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Washington Post reporter knocked to the ground during protests

Washington Post reporter Dalton Bennett thrown to the ground by riot police. — Alex Emmons (@AlexanderEmmons) January 20, 2017 Dalton Bennett, a political video reporter at The Washington Post, was thrown to the ground by police today while covering the protests against President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. According to reporter Alex Emmons, who's […]
Posted: January 20, 2017, 7:15 pm

Journalists offer early insights on covering President Trump

Media thought-leaders and front-line journalists continue to prepare for challenges that lie ahead under the new Trump administration. We picked up five key pieces of insight on facing those challenges at a post-election symposium on tech, politics, and the media this week sponsored by The Knight Foundation and Civic Hall, an organization devoted to increasing civic engagement through new technologies....
Posted: January 20, 2017, 5:42 pm

On front pages today, ‘Trump rising’

The inauguration of the United States' 45th president made front pages around the country with images of President-Elect Donald Trump, stars, stripes and the White House. Trump's big day also made front pages outside the U.S., where newspapers threw some shade. Here's a quick collection, via Newseum and Kiosko: Argentina: Colombia: Czech Republic: France: Slovakia: […]
Posted: January 20, 2017, 3:23 pm

The Press Run: Poynter’s Inauguration Day liveblog

Welcome to The Press Run, where Poynter's Chief Media Writer, Jim Warren, will be liveblogging about Election Day coverage into the evening.
Posted: January 20, 2017, 3:13 pm

Want to run an effective newsroom? Don’t lead like Donald Trump

It won’t be long now. Today, Donald Trump becomes “leader of the free world.” Might even be a tougher job than running a staff of journalists. It’s a situation that got me wondering: Should I be studying the President-elect’s approach to leadership? Could his style help the women and men who manage newsrooms and other […]
Posted: January 20, 2017, 1:39 pm

With The Lily, The Washington Post is looking for new audiences in new places

The Lily was the name of the first U.S. newspaper edited by and for women, starting in 1849. But don't feel too bad if you didn't already know that. "It’s something that’s not in our journalism history books," said Kim Voss, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Central Florida. Voss, who has […]
Posted: January 20, 2017, 1:13 pm

Nate Silver blames the press

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. The aura of numbers-crunching superstar Nate Silver was diminished by Donald Trump's victory. He was seen as among the many missing the boat. Old media chortled at stumbling […]
Posted: January 20, 2017, 12:41 pm

Why journalists should be able to join the Women's March

This week, countless American journalists have been weighing the costs of joining the Women’s March in Washington, DC, or one of the many sister demonstrations being held on January 21. Staffers coast to coast, from The San Francisco Chronicle to The New York Times, have received specific edicts against attending. Others likely know the tried-and-true rule, handed down from standard-setting...
Posted: January 20, 2017, 11:50 am

Trump’s hostile takeover of the American brand

Since the election I have heard a network anchor and a Times correspondent speak independently of an ongoing “soul-searching” process at their organizations and give exactly the same examples of what the media “got wrong.” Two things: (1) overestimating the polls and (2) neglecting the angry white working class out there in a rusty heartland that might as well exist...
Posted: January 19, 2017, 8:56 pm

5 tips for video interviews

Seeing, for many viewers, is believing. But to really “understand” requires explanation and context. That is a key role journalists fill. When you're interviewing a person, you want to capture more than the interview. Here are some tips for b-roll and other ways to add context to your story. Capture as much video of a […]
Posted: January 19, 2017, 6:01 pm

The coming storm for journalism under Trump

or a president who became synonymous with the abuse of executive power, Richard Nixon’s public exchanges with adversarial reporters seem quaint by today’s standards. Take Nixon’s March 1974 news conference in Houston, hosted before a convention for the National Association of Broadcasters. A young, sideburned Dan Rather introduced himself to a mix of cheers and jeers from the crowd, and...
Posted: January 19, 2017, 4:10 pm

Expanding the cohort, again

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. This newsletter launched a year ago with the announcement of the 2016 class of the Leadership Academy of Women in Digital Media. Today, we’re expanding the cohort once more, with another 28 women who will participate in the academy. Reading through the hundreds […]
Posted: January 19, 2017, 3:05 pm

5 questions with Kat Kinsman

This profile initially appeared in The Cohort, Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Kat Kinsman has the very cool title of senior food and drinks editor at Time Inc.'s all-breakfast site Extra Crispy. She’s also the author of “Hi, Anxiety: Life with a Bad Case of Nerves,” which hit bookstores in […]
Posted: January 19, 2017, 3:04 pm

Meet the 2017 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Here are three facts about this year’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media: Among the 28 selected members, there are five countries represented; two women have the same first and last names; and reviewing applications took more than 100 hours of collective (wo)man power. The 28 women, chosen from more than 300 applicants, will […]
Posted: January 19, 2017, 2:59 pm

Chelsea Manning commutation won’t save Obama’s transparency legacy

Transparency has long been a part of Barack Obama’s political identity. He talked about it on the campaign trail in 2007. He talked about it on his first full day as president. He talked about it in his 2015 State of the Union. He even mentioned it in last week’s farewell address. But many of the reporters who covered the...
Posted: January 18, 2017, 9:32 pm

Disinformation with a Silicon Valley ethos

et aside for a moment concerns that the Russians are undermining our democracy, and let’s pause to admire their handiwork. Seen through a Silicon Valley optic, they are remarkable media innovators. They’ve disrupted the tech sector so thoroughly that even Facebook and Google are scrambling. You can picture the approving nods they would get in West Coast boardrooms as they...
Posted: January 18, 2017, 6:00 pm

Putin's throwback propaganda playbook

ussian President Vladimir Putin had dreamed of becoming an intelligence agent ever since high school. “What amazed me most was how one man’s effort could achieve what whole armies could not,” the former KGB agent later recalled. “One spy could decide the fate of thousands of people.” Putin’s prophetic words weren’t uttered during the Cold War, when the US and...
Posted: January 18, 2017, 6:00 pm

CJR, Texas Tribune dig into coverage of education equality

The Columbia Journalism Review and the Texas Tribune convened a group of readers to look at how education equality is covered in Texas. The lunchtime forum in Austin--which included professors, education nonprofit leaders, a high-school guidance counselor, and two members of the Texas House of Representatives--met in a “book club for news” organized by the Texas Tribune and CJR. Tribune...
Posted: January 17, 2017, 7:26 pm

An open letter to Trump from the US press corps

Dear Mr. President Elect: In these final days before your inauguration, we thought it might be helpful to clarify how we see the relationship between your administration and the American press corps. It will come as no surprise to you that we see the relationship as strained. Reports over the last few days that your press secretary is considering pulling...
Posted: January 17, 2017, 5:40 pm

The dossiers you don't know about

Let’s assume your doctor has not gone totally electronic. If you walked into the doctor’s office and, behind the receptionist, saw a cabinet containing rows and rows of fat manila folders, each with some letters or numbers on the spine, you would probably think of it as a “filing cabinet,” or as shelves filled with “files.” When you went into...
Posted: January 17, 2017, 4:00 pm

Reporters flocked to a campus controversy but missed its surprising conclusion

A column criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement nearly sank The Wesleyan Argus, the nation’s oldest twice-weekly college newspaper, in September 2015. The ensuing backlash and national media attention made the small, private Wesleyan University a poster child for a recurring debate over the First Amendment on campus. More than a year later, it’s almost as if the controversy never...
Posted: January 17, 2017, 11:50 am

Rethinking the right to reply

In March 2015, El Faro, the El Salvador-based online magazine, published a detailed investigation of a massacre that took place in the village of Santa Cruz in 1981, at the height of the country’s civil war. The El Faro report, based on research carried out by the University of Washington, directly implicated retired General Sigifredo Ochoa Pérez, then a member...
Posted: January 16, 2017, 11:50 am

Podcast: The ethics of BuzzFeed's decision to publish Trump-Russia memos

Did BuzzFeed make the right call by publishing unverified memos detailing Russian efforts to compromise Donald Trump? How is The Undefeated, a new publication by ESPN, tackling this moment in race and politics? What did Trump's first press conference as president-elect tell us about how he'll treat the media going forward? We discuss that and more this week on The...
Posted: January 13, 2017, 8:42 pm

Q&A: Former Obama staffers launch Crooked Media

During the 2016 campaign, a trio of former Obama staffers, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor, mixed insider knowledge, humor, and open partisanship on the Keepin’ it 1600 podcast, which drew as many as 400,000 listeners per episode under the umbrella of Bill Simmons’ website, The Ringer. In the weeks and months leading up to the election, they provided...
Posted: January 13, 2017, 7:03 pm

Chicago TV journalists finally get their first—and last—interviews with Obama

For the eight years he was in office, President Barack Obama snubbed the Chicago press corps, ignoring repeated interview requests from local reporters in his adopted hometown. Then—days before he returned this week to deliver a farewell address to 18,000 people at the McCormick Place Convention Center on Tuesday—the White House invited five Chicago TV journalists to Washington and offered...
Posted: January 13, 2017, 3:40 pm

In the story of Trump, there is no story

ournalists are masters of narrative. The language of journalism reflects this: You have to get the "story"; the "story" will run on the front page; don't get behind the "story." The very idea and promise of America is one great saga of humble beginnings, hard work, redemption and reward. This is why Hollywood plots still bear the influence of Joseph...
Posted: January 13, 2017, 11:50 am

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

We're back at it again! In this week's Lower Case... Canton Rep, 1/5/17 .@bsudailynews circa 1985 made it onto the newseum's bad headline bathroom wall— Kara Berg (@karaberg95) December 20, 2016 From The (Santa Fe) New Mexican, 6/14/81 Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower Case archives.
Posted: January 12, 2017, 3:58 pm

PEOTUS Trump’s first presser was a PR stunt, because of course

When Donald Trump emerged from gold-plated elevator doors into a Trump Tower lobby Wednesday morning, so many of the journalists arrayed before him thrust their smartphones upward that us poor souls in the back could hardly catch a real-life glimpse. The content gods require constant offerings, after all, and even grainy iPhone pics will temporarily suffice. Likewise, when the mercurial...
Posted: January 11, 2017, 10:55 pm

BuzzFeed was right to publish Trump-Russia files

Early Tuesday evening, spurred by a CNN story, BuzzFeed published a 35-page dossier on Donald Trump’s alleged long-term relationship with Russia. The documents contain references to compromising information the Russians purportedly gathered about the president-elect and accusations that Trump’s campaign was in regular contact with Russian officials. Within hours, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, among...
Posted: January 11, 2017, 9:43 pm

Trump berated a CNN reporter, and fellow journalists missed an opportunity

The most confrontational moment of Donald Trump’s first press conference in 168 days featured the President-elect pointing his finger at a CNN reporter and declaring, “You are fake news.” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta stood pleading with Trump to acknowledge his question, referencing earlier attacks made by Trump and his press secretary about the accuracy of a CNN...
Posted: January 11, 2017, 8:41 pm

Q&A: A scrappy Wall Street Journal reporter on his jump to Breitbart

The news that respected Wall Street reporter John Carney is leaving his role at The Wall Street Journal to head up a new vertical at the right-wing news site Breitbart raised eyebrows among media types late Monday. As Bloomberg’s Joshua Green first reported, Carney will lead a team of contributors in establishing a business, markets, and economics news site that is...
Posted: January 10, 2017, 11:52 pm

Letters from our readers

Here is a selection of letters and emails we’ve received since December 5. Please send correspondence to, along with your name, address, and any relevant affiliation. “Paper makes audacious decision to highlight silent epidemic” I feel your use of "audacious" in the headline of the article on the Palm Beach Post’s series, “Generation Heroin,” gives the wrong impression. While...
Posted: January 10, 2017, 7:35 pm

Donald Trump is a media organization

It is inconceivable that Donald Trump, president-elect of the United States, was not watching the Golden Globes on Sunday night, or at least following it on his phone. His difficult history with awards shows is only matched by his intense, professional interest in their outcome. The consistent snubs delivered by the Emmys to The Apprentice, the vehicle that made his...
Posted: January 10, 2017, 5:21 pm

The intersection of race, sports and culture: Kevin Merida and The Undefeated

On a recent Tuesday, Kevin Merida sat in on a meeting for a project set to launch later this month. He leaned back with one leg crossed over the other, his gray socks peeking out from his leather shoes. He adjusted his glasses as managing editor Raina Kelley led the conversation by phone. “The Wendy Williams Show” was muted on...
Posted: January 10, 2017, 11:50 am

Focus more on fighting bad journalism, less on fake news

The Fake News Panic has reached an advanced stage in which the smart take on the situation—published at CJR and elsewhere—is to call for more direct descriptions of the problem: lies, propaganda, deception. “The label,” Washington Post Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote Sunday, “has been co-opted to mean any number of completely different things: Liberal claptrap. Or opinion from left-of-center. Or...
Posted: January 9, 2017, 7:38 pm

2016's Words of the Year

Yes, it’s 2017. Time for a look back at that great year, 2016, and the words of the year it spawned. The words of the year usually reflect what has happened in the past year socially and politically, and this year was no exception, overfull as it was with political and social drama. In many ways, the year seemed “surreal,”...
Posted: January 9, 2017, 4:39 pm

Will a South Carolina political blogger go to jail to protect his sources?

“I’m not going to rat a source out.” That’s what political blogger Will Folks, who runs in South Carolina, told CJR this week on the eve of his latest deposition in a libel lawsuit brought by a former state lawmaker. It was a bold statement--especially because a state judge ordered Folks in October to reveal, if asked to do...
Posted: January 6, 2017, 8:38 pm

Podcast: Fox News and life after Megyn Kelly

What does Fox News' primetime lineup say about its direction under the Trump Administration? Why should we care about the fate of the publishing platform Medium? What's the deal with all these misreported stories about Russia?  We discuss that and more this week on The Kicker, where I’m joined by CJR Tow Editor Nausicaa Renner and Delacorte Fellow Pete Vernon. ...
Posted: January 6, 2017, 7:19 pm

Curtains fall on arts critics at newspapers

For the first time since the Beatles played Ed Sullivan, Boston doesn’t have a newspaper staffer dedicated to the pop music beat. The city has writers covering everything from Aerosmith to indie rock. They freelance for papers, contribute to online music magazines, pen posts for radio station websites, and blog. But none of them have staff positions. The six decades...
Posted: January 6, 2017, 5:27 pm

Newspaper endorsements are imperiled for the same reasons they’re now urgently needed

fter agonizing over the editorial for months, The Arizona Republic chose a Wednesday night in late September, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump essentially tied in statewide polls, to back a Democrat for president for the first time in the paper’s 126-year history. The endorsement exceeded a million views online, making it the Republic’s most-read post in two years, and...
Posted: January 5, 2017, 8:35 pm

Advice for media and Trump from two former presidential press secretaries

Relations between the White House press corps and the president are almost always adversarial, but in President-Elect Donald Trump, we have something new. Based on the campaign and the transition, the press is highly adversarial to Trump and he is happy to return the favor. As two former White House spokesmen for two very different presidents, we sat in the...
Posted: January 5, 2017, 5:30 pm

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower Case... Toronto Star, 1/3/17, Submitted by Jim Handman Perez Hilton 9/13/2014 Sentence construction is really important.— Imran Garda (@ImranGarda) January 4, 2017 Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower Case archives.
Posted: January 5, 2017, 1:39 pm

News orgs succeed with fresh approach to international coverage

In early 2015, The Guardian’s correspondent in Cairo, Patrick Kingsley, found his reporting was taking him far beyond Egypt. Investigating human trafficking naturally led him where the smuggler’s networks did—toward Europe. The deeper he looked, the more he found himself developing sources and expertise on an emerging theme, migration, rather than a place, Egypt. Jamie Wilson, The Guardian’s head of...
Posted: January 4, 2017, 7:15 pm

Kleptomaniacs and kleptocrats

Thievery has been with us forever, as has government corruption. But a name for thieves who use governments as their means of theft have been with us only since 1968. It was then, the Oxford English Dictionary says, that the first use of “kleptocrat” appeared, defined as “A thief in a position of political power; a greedy or corrupt politician.”...
Posted: January 4, 2017, 5:02 pm

Who Works Where

he post-election media merry-go-round is upon us. Every four years, as outlets take stock of their newsrooms and draft their strategies for covering the new administration, they also cast a wandering eye around the industry, snapping up talents who have distinguished themselves over the course of the campaign. The game of musical desks began before voters even went to the...
Posted: January 3, 2017, 3:37 pm

Romenesko is retired, but occasionally tweets

Tweets by @romenesko I’m now retired, but still online. Thank you for checking my latest tweets and occasional Facebook posts.)
Posted: November 26, 2016, 5:15 pm

Bad News on the Doorstep

After a spate of closures and layoffs in the latter part of the last decade, the newspaper industry appeared to find its footing over the past few years. But now that oasis of stability may be drying up. Hard times are hitting some of the most resilient titles, and the trend indicates that things are […]
Posted: November 4, 2016, 12:21 am

R.I.P. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

We’re going to call a time-of-death on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, despite the fact that the newspaper says it’ll live on with a website. Everyone says that these days. The more important news is that the 24-year-old daily will shutter its print edition and lay off 106 staff members. It will maintain an online-only edition, but most […]
Posted: September 29, 2016, 12:59 am

Startup Says It’s Figured Out a Way to Make Micropayments Work

The idea of convincing readers to pay a few pennies to read a single article has been largely scoffed at over the years, but Blendle may have cracked the code, at least a little bit. Launched two years ago in Europe, Blendle says it just surpassed the one-million-member mark. It’s getting hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors […]
Posted: August 12, 2016, 1:34 pm

The Best 20 Minutes of Video You’ll Watch This Week

John Oliver’s sendup of the news industry for preposterous ideas like Tronc is both hilarious and sad. Oliver digs into the video history bag to remind us that Sam Zell really did own a newspaper company at one point and thought that stories about cats could possibly support stories about crime and corruption. He also calls […]
Posted: August 10, 2016, 4:30 pm