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“This puts Black @nytimes staff in danger”: New York Times staffers band together to protest Tom Cotton’s anti-protest op-ed

New York Times staffers are banding together in protest after the paper ran an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) arguing that the United States government should call in the U.S. military to quash the people who are protesting the alleged murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer. (Times employees...
Posted: June 4, 2020, 6:20 pm

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s journalists of color are taking a “sick and tired day” after “Buildings Matter, Too” headline

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city whose population is 42 percent black, the journalists of color at the Philadelphia Inquirer are protesting that the news outlet is eroding their trust with the communities they cover. (They are not the only newsroom staffers protesting this week.) On Tuesday, the Inquirer published a column by architecture critic Inga...
Posted: June 4, 2020, 6:16 pm

New York Times public editor: Sen. Cotton’s op-ed was dishonest, not only reprehensible

Yesterday, the New York Times Opinion section ran an Op-Ed column by Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a close ally of President Trump, under the provocative headline “Send in the Troops”.  The condemnation came swiftly. But this outrage cycle has been notable: it has been led by the Times newsroom. Many staffers, […]
Posted: June 4, 2020, 5:47 pm

Dear newsroom managers, journalists of color can’t do all the work

Dear fellow managers, It’s way beyond time someone told you directly: Journalists of color are in agony. Not starting this week because of coast-to-coast protests over police brutality and racial profiling. Not starting last month because Asian Americans were disproportionately mistreated by misinformed people who blame us as the source of the coronavirus. Not starting […]

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Posted: June 4, 2020, 5:46 pm

What to do if you’re pepper-sprayed

While most days my service in the Marine Corps seems irrelevant to my current job as a reporter, my military training seems applicable now as videos and photos circulate online of police targeting journalists with pepper spray, rubber bullets and arrests.

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Posted: June 4, 2020, 3:01 pm

Claim that Florida is undercounting COVID-19 deaths uses a flawed comparison

PolitiFact and MediaWise are teaming up to debunk misinformation about the coronavirus crisis. To have Coronavirus Facts delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. The COVID-19 death toll has become a political football. Democratic politicians and groups suggested on social media that government officials have misidentified COVID-19 deaths as pneumonia cases in an effort to […]

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Posted: June 4, 2020, 3:00 pm

There are many types of ‘tear gas.’ Here’s how to tell the difference.

Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas about the coronavirus and other timely topics for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. What kind of tear gas is that? A few journalists have written to ask me if all […]

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Posted: June 4, 2020, 2:59 pm

Why the Tulsa World is reminding its community of an awful, unspoken past

This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter devoted to the telling stories of local journalists. Want to be part of the conversation? You can subscribe here.  Ninety-nine years after a mob of white Tulsans murdered and destroyed a community of black Tulsans, the Tulsa (Oklahoma) World created a project to document what happened […]

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Posted: June 4, 2020, 1:00 pm

When COVID-19 collided with protests, fact-checkers found ways to blend their work

What happens when two incendiary topics — such as the protests generated by George Floyd’s killing and the spread of COVID-19 — become the source of so many falsehoods at the same time? Well, fact-checkers gather their teams,  expand their media literacy efforts and write articles that can touch both issues simultaneously. In this column, […]

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Posted: June 4, 2020, 11:45 am

Trump vs social media

Donald Trump’s preferred platform is social media. But he has managed to pick fights, and divide, even there. Twitter recently added a warning label to two of his tweets, with a link to a fact-check of the information he posted, and then blocked a third tweet with a message about violent content. Within days, Trump […]
Posted: June 4, 2020, 11:45 am

Anchors David Muir, Norah O’Donnell and Lester Holt on network news’ mission in covering the George Floyd story

The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. For the past several months, the national evening newscasts have been the most-watched television programs in the country. The nation has turned its eyes by the millions to trusted anchors Lester Holt (NBC), Norah O’Donnell (CBS) and David […]

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Posted: June 4, 2020, 11:30 am

‘Loot,’ ‘plunder,’ ‘pillage,’ and what they invoke

The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer set off a nationwide wave of protests and some violence. From a language point of view, the events sent readers to the dictionary, with “loot” ranking among the  top lookups on Merriam-Webster. Switch to the thesaurus for “loot” synonyms, and you’ll find, among others, “pillage” […]
Posted: June 4, 2020, 11:30 am

Journalists offer fact-checking tools as an anchor to audiences in turbulent times

Factually is a newsletter about fact-checking and accountability journalism, from Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network & the American Press Institute’s Accountability Project. Sign up here. Helping people fact-check on their own Fact-checkers and other journalists who work to debunk misinformation spend most of their time arming people with the facts. In recent weeks, we’ve also seen them arm people with […]

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Posted: June 4, 2020, 11:00 am

What could life look like after COVID-19? Mediacités worked with its readers to explore solutions.

This case study is part of Resilience Reports, a series from the European Journalism Centre about how news organizations across Europe are adjusting their daily operations and business strategies as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.  In a nutshell: The French digital news site launched a COVID-19 landing page to inform readers about the virus, answer their questions […]

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Posted: June 4, 2020, 9:59 am

The uprising against police brutality is not about journalists

The violence American police are inflicting on those protesting police violence extends to journalists, too.  Freelance photojournalist Linda Tirado was permanently blinded in one eye by what she believes was a rubber bullet. Detroit police demanded a Free Press journalist show his press pass, and tear gassed him as he searched for the credential. Michael […]
Posted: June 3, 2020, 6:43 pm

The Story Has Gotten Away from Us

Six months of life and death in America.
Posted: June 3, 2020, 5:42 pm

VizPol takes a cue from bird-watching apps to help journalists identify unfamiliar political symbols

The demonstrations sparked in response to the murder of George Floyd are drawing participants with a range of political and ideological motives, including some allegedly less interested in protesting police brutality than promoting the aims of extremist groups. The Department of Homeland Security, for example, has specifically warned about domestic terrorists exploiting the protests to...
Posted: June 3, 2020, 5:41 pm

KPCC is finding a new role as LA’s COVID-19 help desk. Here’s what it’s learned along the way.

As an engagement intern at KPCC-LAist, I expected to get a few bylines and learn the basics of engaged journalism. But I started in late February, just weeks before the pandemic took hold in the United States. So my internship has been far from basic. Instead, I’ve had a crash course in information sharing —...
Posted: June 3, 2020, 4:18 pm

MSNBC public editor: take Trump’s words seriously

On May 28, three days after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin spoke with New York Times opinion writer Charlie Warzel about his column, “What Would Happen if Twitter Banned President Trump.”  Both men downplayed the implicit threats in Trump’s tweets. Instead, they focused on his medium. Warzel, when asked about […]
Posted: June 3, 2020, 4:03 pm

Just like COVID-19, racial justice is also a climate story

Shortly after the police killing of George Floyd, Varshini Prakash tweeted, “If we can imagine stopping the climate crisis then we sure as hell can imagine a day when white supremacy is ancient history too.” Prakash, twenty-seven, is the cofounder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement, an uprising of young climate activists who have […]
Posted: June 3, 2020, 12:12 pm

Covering Trump’s brutal photo op, and new lows that aren’t new anymore

Last summer, a gunman murdered 22 Hispanic people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas—one of two mass shootings in America in the space of a few hours. Afterward, Trump gave a speech at the White House preaching “unity, devotion, and love.” The speech was obviously antithetical to the divisive premise of Trump’s political rise; the El Paso shooter had even channeled the president’s anti-Hispanic rhetoric in a violent screed that he posted online prior to his rampage. Despite such context, the New York Times granted Trump a front-page headline—“Trump urges unity v. racism”—that was breathtakingly credulous. Media Twitter was furious; so, reportedly, were many Times staffers. The headline was changed in time for the second edition. Dean Baquet, the paper’s top editor, later conceded, to staff, that it had been a “fucking mess.”

Also last summer, Trump fired off a tweet telling four Democratic Congresswomen of color—all but one of whom (Rep. Ilhan Omar) was born in the US—to “go back” to “the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Many reporters, including at the Times, tied themselves in knots to avoid calling the tweet “racist,” even though it clearly was. (One Times headline said Trump had “fanned the flames of a racial fire.”) Later in the week, Trump held a rally in North Carolina, and stood silent, for 13 seconds, as his supporters chanted, of Omar, “Send her back!” Afterward, HuffPost ran a headline—“A fascist Trump rally in Greenville”—that was much braver than anything the Times mustered. Christopher Mathias, who covers the far right for HuffPost, brought reporting to back up his use of the f-word, including interviews with scholars of fascism.

Related: The police abuse the press. Again.

On Monday, with protests against racism and police brutality spreading across the US, police violently cleaved a path through peaceful demonstrators outside the White House so that Trump, who had just threatened to deploy the military domestically, could walk to a church for a photo op with a Bible. The episode inspired a lame print headline in the Times—“As chaos spreads, Trump vows to ‘end it now’”—which was met by online fury and a later-edition headline change. It also inspired a bold headline in HuffPost: “FASCIST PHOTO OP.” (Mathias—who was arrested by New York police officers over the weekend while covering protests in the cityshared the splash on Twitter, with a dig at the Times.)

In ways large and small, it felt like history had simultaneously repeated itself, and plumbed some frightening new depth. Yesterday, we learned new details about how the photo op came about. The Washington Post reported that Trump decided to go to the church in response to cable-news coverage that he felt made him look weak—“It was just to win the news cycle,” one unnamed adviser said—and that William Barr, the attorney general, had personally ordered law enforcement to clear the protesters out of the president’s way. Also yesterday, the US Park Police, which carried out Barr’s command, pushed back on widespread reports that it had fired tear gas at the protesters, claiming that it had only used “pepper balls” and “smoke canisters” (phew!). Trump’s reelection campaign demanded that news outlets retract their tear-gas claim, even though, as many observers pointed out, the police did indeed use tear gas, according to the Trump administration’s own definition of the term. (James Poniewozik, of the Times, accused Trump of “teargaslighting.”) Last night, as protests continued, combat-clad members of the DC National Guard amassed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The image quickly went viral.

As all this was happening, references to authoritarianism rang through the news cycle. Some notable voices spoke out: Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in The Atlantic that he could no longer stay silent on Trump’s conduct; Brendan Buck, a prominent Republican operative, told the Post that the photo op was “a true abuse of power” that should not be erased from mind by the “next outrage.” In a Twitter thread that went viral, NBC’s Kasie Hunt listed the reactions of Republican senators who, predictably, did not speak out. (Sen. Rob Portman: “I’m late for lunch.”) In light of events, The Atlantic pressed publish early on its next cover story, in which the writer Anne Applebaum compares senior Republicans to collaborators in Vichy France and communist East Germany; this, too, was shared widely online. Observers in other countries expressed concern for the US in terms that observers in the US like to think are reserved for their concern for other countries. Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, was literally speechless; the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel said Trump is “playing dictator.” Ishaan Tharoor, of the Post, asked, in his foreign-affairs column, whether it’s time “to call Trump the f-word.” Headlines in other outlets used the f-word outright. Dan Froomkin, a prolific critic of mainstream-media bothsidesism, noted a welcome change of tone in coverage; Trump’s photo op, he wrote, had “pierced the detachment of even the most jaded journalists.”

Not everyone agreed with Froomkin, though. Writing in The Nation, Elie Mystal accused mainstream outlets of “scrambling” to find legal justification for Trump’s threats to deploy the military—“It’s like we’re being robbed at gunpoint and we’re trying to haggle over how much money we owe the mugger”—and noted that right-wing outlets have slavishly boosted the president’s recent behavior. Some coverage of the photo op was, indeed, marked by familiar mistakes, including inadequate language (Chuck Todd referred to it, at one point, as “controversial”), allowing at least one “senior White House official” to anonymously launder their regret, and, yes, the Times’s headline. By last night, the outrage that marked Monday’s coverage on CNN and MSNBC was still palpable, but was more diluted. Again, it felt like we were back in a familiar place.

Maddeningly, all the above impressions can be true at once. The Trump era has served up a quickfire procession of fresh new lows, making the act of responding to each new low feel anything but new. Each new low demands to be covered with an unerring spotlight, but as the new lows pile up, the spotlight necessarily has to widen, to a point where it’s no longer adequately illuminating. Media coverage of Trump is often deeply flawed—but its channeling of such intense contradictions is surely, to some extent, unavoidable. We can’t focus on one thing and everything all at once.

One approach we haven’t yet fully pursued could be to try and make our coverage less reactive—rather than be surprised by each new low, we could anticipate where future ones might come, and prepare news consumers for how they might think about them. Yesterday, for example, prominent commentators—including Jelani Cobb, of the New Yorker, and Mehdi Hasan, of The Intercept—wrote on Twitter that there’s a very real risk that Trump will simply refuse to leave office should he lose in November.

Sound absurd? So, once, did President Donald Trump preaching “unity, devotion, and love,” “a fascist Trump rally in Greenville,” and the president of the United States turning armed police on protesters as a publicity stunt. We’ve been warned enough.

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ICYMI: The mystery of Tucker Carlson

Posted: June 3, 2020, 12:11 pm

The Real Apprentice

It started with broadcast radio. Morning DJs played a lot of music. The ones playing the music that the most people liked were the most popular. Then the shock jocks came along. It wasn’t about the music any more. It was about outrageous statements and opinions. Just playing music was boring in comparison.  Before I […]
Posted: June 3, 2020, 10:55 am

Year of Fear, Chapter 17: At the edge of a pandemic, its direction unknown

Welcome back to the Year of Fear. Each week until Election Day, CJR and the Delacorte Review will bring you another chapter from one of our four towns. Click here to subscribe to our weekly newsletter. On March 13, the same day President Trump announced a national emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic, I was released from Mary Washington […]
Posted: June 2, 2020, 4:11 pm

U.S. police have attacked journalists more than 130 times since May 28

As Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country one week after a white police officer allegedly murdered a black man, George Floyd, it’s becoming clear that attacks by police on journalists are becoming a widespread pattern, not one-off incidents. While violence against press-credentialed reporters covering the protests may still be dwarfed by violence against...
Posted: June 1, 2020, 1:53 pm

Riot or resistance? The way the media frames the unrest in Minneapolis will shape the public’s view of protest

A teenager held her phone steady enough to capture the final moments of George Perry Floyd’s life as he apparently suffocated under the weight of a Minneapolis police officer’s knee on his neck. The video went viral. What happened next has played out time and again in American cities after high-profile cases of alleged police...
Posted: May 30, 2020, 2:01 pm

Unicorn Riot, a nonprofit media collective, is covering the Minneapolis protests live and close up

When protesters reached the police precinct home to the officer who has been charged with murdering George Floyd, Unicorn Riot was there. The “decentralized” and “non-hierarchical” media organization has received attention for its on-the-ground interviews and streams — which have shown viewers the inside of the burning station, police violence, and more. Unicorn Riot is...
Posted: May 29, 2020, 6:04 pm

Twitter adds a new warning to a Trump tweet: “This tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence”

As protestors in Minneapolis denounced the murder of George Floyd, an African American man, by a white police officer who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for five minutes despite his protests that he couldn’t breathe, and as protests spread across the rest of the country over police killings of black people, and as a...
Posted: May 29, 2020, 1:39 pm

The types of coronavirus coverage that people want to read are shifting over time

As local U.S. newsrooms approach at least three months of covering the coronavirus pandemic and its impact from home, they’ve also had to adapt to their audiences’ needs and interests. A new report by the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin found that between March and April, local news outlets...
Posted: May 28, 2020, 5:24 pm

The Toronto Star’s owner once dreamed that it would be a nonprofit. Now it’s being sold to a private equity firm.

There’s a major irony behind this week’s sale of the Canadian newspaper publisher Torstar. Fabled owner Joseph Atkinson left Torstar’s flagship newspaper, the Toronto Star, to his foundation upon his death in 1948. If that arrangement had gone ahead, the paper would have been an early example of the ownership model of the Tampa Bay...
Posted: May 28, 2020, 3:13 pm

Indiegraf aims to reimagine the newspaper chain for digital news outlets

What would a newspaper chain look like if it were reimagined for a group of digital, subscriber-funded publications? Indiegraf, a new network of independent local news outlets launching in Canada Wednesday, thinks it might have the answer. Founded by sisters Erin Millar and Caitlin Havlak of The Discourse, Indiegraf will provide publications with pooled resources...
Posted: May 27, 2020, 1:00 pm

The Information is launching a free “news summer school” on Zoom

In-person internships may be off for this summer but for those who want to brush up on their journalism skills anyway, The Information is offering a free “news summer school” in July. It will consist of eight hour-long sessions over four weeks — on Zoom, of course, and with virtual breakout groups. And, again, the price...
Posted: May 27, 2020, 12:45 pm

A window into one newsroom’s diversity opens, but an industry-wide door shuts (for now)

The New York Times’ annual diversity report, released late last week, showed the staff becoming increasingly diverse across gender, race, and ethnicity, but with a large gap in representation at the leadership level left to close. At the end of 2019, women were 51 percent of the staff and held 49 percent of leadership positions....
Posted: May 26, 2020, 5:17 pm

When you leave a company, can you take your podcast with you? Here’s how one team did it

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 260, dated May 26, 2020. Pandemic watch. It’s Week 13, according to Stitcher’s pandemic timeline, or 12 weeks after the initial widespread implementation of stay-at-home measures in these United States. The word from the most recent Podtrac’s coronavirus update: the upwards slither continues, with...
Posted: May 26, 2020, 1:47 pm

The Atlantic’s layoffs may sound the death knell for two media revenue hopes: Video and in-person events

The Atlantic’s announcement Thursday that it’s laying off 68 people — 17 percent of its staff — brought the freakout about the state of the media business to a whole new level: If even a billionaire-owned, profitable!!! publication that thanks in part to its widely praised COVID-19 coverage is pulling in thousands of new paying...
Posted: May 22, 2020, 3:06 pm

Here’s (exactly) how we organized one of the largest virtual U.S. journalism events to date

The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University has hosted the Collaborative Journalism Summit every year since 2017. The first two conferences took place in Montclair, N.J.; last year’s Summit was in Philadelphia. This year our plan was to host the Summit in Charlotte, N.C. on May 14–15. Thanks in large part to the...
Posted: May 21, 2020, 2:17 pm

Aiming for novelty in coronavirus coverage, journalists end up sensationalizing the trivial and untrue

For centuries, what has made news valuable and news organizations profitable has been the speed at which journalists collect and disseminate information. This is useful for both commerce and public service. But the rush for novelty can prioritize sensationalism over depth, and elevate the newest tidbit of information over more important reporting. Examples of this...
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:00 pm

Americans who turn to the White House for coronavirus news tend to think the media’s pandemic coverage is overblown

When it comes to the possibility of coronavirus being “overblown” by the media, there’s those listening to the White House and there’s everyone else, according to a report published Wednesday by Pew. The study shows a stark contrast between those who rely on the White House for coronavirus news — 16 percent of Americans —...
Posted: May 20, 2020, 6:00 pm

By securing Joe Rogan’s insanely popular show, Spotify gets closer to complete domination of the podcast space

Spotify has signed The Joe Rogan Experience, which previously wasn’t available on the platform, to a multi-year exclusive licensing deal. Which means that not only has Spotify finally made the last big holdout available on its platform, it’s also eventually going to become the exclusive home to what’s widely believed to be one of the...
Posted: May 20, 2020, 2:39 pm

“The news currently makes me feel incredibly stressed”: After initial surges in attention to pandemic news, UK readers have started avoiding the news altogether

British people are increasingly avoiding news consumption as the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate all facets of life and news coverage, according to a study published Tuesday by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. The Institute surveyed 1,973 UK adults between May 7 and May 13 and found that there has been a...
Posted: May 19, 2020, 3:14 pm

They’re not “the other,” they’re our readers: How one site is helping its aging audience through the pandemic

The older you are, the deadlier the coronavirus is: Nearly 80 percent of people who have died of COVID-19 in the United States are ages 65 and older, according to the CDC. While the virus discriminates by ethnicity, gender, class, and preexisting conditions, “the age skew of the coronavirus trumps all of these disparities for...
Posted: May 19, 2020, 1:38 pm

We’ve finally got some hard numbers from Luminary (and they aren’t great)

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 259, dated May 19, 2020. Pandemic watch. It’s Week 12, according to Stitcher’s pandemic timeline, or 11 weeks after the initial widespread implementation of stay-at-home measures in the U.S. The word from last night’s Podtrac coronavirus update: the metrics continue to crawl up, with...
Posted: May 19, 2020, 1:31 pm

“Prior assumptions about our business no longer apply”: Cuts pile up at Vice, Quartz, The Economist, BuzzFeed, and Condé Nast

Hundreds of journalism jobs — primarily, though not exclusively, at digital media outlets — were cut this week, piling up alongside thousands of other media job losses that have accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic (and joining the more than 20.5 million jobs that have been lost in the U.S. since April). This was such a...
Posted: May 15, 2020, 4:59 pm

Unvetted scientific research about COVID-19 is becoming a partisan weapon

“The dangers of open-access science in a pandemic.” Preprint servers make it easy for scientists to share academic research papers before they are peer-reviewed or published, and COVID-19 is leading to a flood of research being uploaded. That can be a good thing, getting new and cutting-edge research into decision-makers’ hands quickly, writes Gautama Mehta...
Posted: May 15, 2020, 12:31 pm

The Atlantic’s executive editor talks conspiracy theories, journalistic norms, and new products for all those new subscribers

When The Atlantic added 36,000 new subscribers in one month in March, editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg attributed the surge to the publication’s deeply reported “big-swing” coronavirus coverage. The challenge for the magazine, which relaunched its paywall last fall, is trying to transition that pandemic-fueled attention. It’s at the plate again with Shadowland, a multi-article project about...
Posted: May 14, 2020, 2:29 pm

Cleveland is where the American newspaper union was born, and it’s the latest place where it’s been beaten

Cleveland is where the modern union movement in American journalism began. It was there back in 1878, future newspaper magnate E. W. Scripps launched his first daily, The Penny Press. As the name implied, the Press — soon renamed the Cleveland Press — was aimed specifically at the city’s working class. As one newspaper historian...
Posted: May 13, 2020, 8:58 pm

Take this survey about the effect of COVID-19 on journalism

The effects of COVID-19 are already being framed as an “extinction event” for journalism, causing dozens of news outlets to collapse around the world. Tens of thousands of newsroom jobs have been lost or reshaped by the pandemic. That’s why we are launching a global survey today to track and assess the impacts of the...
Posted: May 13, 2020, 2:00 pm

In Rhode Island, the state’s largest daily no longer has any opinions of its own

It is not news that Gannett, by far America’s largest newspaper chain, is cutting costs. (“Newspaper Cuts Costs” is perhaps the most banal headline of the past two decades.) The central argument for its November acquisition (brand and all) by GateHouse was that it would be able to cut $300 million or more in annualized...
Posted: May 12, 2020, 8:42 pm

Bookshop, a new startup, is offering publications bigger kickbacks than Amazon (and the thrill of battling Bezos)

The Rebel Alliance to Amazon’s Empire. A David taking on Goliath. Any way you want to put it, the new ecommerce site Bookshop has attracted a lot of attention for challenging Amazon on its original turf. (What, did you forget Amazon launched as “Earth’s biggest bookstore”?) Bookshop, which was founded to support independent bookstores, distributes earnings...
Posted: May 12, 2020, 4:19 pm

Americans say there are two main sources of COVID-19 misinformation: social media and Donald Trump

A majority of U.S. adults think that misinformation about the the COVID-19 pandemic is a problem, according to survey results released Monday by Gallup and the Knight Foundation. And who are its sources? Asked to identify the two most common sources of misinformation, a combined 68 percent name social media and 54 percent the Trump...
Posted: May 12, 2020, 3:07 pm