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Heres one way you can have a direct impact on the future of newsroom diversity
Let me get right to it: Im proud and excited to announce that Poynter is now accepting applications for our new online group seminar, Diversity Across the Curriculum, which kicks off in April. From our information page: “This course will give journalism educators an opportunity to make a real impact on the future diversity, inclusion […] The post Here’s one way you can have a direct impact on the future of newsroom diversity appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Sunday, February 28, 2021 7:00:02 AM


Michael Tubbs—the former mayor of Stockton, California—on racism and disinformation
Last year, Michael Tubbs was the focus of an HBO documentary, Stockton on My Mind, that followed his experience trying to reinvent the Central Valley, California, city as its first Black mayor. Within a few months, however—and with his campaign for reelection coming up—Tubbs found himself subjected to a targeted disinformation effort from a fake-news […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, February 26, 2021 8:29:20 AM


The ongoing fight against racism in newsrooms
Yesterday, Alex Goldman —a co-host of Reply All , a popular tech podcast produced by Gimlet—popped up in the shows feed with a brief programming announcement : “The Test Kitchen,” Reply All s recent series about racism at the food magazine Bon Appétit , has been canceled; the show as a whole is going on hiatus; and two of its journalists—P.J. Vogt, a co-host alongside Goldman, and Sruthi Pinnamaneni, who reported the Test Kitchen series—wont be coming back. Goldman also offered an apology...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, February 26, 2021 7:13:15 AM


Michael Tubbs on disinformation, racism, and news deserts
In 2017, Michael Tubbs made history as the youngest and first Black mayor of Stockton, California, home to some three hundred thousand people and considered the most diverse city in America. A graduate of Stanford University, Tubbs began his political career on the city council of Stockton, his hometown; during his mayoral campaign, he received […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, February 26, 2021 7:07:57 AM


Black writers matter all year, not just during Black History Month
For Black writers everywhere, Black History Month can be a time of personal and professional jubilation, when Black creators have a greater opportunity to craft stories about our communities and experiences. However, for many Black writers, including myself, Black History Month has a more troublesome side: pressure to create as much content as possible, feelings […] The post Black writers matter all year, not just during Black History Month appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, February 26, 2021 6:45:09 AM


U.S. holding Saudi crown prince responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
In October 2018, journalist Jamal Khashoggi was working for The Washington Post when he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. He was never seen again. His body was dismembered and his remains have never been found. And now, President Joe Bidens administration is about to release a U.S. intelligence report saying what many […] The post U.S. holding Saudi crown prince responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, February 26, 2021 6:30:59 AM


Did you start freelancing in 2020? Heres what you need to know for tax season.
Theres one thing thats for certain when you go from full-time employee to freelancer: your taxes get a whole lot more complicated. This is especially true for anyone who lost a job and received unemployment benefits as millions of laid-off workers did in 2020. As an employee, taxes are automatically deducted from your checks. As […] The post Did you start freelancing in 2020? Heres what you need to know for tax season. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, February 26, 2021 6:15:14 AM


How does COVID-19s toll compare with heart disease, cancer and other causes of death?
Now that the coronavirus has been in the United States for roughly a year, new numbers are revealing the scale of COVID-19s impact on American health: COVID-19 has become the countrys third leading cause of death, and could be on its way to outpacing cancer. Through Feb. 23, 2021, a total of 502,005 Americans died […] The post How does COVID-19s toll compare with heart disease, cancer and other causes of death? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, February 26, 2021 6:14:15 AM


When is the pandemic over?
Lets not overreact but also not underreact to the fact that this week, new cases rose at a rate higher than the seven-day average. It could be a minor blip. It could also be a reflection of the fast-spreading variants of the coronavirus. This week, President Joe Biden officially extended the national COVID-19 emergency declaration […] The post When is the pandemic over? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, February 26, 2021 5:05:40 AM


Why are so many military families scrounging for food?
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. Military families, in big numbers, are having to turn to food banks for basic supplies. CBS News […] The post Why are so many military families scrounging for food? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, February 26, 2021 5:00:17 AM


Recent anti-Asian violence is part of a larger trend deserving of more media coverage
The recent spike in attacks against Asian Americans are part of a larger trend that deserves more media coverage, said “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang and CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang. The broadcast journalists joined Poynter senior adviser and faculty member Joie Chen Thursday to discuss recent media coverage of violence against Asian Americans. […] The post Recent anti-Asian violence is part of a larger trend deserving of more media coverage appeared first on Poy...
Poynter Institute at Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:26:18 PM


Bridging gaps in year-round election coverage
US state legislatures are largely back in session, and theyre introducing hundreds of voting bills. In the wake of the 2020 election—which introduced significant changes to allow voters more safety amid a pandemic—the number of election procedure bills is four times higher nationwide this year over last, the Brennan Center for Justice reports: 165 restrictive […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:00:44 PM


AD Council Sets Largest U.S. PSA Campaign
More than 300 major brands, media companies, community-based organizations, and other organizations are joining forces with the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative to launch one of the biggest public service campaigns ever. The “Its Up To You” platform, developed pro bono by Pereira ODell, focuses on COVID-19 vaccine education by conveying that one of the best ways to get back to the moments and people we miss is to get more information on vaccines. The post AD Council Sets Largest U.S. PSA ...
TV News Check at Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:48:35 PM


Criminal Minds Knocks Bridgerton From Top Of Streaming Rankings
Netflixs offering of  Criminal Minds  was the most-viewed show on streaming platforms in the last week of January, according to Nielsens latest Top 10 list released Thursday. The popularity of  Criminal Minds has been the fuel for news just this week. Paramount+ confirmed yesterday it is rebooting the hit CBS procedural, which ran from 2005-2020 and spawned two spinoffs, with a 10-episode season revolving around a single case. The post Criminal Minds Knocks Bridgerton From Top Of Strea...
TV News Check at Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:37:56 PM


Rosenworcel: FCC Lacks Jurisdiction Over Hulu, Sinclair Dispute
Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel told a troubled senator that the FCC does not have the authority to get involved in the carriage dispute between a broadcaster and streaming service, in this case Disney's Hulu Plus Live TV streaming service and Sinclair, over access to the latter's regional sports networks. That came in a letter responding to Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who asked the FCC to help facilitate a resolution of the dispute promptly and impartially. The post Rosenworcel: FCC Lac...
TV News Check at Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:13:03 PM


‘For Life’ Steady With Finale, As Series Awaits Word On Season 3
ABCs  For Life  on Wednesday night wrapped Season 2 with 1.7 million total viewers — its best audience in five episodes — and its fifth straight  0.3 demo rating, opposite reruns on both NBC and CBS. The bubble dramas sophomore run thus averaged 1.8 million weekly viewers and a 0.35 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers), ranking last in both measures among the dramas ABC has aired this TV season. The post ‘For Life’ Steady With Finale, As Series Awaits Word On Season 3 appear...
TV News Check at Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:44:33 AM


Where state and local coverage are actually expanding
The States Newsroom — an expanding network of outlets focused on statehouse coverage — is launching a free syndication service that will allow other news organizations to republish coverage from the networks 20 newsrooms. Called “Capital Connections,” the service aims to make it easier for readers to access state-level coverage, which director and founder Chris […] The post Where state and local coverage are actually expanding appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:31:19 AM


Texas and Washington reporters celebrate labor board victories as California journalists move to uni
As reporters in Texas and Washington celebrated victories in their paths to get their unions officially recognized, journalists in Southern California announced the start of their own unionization efforts. Journalists at the Gannett-owned Austin American-Statesman voted 36-12 to unionize their newsroom as the Austin NewsGuild, the National Labor Relations Board announced Wednesday afternoon. Just minutes […] The post Texas and Washington reporters celebrate labor board victories as Cali...
Poynter Institute at Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:19:25 AM


TVN Tech One-On-One | Laying The Foundation For NewsNation At Nexstar
Blake Russell, EVP of stations operations and content development for Nexstar, has spent the past pandemic year building out a new newsroom, studios and infrastructure for NewsNation. Along the way, hes been eliminating holdover technology from the companys Tribune acquisition and built a novel, enterprise-level content sharing tool. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can ...
TV News Check at Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:56:18 AM


WISH Expands Captioning Possibilities With ENCOs enCaption4
Wanting a more cost-effective way to close caption its content, Circle City Broadcastings CW affiliate WISH Indianapolis selected the automated enCaption4 system from ENCO to meet its both its scheduled and late-breaking captioning needs. Prior to adopting enCaption4, all of WISHs closed captioning was done by human transcribers through a service company that would dial in to the stations caption encoders. The […] The post WISH Expands Captioning Possibilities With ENCOs enCaption4 ...
TV News Check at Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:21:39 AM


Ikegami Offers UHK-X700 2/3-inch 4K-Native Global Shutter 3-CMOS Sensor UNICAM System Camera
Ikegami has unveiled an addition to its UNICAM XE 4K system camera series. The UHK-X700 incorporates three newly developed 2/3-inch CMOS 4K sensors with global shutters to eliminate rolling shutter distortion and flash-banding artefacts. “Designed for broadcast-quality video production and online streaming applications, the UHK-X700 looks set to become the flagship of the UNICAM series,” […] The post Ikegami Offers UHK-X700 2/3-inch 4K-Native Global Shutter 3-CMOS Sensor UNI...
TV News Check at Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:08:29 AM


Journalists dont always cover anti-racism protests as fairly as they think they do
Amid the so-called racial reckoning following the murder of George Floyd and the resulting wave of racial justice protests in 2020, newsrooms across the country began to consider their role in perpetuating racial inequities. In December, The Kansas City Star apologized for its racist coverage of the Black community, which robbed Black Kansas Citians of...
Nieman Labs at Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:02:47 AM


Beloved hip-hop magazine Wax Poetics gets revived
In the Nineties, during the Golden Age of hip-hop, hip-hop heads and record collectors Andre Torres and Brian DiGenti moved to New York. Not seeing coverage of the scene that excited them, they created a music magazine, one that would be for fellow fans—DiGenti was so obsessed with hip-hop samples that he printed the entire […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:08:50 AM


How S. Mitra Kalita went from leading coverage of the world at CNN to connecting her neighbors in Qu
S. Mitra Kalita saw the news first on Facebook. Juan Vicente Valerio, a bike mechanic from her Jackson Heights, Queens, neighborhood, had died from the coronavirus. Valerio had tended to Kalitas husbands bike for years. He was a neighbor. And he had no family in the country. Friends wanted to have him cremated and send […] The post How S. Mitra Kalita went from leading coverage of the world at CNN to connecting her neighbors in Queens appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:00:29 AM


RTDNA: It’s Time To Strengthen America’s Right To A Free Press
Years of anti-journalist rhetoric trumpeted by those in power has caused a dramatic and disturbing increase in attacks on the media. News organizations large and small are taking security measures they never thought would be necessary in this country. In 2020, RTDNA introduced its Five-Point Policy Framework, designed to strengthen the role journalists and journalism play in a healthy democracy. In line with this framework, RTDNA has identified two legislative priorities in 2021 that will ensure...
TV News Check at Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:24:56 AM


Factually: Fact-checking works and may give you pleasure
Factually is a newsletter about fact-checking and misinformation from Poynters International Fact-Checking Network. Sign up here to receive it on your email every Thursday. True fact checks bring cognitive pleasure Fact checks that label a piece of content as “true” have a higher chance of going viral than those labeled “false.” This was just one […] The post Factually: Fact-checking works and may give you pleasure appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:45:36 AM


Facebook and the news after Australia: What happens now?
The Australian version of Facebook got decidedly less newsy a week ago, after the company blocked Australian news outlets from posting their stories to its platform, and regular users in that country from sharing news from any media outlet anywhere in the world. (Traffic to Australian news sites fell by as much as 20 percent, […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:45:04 AM


The New York Times took a hard look at itself and found an uncomfortable portrait
Last year, the entire country went through a reckoning over race. That was mostly triggered when George Floyd, a Black man, was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis and by the subsequent nationwide protests over his death. Following several other tragic events involving the police and Black people — specifically, Breonna Taylor and Jacob […] The post The New York Times took a hard look at itself and found an uncomfortable portrait appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:30:19 AM


Students enduring rights to freedoms of speech and the press
Mary Beth Tinker was only 16 years old when, in 1969, her name became synonymous with freedom of speech for students. I also was a teenager when I had my initial encounters with freedom of the press and freedom of speech. They were nowhere near as consequential for the country, but they certainly left a […] The post Students enduring rights to freedoms of speech and the press appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:15:06 AM


What Will Stream On Paramount+
ViacomCBS spent the afternoon unveiling details about Paramount+, its rebranded streamer that will launch May 4, and now here is a roundup of the television series and feature films that will be available on the service. Paramount+ will feature a content catalog of more than 30,000 episodes, 2,500 movie titles and 1,000-plus live sporting events and news coverage. More than 50 new series across multiple genres will bow during the next two years on the streamer, which promises 7,000 episodes of k...
TV News Check at Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:18:37 AM


’60 Minutes Plus’ Coming To Paramount+ March 4
60 Minutes+ will debut March 4 with three separate episodes, the network announced Wednesday. The announcement was part of a rollout for Paramount+, which is replacing the CBS All Access service, offering Paramount movies as well as old and new programming from CBS and the Viacom stable of networks. Above, Jonathan Blakely, is executive producer of the new show that CBS hopes CBS hopes will expose the durable brand to a younger and more diverse audience. The post ’60 Minutes Plus’...
TV News Check at Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:09:45 AM


Johnson & Johnsons one-shot vaccine produces milder side effects
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. By now you are familiar with the multi-step process the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for […] The post Johnson & Johnsons one-shot vaccine produces milder side effects appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:59:50 AM


Disney, WarnerMedia, Discovery Fixate On Sub Counts, But Bottom Line Begins To Toll
The streaming business is about to get a lot more expensive, if early signs of subscriber interest in premium content on HBO Max and Disney Plus force competitors to ante up to attract and keep subscribers. The question is, can the legacy media companies spend enough on streaming content to keep pace with Netflixs global audience and the near-bottomless wallets of Apple and Amazon. The post Disney, WarnerMedia, Discovery Fixate On Sub Counts, But Bottom Line Begins To Toll appeared first on...
TV News Check at Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:52:05 AM


ViacomCBS 4Q Tops Forecasts
ViacomCBS exceeded Wall Street analysts expectations for its fourth-quarter results, reporting diluted earnings per share of $1.04 and total revenue of just shy of $6.9 billion. The consensus forecast by analysts was for earnings of $1.01 and revenue of $6.9 billion, up 13% and 3%, respectively, from the same quarter in 2019. Because the merger of Viacom and CBS was completed in December 2019, the financials reflect pro-forma and adjusted results. The post ViacomCBS 4Q Tops Forecasts appear...
TV News Check at Wednesday, February 24, 2021 3:48:33 PM


CNN, Vice Among George Polk Award Winners
CNN Beijing-based reporter David Culver, CNN International producer Yong Xiong and photojournalist Natalie Thomas earned the Polk award for Foreign Reporting. Their win marks the first time in the 73-year history of the Polk Awards that the award for Foreign Reporting went to a television report. All previous TV awards were in the Television category. the award for Television Reporting went to Vice News Tonight correspondent Roberto Ferdman and his crew for breakthrough coverage of the shooting ...
TV News Check at Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:11:55 PM


Broadcasters Combat Misinformation With Focus On Facts
This week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology is continuing its series of hearings on how misinformation and disinformation — the lies of the 21st century — have impacted recent events in our nation. As lawmakers explore this issue, they should be mindful of the vital role radio and television broadcasters play in our communities by exposing lies, uncovering the truth and reporting the facts. The post Broadcasters Combat Misinformation With Focus On Fa...
TV News Check at Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:08:31 PM


A guide to the identities and language of the far right
In early 2020, I asked for advice on where to pitch an article about the material culture of the Boogaloo. One of my colleagues looked up the strange word and told me I shouldnt be “platforming” them. A few months later, I read dozens of explainers about the group that confused them with everything from […] The post A guide to the identities and language of the far right appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:00:44 AM


Issue ??: Thank you and a highlight reel
When I chat with student journalists, one of the most frequent questions they ask is: How did you start The Lead? Its the 100th issue of this newsletter and Im feeling reflective, so indulge me with a brief trip back to summer 2018. After graduating from the University of Missouri and finishing a summer fellowship […] The post Issue ??: Thank you and a highlight reel appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Wednesday, February 24, 2021 9:30:04 AM


A critical moment for press freedom in Algeria
Last March, Khaled Drareni, a prominent journalist in Algeria, was arrested. Since the start of concerted anti-government protests a year before, officials had repeatedly tried to intimidate Drareni out of covering them ; on one occasion, they even tried to bribe him by offering him a plum job as head of state radio, but he stood firm. Drareni was charged with endangering national unity and security; in August, he was handed a three-year prison sentence that was later reduced to two years on a...
Columbia Journalism Review at Wednesday, February 24, 2021 7:20:47 AM


Journalists and the looming superstorm of climate disinformation
This article is adapted from “The Climate Beat,” the weekly newsletter of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism initiative strengthening coverage of the climate story. The authors is Covering Climate Nows deputy director. TEXAS HAD ONLY JUST FROZEN OVER. In the wake of a devastating winter storm, millions in the state were without power and struggling to […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Wednesday, February 24, 2021 5:55:16 AM


A rule for good journalism: What is missing from this story?
Journalists are said to be the ones who write historys first draft. The fallibilities of the chroniclers mean that history can be incomplete. One person who crusaded through his life to ensure the complete story — as he understood it — was Corky Lee, who dubbed himself the “undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate.” One […] The post A rule for good journalism: What is missing from this story? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:44:17 PM


How do we make sense of the enormity of 500,000 dead? The power of the apt analogy.
I have argued that one of the most powerful and underutilized tools on the public writers workbench is the apt analogy. A distant cousin to the metaphor and simile, the analogy is a gift from writer to reader. The writer takes something that might be difficult to understand and holds it up against something readers […] The post How do we make sense of the enormity of 500,000 dead? The power of the apt analogy. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:42:08 PM


Journalism and the language of loss: An appreciation of Sundays New York Times
In spite of social distances, the news of the last year has often been defined by crowds. Emergency rooms stuffed to the point of triage. Humans cramming testing or vaccination sites. Small armies of protesters marching for social justice. Insurrectionists swarming the Capitol. The National Guard protecting the inauguration. Cars in Texas lined up for […] The post Journalism and the language of loss: An appreciation of Sundays New York Times appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:02:42 PM


Facebook will restore news sharing in Australia, at least for now
Last week Facebook blocked the sharing of news stories in Australia, in response to a proposed Media Bargaining Law that would force Facebook to pay publishers when users viewed their content on the platform. The change sent publishers traffic tumbling (though the Australian Broadcasting Companys app briefly became the most-downloaded app in Australia) and removed...
Nieman Labs at Tuesday, February 23, 2021 10:47:19 AM


StockCharts Launches Free OTT Streaming Service For Traders
StockCharts, a technical analysis and financial charting platform for online investors, today announced the launch of StockCharts TV On Demand, a 24/7 over-the-top video streaming channel devoted exclusively to financial charting and market analysis from leading technical experts. This free platform “provides traders with insightful, educational and information content, arming them with necessary market knowledge […] The post StockCharts Launches Free OTT Streaming Service For Traders ...
TV News Check at Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:20:15 AM


How to count half a million lost lives?
Last March, amid the myriad upheavals and uncertainties that marked early pandemic life, various scientists and public health officials started to model out how many cases and deaths we might be looking at in the long run , and the press, unsurprisingly, took great interest in their work. A team at Imperial College, in London, concluded that the coronavirus could kill upwards of two million people in the US alone should it be allowed to spread unchecked. That number spread like wildfire in hea...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, February 23, 2021 7:34:38 AM


Understanding journalism (or its absence) in the Age of Conspiracy
From Area 51 aliens and Bigfoot sightings to deep state cabals and QAnon fanatics, conspiracy groups proliferate content on social media, often eclipsing fact-based news. There are numerous explanations. Some experts believe conspiracy theories flourish in environments of political or social unrest. They point to former President Donald Trumps conspiratorial claims of voter fraud fueling […] The post Understanding journalism (or its absence) in the Age of Conspiracy appeared first on ...
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:45:27 AM


Some state offices will ignore Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis order to honor Rush Limbaugh
Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would order flags in his state to be lowered to half-staff when the body of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh was laid to rest. Although Limbaugh had a residence in Palm Beach, Florida, honoring him in such a way seemed unusual. Its an honor usually reserved for […] The post Some state offices will ignore Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis order to honor Rush Limbaugh appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:30:03 AM


Remote teaching has meant lots more improvising — even for improv professors
When in-person teaching slammed to a halt in March 2020, Louisa Johnson, an instructor at Stony Brook Universitys Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, felt bereft. “I was mid-divorce,” said Johnson, who teaches improvisation to scientists to help them become better listeners and to better engage audiences. (Like all the comments in this article, Johnsons […] The post Remote teaching has meant lots more improvising — even for improv professors appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:15:39 AM


Our fates are going to be the same.
They won the Alaska newspaper giveaway. Then the pandemic arrived.
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:55:49 AM


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