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CNN's pro-Trump posse clouds its journalism

The consensus headline from the third and final presidential debate was Republican candidate Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the 2016 election results. It was a stunning rebuke of American political norms from the nominee...Show More Summary

Chris Wallace steers debate focus from personal attacks to policy

For a debate cycle that has prized personal characteristics over policy positions, last night’s final meeting between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presented a striking contrast to the mudslinging attacks of previous showdowns. Though...Show More Summary

NPR rides Facebook wave to traffic record

Yesterday, NPR reported a large ratings increase across the board: radio, podcasts, and the website all saw a major jump in audience this year. NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn attributes this to the country’s “appetite for factual reporting” and NPR’s reputation. On the digital side, one of NPR’s greatest successes this year was its fact-checking page during the first...

Two new tools at the cutting edge of audio sharing

When you hear a great story on the radio, there is no easy way to send it to your friends. You might be in the car listening to live radio, doing the dishes with a podcast on, or streaming on the computer. Wherever you’re listening, the best you could do is send them a link to the Soundcloud, and tell...

Expect a policy focus at tonight's debate -- with plenty of fireworks

Tonight’s third presidential debate brings America its final chance to see Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton together on the same stage. Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News has announced plans to ask questions on six topics: debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots, and fitness to be president. Show More Summary

Star-Ledger employees left scrambling after retirement plan dissolves

The story has finally hit home for retirees of the Newark Star-Ledger. In late September, the benefits administrator for Advance Publications, which owns the paper, sent a letter to retirees notifying them that they would no longer be covered by a company-sponsored group retiree plan. In its place, Advance informed them it was “pleased to offer a new solution” –...

Foreign journalists on 2016: ‘Is this the demise of objective American journalism?’

An outsider’s perspective can often prove to be an invaluable catalyst for self-reflection. This election season has certainly shown that we Americans need it. Staffers from several international news organizations aimed to provide such...Show More Summary

Before Nixon: When JFK tapped the phone of a New York Times reporter

Nearly every president, and most serious candidates for that position, exhibit a love/hate relationship with the press. In the popular mind, John F. Kennedy expressed mainly the "love" part, partly due to his witty manner at frequent White House press conferences. Show More Summary

It's not called 'fondling.' It's called 'assault.'

During this most contentious election season, “politically correct” has come in for more than its share of discussion. Depending on who’s defining it, it means “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people,” as Merriam-Webster says, or it means “The idealogy of...

Vice News Tonight is the newscast we want, not the one we need

Vice co-founder Shane Smith’s interview with John Boehner, which aired last Tuesday on Vice News Tonight, opens with b-roll footage of the former House Speaker mowing his lawn, then pensively smoking a cigarette as he peers into the distance. It’s the portrait of a suburban dad in retirement. It also serves as a reminder of the onetime tagline of Vice’s...

Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash

New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum, a Pulitzer Prize winner, spent the Republican National Convention pen-pricking presidential nominee Donald Trump as a misogynist shyster running an “ugly and xenophobic campaign.” What Nussbaum didn’t disclose: she contributed $250 to Democrat Hillary Clinton in April. Show More Summary

Social media feud leads to public records fight in Miami Beach

Grant Stern is a mortgage broker, radio broadcaster and the executive director of PINAC News, a national police accountability site—and he’s suing the city of Miami Beach and its mayor under Florida’s sunshine law to obtain some of the mayor’s tweets and his Facebook block list, among other things. Show More Summary

Donald Trump and the liberation of news

riginal behavior is impossible to resist, even as you recoil from it. Donald Trump possesses, as Dickens's biographer once said about his subject's gritty yet riveting tales, the "attraction of repulsion." Regardless of what happens on Election Day, dark clouds are gathering in politics. But above the storm, blue skies are visible in the media world. Trump's effect could well...

7 photos that capture the absurdity of this election season

The 2016 presidential campaign has inspired a visual backlash to business as usual, targeting the typical posturing, rituals, and coronations. From early on in the election cycle, staff photographers and freelancers have been challenging the campaign process at every turn, especially on Instagram and Twitter. Show More Summary

On verge of teacher strike, Chicago turned to social media

On Monday night in Chicago, more than 300,000 children and their families waited to find out whether teachers from the nation’s third largest school district would strike in the morning. As the clock ticked toward a midnight deadline to reach a deal, the city’s education reporters watched from a downtown conference room, where union leaders were reviewing an offer from...

Q&A: Journalist who broke Trump groping story on why others were slow to follow

Revelations this week about Donald Trump’s alleged sexual misconduct shocked no one who had listened to him brag to Billy Bush about groping women in a 2005 Access Hollywood video that surfaced last week. But a parade of fresh testimonials from women who have crossed paths with the Republican nominee, published in The New York Times, People, and the Palm...

Donald Trump threatens press freedom worldwide

For the first time in history, the Iranian state broadcaster livestreamed the entire 90-minute US presidential debate on Sunday. This was not meant to be a civics lesson. Rather, it was an effort to highlight the dysfunctionality of the American political system to the Iranian public. That decision shows the ways in which--win or lose--the Trump campaign has eroded US...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... Quite a typo for a headline from @FoxNews —even in the url. How did the shark get to the coach? #Sharknado— Bodo Winter (@BodoWinter) October 11, 2016 Deseret...Show More Summary

How CNN is 'future-proofing' itself

On Wednesday, CNN launched a mobile app to curate a more personalized feed of business news. Last week, it hired away a crack team of BuzzFeed reporters who’ve frequently broken stories this campaign through archival research of historical interviews and video clips. Show More Summary

Freed from UN, a 20-year-old news network embraces independence

Three years ago, United Nations officials told editors of its in-house news service to stop covering the Syrian war. The UN office, which controlled the $11 million budget for IRIN, worried that detailed coverage by the service could derail Syria-related talks involving the UN. The ban on IRIN’s Syria reporting added fire to a longstanding debate over the 20 year-old...

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