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Poynter Power Rankings: Who influenced the media this week? Donald Trump, cable news anchors and more.

Here are my Poynter Power Rankings: a look at those people, places and things that ad a big impact on the media. They were the movers, shakers and influencers of the week. Donald Trump Let’s see, we have Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and … Donald Trump? Saying he would “stand up to the tyranny of […]

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Posted: October 22, 2021, 11:30 am

Here are 5 pieces of advice I commonly give during media mentoring sessions

For the past few years, I’ve been volunteering my time as a mentor for students, recent college grads and young journalists (shout out to Journalism Mentors). I’ve done dozens of mentoring sessions with people all around the country — and world! — trying to impart what wisdom I have been able to glean from my […]

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Posted: October 22, 2021, 11:15 am

Who wants to be a cop?

Lane DeGregory and John Pendygraft of the Tampa Bay Times talk about spending six months at a police academy. They were curious, in the wake of 2020 protests, who would be drawn to policing and what are they are being taught. You can read the eight-part series here: tampabay.com/newrecruits. Listen to the podcast: Find other episodes at poynter.org/writelane.

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Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:45 am

People born under the zodiac sign of Leo are most vaccinated

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. I do not understand the whole zodiac thing. I didn’t understand it in the ’70s and I […]

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Posted: October 22, 2021, 10:00 am

A Facebook video claims a media blackout. But check the news. It’s still up and running.

“Shocking news!” says the title of a nearly 13-minute video on Facebook. “Mass media destroyed! Blackout for mass arrests event!” But the video offers no evidence of the aforementioned shocking news. A woman can be heard reading what she calls a “report” as photos of cities and people are shown. She discusses shipping disruptions and the […]

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Posted: October 22, 2021, 9:55 am

How Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat has built digital success through “diamonds” in the rough

This year’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s 2021 Digital News Report revealed an interesting tidbit about Finland. Twenty percent of Finland’s 5.6 million people subscribes to a news publication. Of that 20 percent, 48% subscribe to Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s newspaper of record and the only national subscription newspaper in the country. The Reuters Institute also...
Posted: October 21, 2021, 6:08 pm

Vox Media has built a visual way to experience podcasts. It’s accessible to deaf audiences — and gorgeous.

You listen to a podcast. That’s the only option, right? For their new show More Than This, Vox Media set out to create a podcast that could also be seen and felt. The result was an “immersive transcript” that’s accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences. More Than This, hosted by author and 2BG...
Posted: October 21, 2021, 6:06 pm

More mice, fewer breakthroughs: How to avoid bad headlines on stories about health and medical research

Headlines usually are the first part of a news article people see — and, often, the only thing they read before sharing a story on social media. That’s why well-crafted headlines are critical. Incorrect, incomplete or misleading headlines spread misinformation. Bad headlines on stories about health and medical research can be especially harmful considering many people make...
Posted: October 21, 2021, 1:00 pm

How the ICIJ made sense of 11.9 million documents to publish the Pandora Papers

When a new investigation drops bearing the name of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the world generally pays attention. The ICIJ’s sweeping projects have spanned continents and dealt with vast document sets with a scope so broad — in many cases, tens of millions of records — they’re hard to conceptualize. The nonprofit’s projects […]

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Posted: October 21, 2021, 11:45 am

What will we call Facebook next? And will it change anything?

So, what do you think? FaceSpace? MyBook? BookFace? Squid Game? Facebook with a line through it? Like this: Facebook. Facebook is changing its name. But can it change its reputation? First, the big news. The Verge’s Alex Heath reported late Tuesday night that Facebook will change its name next week in a rebranding of the […]

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Posted: October 21, 2021, 11:30 am

John King talks about the ‘mistake’ of keeping his multiple sclerosis diagnosis a secret

In Wednesday’s newsletter, I wrote how CNN’s John King revealed on air that he has multiple sclerosis. King joined CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday to talk about his illness, and said he had not planned on announcing it on air, but felt the need to when talking about the importance of people getting vaccinated against […]

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Posted: October 21, 2021, 11:29 am

How the 2020 election sparked a new kind of journalism

This article was co-published with Votebeat. One year ago this week, Americans’ anxiety and uncertainty about the 2020 election was already inching upward when Donald Trump propagated the lie that mail-ballot fraud could cost him his victory and as far-right media began a movement called Stop the Steal. Also one year ago, a group of […]

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Posted: October 21, 2021, 11:00 am

FDA approves mixing vaccine brands for boosters

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. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a big leap toward making COVID-19 booster shots available to […]

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Posted: October 21, 2021, 10:00 am

It’s time to create an alternative path into a journalism career

I. Some journalism debates will never die. “Are bloggers journalists?” “Is objectivity achievable, just a goal to strive toward, or dumb?” And the classic: “Journalism school: worthwhile investment or giant scam?” It’s that last one that flared up a few weeks back with the publication of a story in The Wall Street Journal that noted,...
Posted: October 20, 2021, 7:51 pm

The New York Times hopes to hook listeners on audio. Will a new standalone app do the trick?

When The New York Times went on an audio-centric shopping spree in 2020 — purchasing the longform-focused app Audm and the podcasting company Serial Productions — people guessed a paid audio product might be in the works. The Times’ own Ben Smith noted that shows like Serial and This American Life, if packaged with other...
Posted: October 20, 2021, 7:37 pm

New report shows news consumers may need publishers to label their content more clearly

Impartiality and objectivity are key ideals that the general public wants to see in media outlets, according to a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and based on a survey by JV Consulting. The survey, which was based on focus groups, interviews, and diaries, was conducted with participants in four...
Posted: October 20, 2021, 4:36 pm

Lauded “local news co-op” shuts down without warning, leaving its co-owners in the dark

Akron, Ohio’s “community-owned magazine,” The Devil Strip, gained attention for its unusual business model: It claimed to be the “first community-owned local news cooperative in the United States.” It was a model built on community trust — which made it extra-surprising when, on Monday, The Devil Strip’s staff announced on social media that the site had...
Posted: October 19, 2021, 6:57 pm

“Think of it as a Kickstarter tote bag but much, much better”: Dirt, an entertainment newsletter, is funding itself with NFTs, not subscriptions

Writers Daisy Alioto and Kyle Chayka are known for their work on aesthetics and the internet: After its initial publisher fell through, Alioto self-published a longread essay entitled “What is Lifestyle?” looking at how we live has been affected by the internet; Chayka writes a weekly column for The New Yorker about digital culture. Sitting...
Posted: October 19, 2021, 2:44 pm

Travel writer Sarah Khan’s next destination is a top editing job in Dubai — and making travel media more inclusive

October has been a good month for Sarah Khan. Her essay “In the City of Saints” about Harar, Ethiopia was selected for The Best American Travel Writing 2021. She also received an honorable mention from the Society of American Travel Writers for Travel Writer of the Year. Khan, an Indian American travel writer, recently started...
Posted: October 18, 2021, 1:27 pm

How A/B testing can (and can’t) improve your headline writing

What makes a good headline? Over-the-top superlatives? Clever wordplay? Eye-popping numbers? Newsrooms grapple with this question on a daily basis. Headline writing is an art, a careful balance of both creatively informing the reader and also piquing their curiosity enough to click. But over the last few years headline writing has gotten a lot more...
Posted: October 18, 2021, 1:00 pm

Apple is becoming a bigger player in digital advertising, risking antitrust action and its image

By this point, I would hope that we’re all properly cynical enough to take Google and Facebook’s philosophical statements about digital advertising with a grain of salt. (Or maybe an entire mine’s worth of it.) “We don’t allow ads to be displayed on our results pages unless they are relevant where they are shown.” Oh,...
Posted: October 18, 2021, 12:46 pm

Higher ed and public radio are enmeshed. So what happens when the culture wars come?

For many who are concerned about declines in local news, shoring up the existing journalism infrastructure for public media in communities seems like a no-duh solution. But it is important to approach, eyes-wide-open, any solution for journalism that involves government, public money, or public institutions. The political fight over public media is often framed in...
Posted: October 14, 2021, 4:39 pm

The view from here: Rethinking what local news can and should be

Local news organizations are rethinking their relationships with the communities they serve, from deploying new messaging platforms that deliver news to overhauling their reporting practices, editors told ProPublica in a series of recent conversations. Amid increased polarization and a pandemic in which misinformation has spread as fast as the virus, editors in Atlanta, Phoenix and...
Posted: October 14, 2021, 4:00 pm

New report highlights how Black media outlets center and amplify issues of importance to Black communities

Black media outlets publish on issues of importance to Black communities much more often — as many as six times as much — than other outlets. That’s among the top findings of a new report published last week by the Black Media Initiative of the Center for Community Media at the City University of New...
Posted: October 14, 2021, 3:59 pm

Axios launches paid memberships for its local newsletters

Axios has launched a membership program for some of its local newsletters. The suggested contributions, listed on new city-specific sites, range from $50 to $500 per year. Those who join will get “quarterly exclusive newsletters” and Axios “may host members-only events and give birthday shout-outs” in the future. Axios Local general manager Ted Williams said...
Posted: October 13, 2021, 6:57 pm

These competitors joined forces to allow readers to use a single login across their news sites

It started on a fancy boat. Three years ago, media executives from Switzerland’s largest media companies were gathered on a lake for an annual conversation about the news industry. They were worried about the looming battles over third-party cookies and losing ground in the advertising market. They wanted to find ways to work together to...
Posted: October 13, 2021, 2:08 pm

Media consolidation and algorithms make Facebook a bad place for sharing local news, study finds

The combination of local news outlets being bought out by bigger media conglomerates and the ever-present influence of social media in helping spread news seems to have created a new phenomenon, according to a new study: Issues of importance to local audiences are being drowned out in favor of harder-hitting news pieces with national relevance....
Posted: October 13, 2021, 1:00 pm

Here’s why The Continent asked its readers if it should accept an advertising deal

In the August 28 edition of The Continent, a weekly digital newspaper that covers news across the African continent, the editors asked the readers: Should The Continent accept an advertising deal from a bank? Nieman Lab readers may remember reading about The Continent here recently. It’s a digital publication that launched in April 2020. Each...
Posted: October 12, 2021, 1:34 pm

Nobel Peace Prize for journalists serves as a reminder that the freedom of the press is under threat

Thirty-two years ago next month, I was in Germany reporting on the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event then heralded as a triumph of Western democratic liberalism and even “the end of history.” But democracy isn’t doing so well across the globe now. Nothing underscores how far we have come from that moment of...
Posted: October 11, 2021, 10:00 pm

When Facebook went down this week, traffic to news sites went up

On August 3, 2018, Facebook went down for 45 minutes. That’s a little baby outage compared to the one this week, when, on October 4, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were down for more than five hours. Three years ago, the 45-minute Facebook break was enough to get people to go read news elsewhere, Chartbeat‘s Josh...
Posted: October 7, 2021, 5:34 pm

Local news blues: The employees of small newspapers see a bleak future, this survey says

Small newspapers, with circulations under 50,000, make up the vast majority of newspapers in the U.S. And the majority of their employees are pessimistic about these papers’ futures, a report out Thursday from Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism shows. Researchers Damian Radcliffe and Ryan Wallace conducted their survey online between August 4, 2020, and...
Posted: October 7, 2021, 4:46 pm

Paying people to be more mindful of the truth is not a sure bet to accuracy, study finds

People fall for easy falsehoods even when they’re told they’ll earn money for answering correctly, according to the results of a new study published in pre-print form (meaning the study has yet to be peer-reviewed). The concept behind the finding is known as illusory truth, which is the idea that repeating false claims makes them more...
Posted: October 7, 2021, 2:41 pm

“Interesting if true”: A factor that helps explain why people share misinformation

A note before we start: We want to write about books, too, and we need your help! We’re interested in including short summaries of books based on academic research into news and journalism, and we’d love to have our readers contribute. So if you’ve read an academic book on news or journalism that’s come out...
Posted: October 6, 2021, 3:11 pm

The rise of dark web design: How sites manipulate you into clicking

The vast majority of websites you visit now greet you with a pop-up. This annoying impediment to your seamless web browsing is called the “cookie banner,” and it’s there to secure your consent, as per online privacy laws, for websites to retain information about you between browsing sessions. The cookie banner purports to offer you a...
Posted: October 6, 2021, 12:49 pm

How news publishers are turning casual, infrequent readers into paying subscribers

With a pandemic, U.S. presidential election, and other high-interest news events in the last year, publishers enjoyed a surge of interest from readers who aren’t necessarily news hounds in 2020. Retaining light readers — “casual, infrequent, and picky consumers of news” — are key to a viable subscription business, according to a new report from...
Posted: October 5, 2021, 7:58 pm

The Daily Mail turned this guy’s tweet thread into a column without asking him first

On Tuesday Adam Wagner, a British human rights lawyer and law professor, wrote a tweet thread in response to a BBC article (“Priti Patel outlines measures to curtail disruptive activists’ travel“). Here’s the eight-tweet thread: This is a highly illiberal measure. Preventing people exercising their free-speech rights in advance because they are ‘disruptive’ is fraught...
Posted: October 5, 2021, 4:59 pm

This is why you always wait for the post-credits scene: Ozy changes its mind and claims it’s still alive

I can see Carlos Watson’s thinking — no, really, I can. It’s a damned shame, he must be thinking, that — after so many years of fake claims, about fake audiences and fake scoops and fake TV deals and fake YouTube executives — Ozy was now truly part of the zeitgeist. People were talking about...
Posted: October 4, 2021, 7:13 pm

How a conservative comic became the most popular late-night host on TV

In August 2021, Fox News’ “Gutfeld!,” a late-night comedy-talk show hosted by right-wing pundit Greg Gutfeld, overtook “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in overall ratings. Surprised? We weren’t. As media and comedy scholars, we’ve been tracking the recent ascension of right-wing comedy, which has flourished thanks to shifts in media industry economics and political ideologies. Gutfeld’s...
Posted: October 4, 2021, 1:00 pm

Chicago Public Media is exploring a deal to acquire the Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Public Media, home of NPR station WBEZ, could change the fate of one of the city’s two daily newspapers. On Wednesday, Chicago Public Media’s board of directors signed off on a “non-binding letter of intent” to pursue the acquisition of the Chicago Sun-Times, the second largest newspaper in circulation in the city after the...
Posted: September 30, 2021, 8:48 pm

Tuning out after your party wins: Local election results and local news consumption are linked, a study finds

One of the surprising effects of a local election — specifically a gubernatorial election — seems to be that the demand for the local newspaper associated with the winning candidate’s party goes down after the election. Or so a new study finds. The work builds on previous research from Allison Archer, an assistant professor in...
Posted: September 30, 2021, 4:02 pm

Best Wet Grinders for Indian Cooking in 2020

Back in the day, it took a lot more time and effort to prepare dough for a regular home meal. Once the dough is mixed and stirred, it had to sit for hours in order to become ready. Today, however, with the modern touch of technology, home cooks use a very handy little machine called […]

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Posted: July 14, 2020, 12:50 pm

Top Electric Potato Peelers in 2020

No matter whether you cook food for your family or are a professional chef, efficiency is crucial while working in the kitchen.  All you look forward to while cooking is to make delicious dishes effortlessly. Many find the task of peeling potatoes time-consuming. But when you have an electric potato peeler, you can have them […]

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Posted: July 14, 2020, 12:23 pm

Tronc Eviscerates New York Daily News With 50% Staff Cut

The cure for the newspaper  industry’s ills was once thought to be a “hyper-local” focus, but that’s not proving to be the salve for New York City, which is suffering an unprecedented decline in local news coverage. The latest casualty is the New York  Daily News, which on Monday said it would cut its newsroom staff […]
Posted: July 24, 2018, 11:54 pm

Crowdsourcing History With Global Newspaper Archive Search

The United States Holocaust Museum is conducting an interesting exercise in crowdsourced research using newspaper archives from the 1930s and 40s. Called “History Unfolded,”, the project asks students, teachers and anyone else who’s interested to look in local newspapers for accounts of 34 different Holocaust-era events that took place in the U. S. and Europe, […]
Posted: May 24, 2018, 2:20 pm

Google Pledges $300 Million to Support Quality Journalism

With the media world buzzing about the fake news engine that is Cambridge Analytica, news about a new Google initiative to support quality journalism might easily be overlooked. The multi-faceted investment covers everything from website analytics tuned to the needs of publishers to machine learning tools that identify potential subscribers. Of particular note is Subscribe with […]
Posted: March 21, 2018, 5:29 pm

Why Facebook Was So Easily Gamed

“Research has shown that the downside of powerful, centralized networks is their susceptibility to being subverted and exploited,” writes The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Mims in a fascinating analysis of why social networks, which were supposed to challenge hierarchy, have reinforced it instead. Delving into network theory, Mims explains why networks that start out with […]
Posted: February 20, 2018, 4:13 pm

#FakeNews: Facebook Isn't a Media Company

Despite a Pew Research study‘s finding last year that two-thirds of Facebook users rely on the site for news, the COO of the world’s largest social network insists that Facebook isn’t a media company. “At our heart we’re a tech company… we don’t hire journalists,” Sheryl Sandberg told Axios. Although Sandberg admitted that her company […]
Posted: October 19, 2017, 4:21 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