sp_AddNewsStory 'From newsroom to newsletter: How local journalists are DIYing important coverage via email','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/59eZsLuAl7U/','Cari Wade Gervin had a story that needed to be reported, and nobody else was going to do it. After two decades working in journalism, she had lost her job at a Tennessee alt-weekly in 2018 and turned to freelancing. She had found a story that involved the office of the state’s speaker of the...',69,0,121,'10/21/2019 2:21:00 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Watch your URL: Local news outlets have to ward off more politically-funded local competitors ahead of 2020','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/vwA7sVVHwtQ/','A local journalist has uncovered a network of dozens of masquerading local news sites pushed by a conservative consultant — and it’s not the first time. As local news becomes less profitable as a commercial business (and re-spun as more of a public good) but still retains high levels of trust, some political players see...',69,0,121,'10/21/2019 1:12:46 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Apple should do for news in Safari on mobile what Google has done for news in Chrome','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/LuZyYhT8lXo/','This brief piece by Bradley Chambers at the Apple-centric website 9to5Mac lists a few things that he thinks could be done to improve Safari, the web browser that comes preinstalled on Macs and, more crucially, iPhones and iPads. He proposes switching the default search engine from Google to DuckDuckGo — unlikely given that Google pays...',69,0,121,'10/21/2019 10:29:36 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'The Washington Post now offers 20 weeks of paid parental leave; here’s what other U.S. news orgs provide','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/Sr3JRLUdAIM/','The Washington Post is making its paid parental leave policy much more generous: It will expand it from four paid weeks to 20 as of January 1, 2020, for all new parents, whether or not they gave birth. 💯🚨💯🚨The Washington Post just changed it’s parental leave policy: Now each parent gets 20 weeks — five...',69,0,121,'10/18/2019 11:33:33 AM'

Rejecting for relevancy match:How the Tow Center monitored closed WhatsApp groups during the Indian election. Since private messages on WhatsApp are encrypted, most research on the platform has focused on public groups — leaving massive amounts of information unexplored. But researchers from Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism found a way around that: They joined private groups related...sp_AddNewsStory '“Publishers are going to live or die based on their relationship with readers”: How Quartz is rethinking its membership offerings','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/hOAcbOGBmFQ/','It has been a bumpy stretch for Quartz, one of the most lauded digital news startups of the past decade. Not long after the Atlantic Media site was sold for $86 million to Japanese company Uzabase, web traffic started going in the wrong direction. Quartz says its monthly uniques were down 11 percent year over...',69,0,121,'10/17/2019 1:57:40 PM'

Rejecting for relevancy match:The Los Angeles Times Guild was created out of burner phones and data journalism two years ago. (See the how-to lightning talk from NICAR 2018.) After the establishment of the union drove former Tronc bossman Michael Ferro to offload the paper to local ownership — and then 15 months of negotiations — the guild and...sp_AddNewsStory 'ProPublica and The Texas Tribune are teaming up on a full-time, Texas-focused investigative news unit','http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NiemanJournalismLab/~3/tjWpMyyB7uI/','ProPublica has funded or collaborated on investigative news reporting with well over 100 other outlets, and launched it its first state-level expansion in Illinois in 2017. But the partnership it announced Tuesday night with The Texas Tribune is a first for both outlets: They’re jointly launching a Texas-focused, permanent investigative reporting unit with 11 full-time...',69,0,121,'10/16/2019 1:07:56 PM'
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sp_AddNewsStory 'Dow Closes Down 256, Nasdaq Loses 67','https://tvnewscheck.com/article/240240/dow-closes-down-256-nasdaq-loses-67/','Stocks ended lower Friday. Technology companies led the slide, erasing some of the market''s gains from a day earlier. Communication services, industrials and health care stocks also fell, outweighing gains in real estate companies, banks and elsewhere in the market.

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sp_AddNewsStory '‘Thurs. Night Football’ Low, ‘Grey’s Tops Scripted','https://tvnewscheck.com/article/240224/thurs-night-football-low-greys-tops-scripted/','The ABC drama is the only scripted show to get above a 1.0 rating in the demographic in primetime.

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sp_AddNewsStory 'Sinclair Reaches Retrns Deal With AT&T','https://tvnewscheck.com/article/240188/sinclair-reaches-retrns-deal-with-att/','The new carriage contract covers Sinclairs O&Os plus the Tennis Channel, Marquee Sports Network, 21 regional sports networks and the YES Network.

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sp_AddNewsStory 'Sinclair Reaches Retrns Deal With AT&T','https://tvnewscheck.com/article/240188/sinclair-reaches-retrns-deal-with-att/','The new carriage contract covers Sinclairs O&Os plus the Tennis Channel, Marquee Sports Network, 21 regional sports networks and the YES Network.

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sp_AddNewsStory '‘Axios on HBO’ and ‘The Weekly’ are must-watch shows this week, plus McClatchy plans 1% staff cuts','https://www.poynter.org/newsletters/2019/axios-on-hbo-and-the-weekly-are-must-watch-shows-this-week-plus-mcclatchy-plans-1-staff-cuts/','The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. Good Monday morning. Another round of layoffs have hit a major newspaper chain. I’ll get to that in a moment, but first, must-watch Sunday night TV. There’s so much to love from ‘Axios on HBO’ “Axios on HBO” […] The post ‘Axios on HBO’ and ‘The Weekly’ are must-watch shows this week, plus McClatchy plans 1% staff cuts appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'10/21/2019 8:32:32 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'This is what a fake water shortage in the middle of a political crisis looks like','https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2019/this-is-what-a-fake-water-shortage-in-the-middle-of-a-political-crisis-looks-like/','The post This is what a fake water shortage in the middle of a political crisis looks like appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'10/21/2019 7:45:56 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Did this office take a group selfie with a dead guy?','https://www.poynter.org/tfcn/tfcn-feature/2019/did-this-office-take-a-group-selfie-with-a-dead-guy/','The post Did this office take a group selfie with a dead guy? appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'10/20/2019 2:20:53 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Are cotton totes bad for the environment?','https://www.poynter.org/tfcn/tfcn-feature/2019/are-cotton-totes-bad-for-the-environment/','The post Are cotton totes bad for the environment? appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'10/18/2019 2:12:47 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'How big is Amazon’s carbon footprint?','https://www.poynter.org/tfcn/tfcn-feature/2019/how-big-is-amazons-carbon-footprint/','The post How big is Amazon’s carbon footprint? appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'10/18/2019 2:00:33 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Do all the batteries on Earth store just 10 minutes of our electricity needs?','https://www.poynter.org/tfcn/2019/do-all-the-batteries-on-earth-store-just-10-minutes-of-our-electricity-needs/','The post Do all the batteries on Earth store just 10 minutes of our electricity needs? appeared first on Poynter .',67,0,121,'10/18/2019 1:43:18 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Sullivan: The Media has Turned a Corner and is Normalizing Trump Less. It’s About Time.','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/sullivan-the-media-has-turned-a-corner-and-is-normalizing-trump-less-its-about-time/','Although it drew little notice, Richard Engel’s report from northern Syria on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” struck me as stunning.',66,0,121,'10/21/2019 5:48:16 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'The Colorado Sun, One Year After the ‘Denver Rebellion’','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/the-colorado-sun-one-year-after-the-denver-rebellion/','On a Thursday Evening last month, journalists from The Colorado Sun gathered with hundreds of supporters in a downtown Denver brewery',66,0,121,'10/21/2019 5:45:48 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'From Newsroom to Newsletter: How Local Journalists are DIYing Important Coverage Via Email','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/from-newsroom-to-newsletter-how-local-journalists-are-diying-important-coverage-via-email/','Cari Wade Gervin had a story that needed to be reported, and nobody else was going to do it. After two',66,0,121,'10/21/2019 5:42:05 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Journalist Resigns in Protest as Al Jazeera Pulls Oligarch Investigation','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/journalist-resigns-in-protest-as-al-jazeera-pulls-oligarch-investigation/','Al Jazeera is at the centre of a row over its decision to pull an investigation into a black propaganda',66,0,121,'10/21/2019 3:00:23 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Huffpost is Reportedly on the Auction Block','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/huffpost-is-reportedly-on-the-auction-block/','Late last night the Financial Times reported that HuffPost, arguably one of the crown jewels of Verizon Media Group’s remaining network',66,0,121,'10/21/2019 2:30:34 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'The America’s Test Kitchen Recipe for Profitable Media','https://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/the-americas-test-kitchen-recipe-for-profitable-media/','Back in 1992, the founders of Cook’s Illustrated were creating a new type of magazine that would focus on the',66,0,121,'10/21/2019 2:00:33 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'The Colorado Sun, one year after the ‘Denver rebellion’','https://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/colorado-sun-anniversary-civil.php','On a Thursday evening last month, journalists from The Colorado Sun gathered with hundreds of supporters in a downtown Denver brewery to bask in the glow of a full year in business. A special craft beer on tap that night was named for the Sun, and the crowd of politicos, businesspeople, and the civic-minded set […]',65,0,121,'10/21/2019 12:05:47 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Will splintering at Fox give rise to new conservative media networks?','https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/fox-shep-smith-conservative-networks.php','The departure of Shepard Smith from Fox News ten days ago , following his on air-feud with Tucker Carlson over “partisanship,” ironically, indicates just how real tensions are within the network. After 23 years with Fox, and a day after yet another tweet from Trump criticizing Smith, he finally parted ways with the network; the starkly contrasting coverage, especially in relation to Trump, between the news and opinion sides had been boiling within the company for months. With Smith’s departure, it spilled over for all to see. What is expected when one side of a network supports any and everything Trump says, while the other attempts to maintain its credibility through reality-based reporting? As Aaron Rupar from Vox noted , viewers can be whipsawed in the same day, on the one hand watching Neil Cavuto make a case for Trump’s impeachment followed by Rudy Giuliani pushing conspiracy theories about Democrats colluding with Ukraine to dig up dirt on Trump after the 2016 election. Trump’s support for the network is as erratic as the coverage itself. A Media Matters survey found that within the week following the emergence of the whistleblower’s complaints, Trump sent 51 tweets or retweets lifting up Fox’s programming or the comments of its employees about the story. Yet in the weeks following, he tweeted that Fox news “doesn’t deliver for US anymore.” As Vox’s Matt Yglesis put it , “If Fox chooses to lie to its audience about what’s happening, that makes it challenging for GOP members to respond to reality rather than to Foxality.” ICYMI:  Paper lands huge story, thanks to a smart copy editor’s brilliant observation If others follow Smith’s steps and leave the network, what will come of a Fox network that continues to act as the mouthpiece for a flailing presidency? Perhaps it will open space for other conservative media to ascend. While Shari Redstone denies rumors that her media company National Amusements would launch a conservative channel to compete with Fox, she has been in contact with current and former Fox employees recently, including Megyn Kelly. Also, following Redstone’s merger of Viacom and CBS in August, Viacom-owned PlutoTV did a soft launch of a conservative news show called The First last week. Read more on the splintering between Trump and the media: On October 17, marchers gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington in protest of the ongoing impeachment inquiry tore into Shep Smith and cheered his departure from Fox news. “I’m glad he’s gone… He didn’t like [President] Trump,” says Diane Finer, a 61-year-old Florida resident. Brett Kokkinadis, 39, of New Mexico, said “He doesn’t fit, he’s left-leaning, he’s a socialist, he’s against the president.” But that support could be faltering . While originally viewed as the new driving force of the conservative agenda, Trump has become increasingly difficult to support in the wake of scandal after scandal. “The Constitution’s framers envisioned America’s political leaders as bound by a devotion to country above all else. That’s why all elected officials take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. By protecting Donald Trump at all costs from all consequences, the Republicans risk violating that sacred oath” writes Philip Rucker. Other notable stories:  The State Department probe of Hillary Clinton emails finds no deliberate mishandling of classified information . This report seems to settle the controversy surrounding the 2016 election that Clinton cited as a key factor in her loss to President Trump. In an opinion piece in the Washington Post , Mitch McConnell writes, “Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake. It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances.” After an outpouring of criticism, President Trump agrees to change the location of the G7 meeting . It was originally to be hosted at Trump’s own luxury gold club near Miami.',65,0,121,'10/21/2019 8:05:41 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Tracking journalist stoppages at the US border','https://www.cjr.org/analysis/border-journalists-cbp.php','Earlier this month, Ben Watson, a news editor for Defense One, an Atlantic Media site, found himself the subject of an uncomfortable interview. He was held up at passport control in Dulles International Airport by a Customs and Border Protection officer, who repeatedly asked him, “You write propaganda, right?” Watson was allowed to pass only […]',65,0,121,'10/21/2019 6:58:58 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Podcast: Carlotta Gall reports on the war behind the wall','https://www.cjr.org/podcast/podcast-gall-turkey-syria-war-erdogan-trump.php','Carlotta Gall, Istanbul bureau chief for the New York Times, spent her summer reporting on whether Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president, would invade Syria. This week, Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, talks to Gall about how she and her colleagues have covered Turkey and Syria as the conflict has unfolded. The Turks bombed […]',65,0,121,'10/18/2019 1:07:06 PM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Zuckerberg wants to eat his free-speech cake and have it too','https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/zuckerberg-free-speech.php','Facebook’s relationship to speech is complicated. The giant social network routinely takes down hate speech provided it meets certain criteria (although critics say it misses a lot more), along with gratuitous nudity, and other content that breaches its “community standards.” And it hides or “down-ranks” misinformation, although only in certain categories, such as anti-vaccination campaigns. But it refuses to do anything about obvious disinformation in political content, including political ads, saying it doesn’t want to be an arbiter of truth. One of the most interesting things about Mark Zuckerberg’s speech Thursday at Georgetown University was listening to the Facebook CEO try to justify these conflicting decisions. The speech, which was livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube and published in the Wall Street Journal , was at times a passionate defense of unfettered free speech, and how it played a crucial role in social movements like the Vietnam War and the civil-rights era. If nothing else, Zuckerberg’s emotional investment in this idea came through, despite some awkward phrasing (he wrote the speech himself, and wouldn’t let anyone see or edit it because he wanted to “maximize for sincerity,” according to a Facebook source). Zuckerberg warned about a number of countries that are moving to restrict speech, and even trying to censor speech that occurs elsewhere on the internet, and his voice became almost strident as he talked about the repressive regime in China (a market Facebook has repeatedly tried to enter ) and the fact that most of the top internet services used to be American, but now six of the top 10 are Chinese. “While our services, like WhatsApp, are used by protesters and activists everywhere due to strong encryption and privacy protections, on TikTok mentions of these protests are censored, even in the US,” Zuckerberg said . “Is that the internet we want?” ICYMI: Mark Zuckerberg seemed “genuinely peeved” during an interview  But the Facebook CEO also defended the network’s decision not to fact-check political ads, despite the fact that the Trump campaign has already used its ad campaigns to circulate lies about Joe Biden and his alleged involvement in corruption in Ukraine. “We don’t fact-check political ads, because we think people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying,” Zuckerberg said. “I know many people disagree, but, in general, I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy.” The Facebook founder also noted that similar ads appear on other services, and also run on analog TV networks. “I don’t think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100 percent true,” Zuckerberg said , despite having just described how the social network routinely takes down or down-ranks misinformation of various kinds. In many ways, as New York Times writer Mike Isaac put it , the Facebook CEO’s speech seemed like “an optimist’s defense of the internet—or the internet as defined by Facebook.” During questioning after the event (where questions were carefully moderated in advance) Zuckerberg admitted the company made a mistake by not acting more quickly in Myanmar, where Facebook was weaponized by anti-Muslim forces as part of a campaign of vicious attacks on the Rohingya community. But he maintained that “people having the power to express themselves at scale is a new kind of force in the world—a fifth estate alongside the other power structures of society,” and that while he understands the concerns about tech platforms like his and their power, “the much bigger story is how much these platforms have decentralized power by putting it directly into people’s hands.” Jillian York, international director of freedom of expression for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, called the Facebook CEO’s speech “23 minutes of contradictions, unsubstantiated postulations, and a Cliff Notes version of free speech history.” At one point, Zuckerberg drew a direct line between the freedom fighting of Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King and the kind of free expression he says he’s committed to at Facebook. It’s an analogy that likely came as a shock to many of the marginalized groups that have either been censored by the social network or harassed and victimized by it. But as far as Zuckerberg is concerned, we’re all on the same side. “We can continue to stand for free expression, understanding its messiness, believing that the long journey towards greater progress requires confronting ideas that challenge us, or we can decide the cost is simply too great,” he said . As always when it comes to Facebook, the question is the cost for whom? Here’s more on Facebook and free speech: Destroying democracy : In an op-ed in the New York Times, Matt Stoller — a fellow at the Open Markets Institute and the author of Goliath: The Hundred Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy , says that tech companies like Facebook are destroying democracy and the free press because “advertising revenue that used to support journalism is now captured by Google and Facebook, and some of that money supports and spreads fake news.” Lots of pain, little gain : Kurt Wagner notes in a piece for Bloomberg that political ads seem to be more trouble than they are worth for Facebook, since they account for such a tiny portion of the company’s revenue, but spark controversy when they don’t get fact-checked. Alex Stamos, former head of security for Facebook, said on Twitter that not running political ads at all might be a smart decision, “except that the politicians who are loudest about FB’s ad policies have also benefited immensely from the platform and would flip out.” Oversight not enough : In his speech, Zuckerberg talked about the “oversight board” the social network is planning to create, in which outside advisors would be able to overrule the company’s decisions on content. But in an op-ed for the Harvard Business Review , disinformation researcher and former Facebook staffer Dipayan Ghosh said that the board isn’t an effective solution to the company’s moderation problems because the underlying problem is “the business model behind the company’s platforms itself.” Calling the shots : Judd Legum, an investigative reporter who publishes a progressive newsletter called Popular Information, says one of the problems with Facebook is the fact that the network bends over backwards to please right-wing groups. The main reason it does this, Legum argues , is that several senior executives at the company are former high-level Republican operatives, including Joel Kaplan, director of global public policy and a former deputy White House chief of staff under president George W. Bush. Other notable stories : Despite a memo sent to all New York Times staffers earlier this year by standards editor Phil Corbett, articles in the newspaper routinely fail to link to competitors who have written or broken news stories about similar topics, a Vice report notes . “I think that a big problem is that there are still editors who like…do not get the online etiquette of linking,” one Times employee told Vice. “I wish you great luck in shaming people out of this policy.” According to a report in the Wall Street Journal , a review of nearly 170,000 tweets, plus analysis from expert information warfare researchers, shows that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was the target of what appears to be a coordinated harassment campaign after a tweet on Oct. 4 (since deleted) that set off an international furor about the anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Fake news stories about Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau that appear to be designed to weaken his political support continue to circulate on Facebook as the country approaches a national election, according to iPolitics . The stories are posted by a site called The Buffalo Chronicle that pretends to be a newspaper. A spokesman for Facebook said “misinformation does not violate our community standards. We don’t have a rule that says everything you post needs to be true.” The Miami Herald is partnering with the Miami Foundation to launch an  Investigative Journalism Fund  that it says will nearly double the size of the paper’s investigative team. The company’s says its goal is to raise $1.5 million for reporting efforts spread over three years, adding two full-time reporters, a data visualization specialist, a videographer and an editor to its existing team. The Herald says it plans to launch the Investigative Journalism Fund as soon as it reaches $500,000 in donations. Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes is launching an “anti-monopoly fund” with a donation of $10 million, according to a report in the Washington Post . Hughes and the organization he co-chairs, the Economic Security Project, said the fund will be backed by a series of high-profile philanthropies, including the George Soros-financed Open Society Foundations and the Omidyar Network, created by the founder of eBay. The fund will go towards researchers and grassroots groups fighting against monopolies that have too much market power. New York Times writer Thomas Edsall says Donald Trump is winning the political marketing war because “the technical superiority and sophistication of the president’s digital campaign is a hidden advantage of incumbency.” According to the report, the Trump re-election machine has spent $15.9 million on Facebook and Google advertising this year, more than was spent by the top three Democratic candidates combined. Marc Benioff, the owner of Time magazine and CEO of Salesforce, writes in an op-ed for Time that “the very technologies and social media platforms that were supposed to bring us together have been used to sow division and undermine our democracy,” and that he bought the news magazine from its previous owners because “we need journalism to elevate humanity.” There have been high hopes that artificial intelligence might be able to flag disinformation, but two new research reports show that current machine-learning models aren’t yet up to the task of distinguishing false news reports, according to a report from Axios . “If you create for yourself an easy target, you can win at that target,” said MIT professor Regina Barzilay. “But it still doesn’t bring you any closer to separating fake news from real news.” When ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl asked Donald Trump a question about his Syria strategy at a recent news conference, the president took the opportunity to criticize Karl and his network for running video footage that ABC said showed violence at the border with Turkey, but which turned out to have been filmed in Kentucky. “You shouldn’t be showing buildings blowing up in Kentucky and saying it’s Syria, because that really is fake news,” Trump said. ICYMI:  Using social media to uncover a black market ‘brand’ linked to vaping illness',65,0,121,'10/18/2019 7:45:44 AM'
sp_AddNewsStory 'Learning from cable news’ Trump-Russia coverage','https://www.cjr.org/analysis/cable-news-trump-russia-ukraine.php','With Donald Trump now facing an impeachment inquiry, cable news is, understandably, all-in on the Ukraine story.  Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, and the whistleblower complaint that stemmed from it, has meant that a national press corps already obsessed with Trump and Russia has also become obsessed with Trump and […]',65,0,121,'10/18/2019 6:58:21 AM'

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