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Twitter and factchecking don't mix during debates

Mitt Romney’s assertion in the first 2012 presidential debate - that Obamacare was a government takeover of the healthcare industry - was right in PolitiFact’s wheelhouse. And the factchecking organization didn’t whiff. With about 10...Show More Summary

Anchorage Daily News becomes Alaska Dispatch News

On Saturday it was… On Sunday it became… McClatchy sold the Anchorage Daily News to the founders of three months ago for $34 million. “Since then, you may have noticed we have more Alaska news every day,” publisher Alice Rogoff writes in today’s name-change announcement. “That is no accident, as our mission is focused … Read More

Politico CEO Jim VandeHei: It’s hard to find real reporting stars with game

From Politico and Capital New York president and CEO Jim VandeHei’s conversation with WAMC radio’s Alan Chartock. Q: If you hire a star at Politico, does that help you? Does the name recognition help you? Jim VandeHei: “It helped tremendously five and seven years ago. There’s a diminishing return on just a name right now. … Read More

Thousands of old photos damaged when water pipe bursts at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About 2,000 pictures set aside to be digitized were damaged Wednesday when a water pipe burst at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We quickly set up a washing station in the newspaper’s platemaking department. We soaked damaged prints, then set them onto tables to dry.” The Post-Gazette’s Tumblr post continues: It was heartbreaking to see physical evidence … Read More

Jose Antonio Vargas' detention shows what "border security" actually entails

AUSTIN, TX -- The blurry photograph appears to capture the moment on July 15 when a Border Patrol agent handcuffed Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and perhaps the nation's most well-known undocumented immigrant, at a South Texas airport near the border. Show More Summary

No silver bullets

Lewis DVorkin performed a miracle with Forbes … almost. He almost rescued a dying brand, almost helped get it sold to a new owner, and almost rescued the Forbes family and its no-doubt-regretful investor Elevation Partners. I respect Lewis’ inventiveness and innovation. He has done the best he could with the brand he had. But […]

ProPublica to CBS News: Your Pentagon/MIA story was not an exclusive

On July 11, ProPublica posted an exclusive report on the Defense Department inspector general’s “stinging rebuke of the Pentagon’s struggling effort to recover the remains of missing service members from past wars.” Five days later, the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” put out a press release touting its “first look at a Pentagon investigation … Read More

Free Press takes its transparency dispute with the University of Michigan to court

Investment commitments and funding of more than $120 million, a property purchase for $12.8 million, construction of a new biological sciences building—all unanimously approved by the University of Michigan Board of Regents without public deliberation or discussion. Show More Summary

The best and worst of this week's data journalism

Chris Whong--a self-proclaimed urbanist, mapmaker, and data junkie--filed a Freedom of Information request that resulted in acquiring information about all 170 million taxi rides that occurred in New York City in 2013. He created a beautiful...Show More Summary

Morning Report for July 18, 2014

The MH17 crash on newspaper front pages. ( | Graphic photos are all over social media. Reuters’s policy: “We should not…publish graphic images and details or obscene language gratuitously or with an intention to titillate or to shock.” ( Russia Today’s Sara Firth quits over her station’s coverage of the crash. Show More Summary

How to check if that viral video is true

When big news breaks, like the Malaysian airline plane crash in eastern Ukraine on Thursday afternoon, news organizations can't say much that's not confirmed. So they, along with hungry news consumers, turn to user-generated content for answers, such as these first two crash-related posts on verified UGC feed FB Newswire: a photo of extra security at Schiphol Airport in...

How CNN and Cisco Made A Web Series About Progressive Cities

During CNN's 2014 Upfronts, president Jeff Zucker vowed that the network would be focus on its digital presence and creating new opportunities for advertisers. Three months later, the net's Web-first production company, CNN Digital Studios,...Show More Summary

Don’t even ask what he’s having for dinner

A Romenesko reader writes: “I’d rather not have my name attached, but this screenshot is a funny example of why automatically truncating headlines can be dangerous. This is from the [Wilmington, Del.] News Journal’s iPhone app a few minutes ago. The full headline reads “Single mom who wrote Obama is president’s lunch date.” Single … Read More

OK, she didn’t get the job; don’t rub it in, Seattle Times!

A Romenesko reader writes: “So in the last 20 minutes I have received this email more than 15 times. Don’t rub it in Seattle Times. Most awkward job rejection ever. I’m assuming this has happened to about 249 other people.” From: Cheryl Kaiser via SmartRecruiters Date: Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM Subject: Seattle … Read More

Murdoch moves on Time Warner

Seven years ago, when Rupert Murdoch stunned the media world by bidding for The Wall Street Journal, its parent company turned him down flat. Investors didn't buy the rejection, and Dow Jones stocks jumped immediately to just under Murdoch's unsolicited $60-a-share bid. Three months later, the Bancroft family signed over the company, and the rest is history. Now Murdoch is...

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