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Not naming mass shooters (much) is now the norm - Poynter

Not naming mass shooters (much) is now the norm - Poynter

Just one week ago, newsrooms mobilized to cover yet another mass shooting, this time in a municipal building in Virginia Beach. As they told the story of the 12 murders, the vast majority of newspapers and TV stations covering the tragedy embraced the practice of not using the shooter’s name unless it was absolutely necessary. For an industry that is often criticized for being slow to change, this development is remarkable. It demonstrates that newsrooms can alter their standards and practices in a fairly dramatic way over a relatively short period of time when presented with convincing...

June 12, 2019
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Finally some good news: Trust in news is up, especially for local media - Poynter

Finally some good news: Trust in news is up, especially for local media - Poynter

Google Tag Manager This is a summary of the study with commentary from other experts on media trust issues and background on other similar studies. To see the scholars' paper, click .After decades of declining trust in the press, coupled with relentless rhetorical attacks on the media by President Trump, there’s finally some good news: Trust in media is up since last year, and the great majority of Americans trust their local news sources.The new found 76 percent of Americans across the political spectrum have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in their local television news,...

August 25, 2018
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The demand for COVID-19 facts on WhatsApp is skyrocketing

The demand for COVID-19 facts on WhatsApp is skyrocketing

The demand for fact-checks about the new coronavirus on WhatsApp already exceeds — by far — what was registered during electoral campaigns in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, India and Turkey. Last week, the popular messaging app, owned by Facebook, to the International Fact-Checking Network to explore ways to support fact-checkers. With more than 1,000 requests for COVID-19 fact-checks per day, some of the organizations that are in the spent the last week analyzing ways to meet the gigantic demand for reliable information while caring for their own staffs. This unprecedented demand...

March 26, 2020
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A Poynter Report special: the 2022 year in media - Poynter

A Poynter Report special: the 2022 year in media - Poynter

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from a maternity hospital damaged by shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, in March. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) The committee holding hearings on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ESPN “Monday Night Football” announcers Troy Aikman, left, and Joe Buck. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) ABC News’ David Muir, left, interviewing former Vice President Mike Pence in November. (Photo: courtesy of ABC News.) Podcaster and journalist Jemele Hill. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP) Will...

Dec 16
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Two Capital Gazette journalists who covered the shooting in their own newsroom have taken buyouts - Poynter

Two Capital Gazette journalists who covered the shooting in their own newsroom have taken buyouts - Poynter

Joshua McKerrow spent his last day as a photojournalist for The (Annapolis, Maryland) Capital on assignment. At the downtown government building, politicians, lobbyists, news crews and tour groups buzzed around him as he stopped to talk about news of his own — he took a Tribune Publishing buyout. And that, he said, was extremely difficult. “Photojournalism has been my life, and for most of that, it’s been the Capital newspaper. Even before the shooting, I lived and breathed it,” said McKerrow, who started at the paper in 2004. “And then after the shooting, it became so much more meaningful...

February 11, 2020
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Should journalists sacrifice their right to vote in primaries to keep their politics private? - Poynter

Should journalists sacrifice their right to vote in primaries to keep their politics private? - Poynter

What if your boss told you that you weren’t allowed to vote? If you’re a journalist, it’s not unheard of for your manager to rule out this basic civic right. A core journalistic value is objectivity, and voting in a primary that involves publicly declaring yourself a D or an R compromises the public perception of a journalist’s neutrality. Every four years the journalism profession has this argument. As primary season barrels toward us, these disagreements are heating up among journalists who advocate for participating, even if there is a public record of affiliation, and those who believe...

January 28, 2020
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Trump supporters harassed Arizona reporters for wearing masks - Poynter

Trump supporters harassed Arizona reporters for wearing masks - Poynter

Reporters covering President Donald Trump’s visit to a Honeywell plant in Arizona on Tuesday faced nasty words from a small group of his supporters. , Arizona Republic reporter BrieAnna J. Frank reported and posted videos of people mocking reporters for wearing masks and saying such things as, “You’re on the wrong side of history. … You’re on the wrong side of patriotism — you’re like communists.” In an email interview, Frank told me, “It was disturbing to see so many people be so visibly angered by my (and others’) personal decision to wear a mask. Clearly, wearing a mask is interpreted in...

May 5, 2020
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Buying your local newspaper out from a chain: attractive in theory, tougher in practice - Poynter

Buying your local newspaper out from a chain: attractive in theory, tougher in practice - Poynter

As hedge funds tighten their ownership grip on newspaper chains, the alternative of local ownership, perhaps including a pivot to nonprofit status, is often talked up as a hot option. Proceed with caution. Revisiting a dozen such sales over the last decade reinforced my sense that chains are reluctant to part with any paper they own. A formidable set of new challenges awaits any local buyer who does pry a property loose. Two Baltimore foundations are openly pursuing buying The Baltimore Sun from Tribune Publishing. Several Chicago Tribune reporters and editors have been searching for...

July 20, 2020
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86 pieces of journalism wisdom published in the month since the election - Poynter

86 pieces of journalism wisdom published in the month since the election - Poynter

It’s been a month. In the days since the election, a number of articles have been written about the lessons journalists can take from the presidential campaign. Pieces have also focused on what journalists should or must do over the next few months. CJR staff writer David Uberti three days after the election: It feels as if we’ve collectively aged years over the past three days, as a cascade of takes on what the hell journalism got wrong has distracted the press from the important work of figuring out how to cover a potentially dangerous Trump presidency. We’ve done what we do best: made...

June 21, 2017
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Reporting about climate change was a winner in this year’s Pulitzers - Poynter

Reporting about climate change was a winner in this year’s Pulitzers - Poynter

The winners and finalists of the Pulitzer Prizes show the impact of major breaking news, including , and ; the work that leads to change, including , the and ; and the topics that drive policy and politics, including and . This year, coverage of climate change fell into each of those buckets. It looks like the first time in at least the last 10 years (which is as far back as we checked), that climate change itself has been a topic of the work of winners and finalists. Staff of The Washington Post for “or a groundbreaking series that showed with scientific clarity the dire effects of extreme...

May 4, 2020
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