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Unity, hope and history on newspaper front pages after Bidens inauguration
Front pages around the world captured the sentiment of Wednesday’s inauguration for President Joe Biden with headlines about unity, democracy and the history made with the United States’ first woman, first Black and first South Asian vice president, Kamala Harris. Outside the U.S., Switzerland’s Blick led with this: “Make America normal again.” Here’s a look […] The post Unity, hope and history on newspaper front pages after Biden’s inauguration...
Poynter Institute at Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:14:16 AM


“If voters arent listening, then what are we doing here?”: a Q&A with Pat Rynard
On January 4, political news site Iowa Starting Line announced it was going on hiatus until further notice. “Good journalism should hold the powerful accountable, but it should do so in reality, not just theory,” Pat Rynard, founder and managing editor, wrote. “And if voters arent listening to it, then what are we doing here?” Rynard launched […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:00:08 AM


How journalists in D.C. made a national story local
On the night of Jan. 5, Dee Dwyers 10-year-old daughter had a bad feeling. “I dont want you to go,” she told her mom, a photojournalist who works with the online news site DCist, about covering former President Donald Trumps rally. “I always go,” Dwyer replied. “I have a bad feeling.” Dwyer, who often covers […] The post How journalists in D.C. made a national story local appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:33:53 AM


Bidens inauguration and the new abnormal
Early yesterday, then-President Donald Trump vacated the White House and headed to Joint Base Andrews, where he gave a farewell address before flying to Florida. CNNs Wolf Blitzer wondered aloud if wed be treated to a final Trump surprise , but the event was predictable, as was the coverage it generated. “The Trump era ends as it begins,” James Poniewozik, TV critic at the New York Times , wrote , “with news networks wall-to-wall showing the empty stage where he’s going to speak.” E...
Columbia Journalism Review at Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:01:01 AM


What we can learn from the language of President Bidens inauguration
This essay is co-published with our friends at Nieman Storyboard.  The inauguration of Joe Biden brought America lessons on the relationship between good language and good government. A minute did not pass during the inauguration without some form of poetry being expressed. It came from the lyrics of sacred songs and anthems, sung in a […] The post What we can learn from the language of President Bidens inauguration appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:00:34 AM


A new local true crime podcast dives into the story — and the people who tell them
A new podcast from newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises is exploring not only true crime tales from across America, but also the stories behind those stories. Called “Late Edition: Crime Beat Chronicles,” the podcast features stories reported in Lees regional newspapers, as told by the journalists who did the reporting. The first season premiered earlier this […] The post A new local true crime podcast dives into the story — and the people who tell them appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:45:55 AM


Looking back at how the media covered the inauguration of Joe Biden
“Democracy has prevailed.” With those words, Joseph R. Biden Jr. began his term Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States. He said, “This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge.” The speech — and really, the entire day — included many themes, including attacking a global pandemic that has killed more than […] The post Looking back at how the media covered the inauguration of Joe Biden appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:30:22 AM


With a new president sworn in, should journalists now ignore Trump?
A version of this column appeared in the NPR Public Editor newsletter. Many, maybe most news organizations carried all or a portion of President Donald Trumps final speech as president live from Joint Base Andrews Wednesday morning, which was certainly an appropriate news decision. Many media critics have suggested that from here on out, journalists […] The post With a new president sworn in, should journalists now ignore Trump? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:15:39 AM


Benevolent Haze
With the Emerson Collective, Laurene Powell Jobs is becoming a force in American media. What is she trying to achieve?...
Columbia Journalism Review at Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:00:47 AM


Let the Biden promise-tracking begin
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. One of President Joe Bidens plans is to have “theme days” where there is a central focus […] The post Let the Biden promise-tracking begin appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, January 21, 2021 5:00:06 AM


Joe Bidens presidential inauguration, fact-checked
It was an inauguration like none before, squeezed between massive security and a pandemic that has killed over 400,000 Americans. Instead of crowds, a sea of American and state flags filled the National Mall in Washington. Armed National Guardsmen replaced cheering supporters along Pennsylvania Avenue, the traditional parade route from the Capitol to the White […] The post Joe Bidens presidential inauguration, fact-checked appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:30:52 AM


Kamala Harris embodies many identities. Inauguration Day news alerts reflected that.
The United States has its first female vice president in Kamala Harris, a person who embodies multiple identities: She is a lawyer, shes a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, she embraces being called “Momala” by her stepchildren, and shes a graduate of a historically Black university. She is also the daughter of immigrants […] The post Kamala Harris embodies many identities. Inauguration Day news alerts reflected that. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:01:24 PM


YouTube Extends Trump Ban For ‘Minimum’ Of Another 7 Days
YouTube announced on Tuesday that it is extending its suspension of uploads from outgoing President Trumps account for “a minimum” of another seven days, citing “concerns about the ongoing potential for violence.” The Google-owned platform, which initiated the Trump ban last week after Trump supporters insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, confirmed that it will also continue to stop comments from showing on videos posted in Trumps channel. The post YouTube Extends Trump Ban For ‘Minimum...
TV News Check at Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:27:50 PM


President Bidens inaugural speech calls out the media
“The best inaugural address I ever heard,” said Fox News Chris Wallace. “His aides promised a speech and a presidency that he would focus on healing, this speech was the first step in that,” said CBS News Norah ODonnell. “It was an invitation to decency, to civility,” CNNs Abby Phillip said. All in all, President […] The post President Bidens inaugural speech calls out the media appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:25:49 PM


The Trump press corps prepares for a new era
As the Trump administration ends, and the Biden administration begins, major news networks and outlets are shaking up their White House reporting staff. At the New York Times, Maggie Haberman will be stepping down from her role as White House correspondent to write a book about the Trump presidency. She will continue covering politics. The […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:47:03 AM


MFM To Host Media-Specific Tax Summit In March
Media Financial Management Associations (MFMs) Media Tax Summit will be a two-day virtual event. Understanding that the role of the media tax executive is changing, co-chairs Paul Nesterovsky, senior vice president of tax, Sinclair Broadcast Group; Sean Hetzler, senior director of tax, Tegna; and Dan McGuire, partner, state and local tax, KPMG, are preparing an event focused on building todays best-in-class […] The post MFM To Host Media-Specific Tax Summit In March appeared first o...
TV News Check at Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:35:51 AM


A tale of two inaugurations
Four years and a day ago, I boarded a bus with what felt like half of my journalism school class and traveled to Washington, DC, for the inauguration of Donald Trump and the Womens March the day after. Id arranged to cover the events for Pacifica radio and ended up writing a short dispatch for my hometown paper back in the UK—my first “real” bylines. I woke up early for the inauguration, anticipating a long wait to get onto the Mall, but the line was relatively short and there was plenty of...
Columbia Journalism Review at Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:36:57 AM


DOJ’s Delrahim Proposes Public-Private Big Tech Regulatory Agency
Department of Justice Antitrust Chief Makan Delrahim said that if the government does not find a way to harness the massive market power of those platforms to democratic policies, the country risks devastating outcomes for our civil democratic society. He suggested one solution could be a new public-private agency, the Digital Markets Rulemaking Board, with the power to regulate edge providers like social media sites. The post DOJ’s Delrahim Proposes Public-Private Big Tech Regulatory A...
TV News Check at Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:21:23 AM


The daily grotesque
Warren Craghead drew the Trump news cycle for four-and-a-half years. Today is his final day.
Columbia Journalism Review at Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:20:17 AM


Parler Reappears With Help From Russian-Owned Security Service
Parler, the free-speech social network, reappeared with the help of a Russian-owned web security service as the website hunts for a way around bans that took it offline earlier this month. “Our return is inevitable due to hard work, and persistence against all odds,” CEO John Matze wrote in a new post, the latest since Amazon Web Services stopped hosting the site and it was banned from Apple's and Googles app stores. “Despite the threats and harassment not one Parler employee has quit. We are b...
TV News Check at Wednesday, January 20, 2021 5:37:16 AM


Two Fox News Political Executives Out After Arizona Call
Bill Sammon, senior vice president and managing editor at Fox's Washington bureau, announced his retirement to staff members on Monday. On Tuesday, as part of a restructuring of Fox's digital operations, politics editor Chris Stirewalt was let go. Fox's decision — the correct one — to call Arizona for Joe Biden took the network's anchors by surprise and infuriated the White House, which believed the determination was premature. The post Two Fox News Political Executives Out After Arizona Call...
TV News Check at Wednesday, January 20, 2021 5:06:06 AM


How Cable News Is Covering The Inauguration
The inauguration ofJoseph R. Biden Jr.and Kamala Harris as the president and vice president of the United States will take place Wednesday, Jan. 20, with events interspersed throughout the day, highlighted by the swearing-in ceremony at noon ET, following by Bidens inaugural address. Here is the cable network coverage plans for the inauguration of Americas 46th president, listed in alphabetical order. The broadcast network coverage plans  posted Monday. The post How Cable News Is Covering ...
TV News Check at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:24:29 PM


Here are a few AP Stylebook reminders before the Biden/Harris inauguration
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 is inauguration day, but between the Jan. 6 insurgency, a sitting president who wont attend and a raging pandemic, its not looking like any weve seen.  You know what hasnt changed…much? AP Style. The grammar and usage guide used by journalists around the country put out a 2021 Inauguration Guide, which […] The post Here are a few AP Stylebook reminders before the Biden/Harris inauguration appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:47:37 PM


FCCs Simington: From The Prairie To The Capital
Nathan Simington got the unexpected nod from President Donald Trump last fall to join the FCC, a nomination he said he was surprised to receive but is clearly determined to make the most of. the former NTIA official talks about his road from rural (and urban) Saskatchewan to a seat on the FCC, outlines his regulatory philosophy, pushes back on criticism from Hill Democrats and explains his take on the hot-button debate over Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the legal provision that ...
TV News Check at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:33:18 PM


Mexican fact-checker offers advice on how to handle a change of executive power
Mexican fact-checkers say consistency, transparency and humility helped them maintain credibility with their audience after executive power shifted in their country in 2018. As America prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Jorge Ramis, audience editor at the Mexican fact-checking organization Animal Político, said U.S. fact-checkers should build on their work fact-checking the Trump […] The post Mexican fact-checker offers advice on how to handle a change of execut...
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:52:05 AM


‘All American’ Hits Series Highs, ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘9-1-1’ Top
The CWs All American  opened Season 3 with 1.06 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating — besting its previous series highs of 880K and 0.3. On Fox, 9-1-1 s Season 4 premiere drew 7M (Mondays biggest audience) and a 1.2 rating, down a tick in the demo from its Season 3 average (1.4) and finale (1.3). ABC's The Bachelor (4.8M/1.3) ticked up week-to-week, to edge out 9-1-1 for the Monday demo win. The post ‘All American’ Hits Series Highs, ‘The Bachelor’ a...
TV News Check at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:03:45 AM


The U.S. asks Australia to reconsider a plan to make Google and Facebook pay for news
The United States — specifically, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative — has come out against the Australian governments plan to make Google and Facebook pay news publishers for the use of their content on their platforms. Australia, if you need a refresher, is attempting to force the tech giants to negotiate with publishers over...
Nieman Labs at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:03:37 AM


What Covid reporters can learn from Hiroshima
In the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, journalists struggled to cover the devastation in a way that resonated, much as they do with the covid-19 pandemic today. In Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter who Revealed it to the World, Lesley M. M. Blume tells the story of how New Yorker journalist John Hersey […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:32:18 AM


Most news industry workers believe polls are overused and unreliable, Medill survey finds
The article was originally published on Northwestern Universitys Medill Local News Initiative website and is republished here with permission. People working in U.S. media believe 2020 presidential election coverage was generally fair, but they also think polling was overplayed and unreliable, according to the first-ever Medill Media Industry Survey at Northwestern University. The survey of […] The post Most news industry workers believe polls are overused and unreliable, Medill survey...
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:00:42 AM


TAG Video Systems Names Roy Folkman VP Sales North America/LATAM
TAG Video Systems, a global provider of cloud, probing, monitoring and multiviewing solutions, for all four of the major broadcast applications (live production, playout, delivery and OTT), has appointed industry veteran Roy Folkman as VP sales North America and LATAM effective Jan. 1. The announcement was made by Kevin Joyce, TAG Zer0 Friction officer, from headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel. Folkman, […] The post TAG Video Systems Names Roy Folkman VP Sales North America/LATAM appeared...
TV News Check at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:23:03 AM


The Doctor vs. #MeToo
How an HIV specialist in Germany is using media law to erase reporting of sexual abuse allegations against him...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:22:46 AM


Press freedom and the Arab Spring, ten years on
Ten years ago last Thursday, the dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia and his regime fell. He had been under intense public pressure for several weeks, ever since a fruit vendor named Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest his treatment by police, sparking mass protests. The fall of Ben Ali was a seminal moment in the wave of regional uprisings that quickly came to be known as the Arab Spring , with demonstrators from North Africa to the Gulf demanding economic dignity, demo...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:26:28 AM


Tokyo Olympics: 6 Months Out And Murmurs Of Cancellation
Instead of a countdown celebration to the Tokyo Olympics, the focus is on the virus and speculation around the Olympics being canceled. Should they take place during a spreading pandemic — vaccine or no vaccine? Organizers say they will with exact details yet to be revealed. Its been this way since the Olympics were postponed almost 10 months ago. There are always more questions than answers. The post Tokyo Olympics: 6 Months Out And Murmurs Of Cancellation appeared first on TV News Check ...
TV News Check at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:14:31 AM


Fox News latest head-scratching decision: Giving Maria Bartiromo space in primetime
Fox News has stepped in it again. At this perilous time when we are all looking for the temperature to be lowered in this country, Fox News is letting one of its conspiracy theorists take its new opinion show out for a spin. Maria Bartiromo, who blew up her reputation as a respected business journalist […] The post Fox News latest head-scratching decision: Giving Maria Bartiromo space in primetime appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:30:31 AM


Q&A: Punchbowls Jake Sherman on Capitol coverage in the new Washington
During the Trump years, Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer delivered politics-obsessed professionals and observers a pre-dawn, must-read Beltway Bible as the authors of Politico Playbook. As the page turns to the Biden era, theyre betting that their expertise—and their Rolodexes—will power a new outlet worth paying for.  Along with veteran Hill reporter John Bresnahan, also […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:19:20 AM


What writers can learn from studying inaugural addresses
Great speeches and great news stories should open strong and include wide context, narrow detail, personalization, and an explosion of action and emotion deep into the story. They open with a sentence or two that glue the speaker and listener together. A strong lead sets the conflict of the piece quickly. Speechwriters, like journalists, sweat […] The post What writers can learn from studying inaugural addresses appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:30:27 AM


Smokers move to the front of the vaccine line
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. In New Jersey and Mississippi, smokers, or even just people who say they are smokers, can sign […] The post Smokers move to the front of the vaccine line appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:00:17 AM


NFL Playoff Draws 29M To Fox, ‘Batwoman’ Dips
Foxs broadcast of Sunday nights NFL divisional playoff game between the Bucs and Saints averaged 29.3 million total viewers  and an 8.1 demo rating. The CW's new  Batwoman drew 663,000 viewers and a 0.1 rating, down from both its Season 1 averages (995K/0.26) and its freshman finale (740K/0.2), marking its third smallest audience to date and matching its demo low (which was reached about a year ago). The post NFL Playoff Draws 29M To Fox, ‘Batwoman’ Dips appeared first on TV...
TV News Check at Monday, January 18, 2021 11:37:38 AM


MultiDyne Chief Operating Officer Bob McAlpine Retires
Bob McAlpine, COO of MultiDyne Video & Fiber Optic Solutions has retired, effective immediately, following a 46-year career in the broadcast industry. While retiring from his role as MultiDynes COO, he will join MultiDynes newly formed board of directors, and remain active as a consultant. McAlpine joined MultiDyne as COO in September 2019 following the companys acquisition of Census Digital, […] The post MultiDyne Chief Operating Officer Bob McAlpine Retires appeared first on ...
TV News Check at Monday, January 18, 2021 7:16:51 AM


FCC Warns About Using Radio Services To Coordinate Illegal Activity
Citing discussions on social media media of using alternatives to social media platforms for coordinating future activities, the FCC Sunday (Jan. 17) warned about using any of those communications alternatives to commit or facilitate any criminal acts. The warning came from the Enforcement Bureau in advance of Wednesday's Inauguration of Joe Biden as president and chatter about violence nationwide by Trump supporters. The post FCC Warns About Using Radio Services To Coordinate Illegal Activit...
TV News Check at Monday, January 18, 2021 5:59:37 AM


Never have I seen just such hatred towards the media. What we learned from journalists who covered
The message scrawled into a door of the Capitol building made clear the mob wasnt just aiming to overturn the decision of Americas voters. The most violent rioters had another target: “MURDER THE MEDIA.” via @mattmiller757, they tagged “MURDER THE MEDIA” on a Capitol doorway. pic.twitter.com/XKLQkl3BUh — Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) January 7, 2021 The Jan. […] The post Never have I seen just such hatred towards the media. What we learned from journalists who covered the Capitol ri...
Poynter Institute at Monday, January 18, 2021 5:30:44 AM


16 story ideas about race, ethnicity and COVID-19
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. On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I am going to focus our attention on issues that […] The post 16 story ideas about race, ethnicity and COVID-19 appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Monday, January 18, 2021 5:00:01 AM


How to guide your student journalists and classroom pupils to cover civil unrest
This week we are confronting some hard questions. What will the next few days and weeks bring? Will there be continued unrest and potential violence in D.C., or in your own statehouse? At the forefront of most journalism professors and advisers minds: How should I handle student journalists covering all this? Many student journalists can […] The post How to guide your student journalists and classroom pupils to cover civil unrest appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Sunday, January 17, 2021 7:30:00 AM


Ethical practices are changing as a result of the increase in threats to journalists
The increasing acts of violence against journalists are causing many newsrooms to rethink some ethical best practices. These evolving standards go beyond the recommendations for covering demonstrations and political violence. Heres a run-down of ways to balance the need to document the first draft of history with the need to keep journalists safe. When and […] The post Ethical practices are changing as a result of the increase in threats to journalists appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Saturday, January 16, 2021 9:41:36 AM


How DC journalists are preparing for the inauguration of Joe Biden
Laura Figueroa Hernandez has been thinking a lot about her safety. The White House correspondent for Newsday will cover the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week and said shes had conversations with her boss about ways she can protect herself. For starters, Newsday is sending her a protective helmet. “Thats something that I never […] The post How DC journalists are preparing for the inauguration of Joe Biden appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, January 15, 2021 2:45:48 PM


Coca-Cola Will Sit Out Super Bowl, Joining Pepsi
The Super Bowl has long served as a prominent front for the long-running soda war between Coca-Cola and Pepsi. This year, the beverage giants will fight that battle somewhere else. Coca-Cola said Friday it would not run ads in CBSs broadcast of Super Bowl LV, citing a “difficult choice” made to “ensure we are investing in the right resources during these unprecedented times.” Cokes announcement follows a similar one made by rival Pepsi, which has opted to focus on its annual halftime show rath...
TV News Check at Friday, January 15, 2021 1:15:13 PM


DOJ: More Study Is Needed Of The ASCAP And BMI Consent Decrees
The Justice Department says there needs to be further review of two music licensing consent decrees that allow music users to secure a blanket license for rights rather than having to negotiate individually for them. That is according to Justice Antitrust Chief Makan Delrahim in remarks at a Vanderbilt University Law School virtual event, The Music Industry and Antitrust Law. He said there remain issues that still need to be worked out. The post DOJ: More Study Is Needed Of The ASCAP And BMI ...
TV News Check at Friday, January 15, 2021 1:09:38 PM


FCC TV Station Merger Paper: Localism May Sometimes Eclipse Viewpoint Diversity
The FCC's Office of Economics and Analytics has issued a working paper giving the next FCC something to think about when it decides whether to allow mergers that reduce the number of station owners in a market. The paper, which was issued only days before the FCC heads to the Supreme Court -to  defend its efforts to deregulate TV station ownership, looks at the relationship between the number of independently owned local television news operations and market size and the size thresholds above wh...
TV News Check at Friday, January 15, 2021 10:54:58 AM


Q&A: Tsedale Lemma on new threats to the Ethiopian press
In 2019, Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopias prime minister, received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was credited with resolving a decades-long border conflict with neighboring Eritrea and releasing thousands of political prisoners. Ethiopia had once been named the second leading jailer of journalists in Africa by the Committee to Protect Journalists; Ahmed also promised to end state […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, January 15, 2021 10:00:11 AM


Samsungs Peacock Standoff With NBCU Shows Power Of TV Makers
As streaming TV becomes the default viewing option for Americans, the makers of streaming devices are taking the place of cable operators as gatekeepers, deciding what streaming services will be available to viewers. Increasingly the gatekeepers include not only Roku and Amazon but smart TV makers such as Samsung. NBCUniversal is learning that the hard way as it battles to get its Peacock service onto Samsung TVs. The post Samsungs Peacock Standoff With NBCU Shows Power Of TV Makers appeare...
TV News Check at Friday, January 15, 2021 9:14:35 AM


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