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How news outlets dealt with The Intercept’s retracted story on Dylann Roof’s cousin

After The Intercept announced that reporter Juan Thompson had “fabricated several quotes in his stories and created fake email accounts that he used to impersonate people,” news organizations that picked up a story on Dylann Roof’s cousin were faced with the challenge of how to deal with it. New York Daily News and The Root […]

Evidence of Adelson’s influence at the Review-Journal is starting to become visible

You might have heard: The staff of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has been especially transparent in covering its own newspaper’s controversial sale to the family of billionaire Sheldon Adelson But did you know: After former USA Today publisher Craig Moon was named as publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal last week, Rick Edmonds writes that […]

If journalism continues operating at ‘peak content,’ the quality of journalism produced will ultimately decline

As journalism hits “peak content,” Erica Berger writes that many journalists are nearing their maximum possible output, ultimately lowering the quality of work they create. Berger writes: “If the media continues to be created and spread at such a rapid rate, we know the effects are unlikely to be positive. Fact-checking already has a troubling […]

Kelly McBride: When it comes to covering Michael Bloomberg’s possible presidential run, Bloomberg News ‘can’t sit this one out’

In the week since speculation started that Michael Bloomberg might run for president, Bloomberg News has been put in a tricky spot, with one of its editors resigning over concerns that the organization couldn’t cover Bloomberg aggressively enough. Poynter’s Kelly McBride says that Bloomberg News “can’t sit this one out,” and Bloomberg News’ leadership needs […]

Dean Baquet: NYT would not have offered El Chapo final approval over the story

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet says that the NYT would not have offered El Chapo the pre-publication approval that Rolling Stone did. Baquet says that he does not believe in preapproval in any case. If preapproval was a prerequisite for the interview, Baquet says: “Yes, I would have walked away from the interview.” […]

Months before the Las Vegas Review-Journal ownership drama began, Michael Schroeder offered to pay a freelancer $5,000 for a story on Nevada judges

Three months before a story appeared in a Connecticut newspaper on a judge overseeing a lawsuit involving Sheldon Adelson, New Britain Herald publisher and editor Michael Schroeder offered a freelance reporter $5,000 for a story “looking at Nevada judges who were handling business cases and mentioned Adelson’s name.” The reporter, Scott Whipple, says he decided […]

How should news organizations refer to the armed protesters in Oregon?

When covering the armed protesters in Oregon, news outlets have used a variety of terms: “self-styled militiamen” by Reuters, “armed activists” by The New York Times and “armed protesters” by The Washington Post, while Twitter users posting under the hashtag #OregonUnderAttack seemed to prefer the term “domestic terrorists.” Nearly all major news outlets are avoiding […]

Science journalism needs to more closely examine who is producing studies and their potential conflicts of interest

Science journalism spends a lot of time covering new studies and how new research affects people’s lives. But Brooke Borel says it needs to be spending more time examining who is producing these studies and their possible conflicts of interest, because their perspective and intentions influence their interpretation of the truth. Borel writes: “Should political […]

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