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How to approach the disinformation, misinformation and uncertainty around election night 2020
With two weeks to go until election day, journalists and voters are preparing for what may be the weirdest election night ever. Misinformation, disinformation and misreporting after the polls close on Nov. 3 pose a legitimate risk to democracy in the United States. To explore how journalists and voters can understand the role each other […] The post How to approach the disinformation, misinformation and uncertainty around election night 2020 appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 4:40:26 PM


Can we? May as well.
In more than twelve years of writing this column, we have somehow escaped dealing with the difference between “can” and “may.” That aversion ends because of a friends request:  “Please, please write about how many people are misusing can when they mean may. Its making my head hurt. I just saw the headline President Trump […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 3:00:37 PM


Overwhelmed by covering organized misinformation campaigns? The Media Manipulation Casebook is a gre
For journalists in 2020, some of the biggest hurdles in getting factual, corroborated information to news consumers are getting to them before the misinformation does or correcting the false information theyve previously consumed. Every time something like QAnon or the Plandemic video makes its way to national headlines, I know Im not alone in wondering...
Nieman Labs at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 1:27:49 PM


Washington Post public editor: the powerful have realized they dont need the Post
This month we learned that Tesla, a $400 billion public company run by one of the richest people in the world, has done away with its media relations department—effectively formalizing an informal policy of ignoring reporters. Though we should all be grateful for the chance to hear less about Tesla, we should also recognize this […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 1:16:11 PM


Here are the newsroom layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirus
This article was originally published on April 6, 2020, and has been frequently updated since. It was last updated on Oct. 20.  Its getting hard to keep track of the bad news about the news right now. But we have to. Heres our attempt to collect the layoffs, furloughs, and closures caused by the coronavirus […] The post Here are the newsroom layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirus appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:01:28 AM


Whats left to say about the election?
A little over a month ago, Drew Magary decided to ditch the regular politics column he was writing for GEN because, he said, writing it sucked. “Im out of political opinions,” he said . “The kind of torpid recycling of stances you see from David Brooks and other professional thought havers? Im no different.” Magary listed the basic ideas and themes that he found kept recurring in his work, including “Trump is a Nazi” and “the pandemic deaths here are his fault.” Writing about politics ever...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:12:56 AM


Hunters emails are 2020s Hillarys emails. But this time, the media isnt taking the bait.
Hunters emails. Sounds familiar, right? Replace “Hunter Biden” with “Hillary Clinton” and were back in 2016 again. Perhaps that is President Donald Trumps plan as we head into the home stretch of the election. While the media might have been complicit in the “Hillarys emails” story back in 2016, is there a danger of that […] The post ‘Hunter’s emails’ are 2020’s ‘Hillary’s emails.’ But this time, the media isn’t taking the bait. appea...
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:45:03 AM


Today, the media is covering Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci and … Bob Hope?
The election cant get here soon enough. The latest reason for feeling that way? Bob Hope was trending on Twitter on Monday. Hey, nothing wrong with Bob Hope, but he hasnt been alive since 2003. He was bouncing all over social media on Monday because President Donald Trump invoked his name while ramping up his […] The post Today, the media is covering Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci and … Bob Hope? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:30:23 AM


The legal landscape for frontline student journalists
Student journalists have been profiles in honest and courageous reporting since the pandemic started. They have exposed campus outbreaks and questioned reopening plans. They have documented social-distancing violations at fraternity and sorority houses. They have tracked and explained fast-breaking changes to instructional modes and commencement events. They have demanded transparency from school administrators. And through […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:55:35 AM


Prism, a news site led by women of color, centers the voices of marginalized people in its reporting
Last month, Prisms senior reporter Tina Vasquez broke the story identifying a Georgia doctor, Mahendra Amin, who allegedly forcibly sterilized immigrant women in the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Georgia. When The Intercept published the first story about whistleblower Dawn Wootens complaint against the doctor, Vasquez, a seasoned immigration and reproductive rights reporter, started...
Nieman Labs at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:00:58 AM


President Trump declares Americans are tired of COVID
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. Well at least now it is official, we are tired of the pandemic. Meanwhile, the White House […] The post President Trump declares Americans are tired of COVID appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:00:46 AM


What we know about claims about Hunter Biden and the Senate GOP report that helped fuel them
Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, has become a familiar name in the 2020 presidential campaign. His ties to Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, have inspired regular attacks from President Donald Trump and his allies. Emboldening that offensive is a recent report from Republican senators on the Senate Finance and […] The post What we know about claims about Hunter Biden and the Senate GOP report that helped fuel them appeared first on Poynte...
Poynter Institute at Tuesday, October 20, 2020 4:30:44 AM


Heres how to prepare for the weirdest election night ever
If your time is short Experts say the proper functioning of democracy is at risk because of the complications raised by holding elections during a pandemic. Elements of concern include new voting procedures, heightened political polarization, and a deluge of misinformation on social media. Join Poynter in an online public forum for leading journalists and […] The post Here’s how to prepare for the weirdest election ‘night’ ever appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Monday, October 19, 2020 3:25:05 PM


Opinion: Faux local news sites are flooding America. Heres how we fix it.
Those working to revive local news just got a big new dose of motivation: The vacuum created by local news collapse is now being filled aggressively by local sites that are pay-to-play, ideological and/or partisan. If “we” dont flood the zone with more local reporters at stronger local newsrooms — committed to independent, intellectually-honest journalism […] The post Opinion: Faux local news sites are flooding America. Here’s how we fix it. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Monday, October 19, 2020 2:24:29 PM


3Q Earnings: Investors Search For Signs Of Recovery, Strategies On Streaming
Media barons have long acknowledged that the future will be streamed. Over the coming weeks, as the world’s largest media and tech conglomerates report earnings for the July-September quarter, it will become increasingly clear how well entertainment companies are handling the pivot away from cable bundles and theatrical releases, and toward streaming services. Investors expect to hear entertainment executives finally explain not only how they plan to compete in an ecosystem that’s historic...
TV News Check at Monday, October 19, 2020 1:32:49 PM


Q&A: E. Jean Carroll, sexual assault, and a lesson in perspective
In the runup to the presidential election, The Atlantic launched E. Jean Carrolls series of interviews with women who allege that Donald Trump sexually assaulted them. This week, the final installment of “I Moved on Her Very Heavily” goes live.  Carroll, a journalist and author, recently joined Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, to […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Monday, October 19, 2020 1:14:20 PM


Argentinas new government office is NOT a fact-checker
In early October, Argentinas Public Defenders Office announced the creation of a new department whose mission would be to fight the spread of online hate speech and false information. Dubbed Nodio (a combination of the Spanish words for “no” and “hate”) the new office received immediate pushback from professional broadcast and journalistic organizations as well […] The post Argentinas new government office is NOT a fact-checker appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Monday, October 19, 2020 12:45:45 PM


Flooding the zone with the New York Post
It smelled like Clintons emails redux. Last Wednesday, the Murdoch-owned New York Post published a bizarre story, sliming Joe Biden and his son Hunter, that it said was based on files (including, yes, emails) from a laptop that a man who may or may not have been Hunter left in a Delaware computer-repair shop last year. The material arrived at the paper via a tipoff from Steve Bannon, Trumps former campaign manager, followed by a transfer from Rudy Giuliani, Trumps lawyer. Even on it...
Columbia Journalism Review at Monday, October 19, 2020 7:20:19 AM


Who is Donald Trump complaining about now? NBC News Kristen Welker, the next debate moderator
Another debate. Another complaint from President Donald Trump. He complained about moderator Chris Wallace in the first debate. He bailed on last weeks scheduled debate because he didnt want to do it virtually. And now, days before the next debate, hes griping about the next moderator: NBC News Kristen Welker. Barring any last-minute events — […] The post Who is Donald Trump complaining about now? NBC News Kristen Welker, the next debate moderator appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Monday, October 19, 2020 6:30:09 AM


How to cover Election Day and beyond
Americans think about elections wrong; they arent only about tallying votes to declare a winner. Elections in a democracy are just as much about convincing the loser that he or she actually lost—and that the process was free, fair, and secure enough that the loser can accept the result as legitimate. Now, only weeks before Election […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Monday, October 19, 2020 6:25:48 AM


Opinion: Journalism can do more than report on racial injustice. It can also help solve it.
Its no accident that the cultural touchstone thats incited reactionary panic at the highest levels of media and government is a work of journalism. In just the last month, Nikole Hannah-Jones Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project” has inspired a critical piece by a columnist from the projects own New York Times, faced calls for Hannah-Jones to […] The post Opinion: Journalism can do more than report on racial injustice. It can also help solve it. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Monday, October 19, 2020 6:15:01 AM


Political Advertising Spend Hits Record $6.7B
Political advertising spending has already hit a record $6.7 billion, according to estimates from Advertising Analytics, with just a few weeks to go before Election Day. A vast percentage of that spending has gone to local TV stations and local cable — $4.1 billion for local broadcast stations and $1 billion to local cable TV platforms. Just $247 million has been spent on national broadcast and cable TV networks. The post Political Advertising Spend Hits Record $6.7B appeared first on TV...
TV News Check at Monday, October 19, 2020 5:46:43 AM


Colbert Gets Showtime Live Election Special
Stephen Colbert is heading back to Showtime for another live election night special. The host of  The Late Show  will front  Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020.  It marks the second live election special for Colbert after he hosted  Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?  in 2016. The post Colbert Gets Showtime Live Election Special appeared...
TV News Check at Monday, October 19, 2020 5:30:40 AM


Joe Buck Talks Fans Through Intense Game Week
In a different era, the sportscasterer winding down after a long night of calling balls, strikes, first downs, field goals or what have you might be eager to get to the bar. Joe Buck of Fox Sports yearns merely for a steaming bowl of chicken noodle or creamy tomato. Buck’s head is no doubt crammed with baseball stats and football maneuvers, but he has reason these days to keep a little space in his mind for the condition of his throat. His current Fox Sports schedule may have him talking to f...
TV News Check at Monday, October 19, 2020 5:26:46 AM


This week offers one last chance for a stimulus. The clock is running.
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 first two days of this week may be high drama and will likely determine if your […] The post This week offers one last chance for a stimulus. The clock is running. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Monday, October 19, 2020 5:00:43 AM


Donald Trumps long, false list of things Joe Biden would ban, abolish or destroy
According to President Donald Trumps storyline, Joe Biden and his allies want to ban or destroy many things that matter to Americans, like health care protections, the Second Amendment and churches. “The radical left is hell bent on destroying everything we love and cherish,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Sanford, Florida, on Oct. 12, […] The post Donald Trumps long, false list of things Joe Biden would ban, abolish or destroy appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Monday, October 19, 2020 4:30:08 AM


NAB, LABF To Feature ‘100 Years Of Broadcast News’ Celebration At NAB Show New York
The commemoration of broadcasting’s centennial will spotlight legendary journalists and will feature Ted Koppel, Carol Marin, Soledad O’Brien and Robert Siegel. The program will also include a visit to the grounds of the old Westinghouse Electric works in Pittsburgh where the National Museum of Broadcasting has recreated the tiny rooftop shack that housed KDKA's transmitter and studio on the night of its historic Nov. 2, 1920, broadcast of the election returns of the presidential race betwee...
TV News Check at Sunday, October 18, 2020 10:08:59 PM


Sinclair’s Bolling Spreads Virus Misinformation
In the latest episode of Eric Bolling’s show from the Sinclair Broadcast Group, America This Week , the conservative broadcaster perpetuated misinformation about the origin of the coronavirus pandemic and measures that help slow its spread. In an interview on Friday, after the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America raised concerns about the episode, Bolling said the segment was being edited to remove some of his statements before airing over the weekend on dozens of Sinclair ...
TV News Check at Sunday, October 18, 2020 5:31:47 PM


Political Ad Dollars Pouring Into Maine
Record levels of money have poured into Maine’s competitive race between U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and House Speaker Sara Gideon, shaking up the TV market for candidates and non-candidates and raising questions about how it can all be spent effectively by Election Day. But that accounts for only a fraction of the ad spending in Maine this year. The Portland-Auburn TV market alone has seen $89 million in political ad spending this year, according to Advertising Analytics, more than massive marke...
TV News Check at Sunday, October 18, 2020 5:18:56 PM


Here are some ideas for a robust discussion on newsroom transparency
Alma Matters is a Poynter newsletter designed to provide ideas, news and insight to those in the journalism education community. Subscribe here to get Alma Matters delivered to you. I consider myself a dog person, which is kind of silly, since I will ooh-and-ahh over any sentient creature, and I will generally try to pet/stroke/touch anything […] The post Here are some ideas for a robust discussion on newsroom transparency appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Sunday, October 18, 2020 9:30:07 AM


For Grateful NBC, Guthrie Changes The Subject
NBC was reeling heading into Thursday's town hall with President Trump, under widespread criticism for scheduling it at the same time as ABC's town hall with Democratic opponent Joe Biden. NBC was accused of rewarding Trump for rejecting the debate commission's plan to do the second debate virtually. That was quickly forgotten when the president sat opposite Guthrie, who questioned him specifically on when he last tested positive for COVID-19 (he said he didn't remember), whether he had pneumoni...
TV News Check at Friday, October 16, 2020 3:56:56 PM


College Media Association votes to keep president after student walk-out
After disbanding a committee that was designed to investigate its president, the College Media Association’s executive committee on Friday voted 3-1 with one abstention against asking its president to resign. Kenna Griffin, the president of CMA, had been advising students of NYUs Washington Square News remotely from her home in Oklahoma on a part-time basis […] The post College Media Association votes to keep president after student walk-out appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, October 16, 2020 3:23:11 PM


E. Jean Carroll puts Trumps survivors in charge
Most sexual assault coverage in America is told from the attackers perspective. Survivors physical appearance is described in detail, and the actual assault is sexualized. But in E. Jean Carrolls masterly series for The Atlantic, “I Moved on Her Very Heavily,” Trumps survivors remain firmly in charge of their own stories, focusing their conversation on […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, October 16, 2020 11:44:32 AM


Biden Beats Trump In Early Town Halls Ratings
After all the concerns about threats to democracy in the pursuit of ratings, Thursday’s dueling town halls between Donald Trump on NBC and Joe Biden on ABC ended up being a very good night for Savannah Guthrie, a very very good night for the Atlanta Braves and an excellent night for the former vice president. The ex-Veep’s 8-9:30 p.m. ET The Vice-President and the People snagged 12.2 million viewers and a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 last night. Over on NBC, a petulant Trump was grilled b...
TV News Check at Friday, October 16, 2020 10:47:22 AM


Facebook, Twitter, and what news is fit to share
On Wednesday, both Facebook and Twitter took steps to limit the distribution of a news story from a mainstream publication, on the grounds that it was based on hacked emails and of questionable accuracy. Twitter actually prevented users from posting a link to the story, and in some cases prevented users from clicking on existing […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, October 16, 2020 10:00:14 AM


A leadership program offered women a way to connect mid-pandemic. Several left over diversity issues
In mid-June, Take The Lead Women launched its second annual “50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism” program. Founded in 2014 by Gloria Feldt and Amy Litzenberger, the mission of Take The Lead is to help reach leadership gender parity by 2025. The organizations cohort of 55 women journalists would meet virtually over the […] The post A leadership program offered women a way to connect mid-pandemic. Several left over diversity issues. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, October 16, 2020 9:28:24 AM


Medical Mystery
This week, not long after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail. There are still a dizzying number of unresolved questions about his health and what happened at Walter Reed. American journalists struggling to cover the story might seek inspiration from colleagues abroad, who have learned the hard way how […]...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, October 16, 2020 8:09:16 AM


Guthrie grills Trump, but NBC still has to answer for itself
Last night, President Trump and Joe Biden held simultaneous town hall events that every journalist in America described as “dueling.” Trump and Biden had been scheduled to debate face-to-face, but following Trumps diagnosis with COVID-19, the commission on presidential debates insisted on a virtual format, and Trump bailed. ABC quickly secured a Biden town hall to fill the time slot, then NBC booked Trump as counter-programming. Journalists, producers, and at least one executive inside the...
Columbia Journalism Review at Friday, October 16, 2020 7:19:56 AM


Fox News Is A Red Flag On Some Résumés
Several Fox News veterans, both journalists and pundits, say they’ve faced skepticism in the job market since leaving the network. While Fox has always leaned right, particularly its nighttime punditry hours, its image as a fortress of conservatism has been hardened during the Trump presidency, as fire-breathing hosts such as Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham have gone to extreme rhetorical lengths to defend the president and attack his critics. Fairly or not, that reputation has...
TV News Check at Friday, October 16, 2020 7:01:52 AM


With no TV debates to assess, fact-checkers flagged online falsehoods about sexual abuse and alcohol
Lee en espańol There were no presidential debates this week, but that doesn’t mean that FactChat‘s members didn’t have plenty of material to work with. Manipulated videos and misleading claims continue to flood social networks, as well as implausible chain messages on WhatsApp that are shared as if they were true. And all this is […] The post With no TV debates to assess, fact-checkers flagged online falsehoods about sexual abuse and alcohol appeared first on Poynter...
Poynter Institute at Friday, October 16, 2020 6:45:47 AM


Trump Town Hall Sparks Behind-The-Scenes Fury At NBC
NBC has been rocked by an internal feud over its decision to host a town hall with Donald Trump at the same time as ABC’s Thursday event with Joe Biden. The internal conflict extends to the highest levels of NBCUniversal, where MSNBC head Phil Griffin strongly disagreed with NBC News President Noah Oppenheim’s decision to unilaterally move forward with the town hall during that time slot, according to three high-ranking sources at the TV media giant. The post Trump Town Hall Sparks Behind...
TV News Check at Friday, October 16, 2020 6:34:39 AM


Who had the best night of the Trump-Biden dueling town halls? Heres the unexpected answer.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden held dueling town halls Thursday night and, somehow, the earth did not spin off its axis and American democracy did not come crashing down. Despite boycotts by celebrities, outrage from the public and even indignity from others in the media, NBCs decision to host a Trump town hall at the […] The post Who had the best night of the Trump-Biden dueling town halls? Heres the unexpected answer. appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, October 16, 2020 6:30:09 AM


CBS Rebuilds MTV Studio For Election Night
The set, at the ViacomCBS headquarters on Broadway, highlights modern wizardry like “augmented reality” 3D images and multiple data screens while offering enough roominess to protect staff members from being infected with COVID-19, the network said on Thursday. Norah O'Donnell will anchor her first presidential election night, joined on the set by Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, John Dickerson and Ed O'Keefe. The post CBS Rebuilds MTV Studio For Election Night appeared first on TV News Ch...
TV News Check at Friday, October 16, 2020 5:23:29 AM


Here Come The First Ion Media Spinoffs
On Sept. 24, one of the biggest broadcast media mergers in recent memory was announced. The E.W. Scripps Co. is agreeing to buy Ion Media — the broadcast media network with roots in the Paxton family media operation — for $2.65 billion. The deal will not run afoul of FCC Top 4 regulations, as Scripps said it will divest of 23 Ion stations. On Oct. 14, details regarding those station spinoffs became known, thanks to an FCC filing by Ion. The post Here Come The First Ion Media Spinoffs app...
TV News Check at Friday, October 16, 2020 5:12:19 AM


You are not going to the office anytime soon
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. July is the new January. This week, a bunch of companies added their names to the list […] The post You are not going to the office anytime soon appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, October 16, 2020 5:00:57 AM


Pai: FCC Will Clarify Sec. 230
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has signaled he plans to follow President Trump's lead and clarify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. He also says he has been assured by FCC lawyers that the FCC has the authority to do so. “As elected officials consider whether to change the law, the question remains: What does Section 230 currently mean?, Pai said in a statement. [M]any advance an overly broad interpretation that in some cases shields social media companies from consumer protection laws in...
TV News Check at Friday, October 16, 2020 4:57:13 AM


From perfecting your craft to sharpening your sense of mission
The other day I received a delightful email message from Nayeon Ju, a student at Ewha Womans University in South Korea. She majors in communication and media and dreams of becoming a journalist. She now works as a student reporter at the university. After reading some of my work, she became interested in the fact […] The post From perfecting your craft to sharpening your sense of mission appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Friday, October 16, 2020 4:30:49 AM


Fact-checking Donald Trump and Joe Bidens head-to-head town halls
It was supposed to be the second presidential debate. Instead, President Donald Trump refused a virtual debate and followed Joe Bidens lead of doing a town hall on network television. NBC host Savannah Guthrie started the Trump town hall by trying to nail down his last negative test for the coronavirus. He said he couldnt […] The post Fact-checking Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s head-to-head town halls appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:39:51 PM


Fact-check: Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter your DNA?
The post Fact-check: Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter your DNA? appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, October 15, 2020 4:36:21 PM


Another round of voluntary buyouts is coming to Gannett newsrooms
Gannett, the nations largest newspaper company with more than 250 daily titles, will begin offering another round of newsroom buyouts next week. It has not yet said how many. The changes were announced by CEO Mike Reed during a companywide virtual town hall Wednesday, two Gannett journalists told me. Letters will begin going out Monday, […] The post Another round of voluntary buyouts is coming to Gannett newsrooms appeared first on Poynter .
Poynter Institute at Thursday, October 15, 2020 3:28:17 PM


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