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If Kamala Harris is of Asian descent, why does the press label her Black?
When Kamala Harris was elected San Francisco's new district attorney, journalists described her as the "first black woman" to win the office. But her mother's Asian. The post If Kamala Harris is of Asian descent, why does the press label her Black? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:00:05 PM


Year of Fear, Chapter 25: What will normal mean after COVID-19?
Welcome back to the Year of Fear. Each week until Election Day, CJR and the Delacorte Review will bring you another chapter from one of our four towns. Click here to subscribe to our weekly newsletter. In a year filled with disappointing cancellations, the one that may have stung the most here in McKeesport was the cancellation of […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, August 11, 2020 12:24:48 PM


Op-eds and editorials may be fact-checked, says Facebook
Facebook wants its fact-checking partners and users to know that opinion pieces are not exempt from being fact-checked. Not even if they are framed as op-eds or editorials. In a statement sent to the International Fact-Checking Network Monday night, the company said it wanted to “clarify some confusion” and “presenting something as opinion isnt meant […] The post Op-eds and editorials may be fact-checked, says Facebook appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:00:47 AM


How do you run a fun membership drive in sad pandemic times? Maximum Fun has some ideas
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 269, dated August 11, 2020. Bezos is always there. Seems like some folks have been getting this email lately: Hmm pic.twitter.com/jtVpKkTHUA — Nick Quah (@nwquah) August 10, 2020 Keep this between you and me, though. Its confidential, they said. Since we last left you…...
Nieman Labs at Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:06:30 AM


What I learned covering the climate crisis for 15 years
This column originally appeared in The Cohort, Poynters newsletter by and for women in media. Subscribe here to join this community of trailblazers.  Being a climate journalist has never been so critical. For the past 15 years, Ive been reporting on environmental issues for Noticias Telemundo and I can tell you that this is the most important […] The post What I learned covering the climate crisis for 15 years appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:45:36 AM


Amid an election and an uprising, Belarus cracks down on protesters and journalists
In May, authorities in Belarus arrested Sergei Tikhanovsky, a popular YouTuber who used his videos to shine a light on living conditions in the former Soviet country thats often been called “Europes last dictatorship.” Tikhanovsky had signaled his intention to challenge Alexander Lukashenko , “Europes last dictator,” in an upcoming presidential election. Supporters of Tikhanovsky took to the streets; some brandished slippers in reference to a video in which one of Tikhanovskys interlocutor...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:10:27 AM


Would a Trump loss in November be bad for the media business?
The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. Early in his presidency, Donald Trump insisted that he was the best thing that could happen to The New York Times and other media outlets. Since then, he has often repeated that when he is done being president […] The post Would a Trump loss in November be bad for the media business? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:30:31 AM


Freelancing is more than a pitch. Its a business.
I always knew I wanted to be a freelance journalist. While my classmates were looking at internships and dreaming of large newsrooms in cities across the country, I was poring over magazines, reading bios to see which sections were written by freelancers, which editors had reputations for being gracious with emerging journalists, and creating stacks […] The post Freelancing is more than a pitch. Its a business. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:15:13 AM


On the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima, we learn once again from the work of John Hersey
When I realized that we had marked the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan, my thoughts rushed to a famous book by John Hersey. That work, titled “Hiroshima,” hit me hard as a high school student, and I have written about it several times since then, including in 2016 when President Barack Obama […] The post On the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima, we learn once again from the work of John Hersey appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:00:36 AM


When the news becomes religion
Last year, a week before the end of winter on Staten Island, a blue pickup truck backed into a silver Cadillac Escalade parked outside a tasteful, expensive house with a swimming pool in the backyard on Todt Hill. The Escalades owner was Frank Cali, the alleged boss of New Yorks Gambino crime family, once convicted […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:55:08 AM


Its time for all good people to come to the aid of election offices
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. Journalists could do a lot to raise interest in younger people volunteering to work at polling places […] The post Its time for all good people to come to the aid of election offices appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:00:20 AM


The days of press freedom in Hong Kong seem numbered
The fate of Hong Kong — whether it would retain its status as a relatively democratic and free enclave within Greater China or be pulled more tightly under Beijings authoritarian control — has been a matter of international concern for decades. But the pace of bad news around press freedom has quickened in recent weeks...
Nieman Labs at Monday, August 10, 2020 1:05:18 PM


MSNBC public editor: A strained symbiosis with Obama
Barack Obama and MSNBC have a lot in common. They are rich, sleek, and corporate-friendly. They staff their organizations with urbane meritocrats. Both institutions rely on a kind of soft-focus patriotism that stops shy of nationalism—an American-exceptionalist-lite rhetoric that takes refuge in hope and in appeals to “who we are,” among other superficial aspirational slogans.  […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Monday, August 10, 2020 1:00:43 PM


Stop calling racist rhetoric a dog whistle
Acme Whistles, a company in Birmingham, England, that has been in business since 1870, is known for making top-quality dog whistles. The company sells more than 15 varieties, which emit sounds akin to a construction workers catcall or a football referee signaling off-side. But Acmes site features just one model of a silent dog whistle, […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Monday, August 10, 2020 11:20:03 AM


Joe Biden is about to pick his vice presidential running mate. Will American media mess it up?
The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. “Are you ready?” Thats what Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Sunday when asked by a reporter if he had made his selection for a vice presidential running mate. So whos it going to be? Kamala Harris? Elizabeth […] The post Joe Biden is about to pick his vice presidential running mate. Will American media mess it up? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Monday, August 10, 2020 9:45:04 AM


Why does President Trump react so strongly when challenged by female reporters?
This piece originally appeared in The Poynter Report, our daily newsletter for everyone who cares about the media. Subscribe to The Poynter Report here. President Donald Trump abruptly ended a news conference Saturday when challenged by CBS reporter Paula Reid after Trump, as he has done more than 150 times, bragged about passing the Veterans Choice […] The post Why does President Trump react so strongly when challenged by female reporters? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Monday, August 10, 2020 9:43:59 AM


Abandoning business as usual in coverage of coronavirus relief spending
On Friday, President Trump invited members of his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to attend a press conference there, in apparent violation of the states coronavirus guidelines. The makeshift crowd, Politico s Meridith McGraw writes , wore “pastel-colored polo shirts and golf cleats,” and sounded, at times, “like a sitcom laugh track for the presidents jabs at Democrats and the press.” When a reporter pointed out to Trump that their presence was against New Jersey rules, members jeere...
Columbia Journalism Review at Monday, August 10, 2020 6:55:45 AM


Us Versus Him
With Biden in a basement, the story of the 2020 campaign revolves around Trumps opposition to the American people...
Columbia Journalism Review at Monday, August 10, 2020 5:55:23 AM


Twitter will now label state-controlled media accounts
Twitter is going to start labeling state-run news organizations as such, it announced on Thursday. It will also explicitly label the accounts of those outlets editors-in-chief and their senior staffers, as well as “key government officials, including foreign ministers, institutional entities, ambassadors, official spokespeople, and key diplomatic leaders.” When it comes to conversations with government...
Nieman Labs at Friday, August 7, 2020 11:43:12 AM


Americas most expansive airline magazine
In late 2015—the end of my first year as a full-time freelancer—I got a phone call most writers-for-hire dream of. On the other end of the line was J.K. Nickell, who was then senior editor at Southwest: The Magazine, the in-flight publication for the eponymous airline. Nickell and his staff had recently decided on a […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, August 7, 2020 11:00:55 AM


Stephen Sackur and Interviewing Trump
This week, Jonathan Swans interview with Trump bucked the traditions of deference and White House control that tend to accompany presidential interviews. But should that level of persistence and preparation be so unusual? In the UK, political interviews are not only more combative than in the US, but also more impartial. And more revelatory. Stephen […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, August 7, 2020 10:55:33 AM


Whats up with all the news photos that make beaches look like Covid hotspots?
Misinformation in your backyard. A new report from First Draft looks at online misinformation in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. (The research was supported by Democracy Fund.) First Draft has collected dozens of examples of information disorder playing out via private Facebook groups, text messaging and other platforms. In an echo of national trends,...
Nieman Labs at Friday, August 7, 2020 9:11:19 AM


Another Trump campaign stunt crosses freedom of information
Yesterday, President Trump issued a pair of executive orders aimed at banning “transactions” related to TikTok and WeChat, a pair of popular social-media apps owned, respectively, by the Chinese companies ByteDance and Tencent. The orders are scheduled to take effect forty-four days from today, but its not yet clear what “effect” means. The orders are vaguely worded —they seem intended to block TikTok and WeChat from app stores maintained by US companies, and yet, as is so often the case with...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, August 7, 2020 7:25:44 AM


El Paso Times journalists reflect on Walmart mass shooting and anniversary coverage
On Aug. 3, 2019, an alleged white supremacist shot and killed people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Twenty-three people died and many were injured in what was described as the deadliest attack on Latinos in modern U.S. history. At the forefront of coverage were the journalists of the El Paso Times, part of […] The post El Paso Times journalists reflect on Walmart mass shooting and anniversary coverage appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, August 7, 2020 6:45:22 AM


Stop using officer-involved shooting
In the summer of 1972, The Independent Press-Telegram published a long profile of eight homicide detectives in the Long Beach Police Department. In it, a reporter asks the detectives if they have any function beyond investigating murder. “A few,” one replies. “Such as cases involving attempted murder, officer-involved shootings, mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, August 7, 2020 6:36:22 AM


President Trump lashes out at Twitter, Facebook and, sadly, China
The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. “Almost immune.” Those were the words of President Donald Trump when talking about kids and the coronavirus during an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday. The claim seemed outrageous almost as soon as he said it. Which […] The post President Trump lashes out at Twitter, Facebook and, sadly, China appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, August 7, 2020 6:30:18 AM


Used car prices are spiking during the coronavirus pandemic
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. Now is a pretty good time to sell your used car and not so great a time […] The post Used car prices are spiking during the coronavirus pandemic appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, August 7, 2020 5:00:35 AM


In the arena: Ken Doctor is moving from “media analyst” to “media CEO” with Lookout, his plan for qu
The easiest way to criticize a journalist is to point out the distance between their position and the subject theyre writing about. How can you be an education reporter if you dont have kids or pay property taxes? You think you can write about football, but you cant even throw a spiral! You bike to...
Nieman Labs at Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:48:06 PM


Reversing a decade-long trend, Gannett plans to grow its newsroom staffs in the second half of 2020
As Gannett plans for continued COVID-related revenue pressure for the balance of the year, permanent expense reductions are in the works — but no newsroom layoffs. In fact, some staffing increases are coming at both USA Today and the companys network of 260 regional dailies, Mike Reed, Gannetts CEO, told me in an interview Thursday. […] The post Reversing a decade-long trend, Gannett plans to grow its newsroom staffs in the second half of 2020 appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:53:31 PM


How will we remember the people weve lost to the coronavirus?
This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter devoted to the telling stories of local journalists. Want to be part of the conversation? You can subscribe here.  A week or so ago, while driving with my daughter, I started mentally writing my own obituary. My ears were clogged. My throat was starting to hurt. […] The post How will we remember the people weve lost to the coronavirus? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, August 6, 2020 10:27:42 AM


People who engage with false news are hyper-concerned about truth. But they think its being hidden.
When we think about disinformation, we tend to focus on narratives. 5G causes coronavirus. Bill Gates is trying to depopulate the planet. Were being controlled by lizards. But while narratives are concerning and compelling, there is another way of thinking about online disinformation. All narratives, no matter how bizarre, are an expression of something that...
Nieman Labs at Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:24:00 AM


The tech titans appeared before Congress—now what?
Last week, the chief executives of the four major tech platforms—Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook—appeared before Congress (virtually, at least) as part of a year-long investigation into whether antitrust regulators need to take action against any or all of them for anti-competitive behavior. Was the hearing mostly a sideshow, or was it a sign that […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Thursday, August 6, 2020 6:50:33 AM


Remembering the legendary Pete Hamill, New York Citys “poet laureate”
The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. The headline to describe Pete Hamill in the New York Daily News — the paper where Hamill worked for so many years — was impeccable. They called him a “legendary journalist and author.” Using “legendary” to describe anyone […] The post Remembering the legendary Pete Hamill, New York Citys “poet laureate” appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, August 6, 2020 6:30:50 AM


In poor rural communities, the coronavirus raises particular challenges
Reflecting upon the challenges our nation faces in responding to the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on racial and ethnic minorities and the poor, I think back to a moment when a single person changed my perspective. More than 15 years ago, I was deputy chief of staff to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. We met […] The post In poor rural communities, the coronavirus raises particular challenges appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, August 6, 2020 6:15:58 AM


Why claims of hypocrisy work in the spread of misinformation
Factually is a newsletter about fact-checking and accountability journalism, from Poynters International Fact-Checking Network & the American Press Institutes Accountability Project. Sign up here How hoaxers use hypocrisy   Weve long known that disinformation preys on intense emotional response. Tommy Shane writing for First Draft in June laid out the myriad ways our psychology can be […] The post Why claims of hypocrisy work in the spread of misinformation appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, August 6, 2020 6:00:58 AM


The system is failing Mexican journalists. Heres how theyre fighting back.
Si quiere leer este artículo en español, haga clic aquí. A vanilla-infused breeze causes fragile palms to sway and wave along the streets of Papantla, a municipality in northern Veracruz, Mexico. Other than the occasional passerby photographing mural-covered buildings or the buzz of a motorcyclist emitting puffs of exhaust, this quiet town in the countrys […] The post The system is failing Mexican journalists. Heres how theyre fighting back. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:45:11 AM


What is tuition insurance? Does it cover coronavirus-related issues?
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. College tuition is often nonrefundable, so this year, students and parents are considering whether they should buy […] The post What is tuition insurance? Does it cover coronavirus-related issues? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:00:39 AM


News industry analyst turned entrepreneur Ken Doctor launches a local news site in Santa Cruz
As promised last fall, Ken Doctor is turning from reporting and analyzing the trials of the local news industry to creating Lookout Local, an ambitious digital site serving his home county of Santa Cruz, California. Doctor told me he has startup grants of $2.5 million and plans to begin with eight to 10 reporters, six […] The post News industry analyst turned entrepreneur Ken Doctor launches a local news site in Santa Cruz appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, August 6, 2020 4:00:44 AM


Advertising revenue at The New York Times plummets, but digital subscription gains are the best ever
The New York Times reported Wednesday that advertising revenue in the second quarter fell by 43.6% compared to the same period last year. Digital advertising was down 32% and print 55%. With Tribune Publishing reporting results later Wednesday and Gannett Thursday morning, we will get a read on whether the Times may have been harder […] The post Advertising revenue at The New York Times plummets, but digital subscription gains are the best ever appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 3:21:48 PM


This is the time for pooling resources: A Q&A with Kristen Hare
Since early April, Kristen Hare—a reporter who typically covers local news innovations for the Poynter Institute—has been compiling a list of newsroom layoffs, cutbacks, closures, and furloughs, reporting most recently that the covid-19 pandemic has closed more than fifty local newsrooms across the United States. The Journalism Crisis Project—a joint venture between the Tow Center […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 1:00:02 PM


It continues to be very good to be The New York Times
Last year, I outlined what I considered to be the four major milestones a newspaper must eventually reach for its transition to a truly digital company to be successful. They are: Making more revenue from digital sources than from print. Making more revenue from readers than from advertising. Achieving net revenue growth, with digital dollars...
Nieman Labs at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 10:38:25 AM


Campaign finances, misinformation and more election stories for student reporters
The Lead is a weekly newsletter that provides resources and connections for student journalists in both college and high school. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every Wednesday morning. Younger voters have a historically low turnout at the polls, but accurate reporting on elections, especially during a year of pandemic and protest, matters […] The post Campaign finances, misinformation and more election stories for student reporters appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 9:30:09 AM


Local obits still matter and other lessons from covering the dead for digital
This story was originally published as part of the authors fellowship by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. Its being republished here with permission. “Writing obits is her dream job,” Maria Carrillo said after I sat down in Stephanie Hayes chic and light-filled office at the Tampa Bay Times two […] The post Local obits still matter and other lessons from covering the dead for digital appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 8:00:50 AM


“Im out here—I am the news for our people.” How protesters across the country are keeping informed.
Black Lives Matter may be the largest movement in US history, yet as the Justice for George Floyd protests enter their third month, there is a sense that the national news cycle, outside unprecedented events like the federal occupation of downtown Portland, has largely moved on. Likewise, many protesters have also moved on—to social media, […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:49:14 AM


Does President Trumps astonishing interview with Axios even matter? Yes, and heres why.
The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here. Its hard to pick out one jaw-dropping, head-scratching, he-cant-be-serious moment from President Donald Trumps interview with Axios Jonathan Swan on HBO Monday night. Thats because there were so many. Like when Trump said you can test too much […] The post Does President Trumps astonishing interview with Axios even matter? Yes, and heres why. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:30:05 AM


A mammoth explosion, tears, and resilient journalism in Beirut
Yesterday, unforgettable videos of a cataclysmic blast in Beirut, Lebanon, roared around the internet. They showed black-tinged fumes from an initial, smaller explosion rising from the citys port area, followed by an almighty explosion that belched a huge, blood-red cloud into the air and expelled a veil of detritus that formed a sort of dome, […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:08:50 AM


Will climate break through in Big Medias elections coverage?
On November 4, the United States will officially leave the Paris climate accord. The accord, agreed upon five years ago by virtually every country on earth, commits governments to keeping global temperature rise “well below” 2 degrees Celsius—a sensible ambition considering the record heat waves, hurricanes, and other forms of climate chaos now erupting around […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00:05 AM


Poynter and The Washington Post announce members of the 2020-21 Leadership Academy for Diversity in
The post Poynter and The Washington Post announce members of the 2020-21 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:45:40 AM


Gossip, jobs, freelancing tips and more. Here are some independent media newsletters to follow.
Perhaps one day newsletters will replace newspapers. Thanks to tools like Substack, Revue and Ghost, journalists can more easily reach and grow a dedicated audience all on their own. Meanwhile, a handful of journalists are writing about this trend, and the media industry more generally in, well, newsletters. Youve probably heard of CNNs Reliable Sources […] The post Gossip, jobs, freelancing tips and more. Here are some independent media newsletters to follow. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:15:18 AM


COVID-19 is changing office coffee. Good luck finding it in the future.
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 pandemic has been hard for the office coffee service industry. Sales are down 40% this year, […] The post COVID-19 is changing office coffee. Good luck finding it in the future. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Wednesday, August 5, 2020 5:00:47 AM


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