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Fact-checking sites continue to grow in number around the world

A new census from Duke’s Reporters’ Lab says that fact-checking sites are on the rise worldwide: The 2015 Fact-Checking Census from the Duke Reporters’ Lab found 89 that have been active in the past few years and 64 that are active today. That’s up from 59 total/44 active when we did our last count in...

Culture War? Jon Stewart Slams Mike Huckabee Over Beyoncé

Jon Stewart took possible Republican presidential-hopeful Mike Huckabee to task over his recent attacks on Beyoncé, over music which Huckabee refers to as “mental poison.” Huckabee quit his job as a Fox News host in order to exploreShow More Summary

Timeline, an app based on "the history of..."

On Timeline, a new made-for-mobile app, the news is told chronologically. An orangutan gaining legal rights in Argentina, for instance, inspired an article last week on the history of personhood, which begins in 1266 France with seven pigs on trial for murder. Similarly, the recent Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong is the last item on a timeline asking, “Will...

Dear Gannett subsidiary: A company looks its best when it uses the correct its

From Gannett, the company that has been laying off copy editors. Earlier: Gannett exec misspells his company’s name (

The future still looks pretty grim for free print daily newspapers

You may remember a year ago I posted this short piece that detailed the decline of free daily newspapers in Europe. (“Remember how, a few years ago, some thought that Metro and others of its free ilk would sweep into the space paid dailies were leaving behind? It didn’t work out exactly that way.”) I...

Morning Report for January 20, 2015

The Lens loses its free office space at Loyola University in New Orleans just as it reports on the Jesuit school’s president. (Associated Press) | ( West Virginia House of Delegates considers harsher penalties for violent crimes against journalists. ( More on New York Times vs. BuzzFeed social shares. ( Chicago … Read More

Worcester Telegram & Gazette reporter resigns after publisher says no to 3% raise

Investigative reporter Thomas Caywood received only one small raise in his seven years at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, while his paid vacation benefit went from three weeks a year to two. Invited by new owners to stay at the paper, Caywood told Telegram publisher James F. Normandin that he’d stay put if he received … Read More

Keene Sentinel photographer defends fire scene image that shows a beer can

A homeless man was killed last week after a fire swept through his makeshift shelter. Keene (NH) Sentinel photographer Bill Gnade took pictures for the story, and showed a beer can in his published photo. “Bad taste,” wrote a Facebook commenter. “Disrespectful to him and his family,” wrote another. Gnade did a good job defending … Read More

Morning Report for January 19, 2015

AP North Korea bureau chief Eric Talmadge says “it’s too easy to treat North Korea as an incomprehensible place. Fundamentally, of course, it’s not.” ( San Francisco Chronicle is no longer using newspaper “hawkers.”...Show More Summary

Why did CoOportunity fail?

Just before Christmas, Iowa’s top insurance regulator announced he was taking control of CoOportunity Health, one of the 23 non-profit co-op health insurers created under the Affordable Care Act to inject competition into the insurance marketplace. Show More Summary

Seattle and Green Bay football front pages

Today’s Seattle Times and Green Bay Press-Gazette front pages

MTV Will Mark MLK Day by Airing in Black and White

For 12 hours starting at 9 a.m. this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 19), MTV will mark the civil rights leader's memory by airing in black and white. As part of its ongoing anti-bias campaign, Look Different, MTV will launch a new series of PSAs titled "The Talk" on MLK Day. Show More Summary

NYT and WSJ on Obama’s speech

A ROMENESKO READER writes: I’ve never sent you anything before, but I couldn’t resist this. The picture attached to this email is my phone next to my girlfriend’s. Same topic, same time period; I have The New York Times’ headline showing at the top, and she has The Wall Street Journal’s alert. Here’s what they … Read More

A Humbled Fox Seeks to Change Its Fortunes

The last time Fox was at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, then-chief Kevin Reilly declared that pilot season was dead (which topped my list of the most ridiculous statements network presidents said last year).Show More Summary

Resurgent NBC Sets Sights on Two Remaining Weak Spots: Thursdays and Comedies

When NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt started at the network in 2011, things looked bleak. NBC has now clawed its way back to first place in the 18-49 demographic, thanks to Sunday Night Football, The Voice and hits like The Blacklist. Show More Summary

From USA to Bravo, NBCUniversal's Cable Channels are in Transition

As NBC proper continues to build momentum—attracting more viewers ages 18 to 49 than any other broadcast network—many of parent NBCUniversal's cable networks are in transition. The USA Network, for one, is still tops on cable, but it's regrouping after abandoning a push into comedy last year. Show More Summary

Chicago Reader staff votes to unionize, seeking 'stronger voice' in outlet's future

CHICAGO — Employees of the Chicago Reader, the city’s premier alt-weekly, voted unanimously Friday to join the Chicago Newspaper Guild, becoming the third Chicago newsroom to unionize in 13 months. Mick Dumke, the paper’s senior writer and one of the organizers behind today’s vote, says the decision to join the union stems from the desire to have “a stronger voice...

Pittsburgh Steelers’ poor performance ‘might have inadvertently contributed to her demise’

Devoted Steelers fan Eleanor Gallagher dies at 81 ( Earlier: She was a lifelong Mets fan, but that wasn’t what killed her (

Chicago Reader staff joins the Newspaper Guild

I’m told the Reader vote to join the Guild was 19-0. (The weekly is owned by the Chicago Sun-Times parent.) Chicago Newspaper Guild president David Pollard tells Reader journalists: “You’ve made a brave and bold decision, but you’ve joined a union that advocates aggressively on behalf of our members who work in the newsroom and … Read More

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