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Will Automation Upend Journalism?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.25.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Talk of automation is making the rounds again and unless newsrooms retool, adapt, and media organizations train journalists to cope with it, more staf...

Trump vs. Clinton, True, False or "Pants on Fire"

Mark Silva | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Mark Silva

Just because someone says it's so, doesn't make it so. And the combative presidential election contest of 2016 has inspired the mass media equivalent of a Gold Rush of fact-checking.

NBC Shares Blame with Williams for 'Storied' Career

Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Media
Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D.

His biggest problem is he appeared to believe the larger-than-life visions of himself that NBC used to promote his broadcasts. He believed his own press, so to speak, and his public persona went straight to his head. Was that why his memory became so foggy?

A Trustworthy Press Is the Immune System of Democracy

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.19.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

Do your best to get it right. If you do, great. If you don't, admit you got it wrong, fix it, even if hard, and try harder next time. And we should reward journalists and press outlets that are practicing good, honest journalism.


Michael Rosenblum | Posted 01.18.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

Now, let us draw the obvious analogy. Newspapers today (and television news) are very much produced as was the Encyclopedia Britannica - by a small group of editors and expert contributors. The Encyclopedia Britannica, you will note, stopped publishing in 2010. Newspapers, no doubt, will not be far behind.

Advocacy Journalism Is Polarizing Our Country

Larry Atkins | Posted 08.24.2014 | Media
Larry Atkins

If our country is ever to get out of its current polarized rut, our media habits need to change. People need to get their news from a wide range of sources and go beyond their own echo chambers to get various perspectives on the news. They need news that they can rely on.

Finding Accurate Reporting About Government Shutdown

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Craig Newmark

I want news I can trust. I know this is not a simple problem. But it starts with journalists using their expertise and authority to accurately describe what is happening.

New Poynter Book Re: Journalism Ethics

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Craig Newmark

I really just want news I can trust. Turns out that what we have now are a lot of ethics codes and policies, but very little accountability.

Trustworthy Journalism in a Fact-checking-free World

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.24.2013 | Media
Craig Newmark

Our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful to account. In return, we buy the products of news outlets, and give news professionals certain protections, like the U.S. First Amendment and shield laws.

Engagement Can Save Journalism

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 06.05.2013 | Media
Daniel Moulthrop

People in Denver are deeply worried about the future of journalism. This week, a couple thousand media thinkers and optimistic reformers are gathering...

Jane Austen Weekly: Spare Me the Political Narrative

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 01.14.2013 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

Unlike the typical politician, Austen always signals the artificiality of her narratives. If only political narratives -- or all the pundits insisting we need them -- could be as honest. But what politician says, "enjoy the artificiality of my American success story?"

Restoring trustworthiness to news

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.22.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

Hey there, folks, I'm speaking at the Poynter Journalism Ethics Symposium today. I gave my speech a little earlier, and this is what I talked about: ...

Fact-Checkers Are Mad as Hell and They're Not Taking It Anymore...

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.10.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

The Paul Ryan speech has now triggered a spasm of fact-checking. Maybe what's changed is that surviving serious professional news people are "as mad as hell and not taking it anymore."

Poynter Conference on Journalist Ethics: Let's Jump the Gun

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.16.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

I've wondered what's the deal when you can see that a reporter knows when he's being lied to, but says that he has to "leave it there" and throw it back to the anchor. That reinforces the lie.

Poynter's Biggest Media Corrections Of 2011

Posted 12.19.2011 | Media

Poynter's Craig Silverman released his annual roundup of the year's biggest media errors and corrections on Sunday. The President Obama/Osama Bin ...

WATCH: Reporter Finds Himself Victim Of Foreclosure Fraud He's Investigating

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business

Improper foreclosure practices are so widespread in Las Vegas that one reporter trying to expose them instead found he too was a victim of foreclosure...

Romenesko Speaks

Dan Kennedy | Posted 01.21.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Those of us who have been reading Romenesko for years never really thought of what he was doing as "writing." It was ridiculous to accuse of him plagiarism or something like it because he didn't claim that anything he was posting was his original work.

Famed Media Blogger Quits After Site Publishes Post Critical Of Attribution

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 01.10.2012 | Media

Just weeks shy of his planned semi-retirement, famed media blogger Jim Romenesko has resigned from his position at Poynter after being accused of impr...

Michael Calderone

EXCLUSIVE: Media Pioneer Jim Romenesko To 'Semi-Retire' | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.24.2011 | Media

NEW YORK -- When Jim Romenesko attended an annual Poynter Institute board meeting in 2002, a few years after bringing his pioneering brand of media bl...

ESPN's Surprising New Watchdog

ESPN MediaZone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

ESPN and The Poynter Institute today announced a new step in media transparency--The Poynter Review Project--in which a panel of Poynter faculty will ...

What's Kanye West Got to Do With Jared Lee Loughner?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on Turnstyle, a project of Youth Radio. By Nishat Kurwa What gives? That's our question for reporters who are referring to J...

Tablets, Apps, Mobile, Ethics and Training Grip 17th World Editors Forum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Participants agreed that good management of newspapers required flexibility, a reallocation of resources to meet fast-paced technological innovations and constant training to keep up with the times.

Reporters Should Dig Into Norton's Plagiarism

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Cathy McMorris Rodgers properly attributed a quotation to former President Gerald Ford. Jane Norton did not.

Pictures of Minors Driving 60 mph and Texting? What is the NYT Thinking?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Blake Fleetwood

Could the Times possibly have assigned the photographer to take a picture of minors engaging in what seems like incredibly risky behavior?

Digital Television Delay

Stephanie Vaughn Hapke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stephanie Vaughn Hapke

I'm sorry, but if people have not heeded the warnings by now, they either do not watch enough TV for this to be an issue, or they just don't care.