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Not naming mass shooters (much) is now the norm

Not naming mass shooters (much) is now the norm

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...

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Kelly McBride
June 12, 2019
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The Newseum is selling MAGA hats and 'fake news' T-shirts

The Newseum is selling MAGA hats and 'fake news' T-shirts

Google Tag Manager Tags:Update: The Newseum announced today, Saturday, Aug. 4, in a release that it will no longer sell "Fake News" items on its website or in its gift shop. Journalists decried the practice and slogan after Poynter.org published the following story on Friday. See the full release .If you’re looking to stock up on the famous red hats that bear Donald Trump’s favorite slogan, look no further than the Newseum’s gift shop., the interactive news museum in Washington, D.C., sells $14.99 “Make America Great Again” hats alongside American flag accessories and ties that bear the...

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August 4, 2018
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This project matches investigative editors to the local newsrooms that desperately need them

This project matches investigative editors to the local newsrooms that desperately need them

Like many people, Rose Ciotta has watched national news thrive while local news suffered. But Ciotta turned her worries into something that might help.is a project that pairs seasoned investigative editors with local newsrooms. The editors get stipends for their work through foundation funding that supports the project. The newsrooms pay nothing.IEC officially , almost three years after Ciotta first imagined how investigative editors who’d left the business (either willingly or not) might help the local newsrooms that need them.“The whole idea here is to try to empower them, to bolster them...

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Kristen Hare
February 11, 2020
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Here's what a world without a free press looks like. Believe us — we know.

Here's what a world without a free press looks like. Believe us — we know.

Sometimes, for a lifelong American journalist, worrying about threats to a free press feels a bit like a fish worrying about the oceans drying up. For our entire careers — and for many of us, our entire lives — we’ve lived and worked so deeply inside a society with a free press we’ve forgotten, if we ever knew, just how extraordinary that is. We worry about threats to a free press in our country — yet overwhelmingly we still write, speak, criticize and investigate corruption, bias, violence, prejudice and all sorts of wrongdoing and know that our work will often lead to action — and that...

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Amanda Bennett
February 15, 2020
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Newsrooms are rethinking their use of mugshots in crime reporting

Newsrooms are rethinking their use of mugshots in crime reporting

This article was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Sign up for their newsletter, or follow The Marshall Project on Facebook or Twitter. Some are red-eyed from crying, others visibly drunk. Some sport black eyes or jarring face tattoos. Occasionally, one offers an addled grin. Online mugshot galleries, where news organizations post rows of people who were arrested, once seemed like an easy moneymaker for struggling newsrooms: Each reader click to the next image translated to more page views and an...

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Keri Blakinger
February 11, 2020
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Two Capital Gazette journalists who covered the shooting in their own newsroom have taken buyouts

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

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 and...

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Kristen Hare
February 11, 2020
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Finally some good news: Trust in news is up, especially for local media

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

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, and 73...

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August 25, 2018
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Is there media bias around Bernie Sanders? » OU journalism professor apologizes » Miami Herald takes it on the chin with MMA mistake - Poynter

Is there media bias around Bernie Sanders? » OU journalism professor apologizes » Miami Herald takes it on the chin with MMA mistake - Poynter

Your Thursday Poynter ReportThe Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click .Here’s a quick anecdote for you. , I led with a brief recap of the New Hampshire primary — very brief, just 27 words. I wrote how it was a surprisingly good night for Pete Buttigieg and a disappointing one for Elizabeth Warren. And that was pretty much it.The original newsletter lead photo was that of Buttigieg. (When we posted the newsletter to , as we do every day, we switched to a photo of the University of Oklahoma journalism building — the site of a...

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February 13, 2020
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Reliability ratings from journalists could actually help audiences identify misinformation

Reliability ratings from journalists could actually help audiences identify misinformation

Google Tag Manager Tags:Journalist-sourced reliability ratings of news outlets could actually affect readers’ perceptions of their accuracy, according to . The ratings helped audiences across the political spectrum identify trustworthy news sources compared to misinformation.The survey asked 2,000 adults in the U.S. to rate the accuracy of 12 headlines. Six came from reliable news sources (some national, some local; see the list at the bottom of this article) and six came from unreliable sources known to spread misinformation. Experienced journalists determined the reliability ratings based...

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July 5, 2018
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Snopes is locked in a legal battle for control of its website – Poynter

Snopes is locked in a legal battle for control of its website – Poynter

Google Tag Manager Tags:The owner of Snopes is locked in a legal battle with a small digital services company for control of the popular debunking site.Proper Media — a company that owns, operates and represents web properties  — has issued a legal complaint and demand for a jury trial with Snopes owner Bardav, Inc. for what it calls "a lengthy scheme of concealment and subterfuge to gain control of the company and to drain its profits," according to documents filed in the Superior Court of California in San Diego County."Our termination of the contract was fully in accord with the...

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