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Opinion: Journalists must look past Moore’s appeal to hold him accountable

Legislative session will provide first test for new governor

It’s easy for journalists to be infatuated with Wes Moore.
The newly minted Maryland governor looks like one of central casting’s better creations. His big, boyish grin masks a ruggedly handsome appearance that Hollywood reserves for superheroes. On the political stump, Moore had a military bearing borne of his time at the Valley Forge Military School and months spent leading

What will matter most during this news cycle is accuracy, responsibility, sensitivity, fairness, and support. News executives and managers must ensure that the reporting produced under their leadership follows the pillars of journalism and unapologetically tells Tyre’s story through a careful lens of the Black community. They must make it a priority to be intuitive about what is seen, heard and read by their audiences. And they must immediately activate and sustain resources to help ensure that the mental health

AAJA’s Guidance on Covering Violence in Asian American communities, following multiple mass shootings in California.

January 25, 2023

In the wake of the shooting in Half Moon Bay, AAJA urges newsrooms to responsibly and fairly cover the Asian American communities that have been affected. The Half Moon Bay attack, which killed both Chinese and Latino farmworkers, came just days after


Emmy Award-winning journalist Cecilia Vega is joining CBS News as a correspondent for 60 MINUTES, America’s #1 news program, it was announced today by Bill Owens, executive producer of the broadcast. Vega will begin reporting for 60 MINUTES in the spring and be based in Washington, D.C.

“Cecilia Vega is a sensational reporter and storyteller. I have admired her work for a long, long time and couldn’t be more excited to welcome

A new fellowship enlists students to fill reporting gaps on HBCUs

“There’s no [better] way to be close to an institution than through somebody who lives in a dorm.”
Fellowship allows students to write stories about their HBCUs, enter pipeline of emerging Black journalists

When Jarrett Carter Sr. launched HBCU Digest in 2010, it was to fill a gap in thoughtful and rigorous higher education journalism on historically Black colleges and universities in the United States.

As a student at

Maine newspaper apologizes for running a redacted version of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

A Maine newspaper has apologized for publishing a heavily redacted version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Sunday, after a deluge of backlash from readers, on social media, and even a cable news show host criticized the paper for whitewashing the Black civil rights leader’s legacy on what would have been his 94th birthday.

The Bangor Daily News editorial

Blind news audiences are being left behind in the data visualisation revolution: here’s how we fix that

As the use of visual data journalism becomes more embedded in day-to-day newsroom operations, there’s a very real danger that those who can’t decipher visual information in the usual way will be left behind.

During the COVID-19 pandemic there was no shortage of news about the spread of the virus, but it was the graphs and illustrations that made the severity of the

Kansas City Police Dismissed a Black News Site’s Reports of Missing Women. Then One Showed Up.

A 40-year-old white man was charged with kidnapping, rape, and assault when a 22-year-old Black woman said he held her captive for over a month.

For more than a month, a 22-year-old Black woman was allegedly held hostage inside a makeshift room in the basement of an Excelsior Springs, Missouri, home. Bound with handcuffs, gagged by duct tape and a metal collar with a

Rebecca Blumenstein, a Senior Times Editor, Takes a Top Role at NBC News

The appointment of Ms. Blumenstein, a deputy managing editor at The Times, is a part of a broad overhaul of the news division at NBCUniversal.


Senior Times Editor Rebecca Blumenstein takes on a senior role at NBC News


NBCUniversal has appointed Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor of The New York Times, as editorial director of NBC News as part of a far-reaching restructuring of the department.

‘I’m asking about you’: CBS host shuts down GOP lawmaker’s attempt to ‘both sides’ election denial

On Sunday morning’s edition of Face the Nation, United States Congressman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) reverted to a “both sides” response when pressed by CBS moderator Margaret Brennan on how he felt about having Republican members of Congress who aided former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election serve on powerful House committees.


I also want to ask you what leadership

She found that whistleblowers were drawn to journalists because of the overlap between their own motives and their perception of journalists’ motives — keeping the powerful in check and advocating for the public interest. Their goal was to produce social change, so the name recognition and status of the journalist they approached played an outsized role in their criteria for trust.

Two other criteria were unsurprisingly significant: a commitment to protect their identity and substantial subject matter expertise. What’s more

We live in a golden age of national media startups. Every week another group of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed media personalities launches another cleverly branded news site to solve all of American journalism’s problems.

So why do all these sites sound the same?

Why do political news sites, begun with lots of fanfare about how different and innovative and disruptive they plan to be, end up covering the same stories covered by every other established media source?

Why are they all

‘Like I’m a nobody’: Breaking news coverage of shootings is dehumanizing and delays progress, per new Temple study

The first-of-its-kind report, which interviewed gun violence victims, suggests instead thematic reporting that identifies broken policies and institutions.

Episodic media coverage of gun violence can dehumanize victims and force them to relive their trauma while also undermining support for public health solutions, according to a new research study out of Temple University Hospital.

“This study is the first of its kind that

New Jersey becomes first state to mandate K-12 students learn information literacy

The Senate version of the bill’s lead sponsor, Republican Sen. Mike Testa, said the new law will help students “weigh the flood of news, opinion, and social media they are exposed to both online and off.”

Amid a worrying rise in internet misinformation and political conspiracy theories, New Jersey students are poised to become some of the most informationally literate in the country.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday

If journalism is part of the problem, can it be part of the solution?

It is not enough for stories to expose problems to societal problems; they should explore how people tackle those problems

Enter solutions journalism. We need to be showing our audience — those who are already aware, those who maybe started off caring but have become psychically numb — that there are people, communities, tribes, organizations, etc. out there working on, experimenting with, learning from both successful

Mis- and disinformation has disproportionate effects on communities of color. I will also, before I kind of go into racialized disinformation, I’d like to note that the media often frames communities of color [as] more likely to either be targeted or even more susceptible to misinformation. This is an extreme falsehood. And in addition to that, those in Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities have legitimate reasons to be skeptical of information given the legacy of historical traumas we faced in

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Time flew, didn’t it? Now, it’s time for me to fly off, too | Opinion


Well, as Carol Burnett used to say, I’m so glad we had this time together.

I’ve written about 1.6 million words as a columnist. This 600 or so will be the last. I’m retiring for a few reasons. One is that, while I’ve managed to squeeze out four novels between column deadlines, my dream was always to write books full time.

Emma Tucker Is Named New Editor of The Wall Street Journal, Succeeding Matt Murray

Currently the editor of the Sunday Times in the U.K., Ms. Tucker will assume her post at the Journal on Feb. 1

News Corp NWSA 2.94%increase; green up pointing triangle named veteran U.K. journalist Emma Tucker as the next editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, succeeding Matt Murray, who oversaw significant digital growth and guided the news organization through the Covid-19 pandemic.


The Santos story shows the truth matters. And so does journalism.

The Santos saga is a testament both to why journalism matters and to how our much our industry is struggling toda

ProPublica Launches Investigative Editor Training Program

The yearlong ProPublica Investigative Editor Training Program aims to increase the ranks of investigative editors from diverse backgrounds.

Beginning this summer, ProPublica will invite up to 10 news editors from media companies across the country to participate in a yearlong investigative editing training program, led by the newsroom’s award-winning staff.

The application

Addressing misinformation with audiences under 40: An industry challenge


Most people under 40 are digital natives, they know their way around the internet and they’re acutely aware of the degree to which people are manipulated online.

What can news organizations do to help these generations get factual and trustworthy information amid a torrent of falsehoods coming at them every day?

It’s not an academic question. People in this age group are troubled by misinformation,

hey are consumed by spectacle and fail to recognize the larger issue: they are being manipulated with the goal of making them submissive.

Why should we care what happens to Twitter?


The time between an election and the inauguration of a new Congress — or the lame duck, as it is affectionately known — is ironically a time when things can happen on the Hill, in part because departing members don’t have to worry about reelection, and Congress has to agree on certain must-pass bills (the National Defense Authorization Act, for instance) before year’s end. This year, the Senate has a unique opportunity to pass a landmark federal shield bill that

Pete Williams, newly retired from NBC News, is revered by journalists, government officials and the public for his thoughtful and trusted reporting. During almost 30 years at NBC News, Williams covered the U.S. Supreme Court and the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

Williams graduated from Stanford in 1974 and worked as a reporter and news director for KTWO television and KTWO radio stations in his hometown of Casper, Wyoming, after graduating. He later began a career on Capitol Hill

‘GMA3’ anchors Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes taken off the air following report of romantic relationship


Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, co-hosts of ABC News’ “GMA 3,” have been taken off the air following the public disclosure of a romantic relationship, network President Kim Godwin announced to staffers on Monday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter.

“I’m going to talk about something that has become an internal and an external distraction: The relationship between two of

Unprecedented protests in China are making headlines around the world, except inside China

The censors are working overtime in China.

In a rare show of anger at the Chinese Communist Party, thousands of protesters have amassed in the streets of more than a dozen Chinese cities in recent days calling for an end to strict Covid lockdown measures and political freedoms.

It is one of the top stories — if not the top story — for major news organizations around

New York Times, other media call for Assange charges to be dropped

The outlets warned the case could criminalize U.S. journalists’ work exposing government secrets

New York Times and four leading European news organizations called on the Justice Department to drop criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, warning in an open letter Monday that the case could criminalize U.S. journalists’ work exposing government secrets and potential wrongdoing.

The New York Times and four leading European news organizations called on

Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz Named PBS NewsHour Co-Anchors

PBS announced Wednesday that Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz will be the new co-anchors of PBS NewsHour.

Bennett and Nawaz will begin their new assignment on Monday, January 2, 2023, taking over from longtime anchor Judy Woodruff, who announced last week that she would be stepping down from that role at the end of the year.

Bennett joined PBS from NBC in January of this year as the NewsHour’s chief

The New York Times today announced that Critical Minded will fund its new program to seek out, develop and publish cultural critics from underrepresented backgrounds who have little or no experience contributing to The Times Culture section.

As a former ‘minority hire,’ I know why so many people want to kill affirmative action

There are many strongly held positions about affirmative action, but they often skirt the real reason why people want to kill it: competition for coveted jobs and placement in universities.


Howard University Launches Center for Journalism & Democracy | INSIGHT Into Diversity


On Tuesday, Howard University (HU) launched the Center for Journalism & Democracy, a unique academic center founded by award-winning journalist and Project 1619 author Nikole Hannah-Jones.

The center will serve as a hub for journalism in higher education for students, faculty, and professionals in the fields. Programming and activities will be focused on promoting investigative journalism, with an emphasis on strengthening democratic ideals. This will be done

Journalists had a chance to explore stroke recovery with John Fetterman – most blew it

With Democrat John Fetterman headed to the U.S. Senate to represent Pennsylvania, newsrooms should pause and consider how coverage represents people with disabilities.

Coverage of Fetterman’s recovery from a stroke in May played into the standard political theater that shapes how we evaluate candidates.

Many outlets focused on Fetterman’s use of a closed captioning system during interviews and debates, without explaining that it is a

MSNBC Cuts Ties Unexpectedly With Weekend Host Tiffany Cross

Tiffany Cross, the MSNBC weekend host who was known for running the freewheeling Saturday commentary program “Cross Connection,” is leaving the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet.

Her production staff was informed of the decision Friday morning, according to three people familiar with the matter. MSNBC declined to make executives available for comment, and Cross could not be reached for immediate comment.

MSNBC decided not to renew Cross’ contract after two years, according

Newsday announced Friday that managing editor Don Hudson has been named chief content officer and editor, succeeding Deborah Henley, who is retiring at the end of the year.

He and Henley will work together as editors during a monthlong transition starting Dec. 1.

“I’m thrilled that Don will lead Newsday into the future,” Newsday’s publisher, Debby Krenek, said in a statement. “He has been a key leader in our Watchdog coverage of vital topics such as health, education, and transportation

How news outlets handled Trump’s 2020 coup attempt in their reports on his 2024 run

There will be many opportunities during former President Donald Trump’s effort to return to that office to assess whether traditional mainstream outlets have learned how to cover the former president and his supporters. Today, let’s look at how those outlets treated Trump’s unlawful effort to subvert the 2020 election — which culminated in the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol — in their reports on

Local news needs to examine its addiction to crime stories and how that coverage is pushing aside other serious issues — the economy, cost of living, growing national divisiveness, among them — that viewers want to hear more about.

I was taught that one definition of news was that which is aberrant or out of the norm.  But by repeatedly covering crimes of all kinds, we have turned the aberrant into the norm. Now I am not suggesting we abandon

NBC News Suspends Reporter Over Retracted Story On Paul Pelosi

An NBC News correspondent has been suspended after his Today report on the details of the attack on Paul Pelosi was later retracted by the network.

Miguel Almaguer was suspended pending an internal investigation, The Daily Beast reported. A source confirmed the suspension.

An NBC News spokesperson said that “as a matter of practice, we do not generally comment on personnel matters.” Almaguer did not respond to a request

But even if media predictions were correct, they represent a style of political reporting that is dysfunctional. Campaign coverage is increasingly focused on anticipating who will win through polling analysis. But politics is unpredictable, and polls are not nearly precise enough to predict the outcome of a close contest.

Polls have a number of limiting factors. Pollsters can’t know for certain if the people who answer the poll are representative of the population that will actually vote. Most pollsters end

Fox News Is Having a Meltdown Over the Election Results

Right-wing media simply cannot understand the election results.