter who never planned to work for mainstream newsThe Texas Observer does fearless work, said Pauly Denetclaw, who started in September President Trump breaks agreement, releases ‘60 Minutes’ interviewTrump posted a 37-minute clip of his interview with '60 Minutes' correspondent Lesley Stahl to his Facebook page Thursday. The third person on tonight’s debate stage might be the most important. So who is Kristen Welker?Welker is especially well respected inside NBC News. In addition, she co-moderated the fifth Democratic presidential debate last November. Fact-checking false claims about debate moderator Kristen Welker of NBC NewsNBC News' Kristen Welker, the moderator for the third presidential debate, has not donated money to Democrats, according to contribution data. Disinformation or defamation? Attacks against Trump and Biden resemble those seen in other countriesThe battle against electoral disinformation has also turned into a fight against attempts to slander Trump and Biden Mental health services for Latinos are in low supply, higher demand due to COVID-19Latinos have faced challenges in obtaining culturally competent mental health care for years. The need is only growing during the pandemic. Faked emails show the power of simple hoaxesThis is the October 22, 2020 edition of Factually Are we overstating the coronavirus danger in schools?Plus, the CDC redefined what ‘close contact’ means, there's a pickup truck shortage, almost half of America is experiencing a drought, and more. 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