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Sean Spicer manages to avoid making news in latest press conference

Frictions? Between the press corps and the White House?! Monday's White House press briefing made Sunday night's languorous (if now comically notorious) Oscars ceremony look like the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus (absent the elephants). It was all tranquil, rife with policy questions and only one passing reference to Friday's combo tumult: President Trump […]
Posted: February 27, 2017, 9:22 pm

Dysfunction, leaks, and burnout: Tips for news managers covering Trump

In this month’s edition, CJR Editor Kyle Pope and resident management guru Jill Geisler talk about lessons newsroom managers can learn from dysfunction in the Trump administration, how to ethically report on leaks, and ways to deal with newsroom burnout. Kyle: There have been an abundance of stories about dysfunction in the Trump administration. What management lessons […]
Posted: February 27, 2017, 7:53 pm

Cost of the Cadillac: The Obamacare story reporters are missing

In the deluge of recent media stories about who will lose if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one crucial provision has received short shrift from journalists: the so-called Cadillac tax, written into the law as a way to raise money for government subsidies for the uninsured. The Cadillac tax, which will affect nearly […]
Posted: February 27, 2017, 6:24 pm

Months after breaking the Panama Papers, ICIJ is going independent

Shortly after breaking the Panama Papers, an international exclusive that shed light on illegal offshore banking around the globe, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists should have been riding high. Instead, the scrappy cross-border investigative team was facing the dreary prospect of laying staffers off due to a financial squeeze at its parent organization, the […]
Posted: February 27, 2017, 5:06 pm

The case against ‘onboarding’

Nearly four years ago, we noted how business jargon creeps into mainstream journalism, focusing on “metrics” and “optics.” More than six years ago, we discussed the creeping use of “granular” and other jargony terms that were often part of Buzzword Bingo. Sadly, many of those terms have been “mainstreamed,” adopted so much that many are […]
Posted: February 27, 2017, 4:26 pm

Journalism can’t afford for corrections to be next victim of ‘fake news’ frenzy

In a Facebook post, Barbara Tyler is merciless. "Hey, did anyone think of proofreading your headline today before the paper went to press? I am pretty sure Trump did not replace his vice president. Fake news at its best. Sometimes I wonder why I continue to subscribe to your paper." Tyler was responding to an […]
Posted: February 27, 2017, 2:26 pm

The White House Correspondents’ Association should get tougher with Trump

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. It's time for some folks in the White House Correspondents’ Association to grow a spine. Friday came President Trump's latest assault on the media, followed by Press Secretary […]
Posted: February 27, 2017, 12:35 pm

Revenge of the copy editors: Grammar pros find internet stardom

Backed by the cheery fiddle and guitar of Tom Moss’s “Gypsy Night Dance,” the bespectacled white-haired gentleman in a blue blazer, striped bow tie, and pocket square is holding forth on the language issue of the day. “I’m sometimes asked,” he tells the camera, speaking patiently but gesturing intensely, “‘Is “data” singular or plural?’ The […]
Posted: February 27, 2017, 11:59 am

President Trump will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

In a break with more than three decades of tradition, President Trump on Saturday announced he would not attend the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, […]
Posted: February 25, 2017, 9:56 pm

Will the White House press band together after briefing ban? Don’t count on it.

At the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's annual awards lunch Friday, I was asked about the perils to small news outlets of the ongoing tussle between President Trump and elite Washington media. Could a paper in rural Wisconsin see its image harmed by becoming collateral damage in faraway feuding? The timeliness of the inquiry was made all […]
Posted: February 24, 2017, 11:07 pm

White House press corps rebels as colleagues are excluded from gaggle

Several news organizations boycotted the White House press gaggle this afternoon after the White House excluded CNN and other outlets from attending. Press gaggles — on-the-record scrums with communication staffers that disallow video recording — are a staple of White House reporting, and it's highly unusual for a reporter to be barred from the meeting. Today, […]
Posted: February 24, 2017, 7:18 pm

As Trump assails reporters as enemies, Colorado GOP makes nice

During a time of “press-as-enemy” rhetoric, Republican lawmakers in Colorado are redoubling efforts to ensure a friendlier relationship with journalists. While their counterparts in other states seem to be scaling back accessibility, the Colorado GOP—at least in each chamber of the state legislature—is making itself more available to reporters through weekly media briefings and happy-hour […]
Posted: February 24, 2017, 6:19 pm

We analyzed two weeks of Spicer press briefings. Here’s what we learned.

Since George E. Akerson became the first official White House Press Secretary in 1929, under Herbert Hoover, the nation’s media has had a direct line to Office of the President, most notably in the form of press briefings. Usually mundane events, freshman Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s briefings have become an unexpected spectacle of the Trump administration–already […]
Posted: February 24, 2017, 5:04 pm

Donald Trump, at Conservative conference, launches anti-media tirade

Donald Trump delivered a vehement and sometimes contradictory screed against the press during his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, calling media reports "fake news" while expressing his support for the First Amendment. During the speech, which came on the penultimate day of the CPAC conference, Trump was especially critical of news organizations […]
Posted: February 24, 2017, 4:07 pm

NPR’s David Folkenflik on the state of American journalism under President Trump

Apologies to Dickens, but this really might be the best and the worst of times for American journalism. As near-daily attacks on the press are launched from President Trump's Twitter account and trust in the media sinks to record lows, readers are subscribing to national newspapers in droves and newsrooms across America are infused with […]
Posted: February 24, 2017, 1:47 pm

The truth? The New York Times’ Oscars ad falls flat

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. Anti-Trump fervor is especially rampant along the Acela Corridor, and now our most famous paper surfaces with a provocative — if belated — ad campaign at a time […]
Posted: February 24, 2017, 12:55 pm

How Pamela Colloff became the best damn writer in Texas

Unemployed college graduate Pamela Colloff and her friend Margaret Brown in 1994 set off from New York on a road trip in a rusty Volvo with no real destination in mind. They were broke and wanted to live lives filled with adventure and art. Eventually they meandered to Austin, Texas. The plan was to stay […]
Posted: February 24, 2017, 11:10 am

Platforms and publishers: No sign of retreat

Despite publishers’ disillusionment with low financial returns, there is no sign of them retreating from publishing material directly onto Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and other distribution platforms. Anxiety and uncertainty abound around the future of journalism. The initial promises from social media platforms of revenue for publishers are yet to materialize. Even as traffic rises, monetization […]
Posted: February 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Dramatic Washington Post slogan recalls another era for newspapers

The Washington Post’s new slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness” might sound like something pulled from the banner of Clark Kent’s Daily Planet, and it is certainly getting its share of eye-rolls and ribs on Twitter, Slate, and even late-night talk shows. But the dramatic motto is actually in keeping with history, not only of the […]
Posted: February 23, 2017, 6:09 pm

Here’s what non-fake news looks like

Journalists literally “make” news. They do not find it. They do not publish transcripts of reality. Even in their best efforts, they would not provide a copy of reality, but reality in a frame, reality enhanced, reality reconfigured by being heightened on a page or a screen, reality retouched by the magic of publication itself. […]
Posted: February 23, 2017, 4:18 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

Leroy Black gets two obits – one placed by his wife and the other by his girlfriend

The top obit was placed by Leroy Black’s “loving wife.” The second obit was put in the Press of Atlantic City by Black’s longtime girlfriend. * Loving wife and longtime girlfriend place dueling obituaries (phillyvoice.com)
Posted: August 5, 2016, 11:16 am

USA Today memo: Treat social media sourcing with great skepticism

A late July memo from USA Today Sports Media Group senior editor Steve Henson: Subject: Social Media sourcing rules Ahead of our conference call today at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT, here are bullet points on USAT social media sourcing rules. These apply to all O&Os [all USA Today Network properties]: * Two-source rule. While …

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Posted: August 1, 2016, 11:56 am

They didn’t think Madison would notice?

Madison Magazine’s reaction: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we guess.”
Posted: July 28, 2016, 3:31 pm

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hikes prices even as circulation plummets

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is raising newsstand prices 50 cents to $2 per weekday issue, despite the fact that weekday print circulation has dropped 54% over the last decade.rThe move continues a drive by newspapers to raise reader revenues in the face of quickening declines in advertising sales. Ad revenues at U.S. newspapers fell 8% last year, the […]
Posted: July 13, 2016, 1:31 pm

#Throwback Thursday (Early Edition)

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* Oct. 31, 1994: Sex and business are a winning combination for Ailes (Newsweek)

* July 6, 2016: Sex and business lead to a lawsuit against Ailes (politico.com)




Posted: July 6, 2016, 3:56 pm

#TBT: Kaiser Wilhelm II sues editor

#ThrowbackThursday: “Bombastic and impetuous” Kaiser Wilhelm II, who “sometimes made tactless pronouncements on sensitive topics (***)” – gee, that sounds familiar! – sues a newspaper editor over stories about inferior Krupp guns. (Clip from the November 11, 1929, Minneapolis Daily Tribune) * Wilhelm II, German Emperor (wikipedia.com)
Posted: June 23, 2016, 3:31 pm

KDMC shifts primary focus to consulting, archives web resources

The Knight Digital Media Center is pivoting effective June 30, moving from offering formal subsidized training programs to expanding its consultancy with a focus on development of digital strategy and implementation for news outlets, foundations and nonprofits. 

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Posted: June 16, 2016, 5:00 am

KDMC consultancy

Ten years ago, amid massive shifts in news distribution and consumption, the Knight Digital Media Center @USC Annenberg was tasked with helping traditional journalism leaders as well as new actors in the news ecology adapt to a dynamic digital, mobile and social information landscape.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 10:55 pm

Knight community information challenge

Ten years ago, amid massive shifts in news distribution and consumption, the Knight Digital Media Center @USC Annenberg was tasked with helping traditional journalism leaders as well as new actors in the news ecology adapt to a dynamic digital, mobile and social information landscape.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 10:47 pm

News entrepreneurship

Ten years ago, amid massive shifts in news distribution and consumption, the Knight Digital Media Center @USC Annenberg was tasked with helping traditional journalism leaders as well as new actors in the news ecology adapt to a dynamic digital, mobile and social information landscape.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 10:35 pm

Learning partnerships

Ten years ago, amid massive shifts in news distribution and consumption, the Knight Digital Media Center @USC Annenberg was tasked with helping traditional journalism leaders as well as new actors in the news ecology adapt to a dynamic digital, mobile and social information landscape.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 10:21 pm

Journalism leadership & strategy

Ten years ago, amid massive shifts in news distribution and consumption, the Knight Digital Media Center @USC Annenberg was tasked with helping traditional journalism leaders as well as new actors in the news ecology adapt to a dynamic digital, mobile and social information landscape.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 9:54 pm

Key learning

Ten years ago, amid massive shifts in news distribution and consumption, the Knight Digital Media Center @USC Annenberg was tasked with helping traditional journalism leaders as well as new actors in the news ecology adapt to a dynamic digital, mobile and social information landscape.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 7:50 pm

After a decade of leadership, strategy and entrepreneurship training, KDMC shifts primary focus to consulting

Ten years ago, amid massive shifts in news distribution and consumption, the Knight Digital Media Center @USC Annenberg was tasked with helping traditional journalism leaders as well as new actors in the news ecology adapt to a dynamic digital, mobile and social information landscape.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 7:17 pm

Newspapers under siege as 65 percent of digital ads go to tech companies

Newspaper revenues and circulation, print and digital combined, continued to decline in 2015 while both cable and network TV enjoyed revenue growth, according to the new 2016 State of the News Media report by the Pew Research Center.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 5:00 am

Local news publishing on Medium: Exploring pros & cons

Sometimes, the effort and expense of running a website can hinder the work of informing and engaging communities. Third-party publishing platforms such as Medium offer some solutions to these hassles, with tradeoffs.

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Posted: June 14, 2016, 6:10 pm

Our top 10 picks of tools, tips and trends

Each week KDMC has shared tips, tools and trends from a variety of resources with the goal of helping you sharpen your skills and knowledge about digital storytelling, grow sustainable news ventures, and learn about new subjects to cover and ways to write about them.

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Posted: June 14, 2016, 5:00 am

Email subject line: ‘Swindler takes up collection for laid off journalists’

Oregonian columnist and Oregon Territory SPJ Chapter president Samantha Swindler sends word of a fund-raising effort to help journalists laid off this week from the Columbian in Vancouver, Wash. “I realized only after working with [the Columbian’s] Katie [Gillespie] to create this [PayPal] account that I do not have a good last name for crowdfunding, …

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Posted: June 9, 2016, 4:43 pm

The Diversity Style Guide: Important resource updated and expanded

Anyone who dismisses or ignores this guide should not be working in journalism. The updated Diversity Style Guide is one of those must-have references to add to your bookmarks. 

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Posted: June 6, 2016, 5:00 am

Can solution-focused headlines increase reader engagement?

Headlines on stories that emphasize responses to social problems experience more clicks than non-solution headlines “but the difference is modest,” according to a new report from the Engaging News Project.

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Posted: June 6, 2016, 5:00 am

6 nonprofit news sites achieve revenue diversity

One of the bright spots in my 2016 survey of independent online news organizations was that six nonprofits have achieved revenue diversity to the point that none depends on a single source for 50 percent or more of its annual revenue.

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Posted: June 6, 2016, 5:00 am

Independent local online news publishers flock to sponsored content

A new survey of independent online local news publishers indicates they are making progress in increasing their revenue and diversifying the sources of revenue, including selling native advertising. 

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Posted: June 1, 2016, 5:00 am

ONA16 lines up programs for Sept. conference, extends awards deadline

The Online News Association released an impressive lineup, which reflects about 70 percent of the full planned program for the conference in Denver, September 15-17.

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Posted: May 31, 2016, 5:00 am

The demographics of social media news consumers

The five social networking sites with the biggest news audiences appeal to somewhat different groups, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

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Posted: May 31, 2016, 5:00 am

Engagement defines community, mobile can help

By making engagement opportunities ubiquitous, smartphones can extend and deepen ties between communities and news publishers. This matters because, according to new API research, engagement can define a news community.

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Posted: May 24, 2016, 3:58 am