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Ex-National Enquirer publisher outlines strategy to help Trump’s 2016 campaign, demonize his opponents

Pecker says he wanted to keep tabloid’s agreement with Trump ‘as quiet as possible’

The National Enquirer’s former publisher says he pledged to be the “eyes and ears” of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, which led to an agreement to give the ex-president’s lawyer advance notice of negative stories that might torpedo his aspirations

Former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker testified Tuesday that he offered to be the “eyes and ears” of Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign, a pledge that

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NPR editor Uri Berliner resigns after being skewered for essay alleging liberal bias at the radio network

Senior NPR editor resigns after accusing outlet of liberal bias

Uri Berliner wrote in an essay in The Free Press last week that NPR has an “absence of viewpoint diversity.”

An editor for National Public Radio resigned Wednesday just days after he inflamed the ongoing culture war about mainstream media with an essay about what he considers the news outlet’s liberal leanings.

Uri Berliner, who was a senior business editor, wrote an essay for the right-leaning online publication The Free

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AI researcher gives journalists tools for identifying digital disinformation, which could influence elections

An A.I. Researcher Takes On Election Deepfakes

Oren Etzioni was once an optimist about artificial intelligence. Now, his nonprofit,, is offering tools for fighting A.I.-manipulated content.


On Tuesday, the organization released free tools for identifying digital disinformation, with a plan to put them in the hands of journalists, fact checkers and anyone else trying to figure out what is real online.

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TV networks striving for political balance challenged in their search for contributors with a MAGA pedigree

The networks say they strive for political balance. Even NBC News, whose MSNBC cable outlet appeals to liberals, has more than a dozen Republican contributors. Yet most of them — figures like former RNC chief Michael Steele, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Bulwark founder Charlie Sykes — either predate Trump in their active political work or oppose him, or both.

Finding someone with a MAGA pedigree has been more difficult.

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Lesley Stahl presses Jim Jordan over 2020 election lies, leaving the conservative congressman speechless

Lesley Stahl Grills Jim Jordan on 60 Minutes Over Conservative Misinformation and the ‘Truth’

60 Minutes took aim at the threat of online misinformation — particularly from conservative voices on social media — and correspondent Lesley Stahl left Rep. Jim Jordan virtually speechless when pressing him on whether the 2020 election was stolen or not.

The segment served as something of a warning for misinformation ahead of the 2024 general election, and relied on the myriad of debates over truth

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Journalists say NBC risking its credibility with hiring of ex-RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, who echoed Trump’s lies

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News agencies retract photo of royal family issued by Kensington Palace after suspecting it was manipulated

News agencies retract photo of royal family released by Kensington Palace after suspecting it was manipulated

News agencies suspect royal family photo from Kensington Palace was manipulated, retract it

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Chris Cuomo, Tucker Carlson, both with ethical baggage, to have prime-time discussion on NewsNation

Chris Cuomo, Tucker Carlson to sit for one-on-one conversation on NewsNation

Cable news host Chris Cuomo will broadcast a one-one-one conversation with conservative commentator Tucker Carlson that will air early next week on NewsNation.

The wide-ranging, one-on-one conversation between the two longtime media figures will air Monday, March 11, at 8 p.m. EDT.

During the conversation, the pair will discuss Carlson’s “departure from Fox News Media, the recent criticism he received for his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Jan.

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NY Times lawsuit accuses OpenAI and Microsoft of taking a ‘free-ride’ on its massive collection of stories

The New York Times (NYT.N) sued OpenAI and Microsoft (MSFT.O) on Wednesday, accusing them of using millions of the newspaper’s articles without permission to help train chatbots to provide information to readers.

The Times said it is the first major U.S. media organization to sue OpenAI, creator of the popular artificial-intelligence platform ChatGPT, and Microsoft, an OpenAI investor and creator of the AI platform now known as Copilot, over copyright issues associated with its works.

Writers and others have also

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Buffalo News offers no apology for ‘antisemitic’ cartoon: ‘The outrage here is the tone-deaf lack of response’

Buffalo News hunkers down as hurt Jewish community digests antisemitic message

“The cover up is worse than the scandal itself.

Messages of anger, hurt and disbelief are falling on deaf ears at The Buffalo News in the aftermath of an antisemitic political cartoon published by the News last week.

The cartoon has led to loud cries from leadership in the Buffalo Jewish community and beyond and the only response from the News, so far, is that they’re aware of the

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Generative AI ‘not quite there yet,’ but newsrooms increasingly using it to produce stories, assist reporters

AI is Already in the Newsroom

That Sports Illustrated debacle is only the start of a massive disruption of the journalism industry

FOR JOURNALISTS WHO work — or used to work — at G/O Media, the disclaimer at the bottom of numerous articles on the company’s e-commerce site, The Inventory, offers an unsettling vision of the future: “This article was generated by an AI engine which may produce inaccurate information.”

That warning appears on every article credited to “The

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New York Times hires director to set principles for using AI to improve paper without losing readers’ trust

The New York Times’ first director of AI signals key role the technology will play in news production


The New York Times on Tuesday announced the creation of a new newsroom position: editorial director of artificial intelligence initiatives. For the pioneering role, The NYT tapped Zach Seward, founding editor of the technology-focused outlet Quartz. Seward, The NYT said, will work to develop a plan and determine ways in which The Gray Lady can draw upon the powers of A.I.

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Did Sports Illustrated publish AI-generated content under bylines of non-existent authors with fake bios?

According to a second person involved in the creation of the Sports Illustrated content who also asked to be kept anonymous, that’s because it’s not just the authors’ headshots that are AI-generated. At least some of the articles themselves, they said, were churned out using AI as well.

“The content is absolutely AI-generated,” the second source said, “no matter how much they say that it’s not.”

After we reached out with questions to the magazine’s publisher, The Arena Group, all

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Charissa Thompson admits making up coaches’ quotes for Fox Sports; backtracks after social media fallout

Often Dismissed, Sideline Reporters Now Deal With Fabrication Fallout

Charissa Thompson’s statement that she had made up reports during N.F.L. games on Fox left many of her counterparts aghast.

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Washington Post publishes graphic photos, videos from mass shootings to show ‘full scope’ of AR-15’s power

The Washington Post takes the “unusual step” of publishing graphic photos from mass shootings

The Post is not running the photos in print, and executive editor Sally Buzbee said digital format was key to creating a “very careful presentation” that “allows readers to make choices along the way.”

Could newsrooms publishing photos from mass shootings help stop them? The question has been asked before, but the deaths of 19 children and

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BBC anchor incorrectly reports IDF ‘targeted’ medical staff in Gaza; news organization makes on-air apology

BBC Apologizes Over Israel-Hamas War Misreporting After Anchor Falsely Claimed IDF ‘Targeted’ Medical Staff

The BBC has apologized after a news anchor misreported a Reuters news story to suggest the Israeli army was “targeting” medical staff.

The BBC newsreader, believed to be Monica Miller, a senior broadcast journalist and BBC anchor based in Singapore, was reading from a Reuters report when she twice stated the Israeli military was “targeting people including medical teams as well as Arab speakers” in Gaza’s

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Ex-Fox News producer sues, claiming network fired him for complaining about ‘false’ 2020 election coverage

Fired Fox News Producer Sues After Questioning Election Coverage

Jason Donner, a former reporter and producer for Fox News, said in a lawsuit that he was fired last year after he complained about the network’s “false reporting on the ‘stolen election.’”

Donner, who worked for the Fox Corp. channel for 12 years, sued the network for wrongful dismissal in September in District of Columbia Superior Court. On Monday, Fox asked that the case be moved to federal court. The

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Protesters accuse Western media of spreading misinformation and mischaracterizing Israel-Hamas conflict

Protesters at Dallas Morning News building decry Western media coverage of Israel-Hamas conflict

Hundreds of Dallas Palestinians and supporters gathered at a park across from The Dallas Morning News offices Thursday to call for more nuanced Western media coverage of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, a militant group based in Gaza.

Palestinian advocates and supporters are accusing Western media outlets of spreading misinformation and mischaracterizing the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Hamas militant group.

At a rally

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Op-Ed: Covering Trump requires more care, preparation, diligence; ignoring him leaves him less examined

Opinion: How not to cover Donald Trump’s bizarre 2024 campaign for president


The problem with the “Don’t amplify liars” argument is twofold. First, the press is no longer a gatekeeper of what people know; it’s more often an annotator of what they’ve already heard elsewhere. So not covering Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene or others in politics who say patently false things will not silence them. It will just leave them less examined.


How to cover the presidential

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Editor: Colorado Newsline to end horse race election coverage, prioritize constituents’ interest over politicians’

Horse race coverage prioritizes those in power, not the people the powerful are supposed to serve. The news it delivers can be superficial, and in some cases it can amount to misinformation if its effect is to legitimize objectionable campaigns or distract from crucial facts.

That’s why in Newsline’s election coverage, we’re demoting the horse race and elevating constituent interests.

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Murdoch’s departure as Fox News leader expected to have little impact on conservative media landscape

NEW YORK (AP) — The departure of Rupert Murdoch as the leader of Fox’s parent company and his News Corp. media holdings after decades at the helm is unlikely to have as much of an impact on conservative media overall as it would have a decade ago.

That’s because the landscape in general is increasingly fractured, experts said. With a growing number of digital media sources available to them, right-leaning audiences have plenty of options for getting news, opinion and

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Washington Examiner op-ed: Carlson recirculates conspiracy theory about Obama ‘to draw eyeballs and clicks’

Tucker Carlson abandons journalistic ethics to push conspiracy theory about Obama

When he wants to be, Tucker Carlson can be one of the most engaging, difficult, and critical interviewers in all of news media. But since taking his show independent, Carlson has repeatedly published, to audiences of tens of millions of trusting viewers, weak interviews that uncritically parrot unlikely narratives from uncredible individuals.

The latest such interview features a man, Larry Sinclair, who says he did drugs and had sex

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Newsmax runs on-air fundraising appeals for Rudy Giuliani’s legal defense, collects checks on his behalf

Newsmax recently began running on-air fundraising appeals for the legal defense of disgraced Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. But not only is the network urging viewers to help Giuliani — it appears to be also running his donation website directly and collecting the checks on his behalf.

Like former President Donald Trump and over a dozen of his alleged co-conspirators, Giuliani was arrested in Fulton County, Georgia, late last month on multiple charges related to Trump’s attempt to steal the 2020

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Gannett halts AI-produced high school sports stories after publishing several with sloppy, repetitive content

Newspaper chain Gannett has paused the use of an artificial intelligence tool to write high school sports dispatches after the technology made several major flubs in articles in at least one of its papers.

Several high school sports reports written by an AI service called LedeAI and published by the Columbus Dispatch earlier this month went viral on social media this week — and not in a good way.

In one notable example, preserved by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine

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Associated Press sets standards for use of artificial intelligence; bans its use for creating publishable content

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Group says Carlee Russell news coverage, social media posts helped raised awareness of missing people of color

Carlee Russell investigation helps highlight concerning trend of missing people of color

The Black & Missing Foundation says amid the investigation into the Carlee Russell case, there’s more awareness on the alarming rate of missing Black people.
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Pro-DeSantis political ad uses artificial intelligence to simulate Trump’s voice saying words he never spoke

A pro-Ron DeSantis ad used AI to recreate Donald Trump’s voice. Experts say it won’t be the last.

The Never Back Down PAC took Trump’s words and used artificial intelligence to create audio of a Trump-like voice reading them.

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Extremist group Moms for Liberty focuses on becoming more media savvy, winning over GOP parents, politicians

Moms for Liberty’s media training session was a warning to the press

Moms for Liberty, the extremist group claiming to know what’s best for America’s kids, is apparently focusing on becoming more media-savvy.
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Northwestern University student newspaper breaks major national story on hazing in school’s football program

The Daily Northwestern — the student newspaper of Northwestern University — and reporters Nicole Markus, Alyce Brown, Cole Reynolds, and Divya Bhardwaj published a disturbing story about the university’s football program: “Former NU football player details hazing allegations after coach suspension.”

A former player told The Daily Northwestern about hazing within the program that included coerced sexual acts. They spoke to another player who confirmed the story. In addition, the player said head coach Pat Fitzgerald might have known about

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Fired Fox News host Tucker Carlson promoted false, racist narratives drawn from fringe, far-right forums

Until his abrupt ouster on Monday, Tucker Carlson used his prime-time Fox News show — the most-watched hour on cable news — to inject a dark strain of conspiracy-mongering into Republican politics.

As Fox News’ “tentpole,” drawing around 3 million viewers a night, Carlson’s show “has been both a source of that kind of nationalist, populist conservatism that Donald Trump embodied, but it’s also been a clearinghouse for conspiracies,” said Nicole Hemmer, a history professor at Vanderbilt University who studies

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Top-rated Fox News host Tucker Carlson pushed out a week after network settles defamation suit for $787M

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Don Lemon fired from CNN 2 months after apologizing for comments widely viewed as ageist, misogynistic

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Proof of deliberate lies about Dominion on Fox News key to the company overcoming tough libel law standard

How election lies, libel law were key to Fox defamation suit

In its defense, Fox relied on a doctrine of libel law that has been in place since a 1964 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The doctrine has made it difficult for some plaintiffs to prove defamation by news outlets. Public figures, and Dominion fits that standard in this case, have to prove not only that the information reported was incorrect but that the news organization acted with “reckless disregard” about

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MyPillow founder Mike Lindell loses his election fraud challenge; must pay $5M to man who proved him wrong

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Fox News’ decision to broadcast false information an ‘egregious’ violation of journalism ethics, experts say

‘An egregious violation of journalism ethics’: Experts slam Fox News’ conduct in Dominion case

Journalism professors told Yahoo News that whether or not Fox is legally liable for defaming Dominion, its conduct seems to have clearly violated core principles of journalistic ethics.


Yahoo News spoke to professors who specialize in journalism ethics, as well as to experts in First Amendment law, who said that the case against Fox News is unusual in that it appears to show how those

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DeSantis proposes making it easier to sue journalists with hopes of overturning landmark defamation ruling

DeSantis wants to roll back press freedoms — with an eye toward overturning Supreme Court ruling – POLITICO


The proposal is part DeSantis’ ongoing feud with media outlets like The New York Times, Miami Herald, CNN and The Washington Post — media companies he claims are biased against Republicans — as he prepares for a likely 2024 presidential bid.


making it easier to sue journalists, the proposal is also being positioned to spark a larger legal battle with

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Ex-MSNBC host Krystal Ball says she was told to get network boss’ permission before criticizing Hillary Clinton

Former MSNBC host Krystal Ball claims she was given a slap on the wrist for criticizing Hillary Clinton leading up to the 2016 election, and was told that if she wanted to continue criticizing Clinton on air, she needed to obtain approval from the network’s president.

Ball’s comments came during an episode of Joe Rogan’s popular “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, where Ball is a regular guest.

“Shortly before I was let go, I did a monologue when Hillary Clinton

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Playbill CEO pulls article detailing abuse of staffs at Broadway theaters: ‘We want people to go to the theater’

In an unprecedented move, the CEO of Playbill has pulled an article off its website that details abuse of front-of-house staff in Broadway theatres. The CEO, Philip Birsh, took things a step further by denigrating his writer and Editor-in-Chief calling the piece “salacious”, “clickbait”, and “exaggerated”.

Last Wednesday, Playbill published an exposé that detailed various accounts of abuse that front-of-house workers have had to endure in Broadway theatres. The abuse runs the gamut from verbal to physical. While the article

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Jenna Bush Hager selling luxury bedding upsets some NBC staffers concerned about news division’s credibility

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Help audience navigate news, listen to criticism among tips for covering police violence and protests with care

Take special care with coverage of police violence and protests

About our process: In putting together this post, we pulled from resources we’ve published, added wisdom shared by journalists and addressed frustrations we’ve seen from news consumers. We also were mindful of the lack of racial diversity on our small team and are grateful to our partners at the American Press Institute for reviewing it and contributing suggestions.

Each time we’re faced with incidents of police brutality and resulting protests,

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The Wrap: Video of attack on Paul Pelosi vindicates NBC’s Miguel Almaguer, who was disciplined for his story

Body-cam footage from the late-night attack on Paul Pelosi released Friday largely corroborated the early November reporting of correspondent Miguel Almaguer, who had his story retracted and was briefly suspended. But it doesn’t appear he’ll be getting any sort of public apology from the network.

In the days after the husband of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was attacked, with details scant, police video under seal and conspiracy theories running rampant, Almaguer reported that arriving San Francisco police were unaware they

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Opinion: Should the government subsidize local media? There are some valid arguments in favor of doing so

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore has a backstory journalists love; they can’t ignore their role to hold him accountable

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
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‘Face the Nation’ moderator Margaret Brennan cuts off congressman’s attempt to employ bothsidesism

‘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
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Declining trust in news media making whistleblowers less likely to go to journalists to expose wrongdoing

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

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‘Innovative’ news startups usually aren’t. They may seem so at first but then return to status quo. Why?

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

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Gun violence victims tell researchers news coverage of shootings dehumanizing; report recommends changes

‘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

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New Jersey’s new information literacy law to help students ‘weigh the flood of news opinion, and social media’

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

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Journalism shouldn’t just expose problems, it should explore ways for residents and officials to solve them

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

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Emma Tucker, editor of the Sunday Times in the U.K., to replace Matt Murray as Wall Street Journal editor

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.


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