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Concrete steps student newsrooms can take to build trust with readers - Poynter

Concrete steps student newsrooms can take to build trust with readers - Poynter

Does your publication’s audience trust your journalism? If they don’t, how can you earn their trust?launched in 2016 with support from the Reynolds Journalism Institute and American Press Institute. The project works with newsrooms and conducts research on what helps journalists actively prove their credibility and earn their audience’s trust. (I attended a Trusting News training last spring at Poynter and have partnered with them for nearly a year now in my role at The Seattle Times.)The Trusting News website is full of resources and . Assistant Director Lynn Walsh discussed how student...

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Ethical practices are changing as a result of the increase in threats to journalists - Poynter

Ethical practices are changing as a result of the increase in threats to journalists - Poynter

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 .Here’s a run-down of ways to balance the need to document the first draft of history with the need to keep journalists safe.Support high-integrity, independent journalism that serves democracy. Make a gift to Poynter today. The Poynter Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, and your gift helps us make good journalism better.Tags:First gentleman is ‘not an official title, always lowercase.’Consistency,...

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Front pages on Trump's impeachment: 'Again.' - Poynter

Front pages on Trump's impeachment: 'Again.' - Poynter

The day after President Donald Trump was impeached for the second time, front pages around the country mostly led with the same headline: “Impeached again.” Here’s a small collection via : Support high-integrity, independent journalism that serves democracy. Make a gift to Poynter today. The Poynter Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, and your gift helps us make good journalism better.Tags: ,The media needs to be discerning about the vaccination-related events it reports, and how it does so, and avoid sensationalizing such incidents.Headlines include 'two-time loser' and...

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Telling it like it is: When writing news requires a distance from neutrality - Poynter

Telling it like it is: When writing news requires a distance from neutrality - Poynter

One of my favorite songs by the great Aaron Neville is “Tell It Like It Is.” That could be the anthem of the moment for journalists, along with the lyrics, “Don’t be afraid, let your conscience be your guide.”The song played in my head as I read a written by John Woodrow Cox, based on the work of a team of reporters. I have known Cox’s work from his days at the Tampa Bay Times.In a tweet, Cox shared a four-paragraph lead about what some have called an “attempted coup.” He characterized that lead as “the most astonishing four paragraphs I’ve ever written.”Here they are:As President Trump...

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Should journalists play a role in identifying rioters? - Poynter

Should journalists play a role in identifying rioters? - Poynter

— including photojournalists, social media posts and police — to identify the rioters in the pictures and is urging members of the public to contact the news organization to help. USA Today is asking readers to contact the news organization and, in an updated post, explained why:USA TODAY is working to identify those who stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. If you were there or if you know someone who was there, please help us.We are using this information to piece together stories about how the event unfolded, who the participants were and what their motivations were. Some people...

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Reporters covering the Capitol attack were used to harassment and heckling. But Wednesday was different. - Poynter

Reporters covering the Capitol attack were used to harassment and heckling. But Wednesday was different. - Poynter

“Murder the media” — those were the words into a door in the Capitol building during the attack Wednesday.Inside, reporters in legislative offices as President Donald Trump’s supporters ransacked the building. They press signs for fear of what would happen if they were found. Some to document the riot and were .Meanwhile their colleagues outside the building were left exposed. With little police presence around, journalists came face-to-face with people calling for the destruction of the very institutions they worked for. The rioters spat at reporters and hurled slurs. They chased...

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A man wearing a buffalo cap proves how far mis/disinformation can go and how dangerous it can be

A man wearing a buffalo cap proves how far mis/disinformation can go and how dangerous it can be

Jake Angeli stood bare-chested, wearing his trademark buffalo cap and holding an American flag, among a group of other men who stormed the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday afternoon. The well-known QAnon evangelist’s presence in such a moment was considered by some fact-checkers and researchers as the culmination of the impact of mis- and disinformation on American politics.Angeli has mostly been active in Arizona. In 2019, he was seen outside the state Capitol building shouting dozens of conspiracy theories. According to , he carried a sign that read “Q sent me” and kept repeating that “Q...

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What to expect in 2021 in the world of misinformation online - Poynter

What to expect in 2021 in the world of misinformation online - Poynter

It’s already becoming a theme everywhere I look: 2020 was an extremely difficult year, and 2021 will be too. This is true for the events of everyday life but also on your social media feeds.No one could have predicted the chaos that unfolded on the internet in 2020 (and is still unfolding), fueled by disinformation campaigns and the rampant sharing of misinformation. But given my role leading , Poynter’s digital media literacy and fact-checking initiative, I have three key predictions for the year ahead. And, I’m sorry to say, it’s not a pretty picture.I always prefer to break bad news...

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Is the New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop legit? Here’s how to form your own judgment. - Poynter

Is the New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop legit? Here’s how to form your own judgment. - Poynter

You might have heard — unless you’ve been trying to avoid the news over the past two weeks, which would be understandable — about this big about Hunter Biden’s laptop allegedly containing emails pointing to shady dealings between his dad, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and Ukraine.Some are calling the story this election season’s “” — it’s gone viral on many social platforms and been banned on others, received cheers on a few cable TV networks and been criticized heavily on others.Should you believe this story? That’s up to you, but there are a number of tools and questions you...

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More than 500 journalists and media workers have died from COVID-19 - Poynter

More than 500 journalists and media workers have died from COVID-19 - Poynter

I had this idea back in the spring to collect the names of the few journalists who died from the coronavirus and have them inscribed on a brick in Poynter’s courtyard.It’s a quiet spot, with the statue of a man reading a newspaper that visitors often pose with. There are tall palm trees, scurrying lizards and strings of lights. The ground is covered with memorial bricks in honor of journalists and their work.After 10 months , I’m certain that the courtyard couldn’t begin to hold all their names., a press freedom nonprofit, has gathered news of their deaths and been a key source in Poynter’s...

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When you lie about pandemics and public health, people die - Poynter

When you lie about pandemics and public health, people die - Poynter

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 to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning.Every year my colleagues at that stirs anger and angst. I truly cannot imagine how one could pick among the truckload of lies that have come at us like mortar fire in 2020. But one lie stands above them all for PolitiFact, and this year, that lie was the many claims “that deny, downplay or disinform about COVID-19.”PolitiFact says President Donald Trump “was the conductor, if not the...

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McClatchy’s four Washington state papers join forces in unionization effort - Poynter

McClatchy’s four Washington state papers join forces in unionization effort - Poynter

Journalists at McClatchy’s four Washington state newspapers announced Wednesday that they are unionizing, a move that has received support from more than 90% of their union-eligible staff.The union representing the papers — The Bellingham Herald, The Olympian, The News Tribune and the Tri-City Herald — is seeking voluntary recognition from McClatchy, which has received the request but not yet made a decision. If recognized, the will be part of The Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild of The NewsGuild-CWA.The announcement marks the latest in a string of recent unionization efforts at other...

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Understanding the legal language and judicial issues in the Breonna Taylor ruling - Poynter

Understanding the legal language and judicial issues in the Breonna Taylor ruling - Poynter

Category: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 to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning.From the beginning of this column, we have said we would help you with the coverage of the pandemic and would also include some help for how you cover other difficult and sensitive stories.Today is such a day.Protests overnight demanded the officers be criminally charged in Breonna Taylor’s death. Some want it to be easier to charge and sue officers who use undue force.  It...

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A guide to anti-misinformation actions around the world - Poynter

A guide to anti-misinformation actions around the world - Poynter

By Daniel Funke and Daniela FlaminiBRUSSELS — In mid-March 2018, a European Commission high-level group published  on misinformation, drawing upon the input of experts from around the world who gathered over several weeks to help the European Union figure out what to do about misinformation.The report created by the high-level group —  in November 2017 to help the EU craft policies to address  about misinformation in Europe — contains an  to addressing misinformation around the world (Disclosure: Poynter attended the meetings as one of the experts).The report, while imperfect, explicitly...

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Reporting on polls? Here's how to do it responsibly - Poynter

Reporting on polls? Here's how to do it responsibly - Poynter

Category:On the morning after the 2016 presidential election, many opinion pollsters and pundits picked at their scrambled eggs with egg on their faces. Somehow, Donald Trump had upset Hillary Clinton, the favored candidate in their polls. Journalists who provided misleading reporting to the public should have been eating humble pie.Before this year’s Nov. 3 elections, we’ll be inundated again with polls and punditry. With national and state polls proliferating, we risk drowning in bad data, said Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute.Journalists shouldn’t make...

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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, reached out 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 CoronaVirusFacts / DatosCoronaVirus alliance spent the last week analyzing ways to meet the gigantic demand for reliable information while...

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Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network launches the first-ever coalition of major U.S. fact-checkers to debunk misinformation in English and Spanish - Poynter

Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network launches the first-ever coalition of major U.S. fact-checkers to debunk misinformation in English and Spanish - Poynter

Category:.ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2020) — Led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute, is the first collaborative project to unite 10 U.S. fact-checking organizations with two major Spanish-language news broadcasters to fight mis/disinformation during a presidential campaign. This bilingual alliance will expose the record 32 million Latino voters in the U.S. to accurate election-related information from Sept. 15, 2020 through Inauguration Day in 2021. This effort is supported by WhatsApp.The 10 English-language fact-checking organizations...

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Why does President Trump react so strongly when challenged by female reporters? - Poynter

Why does President Trump react so strongly when challenged by female reporters? - Poynter

Category:This piece originally appeared in The Poynter Report, our daily newsletter for everyone who cares about the media. Subscribe to The Poynter Report .President Donald Trump abruptly ended a news conference Saturday when after Trump, as he has done more than 150 times, bragged about passing the Veterans Choice health program when, in fact, Barack Obama signed it into law in 2014.Reid asked Trump, “Why do you keep saying that you passed Veterans Choice?”Trump tried calling on another reporter, but Reid continued to challenge the president by saying, “You said that you passed Veterans...

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A growing group of journalists has cut back on Twitter, or abandoned it entirely - Poynter

A growing group of journalists has cut back on Twitter, or abandoned it entirely - Poynter

In late June, The New York Times published an article by Noam Scheiber detailing discomfort staffers at The Ringer feel about managers’ commitment to racial diversity and inclusion. K. Austin Collins, a former Ringer employee, was one of four Black journalists to detail his frustrations for the article, and the only one quoted. Scheiber’s piece on the sports and culture media company surfaced amid a broader transformation currently taking place within the media industry, in which Black journalists and other journalists of color are sharing long-held frustrations around their experiences...

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Reversing a decade-long trend, Gannett plans to grow its newsroom staffs in the second half of 2020 - Poynter

Reversing a decade-long trend, Gannett plans to grow its newsroom staffs in the second half of 2020 - Poynter

Category:As Gannett plans for continued COVID-related revenue pressure for the balance of the year, permanent expense reductions are in the works — but no newsroom layoffs.In fact, some staffing increases are coming at both USA Today and the company’s network of 260 regional dailies, Mike Reed, Gannett’s CEO, told me in an interview Thursday.Reed said that the company wants to build on traffic and paid digital subscription momentum over the last few months as its journalists have provided high volume and high-quality coverage of the pandemic and social justice protests.“We need to get even...

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Chris Wallace masterfully turned in what might have been the best TV interview ever with President Donald Trump - Poynter

Chris Wallace masterfully turned in what might have been the best TV interview ever with President Donald Trump - Poynter

Category:The Poynter Report is our daily media newsletter. To have it delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click .Late last week, Fox News teased by running a brief clip — a testy exchange between the president and Wallace.In the clip, Trump said that his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, wants to defund the police. Wallace interrupted, “Sir, he does not.”Trump pointed to the unity platform that Biden signed with Sen. Bernie Sanders. Wallace quickly — and correctly — pointed out that it “says nothing about defunding the police.”Then Trump halted the interview after saying, “Oh really? It...

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The coronavirus has closed more than 50 local newsrooms across America. And counting. - Poynter

The coronavirus has closed more than 50 local newsrooms across America. And counting. - Poynter

Category:This story was last updated on July 13In many places, it started with . . . Just to get through the crisis, newsroom leaders told readers.In some places, none of it was enough.Now, small newsrooms around the country, often more than 100 years old, often the only news source in those places, are closing under the weight of the coronavirus. Some report they’re merging with nearby publications. But that “merger” means the end of news dedicated to those communities, the evaporation of institutional knowledge and the loss of local jobs.At least 14 of the newsrooms now gone are owned by...

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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

Category: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...

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How Poynter is supporting local journalists and newsrooms during the coronavirus crisis - Poynter

How Poynter is supporting local journalists and newsrooms during the coronavirus crisis - Poynter

The coronavirus is a story unlike any in a generation. It’s a global issue playing out differently in every community on the planet. No single place or person can bear the responsibility of documenting it, nor is any organization immune from its .The rapid pace of information — and disinformation — calls for a clearinghouse of smart journalism and creative solutions. Poynter, with its industry standing, its underpinning as an independent broker and its commitment to craft and ethical decision-making, has become a hub for newsrooms and nonprofits to share their energy, their power, their...

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