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Our AR glasses future is a few more years away than some thought

Of all the new interfaces that could conceivably surpass or supplant the smartphone as the center of our infouniverses — voice! VR! chatbots! smart rings! smart refrigerators! — the one that’s always made the most sense to me is essentially augmented reality in the guise of current and future Apple products. By which I mean...
Posted: November 12, 2019, 1:29 am

Ban these words

Language is ever-shifting; fights over grammar, however delightful, betray the essential dynamism of the written word. That said, journalists must be stopped.  Maybe it’s our assimilation into the absurdities of the internet, the unearned ease with which the industry adopts and wields Black slang in copy, or just the mundane reality that we— journalists, humans— […]
Posted: November 11, 2019, 5:50 pm

Please stop

The far-right political campaigner Jacob Wohl is a liar. He has lied about pipe bombs. About Robert Mueller, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris, all of whom he falsely accused of sexual misconduct. (The details are not worth going in to, but are here for anyone curious.)  At a recent press conference in May, […]
Posted: November 11, 2019, 5:50 pm

Michael Bloomberg and the billionaire news cycle

Late last week, we learned that Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, is weighing a late entry into the 2020 Democratic primary. Some took the news very seriously—the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, for instance, encouraged Bloomberg to jump into the race (“The Water’s Fine, Mr. Bloomberg”)—others, less so. President Trump gave Bloomberg a derisory nickname. (Okay, that may be evidence that Trump takes him seriously.) When a Des Moines Register journalist asked Bernie Sanders about reports that Jeff Bezos entreatied Bloomberg to run, Sanders laughed uncontrollably, then quipped about the billionaires’ “strong grassroots movement.” And at least two journalists punned Bloomberg’s name into the viral “OK, boomer” meme. (If you still don’t know what that is, don’t feel the need to look it up.)

Whatever its tone, speculation that Bloomberg—who previously ruled himself out because he was “clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning”—might stand after all drove media discussion throughout the weekend. Very rich people flirting with the White House always drives interest: earlier this year, the (non-)candidacy of Howard Schultz attracted coverage—including CNN’s second town-hall event of the entire campaign season—that was wholly disproportionate to its policy heft and popular backing. In all, Bloomberg’s intentions are a much weightier matter than Schultz’s: he has actual policies (around guns and climate change, for instance); his record of public service merits scrutiny (liberal commentators already laid into his expansion of New York’s stop-and-frisk program); and (on the face of it, at least) his interest in running offers insight into the shape of the Democratic primary. Nonetheless, there are similarities here. As with Schultz, the Bloomberg chatter is still hypothetical. His support looks anemic: a Morning Consult poll out yesterday has Bloomberg well outside the top tier of Democratic candidates, with the highest unfavorable rating in the entire field. As FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver tweeted, Bloomberg’s possible entry is “not exactly the ‘seismic disruption’ that some predicted.”

ICYMI: Twitter hates me. The Des Moines Register fired me. Here’s what really happened.

And clearly, great wealth is always a coverage booster. Last week, ahead of the Bloomberg story, very rich people’s objections to Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax—and the state of the Democratic primary generally—drove a mini news cycle. On CNBC, Leon Cooperman, a billionaire hedge-fund manager and vocal Warren critic, teared up during a discussion of the election. (Cooperman since endorsed Bloomberg.) Steven Rattner, who manages the investment of Bloomberg’s personal and philanthropic assets, wrote an op-ed for the Times calling a Warren presidency “a terrifying prospect.” At the Times’s DealBook Conference, Bill Gates also took aim at Warren: “When you say I should pay $100 billion, OK, then I’m starting to do a little math about what I have left over,” he said, driving a round of headlines. (Gates said he was “kidding”; on her campaign site, Warren kidded back, posting a tax calculator for “confused” billionaires.)

None of this is to say that costly, transformative policies should not be scrutinized, costed, or disputed. Rather, as Matthew Yglesias, of Vox, put it, “The fact that each random billionaire’s thoughts on Elizabeth Warren [are] a news story is itself a powerful demonstration of the disproportionate political influence of the very rich.” When billionaires’ interests are hypothetically threatened, they have a reliably outsized platform from which to fight back; vulnerable people do not, even though their interests are actively threatened by the status quo. Bloomberg’s possible candidacy, and the ample coverage of it, can be seen, at least in part, as a manifestation of this trend—his reported electoral concerns about Warren and Sanders may be genuine, but either way, he certainly, viscerally opposes their economic policies. Most voters can’t fund a presidential campaign to get their views across. Most voters don’t own a news organization, either.

On the Sunday shows, progressive commentators echoed Sanders’s warning that Bloomberg won’t be able to buy the nomination. That may be true, but great wealth, it seems, can buy media coverage, if only by proxy. We should bear this in mind when covering Bloomberg’s movements. On ABC’s This Week, Martha Raddatz asked Jonathan Swan, of Axios, “Who are the people out there—no matter how much money is spent—who are saying, Yes! Michael Bloomberg is finally getting in the race?”; Swan replied: “It’s really the donors.” Voters’ preferences aren’t necessarily the best barometer of what matters. But donors’ certainly aren’t.

Below, more on Michael Bloomberg and 2020:

  • Bad stories: Late last year, the last time Bloomberg was mulling a bid, he told Radio Iowa that should he run, he might end his eponymous news outlet’s political coverage: “Quite honestly,” he said, “I don’t want all the reporters I’m paying to write a bad story about me.” After that interview, The Daily Beast asked dozens of Bloomberg News employees if their boss should run; only one said yes. And Kathy Kiely—who resigned as a politics editor at Bloomberg News in 2016, after she was banned from covering chatter about her boss’s prospects—wrote for the Washington Post that Michael Bloomberg “still doesn’t seem to understand how journalism works,” and should “give the terrific journalists who work for you what they deserve… Set them free.”
  • Media matters: Is Bloomberg ready for the media madness of a presidential campaign? Maggie Haberman, of the Times, is skeptical. Like other New York politicians, she tweeted, “Bloomberg has long thought he understood tough media coverage because of the city’s tabloids. But he is wholly unfamiliar with the national media climate that Trump has thrown accelerant on.”
  • Quid pro quo: If Bloomberg were to get in, he wouldn’t be the only billionaire in the Democratic primary: Tom Steyer is there already. Last night, Steyer became the latest candidate to get the CNN town-hall treatment; during it, he criticized Bloomberg for rejecting the idea of a wealth tax. Late last week, Steyer’s campaign received some unwanted scrutiny: the AP’s Alexandra Jaffe reported that Pat Murphy, a top aide in Iowa, offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for their support. There’s no evidence the overtures came to anything; nonetheless, Murphy resigned.
  • Less than a year to go: On CJR’s podcast, The Kicker, Gabriel Snyder, Ana Marie Cox, Maria Bustillos, and Emily Tamkin—our public editors for the Times, the Post, MSNBC, and CNN, respectively—discussed the state of those outlets’ political coverage.


Other notable stories:

  • In impeachment testimony released on Friday, Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council, took aim at John Solomon—a journalist, formerly with The Hill, whose stories on Democrats’ supposed wrongdoing in Ukraine were influential in Trumpworld. Vindman called one article by Solomon a “false narrative”; when a Republican Congressman asked whether Vindman thought everything in the piece was false, Vindman replied, “his grammar might have been right.” This week, the impeachment inquiry moves into its TV phase. Top diplomats Bill Taylor and George Kent will appear at public hearings on Wednesday; Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted US ambassador to Ukraine, will follow on Friday. Ahead of the hearings, the Post’s Margaret Sullivan offered some advice for the reporters covering them.
  • Nikki Haley has a book out; in it, she claims that John Kelly, the former White House chief of staff, and Rex Tillerson, the former secretary of State, tried to recruit her to “save the country” by resisting Trump’s demands. Haley’s book precedes the release of A Warning, in which the anonymous official who authored a 2018 Times op-ed about saving the country from Trump’s demands will expand on that theme; in her review for the Times, Jennifer Szalai writes that the book’s ideal reader “would seem to be an undecided voter who has lived in a cave for the past three years, and is irresistibly moved by quotations from Teddy Roosevelt and solemn invocations of Cicero.” John Bolton, the ex-national security adviser, is also set to get in on the Trump-book action.
  • During an interview with Axios on HBO, Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Uber, called Saudi Arabia’s murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi “a mistake.” (The country is among Uber’s biggest investors, and is represented on its board.) “We’ve made mistakes, too, right? With self-driving [cars],” Khosrowshahi said. “People make mistakes. It doesn’t mean they can never be forgiven.” Later, Khosrowshahi walked that back: the murder “was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused,” he said.
  • For the Times, Michael H. Keller and Gabriel J.X. Dance report that tech companies are not doing everything they can to remove imagery depicting child sexual abuse from their platforms. In the course of its reporting, “The Times wrote a computer program that used an invisible browser to check search engines for child sexual abuse material,” Keller and Dance write. “It scanned for images without downloading or displaying them.”
  • Over the weekend, protesters in Bolivia occupied the offices of two state media outlets, forcing employees to leave the premises—part of a wave of tensions following disputed recent elections in the country. Yesterday, Evo Morales, Bolivia’s long-serving left-wing president, and his deputy resigned, calling themselves the victims of a coup. Police officers started to turn on Morales on Friday; yesterday, military leaders did likewise.
  • Alexandra Glorioso, a healthcare reporter with Politico, reflects on having cancer: “If I’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s that nothing—not even being a health care reporter, not even having a scientist as a father and a doctor as a sister—can prepare you for the immense number of complicated, sometimes life-or-death decisions the disease and the system force you to make about your own treatment, all on your own.”
  • Jill Geisler, who writes a newsroom-management column for CJR, discussed newsroom unionization campaigns with Kyle Pope, our editor and publisher. “Some companies see union certification efforts as declarations of war and expect all managers to suit up for the fight,” Geisler argues. “Wise leaders let their frontline managers be Switzerland.”
  • And Roger Sollenberger writes for Salon that Rudy Giuliani texted him what appeared to be a password. Giuliani—who has form when it comes to inadvertent contacts with reporters—runs a cybersecurity firm.

ICYMI: Has climate news coverage finally turned a corner?

Posted: November 11, 2019, 1:02 pm

Impeachment hearings begin on TV | Megyn Kelly launches on Instagram | Uber CEO’s Axios interview gaffe

The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. Good Monday morning. It’s a big week: impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives will be televised beginning on Wednesday. Let’s start there. Impeachment proceedings: Must-see TV? Will the open impeachment inquiry be must-see TV? Maybe. It’s true […]

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Posted: November 11, 2019, 12:31 pm

How newsroom managers should approach union organizing

In this month’s edition, CJR editor in chief Kyle Pope and resident management guru Jill Geisler discuss whether managers should allow staff to become involved with political campaigns, how to handle discussions about “revenge porn,” and navigating union organizing within newsrooms. Kyle: Let’s talk politics. For years there’s been a redline at a lot of […]
Posted: November 11, 2019, 11:50 am

Podcast: CJR public editors—One year out from 2020

The 2020 presidential election is one year away. On this week’s Kicker, CJR’s public editors ask how major news outlets are doing so far. Maria Bustillos (MSNBC), Ana Marie Cox (Washington Post), Gabriel Snyder (New York Times), and Emily Tamkin (CNN) discuss outlets’ struggle to find a balance between entertainment and serious reporting, whether Twitter […]
Posted: November 8, 2019, 5:49 pm

“The Facebook environment…muddies the waters between fact and fiction”

Researchers attached EEGs to 83 undergrad students’ heads and tracked their brain activity as they analyzed whether fake news stories — including those that had been flagged as false — were fake. While the students showed “reactions of discomfort…when headlines supported their beliefs but were flagged as false,” that dissonance didn’t stop them from going with what...
Posted: November 8, 2019, 4:06 pm

Newsonomics: Nikkei’s Tsuneo Kita: “Without the FT, it wouldn’t have been possible for us to transform ourselves as we have”

Four years ago, the Japanese financial news giant Nikkei sent shocked the global media world with a surprise announcement: It had bought the storied Financial Times for $1.3 billion. “Billion” was a pricetag few thought they would see in news media sales again. As I parsed that buy at the time, one question stood out...
Posted: November 8, 2019, 3:15 pm

It is still incredibly easy to share (and see) known fake news about politics on Facebook

Can you spot the fake? Probably not! Earlier this week I covered a report that found that U.S.-native (i.e., not from Russia and the like) fake news is actually increasing on Facebook, a year in advance of the presidential election. The report, from Avaaz, calculated what it said were the 20 most-viewed fake news stories....
Posted: November 8, 2019, 2:29 pm

When is a ‘quid pro quo’ not a quid pro quo?

In recent weeks, as the term “quid pro quo” has rattled around the news cycle, journalists have sought to explain what it means. Not long after the Ukraine scandal broke, Merrill Perlman, CJR’s language expert, laid out the “shady roots” of quid pro quo, which entered English in the 1500s and meant the substitution of one drug for another at an apothecary. A couple weeks later, NPR’s Rachel Martin dissected the term, too. “The whole idea of a ‘quid pro quo’ is so fundamental to the human experience,” she said. “We’ve got all kinds of ways to say it: ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’; ‘one hand washes the other’; or… ‘I-O-U.’”

Is “quid pro quo” adequate to describe Trump’s apparent misconduct in the Ukraine case? A president threatening to withhold military aid to a country unless it offers dirt on a domestic political rival, as Trump did, is not merely trading favors. This week, more people have pointed that out. On Tuesday, John Garamendi, a Democratic Congressman from California, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the accurate words here are “bribery and extortion. Those are criminal charges.” On Fox, Eric Swalwell, also a California Democrat, made a similar argument. On Wednesday, on Chris Hayes’s MSNBC show, Melissa Murray, a constitutional law professor at NYU, used the word “shakedown” to refer to Trump’s actions: “A quid pro quo generally means exchanging something for something,” she said, “and it seems like the Ukrainians wanted no part of this.” Hayes concurred. “I’ve covered Chicago politics; you can have consensual bribery,” he said. “That’s not the picture that’s painted here.” The same night, on CNN, Chris Cuomo told Chris Ruddy, the Trump-friendly CEO of Newsmax, that “this is arguably an attempt to bribe the president of Ukraine”; when Ruddy disputed that characterization and referred instead to a quid pro quo, Cuomo snapped back, dismissively, that “quid pro quo is Latin.” In the past 24 hours, the Washington Post, CNN, and Talking Points Memo all published op-eds urging Democrats—and the press, too—to drop “quid pro quo.”

ICYMI: Twitter hates me. The Des Moines Register fired me. Here’s what really happened.

Interview transcripts published throughout the week by impeachment investigators confirm that a deal—whatever you want to call it—was offered. (Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff, previously admitted this, then tried to walk it back.) The same transcripts suggest that Ukraine was extremely reluctant to take the deal. Yesterday, Andrew E. Kramer, of the New York Times, filled in more details: Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, understood that meddling in US politics could be ruinous for him. As a candidate, he had pledged to end politically-motivated investigations. In the end, he agreed to the probes Trump wanted, but only because of his country’s desperation for military aid. (Ukraine is still fighting a hot war against Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country.) Zelensky was all set to announce the investigation on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN show, on September 13, when, as Kramer puts it, he got “a stroke of luck”—news of the aid became public in the US, forcing the White House to release the money without political strings attached.

Now that we know more about what happened, it seems clear that “quid pro quo” is inadequate. There is no transactional idea of “this for that” when “this” is conspiratorial political intrigue and “that” is a matter of life and death. Quid pro quo can imply wrongdoing, or a power imbalance—but it doesn’t necessarily do that. Isn’t the aim of journalism to tell a true story as clearly as possible?

It’s never easy for the press to ditch a common term. We’re downstream of politicians: if bureaucrats and partisans continue to say something, it makes it hard for journalists not to. But this is more than pedantry; the stakes could hardly be higher. More and more, Republicans are making it a central talking point that there’s nothing wrong with quid pro quos—that they are the lingua franca of foreign policy. The disingenuousness of that argument becomes much easier to explain when you swap out “quid pro quo” for “bribery” or “extortion.” To be sure, those words require their own scrutiny as legal concepts, and their application here is messy. The goal should be to use language that’s as precise as possible. That means not letting “quid pro quo” dominate impeachment coverage at the expense of the real story.

Below, more on quid pro quos, and the Ukraine scandal:

  • Wishy-washiness: Eugene Robinson, of the Post, is among those calling for the demise of quid pro quo, which he calls “a namby-pamby, wishy-washy way” to describe what Trump did with Ukraine. “One thing Trump understands is the value of simplicity and repetition in getting a message across. Those seeking to hold him accountable through impeachment,” Robinson writes, “must heed that same lesson.”
  • The whistleblower: In recent days, the supposed name of the whistleblower whose complaint kickstarted the impeachment process has circulated in right-wing media. Major outlets have steered clear of repeating it, including Fox News. But yesterday, Lars Larson, a conservative radio host, dropped the name during a guest appearance on Fox. Others at Fox maintain that they haven’t confirmed the whistleblower’s identity—but Larson told the Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr that network bosses “didn’t say a thing” to him after he used the name.
  • Low Barr: On Wednesday night, the Post reported that Trump wanted William Barr, the attorney general, to say, at a news conference, that the president’s call with Zelensky broke no laws. (Barr has not done so.) Yesterday, Trump attacked the authors of the story—Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey, and Carol Leonnig—by name, calling them “lowlife reporters.” (So much for canceling his Post subscription.)
  • Quid pro quinoa: Defending Trump against the impeachment push on Fox, Matt Gaetz, the Republican Congressman from Florida, accused reporters of “a worldview where you eat nothing but kale and quinoa, where those of us who to cling to our bibles, and our guns, and our fried foods in real America are looked down upon.”


Other notable stories:

  • For CJR, Lucy Schiller profiles Eric Sorensen, a meteorologist with WQAD News 8, in Iowa. “One gets the sense, spending time with Sorensen, that he’s interested in matters of scale,” Schiller writes. “In how to present, as a broadcast meteorologist beloved in this corner of the river, the global climate crisis in ways that make sense to his community and, inversely, in how to translate local weather events into larger climate patterns.” CJR and The Nation are leading Covering Climate Now, an initiative to improve coverage of the climate crisis. We have a progress report out this morning.
  • Michael Bloomberg is running for president. Maybe. Yesterday, the Times reported that Bloomberg is set to file paperwork in Alabama, where the deadline to enter the Democratic primary is today, though he may not follow through. If Bloomberg does run, it’s unclear what will become of his eponymous news site; he mused last year that he might cut its political coverage because “quite honestly, I don’t want all the reporters I’m paying to write a bad story about me.” Bloomberg’s putative bid comes amid rising panic—stoked by the super-rich and amplified by the press—about the candidacy of Elizabeth Warren. John F. Harris, the former editor in chief of Politico, says coverage of Warren is shaped by “a centrist bias,” and that its assumptions might all be wrong.
  • In May, ahead of elections in India, Aatish Taseer, a British-Indian journalist, wrote a cover story for Time magazine on Narendra Modi, India’s divisive Hindu-nationalist prime minister. Yesterday, the country revoked Taseer’s overseas citizenship (which effectively counts as dual nationality). “I had expected a reprisal, but not a severing,” Taseer writes. “It is hard not to feel, given the timing, that I was being punished for what I had written.”
  • Following the closure of Splinter and the hollowing out of Deadspin, the New Republic’s Alex Pareene laments the death of the rude press. “The defining quality of rude media is skepticism about power,” he writes. “In the elite press—on cable news, in newspaper opinion sections—you can say the most monstrous things imaginable, as long your language is polite. What you can’t do is rudely express a desire for a more just world.”
  • Yesterday, Bustle cut eight staffers and some of its freelancers. One of those affected told CNN’s Kerry Flynn that the news came “out of the blue”; in a statement to CNN, Bustle didn’t even acknowledge the layoffs, instead touting recent hires and an impending “site relaunch.” (ICYMI, Lyz Lenz profiled Bryan Goldberg, owner of Bustle, for CJR.)
  • In Canada, unidentified assailants burned down the offices of the Turtle Island News, an indigenous newspaper serving the Six Nations Territory in Ontario. The attack took place last week; according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, no one was hurt, but the fire caused more than $100,000 in damage, including to the publication’s photo archive.
  • In Brazil, Augusto Nunes, a far-right journalist, physically attacked Glenn Greenwald, of The Intercept, during the live taping of a radio show; Greenwald had confronted Nunes over an accusation that Nunes had once made that Greenwald neglects his kids. BuzzFeed has more. In August, Adriana Carranca wrote for CJR about other threats Greenwald has faced in Brazil.
  • And research by the University of Minnesota, the News Media Alliance, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune found that people who pay for Netflix, Spotify, and other entertainment services are more likely than others to have a digital news subscription.

ICYMI: Alan Dershowitz and the wheel of pain

Posted: November 8, 2019, 1:08 pm

How the Texas Tribune, one of local journalism’s greatest success stories, really got started

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Posted: November 8, 2019, 12:57 pm

Nothing to see here on ‘The View’ with Trump Jr. | ’60 Minutes’ profiles Maria Ressler’s ‘hell’ | New Jamal Khashoggi fellow chosen

The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. Good Friday morning. All week, I was looking forward to Thursday’s “The View.” So what happened? Trump Jr. and ‘The View’ disappoint viewers Donald Trump Jr. appeared on “The View” on Thursday and it went down pretty much like you would […]

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Posted: November 8, 2019, 12:30 pm

Has climate news coverage finally turned a corner?

Some good news, for a change, about climate change: When hundreds of newsrooms focus their attention on the climate crisis, all at the same time, the public conversation about the problem gets better: more prominent, more informative, more urgent. In September, 323 news outlets from across the United States and around the world collaborated to […]
Posted: November 8, 2019, 11:00 am

Newsonomics: How the Financial Times is building mini-brands within the global FT

John Ridding is comfortable in his new office. This year he moved the Financial Times back to its previous (1959-1989) Bracken House digs, after it had been refurbished for the needs of the modern FT. As he approaches his 14th year as FT CEO, he’s also grown comfortable that the bet he made in 2015...
Posted: November 7, 2019, 7:33 pm

The Washington Post’s union finds that women and people of color in the newsroom make less than white men

The guild of the Washington Post — not the news outlet itself, it’s important to note — shared its findings from a study of pay at the Post. The results, like most of the journalism industry, were not great, especially on the newsroom side. IN THE NEWSROOM: — Women as a group are paid less...
Posted: November 7, 2019, 4:54 pm

This text-generation algorithm is supposedly so good it’s frightening. Judge for yourself.

The best weapons are secret weapons. Freed from the boundaries of observable reality, they can hold infinite power and thus provoke infinite fear — or hope. In World War II, as reality turned against them, the Nazis kept telling Germans about the Wunderwaffe about to hit the front lines — “miracle weapons” that would guarantee...
Posted: November 7, 2019, 4:12 pm

The challenges for fact-checkers working across different countries include time zones and translations

Fact-checking across borders, in different time zones and in disparate languages at the same time is a daily routine for a handful of fact-checking organizations. On the last day of Facebook’s global Fact-Checking Partner Summit, some of those fact-checkers took the stage in Menlo Park, California, and shared with an audience of more than 100 […]

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Posted: November 7, 2019, 2:00 pm

Fox News on-air personalities — don’t name whistleblower | Washington Post Guild: salaries aren’t fair | Donald Trump Jr. to appear on ‘The View’

The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. Good Thursday morning. I can hardly wait for today’s episode of “The View.” Read below to find out why. In the meantime, a surprising directive from Fox News. Fox News edict: Don’t name whistleblower CNN’s Brian Stelter and […]

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Posted: November 7, 2019, 1:16 pm

Disinformation still running rampant on Facebook, study says

Most of the attention on Facebook and disinformation in the past week or so has focused on the platform’s decision not to fact-check political advertising, along with the choice of right-wing site Breitbart News as one of the “trusted sources” for Facebook’s News tab. But these two developments are just part of the much larger […]
Posted: November 7, 2019, 12:45 pm

Against all odds, fact-checking is flourishing in Venezuela

The Internet in Venezuela comes as fast as it goes. There are no reliable public databases available. And people are getting quite used to days without electricity. But against all odds, a generation of young fact-checkers is flourishing in Caracas. Espaja.com premiered on the web in the second week of October this year. It is […]

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Posted: November 7, 2019, 12:45 pm

The Flood Watcher

Eric Sorensen, a meteorologist in Iowa, makes climate reporting local
Posted: November 7, 2019, 11:55 am

Newsonomics: Four years in to their surprise marriage, what has the FT done for Nikkei, and vice versa?

On July 23, 2015, the Financial Times and Nikkei — the leading business newspapers in the U.K. and Japan — shocked the news business worldwide with its own acquisition breaking news. On that date, the two companies announced a tie-up that no one had seen coming. The early conventional wisdom was that Nikkei had way...
Posted: November 6, 2019, 6:24 pm

Correcting the record

Every #MeToo story contains two traumas: First, the event itself. Then, the story becoming public.  A recent New York Magazine cover story compiled the experiences of 25 people who publicly came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault—and whose lives were not universally the better for it. Victims might share their stories with the […]
Posted: November 6, 2019, 5:54 pm

Fake news on Facebook is increasing — and reaching more people than it did in 2016

Facebook says it has a handle on fake news around the 2020 U.S. presidential election, but a new report from the global activist group Avaaz suggests its efforts might be a drop in the bucket: Avaaz found that election-related misinformation on the platform has increased in the past three months and was viewed 86 million...
Posted: November 6, 2019, 5:30 pm

When a newspaper struggles, you don’t have to close it — you can give it to its community

More than 250 media outlets closed across Canada from 2008 to 2019, according to a 2019 study by the Local News Research Project. A small Quebec paper, The Gleaner, nearly joined them. Established in 1863, The Gleaner serves a string of rural communities in the Chateauguay Valley, west of Montreal, sandwiched by the St. Lawrence...
Posted: November 6, 2019, 3:18 pm

We’re hiring: Come work for Nieman Lab as a staff writer

We have an opening for a staff writer here at Nieman Lab. If you’re interested, apply over here! The job’s pretty easy to describe: You see all the stories on this website? The ones about journalism innovation — changes in how news gets reported, produced, distributed, discovered, consumed, and paid for? This job is about...
Posted: November 6, 2019, 2:11 pm

Investigative journalists combat Colombia’s muzzled press with The League Against Silence

Death threats. Corruption. Kidnappings. Censorship by big money. Judicial harassment. Physical assaults. Sexual violence. Assassination. The attacks struck journalists in Colombia like rolling waves during the South American country’s more than half-century civil war between its military, guerrillas, paramilitaries and armed actors. It cultivated a culture of terror in the Colombian press that brought with […]

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Posted: November 6, 2019, 2:02 pm

Over 100 fact-checkers are in Menlo Park for Facebook’s Fact-Checking Partner Summit. So how did it start?

More than 100 fact-checkers from around the world landed in Menlo Park, California, this week to participate in Facebook’s Fact-Checking Partner Summit. The event gathers third-party fact-checking partners and is being considered a chance for both parties to exchange experiences and feedback. The meeting started with Facebook sharing with fact-checkers the three tracks it has […]

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Posted: November 6, 2019, 2:00 pm

Hot mic: Amy Robach’s Jeffrey Epstein allegation | Will media reveal the whistleblower? | NYT library controversy

The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. Good morning. The most interesting TV news clip from Tuesday technically never made it on air. That’s where we start today. Hot mic moment leads to bombshell Did ABC sit on a blockbuster Jeffrey Epstein story three years ago? […]

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Posted: November 6, 2019, 12:50 pm

Florida county denies its libraries funding for New York Times digital subscriptions, calling it “fake news”

These five gentlemen — the commissioners of Citrus County, Florida — have denied county librarians’ funding request of $2,700 for a digital group subscription to The New York Times. (The library has 70,000 cardholders, meaning Times digital access could be provided at an annual cost of about $0.04 per patron.) “I don’t want The New York...
Posted: November 5, 2019, 3:21 pm

As Hot Pod turns 5, these are the problems podcasters are most frustrated by

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 233, dated November 5, 2019. A note from Nick. Five years ago on this day — literally, November 5, 2014 — I published the first issue of this newsletter. (Lord, it hurts just to look at it.) And for one reason or another, I...
Posted: November 5, 2019, 3:11 pm

HuffPost redesigns and further separates the personal and the political

HuffPost redesigned its digital presence today, its biggest change since it chopped “The —ington —” out of its name two and a half years ago. That redesign happened only a few short months after new editor Lydia Polgreen took over from Arianna —ington herself. This one comes after she’s had a couple years to make...
Posted: November 4, 2019, 8:52 pm

Meet The Salt Lake Tribune, 501(c)(3): The IRS has granted nonprofit status to a daily newspaper for the first time

It was a “happy surprise,” Fraser Nelson said, when The Salt Lake Tribune received a letter from the IRS on Friday giving the 148-year-old news outlet nonprofit 501(c)(3) status — no questions asked. A final verdict on whether the Tribune could become the first legacy newspaper in the U.S. to go fully nonprofit wasn’t expected...
Posted: November 4, 2019, 6:52 pm

How The Texas Tribune is revamping its sponsored content (and folding its five-year-old op-ed site)

Sponsored content? Disguising advertisements as your hard-reported journalism? Fooling readers into clicking on some corporate story? What is this tomfoolery? That might’ve been the typical gut reaction a few years ago, when the lines between the editorial and business sides drew closer as newsrooms became smaller and smaller. But when done properly, sponsored content can...
Posted: November 4, 2019, 3:01 pm

Watch your language: “Data voids” on the web have opened a door to manipulators and other disinformation pushers

One day fifteen long years ago, in 2004, some SEO consultants decided to have a contest to determine quién es más macho in the gaming-search-results game. As they put it: “Are you a Player or a Stayer?” Everyone knows that Google has changed the way they rank sites. Now that the algorithm’s changed and everyone...
Posted: November 1, 2019, 6:50 pm

A sad reading list about the end of Deadspin

It was just on Tuesday that G/O Media editorial director Paul Maidment told the staff of Deadspin to stick to sports and sports only. From there, the end was quick. Interim editor-in-chief Barry Petchesky was fired: Hi! I’ve just been fired from Deadspin for not sticking to sports. — Barry Petchesky (@barry) October 29, 2019...
Posted: November 1, 2019, 4:10 pm

The Daily Wire and black salve show that Facebook’s takedown policies have one thing in common: Inconsistency

Inauthentic coordinated behavior, in the U.S.? One of modern media’s mysteries the past few years has been: How does the right-wing website The Daily Wire do so incredibly well on Facebook? It’s regularly one of the world’s top publishers there; it was #11 in September, not far behind The New York Times and The Washington...
Posted: November 1, 2019, 2:33 pm

For Patch, local sex offender maps are a Halloween tradition

October is a time for age-old seasonal traditions: candy corn, costumes, and Patch’s Halloween sex offender maps. The posts — which have been running since over the last eight years across many of what are now its 1,200-plus local sites — all follow a similar formula. They start off with a lede like “Fall is...
Posted: October 31, 2019, 4:16 pm

Here are the four most common questions readers have after consuming a news article (and how to answer them)

Twenty-six Texans walk into a room… … and discuss news articles. As part of five focus groups with the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, researchers Tamar Wilner, Dominique A. Montiel Valle, and Gina Masullo Chen went straight to a (pretty diverse mix) of non-journalism folks to get their questions...
Posted: October 31, 2019, 10:00 am

Expect impeachment to be catnip for news junkies — but also a boost for news avoidance

As the country looks ahead to potential impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, as social scientists, we anticipate that not only will Americans’ opinions be polarized, but so will their emotions. Based on our research, we believe that impeachment stories will likely feel increasingly personal, passionate, and irritating to people as the proceedings unfold. For some,...
Posted: October 30, 2019, 7:15 pm

People might not trust local news that much after all — and the way to improve it increases the risk

Local news is more trusted than national news, yes. But that’s largely because national news is not very trusted, especially by Republicans, according to a new study from the Knight Foundation and Gallup. The 2010s’ media industry has been particularly brutal to local news outlets, slicing staffs and closing many newsrooms around the country with...
Posted: October 29, 2019, 3:41 pm

With Mermaid Palace, some talented podcast creators are looking for a model that looks more like an art collective than a network

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 232, dated October 29, 2019. A company, for art and profit. The last time I kept tabs on Kaitlin Prest — the Canadian creator of The Heart, known for her work around the complicated contours of intimacy — it was on the occasion of...
Posted: October 29, 2019, 2:26 pm

Pretty much no one has seen Facebook News yet, but it’s off to a rough start

It’s been only three days since Facebook News rolled out as a test to about 200,000 people in the U.S., meaning that only a tiny handful of Facebook users have seen it. (I had a brief moment of excitement this morning when I thought I was one of them, but it turns out my app...
Posted: October 28, 2019, 4:38 pm

Membership at a local TV station? Here’s how San Antonio’s KSAT is plotting a potential revenue stream

When it comes to membership models for local media, public media has long set the standard; it’s been doing the pledge-drive-and-tote-bag thing for decades. It’s a hot topic for local newspapers, the largest producers of local journalism, many of whom have been thinking about rebranding their subscription offerings. And it’s a common approach among digital...
Posted: October 28, 2019, 2:23 pm

Newsonomics: Will Facebook’s new news tab be a milestone or millstone?

Is Facebook a cesspool of bottom-feeding content? Or is it now the proud leader among platforms in featuring and rewarding high-quality journalism? Or…both? We’ve got a new breakout of platformitis, as news companies try to figure out their complicated relationships with the dominant digital companies of our day. As Mark Zuckerberg and News Corp CEO...
Posted: October 26, 2019, 7:26 pm

Audio archiving, public meeting tracking, and more local boosts: Here are the 34 news projects Google is funding in North America

On the same day that Facebook’s tab will start paying (some) publishers for their content, Google has announced its grantees in the local news-focused Google News Initiative North American Innovation Challenge. Thirty-four projects and newsrooms will receive funding from the largest digital advertising revenue earner as part of this challenge, out of a total of...
Posted: October 25, 2019, 4:00 pm

Why I’m starting a company to build out a new model for local news in the 2020s

Over the past decade here at Nieman Lab, I’ve reported a lot of news industry news. Today, I’m sharing some of my own. After months of work, I’m happy to begin introducing the new company that I’m heading, named Lookout. It’s a wide-reaching new model for local news; we’ll launch next year. After 15 years...
Posted: October 25, 2019, 4:00 pm

Facebook launches its “test” News tab in the U.S., but you may not see it yet

It’s heeeee-ere: On Friday, the Facebook News tab we’ve been hearing about since the summer became reality, launching today to some users in the U.S. with “local original reporting by surfacing local publications from the largest major metro areas across the country, beginning with New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Houston, Washington DC,...
Posted: October 25, 2019, 10:00 am