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NBC News and “Dateline” reporter Josh Mankiewicz. (Courtesy: NBC News)

NBC’s ‘Dateline’ turns 30 and Josh Mankiewicz reveals the secret to its success


Want to be a better public writer? Celebrate the versatility of the question mark.

A CDC committee has recommended booster shots only for seniors and immunocompromised people. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky had hoped people working in high-risk jobs might also be elible. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times)

UPDATE: CDC director overrules advisers and approves Pfizer booster shots for millions of people in high-risk jobs

Vials of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine lie in a box during preparations at the Vaccine Village in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany, Friday, March 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

There’s no evidence that the Pfizer vaccine causes deaths

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For-profit newsrooms are adding philanthropy as another way to make money

Jim Sheeler showed the Marine’s glove he kept in a 2006 talk about his work at a 2006 obituary writers conference. (Courtesy: R Thomas Berner)

How Jim Sheeler took the news ‘to a place where grief could unfold in depth’

Sidney Powell, right, speaks next to former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, as members of President Donald Trump's legal team, during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in November of 2020. They made baseless claims of a rigged election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Trump, conservative media and the big lie — the damage is not done

The New York Times building (John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx)

The NYT knocked on Trump’s niece’s door. An ‘insidious plot?’ A Trump lawsuit claims so.

A nurse enters a monoclonal antibody site, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. Numerous sites are open around the state offering REGEN-COV to people that tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Seven states are using most of the dwindling monoclonal antibody supply

This Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, photo, shows a Suffolk County Police Department missing person poster for Gabby Petito posted in Jakson, Wyo. Petito, 22, vanished while on a cross-country trip in a converted camper van with her boyfriend. Authorities say a body discovered Sunday, Sept. 19 in Wyoming, is believed to be Petito. (AP Photo/Amber Baesler)

Why the Gabby Petito case has drawn so much attention compared to other missing people cases

Ad Fontes' media bias chart, left, and AllSides' media bias chart, right. Larger versions are available to view below and on each organization's website.

Should you trust media bias charts?

Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), Indian Power, 1972. Oil paint on canvas; 68 3/16 x 80 3/16 x 1 3/16 in. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2016.125. © Estate of Fritz Scholder

It’s not easy to cover Indian Country. Here’s why you must.

The editorial board of The Maneater student newspaper at the University of Missouri, spring 2015. (Courtesy: Taylor Blatchford)

Student journalists need better editing and management training, and we’re here to help

Vehicles from members of the media and curious passersby line a road outside the entrance of the Carlton Reserve during a search for Brian Laundrie, on Tuesday in Venice, Fla. Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

John Walsh’s explosive comments about the Gabby Petito case, and why we, the media, are captivated by the story

Visitors sit among white flags that are part of artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg's "In America: Remember," a temporary art installation to commemorate Americans who have died of COVID-19, on the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

COVID-19 hospitalizations are falling

TSA agent Patrisa Johnson, right, assists a traveler as they clear security before flying out of Love Field in Dallas, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Amid proposals for travel vaccine mandates, is there a right to unfettered travel in the US?

A list of the cities in which local media newsletter company 6AM City operates or will soon operate. (Screenshot/6AM City)

With legacy newspapers contracting, local newsletter startup 6AM City is planning rapid expansion

A sign on a building marks the offices of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Pittsburgh. The NewsGuild released a report Tuesday that revealed multiple incidents of harassment at the Pittsburgh Guild over the past 20 years. The report comes nearly a year to the day after longtime Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Michael Fuoco resigned from his position as president of the Pittsburgh Guild following allegations of misconduct. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

NewsGuild releases report on culture and harassment at Pittsburgh Guild

Former President Donald Trump. (zz/Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx)

A new book offers up the latest wacky story from the Trump presidency

In this 1918 photo made available by the Library of Congress, volunteer nurses from the American Red Cross tend to influenza patients in the Oakland Municipal Auditorium, used as a temporary hospital. (Edward A. "Doc" Rogers/Library of Congress via AP)

COVID-19’s death toll in America has topped the 1918 pandemic

Subway riders mask up in New York City as concerns over the delta variant continue. (STRF/STAR MAX/IPx)

Are cloth masks good enough against the delta COVID variant?


What does ‘off the record’ mean? The latest journalism controversy

Food and Drug Administration signage is seen through a bus stop at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Silver Spring, Md., on the FDA grounds. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

What it means that an FDA advisory committee did not recommend COVID-19 booster shots

Empty vials that contained the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a pile at the Posta Central Hospital in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Yes, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is FDA approved

The News Womb, a meeting space at the University of Wisconsin Daily Cardinal. (Photo by Barbara Allen)

Here’s a look into my camera roll after a trek around the country’s college journalism spaces

Piers Morgan. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Piers Morgan and Rupert Murdoch — a match made in, well, somewhere


How news organizations used automated news to cover COVID-19

A health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Sept. 2, 2021. In a statement Monday Sept. 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency says it has started an expedited evaluation on whether to recommend a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)

Pfizer and Moderna press for booster shots. Will the FDA’s decision come today?

A health worker shows a the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, donated by the U.S. government, at a health center in Quilmes Argentina, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

If you’ve been vaccinated, what are the odds of a breakthrough COVID infection?

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People need dependable local news for a lot of reasons. One? Call it ‘the big pumpkin theory.’

IFCN and Facebook will award $800K to fact-checkers fighting climate misinformation

United States gymnasts from left, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols, arrive to testify during a Senate Judiciary hearing about the Inspector General's report on the FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)

The Nassar case is a horrific story that the media needs to continue covering

Cicero Independiente's three editors, Irene Romulo, Ankur Singh and April Alonso,, sitting at a Cicero, Illinois, cafe. (Courtesy)

How a community-focused weekly is punching holes in an Illinois town’s political discourse

COVID-19 survivors gather at City Hall Park and place stickers representing lost relatives on a wall after marching across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 in New York. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

1 in 500 Americans has died from COVID-19

Vials of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

COVID-19 vaccines do not affect fertility, study shows

Kami Rieck at The Boston Globe as a full-time audience engagement co-op in 2020. (Courtesy: Kami Rieck)

Journalism schools often don’t teach audience engagement skills. Here’s how students can make up for it

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This local journalist studied other locally owned newsrooms. Here’s what he found.

Entertainer Nicki Minaj. (Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx)

Nicki Minaj tweeted … what? Why taking a break from the news is a good idea.


The problems that Nicki Minaj caused for the vaccination effort

Syringes with the Moderna vaccine, Thursday, July 1, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan has not approved ivermectin as a COVID treatment, and it’s still using the Moderna vaccine

He’s on the radio. She started a news site. These high schoolers are using their new journalism skills in the real world.

Alex Sujong Laughlin will be the new host of The Cohort, Poynter's evolving newsletter originally designed for women in digital media.

Handing off The Cohort to Alex Sujong Laughlin

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The National Trust for Local News is trying to build a $300 million fund to help save local news


Opinion: Opt-in to op-eds, a final attempt to distinguish news from opinion

The United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. was breached by thousands of protesters during a "Stop The Steal" rally in support of President Donald Trump during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. (JT/STAR MAX/IPx)

Social media platforms drive partisan political polarization in the US, study finds

Natasha Blunt looks at the mold from Hurricane Ida in the window of her grandson's room, in Chalmette, La., Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Before the hurricane hit, the New Orleans native had hardly recovered from facing eviction and loss of her catering job during the pandemic. The storm, which left her in the dark and without power for several days, has taken Blunt to the brink. Unable to work as her health deteriorates from a pair of strokes, Blunt is still facing eviction while she cares for her 5-year-old grandson. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Are evictions spiking as expected?

In this Aug. 26, 2021 file photo, Parsia Jahanbani prepares a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in a mobile vaccine clinic operated by Families Together of Orange County in Santa Ana, Calif.  An international group of scientists is arguing the average person doesn't need a COVID-19 booster yet — an opinion that highlights the intense scientific divide over the question. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

What we know about COVID-19 booster shots so far

The author interviews an elderly man for a story about a local hospice program. (Courtesy: Dawn Megli)

For local journalists, there’s nowhere to hide from trauma

CPB selects Poynter Institute to deliver public media Digital Transformation Program