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Q&A: National Press Club president on Trump, trust, and diversity in journalism

Friday marks the final day of President Donald Trump’s first year in office. It’s also the final day of Jeffrey Ballou’s one-year term as president of the National Press Club. Ballou, a news editor at Al Jazeera and the first African-American male to lead the 110-year-old, Washington, DC–based professional organization, calls the past year a […]
Posted: January 19, 2018, 8:32 pm

Los Angeles Times newsroom votes to go union amid growing corporate tumult

In an historic move, newsroom workers at the Los Angeles Times have voted overwhelmingly to go union and will now bargain over a first contract wit
Posted: January 19, 2018, 7:43 pm

Google suspends fact-checking feature over quality concerns

Google is suspending a search feature that displayed fact checks associated to publishers after receiving criticism from conservative new
Posted: January 19, 2018, 7:05 pm

Assessing Trump’s press freedom record, one year on

Just under a year ago, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. How should we assess his press freedom record so far? During his campaign, Trump excoriated the media and lashed out at individual reporters. He promised that if elected he would make it easier to sue the media […]
Posted: January 19, 2018, 5:21 pm

“Abomination:” Pittsburgh publisher’s editorial inflames newsroom, readers

Newspapers aren’t democracies, much as we might like them to be, nor do their pages reflect the views of everyone they employ.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 5:16 pm

Denver Post launches new paywall, hopes for a steadier future

THIS WEEK, DENVER POST STAFFERS rallied around their paper’s new $11.99-per-month paywall, optimistic that the move might bring more resources to a beleaguered Post newsroom. But the paywall goes up at a rocky time for Colorado’s largest newspaper, in which layoffs, an impending move, and the sudden resignation of its publisher have left some at the paper […]
Posted: January 19, 2018, 4:50 pm

Italians can now report fake news to the police. Here's why that's problematic.

In an effort to address fake news ahead of this year’s elections, the Italian government has created an online portal where people can re
Posted: January 19, 2018, 3:19 pm

Pundits are predicting shutdown armageddon, but reality is not quite so stark

After ending the previous week convulsed by one S-word, the media seamlessly segues to another. No, not Stormy, but shutdown.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 12:58 pm

The media today: Turmoil at the LA Times as publisher accused of misconduct

After a bombshell report on past lawsuits and “frat house behavior,” the CEO and publisher of the Los Angeles Times is under investigation by the paper’s parent company. NPR’s David Folkenflik dropped the deeply sourced scoop about Times boss Ross Levinsohn on Thursday afternoon, sending shockwaves across a newsroom already on shaky ground due to […]
Posted: January 19, 2018, 12:55 pm

More risk, less pay: Why the gender gap matters more for foreign reporters

When Carrie Gracie resigned from her post as the BBC’s China Editor last week in protest over the company’s failure to close its gender pay gap, her exit sparked a global conversation about how far the media industry has, or hasn’t, come, particularly with regard to foreign correspondents. It’s certainly not the first time pay […]
Posted: January 19, 2018, 11:50 am

Tale of 2 polls: What do librarians have that journalists don’t?

America’s journalists, relentlessly attacked by President Trump, are also taking a beating in public opinion.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 10:32 am

'No Stars' podcast: A music journalist who's also an activist

Jes Skolnik, the second guest on “No Stars,” a music journalism podcast, is adamant that DIY saved their life.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Podcast: Untangling the Facebook mess

This week on The Kicker, Pete talks with Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, about Facebook’s announcement that it will de-emphasize publisher content, and what that means for journalism. Then CJR’s Karen K. Ho joins Meg and Pete to analyze the media’s response to Trump’s “shithole countries” remark, discuss problematic feminist […]
Posted: January 18, 2018, 8:23 pm

The Times’s pro-Trump editorial page is patronizing and circular

Like most things involving Donald Trump, The New York Times’s decision to give over its editorial page to 15 letters from the president’s supporters on Thursday inspired a furious reaction from many liberals, who criticized the paper for elevating pro-Trump voices. As if to preempt the backlash, the Times promised us that tomorrow we’ll see […]
Posted: January 18, 2018, 8:19 pm

Coast to coast Mr. Fix-It: Jim Kirk to oversee New York Daily News newsroom

You might at least envy Jim Kirk's frequent flier miles.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 8:01 pm

Marshall Project reveals diversity of its staff in new report

While many media organizations are nominally committed to increasing diversity on staff, it’s still unusual for any outlet to be detailed and transparent about those challenges—especially a small, digital-only one. Earlier this month, The Marshall Project released its first annual diversity report. Because the nonprofit covers criminal justice, its leadership felt especially strong about ethnic […]
Posted: January 18, 2018, 5:16 pm

This Florida newspaper sued for a city manager's text messages and won a bigger public records victory

Early this month, Tallahassee’s City Commission approved a settlement with The Tallahassee Democrat in a case that adds a new layer of su
Posted: January 18, 2018, 4:05 pm

The Week in Fact-Checking: EU wrestles with fake news

The Week in Fact-Checking is a newsletter about fact-checking and accountability journalism, from Poynter's 
Posted: January 18, 2018, 1:51 pm

The media today: The press does due diligence on the Stormy Daniels story

In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, reporters from several outlets knew that a former adult-film actress had a story to tell. Journalists from Fox News, ABC, Slate, and The Daily Beast all came close to publishing what would have been a bombshell story. But it wasn’t until last Friday, that the public […]
Posted: January 18, 2018, 12:59 pm

Q&A: BuzzFeed’s new global women’s rights reporter expands gender coverage

BuzzFeed News is ramping up its international coverage of gender and power. Nishita Jha, an Indian journalist based in Delhi, will be the outlet’s new global women’s rights and gender reporter, joining a foreign bureau led from New York by Miriam Elder. BuzzFeed News structures its global beats thematically rather than regionally, so Jha will […]
Posted: January 18, 2018, 11:55 am

China’s news agency is reinventing itself with AI

On the heels of billions of yuan of investment burrowed into China’s artificial intelligence scene, China’s state news agency has announced that it is rebuilding its newsroom to emphasize human-machine collaboration. There are already elements of this in quite a few newsrooms but this is the first announcement (I’ve seen) of a large news org...
Posted: January 10, 2018, 5:09 pm

With its new newsletter director, The New Yorker wants to experiment with standalone and international-focused products

For The New Yorker, newsletters have become so vital to its digital strategy that the magazine decided that it needed someone to run them exclusively. Dan Oshinsky, formerly director of newsletters at BuzzFeed, joined the magazine last August with a simple, albeit vital mandate: to centralize its newsletter operation, launch new newsletters, and help the...
Posted: January 10, 2018, 2:17 pm

Newsonomics: Can cross-subsidy (and nursing homes) help revive the Singapore Press?

SINGAPORE — Even virtual monopolies get the blues. Singapore Press Holdings — publisher of its flagship Straits Times — is confronting the worldwide downturn in newspaper business fortunes. The large daily (383,000 daily circulation, print and digital) and its well-regarded parent SPH saw some tough numbers last year: down 16.9 percent in ad revenue, 13...
Posted: January 9, 2018, 4:01 pm

What the rise of the smart speaker might mean for podcasts (and on-demand audio in general)

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 146, published January 9, 2018. Just a heads up: I’m told that the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) will indeed be publishing a 2018 update to its podcast advertising study, which means we’ll be able to get at least one contiguous read of the industry’s...
Posted: January 9, 2018, 3:01 pm

Here’s who gets news from TV: The elderly, Pew finds (again)

2018 could mark a tipping point: The first time that the percentage of Americans who regularly get news online exceeds the percentage who get news from television. Last year, we were almost there. The number of Americans who regularly get news from television fell again between 2016 and 2017, Pew noted Friday, from 57 percent...
Posted: January 8, 2018, 4:13 pm

From microplastics to mega-stories: Journalism nonprofit Orb works the global-local angle

Can a worldwide network of in-house journalists and publishing partners have a greater impact finding, reporting, and stirring change than they would have working alone? That’s the bet Molly Bingham is making with Orb Media. Bingham is a photojournalist and documentary maker with a newspaper background who found herself detained in a Abu Ghraib prison...
Posted: January 8, 2018, 2:40 pm

The Offshore Journalism Project would let newsrooms send a “distress signal” when their content is at risk of being lost forever

On March 23, 2006,, a local news site covering the Abruzzo region of Central Italy, published a story about a couple who had been arrested for attempted extortion. In 2007, the couple was acquitted, and updated its story. It updated the story again in 2008, when the couple sued the Italian state for...
Posted: January 8, 2018, 2:11 pm

Arabic-language narrative podcasts connect with a new generation in a region with a rich oral tradition

The Jordan-based podcast network Sowt isn’t offering any newfangled technology. But as a platform that both curates and produces its own original, high-quality Arabic-language narrative content, it’s already a rarity in the Middle East. “The Arab youth now seems to keep an eye on what’s out there in terms of good podcasts in their own...
Posted: January 8, 2018, 1:59 pm

What does Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge of fixing Facebook’s issues mean for the fate of news on the platform?

The question had been raised before: What if Facebook, struggling with the global “fake news” problem, just threw up its Like hands and de-prioritized news altogether? In the dawn of 2018, it doesn’t seem as far fetched anymore. Mark Zuckerberg’s goal for the new year (joining previous annual goals of visiting all 50 U.S. states,...
Posted: January 8, 2018, 1:11 pm

Automated, live fact-checks during the State of the Union? The Tech & Check Cooperative’s first beta test hopes to pull it off

Instead of watching the upcoming State of the Union address with snide fact-checks from users on Twitter or other social media in the background, viewers will be able to see instantaneous fact-checking appear on their device screen as soon as President Trump utters a claim — or at least that’s the dream for Bill Adair’s...
Posted: January 3, 2018, 3:50 pm

In India, the BBC wants to partner with local companies to develop new ways to personalize content

When he’s evaluating the BBC’s ongoing expansion efforts into Asia and Africa, BBC digital development editor Dmitry Shishkin finds himself returning to one question: “Is our content good enough for someone to skip lunch for?” The line emerged after a conversation he learned that people Kenya regularly skip meals in an effort to save money...
Posted: January 3, 2018, 3:25 pm

Cross-examining the network: The year in digital and social media research

There’s never a shortage of fascinating scholarship in the digital news/social media space. This year, we’re spotlighting 10 of the most compelling academic articles and reports published in 2017, which delve into meaty topics such as venture-backed startups, artificial intelligence, personal branding, and the spread of disinformation. We conferred with a small group of scholars...
Posted: January 2, 2018, 4:48 pm

Apple Podcast Analytics is finally live (and with it, the ability to see how many people are skipping ads)

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 145, published January 2, 2018. Happy New Year everybody! Let’s, uh, see where this one goes. Digits to start the year. As always, we begin with the question: is the industry growing, and if so, how? Here are two numbers I’m using to keep...
Posted: January 2, 2018, 4:27 pm

The rise of skeptical reading

There is a quiet revolution in the making. It’s about how people make sense of the news. Barely perceptible amidst the loudness of commentary about bots, trolls, fake news, echo chambers, filter bubbles, confirmation bias, artificial intelligence, and so on is the realization that readers, listeners, viewers, and users are becoming ever more skeptical about...
Posted: December 20, 2017, 4:50 pm

The trust problem isn’t new

In 2018, we’ll commit to working hard to earn the trust of our audiences every single day — I hope, anyway. Here’s what else I hope: that in doing so, we’ll commit to working just as hard to avoid centering a few loud voices at the expense of others. This year, we’ve frequently seen our...
Posted: December 20, 2017, 4:50 pm

The rise of video messaging

Posted: December 20, 2017, 4:50 pm

From pageviews to t-shirts

Until recently, going back to 1999, every real paycheck I’d received was thanks to digital content and display advertising. Now, I sell t-shirts. I get that that sounds weird and may be a scary glimpse at your own future, but they’re really cool t-shirts. The company is called BreakingT, and each shirt celebrates a trending...
Posted: December 20, 2017, 4:49 pm

The future is female

Among the predictions published in this series last year, none proved more prescient than Rachel Sklar’s “Women are Going to Get Loud.” It’s as if Rachel got an advance copy of Time’s Person of the Year issue — really advance. The #MeToo movement has been an efficient juggernaut, blasting open decades of workplace hostility and...
Posted: December 20, 2017, 4:49 pm

The year of The Washington Post

The contemporary newspaper war between The Washington Post and The New York Times began as a traffic war, with the Post topping the Times in 2015 for the first time in history. The next battle may well be for digital subscriptions, but looking to other measures of dominance beyond just bottom-line revenue is also important...
Posted: December 20, 2017, 4:49 pm

Television has won

The Internet used to be something you read. In 2018, it will officially be something you watch. Two decades after the web posed an unexpectedly serious challenge to television in the 1990s, we can now comfortably say television has won. It has conquered the internet, the media, and thereby the world. Not just as a...
Posted: December 20, 2017, 3:51 pm

(Hint: It’s about your brand)

We know from research one of the primary reasons people pay for news now is for coverage of a specific topic they care about. In 2018, the reason people pay for news will be less transactional and less about the tangible exchange of goods, but instead based on the ~emotional~ relationship a news organization has...
Posted: December 20, 2017, 3:21 am

Mirror, mirror on the wall

In 2018, digital news companies will get bought and sold, big-name brands will miss their ambitious growth goals, while plenty of newsrooms will keep pirouetting amid more jobs cut. And many news executives, mostly white men, will keep getting hired in big jobs. In much of the journalism we will read about these inevitable changes...
Posted: December 20, 2017, 3:21 am

Breaking free from the tyranny of the loudest

What surfaces on the timelines of our social media accounts can make the world seem like a divided place where people only shout from the top of their lungs — whether it is to call out the wrongs of those they disagree with or to cheer on the actions of those with whom they identify....
Posted: December 20, 2017, 3:21 am

More female reporters abroad (please)

The scoop of the last century came from Clare Hollingworth, who reported on the outbreak of World War II. The British reporter died this year, at age 105. She was an inspiration for generations of aspiring female foreign reporters. But almost eighty years after Hollingworth’s spectacular exclusive, women reporters posted abroad are still fairly far...
Posted: December 20, 2017, 3:21 am

The reckoning is only beginning

In many respects, 2017 was the year of resistance. People fought back. They organized. They marched. They ran for office. We covered it and struggled with how best to facilitate these conversations. In some newsrooms, we opened the door for listening and people stepped forward to tell their stories. As we close out 2017, dozens...
Posted: December 19, 2017, 9:08 pm

It’s time for media companies to #PassTheMic

2018 will be the year where frank talk about race and racism in newsrooms will replace ephemeral promises to diversify. And it must. From the front pages of the country’s most prestigious newspapers to the anchor desks of the most influential radio and television stations, journalists of color not only remain less visible than their...
Posted: December 19, 2017, 9:08 pm

Memes and visuals come to the fore

If 2017 ushered in a growing awareness and conversation in the Western world about the impact of misinformation, disinformation, and media manipulation, 2018 is the year we start taking memetic misinformation and disinformation seriously. As Nausicaa Renner wrote early in 2017, “The fake news conversation has taken place in the realm of words, but that’s...
Posted: December 19, 2017, 9:08 pm

Real lives are at stake in rural areas

Hey there Blue State folks! Those of us out here in the rest of the country are glad that over the last year you’ve shown an interest in making our acquaintance. Recently, several prominent media organizations took it a step further, announcing support for local journalists. The Nieman Foundation recently announced the Abrams Nieman Fellowship...
Posted: December 19, 2017, 9:08 pm

Venture funding and digital news don’t mix

A restaurant is not a venture-scale business. A factory is not a venture-scale business. A digital news platform, as many have hinted of late, is not a venture-scale business. And that’s not a bad thing. In the past several years, we’ve seen digital news platforms hedge against Facebook and Google by converting niche audiences into...
Posted: December 19, 2017, 9:08 pm

Collaboration is the way forward for Brazilian journalism

We Brazilian journalists have to admit that we can do more to contribute to the public debate. Every post published by a newspaper in its social networks triggers comments that are examples of how Brazilian society is divided and, worse, intolerant. The polarization we saw in 2014 is increasing even more as we enter 2018...
Posted: December 19, 2017, 9:08 pm