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INDUSTRY NEWS • Oct. 11, 2018

4 things journalists can do to rebuild trust with the public

In August, nearly 400 news outlets made the case for the importance of journalism in response to President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that the media is “the enemy of the people.”

In #FreePress editorials published in newspapers across the country, writers stressed journalism’s role in a democracy, and that a free press is essential to a free society.

The message came at a time when anti-press rhetoric is soaring and concerns about inaccuracy and bias in the news have meant Americans’ trust in the media is lingering near all-time lows.

Yet our research suggests that if news organizations are truly going to close the trust gap, they must go beyond explanations of what journalism means to democracy and directly make the case for what it means to citizens.

As researchers and journalists, we launched The 32 Percent Project to explore how citizens define trust and how news organizations can better earn it. Named for the percentage of Americans who had confidence in the news media in 2016, the project was guided by the principle that the best way to discover what citizens want is to ask them.

We held public conversations with 54 people in four communities across the country, asking questions about what news organizations should do to increase public trust.

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Google is building a search engine for fact checks

Google wants to make it easier for people to find fact checks. To do that, the company is building another version of what it’s most known for: a search engine.

On Oct. 2, the Google News Initiative launched the beta version of a tool that’s specifically for fact-checking content. The feature, which the company has been working on for months, uses the same signals as other Google products, such as Google News, to surface work from fact-checkers like Snopes and (Poynter-owned) PolitiFact.

“The goal here is to have fact-checking journalists have an easier job of locating all the work that fact-checkers have done on a specific topic,” said Cong Yu, a research scientist at Google. “For users, it’s if you want to know more about a certain topic.”

The product alpha launched about six months ago, when fact-checking organizations started using it and giving Google feedback.

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How Times Journalists Uncovered the Original Source of the President's Wealth

In the three years since Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for president, there has been plenty of investigation into his financial history - especially because he broke with tradition and declined to release his tax returns.

In 2016, David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times obtained his 1995 tax returns, showing that he could have avoided paying taxes for nearly two decades. And for their article on Wednesday's front page, they worked together for more than a year to investigate the wealth that the president inherited from his father.

"It's unusual to dive into what you think is an extremely well-covered subject and to find so much completely new stuff, stuff that just is astonishing," Mr. Barstow said. "It's a great reminder that even things that you think are well described, there are these other deeper layers."

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Tronc changing name back to Tribune Publishing

Tronc, the parent company of the Chicago Tribune, is changing its name back to Tribune Publishing Co.

The Chicago-based company, which also owns the Baltimore Sun; Hartford Courant; Orlando Sentinel; South Florida's Sun Sentinel; the New York Daily News; the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md.; The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.; the Daily Press in Newport News, Va.; and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., announced the decision Thursday. It ends a more than two-year run with the much-derided corporate moniker of Tronc.

The name change will take effect after the market closes Tuesday (Oct. 9). Beginning Wednesday, the company’s stock will trade on the NASDAQ under the new ticker symbol TPCO.

The Tronc name was unveiled in June 2016, four months after technology entrepreneur Michael Ferro became nonexecutive chairman and the largest shareholder of the newspaper chain. The name, which stood for Tribune Online Content and was intended to be written in all-lowercase letters, quickly was ridiculed.

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Poll: News Media's Credibility Plunges

The news media's credibility is sagging along with its revenue.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the news stories they read, hear and watch are frequently inaccurate, according to a poll released Sunday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. That marks the highest level of skepticism recorded since 1985, when this study of public perceptions of the media was first done.

The poll didn't distinguish between Internet bloggers and reporters employed by newspapers and broadcasters, leaving the definition of "news media" up to each individual who was questioned. The survey polled 1,506 adults on the phone in late July.

The survey found that 63 percent of the respondents thought the information they get from the media was often off base. In Pew Research's previous survey, in 2007, 53 percent of the people expressed that doubt about accuracy.

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Vandals hit New York newspaper with anti-media graffiti

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Vandals have defaced the offices of a New York newspaper with anti-media graffiti including the word "liars."

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that its employees encountered the spray-painted messages when they arrived at work Friday.

The word "liars" was spray-painted on three first-floor windows. One window was painted with the phrase "you brood of vipers," a biblical reference.

Democrat and Chronicle executive editor Karen Magnuson says she's "incredibly disappointed" that someone in the community would target the newspaper with vandalism. She said the newspaper's employees are a dedicated group of people "working extremely hard every day to cover their community."

The newspaper is owned by Gannett. Police are reviewing video footage from nearby cameras.

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This series is traveling the country to show why local news matters

The 10 newsrooms Ian Hoppe has visited this year - from Jackson, Mississippi, to Carbondale, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California- are all changing.

Some still work from their original buildings. Some have moved. Almost all are smaller.

"But the reporters are still grinding away," said Hoppe. "They don't really need some special spot or a flashy newsroom. They're still grinding and doing their thing."

And that thing, in this case, is local investigative journalism. Now, Hoppe and a team from's Reckon are telling their stories through a video series for Facebook Watch. (Reckon, just a reminder, is's social brand.)

So far, "Chasing Corruption" has brought in more than 800,000 views for the stories of a sneaky sheriff in Kentucky, a vote-suppressing governor in Alabama and a dangerously negligent and well-paid housing official in Illinois.

"My name is Ian Hoppe," the director and host says near the start of the first three videos in the series. "And I'm here to show you why local reporters matter.”

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Newspaper carriers say they were shot at near Lapwai

Donna Correll and her husband, Dane, were driving the same newspaper route at the same time they usually do outside Lapwai when they heard something that sounded like a firecracker.

Dane was asking his wife what the sound was when the passenger-side window shattered, peppering Donna with glass as she sat folding newspapers in the back seat. Once they realized someone was shooting at them, Dane drove away from a residence on the 21000 block of Lapwai Road back into town to contact Nez Perce police. Donna dropped to the floorboard and couldn’t see where the shot originated from since it was dark and there was no moonlight to illuminate the canyon they were in.

“At first, we thought it was a rock that rolled and hit beneath the car,” Donna said.

She said Monday afternoon that bullets had entered the front windshield and passenger window while they were delivering papers at about 3:25 a.m., and a third shot was later discovered when the couple drove to the police department. One bullet was lodged in the front windshield and a third had entered the hood of the vehicle and bounced around the interior, hitting a radiator hose. Donna didn’t know the full extent of damage to her vehicle, as it was impounded by law enforcement as evidence.

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Newsroom employees earn less than other college-educated workers in U.S.

Newsroom employees are more than twice as likely as other U.S. workers to be college graduates. But they tend to make less money than college-educated workers in other industries, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

Nearly eight-in-ten (79%) newsroom employees in the newspaper, broadcasting and internet publishing industries - including reporters, editors, photographers and videographers - have at least a college degree, according to the analysis of 2012-2016 American Community Survey data. Among employees in all other occupations and industries, only about a third (36%) have graduated from college. Very few newsroom employees have a high school education or less (4%), compared with a third of all other workers.

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World-Herald news department votes to form union

The World-Herald news department voted Monday to form a union.

The NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America will represent roughly 87 full- and part-time World-Herald journalists. The union will not represent the editorial department, which produces the Opinion section, or news department supervisors, managers and other excluded employees.

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ASNE's 40-year-old diversity survey needs responses before it can be released

Since 1978, a group of top editors has surveyed their peers in U.S. newsrooms. But on the 40th anniversary of this report, which measures the pulse of diversity, the details aren’t being released on time. The American Society of News Editors, which administers the newsroom diversity survey, announced during its annual convention in September that it had not received enough responses.

According to ASNE, less than 14 percent of newsrooms surveyed (234 of about 1,700 newspapers and digital media outlets) submitted their data on time; as a result, news leaders now have until Oct. 12 to send in their information. Last year’s numbers were released with about 40 percent of surveyed newsrooms participating.

ASNE reaches out to newsrooms with daily print products as well as online-only news sites to take part in the survey. Digital newsrooms were added to the survey in 2007, and that year, overall diversity numbers showed improvement — but only because of the addition of the online-journalist category.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Oct. 4, 2018

Introducing The New York Times Fellowship Program

For more than a century, The New York Times has invested deeply in new talent and launched careers that have led to Pulitzer Prizes and top careers in media. Spotting and lifting journalism’s next generation is a passion of ours. It’s also a responsibility we regard as both sacred and pressing.

So we are thrilled to introduce The New York Times Fellowship, a one-year work program aimed at cultivating the next generation of journalists. It will include reporters, photographers, videographers, social and audio producers, designers and visual editors.

We hope that this new immersive program will benefit not only the participants and The Times, but other newsrooms. We expect most of our fellows will graduate to positions at other publications.

Creation of the fellowship also means that we plan to retire our existing newsroom summer internship.

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Oklahoman sells to GateHouse Media, lays off several newsroom staffers

The Oklahoman Media Company, the state's biggest, announced today that it was being sold to GateHouse Media - and laid off 37 staffers.

An estimate was that about 15 of those job losses came from the newsroom, though two people agreed to retire.

A story on says that the sale will be final Oct. 1.

Employees reported being alerted via email yesterday to a mandatory meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday. They sat through a 35-minute presentation about the sale and upcoming changes before being informed of the layoffs.

Publisher Chris Reen addressed the staffers and said those who'd been laid off had just been notified via email, and their firings were effective immediately.

The entire room then checked their phones, as the meeting disintegrated.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Sept. 27, 2018

The Topeka Capital-Journal: Free State Festival panel: Journalists fighting to report news ‘until the bitter end’

LAWRENCE — Newspaper journalists battling “fake news” accusations as their ranks dwindle amid declining revenues remain committed to reporting stories of public interest, a panel of industry representatives assured a standing-room-only crowd Saturday in downtown Lawrence.

About 75 people gathered at the Watkins Museum of History to pepper panelists with questions for an “Enemy of the People” discussion — a reference to media-bashing remarks by President Donald Trump.

Reporters have long been abused for their news stories, said Tim Carpenter, Statehouse bureau chief for The Topeka Capital-Journal, but complaints are perhaps more amplified now by politicians who want to discredit journalists for personal gain.

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American Press Institute: Confusion about what’s news and what’s opinion is a big problem, but journalists can help solve it

People often don’t know whether the content they see is news or opinion, according to our recent pair of Media Insight Project surveys.

In one survey, we asked people how easy or difficult it was to see the distinctions between news and opinion in media. Just over half of Americans say it’s easy to distinguish news from opinion in news media in general.

This stat alone suggests there’s an issue.

But we were also curious if people had an easier time sorting news from opinion in certain media. It appears that’s true. People were more likely to feel like they had a handle on what’s news and what’s opinion with local TV news, which usually contains no formal commentary, and also their self-identified preferred news source.

Notably, the types of media where people expressed the least clarity were digital news sites and social media.

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The Daily Memphian has launched

You’re reading the first issue of The Daily Memphian. This is no small thing. The people, the effort, the money and resources that had to come together to make this possible cannot be underestimated. But now we’re here.

Read our stories, share them with your friends, talk about them with your family. Disagree with what we write, throw your mouse at the wall in annoyance at a column, allow us to make you cry as you immerse yourself in a point of view you’ve never before considered. Let our journalists – via the photos we take, the videos we produce, the podcasts we publish, and the written words we form – show you parts of our city that you never knew existed.

Then, tomorrow, wake up and read us again.

That’s our ambition.

Like I said, this is no small thing.

For nearly 20 years, metro newspapers in this country have been steadily retracting. Cutting staff. Reducing content. Centralizing decision-making in regional and national headquarters far removed from the realities of the cities those metro papers attempt to cover.

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Poynter: It took years for this local newsroom to start growing. Now, it’s going statewide.

Angie Newsome launched Carolina Public Press on a sunny spring day in 2011. She doesn’t remember much about that first story she published, but she was working from home and eight months pregnant with her second child.

For years, it was really just her and this vision for a site with local in-depth and investigative journalism for western North Carolina.

In 2014, she hired a donor development assistant. In 2015, she hired a managing editor.

In 2017, Carolina Public Press produced 10 major investigative projects on topics from crime to education to government transparency in addition to regular public interest reporting, according to its annual report. The site partnered with Huffington Post and held a series of community events.

And early this year, Newsome announced the site would go statewide. She’s now hiring a full-time investigative reporter, a development director and a part-time news and community partnership manager.

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Billionaires buying up media: Savior complex or civic duty?

NEW YORK (AP) - The Washington Post. Time Magazine. The Atlantic. The Village Voice. The Los Angeles Times. All American media icons, all bought by billionaires in the past half decade. Some are thriving. One died. On the rest, the jury's still out.

Still, for beleaguered news organizations the prospect of a deep-pocketed savior - even from the very same tech industry that has kneecapped the media's traditional business model - is all but irresistible.

But success is not guaranteed. And risks run from industry outsiders making poor business decisions to exposure to undue influence on editorial operations.

For the billionaires, meanwhile, ownership of storied magazines or newspapers provides an alluring combination of a trophy property, a high-profile opportunity to demonstrate their business acumen and a chance to display highbrow civic-mindedness.

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In Oregon, three news organizations are teaming up to cover state government

Four years ago, as the number of reporters covering statehouses continued shrinking, two news organizations started working together to cover state government in Oregon.

Now, they’re adding a third.

The Salem Reporter, which launched online in September, joins Pamplin Media Group and EO Media Group. Pamplin publishes the Portland Tribune and 24 other newspapers and EO publishes the East Oregonian and 10 other newspapers. Together, they're forming the Oregon Capital Bureau. Les Zaitz, editor of Salem Reporter and the Malheur Enterprise and a longtime investigative reporter in the state, will manage the team.

After watching collaborations around the country, Zaitz said, he recognized the power of working together for newsrooms with limited resources. It’s what led the two publishers to start working together in the first place, said Mark Garber, president of Pamplin Media Group.

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The New York Times is asking readers to help it cover election misinformation

The New York Times is stepping up its coverage of misinformation ahead of this fall’s midterm elections.

On Monday, the newspaper published a tip form where readers can send examples of potentially false or misleading content they find in their social media feeds. Examples could be a Facebook account spreading false information about a political candidate, a YouTube channel publishing doctored videos or a disinformation campaign being organized on Reddit.

It’s something that’s already a central part of the mandate for fact-checkers in the United States and elsewhere. But for The Times, the goal is to more proactively cover elections.

“It just feels that, from what we know that happened in 2016, misinformation was and continues to be a huge problem on social media,” said Rebecca Blumenstein, a deputy managing editor at The Times, in a phone interview. “We’ve been reporting aggressively on the election, trying to get the truth out of what’s happening in various campaigns, and you can’t leave out a player as big as Facebook.”

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Layoffs announced at The Day newspaper in New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The publisher of The Day of New London says it is laying off some employees due to a decline in revenue and sharp increases in the cost of newsprint.

The Day Publishing Co. this week announced nine layoffs including four in The Day's newsroom and others at the paper's advertising department, its string of weeklies and a New London-based marketing agency.

The newspaper reports that employees are being asked to take five unpaid days off by the end of the year.

Company president and publisher Pat Richardson said the cost of newsprint jumped monthly during the first six months of the year and was up 26 percent over the same period the previous year. He said the company is taking steps to boost revenue.

The company employs more than 200 people.

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Prosecutors: Man threatened to kill Boston Globe staff over Trump editorials

BOSTON -- A California man upset about The Boston Globe's coordinated editorial response to President Donald Trump's attacks on the news media was arrested Thursday for threatening to travel to the newspaper's offices and kill journalists, whom he called the "enemy of the people," federal prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say 68-year-old Robert Chain's threatening phone calls to the Globe's newsroom started immediately after the Globe appealed to newspapers across the country to condemn what it called a "dirty war against the free press."

The day the editorials were published , Chain, of Encino, told a Globe staffer that he was going to shoot employees in the head at 4 o'clock, according to court documents. That threat prompted a police response and increased security at the newspaper's offices.

After the editorials ran, authorities say Chain said he would continue threatening the Globe, The New York Times and "other fake news" as long as they continue their "treasonous and seditious acts" in attacking Trump.

Several times, he called Globe employees the "enemy of the people," a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past.

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A day after announcing new Missoulian publisher, Lee Enterprises changes course

A day after introducing a new publisher to oversee its western Montana newspapers, including the Missoulian, Lee Enterprises changed course.

"Due to recent developments, Paul McArthur will not be joining Lee Enterprises,'' said Nathan Bekke, vice president of consumer sales and marketing and group publisher for the Iowa-based media company.

Bekke declined further comment. The company does not publicly discuss personnel matters.

Within hours of news reports about McArthur's appointment Tuesday, his past tweets and Twitter "likes'' on topics ranging from the news media to Islam to the weight of flight attendants were being widely shared — and criticized — on social media.

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Idaho newspaper publisher attacked in anonymous robocalls

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — The publisher of a northern Idaho weekly newspaper is being attacked in anonymous robocalls.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the Sandpoint Reader's Ben Olson is the subject of robocalls appearing on answering machines this week.

Olson in a statement decried it as an attempt to impugn people who stand up to racism and intolerance but said it's been "free advertising" and brought an outpouring of kindness in the community.

The robocall claims the alternatively weekly has a "leftist agenda" and that Olson is a "cancer on wholesome North Idaho" that must be "burned out." It urges people to boycott the paper's advertisers.

The city's police chief hasn't commented.

There's been other robocalls in recent months that have targeted other journalists at various Sandpoint news organizations, including the Reader.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Sept. 20, 2018

Trump’s “Enemy of the People” Rhetoric Is Endangering Journalists’ Lives

Ever since he campaigned for the White House, Donald Trump has attacked news outlets for negative reporting, singled out individual journalists for scorn, and turned his battle cry against “fake news”—a.k.a. reporting he dislikes—virtually into a personal brand. His hostility has only escalated with scrutiny of his presidency. Whipping up crowds as he points at the press gallery has been a set piece of his political rallies. He describes journalists as “dishonest,” “corrupt,” and “sick.” And Trump has repeatedly echoed the language of 20th century despots, demonizing the American media as “the enemy of the people.”

Presidential disdain for the press is nothing new. Still, political and media experts have long worried that Trump’s uniquely broad and bitter war of words wouldn’t just corrode public trust in reported facts, but could also produce other dangerous effects.

Now there is strong evidence it has. According to half a dozen law enforcement and security leaders I spoke with in recent weeks, the targeting of journalists has steadily intensified in the Trump era, from organized campaigns of personal harassment to bomb threats and vows of assault, rape, and mass shootings. Two sources told me they’ve repeatedly seen explicit evidence of threats directly channeling the president’s rhetoric.

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Attacks and Harassment: The Impact on Female Journalists and Their Reporting

A survey of nearly 600 women journalists and media workers around the world shows that 7 in 10 women experienced more than one type of harassment, threat, or attack in the past year. The survey, for the International Women’s Media Foundation, covered online and other threats and attacks, adding that a third of those surveyed said the aggression has made them consider leaving the field. Half of the respondents were American; about 60 percent of respondents lived abroad.

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We're expanding our right-to-be-forgotten experiment: Chris Quinn

We launched our right-to-be-forgotten experiment two months ago and began fielding requests from people to remove their identities from stories about minor crimes they committed.

So far, we've taken five names out of stories.

One was someone who had been in the health field and stole some drugs from her employer. A judge eventually declared that she not only had completed her sentence but had completely rehabilitated herself. He sealed records of her crime so she could move on with her life, meaning you could not find the records today.

She lost her license to work in her healthcare field, but as she sought to begin a new career, any Google search of her name brought up our stories about her crime, along with her mug shot.

Another was a man who stole some scrap metal years ago, completed his sentence and had his record sealed. Yet our story dogged him.

Our thinking, as I explained in July, is that people should not have to pay for a mistake for the rest of their lives. Because is so big, our content appears high in search engines, meaning that if we published a story about a minor crime you committed, our story often would be the first thing to appear in searches of your name.

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Facebook expands fact-checkers’ ability to debunk false photos and videos

Fake images and videos are the next targets of Facebook’s ongoing effort to fight misinformation.

In a blog post published today, the company announced that it is giving all 27 of its global fact-checking partners the ability to debunk photos and videos on the platform. Once a piece of content is rated as false, its future reach in the News Feed will be reduced by up to 80 percent and a fact check will be appended in the Related Articles section. (Disclosure: Being a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles is a necessary condition to be a partner.)

Videos and photos that users flag as potentially false will now filter into the dashboard that fact-checkers use to select which pieces of content to debunk. Before, most fact-checking partners could only debunk links to false news stories; Agence France-Presse was the first organization to start debunking images for Facebook last spring, when Facebook started testing the capability.

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Jeff Bezos: Trump should welcome media scrutiny

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who typically tries to stay out of the political fray, mounted a vigorous defense of press freedom on Thursday evening, saying President Donald Trump should be glad to face media scrutiny.

The remarks came during an hour-long, freewheeling conversation with hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist David Rubenstein at an annual gathering of the Economic Club of Washington, which Rubenstein leads. After discussing the success of the Washington Post, which Bezos bought in 2013, Rubenstein asked how Bezos responds to criticism — some of which comes from Trump's Twitter feed — of Amazon (AMZN) and the Post.

"I don't feel the need to defend Amazon," Bezos said. "But I will say this: I do think it's a mistake for any elected official to attack media and journalists."

"There's no public figure who's ever liked their headlines. It's okay. It's part of the process," Bezos said. "What the president should say is, 'This is right, I'm glad I'm being scrutinized.' That would be so secure and confident."

Demonizing the media and calling them "the enemies of the people" is dangerous, Bezos said.

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Newsrooms go into overdrive as Florence bears down on the Carolinas

(CNNMoney) As Hurricane Florence hurdles toward the Carolinas, news outlets are ramping up -- and in some cases, opening up -- their coverage of the storm.

The major network newscasts will broadcast from the storm zone beginning Wednesday night, with CBS' Jeff Glor, ABC's David Muir and NBC's Lester Holt all being deployed to the Carolinas.

Reporting on location during a major hurricane is standard practice for a network news anchor. And Florence is indeed expected to be major. The National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, said it will likely be "the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast."

CBS, ABC and NBC will also have correspondents reporting throughout the eastern seaboard, where Florence is expected to reach landfall by this weekend.

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Lee Enterprises shutters Missoula Independent

Lee Enterprises, the Iowa-based newspaper chain that bought the Missoula Independent last year, has now shut down the iconic alternative newsweekly.

The staff learned of the closure early Tuesday morning, according to former Independent staff writer Derek Brouwer.

"I got a phone call that woke me up around 7:30 this morning. I didn't answer it, but I looked at my phone and I saw I had the email letter. It was sent to my personal email address," Brouwer said.

The letter, from Lee Newspapers regional human resources director Jim Gaasterland, informed Brouwer that the Missoula Independent was closed.

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As Wall Street sours on McClatchy, a longtime lender is now also buying up its stock

For more than a decade, the McClatchy family has resolutely kept the newspaper company bearing its name afloat and independent despite a crushing debt load.

The tough financial hand McClatchy's board and executives have been dealt is getting even tougher with a terrible year for the industry unfolding and another expected in 2019.

McClatchy stock has lost almost all its value to investors. Its market capitalization (the number of shares multiplied by share price) sits at $69 million, lowest of the seven public newspaper companies.

At the same time, refinancing of the company's $794 million debt earlier this year consolidated more lending control in the hands of a longtime creditor, the private Chatham Asset Management hedge fund.

Since October 2017, Chatham has also been assembling large blocks of McClatchy stock. The fund is now the company's biggest institutional shareholder with about a 20 percent stake.

Except for repeated rounds of newsroom layoffs, the financial squeeze has little impact on the hundreds of McClatchy journalists at its 30 papers. They continue to do Pulitzer-worthy work year after year. This week the company's journalists will be tested, providing coverage of the hurricane headed to North Carolina and South Carolina, where McClatchy papers dominate.

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Uranus Examiner: Local newspaper stirs controversy

The newspaper, which was "launched" in the town of Uranus on Wednesday, was threatened with a boycott by the mayor of nearby Waynesville, Luge Hardman.

"No. I'm sorry. But the innuendo of that title puts the city up for public ridicule," Ms Hardman said.

The people of Uranus, in Pulaski County, are divided on the issue.

Natalie Sanders, who has been named as the newspaper's managing editor, told local news channel KY3 that the title was carefully considered before a decision was made.

"We had thought about 'constitution', but most of the people who love us, and who were part of coming up with the name, liked the examiner better," Ms Sanders reportedly said.

It comes just a week after another Missouri newspaper, the Waynseville Daily Guide, ceased publication. The Uranus Examiner publishers said this left a hole in the market.

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Orlando Sentinel presses: News titans scrapped by digital disruption

The startup of a newspaper press reminded me of a space shuttle at T-minus zero.

A constellation of motors churned to life, propelling infinite sheets of newsprint to tiptoe, haul ass and then fly.

The surging velocity of a press, a behemoth 10 feet wide, 60 feet long and 35 feet tall, roared at your sternum.

It felt like authority.

Not that long ago, nothing but a newspaper press could render accounts of taxes, car wrecks, murder, scandal, heroes, politics, love, culture, travel, winners, losers, scores, local disasters, national dramas and war into hundreds of thousands of readable formats delivered to the masses every day before sunrise.

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Wyoming newspaper drops Monday edition

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of Wyoming's biggest newspapers will no longer have a Monday edition.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports it will stop publishing Mondays both in print and online starting Oct. 15.

Print and online editions will continue Tuesdays through Sundays.

Newspaper officials say they're forced to make such changes due to increasing production costs including higher costs for paper.

The newspaper plans to add video coverage and a 16-page Friday section of TV listings, entertainment news and puzzles.

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Paddock family selling 120-year stake in Daily Herald to newspaper employees

After 120 years of family ownership, Paddock Publications is changing hands. The descendants of patriarch and founder Hosea C. Paddock are in the process of selling their interest in the parent company of the Daily Herald, which is expected to convert to full employee ownership before the end of the year.

Executives Robert Y. Paddock Jr. and Stuart R. Paddock III said they plan to continue to work for the company.

Calling it "one of the most important decisions we have ever made," Doug Ray, chairman, publisher and CEO of the company, announced Thursday that Paddock Publications would switch entirely to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, a move approved unanimously by the board of directors Tuesday. The Arlington Heights-based publisher has been partially employee-owned since 1976 when the ESOP was established.

Ray said the action had been under consideration "for some time" and would provide significant tax benefits for the company and allow employees to become greater financial participants in its future success.

In addition to the Daily Herald, Paddock Publications operates the monthly Daily Herald Business Ledger, the weekly Reflejos Spanish-language publication, a group of small downstate newspapers throughout Illinois, a commercial publishing business and a growing list of niche publications.

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Salem, Oregon is getting a new online news site. ‘I’m pretending there’s no other media there.’

The first time the businessman called Les Zaitz to pitch the idea of an online news organization for Salem, Oregon, Zaitz was driving through onion fields in Malheur County.

“I laughed, of course,” said the publisher and editor of the Malheur Enterprise in Vale, Oregon. Zaitz also worked at the Oregonian as an investigative reporter before retiring in 2016.

But Larry Tokarski was persistent. The two have known each other for about 30 years, Zaitz said, but more than a year ago, he wasn’t too into starting a news organization.

He got another call this spring, and this time, Zaitz said, if he was going to do something like this, he’d have to do it right.

“I’m not doing it for charity.”

On Sept. 17, the Salem Reporter will go live with Zaitz as CEO and editor and three full-time reporters who will cover “local government, schools, business, nonprofits and state government,” according to a press release.

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The newsroom food chain continues from Houston to Raleigh

On Tuesday, journalists at The News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina got to take a lunch break courtesy of the Houston Chronicle.

"A huge thanks to ⁦@nancycbarnes⁩ and our friends at ⁦@HoustonChron⁩ for sending lunch to our weary news crew!" tweeted Robyn Tomlin, editor of The News and Observer and The Herald-Sun in Durham and the regional editor for McClatchy's newsrooms in the Carolinas.

"We're so grateful to our journalism community for sending treats and offering support over the last week, but we're especially appreciative of The Houston Chronicle staff, who have recent and significant experience telling a story like this that unfolds in heart-breaking chapters over a long period of time," Tomlin said in an email. "We're inspired by the example they set during Harvey and are equally dedicated to telling the story of Florence's long-term impact on our state and region."

The Chronicle is continuing the tradition of food and solidarity. Last year, as journalists there covered Hurricane Harvey, a group of Houston natives at The Washington Post sent the Chronicle donuts.

INDUSTRY NEWS • Sept. 13, 2018

Akron Beacon Journal: A new design for the Beacon Journal and

Your Beacon Journal will be putting on a new face Tuesday. We are changing our look with a new design that includes larger type, bolder headlines and a bit more color.

And on Thursday, we will unveil a new design for our website.

These changes will improve the overall presentation for both our print edition and our website.

The first thing you will notice in the Beacon Journal is that the headlines are bolder, as are the names for the sections of the newspaper.

We also have increased the size of the type for our stories. This change will improve the overall readability for the stories we tell.

The color palette is slightly different, but we have stayed with our same basic blue.

Overall the paper will be a bit brighter because we have added white space between the columns and around the headlines.

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Media School receives $6 million gift for investigative journalism center at IU Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Media School at Indiana University will launch an independent investigative journalism center in fall 2019, thanks to the largest gift in the history of the century-old journalism program.

The Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism, funded by a $6 million gift from Arnolt, an IU Bloomington alumnus from Indianapolis, will focus on the production and teaching of investigative journalism in Indiana and beyond.

"I'm thrilled to be able to announce this transformational gift for The Media School and for journalism in Indiana," said James Shanahan, dean of The Media School. "We've all recently been reminded of the need for strong and independent investigative journalism. Michael Arnolt shares this recognition with us and is helping us take a strong step toward producing great journalism and training great journalists."

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Fake news is about to get so much more dangerous

The most powerful false-news weapon in history is around the corner. The media industry has only a short time to get ahead of it.

If technology continues its current advance, we may soon face totally convincing videos showing events that never happened - created so effectively that even experts will have trouble proving they're fakes.

"Deep fake" video will be able to show people saying, with the authentic ring of their own voices, things they never said. It will show them doing things they never did, by melding their images with other video or creating new images of them from scratch.

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The New York Times: How the Anonymous Op-Ed Came to Be

The New York Times's Opinion desk published an Op-Ed by an anonymous senior official in the Trump administration on Wednesday. By Friday, nearly 23,000 readers had submitted questions to us about the vetting process and our thinking behind publishing the essay.

Our Op-Ed editor, James Dao, has responded to a selection of the questions, which have been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Please continue the conversation in the comments of this piece.

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Americans expect to get their news from social media, but they don't expect it to be accurate

Lots of news on social media? Yep. Lots of accurate news on social media? Nope: That's the mindset of the typical U.S. news consumer in 2018, according to a new Pew Research Center report on news use on social media platforms.

Around two-thirds of U.S. adults say they get news from social media. (That figure is just about flat compared with 2017.) But 57 percent say they expect the news on social media to be "largely inaccurate." (Pew interviewed 4,581 U.S. adults.)

Convenience (cited by 21 percent of respondents), interacting with other people, speed, and timeliness are the top reasons that news consumers like getting the news from social media. The top-cited reason to dislike news from social: Inaccuracy.

Silver lining? More respondents said accessing news on social media has helped them (36 percent) than that it has confused them (15 percent).

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Local News Is Dying, and It's Taking Small Town America With It

America is overrun with "news deserts," cities and towns where local coverage is lacking or altogether absent. As newspaper circulation continues to decline along with ad revenue and newsroom employment, a common casualty is the expensive, time-consuming practice of original reporting.

Without journalists digging through property records or attending city council meetings, looking for official wrongdoing and revealing secret deals, local politicians will operate unchecked-with predictable consequences. But the fallout is much bigger than just keeping municipal government honest.

Studies have shown that communities without quality local news coverage see lower rates of voter turnout. Cities where newspapers shut down have even seen their municipal bond costs rise, suggesting an increase in government expense due to a lack of transparency. More broadly, towns without serious local news coverage demonstrate less social cohesion, corroding any actual sense of community.

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Did this reporter make up sources? The Houston Chronicle is investigating

Houston Chronicle reporter Mike Ward has resigned after "questions were raised about whether individuals quoted in one of his stories were real people." Now the paper has hired "an independent, highly respected journalist to review Ward's work for the last year, or further, if necessary, and determine whether any reporting transgressions occurred," Chronicle editor Nancy Barnes told readers on Monday.

"When this investigation is complete, we will publish a full accounting of our findings," Barnes said. "We owe our readers nothing less."

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Op-ed fallout: The latest salvo in Trump's love-hate relationship with the Times

The New York Times is the newspaper President Trump both loves and hates the most.

He has called The Times both a "great, great American jewel" and "fake news." He has courted Times reporters and ridiculed them on Twitter. He has promoted the paper's reporting when it helps him and threatened the paper when it hurts him.

Now he's attacking the paper for publishing an anonymous op-ed from an unnamed senior official in the administration. On Friday, he called it "disgraceful."

In the wake of the op-ed, The Times is receiving more than the usual number of angry calls and emails from members of the public. It has stepped up security at its offices "given the heightened nature of the attention we are receiving right now," according to an internal memo on Friday.

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Submit Your Best Project Ideas for Investigating State Government.

Last year, ProPublica introduced our Local Reporting Network to help create vital, investigative journalism in communities where such stories would otherwise not to be done.

Now, we’re expanding it, and we’re specifically looking for accountability stories emanating from state capitals, from the governor’s mansion to the legislature to the work of state agencies.

The influence of state government is far-reaching, touching aspects of life as varied as taxes, education, environmental oversight and health care — yet elected officials and state bureaucrats are getting ever less scrutiny.

As local newsrooms are shrinking, and the number of reporters working in statehouses across the country has dropped sharply in recent years. Some news organizations no longer cover their state capitals and others have reduced their bureaus to one or two reporters.

With support from a new grant, we will pay the salary, plus an allowance for benefits, for full-time reporters at seven partner news organizations who are dedicated to big investigative projects focused on state politics and state government. We expect that at least one winning proposal will come from Illinois to complement our own local work at ProPublica Illinois. Applications are due Sept. 14, and selected reporters will begin work on Jan. 2 and work on their projects throughout 2019.

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A decade in, the Texas Tribune pursues the rest of its audience

ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE THE TEXAS TRIBUNE launched in 2009, media reporter Jack Shafer wrote a piece for Slate delineating the numerous problems inherent in nonprofit journalism—namely, that nonprofits lose money on purpose, and thus, have to take handouts, which, Shafer says, “come with conditions.” Shafer, who then blithely referred to CEO Evan Smith as “picking the pocket” of venture capitalist John Thornton, also spelled out that audience development is always secondary to advocacy in this sort of business model:

Commercial outlets may reflect their owners’ views, but this tendency is always tempered by the need to attract readers and viewers. Nonprofit outlets almost always measure their success in terms of influence, not audience, because their customers are the donors who’ve donated cash to influence politics, promote justice, or otherwise build a better world.

Of course, the Texas Tribune’s base, composed of members scattered across the state and beyond, also includes deep-pocketed professional philanthropists. But just as the Tribune has evolved from a niche publication for hardcore policy wonks to a mainstream, establishment publication, its lofty goals for influence and audience aren’t at odds with each other; they’re inextricably linked.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the fact that they are liberated to make news judgment the only judgment,” says Siva Vaidhyanathan, a journalist who worked at the Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Morning News, and Fort Worth Star-Telegram and now directs the University of Virginia Center for Media and Citizenship. Coverage decisions seem “based on the importance of the story to the people of Texas,” says Vaidhyanathan, “not based on parochial or political or financial concerns.”

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Lee Enterprises closes Missoula Independent

Lee Enterprises abruptly shut down the Missoula Independent, the city's alternative weekly newspaper, Tuesday morning, prompting outrage and mourning on social media, and a demonstration outside the Missoulian late Tuesday afternoon.

"It's sad for us to see a publication as longstanding and as freethinking as the Independent shut down," said Erin Erickson of Missoula Rises, which organized the demonstration that attracted about 75 people on the corner of South Higgins Avenue and Fourth Street East. Erickson stressed that the demonstration was not aimed at the Missoulian; rather its corporate owner, Lee Enterprises.

Matt Gibson sold the Independent — widely known as the Indy — to Lee in April 2017, then served as general manager for the Missoulian, the Ravalli Republic and the Independent. In Montana, Lee also owns the Billings Gazette, the Helena Independent Record and the Montana Standard in Butte.

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Times' publisher defends op-ed in meeting of US news leaders

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The publisher of The New York Times said Tuesday that the newspaper's decision to run an anonymous opinion piece criticizing President Donald Trump's leadership "added to the public understanding of this administration and the actions and beliefs of the people within it."

Publisher A.G. Sulzberger defended running the op-ed to a gathering of U.S. news leaders in Austin, Texas. He provided no clues about the author, whom the Times identified as a senior administration official.

The author professed to be a member of a "quiet resistance within the administration" that was straining to thwart Trump's "more misguided impulses." Trump fumed after the piece was published last week, saying the newspaper should turn over the author's name and calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate and unmask the person.

Sulzberger said the newspaper believed the piece crossed the threshold for using an anonymous source.

"We didn't think there was any way to make that contribution without some guarantee of anonymity," Sulzberger said. "And I think the president's actions since the release of this piece have underscored exactly why we felt that was so important."

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Newspaper seeks 2 editors as it rebuilds after mass shooting

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland newspaper where five employees were slain in a mass shooting this summer is hiring.

According to a job listing , The Capital of Annapolis is seeking a content editor for news, a role described as the second-ranking editor in the newsroom. The listing says the paper is seeking a leader to join the staff "as we rebuild our newsroom."

A job listing is also posted for an entertainment and lifestyles content editor.

The man charged in the shooting had a history of harassing the newspaper's journalists. He filed a defamation suit against the paper in 2012 that was dismissed as groundless, and he repeatedly targeted the paper's staff members in profanity-laced tweets.

Killed in the attack were Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Ann Smith and Wendi Winters.

Army post to stop publishing weekly newspaper

FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) — A weekly newspaper at a central Kentucky Army post is ceasing publication later this month.

The News Enterprise reports The Gold Standard at Fort Knox announced on Thursday that the Sept. 27 edition will be the paper's final print edition after 70 years of operation under three names. Fort Knox spokesman Ryan Brus said locally produced news coverage will still be available at .

The paper has been produced and distributed under a contract arrangement with The News-Enterprise for decades.

News-Enterprise Publisher Chris Ordway the decision to stop the presses for the paper was a difficult one. He cited changes in missions on post that affected readership habits and business circumstances.

INDUSTRY NEWS • Sept. 6, 2018

Groundbreaking alternative paper Village Voice shuts down

NEW YORK (AP) — The Village Voice, the Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative weekly known for its muckraking investigations, exhaustive arts criticism, naughty personal ads and neurosis-laden cartoons, is going out of business after 63 years.

Its publisher, Peter Barbey, announced Friday that the paper is ceasing publication altogether because of financial problems, a year after it stopped circulating in print and went to digital-only.

“Today is kind of a sucky day,” he told staff members.

Eight of the Voice’s 18 remaining staffers were laid off. Others stayed behind to digitize its print archive so that future generations can read it.

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Man faces charges he threatened journalists to defend Trump

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man who authorities said kept a small arsenal in his home was charged with making a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe for what he allegedly called "treasonous" attacks on President Donald Trump.

Robert Chain, 68, was arrested Thursday at his home in the Encino neighborhood. A neighbor said more than 30 heavily armed agents showed up and took him away in his boxer shorts.

Chain later appeared in federal court, where prosecutors unsuccessfully asked a judge to detain him, in part because more than 20 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were seized from his house, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Rosenbaum said.

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Trump-friendly tabloid sees a decline in circulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer has long explained its support for Donald Trump as a business decision based on the president's popularity among its readers. But private financial documents and circulation figures obtained by The Associated Press show that the tabloid's business was declining even as it published stories attacking Trump's political foes and, prosecutors claim, helped suppress stories about his alleged sexual affairs.

The Enquirer's privately held parent company, American Media Inc., lost $72 million for the year ending in March, the records obtained by the AP show. And despite AMI chairman David Pecker's claims that the Enquirer's heavy focus on Trump sells magazines, the documents show that the Enquirer's average weekly circulation fell by 18 percent to 265,000 in its 2018 fiscal year from the same period the year before — the greatest percentage loss of any AMI-owned publication. The slide follows the Enquirer's 15 percent circulation loss for the previous 12 months, a span that included the presidential election.

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Carthage Press to close after 134 years of operation

CARTHAGE, Mo. - The Carthage Press is no more.

In a letter to readers in today's print publication, the Carthage Press announced that today's (August 29) was its final publication.

"As Southwest Missouri's oldest daily newspaper, it's been a privilege serving the Carthage communities for all these years," Joseph Leong, senior group publisher, said in the letter. "While we transition our focus, we remain committed to serving neighboring communities."

The letter goes on to say that the Neosho Daily News will cover "important Carthage news." Both papers are owned by Gatehouse Media, which recently offered voluntary severance packages to many of its papers.

Subscribers to the Press will receive refunds within 30 days for the balance of their subscriptions, according to the letter. It also says the Press will provide "marketing solutions with our extensive digital offerings."

The Carthage Press has been in operation since 1884. Gatehouse also owns the Miami News-Record, Cherokee County News-Advocate and Pittsburg Morning Sun.

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Newsonomics: It looks like Tronc is about to be chopped up and sold for parts

While it still requires some deal jiu-jitsu, Tronc looks to be on the brink of being broken up.

Will Wyatt’s new Donerail Group, several confidential sources tell me, has now gotten the financing in place to do a deal to buy Tronc. Donerail would purchase Tronc’s 10 daily newspaper properties, take the company private, and then most likely sell the papers off to individual buyers — some of whom it already has lined up.

Tronc’s been in play, quietly, for much of the year, but several pieces of the deal puzzle have only just fallen into place. (Donerail’s interest was first reported in early August by Reuters.) But it’s now become clear, through multiple insider accounts, how such a deal may work. A completed deal would likely come in as a $640 million to $700 million transaction. That would value Tronc shares somewhere above the $18 to $19 range; they trade at $17 today.

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Where can you find funding for that local journalism project? Here’s a quick guide

After a series on parental incarceration, Jonathan Bullington and Richard Webster got an email with an idea — apply for a fellowship that supports that kind of reporting.

The | Times-Picayune reporters started thinking about what they’d cover. Their idea – what does exposure to violence do to kids? They pitched it to The Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism and got $5,000.

The two rented an office space in a community center in New Orleans’ Central City. They found a football team of 9-and 10-year-old boys, and through their series, “The Children of Central City,” told both big and small stories of childhood trauma and the science behind what it does. You can read more about that project and its impact here.

Bullington isn’t sure what the project would have looked like without the fellowships. He thinks a lot of it would have been the same, but that some of the ideas they had, like embedding in the community, might have stayed in the wishlist column, too.

This was the first fellowship he’s been awarded, though he applied for one other. He’s known about fellowships and grants for journalism. He’s known people who have gotten them.

Now that he’s one of them, here’s his advice: “Just apply,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt to try.”

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Times grants anonymity to administration official for essay

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times took the unusual step Wednesday of granting anonymity to a senior Trump administration official to write a searing column that said people who work for the president are trying to protect the country from his worst impulses.

The essay was published against the backdrop of a president who frequently rails against "fake news" and the "failing New York Times," to the delight of many fans. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the decision a "new low" for the Times, saying the newspaper should apologize and the writer resign.

The column veered in tone between a hostage note and a bid to reassure Americans that, as the writer put it, "there are adults in the room."

In introducing the piece, the newspaper said anonymity was granted at the request of the author, whose identity is known to the newspaper and whose job would be jeopardized by disclosure.

"We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers," the newspaper said.

While unusual, the move is not unprecedented. In June, the Times published a piece from an asylum seeker who was in a Trump administration family detention center, not identifying her because of gang-related threats she received. In 2014, a woman from Pakistan was not identified for writing an editorial page blog item to protect her from the Taliban.

But in Wednesday's case, the person was from the highest reaches of the U.S. government.

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Trump rips searing Times op-ed from unnamed senior official

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking anonymous broadside, a senior Trump administration official wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times on Wednesday claiming to be part of a group of people "working diligently from within" to impede President Donald Trump's "worst inclinations" and ill-conceived parts of his agenda.

Trump said it was a "gutless editorial" and "really a disgrace," and his press secretary called on the official to resign.

Trump later tweeted, "TREASON?" and in an extraordinary move demanded that if "the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

The writer, claiming to be part of the "resistance" to Trump but not from the left, said, "Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump's more misguided impulses until he is out of office." The newspaper described the author of the column only as a senior official in the Trump administration.

"It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room," the author continued. "We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't."

A defiant Trump, appearing at an unrelated event at the White House, lashed out at the Times for publishing the op-ed.

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Newspapers' parent company buys N.C./Fla.-based media group

MINNEAPOLIS — Adams Publishing Group, the parent company of Faribault Daily News and Northfield News, announced Tuesday that it has purchased the assets of Cooke Communications, LLC, based in Greenville, North Carolina, and Key West, Florida, including its print publications, websites and commercial printing operations, located in North Carolina and Florida.

The transaction closed Friday, August 31, 2018.

Cooke Communications newspapers included in the sale are The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC), The Rocky Mount Telegram (Rocky Mount, NC), The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, NC), The Key West Citizen (Key West, FL) and several non-daily newspapers and websites.

Two Oceans Digital,, and will remain in Cooke Communications Florida.

Cooke Communications is a family-owned company founded by John Kent Cooke, Sr., and his family in 2000. It has become known as a company devoted to its customers, its communities and its nearly 280 employees.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Aug. 30, 2018

So your news organization has real, paying digital subscribers. Now how do you keep them?

Raking in first-time subscribers is one thing. Getting these paying news readers to stay paying is another.

A new WAN-IFRA report walks through several case studies of news organizations (note: mostly European), that have found some success retaining their paying subscribers, through an elusive combination of consistently offering readers the news experience they want, and tracking relevant metrics to address problem points that might lead them to unsubscribe.

Easier said than done; we hear you. The news organizations represented in the report range from national to local-level outlets, and their paywall and audience growth strategies run the gamut. Many of them have the backing of a significant editorial, tech, analytics, and sales teams. Still, here are several ideas to steal:

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Omaha World-Herald eliminates 23 jobs, including 10 layoffs

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha World-Herald is eliminating 23 positions from its staff, including 10 employees who were laid off.

The layoffs were announced Tuesday in a memo to the newspaper's staff. The company will also leave eight jobs unfilled, and five other employees will retire.

Omaha World-Herald President Phil Taylor says in the memo the newspaper's print advertising revenue continues to decline in certain categories, including large national retailers.

Sue Violi, the newspaper's community relations director, says the cuts amount to 3 percent of the World-Herald's workforce. Violi says the newspaper has seen rapid digital subscription growth but faces a "very difficult" transition.

The Omaha World-Herald is owned by Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The company announced in June it had struck a deal with Iowa-based chain Lee Enterprises to manage its newspapers.

Finally some good news: Trust in news is up, especially for local media

fter decades of declining trust in the press, coupled with relentless rhetorical attacks on the media by President Trump, there’s finally some good news: Trust in media is up since last year, and the great majority of Americans trust their local news sources.

The new Poynter Media Trust Survey found 76 percent of Americans across the political spectrum have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in their local television news, and 73 percent have confidence in local newspapers. That contrasts with 55 percent trust in national network news, 59 percent in national newspapers and 47 percent in online-only news outlets.

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Capital Gazette: Rob Hiaasen's final journey: A story of family love and remembrance

I must be blunt.

Rob Hiaasen loved mentoring young reporters. He loved writing. He loved finding stories about our common humanity. But I mean no harm to his professional image when I say the man adored vacationing.

I learned this about Rob during our first year of marriage, when he revealed a holy trinity of wisdom. I believe he was trying to sell me on an impromptu drive from our short-lived home of Atlanta to Key Largo, Florida, back in January 1986.

His sales pitch was simple. To have a hope of happiness, everybody needs three things:

Some place to work.

Somebody to love.

Something to look forward to.

On these, he was consistent, especially item three.

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Bulking up: USA Today triples its investigative unit

USA Today is tripling the size of its investigative reporting staff and has hired Amy Pyle of the Center of Investigative Reporting to help run its expanded operation.

The goal is to “up our cadence” on stories that affect readers across the country, says Nicole Carroll, editor-in-chief of USA Today. The move follows a Pulitzer Prize this year in explanatory reporting for the USA Today Network and Carroll’s old paper, The Arizona Republic, for their immersive look at the planned wall and its effects on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“It’s our mission,” Carroll says of investigative reporting. “It’s what we’re here to do. It drives audience,” such as engaged minutes on the stories and the impact of response of officials and communities. “When you grow audience, and your quality, you grow your business."

The move from eight to 24 journalists will be apart from enhanced ties between USA Today and its network of outlets nationwide, says Chris Davis, executive editor and vice president of investigations at USA Today Network.

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How a Trump tariff is strangling American newspapers

A months-long spike in the price of paper, driven by federal tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Canadian suppliers, is slamming newspapers at a time when the news about the news industry wasn't very good to begin with.

Newspapers, magazines and print advertisers have seen the cost of their most basic commodity rise at double-digit rates since the Commerce Department began imposing the tariffs in March on Canadian imports, by far the publishing industry's dominant paper source.

The result has been a kind of slow-motion breakdown for newspapers, long beset by declining ad revenue and disappearing readers. Even in an increasingly digital world, old-fashioned ink-on-paper remains the lifeblood of most newspapers. Print ads and subscriptions account for 75 percent or more of the revenue of an average daily newspaper. Newsprint is typically a publication's second-biggest operating expense after labor.

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Hurricane Harvey, as told through social media

One year after Hurricane Harvey, there's no better way to process what happened to Houstonians than looking back at thousands of social media posts that helped deliver a larger picture of the unprecedented disaster.

When it became clear how much Texans depended on Facebook and Twitter to get information and help during the hurricane, Time Magazine dubbed Harvey the nation's "first social media storm."

One media expert who spoke to the magazine even called it "the first major natural disaster of the social media age."

Similarly, a study by the University of Texas found that Hurricane Harvey was the first disaster where, according to one researcher, "social media calls for help appear to have supplanted the overloaded 911 call systems."

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AP: National Enquirer hid damaging Trump stories in a safe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to the 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the arrangement told The Associated Press.

The detail came as several media outlets reported on Thursday that federal prosecutors had granted immunity to National Enquirer chief David Pecker, potentially laying bare his efforts to protect his longtime friend Trump.

Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty this week to campaign finance violations alleging he, Trump and the tabloid were involved in buying the silence of a porn actress and a Playboy model who alleged affairs with Trump.

Five people familiar with the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because they signed non-disclosure agreements, said the safe was a great source of power for Pecker, the company’s CEO.

The Trump records were stored alongside similar documents pertaining to other celebrities’ catch-and-kill deals, in which exclusive rights to people’s stories were bought with no intention of publishing to keep them out of the news. By keeping celebrities’ embarrassing secrets, the company was able to ingratiate itself with them and ask for favors in return.

But after The Wall Street Journal initially published the first details of Playboy model Karen McDougal’s catch-and-kill deal shortly before the 2016 election, those assets became a liability. Fearful that the documents might be used against American Media, Pecker and the company’s chief content officer, Dylan Howard, removed them from the safe in the weeks before Trump’s inauguration, according to one person directly familiar with the events.

It was unclear whether the documents were destroyed or simply were moved to a location known to fewer people.

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Trump accuses Google of biased searches, warns 'be careful'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him "so that almost all stories & news is BAD." He offered no evidence of bias, but a top adviser said the White House is "taking a look" at whether Google should face federal regulation.

Google pushed back sharply, saying Trump's claim simply wasn't so: "We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment."

The president's tweets echoed his familiar attacks on the news media — and a conservative talking point that California-based tech companies run by CEOs with liberal leanings don't give equal weight to opposing political viewpoints. They also revealed anew his deep-seated frustration he doesn't get the credit he believes he deserves.

The president, who has said he runs on little sleep, jumped onto Twitter before dawn Tuesday to rehash his recent complaints about alleged suppression of conservative voices and positive news about him.

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Report: Newspaper closures increase size, cost of local government

When a newspaper closes, local governments in the area tend to borrow more, spend more, hire more workers and raise taxes, according to a study on the matter.

The study by professors from Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Chicago found a pattern of government growth shortly after a newspaper closes. The study is in the process of being peer reviewed and hasn't been published in a journal. The authors analyzed 204 counties with a single newspaper that closed between 1996 and 2015. They found local borrowing costs rose by up to 11 basis points more than they otherwise would. Government efficiency diminished as well.

"Wage rates, government employees per capita, tax dollars per capita, and the likelihoods of costly advance re-fundings and negotiated sales all increase following a newspaper closure,” according to the report.

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18 newsrooms get more than $100,000 for engagement work

In April, 34 news organizations received grants to help them better listen to their communities.

Those grants came from the Community Listening and Engagement Fund, which works with two projects — Hearken, an engagement platform, and GroundSource, which works through mobile messaging.

Miami-based WhereBy.Us’ newsrooms launched a series on homelessness in Seattle, a voter-guide in Miami and projects in Orlando and Portland to answer people’s questions about their cities.

“So far, using these two tools has led to more frequent reader participation in the stories we publish,” said WhereBy.Us growth editor Alexandra Smith in an email. “We've always asked for community input, but the tools help give it structure and a schedule. Plus the tools have given us a way to discuss our reporting process more regularly and leverage our community's knowledge when looking for answers to their questions.”

Now, 18 more newsrooms will join CLEF with more than $100,000 in grants to use Hearken and GroundSource for engagement. 

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News media hesitate to use 'lie' for Trump's misstatements

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has been accused of dishonesty, spreading falsehoods, misrepresenting facts, distorting news, passing on inaccuracies and being loose with the truth. But does he lie?

It's a loaded word, and some Trump critics believe major news organizations are too timid to use it. The Washington Post, which has documented more than 4,000 false or misleading claims by the president, declared for the first time last week that a Trump misstatement was a "lie."

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's plea deal provided "indisputable evidence that Trump and his allies have been deliberately dishonest" about hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler wrote. The Post put Kessler's assessment on its front page, and it was the newspaper's most-read story online.

Not only was it the first time the Post fact checker said Trump had lied, it was the first time he used the word for any politician since Kessler began his fact-checking operation in 2011.

Many news organizations resist using the word because of the question of intent. Editors feel it's important to establish whether someone is spreading false information knowingly, intending to deceive, and it's hard to get inside a person's head.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Aug. 23, 2018

'Pittsburgh Post-Gazette' Reduces Print Run To 5 Days A Week

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the last daily newspaper in the city — announced it would cut print circulation from seven to five days a week. A digital-only version will post on Tuesday and Saturdays, beginning August 26.

The paper cited rising operational costs as the impetus for the change.

In a story posted on the site and published on the paper’s front page August 12, David M. Shribman, executive editor at the Post-Gazette stated: “By eliminating two days of print the week of Aug. 26 and undertaking a full-throttle commitment to the digital delivery of news, the Post-Gazette is reflecting Pittsburgh’s own transformation from traditional manufacturing into a high-tech center...”

According to Shribman’s piece, the new circulation restrictions follow the 2017 introduction of a daily digital edition of the paper that featured enhanced photography, video and other features called PG NewsSlide. 

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McClatchy announces staff reductions of 3.5%, among other cost-cutting measures

McClatchy, the publisher of more than two dozen daily newspapers across the country, will reduce its staff by approximately three and a half percent, cut expenses across the company, and implement other measures to save money, the company announced in an internal memo obtained by CNN on Tuesday.

Craig Forman, president and chief executive officer of McClatchy, told employees in the memo that the decisions were "painful and difficult" but "necessary to protect and further our future." He placed blame, in part, on the decline in revenue from print advertising.

"Talented and passionate people who have dedicated their energy to our mission, colleagues we call friends and rely on everyday, will leave the company," Forman wrote. "We thank you all for your commitment to McClatchy and to local journalism and wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors."

A spokesperson for the company told CNN that the staff reductions would affect nearly 140 employees.

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Judge grants time to weigh insanity plea in newspaper attack

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The man charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper office will get more time for his lawyer to consider filing a plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity, a judge ruled Monday.

Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Laura Kiessling said she found good cause to give Jarrod Ramos' lawyer until Oct. 24 to consider entering a plea of not criminally responsible. William Davis, a public defender, requested more time last week to consider hundreds of pages of documents, review other material in the case and have discussions with his client. Ramos pleaded not guilty July 30.

After meeting with attorneys, Kiessling scheduled a jury trial for Jan. 15. During a court hearing afterward, Kiessling estimated the trial could last 10 days. She also scheduled hearings for Dec. 18 and 19 to discuss admissible evidence.

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Freedom: 411 papers editorialize to preserve America’s free press

This is what we do'

At the end of a long day, Nancy Ancrum, editorial page editor of The Miami Herald, got a note from a former colleague asking why would she sign on with all those newspapers to push for freedom of the press.

Her former colleague, reflecting other naysayers on Thursday’s united editorial effort, asked: Isn’t that exactly what Donald Trump wants, so he can scapegoat the media further? You’re not going to change the minds of Trump fans, she was told.

Ancrum, whose paper is one of about 411 outlets publishing editorials today urging the preservation of America’s free press, says she responded decisively.

“This initiative is not designed to change the minds of the most rabid Trump supporters,” Ancrum tells me, hours before deadline Wednesday. “This is for people who take the First Amendment for granted, who must be more engaged … no matter where they fall on the political spectrum.”

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RTDNA: Defending the people's right to know

Today, hundreds of local news outlets across the country are dedicating a few moments of air time or a few column inches to remind the public why what they do as journalists is worth defending.

Shouldn’t great journalism that uncovers ills, helps people make more informed decisions and is a catalyst for positive change stand on its own?

It should and it does. We highlight the best of this great work every year with the Murrow Awards, and believe that an antidote to attacks on journalism is more and better journalism.

But each time anti-media rhetoric leads to politicians calling the police on reporters, reporters arrested just for asking questions and journalists physically attacked those reporters are being obstructed from doing their jobs and the public is kept in the dark. When journalists must spend more time watching their own backs, they’re less able to watch yours.

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The Facebook Journalism Project partners with the News Literacy Project

When we launched the Facebook Journalism Project last year, a top priority was to find ways to promote news literacy. People need more tools and education on what information they can trust.

Today, we're announcing a partnership with The News Literacy Project (NLP), a national non-partisan education nonprofit, to expand Checkology®, a virtual classroom for middle and high school students. NLP works with educators and journalists across the country to teach students how to assess news and other information.

Checkology lessons cover a range of topics, like identifying the purpose of different types of information, understanding bias and recognizing the role of algorithms in personalizing what people see online. With Checkology, students can:

Click on an interactive map of the world to “travel” to a country to hear about press freedoms from a local journalist.

Play the role of reporter in a game-like simulation of a breaking news scene to learn the standards of quality journalism.

Earn digital badges as they successfully complete lessons and other assignments.

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Hoosier Times group cuts 17 jobs in south central Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The publisher of the Hoosier Times newspaper group says it will eliminate 17 jobs at four publications in south central Indiana.

Publisher Cory Bollinger, who's also president of publishing for Mishawaka-based Schurz Communications Inc., says lower revenues and sharply higher newsprint costs prompted the cuts.

Affected are The (Bloomington) Herald-Times, The (Bedford) Times-Mail, The (Martinsville) Reporter-Times and the Spencer Evening World publishing group. The Herald-Times reports positions were eliminated in several departments, including news, business, production. Employees were informed Tuesday.

Some of the jobs were cut immediately, and some of the affected employees will remain in place for a short transition period.

Bollinger said the decision to cut staff was "a tough reality" but necessary.

The Hoosier Times continues to employ 173 people.

Record-Journal Publishing sells Rhode Island newspaper

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — The Record-Journal Publishing Co. has agreed to sell The Westerly Sun to a publishing group that owns newspapers in Rhode Island.

The Record-Journal reports the sale to Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers was announced Monday and is effective Aug. 31. Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers will also acquire several related publications, including the weekly Mystic River Press.

The Record-Journal in Meriden, Connecticut says it wants to strategically reposition to focus on other growth areas. It purchased The Westerly Sun in 1999, which is in Pawcatuck, Connecticut bordering Westerly, Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, a privately-owned publisher, owns several other daily and weekly newspapers in Rhode Island.

It says it's looking forward to growing its portfolio of local news publications and plans to keep all of The Westerly Sun's employees.

A hometown newspaper writes its own obituary and then writes its second act

A hometown newspaper wrote its own obituary last month, then turned the page.

“We wanted to go out with a bang,” said publisher Ted Almen, who oversaw the 6,124th and final edition of the Raymond-Prinsburg News on the Fourth of July.

The News was the third Minnesota newspaper to go out of business in the first six months of this year. Its last words landed in nearly 400 subscriber mailboxes with a solid thump, stuffed with highlights from more than a century of community coverage.

“For once, the newspaper was absolutely full of advertising,” Almen said. “Unfortunately, it was ads from the 1920s and the 1940s. Businesses that used to exist in our communities and no longer exist. The car dealership. The harness shop.”

Almen, a third-generation newspaperman, swore the tiny newsroom to secrecy about the final edition, wanting to give his readers one last exclusive. He owns a small chain of smaller newspapers with his wife, Kari Jo, and they published the News through its last two decades of slumping ad sales and shrinking circulation.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Aug. 16, 2018

ProPublica to Fund Investigative Reporting Focused on State Government

The nonprofit news organization ProPublica announced a new initiative on Wednesday to provide funding for local news outlets to pursue investigative projects focused on state government.

In recent years, as the difficult economic environment facing the media industry has taken a particular toll on local news organizations, coverage of state governments has dropped significantly.

ProPublica's initiative, which is being financed by an undisclosed donor, is intended to "try to help fill that gap," Richard Tofel, the president of ProPublica, said in a telephone interview.

"Over the last 13 years the business results of almost every journalism organization has continued to deteriorate and that's especially acute at the local level," he said. "This project, generally, is a response to that."

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Nieman Lab: An analysis of 16,000 stories, across 100 U.S. communities, finds very little actual local news

We know that local journalism is suffering. We talk about news deserts and shuttering newspapers. Research has tended to focus on individual communities, or more broadly on certain types of journalism outlets and the coverage of certain types of topics.

But what do the problems for local news look like on a broader level? Researchers from the News Measures Research Project at Duke analyzed more than 16,000 news stories across 100 U.S. communities with populations ranging from 20,000 to 300,000 people. (U.S. Census data identifies 493 such communities; the researchers chose a random sample of 100.) What they found isn’t promising:

— Only about 17 percent of the news stories provided to a community are truly local — that is actually about or having taken place within — the municipality.

— Less than half (43 percent) of the news stories provided to a community by local media outlets are original (i.e., are produced by the local media outlet).

— Just over half (56 percent) of the news stories provided to a community by local media outlets address a critical information need [categories such as “emergencies and risks,” “education,” “civic information,” etc.]

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Fort Wayne Newspaper Lays Off Majority Of Staff

The 100-year-old News-Sentinel laid off almost all of its remaining staff Friday afternoon.

According to news reports and social media posts by former staff members, the Fort Wayne publication will use freelancers, emptying a newsroom that once bustled with activity.

The News-Sentinel was sold by the Foellinger family to Knight-Ridder in 1980. The staff won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for its coverage of a local flood that nearly destroyed parts of Fort Wayne.

In early 2006, the paper was sold to McClatchy and then a few months later to its current owner, Ogden Newspapers.

Ten months ago the News-Sentinel largely ceased print production, opting to only publish online at

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Semissourian rolls out new policy for "delisting" some crime stories after 6 years

The Southeast Missourian is implementing a new policy today that governs how archived crime reports and stories are made available to search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and others. A draft of the policy was previously explained by publisher Jon K. Rust in a column on Wed., July 25. Rust invited feedback until Aug. 8 about the proposed changes, which came in unanimously positive.

As Rust previously wrote: "The new policy seeks to strike a balance between the Southeast Missourian keeping the public informed and recognizing, sympathetically, that in today's world of instant digital search, long-past minor indiscretions can play a disproportionate role in a person's online identity."

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Trump’s Tariffs on Canadian Newsprint Hasten Local Newspapers’ Demise

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian newsprint is hastening the demise of local newspapers across the country, forcing already-struggling publications to cut staff, reduce the number of days they print and, in at least one case, shutter entirely.

Surging newsprint costs are beginning to hurt publications like The Gazette in Janesville, Wis., the hometown paper of the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, which has long felt a mandate to punch above its weight. The paper, with a newsroom staff of 22, was the first to publish the news in 2016 that Mr. Ryan would support the presidential candidacy of Donald J. Trump. And while its editorial board has endorsed Mr. Ryan countless times, the paper made national news when it chided him for refusing to hold town halls with his constituents.

Now, with newsprint tariffs increasing annual printing costs by $740,000, The Gazette has made several cuts to its staff and is using narrower paper, reducing the number of stories published every day.

“We’re all paying a huge price,” Skip Bliss, the publisher of The Gazette, said of the tariffs’ effect on the industry. “I fear it’s going to be a very difficult time. I think there’s probably going to be some casualties.”

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: As Journalists Face Constant Attacks From the White House, Teaching News Literacy Gets Harder

Fred Reeder Jr. likes to open conversations with, “I teach journalism, or as some people would say, fiction.”

Reeder, a visiting instructor at Miami University, said most of the students who crowd into his introductory-journalism course aren’t journalism students – they are strategic-communication or professional-writing majors, there to learn the basics of news writing, journalistic ethics, and the role of journalism in history and society.

There has always been general ignorance about the role of journalism in society, Reeder said, which often leads to distrust. “A lot of people struggle with really understanding what news organizations should be doing or should not be doing. And that, to me is a deeper conversation that we all need to have, not just students at a university.”

But lately, with every lesson, Reeder said, he finds he must navigate a political minefield for each news story. The truthfulness of every story is called into question by students. He sometimes struggles to hold his tongue when his field is dragged through the mud.

Scholars who work and teach what’s now considered a politicized subject like journalism have seen their jobs become harder. When news reports are criticized as “fake news,” and journalists are called the “enemy of the people,” Reeder and other professors say the landscape of teaching journalism or news literacy has changed. Several instructors say they experience tension in their classes, and adjust their curricula as a result.

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ProPublica: We Are Expanding Our Local Reporting Network. Submit Your Best Project Ideas for Investigating State Government.

Last year, ProPublica introduced our Local Reporting Network to help create vital, investigative journalism in communities where such stories would otherwise not to be done.

Now, we’re expanding it, and we’re specifically looking for accountability stories emanating from state capitals, from the governor’s mansion to the legislature to the work of state agencies.

The influence of state government is far-reaching, touching aspects of life as varied as taxes, education, environmental oversight and health care — yet elected officials and state bureaucrats are getting ever less scrutiny.

As local newsrooms are shrinking, and the number of reporters working in statehouses across the country has dropped sharply in recent years. Some news organizations no longer cover their state capitals and others have reduced their bureaus to one or two reporters.

With support from a new grant, we will pay the salary, plus an allowance for benefits, for full-time reporters at seven partner news organizations who are dedicated to big investigative projects focused on state politics and state government. We expect that at least one winning proposal will come from Illinois to complement our own local work at ProPublica Illinois. Applications are due Sept. 14, and selected reporters will begin work on Jan. 2 and work on their projects throughout 2019.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: NOT FAUX NEWS. Foxes finally foiled in Arkansas newspaper caper; carriers ‘salve’ case with dab of Vicks VapoRub

Newspapers were mysteriously disappearing from doorsteps in Eureka Springs.

In one neighborhood, a dozen copies of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette vanished over three weeks in July.

Virginia Litchford, 76, knew good and well she and her daughter, Joy Salazar, had delivered those papers. But by sunrise they were gone.

Finally Salazar found a suspect -- foxes.

To test her hypothesis, Salazar slathered Vicks VapoRub on the outside of the plastic newspaper bags. It worked to keep cats off her furniture, she said, so she thought it might deter foxes, too.

Sure enough, it did.

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How not to be a parachute partner: ProPublica's figured out how to collaborate with local newsrooms without bigfooting them

Eight months into its first year, ProPublica's local reporting network has helped: a radio reporter in Orlando survey first responders about PTSD; a newspaper reporter in southern Illinois scrutinize the Department of Housing and Urban Development's policies nationwide; and a reporter with 27 years of experience hone his writing as his newspaper was bartered in bankruptcy court. (Among other things.)

ProPublica's staff is no stranger to collaboration with news organizations of all sizes (see: its project with nine other newsrooms to track the missing immigrant children). In this case, they appear to have mitigated the risk of parachute-partnering with the local newsrooms in their network, instead using its resources to strengthen and amplify local reporting. My conversations with reporters participating in the network confirmed that they see this as a hand-up, not a handout. It's not a charity case, but a true collaboration.

"It's nice when you're in a small newspaper in a little place like Charleston to feel like you've got a literal army of people at ProPublica that are on your side, trying to help you take these stories to the next level," Ken Ward, Jr., environmental writer at the Gazette-Mail in West Virginia, told me.

"We're really proud of our work at the Southern Illinoisan, but we have a flashlight, not a lighthouse," said Molly Parker, a reporter at the paper in Carbondale, Ill. "Giving some of these issues that we've been seeing a national spotlight or introducing them to a national audience might help change the nature of the conversation."

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Mind the gap: Uncovering pay disparity in the newsroom

The tumult would spread to every newspaper in the industry, but it began with whispers within the confined spaces of the women's bathrooms and during off-the-cuff coffee chats at the Wall Street Journal in late 2015.

As Elva Ramirez began speaking to other women at the Journal about their salaries, they discovered a startling pattern-for the exact same roles, they often made many thousands less than their male counterparts.

"We're doing the exact same job," Ramirez, a former video producer at the Journal, said of a male coworker. "Everything we did was identical, and he was not my boss, and he did not outrank me. Everything was the same," except that she made $13,000 less.

A few months later, the paper's union quantified the extent of the disparity: Women on average made $11,700 annually less than men, its report said.

The union's study unleashed a firestorm of controversy within the journalism industry. Within the coming weeks and months, other news unions - including those representing workers at the New York Times and Washington Post - published their own pay gap studies. Unions routinely get pay data from employers in order to negotiate labor contracts.

We reviewed pay studies commissioned by unions at the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle, in addition to the Journal, and we spoke with 29 journalists across the country to find out what they thought.

All seven studies alleged that men made more than women and that whites made more than people of color.

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Statesman to end Ahora Sí, offer voluntary severance to all employees

Ahora Sí, the American-Statesman’s weekly Spanish-language newspaper, will cease publication Oct. 11, the company said Thursday.

The announcement came at the same time the Statesman announced all its 200-plus employees would be eligible to take a voluntary severance package.

Staffers who take the voluntary severance package would depart the newspaper next month, the company said.

“This gives our employees a choice for those who were mulling retirement or a change in careers,” Statesman publisher Susie Biehle said. “This also allows us to better align our resources around the areas of most importance to our readers and advertisers.”

The Statesman’s management team will consider whether to accept staffers’ buyout applications based on the newspaper’s continuing business and news coverage needs, Biehle said.

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News-Sentinel lays off 7 of 8 remaining employees

FORT WAYNE - Almost a year after the News Sentinel announced it would halt newspaper production for an all-digital product, the paper is laying off almost all of its staff.

Friday, seven of the eight remaining staff were let go.

Tom Davis, a current reporter and former sports editor for the newspaper, was one of the employees let go. He said they were called into a meeting for the announcement, adding that they "had no idea this was coming."

The workers were told the layoffs were occurring for financial reasons.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Aug. 9, 2018

Newseum Says It Made a Mistake and Pulls ‘Fake News’ Shirts

The Newseum in Washington, which caused a stir Friday after reports that it was selling a T-shirt reading “You Are Very Fake News,” announced Saturday that it was pulling the shirts from its gift shop and online store.

“We made a mistake and we apologize,” the museum, which is dedicated to press freedom, said in a statement on its website. “A free press is an essential part of our democracy and journalists are not the enemy of the people.”

“Fake news,” of course, has become a rallying cry for President Trump and his supporters, who contend that the news media presents a distorted view of the president and his administration and fabricates facts. He has repeatedly called the press the “enemy of the people.”

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New Poll: 43% of Republicans Want to Give Trump the Power to Shut Down Media

Freedom of the press may be guaranteed in the Constitution. But a plurality of Republicans want to give President Trump the authority to close down certain news outlets, according to a new public opinion survey conducted by Ipsos and provided exclusively to The Daily Beast.

The findings present a sobering picture for the fourth estate, with respondents showing diminished trust in the media and increased support for punitive measures against its members. They also illustrate the extent to which Trump's anti-press drumbeat has shaped public opinion about the role the media plays in covering his administration.

All told, 43 percent of self-identified Republicans said that they believed "the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior." Only 36 percent disagreed with that statement. When asked if Trump should close down specific outlets, including CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, nearly a quarter of Republicans (23 percent) agreed and 49 percent disagreed.

Republicans were far more likely to take a negative view of the media. Forty-eight percent of them said they believed "the news media is the enemy of the American people" (just 28 percent disagreed) while nearly four out of every five (79 percent) said that they believed "the mainstream media treats President Trump unfairly."

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Newspaper sues ex-reporter over control of Twitter account

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The owner of a Virginia newspaper is suing a former reporter for refusing to give up control of a Twitter account the paper says it owns.

BH Media Group Inc., the parent company of The Roanoke Times, filed a lawsuit Monday alleging Virginia Tech football beat reporter Andy Bitter has misappropriated trade secrets by using the account at his new job at The Athletic website.

Another reporter started the account and the paper gave it to Bitter in 2011. He uses the handle @AndyBitterVT and has about 27,500 followers.

The lawsuit alleges Bitter was issued an employee handbook that makes it clear social media accounts "and communications on those accounts" are BH Media's property.

Bitter and a BH Media attorney declined to comment.

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Major tech companies remove Alex Jones for hate, bullying

NEW YORK (AP) — Major tech companies have begun to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their services, reflecting a more aggressive enforcement of policies against hate speech following protests on social media.

Facebook has taken down four pages belonging to Jones, including two featuring his "Infowars" show, for violating its hate speech and bullying policies. Over the past several days, Apple, YouTube and Spotify have also removed material published by Jones. Twitter, which hasn't banned Jones, has also faced similar calls.

Facebook has also suspended Jones' account for 30 days because he repeatedly violated the company's community standards against hate speech that "attacks or dehumanizes others," it said in a statement Monday. Facebook did not immediately respond Monday asking what would happen after the 30 days are up, and why it hadn't taken action earlier. The 30-day suspension of Jones himself appears to have gone into effect in late July.

Twitter would not comment on Jones.

"We've been banned completely on Facebook, Apple, & Spotify," Jones wrote on Twitter. "What conservative news outlet will be next?"

Jones has amassed a large following on the right while promulgating conspiracy theories that claim terror attacks such as 9/11 were actually carried out by the government. Among his claims is that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax.

It's unclear why the companies are cracking down on Jones now, after allowing him to publish for years. Facebook has been under fire recently for not banning Jones, but as recently as July 12 it tweeted that it sees pages "on both the left and right pumping out what they consider opinion or analysis — but others call fake news."

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Universities get $6M for investigative journalism centers

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Scripps Howard Foundation is investing $6 million to create investigative journalism centers at Arizona State University and the University of Maryland.

The foundation announced Monday that each university will receive a $3 million grant over three years to establish a Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. The graduate-level programs will focus on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects.

The foundation says students will be introduced to topics including new media, data mining, history and ethics. They'll work with news organizations to report stories of national or international importance.

The centers honor the legacy of Roy W. Howard, former Scripps-Howard newspaper chain chairman and a pioneering news reporter.

National searches for center directors will launch this fall and programming will open to students in 2019.

INDUSTRY NEWS • Aug. 2, 2018

At the Capital Gazette, ‘we’re still mourning. We’re gonna need help. But we’re still here.’

Almost one month after a gunman killed five employees, journalists in Annapolis are working to cover their city and recover from a horrifying attack.

The temporary newsroom is smaller than the old one. Everyone sits closer together at a maze of gray desks under fluorescent lights. They shout across the room to each other and call for quiet before picking up their phones for an interview.

You can hear the staff of Annapolis’ Capital Gazette working here, said Danielle Ohl, a reporter who covers city hall and the Naval Academy. They type. They talk. They make each other coffee.

“This sounds so stupid,” she said, “but it’s so comforting for people to step out of the kitchen area and be like, ‘I’m going to make a pot, will everyone drink it?’”

After the devastation of losing five coworkers when a gunman broke into the newsroom on June 28, after feeling listless and directionless, it’s heartening to Ohl to see her colleagues at work.

Already, papers and empty water bottles pile up. Laptops sit open in front of desktops. Staff here work to cover their city and to recover from the attack.

This office space is not their newsroom. But they’ve made it one, at least for now.

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Mexican journalist freed by ICE, joins University of Michigan as fellow

ANN ARBOR, MI - After being detained at an immigrant detention center for nearly eight months, Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez Soto will join the 2018-19 Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists class at the University of Michigan.

Gutierrez, who will be a Senior Press Freedom Fellow at Wallace House, and his son, Oscar, were freed July 26 from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Texas.

"With so many challenges to press freedom, and in the midst of a crisis around immigration policy, it is easy to feel powerless," said Knight-Wallace Fellowship director Lynette Clemetson, who met with Gutierrez in April at the El Paso, Texas detention facility to invite him to join the Knight-Wallace program. "Emilio's release, due to the efforts of many, is a reminder that we all can do something to affect change."

Gutierrez and his son were released a day before a federal judge's deadline for U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials to produce documents explaining why the journalist was detained.

Though Gutierrez was released by ICE, he has not been granted asylum, National Press Club Freedom Fellow Kathy Kiely said.

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Man charged with newsroom killings pleads not guilty

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A man charged with killing five people in The Capital newsroom in Maryland pleaded not guilty Monday in court papers, and his attorneys contended any identification of their client at trial will be tainted due to "impermissible" identification procedures used by police.

Attorneys for Jarrod Ramos entered the not guilty plea in electronic court filings shortly before his scheduled initial appearance, which was canceled due to the filings. The appearance was no longer needed because Ramos' lawyer, William Davis, formally entered his client's appearance in court documents. Davis made requests for discovery and a speedy trial.

"By doing that, that eliminates the need for an initial appearance because he now has counsel. He is represented," Wes Adams, the Anne Arundel County state's attorney, told reporters outside the courtroom.

Ramos is being held without bail, indicted by a grand jury on 23 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault. Police say Ramos used a shotgun to blast his way into the newsroom June 28. Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters were killed.

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Times publisher pressed Trump on 'anti-press rhetoric'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The publisher of The New York Times says he took President Donald Trump to task for "deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric" that is "not just divisive but increasingly dangerous" when the two met privately at the White House this month.

Trump disclosed the meeting on Twitter on Sunday, saying he and A.G. Sulzberger "Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, 'Enemy of the People.' Sad!"

"Enemy of the People" is the phrase Trump uses to broadly describe most journalists. He said the July 20 meeting was "very good and interesting."

Sulzberger, who succeeded his father in the role on Jan. 1, said his main purpose for accepting the meeting was to "raise concerns about the president's deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric."

"I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous," he said.

Sulzberger said he told Trump that while the phrase "fake news" is untrue and harmful, "I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists 'the enemy of the people.' I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence."

Sulzberger said he stressed to Trump that leaders of other countries have adopted his rhetoric to justify cracking down on journalists. He was accompanied to the meeting by James Bennet, the Times' editorial page editor.

"I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country's greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press," the publisher said.

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Newsroom employment dropped nearly a quarter in less than 10 years, with greatest decline at newspapers

Newsroom employment declined 23% between 2008 and 2017Newsroom employment across the United States continues to decline, driven primarily by job losses at newspapers. And even though digital-native news outlets have experienced some recent growth in employment, too few newsroom positions were added to make up for recent losses in the broader industry, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics survey data.

From 2008 to 2017, newsroom employment in the U.S. dropped by 23%. In 2008, about 114,000 newsroom employees - reporters, editors, photographers and videographers - worked in five industries that produce news: newspaper, radio, broadcast television, cable and "other information services" (the best match for digital-native news publishers). By 2017, that number declined to about 88,000, a loss of about 27,000 jobs.

This decline in overall newsroom employment was driven primarily by one sector: newspapers. Newspaper newsroom employees dropped by 45% over the period, from about 71,000 workers in 2008 to 39,000 in 2017.

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ASNE survey a critical source of information, but only if leaders participate

Reporting and interpreting the American Society of News Editors’ annual Newsroom Diversity Survey requires that we read between the lines.

For instance, at least five — and certainly many more — people of color will be missing from the New York Daily News’ numbers next year, following layoffs last week that saw a loss of half the newsroom’s staff.

The story behind those numbers illustrates the critical need for newsrooms to be transparent in reporting how well they hire, retain and promote individuals from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, there should be a demand for updating the groundbreaking tool used to encourage the industry to achieve parity with the communities it serves.

For 50 years, ASNE’s Newsroom Diversity Survey has been a critical source of information about the industry’s failings to create newsrooms that can adequately serve the needs of an American public that is growing more diverse by every imaginable measure. The survey relies on industry leaders to hold themselves to the same accountability standards we expect from other influential sectors: by collecting and reporting accurate and insightful information about who is (and who is not) represented in the newsroom.

“Counting gives us a starting point,” said Linda Shockley, managing director of the Dow Jones News Fund, one of several nonprofits that acts on such demographic data to design developmental programs that contribute to a more diverse journalism workforce.

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Digital startup Colorado Sun plans to cover the whole state in greater depth

Colorado is “a big lab for media,” Dana Coffield believes.

New publications across the state have experimented with funding and content to fill coverage gaps left by shrinking legacy newspapers. A staff of departed Denver Post employees, including Coffield, are getting ready to launch the next new outlet: The Colorado Sun.

Coffield and editor Larry Ryckman, both former Post editors, announced their plans in June for a digital newsroom focusing on in-depth journalism across the entire state.

They’re working with eight other Post veterans to launch the Sun in early September. The goal: quality investigative, explanatory and narrative reporting on issues facing the whole state, not just Denver.

“That sort of journalism helps bring understanding to readers,” Ryckman said. “It’s not about breaking news for us, but we intend to break news.”

The journalists launching the Sun resigned from the Post this spring after layoffs from its hedge fund owners had pared down its staff over and over. Shrinking newsrooms aren’t new for the state’s capital — Denver had two daily newspapers until 2009, when the Rocky Mountain News closed.

The journalists know a startup and a new business model are risky, Ryckman said, but they believe the risks are worth it. The journalists want to use their experience and institutional knowledge to bring deeper coverage and more collaboration to the Colorado news landscape.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • July 26, 2018

NY Daily News slashes newsroom staffing in half

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York tabloid Daily News cut half of its newsroom staff Monday including Jim Rich, the paper's editor in chief.

The paper was sold to Tronc Inc. last year for $1, with the owner of the Chicago Tribune assuming liabilities and debt.

In an email sent to staff Monday, Tronc said the remaining staff at the Daily News will focus on breaking news involving "crime, civil justice and public responsibility."

The newspaper has been a key fixture in New York City for the last century. It has won 11 Pulitzer Prizes, including last year for its work with ProPublica on the abuse of eviction rules in New York City.

There had been reports that the cuts were coming, and an early-morning tweet from Rich hinted at what was to come.

"If you hate democracy and think local governments should operate unchecked and in the dark, then today is a good day for you," Rich wrote.

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Grand jury indicts Maryland newspaper shooting suspect

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A grand jury has leveled 23 charges against a man accused of killing five people in a mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper office, a prosecutor announced Friday.

The grand jury indicted Jarrod Ramos, 38, of Laurel, on five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Ann Smith and Wendi Winters, according to a news release from Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. Ramos is also now charged with attempted murder, assault and gun crimes.

The indictment moves from District Court to Circuit Court to progress toward a trial. Ramos is scheduled to make an initial appearance July 30 in Circuit Court, according to online court records.

County police responding to the June 28 attack at the Capital-Gazette in Annapolis arrested Ramos in the newsroom. They said he blocked an exit and then used a shotgun to blast his way through the entrance.

The Capital had written about Ramos pleading guilty to harassing a former high school classmate in 2011, and Ramos unsuccessfully sued the writer and the newspaper's publisher for defamation.

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Russia, Accused of Faking News, Unfurls Its Own ‘Fake News’ Bill

MOSCOW — Russia, which American intelligence agencies said spread its fair share of misinformation during the 2016 United States election, says it will crack down on “fake news” at home, with a proposed law that critics say could limit freedom of speech on the internet.

The bill, submitted by lawmakers from the governing party, United Russia, proposes holding social networks accountable for “inaccurate” comments users post. Under existing Russian law, social media users can be punished for content deemed to promote homosexuality, to threaten public order or to be “extremist” in nature, with fines as well as prison time.

Under the proposed rule, part of a creeping crackdown on digital rights under President Vladimir V. Putin, websites with more than 100,000 daily visitors and a commenting feature must take down factually inaccurate posts or face a fine of up to 50 million rubles, about $800,000.

The bill gives social media companies 24 hours to delete “inaccurate” information after being notified of its existence, raising concerns that moderators will be left to interpret the term, which is vaguely defined in the measure.

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The Colorado Sun pits Civil-backed startup against The Denver Post

The politics desk at The Denver Posthas imploded. Starting in April with voluntary exits that included Brian Eason, a Statehouse reporter, and climaxing this month with a new round of departures, four of the political writers and an editor have gone. John Frank and Jesse Paul, who also covered the Statehouse, resigned in recent weeks, along with other colleagues, in defiance of Alden Global Capital, the New York-based hedge fund that owns the Post and other newsrooms—and has set about shrinking their ranks dramatically. But there is some hope for readers who still want to see the work of these journalists in Colorado: Frank and Paul are headed to The Colorado Sun—a Civil-backed platform staffed entirely, so far, by 10 former Post employees, who will be ready to cover the midterm elections in November. (Eason will also contribute to it.)

Larry Ryckman, an editor of the Sun, who left the Post as a senior editor in May, says he’s not in a position to recruit anyone, but receives calls “practically every other day from people at the Post who want to come work for me.” The Sun—which raised more than $160,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, doubling its goal—will be ad-free with no paywall, and reader-supported, and will focus on investigative, narrative, and explanatory journalism. Founding staff members own the company, an LLC, which also received enough startup funding from Civil to last at least the next two years.

Now the Sun, which hopes to start publishing around Labor Day, is poised to be a kind of post-Post supergroup. Paul, who is 25, began his career out of college, as a Post intern. He is known for his utility, speed and output, and balancing breaking news with enterprise. Yet he struggled with the dynamics of the Post office. “It was just a real emotional roller coaster for four years, watching your colleagues go and not knowing if you were going to be the next one to be tapped on the shoulder,” he says. He experienced the aftershocks of mass layoffs and voluntary departures, protests against Alden, a high-profile resignation, and accusations of censorship. Working in such an environment, Paul says, “was tormenting, to say the least.”

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Readers may trust news stories more when they don't know their source

Readers' trust in news stories depends more on the source's alignment with their political preferences than the actual content of the story, according to a new report from the Knight Foundation and Gallup.

Source attribution can reduce readers' trust by reminding them of their personal preferences and biases, the study suggests.

The study assigned 3,432 Americans to one of four groups, where they viewed news articles on an aggregation website that included the article's news source, the accompanying image, both source and image, or neither. In the display below, articles are shown with the news source but no image.

Study participants rated the trustworthiness of articles about politics, economics and science.

The study used seven news sources across the political spectrum. From left-leaning to right-leaning, according to the researchers: Media Matters, Vox, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Fox News, Breitbart News and 100PercentFedUp.

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Oregon college cites lack of interest, defunds student paper

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A community college in Oregon is cutting funding to its student newspaper because of lack of interest from both readers and potential student staff members.

Most young people don't read newspapers and the idea of writing for the student newspaper is no longer popular, Ron Paradis, a spokesman for Central Oregon Community College told The Bulletin for an article published Wednesday.

A survey conducted in 2014 found that more than half of the school's students didn't know the newspaper existed and only 7 percent read it consistently.

The paper's staff shrunk to 10 students from 20 writers. It was founded in 1953.

The school paid a part-time adviser $50,000 annually with benefits, and $35,000 per year from student fees went toward operations, Paradis said.

A task force recommended to the administration that The Broadside adviser's salary should go toward an adjunct faculty member who would teach journalism classes at COCC.

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Official  questions city relationship with media outlet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island city council member is calling on a news website to return tens of thousands of dollars it received from the city as part of a contract to publish meeting notices.

The Providence Journal reports the city's Council President David Salvatore is saying website should return $67,500. He's calling it a "strange arrangement" and unnecessary considering the city launched an open meeting portal in 2013 with easy online access to the public for meeting information. The publication was founded in 2010 by former councilman Josh Fenton.

Salvatore is questioning whether a former council president was being tipped off to stories related to City Hall. The contract is no longer active, as Salvatore declined to extend it soon after he became president.

Fenton did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

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Newspapers endure more cuts, hope for brighter future online

U.S. newspapers are battered and broken, and this week's layoffs at the New York Daily News serve as the latest blow. But while local newsgathering has taken a hit, some observers think it's poised for a digital comeback.

Media company Tronc Inc. cut half of the Daily News' newsroom staff Monday, including the paper's editor in chief. The remaining staff, the company said, will focus on breaking news involving "crime, civil justice and public responsibility."

The Pulitzer Prize-winning tabloid has been a fixture in New York for the last century. Jere Hester, news director at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and a former staffer at the Daily News, bemoaned the gutting of a watchdog in the nation's largest city.

"Any time we lose a reporter covering a neighborhood or City Hall, the city is greatly diminished for it. Bottom line is, when you don't have reporters out there doing grunt work in the street, stories get lost," Hester said.

The anguish in the world's media capital exemplifies what's been happening in the rest of the country for years. Estimated U.S. daily newspaper circulation, print and digital combined, fell 11 percent to 31 million in 2017, according to the Pew Research Center.

As recently as 2000, weekday subscriptions totaled 55.8 million. In just the last three years, employment in newsrooms has fallen 15 percent.

"We're seeing very steady pressure, wave after wave of layoffs, which means less journalism," said Rick Edmonds, a media business analyst at Poynter Institute. "We're starting to have a lot of places that are described as news deserts."

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INDUSTRY NEWS • July 19, 2018

YouTube Launches Initiative to Fight Fake News, Pledges $25 Million to Support News Orgs

You can't always trust the veracity of stuff posted online - and obviously YouTube is no exception.

Google's YouTube announced that it is committing $25 million to help support legitimate news organizations, and also detailed new features intended to flag misinformation and highlight authoritative news sources.

YouTube's role in promoting conspiracy theories has flared up in recent months. In February, for example, a YouTube video suggesting that one of the high-school students who survived the mass killing in Parkland, Fla., David Hogg, was an actor hired by gun-control advocates briefly became YouTube's No. 1 trending video. YouTube removed the clip within a few hours, citing violation of its policy on harassment and bullying.

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Woman accused of threatening journalist is denied bail

WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A woman charged with threatening a Massachusetts newspaper reporter who had asked to be removed from her email distribution list has been deemed a danger to the public and ordered held without bail.

The MetroWest Daily News reports a judge ruled Tuesday that Amy Zuckerman was too dangerous for release. Zuckerman was arrested July 7 and was charged with making terroristic threats.

Police say the 64-year-old Shutesbury woman sent to a Walpole Times reporter an email that referenced shooting through the newsroom's window.

Zuckerman's attorney says she had been obsessing about the Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, and worried something would happen at the Walpole newspaper. Attorney Ethan Yankowitz says Zuckerman hadn't exhibited violent behavior.

Prosecutors say Zuckerman is "unstable" and has displayed threatening behavior for years.

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Marijuana ad complicates delivery of small Alaska newspaper

UNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A small Alaska newspaper is scrambling to distribute papers after the U.S. Postal Service raised questions about a marijuana ad.

Jenny-Marie Stryker is a reporter with the Chilkat Valley News in Haines. She says a new marijuana business took out the ad.

She says the paper didn't realize it would be problematic until it was contacted by the Postal Service.

Marijuana is legal in Alaska but illegal on the federal level.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • July 12, 2018

Newsrooms held a moment of silence today for victims of the Capital Gazette shooting

(CNN) One week after the tragic shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, newsrooms across the country held a moment of silence in memory of their five fellow journalists whose lives were lost.

The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Associated Press Media Editors (APME) asked newsrooms around the world to join them at 2:33 p.m. ET Thursday -- the exact time the gunman began his rampage a week ago -- for a moment of contemplation, prayer, reflection or meditation.

"The tragedy last Thursday at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, tears at our hearts, tugs at our compassion and calls forth our fears for the safety of all those on the front lines of truth, accountability and journalistic pursuit," said a joint release by the two groups.

Some of the surviving Capital Gazette staffers participated in the moment of silence at their temporary new office in Annapolis. Journalists at the paper's parent company, Tronc, also gathered in their Chicago newsroom to reflect.

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Good Charlotte to headline benefit concert for 5 slain

NEW YORK (AP) — The city of Annapolis will hold a benefit concert featuring Maryland-based rockers Good Charlotte to honor the five Capital Gazette employees killed in an attack in their newsroom.

Mayor Gavin Buckley said Wednesday the event dubbed "Annapolis Rising: A Benefit for The Capital Gazette and Free Press" will take place July 28 and will include performances, as well as guest speakers from the journalism community.

Information on tickets will be available at a later date. Proceeds will benefit a fund established for the victims and survivors, as well as journalism scholarships.

Police say gunman Jarrod Ramos, who had a grudge against the newspaper, blasted his way into the Annapolis newsroom on June 28, killing John McNamara, Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith and Gerald Fischman. Ramos remains jailed on five counts of first-degree murder.

Good Charlotte, which includes twin brothers Joel and Benji Madden, said in an interview they are proud to return to their roots to pay tribute to the community.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • July 5, 2018

Newspaper staff reports through grief after colleagues slain

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The grieving and the reporting sort of jumbled together for staffers at The Capital Gazette on Thursday night, but they were determined to put out the next day’s edition.

Journalists with the Annapolis-based daily huddled under a covered parking deck of the Annapolis Mall, not far from where scores of other media outlets were clumped together awaiting further details of the shooting that left five people dead, including colleagues, and others injured.

Editor Rick Hutzell called a few of his journalists over to talk, a discussion punctuated with hugs and staggered expressions.

“We’re trying to do our job and deal with five people” who lost their lives, said reporter Pat Furgurson, whose wife and adult son were with him at the mall.

Furgurson said his colleagues were “just people trying to do their job for the public.”

“You think something like this might happen in Afghanistan, not in a newsroom a block away from the mall,” he said, reflecting on what appeared to be one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. Police later said the gunman explicitly targeted the newspaper.

The Capital is an institution in Maryland’s capital and was one of the last dailies to switch from publishing in the afternoon to mornings. Its sister publication, the Maryland Gazette, was founded in 1727 and is one of the oldest papers in America. In 1767, it became the first paper in America to be published by a woman, Anne Catherine Green, who led opposition to the stamp tax in the years leading up to the American Revolution.

For many years The Capital was published by diplomat Philip Merrill, who died in 2006. It was sold in 2014 to the Baltimore Sun Media Group.

Following in that history, the paper’s staffers were resolute Thursday that they would publish despite the tragedy. Capital reporter Chase Cook wrote on Twitter: “I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow.”

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ASNE and APME share best practices and tips to help keep journalists safe under fire

The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors offer this two-page tip sheet with some of the best wisdom of journalism organizations committed to journalist safety and the pursuit of a free and dedicated press corps. 

We are committed to helping our colleagues at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, but offer this as a guide to preparing for the worst. 

Your helpful advice and comments are welcome at

Click here to download a PDF.

The Annapolis shooting is another reminder: It’s getting more dangerous to be a journalist

On Thursday, a gunman stormed the office of a local newspaper in Annapolis, Md., killing at least five people and injuring two others. According to my colleagues, the attack “likely is the deadliest involving journalists in the United States in decades.” Police have said the attack targeted the newsroom and that the man arrested in the case had assailed the paper on social media after he sued it for defamation and lost.

Thursday’s violence served as a stark reminder that it has become increasingly dangerous to be a journalist around the world.

At least 41 journalists have been killed this year, according to data from the Committee to Protect Journalists. At least 30 of those killed were journalists who were slain for doing their work, or were caught in the crossfire while taking risks to report a story. That total does not include the five who died in Annapolis on Thursday.

Beyond the violence, there has been a remarkable decline in press liberty worldwide. In April, Reporters Without Borders released its annual World Press Freedom Index, which yielded disheartening results for journalists and press-freedom advocates. The organization, known by its initials in French as RSF, found “growing animosity towards journalists” as authoritarian and democratic leaders alike successfully discredited and undermined the press.

“The climate of hatred is steadily more visible in the Index,” RSF said in its report. It pointed to hostility toward the media seeping into non-authoritarian countries, such as the United States. “More and more democratically-elected leaders no longer see the media as part of democracy’s essential underpinning, but as an adversary to which they openly display their aversion,” the report added.

This story is more than numbers. The danger for journalists who receive threats and harassment while reporting is growing. Increasingly, journalists face Internet bullying, criminal charges and even death for doing their jobs. The case of Indian journalist Rana Ayyub is illustrative. After journalist Gauri Lankesh was murdered on her doorstep, Ayyub took to Twitter to point out that Lankesh had just published a book accusing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of complicity in riots in 2002. She called Lankesh’s killers cowards. Since then, as The Post reported, Ayyub has been the victim of a harassment campaign that has dubbed her an “ISIS sex slave” and superimposed her face onto pornography.

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News outlets join forces to track down children separated from their parents by the U.S.

Frustrated at the Trump administration’s limited information about thousands of migrant children separated from their parents, a group of news organizations are joining forces to help track down the kids.

BuzzFeed News, ProPublica, The Intercept and Univision announced June 27 that they are partnering to gather vital information about the children in immigration detention facilities and shelters. Joining the effort: a leading Mexican news site, Animal Político, the Guatemalan site Plaza Pública, and El Faro, from El Salvador.

The outlets will be asking readers for tips and information — including through secure channels — about what's happening on the ground at the border, in shelters, in facilities and in courtrooms.

The outlets got together to crowdsource this information because actual information on the children "was hard to come by" and state agencies weren't getting federal help, says Jessica Garrison, a senior BuzzFeed News investigative editor.

"We're inviting people to use the online tool, which ProPublica designed, or to reach out to us through our tips line or secure messaging, to help us tell the stories of people who are affected by this policy and to hold accountable those who oversee it," says Ariel Kaminer, also a senior investigations editor at BuzzFeed News.

The ProPublica tool identifies facilities where children may be held. The news outlets are asking anyone who has direct knowledge about a family that has been separated or a facility where children are being held to tell them what they know.

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This small California publication provides a blueprint for how local buyers can save a newspaper

Recently, the Half Moon Bay Review covered a school bond election that appeared too close to call. There was an extensive report on racism experienced by Asian Americans following a viral video of a local incident that shocked many. There were stories on youth softball, plans for an encampment to ease homelessness and new programs at the local high school, to name just a few of the things the newspaper covered.

In some ways, it was just another full week for me, the editor of a small-town newspaper who has more of a calling than a career. In other ways, it was a new beginning for the 120-year-old weekly newspaper tucked into the little yellow building next to City Hall in a city 30 minutes south of San Francisco.

On June 1, a group of local citizens closed on the purchase of the Review and its related assets, which include a pair of magazines, a website and the building we call home away from home.

It was anything but a garden-variety media purchase. In this case, the buyers were not planning to drink in profits and spit out whatever remained.

The deal was several months in the making that began with a September 2017 phone call from Francis Wick, CEO of Wick Communications. The family-owned newspaper company based in Arizona had run the Review for more than 20 years, but as Wick explained on the call, the times were changing. He told the us that he planned to sell the newspaper and the land beneath our feet to raise capital for other endeavors. It was an extraordinary blow.

If you are reading these words, you already know the landscape.

These are trying times for newspaper companies that once had a license to print money. Margins have slipped across the industry as advertising migrated to savvy online giants that target consumers like never before. Revenues have fallen and, despite technological efficiencies, newsgathering in a town like Half Moon Bay remains a labor-intensive proposition. The Review was Wick’s only operation in California, where the cost of doing business is notoriously high.

Almost in passing, Wick said something else that day: Why don’t you guys seek a nonprofit to buy the newspaper?

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Newspaper says it received threats following shooting

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland newspaper where five people were killed by a gunman last week said it received death threats and emails celebrating the shootings following the attack.

The Capital Gazette said in a Sunday editorial that it would not forget being called "an enemy of the people." President Donald Trump has used identical language to describe the news media.

The Capital Gazette said people also called for the paper to fire a reporter who cursed on national television after seeing her friends shot.

The paper also thanked the community for its support following the shooting and said more than 800 people subscribed to its digital edition.

Jarrod Ramos is charged with murder after police say he opened fire Thursday at the Gazette offices in Annapolis.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Stop Publishing 2 Days a Week

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has announced it will stop publishing the newspaper two days a week.

According to a letter sent to the newspaper’s employee union Wednesday, the newspaper is shrinking its printing schedule as part of a plan to become a digital news organization.

The change will go into effect Aug. 25. Officials have not specified which days will be cut.

Senior Human Resources Manager Linda Guest says in the letter, "the nature of our operations will change substantially."

The owners of the 232-year-old paper, Ohio-based Block Communications, have not responded to requests for comment.

Huge Rise in Willingness of Americans to Pay for Online News

Online news had quite the 2017, attributable in part to the frantic news cycles of President Trump’s first year in administration, as well as the “fake news” crisis.

In the midst of all this, Americans increasingly looked to online sources of news as their main providers.

Perhaps online news is even helping to revive the journalism industry. A Late 2017 Poynter Media Trust Survey measured the highest uptick in media confidence since Sept. 11, 2001.

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Trump orders US flags lowered to honor slain journalists

President Donald Trump has ordered U.S. flags on federal property be flown at half-staff through sunset Tuesday to honor five newspaper journalists slain in Maryland's capital.

The order comes after Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said Monday that Trump had declined his request to lower the flags.

Trump issued a proclamation Tuesday ordering the flags fly at half-staff through sundown.

Five Capital Gazette newspaper employees were killed Thursday when a gunman holding a grudge against the publication shot them in the newsroom.

Trump repeatedly has called journalists the "enemy of the people." He said the day after the shooting that journalists shouldn't fear being violently attacked while doing their job.

The White House says Trump ordered the flags lowered as soon as he learned of the Annapolis mayor's request.

Suspect wrote he aimed to kill everyone at Maryland newsroom

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man charged with gunning down five people at a Maryland newspaper sent three letters on the day of the attack, police said, including one that said he was on his way to the Capital Gazette newsroom with the aim "of killing every person present."

Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel County police, said the letters were received Monday. They were mailed to an attorney for The Capital newspaper, a retired judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and a Baltimore judge.

The letter Jarrod Ramos sent to the Annapolis newspaper's Baltimore-based lawyer was written to resemble a legal motion for reconsideration of his unsuccessful 2012 defamation lawsuit against the paper, a columnist and then-publisher Tom Marquardt.

Marquardt shared a copy of the letter with The Associated Press.

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New Jersey sets aside $5M for pilot local news program

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The state has set aside $5 million for a trailblazing nonprofit group seeking to boost coverage of local news in New Jersey.

Advocates see the pilot project as an important and innovative way to use public money to encourage more local news reporting following a sharp decline in such coverage industrywide in recent years.

Detractors worry the model could lead to government interference.

Lawmakers say the funding, which was included in the state budget signed Sunday by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, will help focus more reporting on local issues in a state dominated by the New York and Philadelphia media markets.

The idea for the initiative sprang from the efforts of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Free Press Action Fund, which held community forums on residents' concerns about dwindling local news coverage, leading to legislation creating the Civic Information Consortium.

The bill, which awaits the governor's signature, sets up a charitable and education organization with a 15-member board. The governor, the Democratic Assembly speaker, the Democratic Senate president and the Republican leaders in both chambers would all make appointments. The board would also include representatives from five state colleges, the news media, and the public.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • June 28, 2018

NPPA Calls for Photojournalists’ Access to Detention Facilities

(ATHENS, GA.,) The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) calls on all politicians who visit migrant child detention facilities to insist on being accompanied by visual journalists and to insist that Immigration and Customs Enforcement permits unfettered access to those facilities for all journalists.

We also call on news media organizations to decline to publish handout photographs from the government or others when full and meaningful visual access is denied.

When important issues face a nation, and the truth must be ascertained, images – taken by journalists who adhere to strict codes of ethics – truly matter. The only photographs the nation has seen from inside those facilities have come from the government.

This is unacceptable. We believe that access to those facilities by journalists is both appropriate and warranted. The nation should not be relegated to relying solely on governmental depictions when it comes to such matters of public concern.

On all issues, especially an important issue such as this, the public has a right to and a need for independent, verified visual journalism – not government-controlled images. As our Code of Ethics states, photojournalists and those who manage visuals in news organizations should “resist being manipulated by staged photo opportunities,” “strive to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in public,” and “defend the right of access for all journalists.”

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In Rome, Facebook announces new strategies to combat misinformation

ROME — During the second day of the fifth annual Global Fact-Checking Summit on Thursday, the world’s biggest social network shared some news about its most visible effort to counter misinformation.

During a one-hour question-and-answer session in the morning, Tessa Lyons, a product manager at Facebook, gave an overview of the company’s fact-checking program — which allows fact-checkers to debunk hoaxes on the platform, decreasing their reach in News Feed by about 80 percent. The program has grown to 25 fact-checking outlets in 14 countries. (Disclosure: Being a signatory of the IFCN’s code of principles is a necessary condition for participation in the project.)

Near the middle of the talk, Lyons announced several new updates to the efforts Facebook is taking to weed out misinformation on its platform, where hoaxes regularly outscale fact checks.

First, Lyons said that Facebook is now employing natural learning processing systems to detect duplicate fake news stories on the platform that fact-checkers have already debunked. That’s expected to cut down on the volume of hoaxes, which are often copied and pasted from previous fake news stories that have been down-ranked in News Feed.

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Lee Enterprises to manage Berkshire Hathaway newspapers

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Warren Buffett's company has hired Lee Enterprises to manage the mostly smaller newspapers it has acquired since 2011 in 30 different markets.

Lee said Tuesday it expects to collect $50 million in fees from the five-year agreement that should help BH Media Group's newspapers reduce costs.

"In addition to the primary benefit of deploying Lee's successful strategies at BH Media, this alliance provides a significant expansion of operating scale, adding 30 markets to our own 49," Lee President Kevin Mowbray said.

Billionaire Omaha investor Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, said that, "although the challenges in publishing are clear, I believe we can benefit by joining efforts. Lee Enterprises' growth in digital market share and revenue has outpaced the industry."

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GDR parent company to be offered for sale

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – CNHI, LLC, one of the country’s leading providers of local news and information, said Monday it is exploring the sale of its newspaper properties in 22 states.

The announcement was made after its parent company, Raycom Media Inc., reported it has signed an agreement to be acquired by Gray Television group, a public company headquartered in Atlanta.

CNHI is the parent company of the Gainesville Daily Register and eight other Texas daily newspapers.

Donna Barrett, CNHI’s president and chief executive office, said the company has retained the newspaper brokerage firm of Dirks, Van Essen, Murray and April to handle the sale of its newspapers.

“We’re excited to open the next chapter in our commitment to top-flight community journalism,” said Barrett. “We are looking for a transaction or transactions that will carry on CNHI’s rich tradition of public service through award-winning journalism.”

CNHI is a 20-year-old newspaper company that has grown from a few community newspapers at the outset to more than 100 papers today. They are located in the Midwest, Southwest, Southeast and Northeast.

Raycom Media Inc., which owns or operates television stations in 65 markets, acquired CNHI nine months ago.

“As we undertake this exploration process, we cannot say that any particular transaction will or will not take place,” said Barrett. “What we can say is that we will consider various options as we work to find a partner or partners that share our dedication to community newspapers and the vital journalism they produce to serve local audiences.”

INDUSTRY NEWS • June 21, 2018

Celebrity deaths force media to examine suicide reporting

NEW YORK (AP) — The deaths of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have caused media organizations to look at how they cover suicide and whether more could be done to prevent copycat killings, without neglecting the duty to report news.

Several outlets have publicized the 1-800-273-8255 suicide prevention hotline — People and Entertainment Weekly magazines are using it on their covers — and operators say the hotline has received the largest volume of calls in its history following the celebrity deaths.

The Associated Press sent guidelines to its staff this week about how suicides should be reported, including new instructions on addressing suicide notes. The Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank, also publicized advice to news leaders.

Some of the guidelines being discussed contradict the natural impulses of journalists. When some younger reporters at a major national news organization urged that the suicide hotline be publicized following last week’s deaths, an editor said that it wasn’t their job because “we’re not social workers,” said Kelly McBride, media ethicist for the Poynter Institute. She wouldn’t identify the outlet.

John Daniszewski, vice president and editor at large for standards at The Associated Press, said: “Our responsibility is to keep people informed, but in a way that doesn’t lead others to consider suicide.”

Daniszewski’s message included a reminder to staff members that a 2015 entry in the AP’s influential Stylebook said not to be too specific about the methods of suicide. Reporting that both Spade and Bourdain died by hanging last week was newsworthy, but in both cases the service went too far in some versions of the stories by describing the implement used in the deaths, he said. The information was removed from subsequent versions.

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AP: How and when we report on suicides

AP policy on reporting suicides, spelled out in the AP Stylebook, is “to not go into detail on the methods used.” There has been a robust discussion in our newsrooms about what this means — how far do we go in discussing methods of suicide by celebrities? Are we depriving readers of essential information on a story if we are too opaque?

We tend to be news purists in the AP. Our instinct is to publish all the news for our audience to absorb, use and act upon.

But reporting on suicide, like reporting on sexual abuse, is one of the areas in which we favor not saying all that we know.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fires editorial cartoonist

An award-winning editorial cartoonist who has worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for 25 years announced on Thursday that he was fired from the paper.

Rob Rogers' firing comes after the paper stopped publishing his cartoons -- many of which were critical of President Trump -- last month.

"Today, after 25 years as the editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I was fired," Rogers tweeted on Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last published one of Rogers' cartoons on June 5 and before that, the last editorial cartoon to appear in the paper was on May 24. Rogers continued to draw during the absence, posting his work on his personal blog and social media feeds.

Rogers told CNN's Jake Tapper last week he didn't know why the paper was killing his cartoons, but he said he got the feeling that management wanted him to be "less negative to Trump."

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Hundreds of Washington Post employees sign petition slamming billionaire owner Jeff Bezos' 'shocking pay practices', asking for 'fair wages' and urging him to 'share the wealth'

More than 400 employees of The Washington Post have signed on to a public letter to owner Jeff Bezos asking him to remedy working conditions at the newspaper, after more than a year of unsuccessful negotiation with upper management.

'All we are asking for is fairness for each and every employee who contributed to this company’s success: fair wages; fair benefits for retirement, family leave and health care; and a fair amount of job security,' the petition read.

'More than 400 of our colleagues have signed this petition, and they're just asking you to listen,' Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah said in the video that accompanied the written petition.

The petition was shared on Twitter by the Post Guild on Thursday, which was one day after Bezos tweeted about Thursday being the one year anniversary of him asking his social media following for ideas for philanthropy.

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Americans grapple with recognizing facts in news stories: Pew survey

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Only a quarter of U.S. adults in a recent survey could fully identify factual statements - as opposed to opinion - in news stories, the Pew Research Center found in a study released on Monday.

The survey comes amid growing concerns about so-called fake news spread on the internet and social media. The term generally refers to fabricated news that has no basis in fact but is presented as being factually accurate.

Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc's Google and other tech companies have recently come under scrutiny for failing to promptly tackle the problem of fake news as more Americans consume news on social media platforms.

The main portion of Pew's survey polled 5,035 adult Americans aged 18 and above in February and March. The study was intended to determine if respondents could differentiate between factual information and opinion statements in news stories.

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Tronc finally realizes it has a stupid name

Tronc, one of the most lambasted corporate name changes of the digital era, is going to return to its original name, Tribune Publishing.

An insider said that the name change for the parent company of the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News was awaiting the completion of the spinoff of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and several other papers in its California Media group to health tech billionaire Patrick Soon Shiong. That $500 million deal was announced as final on Monday.

“The board actually approved the name change a month ago, but was waiting for the completion of the California deal,” said the insider.

Ex-chairman Michael Ferro pushed for “Tronc” in June 2016. It supposedly stood for Tribune Online Content, but was widely ridiculed at the time of the announcement.

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Post-Gazette employees, newsroom editors emphasize they are separate from editorial pages

In response to an outpouring of criticism over the firing of longtime Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers, The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh and the PG’s newsroom managers purchased advertising space in Tuesday’s print editions to emphasize that the newsroom operations are separate from the editorial pages and to promote the paper’s journalistic mission.

The newsroom editors’ ad, signed by 18 managers including executive editor David Shribman, says the news pages “honor centuries of the best traditions of journalism, which have always held that the news pages and the opinion pages stand apart.”

The Post-Gazette on Thursday fired Mr. Rogers, who had worked for the paper for 25 years, after killing 19 of his cartoons or preliminary ideas since March, including some featuring President Donald Trump.

Mr. Rogers said his work did not appear because his editor disagreed with his anti-Trump cartoons.

Keith Burris, editorial director, said that Mr. Rogers wanted to be the “sole arbiter” of his work. Mr. Burris said he found it difficult to collaborate with the cartoonist.

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APG purchases Sun Coast Media Group

Adams Publishing Group announced Monday that purchased Sun Coast Media Group based in Venice, Fla. APG is the parent company of the Mesabi Daily News, Hibbing Daily Tribune, Grand Rapids Herald Review, Chisholm Tribune Press and Walker Pilot-Independent.

The sale includes SCMG newspapers: The Venice Gondolier, The Arcadian, The West Villages Sun, The Englewood Sun, The North Port Sun, The Charlotte Sun and The Charlotte Sun Times.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We are extremely excited to have the Sun Coast Media Group and its Associates join the Adams Publishing Group family,” said APG principal Stephen Adams. “The SCMG newspapers are located in one of the great newspaper markets in the United States, with a solid employee group we are eager to welcome aboard our team."

Sun Coast Media Group is a family-and-employee-owned company founded by Derek Dunn-Rankin in 1976. Derek left a senior position at Landmark Communications at age 50 to buy the Venice Gondolier, a weekly at the time, and built a successful, award-winning company that included being a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005 and winner in 2016, with more than 300 employees.

This will be APG's first newspaper acquisition in Florida and will continue community-oriented family ownership for the SCMG newspapers. The only other family-owned newspapers remaining in Florida are the Key West Citizen and the Villages Daily Sun.

"I've known the Dunn-Rankin family a long time. Because they are wonderful friends, I know they are going to miss greatly the newspapers they are selling,” said APG Executive Vice President Gregg Jones.

INDUSTRY NEWS • June 14, 2018

Almost seven-in-ten Americans have news fatigue, more among Republicans

If you feel like there is too much news and you can’t keep up, you are not alone. A sizable portion of Americans are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of news there is, though the sentiment is more common on the right side of the political spectrum, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted from Feb. 22 to March 4, 2018.

Almost seven-in-ten Americans (68%) feel worn out by the amount of news there is these days, compared with only three-in-ten who say they like the amount of news they get. The portion expressing feelings of information overload is in line with how Americans felt during the 2016 presidential election, when a majority expressed feelings of exhaustion from election coverage.

While majorities of both Republicans and Democrats express news fatigue, Republicans are feeling it more. Roughly three-quarters (77%) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents feel worn out over how much news there is, compared with about six-in-ten Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (61%). This elevated fatigue among Republicans tracks with them having less enthusiasm than Democrats for the 2018 elections.

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Charles Krauthammer says goodbye

Charles Krauthammer, the beloved conservative columnist, informed readers on Friday that he is confronting an aggressive form of cancer. "My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live," he wrote. "This is the final verdict. My fight is over."

Krauthammer shared the news in a short, matter-of-fact note on the WashPost and Fox News websites. Political leaders and journalists were gutted by the revelation, which came just a few hours after Bourdain's death was announced.

The Post said Krauthammer is discouraging "flowery tributes." He wrote, "I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life -- full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended."

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EPA spokesperson calls reporter 'piece of trash' when asked for comment

The spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency attacked a reporter on Wednesday, referring to the journalist as a "piece of trash" when she phoned for comment on a story.

Elaina Plott, a writer for The Atlantic magazine, reported Wednesday that a top aide for the EPA had resigned, and that EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox snapped at her when she called him for comment.

"You have a great day, you're a piece of trash," Wilcox was quoted as telling Plott.

Wilcox did not immediately respond to phone calls or an email from CNN seeking comment.

Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic, tweeted, "Always a good day when our reporters get under the skin of classless flacks."

The comment from Wilcox was widely condemned online by journalists. The EPA, under administrator Scott Pruitt, has had a tense relationship with the press.

Late last month, the federal agency blocked reporters from several news outlets from attending a national summit where Pruitt was speaking. At that event, the Associated Press said one of its reporters, who was denied entry, was grabbed by security guards and forcibly shoved out of the building after asking to speak to a public affairs person.

Pruitt has been under intense scrutiny since March, when media reports first revealed the EPA chief had rented a luxury Capitol Hill condo tied to a prominent oil and gas lobbyist for just $50 a night.

Other recently disclosed examples of Pruitt seeking special treatment include his repeated use of first-class air travel, luxury hotel suits and directing his security staff to use lights and sirens to speed through Washington traffic to dinner reservations.

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Chicago Tribune: CPS fails to tell parents about alleged misconduct by renowned choir director

Robert Jeffrey Weaver’s resignation from Chicago Public Schools was abrupt, occurring just weeks before the 2012 school year was to start, and it shocked many of the students and parents who admired and even adored him.

Weaver had earned accolades as choral director and chair of the music department for selective-enrollment Payton College Prep, leading his singers in a concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and as they performed the national anthem at Soldier Field and traveled to China to sing “Lotus Flower” in concert with that country’s top young vocalists.

Weaver also held “Boys Talk” seminars for male students and led its all-male a cappella ensemble, the Sounds of Sweetness.

Still, when he left, there was no official explanation, no note home from the school.

What parents didn’t know was that Weaver resigned just as CPS investigators were preparing a devastating report alleging sexual misconduct dating back more than two decades.

That 37-page report from September 2012 found “credible evidence” that Weaver had oral and anal sex with one student over a five-year period, showed pornography to that student and another student at his apartment, and sexually harassed multiple students at Payton and at nearby Lincoln Elementary school, where he previously taught.

CPS initially denied the Tribune’s Freedom of Information requests for basic records about Weaver’s career and his misconduct, saying it would be “unduly burdensome” to produce any of that paperwork. But after the Tribune threatened a public records lawsuit, CPS released a redacted version of the 2012 investigative report. The Tribune also has reviewed an unredacted version.

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Craig Newmark’s biggest bet on news: The next generation

Growing up in a neighborhood of first- and second-generation Americans in Morristown, New Jersey, Craig Newmark took to heart his U.S. history teacher’s lessons on the nation’s democracy — and of its goals of fairness, opportunity and respect for all.

The billionaire founder of Craigslist cited those lessons in explaining a gift, announced this morning, of $20 million to further journalism instruction at the only public graduate journalism school in the Northeast. Under the gift, the CUNY j-school will be renamed the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.

“We are living in a time of crisis,” Newmark said in an interview, noting that the integrity of both democracy and journalism are under attack. “We need a lot more people coming in the field doing good journalism.”

It is by far the biggest single journalism donation by Newmark, who has focused another $20 million in various initiatives to bring diverse viewpoints into reporting, strengthen transparency and media ethics, back fact-checking efforts and stop technologies that spread disinformation.

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White House restricts US press access to Kim Jong Un summit

SINGAPORE (AP) — The White House restricted journalists’ access to parts of President Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday despite long-standing arrangements intended to ensure the public is kept fully abreast of key presidential moments, such as the first meeting in history with a North Korean leader.

Under standard rules agreed to by the White House and the press corps, a full pool of reporters travels with the president at all times and is allowed at any meetings where press access in granted, even if space is limited. The group includes representatives from various forms of media — such as TV, print and photos — who then pool the information they gather with other news outlets that are unable to be present because of space.

During the photo-op at the start of Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Kim, text reporters for newswires The Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg were kept out of the pool, as were the designated representatives for radio and the foreign press corps. Although a television cameraman and sound technician were allowed in, the TV networks’ editorial representative — responsible for relaying information to colleagues about what occurs or is said during the photo-op — was not.

Some, but not all, were later allowed in for the photo-op of Trump’s larger meeting with Kim and aides from both countries.

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Trump tags US media as nation's 'biggest enemy' after summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged skeptical media coverage of his historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, declaring that "Fake News" is the nation's "biggest enemy."

The president's tweet, delivered a few hours after Air Force One touched down outside Washington, was reminiscent of his February 2017 Twitter rebuke in which he called several leading news outlets "the enemy of the American people."

Trump has sought to portray his unprecedented meeting with Kim as a significant accomplishment that has made the world less vulnerable to the North's nuclear arsenal. Critics say that his agreement with the North lacks specific restraints on Kim's government and that he offered to end joint military exercises with South Korea with little in return.

The president tweeted after returning from his Singapore summit that "the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN," are "fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea." He added: "500 days ago they would have 'begged' for this deal-looked like war would break out."

"Our Country's biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!" Trump tweeted.

The president also asserted that after his initial round of talks with Kim, there is "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea." Trump's claim is dubious given that independent experts estimate Pyongyang has enough fissile material for 20 to 60 bombs.

The tweet followed a New York Times story on the Trump administration's lack of scientific expertise, the president's questioning of the honesty of the American media at an international summit in Canada and his dismissal of diplomatic expertise in favor of using a "touch" and "feel" approach in his talks with Kim.

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Poll: Americans want more of what journalists want to report

NEW YORK (AP) — There's substantial agreement on what Americans want from the news media and what journalists want to report, according to a pair of studies that also reveal a troubling caveat: a nagging feeling among both the ideal isn't being met.

Public suspicion about journalism is also fueled by some basic misunderstandings on how the process works, particularly in an era of rapid change, according to the twin surveys of the American public and journalists released Monday by the Media Insight Project. The effort is a collaboration between The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute.

The close look at attitudes comes in the midst of President Donald Trump's relentless attacks on the news media and the continued downsizing of the economically beleaguered newspaper industry. It has left journalists beaten down: The surveys found about 3 in 4 journalists believe the public's level of trust in the news media has decreased in the past year. Yet only 44 percent of American adults actually say their level of trust has decreased.

The public actually wants what most journalists say they want to give them — news stories that are factual and offer context and analysis, said Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute. But the public doesn't feel like they're seeing enough of that work, with 42 percent of Americans saying journalists stray too far into commentary, according to the new research.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • June 7, 2018

Facebook kills 'trending' topics, tests breaking news label

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated "trending" news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press.

The company claims the tool is outdated and wasn't popular. But the trending section also proved problematic in ways that would presage Facebook's later problems with fake news, political balance and the limitations of artificial intelligence in managing the messy human world.

When Facebook launched "trending" in 2014 as a list of headlines to the side of the main news feed, it was a straightforward move to steal users from Twitter by giving them a quick look at the most popular news of the moment. It fit nicely into CEO Mark Zuckerberg's pledge just a year earlier to make Facebook its users' "personal newspaper."

But that was then. "Fake news" wasn't yet a popular term, and no foreign country had been accused of trying to influence the U.S. elections through social media, as Russia later would be. Trending news that year included the death of Robin Williams, Ebola and the World Cup.

Facebook is now testing new features, including a "breaking news" label that publishers can add to stories to distinguish them from other chatter. Facebook also wants to make local news more prominent.

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Publishers coping with higher costs from tariffs on Canadian newsprint

The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper, a weekly distributed in six counties that comprise the Diocese of Pittsburgh, hasn’t raised subscription rates in 16 years because it has had a healthy stream of advertising to generate revenues.

But recent federal government tariffs slapped on Canadian newsprint have pushed production costs so high that Carmella Weismantle, the paper’s operations manager, said there may be no choice but to ask advertisers — and perhaps the parishes that subscribe — to pay more.

Two newsprint price hikes since January cost the nonprofit Pittsburgh Catholic Publishing Associates $37,000 and Ms. Weismantle is bracing for another increase in July.

“We’re running on a shoestring as it is. We don’t have $37,000,” she said.

Newspapers across the country are coping with the same problem since the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed tariffs on Canadian imports of the uncoated groundwood paper used for newsprint.

Besides asking newspaper advertisers and readers to pay more, publishers nationwide are laying off workers and shrinking the size of their papers.

The duties vary from company to company but range as high as 32 percent, according to the News Media Alliance, an advocacy group in Arlington, Va.

The tariffs resulted from a complaint by a U.S. paper manufacturer, North Pacific Paper Co. of Longview, Wash., which said government subsidies give Canadian producers an unfair price advantage over domestic mills. Canada has about 25 groundwood producers while only five are operating in the U.S.

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Arrested Tennessee reporter wins stay of deportation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An appeals board has ordered a stay of deportation for a Spanish-language news reporter who was arrested during a demonstration in Tennessee.

The Commercial Appeal reported that a lawyer for 42-year-old Manuel Duran said he won the stay but still faces months in immigration detention while an appeal is pending.

Attorney Jeremy Jong said federal authorities had planned to deport Duran to El Salvador on Wednesday, but the Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, Virginia, ordered a stay Tuesday. Jong said he spoke with Duran, who is excited and happy.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan D. Cox confirmed the stay but said the underlying immigration case wasn't addressed.

Duran was reporting on a protest of immigration policies in Memphis in April when he was arrested. The protest coincided with days of remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis.

Disorderly conduct and obstruction of a highway charges were dropped, but he was picked up by immigration agents after his release.

Duran is from El Salvador and he has lived in Memphis for years. He runs the Memphis Noticias online news outlet. Duran's lawyers have said he came to the U.S. after receiving death threats related to reporting on corruption in El Salvador.

Duran was issued a deportation order in 2007. The order to leave the country came after Duran failed to show up for court.

One of Duran's attorneys has said he had been critical of law enforcement in his reporting and was targeted and retaliated against for it. Memphis police have denied those allegations.

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The Hidden Costs of Losing Your City's Newspaper

When local newspapers shut their doors, communities lose out. People and their stories can’t find coverage. Politicos take liberties when it’s nobody’s job to hold them accountable. What the public doesn’t know winds up hurting them. The city feels poorer, politically and culturally.

According to a new working paper, local news deserts lose out financially, too. Cities where newspapers closed up shop saw increases in government costs as a result of the lack of scrutiny over local deals, say researchers who tracked the decline of local news outlets between 1996 and 2015.

Disruptions in local news coverage are soon followed by higher long-term borrowing costs for cities. Costs for bonds can rise as much as 11 basis points after the closure of a local newspaper—a finding that can’t be attributed to other underlying economic conditions, the authors say. Those civic watchdogs make a difference to the bottom line.

Paul Gao, an associate professor of finance at the University of Notre Dame and one of the paper’s authors, was inspired to look into the issue after an episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” about the news industry. “He was focused on two things: consolidation of national news media and closure of local news media. John Oliver’s show really gave us the prompt for the phenomenon, and we started thinking about it from an economist’s point of view.”

The survey covers some 1,596 English-language newspapers serving 1,266 counties in the U.S. over the study period. This paper excludes counties without any daily local newspaper (1,863 in all). Across the relevant counties, the study finds 296 newspaper “exits”—which refers to a local paper closing down or being absorbed by another outlet, or publishing fewer than four days a week, or merging to form a new newspaper. Depressingly, the paper finds that news shrinkage is a nationwide phenomenon.

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What might the 'dead' Russian reporter incident mean for journalism?

Russian journalist and critic of the Kremlin, Arkady Babchenko, is alive. Normally that would not be much news, but only yesterday the world thought he was dead. As journalism groups called for an investigation, Ukraine's prime minister was already blaming Russia for the killing.

But Wednesday, Babchenko showed up at a news conference alive and well. Even his wife and six children did not know he was taking part in a secret Ukrainian undercover operation to catch the people who threatened his life. Ukraine officials said they knew of the threat two months ago and told Babchenko about a month ago.

Watch the news conference video. Three minutes and seventeen seconds into the news conference, authorities displayed video of the what they said was an undercover contact with a contract killer hired to kill Babchenko. At seven minutes and 44 seconds into the news conference, authorities played video of a man being arrested and stuffed into a security van.

Then, a minute later, investigators revealed to a stunned news conference that Babchenko was alive, and he walked in.

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AP names 2 top managers in US Central region

CHICAGO (AP) — The Associated Press has named two deputies to help lead newsgathering and storytelling in the central United States, part of a move by the AP to integrate news operations across media formats in 14 states stretching from Texas to the upper Midwest.

Sarah Rafi, currently the deputy editor for the U.S. Central Region, will become deputy director of newsgathering for the region, and Delano Massey, currently the AP's news editor in Ohio, will be deputy director of storytelling. Both will be based in Chicago.

"Rafi and Massey's complementary experience and talents will pay dividends in strengthening both the cross-format reporting and the presentation of everything we cover in the region," said Tom Berman, the news director for the Central Region, in announcing the appointments Tuesday.

AP is in the process of merging the management of its text, photo, video and interactive journalism at regional desks around the world. The announcements in the Central region are a step in creating a single management team in which every format is represented, and will include multimedia journalists and an integrated editing desk that emphasizes video, photos and social media alongside text.

Rafi will work closely with the region's journalists to cover breaking news and create distinctive enterprise stories for AP members and customers. Massey's responsibilities will include managing the integrated editing desk and being the region's point person in devising creative and engaging ways to present content across formats.

Massey joined The Associated Press in 2016 as the Ohio news editor and has helped lead AP's nationwide Race and Ethnicity reporting team.

As Ohio news editor, based in Cleveland, Massey has supervised coverage of a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University and the release and death of Otto Warmbier, who spent a year-and-a-half in North Korea.

As a leader of the Race and Ethnicity team, Massey coordinated coverage for the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine, a group of students who were at the forefront of the battle to desegregate schools. Massey's work included creating an online presentation that pulled together AP's new reporting across formats and archival material.

The AP's Central Region includes Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • May 31, 2018

Tronc buys Virginian-Pilot from Landmark for $34 million

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Chicago-based media company Tronc Inc. said Tuesday that it has acquired all of The Virginian-Pilot Media Companies, which publishes Virginia's largest daily newspaper, for $34 million in cash.

The purchase by the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing reflects the growing trend of media corporations buying family owned newspapers. Many have struggled as costs of adapting to a changing media environment have risen and advertising revenue has declined.

The acquisition from Landmark Media Enterprises includes The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, and Pilot Targeted Media. The newspaper serves communities including Norfolk and Virginia Beach, the state's largest city.

Tronc already owns the Daily Press in Newport News, which is across the Elizabeth River and covers the northern part of Virginia's Hampton Roads region. The Virginian-Pilot has traditionally covered the area's more populated southern half.

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Falling tree kills 2 journalists reporting on severe weather

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor is urging his state's residents to exercise caution as rains from a subtropical depression spread into his and other Southern states, noting the deaths of two broadcast journalists killed by a falling tree as they reported on the severe weather associated with Alberto.

The television news anchor and a photojournalist colleague were killed Monday in North Carolina while covering the very fringes of the large system whose core made landfall hundreds of miles (kilometers) away on the northern Gulf Coast. Authorities said a tree became uprooted from rain-soaked soil and toppled on the news team's SUV, killing the two instantly.

"Two journalists working to keep the public informed about this storm have tragically lost their lives, and we mourn with their families, friends and colleagues," Cooper said in a statement. "North Carolina needs to take Alberto seriously. I urge everyone to keep a close eye on forecasts, warnings and road conditions, especially in western North Carolina where even heavier rain is predicted."

The dead were identified as working for a station based in Greenville, South Carolina.

WYFF-TV Anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer both had worked in the Greenville market for more than a decade, anchor Carol Goldsmith said on air, breaking the news of their deaths Monday.

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Reporter notes sought by lawyers for imprisoned ex-UA coach

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson newspaper and one of its reporters have been subpoenaed by attorneys for a former University of Arizona assistant track and field coach sent to prison for assaulting a female student-athlete.

Craig Carter was sentenced May 14 to five years in prison after being convicted in March of aggravated assault and assault with a dangerous instrument.

The 50-year-old Carter admitted to authorities that he choked the woman and threatened her with a box cutter in 2015 when she wanted to end their relationship.

Carter's lawyers want an Arizona Daily Star reporter to produce all notes and communication related to their client's legal battles dating to April 2015.

The Star reports that an attorney for the newspaper will file a motion in court to quash the subpoena.

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Records advocates sue over sealed documents in opioid suit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and the Knoxville News Sentinel are asking a judge to give the public access to all records in the state's lawsuit against the makers of the world's top-selling painkiller.

Tennessee was one of six states last week that filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, a drug at the center of America's opioid crisis. Tennessee's complaint was filed under seal, and a judge gave Purdue Pharma 10 days to argue that it should be kept from the public.

TCOG and the newspaper asked to intervene, arguing that the state is in an addiction crisis and citizens have a compelling interest in the lawsuit.

Purdue Pharma has denied claims in the lawsuits against it and said it will defend itself.

Judge rules against city of Columbia in open records lawsuit

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Boone County judge has ruled that the city of Columbia violated the state's Sunshine law during a disagreement with the city's police union.

Circuit Judge Brouck Jacobs ruled this week that City Manager Mike Matthes violated the law in September 2016 when he refused to release public documents sought by the Columbia Police Officers' Association.

The union represents most Columbia police officers. It sued the city in October 2016 after Matthes' denied the request for responses to surveys Matthes gave police officers concerning work-related issues.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Matthes contended the responses to the survey contained personnel information and could hurt morale.

Jacobs ruled Tuesday that the survey responses are open records. The city was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and the union's court costs.

Boston Globe Finds Itself Uncomfortably in the News

BOSTON - The Boston Globe, New England's largest newspaper, has struggled with a string of controversies in recent months that have roiled the staff, the latest of which concerns a claim against its top editor.

The newspaper said it was carrying out an investigation into a suggestion made on Twitter by a former employee that the editor, Brian McGrory, had sent an inappropriate text message. Mr. McGrory issued a statement to the staff on Wednesday night denying harassing the former employee or anyone else at the newspaper.

Late last year, Mr. McGrory had published a front-page note to readers after a different incident. In initially reporting that the newspaper had fired one of its political reporters over allegations of sexual harassment, The Globe did not identify the reporter. After expressions of outrage on social media and within the Globe newsroom, the paper publicly named the reporter, Jim O'Sullivan.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • May 24, 2018

Metro Times suspends Lessenberry over misconduct claims

One of the media organizations that employs veteran Detroit-area journalist Jack Lessenberry said Thursday it was suspending him in response to a published report alleging he has a history of inappropriate comments and behavior toward women.

The Metro Times, where Lessenberry is a columnist, announced the action hours after Deadline Detroit reported allegations from women that Lessenberry made inappropriate comments or paid undue attention to them while he was an editor at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis in the early 1990s and later as a journalism instructor at Wayne State University.

"Regarding the Deadline Detroit story, we have decided to suspend Jack Lessenberry while we look into the matter," Lee DeVito, editor-in-chief of the Metro Times, wrote in an email to The Detroit News.

Wayne State – where Lessenberry is chair of the journalism department and a lecturer – said it may not start a formal investigation unless women step forward and make a complaint, said Linda Galante, the university's associate general counsel. Lessenberry has been affiliated with the Detroit university since 1993.

"It's hard when you don't have someone coming forward" to start an investigation, she said.

The university has received only one formal complaint about Lessenberry during his years there and no action was taken because it was determined to be "inadvertent touching," spokesman Matt Lockwood said in an email.

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Man settles Michigan jail excessive force lawsuit for $12.9M

DETROIT (AP) — A man who was pepper-sprayed, hit with a stun gun and restrained face-down at a Michigan jail in 2010 has settled a federal lawsuit for $12.9 million.

The settlement with William Jennings was detailed in documents obtained by The Flint Journal through the Freedom of Information Act.

Video at the Genesee County Jail showed officers acting aggressively after Jennings lowered his hand during a search. He fought back during a struggle and a mask was placed over his head to prevent him from biting or spitting. He was restrained for more than two hours.

A jury in 2016 awarded $36.6 million to Jennings, who had been arrested in the Flint area for drunken driving, but a judge later reduced the verdict to $11 million. The settlement avoids a second trial.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • May 17, 2018

NBC says no culture of harassment in its news division

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's internal investigation following Matt Lauer's firing says it doesn't believe there is a culture of sexual harassment at the news division and that current news executives weren't aware of the former "Today" show anchor's behavior until the complaint that doomed him.

Investigators also said more needs to be done to ensure that the more than 2,000 employees at NBC News can talk about bad behavior without fearing retaliation, leading NBC News Chairman Andy Lack to establish a way this can be done outside the company.

Despite releasing the report publicly, NBC was criticized for not allowing outsiders to look at its practices. Some suggested it damages the report's credibility.

"No one is going to be fully candid when speaking to management for fear of losing their jobs," said Eleanor McManus, a co-founder of Press Forward, an organization of women who worked in the news industry and experienced sexual misconduct.

"News organizations, journalists and media all hold corporations, governments and individuals to higher standards in similar instances, so it's concerning that NBC would not choose to follow those same standards itself."

Owner of Pueblo Chieftain agrees to sell; Terms not released

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The owner of The Pueblo Chieftain has agreed to sell the southern Colorado newspaper.

The Star-Journal Publishing Corp. announced Tuesday that the sale to GateHouse Media is expected to conclude within about a month. Terms were not released.

GateHouse publishes more than 560 community newspapers, including 124 dailies, along with more than 485 affiliated websites. Its publications can be found in 38 states.

Chieftain publisher Jane Rawlings says her father, Robert Hoag Rawlings, asked that the paper be sold upon his death. He died in March 2017 after serving as owner, publisher and editor of the newspaper for decades.

Jane Rawlings says the proceeds from the sale will be placed in a foundation aimed at serving Pueblo and southern Colorado.

Denver Post Journalists Go to New York to Protest Their Owner

Noelle Phillips, a reporter for The Denver Post, was among the journalists who took part in a protest against the newspaper's hedge-fund owner in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, May 8. Along with a dozen other sign-wielding protesters from newspapers across the country, Ms. Phillips chanted slogans outside the Lipstick Building, where Alden Global Capital, the company behind the newspaper chain Digital First Media, has its headquarters.

"As a reporter, what do you do when someone won't answer your questions?" she said. "You go knock on their door."

Journalists at The Post have taken the lead in making public their displeasure with Alden and Digital First Media, the owner of more than 90 publications nationwide, including The Orange County Register, The Pioneer Press of St. Paul and The Mercury News of San Jose, Calif.

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One fewer public editor: Not needed anymore, or needed more than ever?

In the past, even ESPN executives would refer to the multi-platform sports news network as “a walking conflict of interest.” On Wednesday, ESPN announced it cut its public editor position, explaining that real-time social feedback has reduced the need for a separate ombudsman-style internal checker and explainer to the public.

The Undefeated’s editor-in-chief, Kevin Merida, an ESPN senior vice president and chair of its editorial board, noted the elimination of the New York Times and Washington Post public editors preceded ESPN’s move. NPR and PBS are among the shrinking ranks of news organizations with outside public editors.

Merida said his editorial board meets regularly on the kinds of current journalistic issues and best practices a public editor might handle. “No one holds our journalists to higher standards than we do,” Merida wrote in a statement.

The position, created in 2005, was last held by Jim Brady, former Washington Post digital chief and CEO of Spirited Media. Brady, whose two-plus-year term ended in March, was unsurprised. “Sorry to see this,” he tweeted Wednesday morning, “though when my term ended, it felt like continuing to have the position was a 50-50 proposition at best.”

In his final column, Brady questioned whether new president James Pitaro would show the same commitment to journalism as his predecessor, John Skipper.

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Berkshire Eagle Editor Resigns, Citing Ethics Concerns

WAMC has learned that The Berkshire Eagle’s managing editor for news has resigned from the paper, citing concerns about ethics violations. The Pittsfield, Massachusetts newspaper disputes the criticism.

Samantha Wood told WAMC that her issues with the paper began with a new face on its editorial board in November.

“Several people in the newsroom were asking why that person had been added, who did that person work for, where did they come from, why had ownership chosen to put that person on the board, and that had been percolating,” she said.

That person is Oren Cass, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative non-profit think tank based in New York City. Cass served as an adviser to Republican Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid.

“This spring that person ran for public office," said Wood, "and it was assumed by me and a number of my colleagues that that person would no longer serve on the editorial board. It’s a basic tenet and it’s laid out in the code of ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists that people who do work in newsrooms and are closely associated with newsrooms don’t run for public office, and people who run for public office don’t work in newsrooms.”

The Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics does not explicitly prevent journalists from running for office, but it does include the call for journalists to, quote, “Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived,” and to, quote, “Disclose unavoidable conflicts.”

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Standard-Examiner newspaper lets go of 29 staffers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Standard-Examiner newspaper has let go of 29 employees as it undergoes a transfer to new ownership.

The northern Utah newspaper reports that the employees were told Thursday their positions weren't included in the sale by Sandusky Newspaper Group to West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers.

Among the terminated employees are five newsroom staff, 10 people from the circulation and customer service team, seven packagers, four salespeople and the publisher. Five other unfilled positions were also eliminated from the advertising and editorial departments.

The departures account for roughly 19 percent of the newspaper's staff.

Ogden Newspapers own publications in at least 16 states. The sale is expected to close Sunday.

Earlier this week, the Salt Lake Tribune announced it was facing layoffs due to declining advertising revenues and shrinking circulation.

Drastic cutbacks at the Salt Lake Tribune

In a radical restructuring of Utah’s largest newspaper, owner Paul Huntsman proceeded Monday with cutting 34 Salt Lake Tribune employees from a newsroom staff of 90, along with the elimination of key print sections and some well-known writers who were read for generations.

After sounding the alarm last Tuesday, Huntsman — whose wealthy father, philanthropist and Tribune champion Jon Huntsman Sr., died Feb. 2 — enacted a drastic reduction in costs at The Tribune in light of what he said were unexpectedly sharp declines in print circulation and advertising revenues since he bought the Salt Lake City-based publication in 2016.

Along with cutting one in every three newsroom employees, The Tribune will eliminate its high-profile Utah news section Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, having already gone dark with its Monday version of the local news page. Remaining pages devoted to news, features, entertainment, business, sports and puzzles will all contract slightly.

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AP to offer election voter survey to replace exit polls

NEW YORK (AP) - The Associated Press said Tuesday that it will begin conducting an elaborate election voter survey designed to replace the traditional in-person exit poll, which has been criticized in recent years for inaccuracy and failing to keep up with changes in how Americans vote.

AP is convinced that science is on its side. Still, it's a bold and potentially risky move for the news cooperative, which counts political coverage as a strong suit and which has, until recently, pooled resources with ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News to conduct exit polling in major elections.

AP has been concerned about the accuracy of in-person exit polls for the past several years, said Sally Buzbee, the news agency's executive editor. On election night in 2016, when she was then serving as AP's Washington bureau chief, she directed that only actual results be used to declare winners after exit poll results varied widely from actual vote returns. The exit poll that year was far more favorable to Hillary Clinton in many states than to eventual winner Donald Trump.

"If you don't trust it enough to use it, it doesn't have much value," Buzbee said.

The new AP VoteCast service, developed with NORC at the University of Chicago, uses a combination of online and telephone surveys conducted four days before Election Day and through the close of polls. In all, AP expects to conduct more than 85,000 interviews with voters for this year's midterm election survey, said David Scott, the AP's deputy managing editor for operations. That's far more than the roughly 19,400 conducted by the exit poll in 2014, Scott said, allowing for a deeper and more accurate understanding of the electorate.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • May 10, 2018

AP announces new policy over the term ‘collision’

The Associated Press has changed the laws of physics. Sorta, kinda.

At the annual introduction of new style guidelines presented at the conference of ACES: The Society for Editing, Paula Froke, the lead editor for the Associated Press Stylebook, said AP would no longer require that two bodies must be in motion for a “collision” to happen.

A collision of hands broke out when this was announced, because copy editors.

Some explanation is in order. For decades, the AP has insisted that, as its previous entry said, “Two objects must be in motion before they can collide. A moving train cannot collide with a stopped train.”

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A Lynching Memorial Forces a Reckoning for a Nation, and a Newspaper

A memorial that opened last week in Montgomery, Ala., honoring lynching victims aims to force a reckoning with one of the United States’ worst atrocities.

As the city’s largest newspaper, The Montgomery Advertiser, covered the opening, it found itself in the middle of its own reckoning.

In a news article and an editorial, The Advertiser admitted that its coverage of lynchings over many decades was careless, dismissive and dehumanizing in its treatment of the black victims and portrayed them as criminals who got what was coming to them.

“We were wrong,” the editorial began.

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Study: Diversity remains low in sports news departments

The number of jobs held by people of color and women in sports departments at newspapers and websites has improved slightly but remains low, with most positions dominated by white males, according to a study released Wednesday.

The report by Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports issued the more than 75 outlets belonging to the Associated Press Sports Editors a second straight B grade for racial hiring, a D-plus for overall hiring practices and a fifth consecutive failing grade for gender hires in jobs that include sports editor, columnist, reporter and copy editor.

Richard Lapchick, the director of the institute and the study's primary author, said the percentages rose in nine of the 10 hiring categories — five each for racial hiring, five for gender hiring — that were studied.

"But in most cases, those were very small increases," Lapchick said. "Particularly in gender-hiring practices, where it continues to earn another F, there is a very long way to go."

Every editor’s nightmare: Procedures change after gun ad ends up on front page

The local paper for the tragedy that dominated headlines earlier this year — the Parkland school massacre — found itself apologizing and changing policies after a nightmare juxtaposition of news and advertising.

South Florida’s Sun Sentinel temporarily banned all gun ads and changed editing procedures after an ad slipped onto a front page that featured stories on a Parkland victims fund and the guilty plea of another mass shooter.

After an outcry from readers and at least one parent of a Parkland shooting victim, publisher Nancy Meyer said: “We are taking steps to ensure this does not happen again.” Meyer placed a temporary moratorium on all gun ads and noted that such ads were never supposed to be on the front page in the first place.

A new desk policy instituted Wednesday requires all front-page proofs to be in hard copy so that the entire page can be seen at a glance before printing, editor-in-chief Julie Anderson told Poynter. (Read our full story here).

The Sun Sentinel’s swift public response was praised by one irate reader, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was among those killed in Parkland. “They did more than apologize; they actually put a moratorium in place on more gun advertising," Guttenberg told the Miami New Times.

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Women Said to Accuse Times Editor Who Resigned of Inappropriate Behavior
Charlie Rose’s misconduct was widespread at CBS and three managers were warned, investigation finds

At least three female New York Times employees had accused departed metro editor Wendell Jamieson of inappropriate behavior, the NYT’s Tiffany Hsu reported. Jamieson would not comment for the article. His resignation, announced Monday, followed an internal investigation, and Susan Chira was named as interim metro editor.

Lessons in saving your student paper, before it’s too late

The decision was made in secret. The alums found out too late to save it. How The Daily Campus, the venerable independent newspaper of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, is now under university control, and what you can do to make sure it doesn’t happen at your school. The story is written by two Daily Campus alums, ProPublica’s Jessica Huseman and Texas Christian University’s Daxton “Chip” Stewart.

3 women sue CBS News and Charlie Rose, alleging harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — Three women who worked with Charlie Rose filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Friday against CBS News and the television journalist.

The lawsuit filed in New York state court seeks unspecified damages.

It said the women, who were in their early 20s when they were hired, were subjected to "predatory behavior," including repeated physical and verbal sexual harassment as Rose inquired about their sex lives and boasted of his exploits with women.

Rose was fired in November as "CBS This Morning" anchor.

His PBS interview show was canceled. The Washington Post has reported that more than two dozen women say Rose harassed them.

CBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Idaho asked to investigate 'newspaper' mailed to voters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Democratic Party on Friday said the state should investigate a publication purporting to be a conservative newspaper because they argue it is really a cleverly disguised political campaign mailer.

In a letter sent to Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, the party is requesting his office look into a publication known as "The Idahoan," which included more than 40 pages spread over two sections. The letter also demands that Denney should not be involved in the investigation because the publication's co-editor and publisher Lou Esposito, a longtime political consultant, has close ties to the Republican politician.

The periodical states that it is "written by conservatives" designed to serve as a voter guide to the upcoming May 15 primary election. The publication has endorsements of far-right candidates, advertisements from conservative groups such as Idaho Chooses Life and editorials criticizing so-called "moderate" Republicans.

Most notably, the publication is sprinkled with multiple factual errors ranging from informing voters the wrong day to vote to misspelling names of candidates, to candidates misidentified in photos. It says it will only be published before an election and around legislative sessions.

"This trickery and deceptiveness cannot be tolerated by your office, and The Idahoan and its backers should be investigated to ensure that all election and campaign laws have been complied with," Sam Dotters-Katz wrote, the party's attorney.

Accusations of censorship at UN on World Press Freedom Day

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On World Press Freedom Day when the U.N. chief was touting the "invaluable" role of a free press, a U.N. panel discussion on international media freedom and fake news was suddenly postponed, sparking accusations of censorship.

The postponement was raised at Thursday's official U.N. event marking World Press Freedom Day, where Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a video message that the service of the media to the public "is invaluable."

Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists thanked organizers of the official event for shining a light on the work of journalists — but said unfortunately "as we battle censorship around the world ... the panel was cancelled because one of the presenters was going to mention by name countries that jail journalists."

"So we have a discussion in the U.N. about battling censorship, being censored, that's quite ironic," he said. "I would call on us all here present to resist the politicization — the increasing politicization of U.N. agencies whose mission is to defend press freedom."

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations organized the panel which included about a dozen prominent journalists and media experts in collaboration with the News Literacy Project, an education nonprofit that works with educators and journalists to teach students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age

Denver Post staffers protest 'censorship' of editor who criticized owner

A rebellion that began about a month ago with a remarkable editorial continued on Monday when staffers condemned what they called the "censorship" of editorial page editor Chuck Plunkett.

An open letter to readers on Monday was signed by 55 of the newsroom's roughly 70 staffers. Now the ball is back in the owner's court.

Both the Post's editorial page and the newsroom, two different parts of the newspaper, are at odds with parent company Digital First Media, which is controlled by the hedge fund Alden Global Capital.

The Post has been at risk of suffering from the same death spiral as other newspapers, despite being profitable. But instead of privately lamenting round after round of cutbacks, key staffers and union officials have been speaking out.

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Denver Post editor resigns after fiery editorial calling out owner

The editorial page editor at The Denver Post resigned on Thursday, a few weeks after he wrote a column criticizing the paper's owners.

The Denver Post reporters and local news outlet Denverite reported that Charles Plunkett resigned from his post, the latest casualty at a paper that has been ravaged by layoffs in recent years.

"It's a tragedy what Alden Global Capital is doing to its newsrooms and what it's doing to The Denver Post," Plunkett told Denverite. "It's an act of apostasy to our profession and I could no longer abide it."

Colleagues praised Plunkett for his work and fearless attitude.

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Tronc recognizes Chicago Tribune Guild, unionizing newsrooms

CHICAGO (AP) — Media company Tronc has agreed to recognize the Chicago Tribune Guild after about 85 percent of newsroom employees signed cards supporting union representation.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Tribune publisher and editor-in-chief Bruce Dold announced in an email to newsroom employees on Sunday that the union would be recognized. It would be the first newsroom union in the newspaper's 171-year history. The company said there will be three bargaining units representing the Chicago Tribune, its suburban and Hoy publications and its design and production studio.

The National Labor Relations Board is expected to give official certification in the coming week. The guild is part of the NewsGuild-Communication Workers of America.

Formerly Tribune Co., Tronc also operates publications including the New York Daily News and The Baltimore Sun.

First lady admonishes reporters to 'be best' in their jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is admonishing journalists to "be best" in their jobs following some unflattering news coverage of her initiative to promote child well-being.

The first lady launched the "Be Best" campaign on Monday to encourage adults to help teach children to be good citizens. Several news outlets reported that material she distributed for adults to talk to children about being online was similar to information distributed during the Obama administration.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman, took the "opposition media" to task on Tuesday. She says in a statement that journalists used a day meant to promote positive efforts on behalf of children to lob "baseless accusations towards the first lady."

Newseum Institute renamed as Freedom Forum Institute

The Newseum Institute has been renamed the Freedom Forum Institute. The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. This change more strongly aligns the name with the Institute’s work.

The Freedom Forum Institute’s important mission remains the same: to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment. The Institute carries out this work through its First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, and NewseumED, an online learning platform for students and teachers.

The Freedom Forum Institute also houses several important initiatives that promote journalistic excellence, diversity in the media and workplace integrity. The Chips Quinn Scholars program, the Institute’s largest and most enduring diversity initiative, gives journalism students hands-on training and mentoring from news veterans, opening doors to media careers for young students of color and increasing diversity in the nation’s newsrooms. Launched in 2018, the Power Shift Project promotes workplace integrity, defined as eliminating sexual harassment and creating opportunities for all, through rigorous training and resources for newsroom leaders and HR professionals. And the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference brings 51 high school juniors to Washington, D.C., each summer for a five-day experience designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism.

The Freedom Forum Institute, with the University of South Dakota, also presents the annual Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media, recognizing extraordinary achievements by leaders in the media.

The Freedom Forum Institute’s affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University.

The Salt Lake Tribune faces layoffs, cuts to print offerings

The owner and publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune has ordered staff cuts and a review of shrinking its print edition in light of continued losses in circulation and advertising revenues.

Paul Huntsman, who acquired Utah’s largest newspaper in 2016, relayed those impending changes and financial difficulties in a 50-minute newsroom meeting with staff Tuesday, saying specifics on layoffs, reducing print pages and other content changes would be forthcoming within a week.

A son of the late industrialist-philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr., the publisher said that in the two years since he acquired The Tribune from New York-based Digital First Media, the Salt Lake City-based paper had suffered a 40 percent decline in ad revenues while weekday print circulation continues to plummet, down from 85,000 four years ago to fewer than 31,000 today.

Huntsman said he had personally covered the resulting red ink over the past eight months, but added that the conditions were “not sustainable.”

Investments totaling more than a million dollars in a new web production system and upgrading The Tribune’s digital offerings, mobile apps and social media presence have not stemmed those losses, he said.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • May 3, 2018

RSF Index 2018: Hatred of journalism threatens democracies

The 2018 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), reflects growing animosity towards journalists. Hostility towards the media, openly encouraged by political leaders, and the efforts of authoritarian regimes to export their vision of journalism pose a threat to democracies.

The climate of hatred is steadily more visible in the Index, which evaluates the level of press freedom in 180 countries each year. Hostility towards the media from political leaders is no longer limited to authoritarian countries such as Turkey (down two at 157th) and Egypt (161st), where “media-phobia” is now so pronounced that journalists are routinely accused of terrorism and all those who don’t offer loyalty are arbitrarily imprisoned.

More and more democratically elected leaders no longer see the media as part of democracy’s essential underpinning, but as an adversary to which they openly display their aversion. The United States, the country of the First Amendment, has fallen again in the Index under Donald Trump, this time two places to 45th. A media-bashing enthusiast, Trump has referred to reporters “enemies of the people,” the term once used by Joseph Stalin.

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Nine journalists killed in Afghan bombing, prompting appeal to U.N.

At least nine journalists were killed and half a dozen wounded in a double suicide bombing in Afghanistan's capital Kabul.

Almost as alarming as the bloodshed — at least 25 people were killed overall and dozens wounded — was the modus operandi. It appeared that the journalists were intentionally targeted by a bomber who hid among members of the media rushing to cover the first explosion.

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said it is formally appealing to the U.N. secretary general for the creation of a special U.N. envoy for protecting journalists.

The Washington-based Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned the attack, calling it "a reminder of the extreme dangers to media workers in that country" and "an assault on Afghan democracy."

The bombing by the Islamic State group was the deadliest attack targeting reporters since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, according to Reporters Without Borders, also known by its French acronym RSF. It said 36 media workers have been killed in Afghanistan in attacks by the Islamic State group or the Taliban since 2016.

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AP reports loss on one-time accounting charges

The Associated Press lost $74 million in 2017, mostly due to one-time accounting charges related to the federal tax overhaul passed late last year.

Revenue fell 8 percent to $510.1 million from $556.3 million in 2016, when the company benefited from additional revenue related to U.S. elections, according to the AP’s earnings release.

The revenue decline also reflects a shrinking newspaper industry and consolidation among some major online media companies. This is AP’s first loss since 2012.

The nonprofit cooperative, which had a profit of $1.6 million in 2016, sells content to other media organizations.

The AP said the loss was largely the result of a one-time write-down related to a decline in the value of deferred tax assets under the new tax law. That measure lowered the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent as of Jan. 1.

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Comedian Wolf draws laughs, gasps at correspondents' dinner

If President Donald Trump isn't comfortable being the target of jokes, comedian Michelle Wolf has given him and others plenty of reasons to squirm.

"It's 2018 and I'm a woman, so you cannot shut me up, unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000," she cracked at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association.

No, Trump's personal attorney wasn't there. And, for the second year, Trump himself skipped the event, preferring to criticize journalists and others during a campaign-style rally in Michigan.

Wolf, the after-dinner entertainment for the White House press corps and their guests, was surprisingly racy for the venue and seemed more at home on HBO than C-SPAN. After one crass joke drew groans in the Washington Hilton ballroom, she laughed and said, "Yeah, shoulda done more research before you got me to do this."

Trump, noting how Wolf's routine played, observed in a tweet: "While Washington, Michigan, was a big success, Washington, D.C., just didn't work. Everyone is talking about the fact that the White House Correspondents Dinner was a very big, boring bust ... the so-called comedian really 'bombed.'"

As he did last year, Trump flew to a Republican-friendly district to rally supporters on the same night as the dinner. In Michigan, the president assured his audience he'd rather be there than in that other city by that name.

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Bill Hanson named senior publisher of Commonwealth Journal

Bill Hanson, senior publisher of the News and Tribune in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and the Glasgow Daily Times in Glasgow, Kentucky, has expanded his publisher responsibilities to the Somerset Commonwealth Journal in Somerset, Kentucky.

Steve McPhaul, CNHI LLC’s executive vice president, newspaper operations, said Hanson’s responsibilities were expanded because of his leadership skills and knowledge of local markets.

Hanson is a 34-year veteran of the newspaper industry who served as publisher at the Times-Tribune in Corbin, Kentucky, for eight years before accepting the assignment in Indiana in 2010.

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New York Times metro editor resigns after investigation

The New York Times announced that Wendell Jamieson, the newspaper’s metro editor, had resigned after an internal investigation but did not specify the reason for his departure.

“I regret and apologize for my mistakes and leaving under these circumstances,” Mr. Jamieson said in a statement that was included in a note to employees from Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, and Joseph Kahn, the managing editor.

Mr. Jamieson, 51, joined The Times in 2000 after having worked for Newsday, The Daily News and The New York Post. He was named metro editor in 2013.

Susan Chira, a senior correspondent and an editor covering gender issues, replaced Mr. Jamieson in an interim capacity.

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New publisher takes reins of East Oregonian in Pendleton, Oregon

The EO Media Group has named Chris Rush as the regional publisher and revenue director of several Oregon newspapers: the East Oregonian, Hermiston Herald, Blue Mountain Eagle and Wallowa County Chieftain.

He will replace Kathryn Brown, who has been publisher of the East Oregonian since 2013 and will begin developing a new publication for the EO Media Group this summer.

Rush is a 25-year veteran of the journalism industry and native of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Colorado editor who posted editorial on blog without permission fired

An editor at The Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado, who published a critical editorial about the newspaper's hedge fund owners without the publisher's permission has been fired.

Dave Krieger tweeted that he was fired, though he didn't say why.

The editorial page editor posted the piece on a blog on April 14 after he said the newspaper's publisher rejected it. It criticized cuts made by Alden Global Capital. Alden owns a controlling interest in Digital First Media, which owns numerous newspapers including The Denver Post and The Camera.

MSNBC's Joy Reid can't prove hackers wrote 'hurtful' posts

MSNBC's Joy Reid, under fire for homophobic language in old blog posts, apologized for any past comments that belittled or mocked the LGBTQ community and says she hasn't been able to verify her claim that her account was hacked.

Reid opened her weekend show "AM Joy" by acknowledging she has said "dumb" and "hurtful" things in the past. "The person I am now is not the person I was then," she said.

But she was unable to explain blog posts from a decade ago that mocked gay people and individuals who were allegedly gay. Reid has denied posting them altogether but says security experts she hired who looked into whether she had been a hacking victim found no proof.

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Tom Brokaw denies sexual misconduct claim by ex-NBC reporter

A woman who worked as a war correspondent for NBC News said Tom Brokaw groped her, twice tried to forcibly kiss her and made inappropriate overtures attempting to have an affair, according to two published reports.

Linda Vester told Variety and the Washington Post that the misbehavior from the longtime news anchor at the network took place in NBC offices in Denver and New York in the 1990s, when she was in her 20s. Variety reports that Vester, now 52, showed them journals from the time that corroborated the story.

Brokaw, who is 78 and has been married since 1962, denied doing anything inappropriate.

"I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC," Brokaw said in a statement to the two outlets issued through NBC News. "The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda's allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her at that time or any other."

Another woman, who was not identified, made similar claims about Brokaw to the Post.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • April 26, 2018

Jim Moroney, chairman, president and chief executive of the A.H. Belo Corp., will retire

Jim Moroney, chairman, president and chief executive of the A.H. Belo Corp., will retire at the mid-May meeting of the board of the parent company of The Dallas Morning News.

The newspaper reports that he will be succeeded by cousin Robert W. Decherd, who had preceded the 61-year-old Moroney as CEO.

Moroney and Decherd are both great-grandsons of George B. Dealey, the first and longest tenured publisher of the DMN.

Moroney became publisher of the newspaper in 2001 and relinquished the position last month.

During Moroney's tenure, the DMN won Pulitzer Prizes in 2004, 2006 and 2010 and was a finalist in other years.

AP Stylebook updates guidance

The 2018 AP Stylebook will include a new chapter on polls and surveys, adding details to help journalists report responsibly on public opinion research heading into the U.S. midterm elections.

The new chapter, available immediately to AP Stylebook Online subscribers, leads with longstanding guidance that the mere existence of a poll is not enough to make news. It adds that “poll results that seek to preview the outcome of an election must never be the lead, headline or single subject of any story.”

Deputy Managing Editor for Operations David Scott, who oversees AP’s polling unit, said:

A good pre-election poll can provide solid insight into what voters are thinking. In the heat of a campaign, that’s why they are so often intoxicating for journalists, for campaign staffers and, yes, for candidates, too. But the 2016 election was a reminder that polls aren’t perfect. They’re unquestionably a piece of the story, but never the whole story. The Stylebook update aims to serve as a steady reminder of that fact.

Tampa Bay Times CEO says dozens of layoffs 'directly related to the tariffs'

Last month, Paul Tash, the chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times, wrote that because of newspaper tariffs that were going to add $3 million more in expenses, layoffs were coming.

Last week, those layoffs began. They’ll total "approximately" 50 across the company, Ashley Gurbal Kritzer reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Poynter owns the Times, and Tash is chairman of Poynter’s board of trustees.

Last month, Poynter business analyst Rick Edmonds wrote about how the tariffs came about: A single American paper company, Norpac in the Pacific Northwest, complained last fall that Canadian mills, which supply most of the newsprint in the U.S., were unfairly subsidized by the government there and also were dumping at cut-rate prices here. Norpac, which had previous favorable rulings from the Commerce Department, got a preliminary judgment in their favor in January. The matter now goes to the International Trade Commission, whose ruling is expected in September. The Commerce Department will issue a separate ruling on the dumping charges in August.

Poynter: Will the next generation of journalists fall prey to censorship?

We’ve all grown accustomed to the notion that the news media and journalists are under attack from several quarters. But there’s a certain portion of this group that now seems more vulnerable than ever: student journalists.

That’s important to know as student news operations prepare for  #SaveStudentNewsroomsDay for 87 student publications nationwide on April 25. This is an effort to raise understanding, allies — and funds — for the work.

At risk: the independence or even survival of student publications that hold powerful universities and local communities accountable — and are the training ground for the next generation of journalists.

“So many of us started at college newspapers,” tweeted Los Angeles Times reporter Jim Puzzanghera. “This is a cause worth supporting if you value the First Amendment.”

Some student newspapers are in dire shape.

SPJ has endorsed the student effort, with national president Rebecca Baker saying pressure must build on universities to support their independent student media.

Chicago Sun-Times: Please subscribe!

The Chicago Sun-Times published a blank front page on April 23 with an inside message urging reading to “please support our daily work.” It read:

“The Chicago Sun-Times is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the city. Every day for 174 years, we have been there for you. Now we need you to be there for us. We’re asking you to please support our daily work by subscribing to our website for $7.49 a month. That’s less than 25 cents a day. In return, you’ll get unlimited access to our web content and will help protect the long-term survival of our newsroom.

-- Imagine our city without our headlines.

-- Without our journalists to tell your side of the story.

-- Without our beat writers to cover sports.

-- Without our watchdog reporters to keep an eye on government.

-- Without our columnists and editorial board to be a second voice.

-- Imagine it. Then help us make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Owner of Provo Daily Herald buys Ogden Standard-Examiner

The owner of the Provo (Utah) Daily Herald is purchasing the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden.

West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers will buy the Standard-Examiner, its website and its office and printing press from Ohio-based Sandusky Newspapers Inc.

Ogden Newspapers CEO Robert Nutting says his family is extremely proud to be the new publisher of the Standard-Examiner and to serve the northern Utah region.

Ogden Newspapers is the owner of 45 daily newspapers around the U.S.

Rebecca Poynter named new Idaho Statesman publisher

The McClatchy Company has named Rebecca Poynter as the new publisher of the Idaho Statesman in Boise.

Poynter most recently led a group of Michigan newspapers for Gannett Co. She succeeds Debra Leithauser, who left the Idaho Statesman in December to lead the communications department at Idaho Power.

Poynter was born and raised in Kentucky and earned a journalism degree from the University of Kentucky. While with Gannett, she worked for the Army Times, USA Today and other news organizations before moving to Lansing, Michigan to oversee the State Journal and Gannett's papers in Port Huron, Battle Creek, Howell, Livonia and Northville.

INDUSTRY NEWS • April 12, 2018

Knight Foundation looks at local television

Some would argue the local television news industry sits in an enviable position. It still reaches large audiences and brings in considerable revenue, thanks to political advertising and the retransmission fees that cable and satellite systems pay to carry local channels. But television news leaders are well aware of the shifting landscape. Broadcast ratings have declined and TV news leaders, like those working in other media, know, that in the digital age, audiences find their news on mobile devices and social streams. That’s led to television newsrooms accelerating their efforts to serve viewers across websites, social and next generation platforms that promise to deliver ultra-high definition TV anywhere, anytime. TV now means much more than producing stories for the f o”clock news. Knight Foundation is supporting television news journalists and leadership by investing $2.6 million into efforts around digital information, diversity, audience engagement and investigative reporting. And it is complementing that effort by publishing new research on the state of the industry and its future.

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Poynter: 16 J-School deans and chairs issue letter expressing concern to Sinclair

Sixteen university journalism department deans and chairs have now signed a letter of concern to Sinclair Broadcast Group's chairman, David Smith. The letter began at the University of Maryland, the university closest to Sinclair's Baltimore headquarters and spread to other respected journalism schools at LSU, University of Georgia, Temple, USC and on Monday NYU and other universities added their names.

The letter of protest to the Sinclair Broadcast Group Executive Chairman David D. Smith condemns the company for forcing anchors at its nearly 200 stations to read a statement accusing other news outlets of publishing "fake news." The letter includes this passage:

While news organizations have historically had and used the prerogative to publish and broadcast editorials clearly identified as opinion, we believe that line was crossed at Sinclair stations when anchors were required to read scripts making claims about “the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country.”

The Denver Post is in open revolt against its owner.

Angry and frustrated journalists at the 125-year-old newspaper took the extraordinary step this weekend of publicly blasting its New York-based hedge-fund owner and making the case for its own survival in several articles that went online and are scheduled to run in The Post’s Sunday opinion section.

“News matters,” the main headline reads. “Colo. should demand the newspaper it deserves.”

The bold tactic was born out of a dissatisfaction not uncommon in newsrooms across the country as newspapers grapple with the loss of revenue that has followed the decline of print.

The move at The Post followed a prolonged, slow-burning rebellion at The Los Angeles Times, where journalists agitated against the paper’s owner, the media company Tronc. Newsroom complaints about Tronc’s leadership helped lead to the sale of the newspaper to a billionaire medical entrepreneur, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who had been a major shareholder in Tronc.

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Trump to skip annual White House correspondents' dinner

President Donald Trump, a constant critic of what he calls "fake news," will skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner for a second year in a row.

White House Correspondents' Association president Margaret Talev said in statement that the "White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year's dinner but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend."

Talev said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will attend to represent the administration at the head table.

The annual dinner, a fundraiser for college scholarships and a venue for reporting awards, mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities and is typically attended by the president and first lady. Remarks by a comedian, often roasting the president, and a humorous address by the president himself, often roasting the press and political opponents, have highlighted the event.

USA TODAY names Cuban-American woman as new publisher

Maribel Perez Wadsworth has been named publisher of USA Today, becoming the second woman to hold the post.

Wadsworth is taking up the role following the retirement of John Zidich, USA Today said.

Wadsworth, 45, is also president of the USA Today Network, which has 109 local media properties. She will remain in that role, where the company said she has driven "investments in emerging technologies to create groundbreaking storytelling, such as the launch of the first weekly news program in virtual reality."

"Maribel's passion for creating great experiences for our audiences as well as her commitment to constant innovation make her the ideal leader for USA Today," said Robert Dickey, president and CEO of Gannett Co., which owns USA Today.

A Cuban-American born in Miami, Wadsworth joined the corporate team of Gannett Co. in 2009.

New publisher for newspapers in Elko, Nevada and Twin Falls, Idaho

A former publisher in charge of several newspapers in North Carolina has been named the new publisher of the Elko Daily Free Press in Nevada and the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Lee Enterprises announced 61-year-old Kevin Kampman will be based in Twin Falls.

Kampman temporarily retired in May from the BH Media Group in Winston-Salem where he oversaw two daily papers and eight smaller community publications.

The Cleveland native began his 37-year career in newspapers in the circulation department at the Columbus Dispatch.

Kampman replaces former publisher Travis Quast, who's taking a job in eastern Idaho overseeing a dozen publications through the Adams Publication Group.

Josh Trust named River Valley Media Group publisher

Josh Trust takes the helm of River Valley Media Group, which is headquartered in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to join a progressive company like Lee and a local institution that prides itself on good journalism and civic responsibility,” Trust said.

Trust, a Pittsburgh native and 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry, has been named publisher of RVMG. He will manage operations for the Winona Daily News, La Crosse Tribune, Chippewa Herald and six weekly publications.

“Josh is an accomplished executive with vast experience in the industry,” Lee Enterprises group publisher Chris White said. He succeeds Bob Fleck, who left the company in February.

INDUSTRY NEWS • April 4, 2018

Poynter: Paper and postal rate increases are kicking the print industry while it's down

Reeling print businesses stand to take a significant hit this year as a tariff on Canadian newsprint and a scheduled postal rate increase for magazines kick in.

The ultimate amount of the increases is still in flux, but worse case or even next-to-worse case, they may lead to staffing and content cutbacks at strong publications and spell the end for smaller and weaker ones.

Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of Poynter's Tampa Bay Times, said in a letter to readers that the Times' newsprint bill stands to go up 30 percent or $3 million for this year. The Times and other publishers will cut the size of the print edition and eliminate jobs as a result, he wrote.

The News Media Alliance has been lobbying against the proposed tariff since December and is ramping up those efforts this month with publishers calling on members of Congress.

Meanwhile magazine industry executives are mobilizing against a proposed postal rate increase for periodicals. They claim that what the Postal Service is asking could add 40 percent to their cost of mailing over the next five years.

If that sticks, Meredith CEO Tom Harty wrote to the Postal Commission, his company will be forced "to pursue magazine closures, circulation cuts, issue frequency reductions and conversion to digital formats."

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Hewlett Foundation announces $10 million grant to study digital disinformation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced that following a yearlong exploration, it will devote $10 million over the next two years toward grappling with the growing problem that digital disinformation poses for U.S. democracy.

Focusing primarily on the role of social media, the new funding commitment will support high-quality research to help improve decisions made by leaders in the technology sector as well as government and civil society advocates. The effort is one part of the foundation's “Madison Initiative,” founded in 2013 to strengthen the values, norms and institutions of U.S. democracy in a polarized era.

GateHouse buys Palm Beach Post, Daily News

One of the nation’s busiest acquirers of newspapers and online media has agreed to buy The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News in a deal priced at $49.25 million.

Executives at New York-based New Media Investment Group Inc. said the sister papers will join a growing GateHouse Media stable of more than 140 daily newspapers. That represents more than 1 in 10 in the country.

The papers and associated websites have been owned since 1969 by Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises. The sale is expected to be completed by May.

Publicly traded New Media Investment Group (NEWM) has been on a buying spree in an industry grappling with change and consolidation. Recently the company announced it had agreed to purchase another Cox property, the Austin American-Statesman newspaper and related publications in Texas, for $47.5 million.

2 central Virginia community newspapers closing down

Two central Virginia newspapers are shutting down, becoming the second and third community papers to close in the Richmond area this year.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that The Herald-Progress, which covers Ashland and Hanover County, announced that it will publish its final edition this week. Company leaders determined the paper was "no longer commercially viable."

Tennessee-based Lakeway Publishers Inc. said it's also closing Herald's sister paper, The Caroline Progress, which covered Caroline County.

The papers' closures will follow that of the Hopewell News earlier this year.

AP: Deadspin video illustrates Sinclair stations' messaging

A video with dozens of news anchors reading a script about "fake stories" put in stark visual terms what for weeks had largely been an academic debate about media consolidation and the Sinclair Broadcast Group's efforts to promote a consistent message across its stations.

The 98-second video, posted on Deadspin, has already been viewed by millions of people and provoked a tweet by President Donald Trump supporting the corporation.

Sinclair owns nearly 200 local stations and had ordered its anchors to read a statement expressing concern about "the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing the country." Some outlets publish these "fake stories" without checking facts first and some people in the media push their own biases, the statement said.

The anchors give no specific examples. Sinclair, whose corporate leadership leans right, uses terminology familiar to Trump and his criticisms of "fake news." In the message, the anchors say they "work very hard to seek the truth and strive to be fair, balanced and factual."

Bill Atkinson named Chronicle publisher

Pauline Sherrer has retired as publisher of the Crossville (Tennessee) Chronicle, the community newspaper she has shepherded for the past 37 years.

Bill Atkinson will now lead the staff as publisher.

“The Crossville Chronicle is where I began my newspaper career, and I always hoped to return home as publisher one day,” he said. “This is a dream come true, and Pauline made that dream come true.”

INDUSTRY NEWS • March 29, 2018

Meredith to eliminate 1,000 jobs

Magazine and broadcasting company Meredith laid off an additional 200 workers on Wednesday and announced it would eliminate another 1,000 jobs over the next 10 months as it integrates the operations of Time Inc., which it bought six weeks ago.

Meredith CEO Tom Harty said in a statement that the 200 employees were notified their positions were being eliminated. Last month, the company announced 600 jobs in a Time subscription fulfillment center in Tampa, Florida, would be eliminated with the center's closure.

The 1,000 additional reductions planned for the next 10 months do not include the impact of any potential divestitures. The company employs about 9,500, a spokesman said.

Harty also announced plans to explore the sale of the Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Money brands.

"These are attractive properties with strong consumer reach. However, they have different target audiences and advertising bases, and we believe each brand is better suited for success with a new owner," he said in a statement.

Meredith bought Time for $1.8 billion in January, saying it expected to save up to $500 million in the first two years by combining operations. Its women- and lifestyle-focused magazines and websites include Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle and Allrecipes.

Poynter: Google commits to helping journalism

Google will be committing $300 million over the next three years to "strengthen quality journalism" under the umbrella of an effort it’s calling the Google News Initiative.

The new project contains three large components:

      Subscribe with Google. This will allow people to sign up for news subscriptions using the existing billing information Google already has on file.

      Disinfo Lab. Set up in conjunction with the Shorenstein Center at Harvard's Kennedy School, it’s designed "to combat mis- and disinformation during elections and breaking news moments."

      MediaWise. This is a collaborative effort between Poynter, Stanford University and the Local Media Association to develop a digital literacy curriculum.

MaineToday Media buying more newspapers

The owner of a newspaper group that dominates Maine media says he will expand his footprint by acquiring two more daily papers and a weekly group.

MaineToday Media owner Reade Brower says he's purchasing The Times Record of Brunswick and the Journal Tribune of Biddeford along with Mainely Media weekly publications.

MaineToday publishes the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, as well as the Kennebec Journal in Augusta and Morning Sentinel in Waterville. MaineToday also owns the Sun Media Group, which publishes the Sun Journal in Lewiston and several weekly papers.

Brower's company RFB Enterprises is acquiring the Brunswick and Biddeford papers from Pennsylvania-based Sample News Group.

Moyer named as new publisher of Las Vegas Review-Journal

Las Vegas Review-Journal Editor J. Keith Moyer has been named the newspaper's publisher.

Moyer replaces Craig Moon, who is returning to Tennessee to spend more time with his family.

The paper reports that Moyer served as publisher and CEO of the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 2001 to 2007 and of the Fresno Bee from 1997 to 2001.

He's been the Review-Journal's editor-in-chief and senior vice president for content since 2016.

Moyer was the top editor at the Fresno Bee; the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and Rochester Times-Union in Rochester, New York; the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock; and The News-Press in Fort Myers, Florida.

Gazette-Mail in West Virginia names new publisher

The new owner of the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail says the newspaper's vice president of circulation is being promoted to publisher.

HD Media announced that 64-year-old Jim Heady would take over the role on April 1.

Heady, a Kentucky native who started his career with the Courier Journal in Louisville, worked in advertising, marketing and circulation departments at newspapers around the country before being hired on at Charleston Newspapers in 2013.

HD Media managing partner Doug Reynolds said Heady's experience at newspapers across the U.S. made him a good fit for publisher at West Virginia's largest newspaper.

AP: Trump is staffing - or - casting from Fox

President Donald Trump's favorite TV network is increasingly serving as a West Wing casting call, as the president reshapes his administration with camera-ready personalities.

Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, is a former U.N. ambassador, a White House veteran — and perhaps most importantly a Fox News channel talking head. Bolton's appointment follows Trump's recent attempt to recruit Fox guest Joseph diGenova for his legal team.

Bolton went on Fox to discuss his selection and said it had happened so quickly that "I think I'm still a Fox News contributor."

Another recent TV-land addition to the Trump White House is veteran CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow as top economic adviser. Other Fox faces on Trump's team: rising State Department star Heather Nauert, a former Fox News anchor; communications adviser Mercedes Schlapp and Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh. The latter two are both former Fox commentators.

INDUSTRY NEWS • March 21, 2018

Denver Post plans to cut a third of its newsroom employees

The Denver Post is planning to cut about a third of its newsroom employees in the coming months.

The newspaper reports that editor Lee Ann Colacioppo recently told staff members that 30 positions will be eliminated — 25 by April 9 and an additional five by July 1. The newsroom has about 100 journalists, and the reductions will include managers and union-covered employees.

Colacioppo didn't say which jobs will be eliminated. She wrote in a staff memo that the cuts are "painful" and "dreadfully stressful," but the newspaper will continue to connect with and inform its readers.

The Post is owned by Digital First Media, which is controlled by New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital.

Travis Quast named Idaho publisher and regional president

The Adams Publishing Group has named Travis Quast to lead the company’s Eastern Idaho publications, including the Idaho State Journal, The Post Register in Idaho Falls, The Standard Journal in Rexburg and the Teton Valley News in Driggs. Quast will also provide oversight for the Herald Journal in Logan, Utah.

Prior to joining the Adams Publishing Group, Quast served for five years as the publisher of the Twin Falls Times-News and The Voice in Idaho and the Elko Daily Free Press in Nevada.

Vice names A&E chief Nancy Dubuc to run company

Vice Media has appointed Nancy Dubuc, the former head of the A&E Networks, to be its chief executive as the company tries to rebound from sexual misconduct allegations. She's been a Vice board member and worked with the company to develop the Viceland cable network. Shane Smith, the company's co-founder, said that he'll let Dubuc run the company as he concentrates on making deals and creating content. Vice has grown exponentially since its founding as a rock fan magazine in Canada in the early 1990s. It produces news and lifestyle material over a variety of platforms and is especially popular among young consumers.

'Panama Papers' law firm announces that it is closing down

The Panamanian law firm whose more than 11 million leaked documents known as the "Panama Papers" shed light on how the world's wealthy exploit financial secrecy to hide assets says it is closing at the end of March.

The data breach from the Mossack-Fonseca firm was published by an international consortium of journalists and shook the ranks of the rich and powerful.

The firm's statement said that at one time it had offices in 40 countries and some 600 employees. But after the 2016 publication of so many secrets it has closed offices and pared its staff to about 50.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting with McClatchy and the Miami Herald for their reporting on the Panama Papers.

Network for misconduct victims wants to make newsrooms safer

A support network for victims of sexual misconduct in newsrooms has appointed an advisory board that includes CNN's Jake Tapper and PBS' Judy Woodruff and wants to fund a study to give news organizations specific ideas on keeping women safer.

The group Press Forward launched a website and was hosting a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington that included Tapper, Woodruff and former ABC "Nightline" host Ted Koppel.

The group of sexual misconduct victims in journalism came together late last year following stories that led to the firings of well-known figures including Matt Lauer of "Today," Charlie Rose of "CBS This Morning" and NBC News' Mark Halperin. Now they want to go beyond providing each other support.

Michael Ferro leaves Tronc board

The Chicago Tribune reports that Michael Ferro stepped down from the board of Tronc hours before Fortune published a story online accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior toward two women while in his previous role as head of a Chicago investment firm.

Ferro had been chairman of Tronc’s board since February 2016, when he took a major stake in the Chicago-based newspaper chain that includes the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other publications.

The Fortune story alleges that in 2013, Ferro engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior toward Kathryn Minshew, CEO and co-founder of The Muse.

INDUSTRY NEWS • March 14, 2018

AP to debunk election misinformation on Facebook

As part of its comprehensive fact-checking efforts, The Associated Press announced that it will work with Facebook to identify and debunk false and misleading stories related to the U.S. midterm election that are circulating on the platform.

The expanded collaboration leverages the presence of AP reporters in all 50 U.S. states to bring a local focus to Facebook’s fact-checking initiative.

AP has worked with Facebook  since 2016 to reduce the circulation of false news articles on the platform. 

“AP is committed to accurate and informative reporting on politics across the United States and worldwide," said AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee. "Fact checking has long been a critical component of AP’s coverage of campaigns and government, and we are thrilled to work with Facebook to further surface that strong, fact-based reporting among members of its community.”

Washington Post: National Geographic confronts past, finds racism

Months ago, when National Geographic set out to make race the sole focus of its April 2018 issue, it decided to engage in some soul-searching. For much of its 130-year history, the magazine depicted people of color in crude stereotypes. Its archives are loaded with pictures of brown-skinned “natives” gazing in apparent awe at Western technology, articles referring to tribal peoples as “savages,” and of course many, many photos of bare-breasted Pacific island women striking vaguely seductive poses. Those glossy Geographics, stacked up in attics and basements, were favorites of more than a few curious young boys — with little interest in New Guinea or Polynesia. So in preparation for its examination of race, National Geographic editor in chief Susan Goldberg tapped John Edwin Mason, a University of Virginia professor specializing in the history of photography and the history of Africa, to dive into the magazine’s past. On Monday, she discussed his findings in an editor’s note.  “What Mason found in short was that until the 1970s National Geographic all but ignored people of color who lived in the United States, rarely acknowledging them beyond laborers or domestic workers,” Goldberg wrote. “Meanwhile it pictured ‘natives’ elsewhere as exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages — every type of cliche.” The title of Goldberg’s piece put it more bluntly: “For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It.”

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GateHouse Media buys Austin American-Statesman

The Austin American-Statesman is being sold to New York-based publishing company GateHouse Media, executives said, ending more than 41 years of ownership by Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises.

The purchase price is $47.5 million. The sale is expected to close April 2.

GateHouse Media, based in upstate New York, is the nation’s largest owner of daily newspapers across the country, with more than 10,000 employees.

Along with the Statesman, the sale includes the newspaper’s Spanish-language weekly newspaper ¡Ahora Sí!, and the Austin Community Newspapers group, which includes the Bastrop Advertiser, Lake Travis View, Pflugerville Pflag, Round Rock Leader, Smithville Times and the Westlake Picayune. Related digital offerings also are part of the sale.

HD Media successful bidder for bankrupt West Virginia paper

The owner of The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, West Virginia, is the successful bidder to buy the bankrupt Charleston Gazette-Mail after another media group dropped out.

News outlets report HD Media made the lone bid of $11.4 million at an auction. Representatives of Wheeling-based Ogden Newspapers, which earlier bid $10.9 million, didn't attend the auction.

In January, the Gazette-Mail filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and issued a 60-day layoff notice to employees. It won a Pulitzer Prize last year for Eric Eyre's investigative reporting of the state's opioid drug crisis.

Huntington-based HD Media also owns The Wayne County News, the Logan Banner, Williamson Daily News, the Coal Valley News and The Pineville Independent Herald.

Lawton Constitution to be sold to Southern Newspapers

Owners of The Lawton Constitution have announced plans to sell the southwestern Oklahoma newspaper to a Houston-based company.

Lawton businessmen and brothers Brad Burgess and Bill Burgess Jr. said in a news release that they have entered into an agreement with Southern Newspapers. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Burgess brothers bought the paper in 2012. Brad Burgess said in a statement that he and his brother "have enjoyed being stewards of this important community institution."

Southern Newspapers owner and CEO Lissa Walls said in a statement her company specializes in community newspapers and that she looks forward to working with local leaders.

The privately held company has 15 papers in Texas and Alabama. The 16,500-daily circulation Constitution will be its first in Oklahoma.

Attorneys seek release of Mexican journalist held in US

Human rights attorneys are seeking the release of an award-winning Mexican journalist detained in a remote Texas immigration facility while he seeks asylum in the United States.

Attorneys told a federal judge in Texas that there's no justification for detaining Emilio Gutierrez Soto. He's been held for nearly three months in an immigration detention center in El Paso despite never having violated U.S. law.

Gutierrez fled to the U.S. a decade ago after writing about alleged corruption in the Mexican military. His work caused his name to end up on a hit list. Supporters have asked the U.S. government to grant him and his son asylum instead of deporting him.

Gutierrez in October accepted the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award from the National Press Club in Washington on behalf of Mexico's journalists.

INDUSTRY NEWS • March 8, 2018

SPJ names McKenzie as executive director

The Society of Professional Journalists announced that veteran journalist and association leader Alison Bethel McKenzie will become its 20th executive director.

"Alison is a game changer for SPJ," said SPJ National President Rebecca Baker. "Her track record of successes, both as a working journalist and a tireless advocate for press rights and the practice of journalism, will help SPJ combat the forces that seek to diminish or destroy the role of the free press as a cornerstone of democracy in this country. SPJ and its members are fortunate to have Alison as our executive director, and I look forward to working with her."

Bethel McKenzie succeeds Joe Skeel, who took the executive director position with the Indiana State Bar Association in December.

A native of Miami, Bethel McKenzie served for five years as executive director of the International Press Institute, the world’s oldest global press freedom organization, in Vienna. She was the first American, first woman and first African-American to hold the position since it was founded in 1950. In addition, she has worked as a visiting professor of print and investigative journalism at the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media in Bangalore, India.

Poynter: Facebook’s spending $3 million to help newspapers build digital subscriptions

Facebook has announced a new project aimed at helping local newspapers build digital subscriptions. The Facebook Journalism Project: Local News Subscriptions Accelerator puts $3 million and three months into working with between 10 and 15 metro publications, according to a press release.

So far, newspapers that are part of the program are: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Denver Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Omaha World-Herald, The Seattle Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Tennessean, Newsday and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Digital media consultant and journalist Tim Griggs will lead the project, and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism will share case studies of the project through the Local Media Consortium, Local Media Association and the News Media Alliance.

Study on how media can lure new customers

Funding for the news industry is going through significant change, and evidence suggests less of the revenue in the future will come from advertising and more will come from consumers paying for news. This will require publishers to think differently about how they engage with customers.

To help understand this new landscape, the Media Insight Project, a collaboration of the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, has conducted a survey of people who recently subscribed to newspapers. The survey of more than 4,100 recent newspaper subscribers captures their motives and mindsets at the time of the decision to pay. The large sample helps highlight differences among large papers and small, reader preferences for digital consumption versus print, Democrats versus Republicans, and a host of other factors.

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Dallas Morning News promotes GM to president-publisher

The Dallas Morning News has promoted Grant Moise from general manager to president and publisher of the newspaper, succeeding Jim Moroney.

The newspaper reports Moise, who is 42, joined The News in 2004 as an account executive and has managed mergers and acquisitions in various executive positions with the parent company while rising to the GM's position last year. While becoming the news organization's eighth publisher, he also will retain the executive vice president's title with the parent company.

Moroney had been president and publisher since 2001 when he succeeded the retiring Robert Decherd, who remains on the board of the newspaper's Dallas-based owner, A.H. Belo Corp. Moroney remains as board chairman, president and chief executive of A.H. Belo.

Trump puts aside the feud with media for a night at Gridiron

President Donald Trump engaged in a good-natured duel of one-liners with political rivals and the press at the annual Gridiron Dinner, largely putting aside his ongoing criticism of the media for a night.

Trump dished out sharp one-liners throughout his comments, occasionally lapsing into recurring themes about the 2016 election and media bias.

"Nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do. It's not even close," said Trump, who skipped last year's dinner. He also said: "I was very excited to receive this invitation and ruin your evening in person. That's why I accepted."

The annual dinner of the Gridiron Club and Foundation, now in its 133rd year, traced its history to 1885, the year President Grover Cleveland refused to attend. Every president since has come to at least one Gridiron.

AP expands work with Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Associated Press and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education are expanding their collaboration, a move that will bolster AP's health and science coverage over the next three years.

"Science will shape the world of tomorrow. So it is especially important to explain the scientific evidence that should inform our decisions, both in everyday life, and for society at large," said Sean B. Carroll, vice president of HHMI's Department of Science Education.

"This collaboration will enable AP to provide audiences of all ages and geographies with a deeper understanding of how science affects their lives," said Sarah Nordgren, AP deputy managing editor for health and science, sports, business news and arts and entertainment.

The AP started working with HHMI last year.

Under the expanded partnership, the AP will continue to collaborate with HHMI, broadening its "Science Says" and "Genetic Frontiers" series. It will grow its space reporting, introduce new coverage areas around the environment and pursue data-driven projects about the environment and public health. AP maintains all editorial control.

Women’s Media Center finds few women of color in US newsrooms

The Women’s Media Center report  “The Status of Women of Color in the U.S. News Media 2018” offers a look at where women journalists of color are — and aren’t — in legacy print, radio, TV, and digital news. It is an extension and extrapolation of data previously published in the Women’s Media Center’s annual “The Status of Women in the U.S. Media” study.

Women of color represent just 7.95 percent of U.S. print newsroom staff, 12.6 percent of local TV news staff, and 6.2 percent of local radio staff, according to industry research that is based on news organizations’ replies to professional association queries.

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Journalists to review news sites in Brill's new venture.

The founder of Court TV and the Brill's Content magazine about journalism is behind a new effort to sniff out fake news.

Steve Brill and partner Gordon Crovitz said they've secured funding for NewsGuard, a company that will use journalists to analyze news and information websites. Reviews of some 7,500 sites will let consumers know which are reliable and which have planted false stories. Crovitz is a former publisher of the Wall Street Journal.

Brill said NewsGuard is expected to be available this fall. Each description of a web site will tell its history, the owners and editors and whether the veracity of its articles have been questioned.

Crovitz said NewsGuard is necessary in a world where news brands don't stand out on social media or through search results.

INDUSTRY NEWS • Feb. 21, 2018

Trump to attend Gridiron Dinner after skipping it last year

President Donald Trump plans to attend the annual Gridiron Dinner, a white-tie society affair he stayed away from last year. Gridiron President David Lightman announced Feb 18 that Trump would attend the 133rd Gridiron Club Dinner on March 3. The president has a standing invitation to the dinner, which features skits, songs and speeches. During his first year in office, Trump avoided a number of high-wattage staples of the D.C. social scene where an appearance by the president is routine. The events include the Alfalfa Club dinner, the Gridiron Club dinner and, perhaps most famously, the White House Correspondents' Dinner. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Trump would attend the Gridiron Dinner, but said no decision had been made about the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Retired AP photojournalist Gene Herrick chronicled historic events

When Gene Herrick photographed Rosa Parks being fingerprinted by a white police officer, he didn't know it would become an iconic image of the civil rights movement.

The photograph is one of the first images that pop up when you search Parks' name on Google. It's on display at The Associated Press offices in New York City. And it hangs above Herrick's desk in his Rocky Mount home. But when Herrick took the photo on Feb. 22, 1956, it was just another day in the life of an Associated Press photographer.

"As a photojournalist, you don't really think about them being icons later on," Herrick said. "You just think about the spot news at the moment, what would make a shot for the AP wire." During his 28-year career with the AP, Herrick captured historic moments in U.S. history with his camera. Herrick, 91, is best known for his work photographing the Korean War and the civil rights movement. This year, his contributions will be recognized when he is inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

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Protest over Little Rock's "Babe Bracket" spreads nationwide

The runner-up from last year's "Babe Bracket," a Little Rock, Arkansas, radio station promotion that places local female journalists in a tournament-style contest whether they want to be in it or not, started a protest on Twitter on Feb. 15.  Winnie Wright, a reporter at KTHV, said her station's management asked her and her colleagues to not speak publicly about the contest, but after Arkansas' governor told the radio station that "everybody enjoys" the contest, Wright took to Twitter and quickly had a following.

Wright used the hashtag "#morethanababe." Soon after, female journalists from other TV markets weighed in with their support. Some also shared their own stories.

"On a daily basis, while I'm working to bring important stories to the people of Arkansas, I am cat-called, have obscenities yelled at me from cars, have men comment on my appearance in a professional setting, and worse. But I am #morethanababe," Wright wrote Feb. 15 in a series of tweets that included a list of her professional accomplishments.

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AP source: Fox to air NFL draft along with ESPN, NFL Network

Fox Sports will broadcast the NFL draft this season, along with the NFL's usual television partners of ESPN and NFL Network. A person familiar with the decision says Fox will show the same feed as the NFL Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league and Fox haven't announced the decision. ESPN will still air its own draft feed but the person said the current rights deal for the draft allowed for the inclusion of another broadcaster. Pro Football Talk first reported the deal. Fox won the rights to broadcast 11 Thursday night football games in a deal with the NFL last month, taking over a package that was previously shared by NBC and CBS.

Radio host loses job after sexual comments on teen Olympian

A San Francisco Bay Area radio station has fired one of its hosts for sexual comments he made about 17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim on another station. Program director Jeremiah Crowe of KNBR-AM said in a statement Wednesday, Feb. 14, that host Patrick Connor has been fired. On Tuesday, on the Barstool Sports network on SiriusXM, Connor called Kim "fine as hell" along with more vulgar sexual comments, then said "the countdown is on" until Kim's 18th birthday. Connor apologized on Twitter, calling his comments "inappropriate." Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, without referring directly to Connor, said on Twitter that his network sometimes misses the mark with humor, but "crybabies" will not dictate its actions. Kim, of Torrance, California, won gold in Women's Halfpipe Tuesday at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Proposal would shield student journalists from censorship

Student journalists in Missouri would largely be shielded from censorship by their schools under legislation that has won first-round approval in the House. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the idea started to gain traction in the 2016 legislative session. It stemmed from frustration over University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click, calling for "muscle" to remove student journalists during November 2015 protests. The Cronkite New Voices Act, which advanced Feb. 14, states that "material in school-sponsored media shall not be suppressed solely because it involves political or controversial subject matter." The law would apply to public high schools and public universities and colleges. The proposal states that school staff cannot be disciplined for refusing to halt publication of lawful stories.

Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

Google will begin using its Chrome browser on Feb. 15 to reshape the web by eradicating ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most lucrative ads will pretty much sail through its new filters. The move, which Google first floated back in June, is ostensibly aimed at making online advertising more tolerable by flagging sites that run annoying ads such as ones that auto-play video with sound. And it's using a big hammer: Chrome will start blocking all ads — including Google's own — on offending sites if they don't reform themselves. There's some irony in that, given that Google's aim is partly to convince people to turn off their own ad-blocking software. These popular browser add-ons deprive publishers (and Google) of revenue by preventing ads from displaying.

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2 journalists jailed in Myanmar will receive PEN award

Two reporters imprisoned in Myanmar are receiving an award from PEN America. The literary and human rights organization announced Feb. 13 that it was giving the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award to Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The two Reuters journalists were detained last December on charges of violating a British colonial-era secrecy law that a former military junta once used to muzzle freedom of speech. Authorities said the reporters received "important secret papers" from two policemen who had worked in Rakhine state, where security forces are blamed for mass killings, rapes and arson. The Freedom to Write Award was established in 1987 and honors those who have risked adversity in the cause of free expression.

INDUSTRY NEWS • Feb. 14, 2018

NBC apologizes to South Koreans for analyst's remark

NBC has apologized to South Koreans for an on-air remark by an analyst that cited Japan as an example that has been important to the country's own transformation. The remark was made by analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo during NBC's coverage of the opening ceremony Feb. 9. He was noting the significance of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit. "Every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technical and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation," Ramo said.

An online petition quickly circulated demanding an apology, and NBC did on its NBCSN cable network Saturday and formally to the Pyeongchang Olympic organizing committee.

Japan occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945. Petitioners said anyone familiar with Japanese treatment of Koreans during that time would be deeply hurt by Ramo's remark. They also criticized the accuracy of giving Japan credit for South Korea's resurgence. The petition had more than 10,000 supporters on Sunday.

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End of an era: Times-Union downtown newspaper presses done

It's the end of an era: The Florida Times-Union's newspaper presses at its downtown location are done. The Times-Union of Jacksonville reports pressmen fired up the old presses Saturday night, Feb. 10, for the last time. It marks one of the last editions of the newspaper to be printed in Jacksonville, ending of run of 154 years. Going forward, the newspaper will be printed at the Gainesville Sun's printing plant for Monday through Saturday editions and at the Daytona Beach News-Journal for Sundays. The Times-Union says this type of outsourcing is happening across the challenged newspaper industry as publications try to find ways to save money. Two of the massive downtown presses date to the 1960s and two to the mid-'70s. The Times-Union is also searching for new headquarters in downtown Jacksonville.

Historic Columbus, Ohio, newspaper building to get new occupant

A downtown Columbus, Ohio, building that housed the city's newspaper for nearly a century is getting a new occupant. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce says it will relocate to 34 S. Third St. in late summer. The Columbus Dispatch occupied the building for 91 years, before moving to a smaller location nearby in January 2016. The building sits across from the Ohio Statehouse and is listed on the Columbus Register of Historic Properties. It is recognizable by its stories-high neon "Dispatch" sign, which stayed put after the newspaper's move. After renovations, chamber offices will occupy the first two stories of the building. Chamber President and CEO Andrew Doehrel (DOHR'-uhl) said the building's "a perfect fit" and a suitable location for an organization celebrating its 125th year of business advocacy.

Radio host suspended after using stereotyped Asian accent

A Boston sports radio host has been suspended for five days after he impersonated a sports agent on air using a stereotyped Asian accent. Radio station WEEI has issued a statement saying it doesn't support the comments made by host Christian Fauria on Feb. 9, which the station called "an insensitive and ill-conceived attempt at humor." Fauria, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, was impersonating athletic agent Don Yee when he used the racially charged accent on his weekday show. In an apology posted to Twitter on Friday, Fauria says he "made a horrible attempt at humor" and supports the station's decision to discipline him. Yee is of Chinese descent but was born in Sacramento, California. He represents athletes including Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and receiver Julian Edelman.

Fox deletes column on 'darker, gayer, different' Olympics

Fox News has removed a column from its web site that said it appeared the U.S. Olympic Committee wanted to change the event's motto to "darker, gayer, different." The column, posted on Feb, 7, was written by veteran Fox executive John Moody. He's executive vice president and executive editor of Fox News, but it appears his chief duty now is to write online opinion columns. A Fox spokeswoman says Moody's column does not reflect the views or values of Fox News. It was posted on Feb. 7 and removed on Feb, 9. Moody wrote that complaining that every team is not a rainbow of political correctness defeats the purpose of sports, which is competition.

Settlement reached in race suit filed by fired ex-TV anchor

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a former Pittsburgh newscaster fired after her comments in a Facebook post about a shooting were deemed racially insensitive.

In a federal lawsuit filed in 2016, Wendy Bell says WTAE fired her because she is white, in violation of her civil rights. She was seeking back pay, punitive damages and her old job. Bell had commented on Facebook about a shooting of five black people in a poor Pittsburgh suburb. She speculated that the gunmen were young, black men with multiple siblings and fathers. Court records show the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice on Jan. 29.  No terms have been disclosed. Bell tells the Tribune Review Feb. 9 she can't comment other than to say she's satisfied. A call seeking comment from her attorney and WTAE's parent company weren't returned.

Northwestern journalism professor investigated, takes leave

Northwestern University officials say a journalism professor accused of misconduct by former students and employees is taking a leave of absence. University spokesman Alan Cubbage on Feb. 8 said Alec Klein is stepping away from teaching investigative journalism and as director of the Medill Justice Project while an investigation takes place.

Eight former students and two former Medill Justice Project employees released an open letter Wednesday alleging misconduct by Klein dating back to 2011. Among the allegations is that Klein gave unwanted neck massages, tried to kiss a prospective employee and asked a worker if she was a stripper. Klein denied the accusations, saying many of the claims came from a "disgruntled former employee." Klein worked for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal before joining Northwestern's faculty.

Arkansas court: Lawsuit in anchorwoman's death can proceed 

The Arkansas Supreme Court says the mother of a television news anchor killed in a 2008 attack can move forward with a complaint that hospital employees not involved in the journalist's medical care acted outrageously as the woman was dying. Justices on Feb. 8 said a Pulaski County judge correctly found that St. Vincent Infirmary couldn't be held liable for the actions of properly trained employees, but the court dismissed a cross-appeal that the workers wanted to use to end the case. Proceedings may advance on whether employees acted in an "extreme and outrageous" manner. KATV anchorwoman Anne Pressly, 26, died following an attack at her home. Three people admitted in federal court that they broke privacy laws by viewing her medical records and were fined and placed on probation. Two hospital employees were later fired. In state court, Presley's mother filed claims of outrage and invasion of privacy.

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Mueller memos illustrate media's great divide 

If Sean Hannity had been working in the 1970s, his Fox News Channel colleague Geraldo Rivera believes that President Richard Nixon would have never needed to resign because of the Watergate scandal. It's not clear whether Rivera thinks that's a good thing; Fox refused to let him speak about his recent assertion on Hannity's radio show. But it does speak starkly to the power of Fox's most popular figure and devoted supporter of President Donald Trump at a time when the media's partisan divide seems wider than ever. The point is driven home by the continuing coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump and, in the past two weeks, about the Republican-written memo on the probe.

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Arizona university gets $1.9M to research future of TV news 

Arizona State University's journalism school was awarded nearly $2 million in funding on Feb. 8 to research the future of television news. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication received the $1.9 million grant from the Knight Foundation that will provide funding over three years to fund initiatives aimed at ensuring TV news companies remain competitive in broadcast and digital storytelling.

Chief among the goals is the establishment of an online hub where newsrooms can see the latest strategies their counterparts elsewhere are trying out. "The best way I can describe it is I think it's going to be a resource where someone can come to this site from anywhere and get a sense of what newideas are floating around in space, what works and what doesn't," said Cronkite Associate Dean Mark Lodato.

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Twitter turns first profit ever, but problems remain 

Twitter beat Wall Street's cautious expectations with its first quarterly profit in history, but that isn't going to solve the company's broader problems any time soon. The company isn't alone in dealing with abuse, fake accounts and attempts by Russian agents to spread misinformation. But with its troubles compounded by a revolving door of executives and stagnant user growth, Twitter has been facing questions about just who is minding the store. Every time Twitter tries to respond to a problem, it's either not good enough, or some other problem emerges. "They are playing whack-a-mole with these problems," said Michael Connor, whose Open Mic group helps investors push tech companies to address privacy, abuse and other issues. "They say they have the problem under control, but they don't know what the problem is exactly."

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Jim Carrey says users should yank their Facebook accounts 

Delete your account. That's what Jim Carrey says Facebook users should do, as the actor looks to pull the mask off fake news. The star of "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and "The Mask" said on Twitter on Tuesday that he's dumping his Facebook stock and deleting his page because the social media giant profited from Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election via spreading false news with Russian origins, and says the company is still not doing enough to stop it. The 56-year-old Carrey encouraged other investors and users to do the same. He ended his tweet with the hashtag "unfriendfacebook."

Facebook has not responded to Carrey's tweet, but founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said stemming the flow of misinformation is among the company's foremost goals.

New Kansas governor promises new open-government websites 

New Gov. Jeff Colyer promised on Feb. 8 that Kansas will launch two new government accountability websites within the next four months as part of a larger effort to make the state more transparent. Colyer issued four executive orders on transparency, following up on pledges he made during his first major policy speech the day before. The Republican governor signed the orders during a Statehouse news conference as representatives of the state's Sunshine Coalition, Press Association and Association of Broadcasters stood behind him. One order requires executive branch departments to set performance goals and develop ways to measure progress toward them so the information can be posted online. The order directs the state to launch a website posting the information within four months.

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Auction set next month for bankrupt West Virginia newspaper 

A court notice says a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in West Virginia is set to go on the auction block next month. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a federal bankruptcy judge approved an order Feb. 7 that specifies steps companies must take to place bids by a March 6 deadline. The order says the successful bidder will be revealed the same day as the March 8 auction. Gazette-Mail owner Charleston Newspapers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last month and issued a 60-day layoff notice to employees.

The newspaper says Wheeling-based Ogden Newspapers has submitted the highest bid so far of $10.9 million. Ogden owns more than 40 daily newspapers nationwide. The Gazette-Mail's Eric Eyre won a Pulitzer Prize last year for his investigative reporting of the state's opioid drug crisis.

Police: Consumer affairs reporter assaulted on assignment 

Police say a widely-watched New York City consumer affairs reporter known for his on-camera confrontations was assaulted while on assignment in the Bronx. Authorities say that WPIX-TV investigative reporter Howard Thompson and photographer John Frasse were attacked Feb. 6 in the borough's Belmont neighborhood. Police say Feb. 7 that 36-year-old Jose Lebron-Pimentel was arrested and charged with assault after hitting Thompson with a baseball bat on the hip outside a car dealership. Police say Howard and Frasse weren't seriously injured. Contact information for Lebron-Pimentel wasn't immediately available and it wasn't clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf. Thompson's "Help Me Howard" segments regularly feature him confronting landlords, business owners and others on behalf of viewers. It wasn't clear if Lebron-Pimentel was the subject of Thompson's reporting.

Local billionaire buys Los Angeles Times for $500 million 

A biotech billionaire struck a $500 million deal Feb. 7 to buy the Los Angeles Times, ending the paper's quarrelsome relationship with its Chicago-based corporate overseers and bringing it under local ownership for the first time in 18 years. The agreement between Los Angeles medical entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and Tronc Inc. represents the latest instance of a rich, civic-minded individual purchasing a newspaper from a big corporation. Soon-Shiong, 65, amassed his fortune in part by developing a cancer drug in 1991. He was already a major shareholder in Tronc, one of the richest men in Los Angeles and the nation's wealthiest doctor by Forbes' estimate, with a net worth put at $7.8 billion. The deal includes the purchase of The San Diego Union-Tribune and some other publications and the assumption of $90 million in pension liabilities.

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LA Times buyer is a basketball-loving biotech billionaire

The man buying the Los Angeles Times is a 65-year-old physician-entrepreneur described by Forbes Magazine as "America's richest doctor," and one who has said his goal is to cure cancer in his lifetime. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong also is a basketball fanatic who shoots hoops on a hardwood court inside his multimillion-dollar mansion and who owns a minority interest in the Los Angeles Lakers that he bought from none other than Magic Johnson, the team's legendary president of basketball operations. Soon-Shiong also owns a 26 percent stake in the Times' parent company, Tronc, which makes him one of its largest shareholders. It was his fight against cancer that put the doctor on the road to amassing the $500 million needed to purchase the Times and its sister paper, the San Diego Union-Tribune. Forbes estimates his worth at $7.8 billion.

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House panel kills Sioux Falls students' free speech bill 

South Dakota lawmakers have killed a bill aimed at preventing school administrators from censoring news reported by student journalists. The House Education Committee voted 11-3 on Feb. 7 to table the measure for this session. The Argus Leader reports supporters, including the South Dakota Newspaper Association, argued the bill would allow student journalists to operate without fear of being censored. Opponents said the bill could allow students to publish irresponsible content. Gage Gramlick is a junior at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls and editor of the school's newspaper. Gramlick says student journalists fear censorship when reporting on controversial subjects. Executive director Wade Pogany of Associated School Boards of South Dakota contended the bill would make students' authority to publish too great with little chance of administrators providing guidance.

'Today' show's Kotb says authenticity got it through crisis 

The "Today" show's Hoda Kotb believes the program's audience bonded with her and co-host Savannah Guthrie over how they dealt with Matt Lauer's firing last November on sexual misconduct charges. They didn't pretend there was nothing wrong. "The people who watch us have been watching for a long, long time," Kotb said. "When there's something up in a family, they're watching it and feeling it, too. It's almost like you don't want mom and dad to say, 'everything's fine, there's nothing to see here.' You want someone to tell you that something is wrong and we're making our way through." The NBC News program weathered the storm better than expected.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Feb. 7, 2018

River Valley Media Group trims staff

River Valley Media Group has laid off about 15 percent of its workforce, part of a reorganization its top executive said will keep the publisher of daily and weekly newspapers and websites, specialty publications, and other digital products in western Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota on a strong financial footing.

The layoffs affected departments across River Valley Media, which publishes the Winona Daily News, from news and sales to production and distribution.

“We’re committed to serving our audience,” group publisher Bob Fleck said. “We needed to right-size our business for the time being to position ourselves to be able to serve our communities in the future.”

River Valley Media Group publishes three daily newspapers, two twice-weekly newspapers, five weekly newspapers, several shoppers and other specialty products, both in print and online.

Washington Post, Lenfest Institute, Media Network announce news technology alliance

The Washington Post, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Philadelphia Media Network (PMN) have created a new technology partnership designed to accelerate digital innovation at The Philadelphia Inquirer and other metropolitan newspapers around the country.

Under the agreement, The Post’s Arc Publishing platform — a state-of-the-art content-management system widely considered among the world’s best — will help power the digital future of, which includes all content from the Philadelphia Inquirer and its sister newspaper, the Philadelphia Daily News.

“Arc’s platform is uniquely structured to accelerate digital innovation, making it ideally suited for local publishers like The Inquirer and The Daily News,” said Scot Gillespie, Chief Technology Officer at The Post. “We hope this collaboration will serve as a model for other major metropolitan publishers making the digital-first transformation. We are especially excited to work with those local news enterprises served by Lenfest’s many industry initiatives.”

The Arc engineering team will help PMN transition to the Arc platform late this spring, with the entire newsroom implementation finished by this fall.

Paxton Media purchases North Carolina paper

Paxton Media Group announced the purchase of The Daily Herald in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, from Wick Communications.

Paxton Media, a family-owned company headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky, owns more than 35 daily newspapers, a television station and numerous weekly publications across Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Fourth- and fifth-generation family members manage Paxton Media.

Lee Enterprises sells Kentucky newspaper to Champion Media

Lee Enterprises Inc. says it has sold a Maysville, Kentucky newspaper and digital media operation.

A statement from Lee Enterprises says Champion Media LLC has purchased The Ledger Independent, which publishes five days a week and has a daily circulation of 3,654, and, which has more than 6,300 unique monthly visitors.

Lee acquired The Ledger Independent, its smallest daily newspaper, when it purchased Howard Publications in 2002.

Champion Media owns four daily newspapers and 18 weeklies in North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Minnesota.

3 Mississippi newspapers eliminate Monday print edition

Three newspapers in Mississippi are eliminating their Monday print editions.

The Greenwood Commonwealth in Greenwood, the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb are all owned by Emmerich Newspapers.

The company's president, Wyatt Emmerich, says advertising has declined, particularly for Monday editions.

With the new schedule, all three newspapers will publish print editions Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday.

All three papers say they will continue to regularly publish news on their websites.

Columbia Journalism Review: The end of Time Inc.

Time Inc. is gone.

Once America’s great magazine company, the much-reduced publisher was bought by Iowa’s Meredith Corp. last year, with $650 million in equity from Koch Industries. Recently its name was stripped from its headquarters in lower Manhattan, to which it moved in 2014 after abandoning the Mad Men-era Time-Life Building in Rockefeller Center.

Then Time Inc.’s corporate website was redirecting traffic to Meredith. Former Editor in Chief John Huey tweeted: “R.I.P. Time Inc. The 95-year run is over.”

While the demise of Time Inc. has been coming for months, even years, its arrival nevertheless is a jarring moment for journalism. In part, that’s because some of the greatest names in magazines have graced its pages—film critic and writer James Agee; photographers Robert Capa, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White, and Henri Cartier-Bresson; sportswriters Rick Reilly and Frank Deford; business writer Carol Loomis, and former Time editor Walter Isaacson, who went on to write acclaimed biographies of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo da Vinci. Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square when World War II ended appeared in Life magazine, as did the first still photos from Abraham Zapruder’s home movie of the Kennedy assassination.

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Editor says he was fired for seeking better pay for women

The editor of a Massachusetts newspaper group says he has been fired for seeking pay equity for women in the newsroom, but his publisher says that is not true.

Jeffrey Good in an email to staff at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, the Greenfield Recorder and the alternative weekly Valley Advocate, said he was fired because he "advocated for transparency and fair pay for our female colleagues."

Publisher Michael Rifanburg says the decision had nothing to do with efforts to address pay equity issues that he says have been under review since 2016.

He did not give a specific reason for firing Good.

INDUSTRY NEWS • Feb. 1, 2018

Pope: 'Fake news' is evil, journalists must search for truth

Pope Francis is denouncing "fake news" as evil and is urging journalists to make it their mission to search for the truth, The Associated Press reports.

After a week in which Francis faced unprecedented bad press during his South American tour, the pope released his annual social communications message dedicated this year to "fake news and journalism for peace."

Francis writes that the first fake news dates from the Biblical beginning of time, when Eve was tempted to take an apple from the Garden of Eden based on disinformation from the serpent.

"The strategy of this skilled 'Father of Lies' is precisely mimicry, that sly and dangerous form of seduction that worms its way into the heart with false and alluring arguments," Francis said of the snake.

In today's fast-paced information age, he called for a shared commitment to rediscovering the "dignity of journalism" and for reporters to speak the truth with a journalism that is "truthful and opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical slogans, and sensational headlines."

The message made no reference to how some public figures — most notably U.S. President Donald Trump — often label unflattering or critical reports "fake news" to try to discredit the information.

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University of Colorado study finds young journalists know tech, not reporting

A new University of Colorado study has found young journalists heading into the industry know their way around a Twitter feed, but lack basic reporting skills.

Patrick Ferrucci, an assistant journalism professor who teaches in CU's College of Media, Communication and Information, conducted the study as part of a larger project looking at technology in newsrooms.

For this portion of the project, Ferrucci interviewed nearly 30 digital journalists nationwide from outlets like Vox, Buzzfeed, The Denver Post and The New York Times, asking reporters in the industry for at least 10 years to talk about their young colleagues' strengths and weaknesses.

"What I found was surprising," Ferrucci said. "I remember being in a newsroom a decade ago, and we'd always said that students didn't know enough about technology. Now, it seems to go the other way. It was a really, really consistent theme with really no deviation: new journalists weren't very good at a lot of basic stuff."

Twenty-seven out of 29 of the interviewed reporters, many in hiring positions, said incoming reporters lacked traditional reporting skills.

Amarillo, Lubbock newspaper publishers to resign

The publishers of the Amarillo Globe-News and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal have both announced that they are resigning.

Globe-News publisher Les Simpson and Avalanche-Journal publisher Brandon Hughes announced their resignations to their staffs. Both newspapers were among the 11 daily newspapers Georgia-based Morris Communications sold recently to Pittsford, New York-based GateHouse Media.

Matt Guthrie, GateHouse Media regional vice president, said both will be replaced by a senior group publisher who will manage both newspapers.

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Facebook says it will prioritize local news posts

Facebook plans to prioritize posts from local news sources in the news feeds of people who live in the communities served by those outlets, the company said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told The Selma Times-Journal that the decision stems from a cross-country tour he took with his wife in which he spoke with people in communities of different sizes. They visited the small community newspaper in Alabama on last year's trip.

Zuckerberg told the newspaper people consistently told him they wanted more local news on Facebook. Zuckerberg said the prioritization of local news sources is part of an effort to help people engage with the communities where they live.

The Menlo Park, California, company said in a news release that it identifies local publishers as those clicked on by readers in tight geographic areas.

Charleston Gazette-Mail to file bankruptcy ahead of sale to Ogden Newspapers

The Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, West Virginia, reported on its website that the Gazette-Mail has agreed to take the company into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, setting the stage for the newspaper to change hands.

According to the report, Wheeling Newspapers, which is owned by Ogden Newspapers, is currently the high bidder to assume ownership of the company.

Ogden Newspapers, operated by the Nutting family, owns more than 40 daily newspapers across the nation, including the Wheeling, Parkersburg, Martinsburg and Elkins newspapers in West Virginia.

Sales, marketing veteran is new Nevada Appeal publisher

A 29-year veteran of sales and marketing has been named the new publisher of the Nevada Appeal.

Sierra Nevada Media Group announced 49-year-old Michael "Mick" Raher's appointment at the newspaper in Carson City.

Raher, who was the group's sales director, replaces Brooke Warner, the group's general manager who had been serving as publisher on an interim basis.

Poynter: Slate goes union

Following in the recent footsteps of editorial employees at Vox Media, those at Slate opted to go union and be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East, Poynter says. The unionizing trend in digital media is a surprise (people assumed millennials were too wary of big organizations and not big on unions) but continues apace.

The union says that in addition to Slate (where management voluntarily recognized the union rather than force a formal election) and Vox Media (meaning, Curbed, Eater, Polygon, Racked, Recode, SBNation and The Verge), the union has spearheaded successful drives at  VICE, HuffPost, The Intercept, Gizmodo Media Group (Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, The Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik, Earther), ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist and Salon.

Columbia journalism school launches civil rights center

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has a new center dedicated to civil rights news coverage.

The dean of the New York school, Steve Coll, announced the creation of The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights. The center will soon accept applications for fellowships.

Coll says there's a need for journalism that can inform and shape the understanding of race, gender, diversity and the evolution of civil rights.

The center is directed by Jelani Cobb, an expert on history and race in the U.S.

AP names McCrudden new head of digital and visual journalism

The Associated Press named Derl McCrudden as deputy managing editor for digital and visual journalism, a new position at the global news cooperative.

The appointment was announced by Sally Buzbee, AP's senior vice president and executive editor. In his new role, McCrudden will report to Buzbee and oversee how AP tells stories in photos, video, online and on social media. He will also lead a major effort in 2018 to expand AP's ability to produce and publish video news at its regional editing centers around the world.

McCrudden, previously AP' head of international television news, will continue to be based in London, AP's international video production center and home of its all-formats regional publishing desk for Europe. He will also travel frequently to AP's global headquarters in New York and its U.S. video production center in Washington.

AP announces marijuana reporting team

AP Deputy Managing Editor for U.S. News Noreen Gillespie outlined plans for a reporting team that will cover issues related to the legalization of marijuana.

Led by California News Editor Frank Baker, the cross-format team's goal is to use the AP's global footprint to cover this emerging economy, forecast the legal and regulatory showdowns that could emerge, and smartly document how California and other states are changing marijuana culture in America. The team's goal will also be to peer beyond the U.S. and report on supply and economic implications from Mexico and Canada.

INDUSTRY NEWS • Jan. 24, 2018

AP launches Fact Check Twitter account

A new AP Fact Check Twitter account makes it easier to follow AP's fact-checking and debunking of misinformation online.

 In a memo to staff, News Editor for Fact Checks Karen Mahabir highlighted how @APFactCheck will be used:

 We'll use the account to drive even more attention to our expanding fact-checking efforts across the company. Expect to find our latest AP Fact Checks there, as well as Not Real News items, the Science Says series and AP stories related to the coverage of the so-called fake news industry.

We may also use it to promote fact-checking work from our members.

Denver Post Publisher Mac Tully resigns

Denver Post CEO/publisher and Digital First Media executive vice president Mac Tully announced that he will resign from his positions effective January 31.

His announcement follows the reintroduction of a paywall at the paper for the first time since the Aurora theater shooting trial and the ongoing move of most newsroom journalists from the Post’s longtime downtown Denver headquarters to a printing plant in Adams County.

Tully, said in a letter to the staff that he is not ready to retire. But "after 40 years in the industry, I'm ready for something a little less stressful. I'll miss the stellar and most talented people I've had the great fortune to work with at The Denver Post and throughout the rest of the company," he wrote.

Judge rules for McClatchy officials accused of mismanagement

A California judge sided with the former chief executive of the McClatchy newspaper chain and other company officials in a lawsuit alleging they mismanaged funds by buying a rival newspaper publisher and failing to diversify investments.

The officials were obligated to keep the company's stock rather than selling it off to invest elsewhere, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer said in his ruling. The judge also said acquiring the Knight Ridder newspaper chain may have allowed McClatchy to survive the Great Recession.

The decision came in a lawsuit by Carlos McClatchy, a beneficiary of a trust fund set up by Eleanor McClatchy, granddaughter of the company's founder, James McClatchy.

The company owns the Sacramento Bee and more than two dozen other newspapers across the country.

The value of the trust fund plummeted after McClatchy bought Knight Ridder for $4.5 billion in 2006. Carlos McClatchy and other beneficiaries stopped receiving dividends that had previously amounted to millions of dollars, and he sued in 2012.

The lawsuit named Gary Pruitt, McClatchy CEO during the acquisition, and other trustees. Pruitt is now CEO of The Associated Press.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch says Facebook should pay for news

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch says Facebook should pay fees to "trusted" news producers for their content, The Associated Press reports.

Facebook said recently that it will boost news sources that its users rank as most trustworthy, while shrinking the percentage of news posts overall in users' news feeds.

Murdoch, whose companies own The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the New York Post and other media properties, said publishers are "enhancing the value and integrity of Facebook through their news and content but are not being adequately rewarded for those services."

Murdoch has previously criticized Google for the "theft" of news stories without payment.

UK regulator says Fox takeover of Sky not in public interest

British regulators say 21st Century Fox's takeover of London-based broadcaster Sky is not in the public interest because it would give Rupert Murdoch and his family too much control over the country's news media.

But it offered solutions that raised hopes that a deal would eventually be reached as the Murdochs press ahead with an even bigger deal — Disney's own bid to buy Fox.

The preliminary finding by the Competition and Markets Authority is the latest hurdle for Fox's effort to buy the 61 percent of Sky PLC it doesn't already own for 11.7 billion pound ($16.3 billion). Its attempt six years ago was derailed by the phone-hacking scandal at Murdoch's British newspapers.

The ruling will be finalized by May 1, when the authority will send its report to the government, which will make a final decision on whether the deal should proceed.

Regulators said the proposed takeover raises concerns about Murdoch's influence over British media because his family trust already controls News Corp., which owns newspapers such as the Times and the Sun, and the deal would increase its control of the influential Sky News channel.

Los Angeles Times loses publisher, gets union

Los Angeles Times Publisher and Chief Executive Ross Levinsohn was placed on an unpaid leave of absence amid allegations of past improper behavior, The Associated Press reports.

The news followed word that Times journalists had voted to join a union — a first in the paper's 136-year history.

Some Times employees had called for Levinsohn to be fired after National Public Radio reported on allegations that he had engaged in what has been termed "frat-boy" behavior while serving as an executive at two previous companies and was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits before he joined the Times on Aug. 21.

"Levinsohn has lost credibility as the leader of one of the country's top newspapers," said a petition to Times parent company Tronc Inc. signed by more than 200 staff members.

Levinsohn will be replaced by President Mickie Rosen while Tronc investigates the allegations.

Illinois newspaper announces organizational changes

The Journal Gazette/Times-Courier in Mattoon, Illinois, announced organizational changes designed to enhance operations.

JG-TC Publisher Craig Rogers will serve as full-time publisher of The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, where he has served in addition to working as publisher of the Mattoonl papers.

Both are owned by Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa. Other publications owned by Lee include the Decatur Herald & Review and the Bloomington Pantagraph.

Regional Publisher Julie Bechtel will continue to oversee operations at the JG-TC. Penny Weaver, who was named associate publisher last summer, will have the role of general manager and continue her duties as editor.

New York Times: Trump hands out ‘fake news awards’

President Trump — who gleefully questioned President Barack Obama’s birthplace for years without evidence, long insisted on the guilt of the Central Park Five despite exonerating proof and claimed that millions of illegal ballots cost him the popular vote in 2016 — wanted to have a word with the American public about accuracy in reporting.

Mr. Trump released his long-promised “Fake News Awards,” an anti-media project that had alarmed advocates of press freedom and heartened his political base.

“And the FAKE NEWS winners are …,” he wrote on Twitter.

The message linked, at first, to a malfunctioning page on, the Republican National Committee website. An error screen read: “The site is temporarily offline, we are working to bring it back up. Please try back later.”

When the page came back online less than an hour later, it resembled a Republican Party news release. Headlined “The Highly Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards” and attributed to “Team GOP,” it included a list of Trump administration accomplishments and jabs at news organizations presented in the form of an 11-point list.

The “winners” were CNN, mentioned four times; The New York Times, with two mentions; and ABC, The Washington Post, Time and Newsweek, with one mention apiece.

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Republican Sen. Jeff Flake denounces Trump attacks on news media

President Donald Trump's use of the terms "fake news" and "enemy of the people" is "shameful" and reminiscent of words infamously used by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to describe his enemies, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Flake, of Arizona, called Trump's repeated attacks on the media "repulsive" and said Trump "has it precisely backward." Despotism is the enemy of the people, while a free press is the despot's enemy and a guardian of democracy, Flake said.

Flake, a frequent Trump critic who is retiring this year, said that when Trump calls news stories he doesn't like "fake news," he "should be the figure of suspicion, not the press."

Lawyer: ICE unjustly holding award-winning Mexican reporter

Advocates for an award-winning journalist trying to win asylum in the United States because he says he received death threats in Mexico accused U.S. immigration officials of unjustly detaining him based on a disputed 1999 incident.

An attorney for Emilio Gutierrez Soto said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are trying to discredit the journalist, who in October accepted the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award from the National Press Club in Washington on behalf of Mexico's journalists.

"In reality, Emilio has a clean record. He's always abided by the law," said his attorney Eduardo Beckett.

In a letter released by the press club, an ICE official accuses Gutierrez of being "less than forthcoming" in 1999 when he was accused of misrepresenting whether he was living in the U.S. or not while holding a border crossing card allowing only temporary stays. Gutierrez agreed then to give up the card and was deported, according to Beckett.

But Gutierrez sought asylum in the U.S. in 2008, saying he faced death threats in Mexico due to his work as a reporter. He was detained then by U.S. authorities for several months before being released and has lived in El Paso, Texas, with his 24-year-old son, Oscar, until the two were taken into custody again in December.

INDUSTRY NEWS • Jan. 18, 2018

AP: Facebook edits feeds to bring less news, more sharing

Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more "meaningful."

By cutting back on items that Facebook users tend to passively consume, the change could hurt news organizations and other businesses that rely on Facebook to share their content.

The idea is to help users to connect with people they care about, not make them feel depressed and isolated.

"The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post.

"We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health. On the other hand, passively reading articles or watching videos -- even if they're entertaining or informative -- may not be as good."

Under the revised regime, there will be fewer posts from brands, pages and media companies and more from people. There will be fewer videos, which Facebook considers "passive." People will likely spend less time on Facebook as a result, the company says.

That's because even if people read such content on Facebook, they don't necessarily comment or interact with it in other ways.

But Facebook gave scant details about how it would define what's "meaningful."

New York Times: Facebook tests show impact of overhaul

One morning in October, the editors of Página Siete, Bolivia’s third-largest news site, noticed that traffic to their outlet coming from Facebook was plummeting.

The publication had recently been hit by cyberattacks, and editors feared it was being targeted by hackers loyal to the government of President Evo Morales.

But it wasn’t the government’s fault. It was Facebook’s. The Silicon Valley company was testing a new version of its hugely popular News Feed, peeling off professional news sites from what people normally see and relegating them to a new section of Facebook called Explore. Like it or not, Bolivia had become a guinea pig in the company’s continual quest to reinvent itself.

As Facebook updates and tweaks its service in order to keep users glued to their screens, countries like Bolivia are ideal testing grounds thanks to their growing, internet-savvy populations. But these changes can have significant consequences, like limiting the audience for non-governmental news sources and — surprisingly — amplifying the impact of fabricated and sensational stories.

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Poynter: Sports Illustrated is reduced to a biweekly publication

Starting in 2018, Sports Illustrated will publish only every other week (plus of course the Swimsuit Issue).

As Editor Chris Stone's wrote: "Sports Illustrated has been a weekly staple for more than 63 years, delivering the best sports journalism with near metronomic regularity. That will continue to be the case, but beginning next month the metronome clicks a little less often."

He promised that those fewer issues will have more of the long-form stories that SI sees as its strength, and more photos better displayed on higher quality paper. The magazine has some 2.75 million subscribers.

Ohio native Clarence Page to receive journalism award

Southwest Ohio native and Ohio University alumnus Clarence Page is being honored for a half-century of journalistic achievement.

The National Press Foundation says the Chicago Tribune columnist will receive the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award at its annual awards dinner in Washington D.C. on Feb. 15.

Page, 70, built a career as reporter, editor, syndicated columnist, author and commentator.

He earned the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1989. He was named Ohio University's 2015 alumnus of the year.

Newspaper in Mississippi now run by family's 4th generation

A Mississippi newspaper is now being run by the fourth generation of the same family.

Peter Imes, 39, became publisher of the Commercial Dispatch, a daily paper based in Columbus. He succeeds his father, Birney Imes III, 66, who will continue to write a weekly column.

Birney Imes Sr. merged the Columbus Commercial and Columbus Dispatch in 1922 to form the then bi-weekly Commercial Dispatch. He expanded it to a daily newspaper in 1926.

After he died in 1947, his son Birney Imes Jr., took over as editor and publisher, running the paper for almost 50 years.

Tennessean President Laura Hollingsworth stepping down

The president of The Tennessean in Nashville, Tennessee, and the USA Today Network-Tennessee is leaving parent company Gannett.

Laura Hollingsworth announced the decision in a newsroom address to all newspaper employees. She said she would continue to live in Nashville, but wanted to explore other opportunities and new ways to make an impact.

Over the last 18 months, she has led the integration of the Commercial Appeal and the Knoxville News Sentinel into a statewide Gannett network.

Klostreich named publisher of the Wahpeton Daily News

Tara Klostreich has been named publisher of the Wahpeton (North Dakota) Daily News and other publications within the Wick Communications Group.

Klostreich formerly served as the newspaper's general manager. She joined the newspaper in 2006 as an advertising representative.

The paper said she also will serve as publisher of the News-Monitor, Southern Valley Living and Southern Valley Shopper.

Farrugia to step down as The Day's publisher

Gary Farrugia — publisher of The Day in New London, Connecticut, since 2002 — informed employees that he will retire by mid-year.

In an email, Farrugia said The Day Publishing Co. enjoyed "a period of stability” in 2017 and that it was "a good time to pass the baton to someone new.” He said The Day's board of directors has asked him to remain on the board following his retirement and that he also will continue to serve as a part-time consultant to D2 Media Solutions, a company marketing initiative. Farrugia is 66.

News-Miner Publisher Fuller Cowell to retire; Harris named to position

Fuller Cowell will retire next month as publisher of the 114-year-old Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, the trustee of the Helen E. Snedden Foundation announced.

Richard Harris, publisher of the Kodiak Daily Mirror, will succeed Cowell on Feb. 5. The Fairbanks-based nonprofit foundation has owned both newspapers since January 2016.

Chappell named publisher of Cleburne newspaper

Lisa Chappell, a veteran Texas newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher of the Cleburne Times Review. She replaces Kay Helms, who recently retired.

Chappell is currently the publisher of several sister newspapers in north Texas owned by CNHI, LLC. They are located in Weatherford, Mineral Wells, Gainesville, Greenville, Royse City, Commerce and Rockwall County. She will continue in that role.

CBS appoints John Dickerson as Rose's replacement

CBS "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson is leaving Washington to take over as the third host of the "CBS This Morning," pairing with Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell as the replacement for the fired Charlie Rose.

It's a return to the general news roots for Dickerson, a former Time magazine correspondent, but opens a new job on CBS' Sunday lineup.

"I feel like it's the kind of program that fits in with the journalism I've been doing all my life," Dickerson said.

Unlike ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who continues to host ABC's "This Week" on Sunday along with "Good Morning America" during the week, Dickerson said keeping both jobs wasn't an option. The preparation for the morning show would take up too much time.

Bannon out as chairman of Breitbart News, loses radio show

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is stepping down as chairman of Breitbart News Network after a public break with President Donald Trump.

Breitbart announced that Bannon would step down as executive chairman of the conservative news site, less than a week after Bannon's explosive criticisms of Trump and his family were published in a new book.

A report on the Breitbart website quotes Bannon saying, "I'm proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform."

Trump lashed out at Bannon for comments made in Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," which questions the president's fitness for office.

New York Times: Two journalists face allegations of inappropriate conduct

Two prominent journalists, one at Fox News and one at The Washington Post, are facing allegations of inappropriate workplace conduct.

NPR reported that James Rosen, a former Washington correspondent who left Fox News last month, had done so after the network began scrutinizing sexual misconduct allegations against him. And Joel Achenbach, a Washington Post reporter, received a 90-day suspension for unspecified misconduct involving current and former female colleagues.


Nonprofit Quarterly: Nonprofit journalism is growing

Nonprofit journalism continues to make inroads in the US news business, and not only in the usual places like New York and Washington. MediaShift, which covers the intersection of mass media and technology, cites several examples of radical change in the journalism business model that have emerged in recent years. New York-based ProPublica, one of the country’s most high-profile nonprofit newsrooms, opened a regional bureau in Chicago with a team of 12 reporters, editors and technologists. In Vermont, the nonprofit VTDigger has become the country’s largest investigative reporting nonprofit focused on local or state news. MediaShift’s reporter also covers inewsource in San Diego, projected to hit a record $1.1 million in revenue this fiscal year. inewsource’s small reporting team focuses on four local issues: education, health, the environment, and local government. It partners with local PBS, NPR, and CBS affiliates to reach over a million people a week through web, radio, and TV.

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Media group: 81 reporters died, threats soared in 2017

At least 81 reporters were killed doing their jobs this year, while violence and harassment against media staff has skyrocketed, the world's biggest journalists' organization says.

In its annual "Kill Report," seen by The Associated Press, the International Federation of Journalists, which is based in Brussels, said the reporters lost their lives in targeted killings, car bomb attacks and crossfire incidents around the world.

More than 250 journalists were in prison in 2017.

The number of deaths as of Dec. 29 was the lowest in a decade, down from 93 in 2016. The largest number were killed in Mexico, but many also died in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

The IFJ suspected but could not officially confirm that at least one other journalist was killed in an attack by an Islamic State suicide bomber on a Shiite cultural center in Kabul, in which at least 41 people died.

IFJ President Philippe Leruth said that while the drop in deaths "represents a downward trend, the levels of violence in journalism remain unacceptably high."

AP: Russian hackers targeted more than 200 journalists globally

Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had just been published to the web.

Days earlier, the veteran journalist had come out live on air as HIV-positive, a taboo-breaking revelation that drew responses from hundreds of Russians fighting their own lonely struggles with the virus. Now he'd been hacked.

"These were very personal messages," Lobkov said in a recent interview, describing a frantic call to his lawyer in an abortive effort to stop the spread of nearly 300 pages of Facebook correspondence, including sexually explicit messages. Even two years later, he said, "it's a very traumatic story."

The Associated Press found that Lobkov was targeted by the hacking group known as Fancy Bear in March 2015, nine months before his messages were leaked. He was one of at least 200 journalists, publishers and bloggers targeted by the group as early as mid-2014 and as recently as a few months ago.

The AP identified journalists as the third-largest group on a hacking hit list obtained from cybersecurity firm Secureworks, after diplomatic personnel and U.S. Democrats. About 50 of the journalists worked at The New York Times. Another 50 were either foreign correspondents based in Moscow or Russian reporters like Lobkov who worked for independent news outlets. Others were prominent media figures in Ukraine, Moldova, the Baltics or Washington.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Trade dispute involving newsprint worries newspapers

A petition by a paper maker in Washington state has set off alarm bells at newspapers and printing plants across the country whose leaders say the outcome could drastically increase newsprint costs, adding more financial pressure to an industry already struggling with the drain of advertising and subscription revenue in recent years.

The North Pacific Paper Company, or NORPAC, asked the U.S. Department of Commerce to investigate Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper, the grade of paper widely used by newspapers and other commercial publishers.

The company was acquired in late 2016 by One Rock Capital Partners, a New York-based hedge fund. It has essentially claimed that Canadian government subsidies are giving Canadian newsprint producers an unfair advantage over U.S. paper producers, and that the Canadians are dumping paper on the U.S. market at prices below the cost of production.

Commerce has been investigating the matter for the past four months and is expected to issue a preliminary decision soon on one aspect of the case.

U.S. newsprint buyers fear that steep import duties of up to 50 percent could increase both Canadian and domestic newsprint prices.

Poynter: Gannett fires Vermont editor after controversial tweets

Denis Finley was fired from his position as executive editor of the Burlington Free Press, the paper announced.

Finley's firing comes after a series of tweets aimed at a Vermont proposal to add a third gender option to driver licenses.

An article by the Free Press states "Finley had violated the company's social media guidelines."

Finley was hired as the Free Press executive editor in 2016. He previously worked at the Virginian-Pilot.

BBC's China editor resigns over gender pay gap dispute

The BBC's China editor has resigned her position in Beijing in protest over what she called a failure to sufficiently address a gap in compensation between men and women at the public broadcaster, The Associated Press reports.

Carrie Gracie's departure is the latest aftershock from the BBC's forced publication last year of pay levels for its top earners that showed two-thirds of those in the top bracket were men.

Presenting the corporation's flagship "Today" program alongside John Humphrys, the BBC's highest-paid news broadcaster, Gracie said the support she'd received for her decision had been "very moving" and showed the degree of frustration among many over the issue of equal pay.

A 30-year veteran of the BBC who speaks fluent Chinese, Gracie said in a statement on her website addressed to BBC viewers that she could no longer perform her job at a high level while battling with bosses over pay equality.

Poynter: Pew study shows local TV news viewership declining

Until now, local TV news viewership has been declining slowly.  But a new Pew research study shows that from 2016 to 2017, the decline picked up speed.

Pew's associate director of journalism research, Katerina Eva Matsa, reported:

"Americans are relying less on television for their news. Just 50% of U.S. adults now get news regularly from television, down from 57% a year prior in early 2016. But that audience drain varies across the three television sectors: local, network and cable. Local TV has experienced the greatest decline but still garners the largest audience of the three, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis."

As you might expect, TV news generally attracts mostly older audiences. More than half of the people surveyed who are 65 and older said they watch local, network and cable TV news.

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Baltimore Sun plans summer move from longtime headquarters

The Baltimore Sun Media Group plans to move from its longtime headquarters on the edge of downtown Baltimore to renovated space at its printing plant in a waterfront development.

The Baltimore Sun reports that its publisher and editor-in-chief, Trif Alatzas, announced recently that the company expects to move newsroom and business operations for its flagship paper and several community newspapers to Port Covington this summer. About 300 employees are currently based at the Calvert Street offices, which have served as headquarters since 1950.

The Baltimore Sun's current lease expires in June. Tribune Media already has sold the property.

San Francisco Examiner will cut back to 3 newspapers a week

The San Francisco Examiner will reduce its print edition to three times a week beginning Jan. 15, the paper announced.

The Examiner, which is free in print and does not employ a paywall online, currently runs six print editions per week, on every day except Saturday. The new publication schedule will limit the printed paper to Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Firm files $5.75m bid for Boston Herald

Revolution Capital Group of Los Angeles, has filed a $5.75 million bid to buy the Boston Herald and is asking a federal bankruptcy court to un-seat GateHouse Media’s initial $5 million offer as the auction’s preferred “stalking horse” bidder.

Revolution’s bid is the second competitive offer made since the Herald declared bankruptcy last month, citing negative trends in newspaper advertising.

The new offer tops GateHouse’s initial bid — known as the “stalking horse bid” — in pledging $3 million in cash, $2 million in severance for employees, and $750,000 in accrued paid time off for employees who are offered jobs to work after the sale.

Revolution asked the court to throw out the $200,000 break-up fee requested by GateHouse in the event that a higher bidder is accepted and to name Revolution the new “stalking horse bidder” because its offer is higher.

Revolution, founded by Scituate native Robert Loring, who interned for the Herald’s sports desk after graduating from Boston College, tried to buy the Herald in 2013, but the deal fell through.

Hearst buys Pennsylvania publisher Rodale

The media company Hearst has bought the Pennsylvania magazine publisher that owns Men's Health and Runner's World.

The Morning Call reports that a Hearst Magazines representative confirmed the purchase of Rodale Inc.

The newspaper says Hearst declined to elaborate on the next steps and a Rodale representative didn't respond to a request for comment.

Newspaper chairman resigns after spanking allegations

The chairman of an Alabama newspaper company resigned following accusations that he assaulted female newsroom employees in the 1970s by spanking them.

The Anniston Star reports that Brandt Ayers stepped down as chairman of the board of Consolidated Publishing Co. Ayers, now 82, said his resignation was in the "best interests of the newspaper and its mission."

At least three women have said that Ayers, then a newsroom executive at the Anniston paper, assaulted them in the mid-1970s, once using a metal ruler. Ayers issued a statement saying he regrets things he did when he was younger. In an earlier interview with his paper, Ayers claimed he was acting on a doctor's advice when he spanked one woman.

Ayers said his wife, Josephine Ayers, will replace him as chairman. She had previously served as vice chairman.

Ayers became a nationally known voice of Southern liberalism during his tenure as editor and publisher of the Anniston paper.

New York Times: Vice Media puts two executives on leave

Vice Media placed its president, Andrew Creighton, and its chief digital officer, Mike Germano, on leave after sexual harassment allegations were reported against them in a New York Times investigation that detailed the treatment of women at the company.

Vice employees learned of the moves in a memo sent to the staff.

Sarah Broderick, Vice’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said in the memo that a special committee of the company’s board was “reviewing the facts” related to a $135,000 settlement Mr. Creighton had reached in 2016 with a former employee, who claimed that she was fired after she rejected an intimate relationship with him, according to people briefed on the matter and documents viewed by The Times.

Times will keep reporter accused of sexual misconduct

The New York Times says it will remove reporter Glenn Thrush from the White House beat but not fire him following an investigation into sexual misconduct.

A former colleague wrote that Thrush made unwanted, drunken advances on her and other women when they worked at Politico. The Times suspended Thrush and investigated while Thrush entered substance abuse rehabilitation.

Times' executive editor Dean Baquet says in a statement that while Thrush acted offensively, he did not deserve to be fired and instead will be suspended for two months, undergo training and be given a new assignment.

List bans 'fake news,' 'covfefe' and 'let me ask you this'

Let me ask you this: Would a story that unpacks a list of tiresome words and phrases be impactful or a nothingburger? Worse, could it just be fake news?

Northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University has released its 43rd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The tongue-in-cheek, non-binding list of 14 words or phrases comes from thousands of suggestions to the Sault Ste. Marie school.

This year's list includes "let me ask you this," ''unpack," ''impactful," ''nothingburger," ''tons," ''dish," ''drill down," ''let that sink in," and the top vote-getter, "fake news."

The others are "pre-owned," ''onboarding/offboarding," ''hot water heater," ''gig economy" and the Trumpian Twitter typo "covfefe."

While the list contains a little political flavor, Lake Superior State spokesman John Shibley said he had expected more given the highly divisive 2016 election and a year of deepening divisions in government and the U.S. electorate.

"It wasn't as focused on politics in a very dirty sense," he said. "Most of the nominations were well thought through ... considering how the year was."

INDUSTRY NEWS • Dec. 20, 2017

Reporters Without Borders says 65 journalists killed in 2017 

A total of 65 journalists and media workers were killed in 2017, the lowest toll in 14 years, according to figures released Dec. 19 by Reporters Without Borders. The non-governmental organization said 60 percent of those killed were murdered. It added that 326 people working in media — including 202 professional journalists — are also being detained. According to RSF, 26 people "were killed in the course of their work, the collateral victims of a deadly situation such as an air strike, an artillery bombardment, or a suicide bombing." It said the remaining 39 "were murdered, and deliberately targeted because their reporting threatened political, economic, or criminal interests." Overall, RSF said the decrease in deaths is due to journalists fleeing "countries such as Syria, Yemen and Libya that have become too dangerous." But it also noted "a growing awareness of the need to protect journalists."

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Arizona Republic's publisher to resign, take faculty post 

The president of The Arizona Republic and will resign effective Jan. 5 to take a position at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Arizona Republic reports that Mi-Ai Parrish will fill an endowed chair created in honor of former Republic Publisher Sue Clark-Johnson, who died in 2015. She cited as accomplishments her role in helping the company grow its audience, expand its digital footprint, develop new revenue and support award-winning journalism. She wrote a column responding to threats after The Republic endorsed a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in the paper's history. During a spate of sexual-misconduct accusations in the media, politics and Hollywood, Parrish disclosed Rep. Don Shooter made a demeaning sexual and racial remark to her in 2016.

Chicago teen earning gift money killed delivering newspapers 

The fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy slain while delivering newspapers with his stepfather to earn money to buy presents may have been the result of mistaken identity and rooted in an ongoing gang war that didn't involve him, Chicago police said Dec. 18 during a news conference in a city where gun violence this year has left nearly 600 people dead. Anthony Riccio, chief of the bureau of organized crime, said police are looking for two male suspects — the driver of a white van that rammed the car driven by Brian Jasso's stepfather and another who opened fire from the passenger window and shot the teen in the head. Riccio said witnesses of the shooting shortly before 7 a.m. Dec. 17 told detectives that the stepfather was at a stop sign on the city's Southwest Side when a white van appeared to accelerate and strike his car. Riccio said the van flashed its bright lights in an apparent signal to pull over. But the stepfather sensed something was wrong and when he drove away a passenger in the van opened fire with a handgun.

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ESPN chief Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse problem

John Skipper, president of the sprawling ESPN sports network, said Dec. 18 that he is resigning to treat a substance abuse problem. Skipper's sudden announcement will force the Walt Disney Co.-owned network to search for new leadership at a time of retrenchment, with the company losing subscribers due to cord-cutters and working to boost its digital output to follow the migration of young sports fans to their smartphones. The 61-year-old executive, who has worked at ESPN since 1997 and has led the company since 2012, said he's struggled for many years with substance addiction but gave no details of his specific problem. He said he had concluded that now is the time to deal with it.

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Tavis Smiley says PBS made mistake in suspending him 

Tavis Smiley says PBS made a big mistake by suspending him from his talk show.

He tells ABC's "Good Morning America" Dec. 18 he's never coerced anyone into a relationship but has had consensual relationships in the workplace. He says that wasn't against his company's policies. He says he's human and has made mistakes but they don't merit suspension. He says he applauds women coming forward to share their sexual assault and harassment experiences "to lead us in a conversation about how to create healthy workspaces." However he says it's important not lose a sense of "proportionality" in the conversation, "because if we do people end up being guilty simply by accusation."

PBS suspended Smiley after an investigation uncovered "multiple, credible allegations of conduct" inconsistent with PBS standards. Smiley says he'll fight to protect his reputation.

MSNBC paid woman who said Chris Matthews harassed her 

A spokesman for MSNBC confirmed on Decd. 18 a report that a staffer at the news channel nearly two decades ago had been paid and left her job after she complained she was sexually harassed by "Hardball" host Chris Matthews. The spokesman said the woman approached CNBC executives in 1999 to report Matthews made inappropriate comments about her in front of others. CNBC is a sister company of MSNBC. The company declined to identify the comments, other than to say they were sophomoric, inappropriate, made in poor taste and never meant as propositions. "In 1999, this matter was thoroughly reviewed and dealt with," the spokesman wrote to The Associated Press. "At that time, Matthews received a formal reprimand."

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Mixed results for news media in high-profile cases 

Ohio media organizations have gotten mixed results in separate state court rulings on their challenges to newsgathering restrictions in two of the state's highest-profile criminal cases in recent years. The state's highest court on Dec. 14 refused to order the release of complete autopsy reports from the unsolved 2016 slayings of eight family members in southern Ohio. That ruling came the day after a state appeals panel agreed that reporters should have received juror questionnaires used for the retrial of a former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist in 2015. Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor wrote for the 4-3 majority that the coroner records were allowed to have redacted material under a law that exempts confidential police investigatory records. "The potential ramifications of this decision are troubling because it could really greatly expand the exemption," Greiner said.

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Iowa justice blocks newspaper from reporting court records 

An Iowa Supreme Court justice has taken the unusual step of temporarily ordering the state's largest newspaper not to publish the contents of court records legally obtained by one of its reporters. Press freedom advocates protested the order against the Des Moines Register and investigative reporter Clark Kauffman, and called on the full court , Dec. 15 to immediately lift the stay. The Iowa Freedom of Information Council, which represents media organizations and advocates for government transparency, called the action by Justice David Wiggins "extraordinary and very troubling." Wiggins granted a temporary stay Dec. 18 that blocked the newspaper from publishing information obtained from records relating to Des Moines attorney Jaysen McCleary. McCleary argued the records contained private information about his disabilities and finances and were never intended to be public.

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Court rules for AP in reporter impersonation document fight 

A federal appeals court has sided with reporters in a court fight over documents that began after an FBI agent pretended to be an Associated Press journalist while investigating bomb threats at a Washington state high school. When the ruse became public in 2014, the AP and a press freedom organization attempted to get government records about the case and any other times FBI agents have impersonated journalists. After initially getting no records from the FBI, the AP and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press sued. Though some documents were produced, the organizations argued that the agency's response was inadequate. In an opinion issued Dec. 15, a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed. Judge David Tatel wrote for himself and colleagues Brett Kavanaugh and Laurence Silberman that the FBI "failed to demonstrate" that it conducted a search "for the requested records, using methods which can be reasonably expected to produce the information requested."

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Report on Kentucky legislator spotlights nonprofits' role 

 It began from a late-night text message with a trusted source's tip. Seven months later, after more than 100 interviews and scouring thousands of pages of documents, a small nonprofit center devoted to investigative reporting in Kentucky released its stunning findings on the dark history of a bombastic church pastor-turned-state legislator. The report Dec. 11 included Rep. Dan Johnson's links to arson cases, repeated alcohol violations in his church and the detailed story of a woman who said the pastor sexually assaulted her when she was 17. The Republican legislator elected in 2016 sharply denied the allegations on Ded. 12 from his Heart of Fire church's pulpit, then fatally shot himself the next day in a secluded area. The exhaustive expose by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting also spotlighted the increasing role of such nonprofit, nontraditional reporting organizations in an era of shrinking newsrooms embattled by declining advertising and readership in the digital era. Newsroom surveys have estimated that more than 20,000 jobs disappeared across America in a decade's time.

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Retiring New York Times publisher to be replaced by his son 

The publisher of The New York Times Co. is stepping down after 25 years and will be succeeded by his 37-year-old son, the Times announced Dec. 14. Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. will retire as of Dec. 31 but will remain as chairman of the board of directors, the Times said. His son and current deputy publisher, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, will take over as publisher. "It is the greatest honor to serve The Times — and the people who make it what it is — as the next publisher," the younger Sulzberger, known as A.G., said in a staffwide email. Sulzberger praised his father as "the only publisher of his generation who took the reins of a great news organization and left it even better than he found."

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FCC votes to kick off review of broadcaster ownership limit 

The Federal Communications Commission is voting on party lines to kick off a review of how many TV stations one company can own. The current limit, in place for more than a decade, says that one company can't own TV stations that reach more than 39 percent of the U.S. population. The FCC will determine over the next several months if it should eliminate or change that cap. Consumer groups worry that raising or getting rid of the cap will lead to more consolidation and fewer voices in local TV, including news broadcasts. The ownership limit is also a contentious issue because right-leaning broadcaster, Sinclair Broadcast, wants to buy rival Tribune Media. That deal still needs regulatory approval. If cleared, the combined company would reach more than 70 percent of U.S. households.

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Fox News host Jeanine Pirro sued for defamation 

A civil rights activist is suing Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, claiming she defamed him while discussing a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter movement that was later dismissed. The lawsuit states that DeRay McKesson was falsely arrested in 2016 while attending a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in which a police officer was struck in the face with a rock and seriously injured. The officer sued the Black Lives Matter movement and McKesson for his injuries. After the officer's lawsuit was dismissed, Pirro "made a series of outrageously false and defamatory statements about Mr. McKesson, including that he directed someone to hit the police officer in the face with a rock," McKesson's lawsuit said.

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Coach Lou Holtz sues The Daily Beast over RNC article

Hall of Fame college football coach Lou Holtz is suing The Daily Beast over an article that claimed he called immigrants "deadbeats" at last year's Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The federal lawsuit filed Dec. 13 in Orlando, where Holtz lives, claims an article published by the news website on July 19, 2016, defamed Holtz, causing him to lose paid speaking opportunities and suffer personal humiliation. He's seeking damages of more than $75,000. The article originally carried the headline "Lou Holtz at RNC Said Immigrants are Deadbeats Invading the US." The suit claims The Daily Beast took Holtz's comments out of context and that he never used the term "deadbeats." After complaints, the website updated its headline to "Holtz Goes on Immigrant-Bashing RNC Rant." A spokesperson for The Daily Beast's parent company said it doesn't comment on pending litigation.

Russia moves to block Khodorkovsky's news website 

The Russian communications watchdog has moved to block a news website financed by top Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The Russian Communications Oversight Agency said in a statement on Dec. 12 that it has put Khodorkovsky's Open Russia website on the black list after it received a request from the Prosecutor General's Office to block it. The prosecutors' plea came after Khodorkovsky's NGO was listed as an "undesirable" organization, a label stemming from a new law intended to tighten the Kremlin's tight control over the political landscape. Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, spent 10 years in prison on two sets of charges largely regarded as political retribution before he was pardoned in December 2013. He has been living in exile since, supporting human rights initiatives and independent media.

Judge sets hearing on media bid for Vegas shooting warrants 

A Nevada judge has set a hearing date on a bid by media organizations to unseal search warrant records in the investigation of the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds on the Las Vegas Strip. A court spokeswoman said Dec. 12 that Clark County District Court Judge Elissa Cadish allowed two more media organizations to join the seven already involved in the case, including The Associated Press. The judge set a Jan. 16 hearing for arguments about whether court records should remain sealed since police and the FBI say the lone shooter killed himself. Questions remain unanswered about why a 64-year-old high-stakes video poker player amassed an arsenal of weapons and opened fire from a high-rise casino-hotel into a crowd of thousands at an open-air concert below.


Idaho Falls newspaper names new publisher 

Andy Pennington has been named the new publisher of the Idaho Falls Post Register.

The eastern Idaho newspaper reports that Adams Publishing Group announced the new hire on Dec. 12. Pennington was the publisher of the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello since 2012. For the past two years, he's overseen the Rexburg Standard Journal and the Teton Valley News. Pennington replaces Roger Plothow, who has been the newspaper's publisher since 2002 after former publisher Jerry Brady announced he would run for governor. Plothow has since been named president of Adams Publishing Group's Signature Events, a new division focused on planning policy-based events throughout Idaho and other western states. Family-owned Adams Publishing Group bought the Post Register in 2015 and later purchased multiple Idaho newspapers, including the Idaho State Journal, earlier this year.

Group says 262 journalists imprisoned worldwide, record high 

An advocacy group for journalists said Dec. 13 that 262 people are imprisoned around the world for their work gathering and reporting the news, a record high. The Committee to Protect Journalists said the number of imprisoned journalists is the highest since it began conducting its annual survey of journalists behind bars in the early 1990s. It said the 2017 number topped last year's total of 259 imprisoned journalists, the highest number until then. "The pattern reflects a dismal failure by the international community to address a global crisis in freedom of the press," said the group's editorial director, Elana Beiser. The three countries where the most journalists are imprisoned are Turkey, China and Egypt, the organization said. There are 73 journalists behind bars in Turkey, 41 in China and 20 in Egypt, it said.

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Review: Spielberg, Streep and Hanks deliver in 'The Post' 

"The Post " is kind of like the Yankees of movies. A Steven Spielberg directed film about the Pentagon Papers starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and a murderer's row of all your favorite television character actors (Jesse Plemons! Bob Odenkirk! Carrie Coon! Sarah Paulson!)? It doesn't even seem fair. Is there any way it wouldn't be great or least very good? That Spielberg shot and is releasing it in under a year was perhaps the only potential handicap. Would it feel rushed? Unfinished? Eastwood-ian? The astonishing thing is that while there are a few clunkers (as if a parody, the film actually opens in Vietnam to the sound of helicopters and Creedence Clearwater Revival), on the whole "The Post" is meat and potatoes Spielberg in the best possible way. He is directing off of a script from first time screenwriter Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, who also wrote the investigative journalism drama "Spotlight."

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Gossip editors face HR training after harassment allegations 

The company that publishes Us Weekly, the National Enquirer and other gossip sites will hire outside experts to give its managers sexual harassment prevention training, one week after The Associated Press revealed that its top editor has twice been the subject of sexual harassment investigations. American Media Inc. told employees in an email obtained by AP to "re-familiarize yourself" with company policies. The email, sent Tuesday, did not mention AMI chief content officer Dylan Howard by name. The AP reported earlier that Howard was the subject of an HR investigation while running AMI's Los Angeles newsroom in 2012. The AP also revealed that Howard was found to have violated the sexual harassment policies of another employer in 2013.

Howard has called the allegations "baseless." AMI has said it supports him.

Polish top journalists oppose fine on US-owned broadcaster 

The jury of Poland's main journalism award has condemned the imposition by a state regulator of a heavy fine on a private American-owned television station for its coverage of 2016 anti-government protests. The jurors of the Grand Press award also called on the regulator, the National Broadcasting Council, known as KRRiT, to cancel the nearly 1.5 million zlotys ($420,000) fine it imposed Dec. 11, on the TVN24 all-news station, that is owned by the U.S. Scripps Networks Interactive. They said late Tuesday that the fine could be interpreted as an "attempt at intimidating the broadcaster whose message does not suit the ruling team" and undermined the media's foundation, the freedom of speech.

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State Dept. concerned by Polish fine on US-owned broadcaster 

The United States says it is concerned by Poland's decision to impose a heavy fine on a private American-owned television broadcaster. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Dec. 12 that "this decision appears to undermine media freedom in Poland, a close ally and fellow democracy." Poland's media regulator fined TVN24 nearly 1.5 million zlotys ($420,000) Monday for what it alleged was unfair reporting during streets protests a year ago. TVN24's owner, TVN, said it would appeal what it called an "unfounded" penalty. Poland's ruling Law and Justice party took control of state media after winning power in 2015, and appears to be seeking greater control of private media now. TVN was bought for $2 billion by Scripps Networks Interactive, making it the largest U.S. investment ever in Poland.

Detained by US, Mexican journalist fears death if deported 

Advocates for a Mexican journalist detained in a remote West Texas facility asked the U.S. government to grant him asylum instead of deporting him to a country where he believes he'll be killed. Emilio Gutierrez Soto fled to the United States a decade ago after articles he wrote alleging corruption in the Mexican military caused his name to end up on a hit list. Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous places for journalism, likened to countries such as Syria and Iraq. At least 11 journalists have been killed in Mexico this year. After coming within hours of possible deportation, Gutierrez, 54, is now appealing that denial. The National Press Club and other press freedom advocates held an event Dec. 11highlighting Gutierrez's case and those of other reporters whose lives were in danger.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Dec. 14, 2017

'Alternative facts' remark tops 2017 list of notable quotes 

The use of the term "alternative facts" by Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2017.

The statement Conway made when asked why Trump's then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the size of inauguration crowds is one of many Trump-related quotations on the list, assembled by Fred Shapiro, an associate director at the library. "I actually had to limit the amount of Trump-related quotations on the list so as not to have the list overwhelmed by him," Shapiro said. The yearly list is an update to "The Yale Book of Quotations," which was first published in 2006. Shapiro chooses quotes that are famous or revealing of the spirit of the times, and not necessarily eloquent or admirable.

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New Yorker fires reporter Ryan Lizza for sexual misconduct 

The New Yorker magazine says it has cut ties with well-known political reporter Ryan Lizza for alleged sexual misconduct. The magazine recently learned Lizza had "engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct," a spokeswoman said on Dec. 11. After reviewing the matter, it cut ties with the reporter. Lizza is also a contributor on CNN. A spokeswoman for the cable news network said he will not appear on air while it looks into the matter. Lizza called that the New Yorker's decision a "terrible mistake" made without a full investigation. "I am dismayed that The New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I dated as somehow inappropriate," Lizza said in an emailed statement, adding that the magazine did not cite any company policy that was violated.

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Polish media regulator fines US-owned news channel $420,000 

Poland's media regulator fined a private news channel nearly 1.5 million zlotys ($420,000) Monday for what it alleged was unfair reporting during a political crisis last year, but some saw the penalty as an attack on press freedom. The National Broadcasting Council said in a statement that all-news station TVN24's coverage of street protests over three days last December violated Polish law by "propagating illegal activities and promoting behavior that threatens security." TVN SA, the owner of TVN24, said it would appeal what it called an "unfounded" penalty. It said the fine was based on an "extremely biased and careless report" by someone linked to a Catholic pro-government media organization.

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Journalists consider response to errors after Trump attacks 
Some stinging mistakes in stories involving President Donald Trump have given him fresh ammunition in his battle against the media while raising questions about whether news organizations need to peel back the curtain on how they operate. The president tweeted six attacks on what he calls "fake news" over the weekend, saying the "out of control” media puts out purposely false and defamatory stories. That led to a contentious exchange at the White House press briefing on Dec. 12 between press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and CNN's Jim Acosta. "Journalists make honest mistakes," Acosta said. "That doesn't make them fake news." When Sanders responded that reporters should own up to their mistakes, one said, "we do." "Sometimes, but a lot of times you don't," she said. "There's a very big difference between honest mistakes and purposely misleading the American people."

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Detained by US, Mexican journalist fears death if deported 

Advocates for a Mexican journalist detained in a remote West Texas facility asked the U.S. government to grant him asylum instead of deporting him to a country where he believes he'll be killed. Emilio Gutierrez Soto fled to the United States a decade ago after articles he wrote alleging corruption in the Mexican military caused his name to end up on a hit list. Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous places for journalism, likened to countries such as Syria and Iraq. At least 11 journalists have been killed in Mexico this year. After coming within hours of possible deportation, Gutierrez, 54, is now appealing that denial. The National Press Club and other press freedom advocates held an event Monday highlighting Gutierrez's case and those of other reporters whose lives were in danger.

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Push gains ground to honor Ernie Pyle with national day 

A push to honor acclaimed World War II war correspondent Ernie Pyle with a national day of recognition is gaining steam in Congress. U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, who represents northeastern Indiana's 3rd District, is preparing a resolution similar to one Indiana's two senators recently introduced. The resolution penned by Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young seeks to make Aug. 3, 2018, National Ernie Pyle Day. Owen Johnson is the author of "At Home With Ernie Pyle." He tells The Herald-Times Pyle became a wartime household name by reporting on infantry soldiers' experiences, rather than battles. Johnson says Pyle's reporting gave readers a much better sense of what it was like to be in the war. The Indiana-born journalist was slain by a Japanese sniper in 1945 on a Pacific island.

Media fight Kushners for names of partners in Md. buildings 

News outlets including The Associated Press are filing a motion in federal court arguing that a document that reveals the names of investors in some Kushner Cos. apartment buildings in Maryland should be unsealed and available to the media. In a case before U.S. district court in Maryland, tenants allege Kushner Cos. charges excessive and illegal rent. The company denies the allegations. The Kushner Cos. has argued that the privacy rights of its partners in the Maryland properties outweigh the public interest in the disclosure, saying the media's "politically-motivated" coverage of the case puts those rights at risk. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was CEO of the company before joining the White House. The news outlets behind the motion include ProPublica, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun.

Accusations of misconduct followed top gossip editor 

Dylan Howard, the top editor at National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., who previously faced allegations of sexual misconduct at the gossip news giant, was also accused of harassing behavior at another employer, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press. Howard took over as the chief editor of the startup celebrity news site Celebuzz in early 2012, after a stint running American Media's Los Angeles office that was punctuated by allegations of sexual harassment. Questions about Howard's behavior didn't stop at the new job. At Celebuzz, Howard asked female employees about their sex lives, talked in the office about which of his subordinates he wanted to have sex with and once threw what was described as a "c--- ring" sexual aid at an employee, according to confidential documents obtained by AP and interviews with former employees. In a letter obtained by the AP, a human resources specialist said an investigation concluded that Howard had violated the company's sexual harassment policy.

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CNN corrects report about Trump campaign and Wikileaks tip 

CNN has corrected a story that suggested the Trump campaign had been tipped off early about Wikileaks documents damaging to Hillary Clinton when it later learned the alert was about documents already publicly available. The story Dec. 8 had initially said that the email was sent to Trump and campaign officials on Sept. 4, 2016. But the Washington Post revealed that the message was actually sent on Sept. 14, pointing out Wikileaks material that had been released a day earlier. The new information, CNN noted, "indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported." It's the second mistake by a large news organization in a week on a Trump story, after ABC mistakenly reported about a communication between Trump and Michael Flynn.

Boston Herald declares bankruptcy, agrees to be sold 

The Boston Herald is declaring bankruptcy and has agreed to be sold to GateHouse Media. The daily newspaper founded in 1846 announced DFec. 8 it filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in Delaware. Publisher Patrick Purcell didn't disclose the sale price but said the purchase is subject to court approval. Purcell cited pension liabilities, declining revenue, digital media and growing competition for the decision. He said the company would continue its day-to-day operations. The 64,500-circulation tabloid had some 900 employees at its peak in 2000. Today it has 240; more than half working in the newsroom. It has won eight Pulitzer Prizes in its history. New York-based GateHouse Media publishes more than 600 newspapers in 38 states, including daily newspapers serving Cape Cod, Worcester and Fall River and Rhode Island.

Lawyer says CNN producer who lost job did not harass 

The lawyer for a CNN producer who was fired last month following complaints about his behavior says the man was not accused of sexual harassment. The network said Teddy Davis, a senior producer on Jake Tapper's program, was let go following an investigation that found his conduct "does not align with the standards and values of the network." A network representative later confirmed the circumstances were related to sexual misconduct. Michael Weinsten, Davis' lawyer, says his client "was not accused of sexual harassment. Nor was he ever accused of any physical contact, language of a sexual nature or any sort of lewd conduct." What Davis did that actually led to the action remains a mystery, however. Neither Weinsten nor CNN would provide any details about the behavior.

CBS, HBO, Netflix among 2018 duPont-Columbia award winners 

A mixture of legacy journalism and new media with emerging platforms were among the 16 winners of the 2018 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards honored for their work in broadcast, digital and documentary journalism. The awards were announced by Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism on Dec. 7. "At a challenging time for the news media," said Jury Chair Cheryl Gould. "We were gratified to see both new platforms strengthen their journalism muscles and traditional outlets maintain their vigorous reporting standards." Audio and video journalists were recognized with offerings as broadcasts and podcasts. "This American Life" won for its coverage of the split within the Republican Party and Reveal for its human rights reporting in Russia. The New York Times podcast "The Daily" also was honored. Awards went to media newcomer Netflix and filmmaker Ava Du Vernay for the feature-length documentary "13" and to Hollywood filmmaker John Ridley's partnership with ABC News on the documentary "Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992."

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Schimel defends not asking journalist for source of leak 

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel didn't ask a journalist to reveal who leaked documents to him that were collected during the investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's campaign out of respect for the reporter's free speech rights, Schimel's spokesman said Dec 7. The Republican Schimel was unable to conclude who leaked 1,300 pages of material to the Guardian following his yearlong investigation. In a report released Dec. 6, Schimel recommended that disciplinary action, but no criminal charges, be taken against nine people involved in the John Doe probe into Walker's campaign. A John Doe investigation is similar to a grand jury in that proceedings and evidence collected are expected to remain secret.

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Project Veritas founder given award by Clarence Thomas' wife 

The right-wing activist whose Project Veritas organization recently attempted to plant a false story in the Washington Post has been honored by a conservative religious organization with an award presented to him by the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. James O'Keefe received the Impact Award Dec. 6 from the United in Purpose organization in a ceremony at Washington's Trump International Hotel. He was presented the award by Virginia Thomas, a tea party-affiliated activist and consultant. O’Keefe tweeted a photo of  Thomas handing him the award. Project Veritas made headlines recently for its guerrilla tactics in defense of conservative causes. The Washington Post recently revealed an apparent sting operation designed to discredit the newspaper by planting a false story about Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Lightning strike stops Michigan newspaper for a day 

A storm that turned from rain to snow stopped the printing press at an Upper Peninsula newspaper. Lightning struck the Daily Globe in Ironwood on Dec. 2, damaging the press and halting publication of the Tuesday edition. Subscribers instead were getting it on Wednesday, along with that day's paper. The Daily Globe's website wasn't affected.

Ironwood had rain and temperatures in the 50s Monday before being slammed by falling temperatures and 6 inches of snow. Ironwood is in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula, 200 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

Women accusers take on toxic culture in TV newsrooms 

Women who say they were sexually harassed or mistreated by powerful men in television news have banded together to form a support network aimed at changing a newsroom culture they say has given men a free pass to misbehave for decades. The women behind the Press Forward initiative tell The Associated Press they want a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct at networks, better awareness of legal rights for women coming into the industry and better accountability for executives to ensure safety and improvements.

"Women should not have to go to work and worry that something like this is going to happen to them," said Eleanor McManus, who said she was a 21-year-old job seeker when then-ABC News political reporter Mark Halperin tried to kiss her during a meeting in his office. Press Forward evolved over the last two months after McManus and other women went public with allegations against Halperin, CBS and PBS host Charlie Rose and NBC's "Today" show host Matt Lauer, and others.

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National Enquirer editor accused of sexual misconduct 

The top editor for the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other major gossip publications openly described his sexual partners in the newsroom, discussed female employees' sex lives and forced women to watch or listen to pornographic material, former employees told The Associated Press. The behavior by Dylan Howard, currently the chief content officer of American Media Inc., occurred while he was running the company's Los Angeles office, according to men and women who worked there. Howard's self-proclaimed nickname was "Dildo," a phallus-shaped sex toy, the former employees said. His conduct led to an internal inquiry in 2012 by an outside consultant, and former employees said he stopped working out of the L.A. office after the inquiry. Howard quit soon after the report was completed, but the company rehired him one year later with a promotion that landed him in the company's main office in New York. It was not clear whether Howard faced any discipline over the accusations.

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Univ. of Wyoming revising mandatory reporting by journalists 

The University of Wyoming says it will revise a policy that currently includes student journalists among school employees required to report sexual misconduct to campus officials. The Laramie Boomerang reported Dec. 5 that the move came after the university police chief questioned a reporter at the student newspaper, the Branding Iron, about a story that included an unsourced allegation of sexual assaults by a dormitory resident assistant. Chief Mike Samp said he wanted to find out the source of the allegation to determine if a crime had occurred. Newspaper editor Taylor Hannon said the request has had a chilling effect on her staff. The vice president of student affairs, Sean Blackburn, says his office will work with the board that oversees the newspaper to change the policy.

ABC says Ross will no longer cover stories involving Trump 

Suspended ABC News reporter Brian Ross will no longer cover stories involving President Donald Trump following his erroneous report Dec. 1 on former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The network on Dec. 5 confirmed the order by ABC News President James Goldston, who expressed his anger over the error on an internal phone call that was leaked to CNN. ABC declined to make Goldston available for an interview Dec. 5. Ross was suspended for four weeks without pay over the weekend. He had reported incorrectly that Trump, when he was still a candidate for president, had told Flynn to make contact with the Russians. That would have been a big development in the ongoing investigation over whether the Trump campaign worked with the Russians to influence the election. Instead, Ross later corrected his story, based on an unnamed source, to say that Trump's instructions came when he was president-elect, not a candidate.

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INDUSTRY NEWS  • Dec. 7, 2017

Russia lists US media organizations as foreign agents 

Russia's Justice Ministry has listed Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as foreign agents, a move that could see them lose their reporting credentials in the Russian parliament. The announcement on Dec. 5 comes amid an escalating tit-for-tat between Russia and the U.S. over government-funded media outlets. Kremlin-funded RT television was registered with the U.S. Justice Department last month as a foreign agent following a demand from Washington. In retaliation, Russia adopted a bill that allows the government to designate international media outlets as foreign agents.

After the committee that governs Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists withdrew credentials for RT last week, the Russian parliament vowed also to ban access for media organizations listed as foreign agents. A committee at the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, on Dec. 4 recommended a ban. The vote is expected later in the week.

Georgia jury acquits 'citizen journalist' of felony charges 

A Georgia jury has acquitted a self-proclaimed citizen journalist of the most serious charges she faced after she was arrested while filming a Republican rally in 2014. The Times of Gainesville reports that Nydia Tisdale was found not guilty on Dec. 4 of felony obstruction of an officer and criminal trespass. The newspaper reports that jurors did convict her of misdemeanor obstruction. Tisdale was arrested Aug. 23, 2014, during the rally at a pumpkin farm in Dawson County, north of Atlanta. The charges stemmed from an altercation with a sheriff's captain. Several local residents who witnessed parts of the encounter testified in her trial. Tisdale had faced up to five years in prison had she been convicted of the most serious charges. She is to be sentenced Dec. 18.

Mexican media outlets team up to combat journalist murders 

More than three dozen Mexican media organizations announced Dec. 4 that they are joining forces to try to combat a wave of journalist killings in the country, including at least nine this year. Signed by 39 print, radio and television outlets, the initiative calls for a working group to outline objectives and establish channels of communication with national and international human rights groups. The organizations also agreed to launch an awareness campaign aimed at Mexican society. "The battle against impunity will only be effective if we have on our side a society that understands that with each killing of a journalist, they lose hold of their right to know, to participate, their very essence as citizens," the agreement's text said.

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Malta announces 10 arrests in journalist's car bomb killing 

Ten suspects were arrested Dec. 4 for the car bomb slaying of a prominent Maltese journalist who covered corruption, the prime minister and other authorities said.

The arrests came seven weeks to the day after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. They were the first known break in a crime that shocked Malta and motivated European Union officials to look into the EU island nation's laws and government.

Caruana Galizia, 53, was killed Oct. 16 when a bomb destroyed her car as she was driving near her home. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who was among the subjects of the late reporter's investigations, declined to say who the suspects were or why they were arrested.

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Duke University rescinds journalism award for Charlie Rose 

A Duke University journalism program has rescinded an award given to television host Charlie Rose in response to sexual harassment allegations. The DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy announced Dec. 4 that it was taking back the award given annually to outstanding journalists who graduated from Duke. Rose received the Futrell Award in September 2000. The center's director, Bill Adair, said the action was unprecedented in the history of the award established in 1999. A lawyer for Rose didn't immediately return an email seeking comment. Rose was fired by CBS, and PBS cut ties with him after several women accused him of unwanted sexual advances. Duke issued a statement saying it has no plans to rescind a separate honorary degree given to Rose in 2016.

Russian parliament to bar US media named foreign agents 

Russian lawmakers on Dec. 4 drafted new regulations that would bar U.S. media designated as foreign agents from accessing parliament's lower house. The move is retaliation for the withdrawal of a Russian state-funded television station's credentials in the U.S. The State Duma's procedural committee proposed that the house vote on the measure Dec. 6. The upper house, the Federation Council, plans to take similar action later this month. In the U.S., a committee governing Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists withdrew credentials for Russia's state-funded RT television after it complied with a U.S. demand that it register as a foreign agent.

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Pulitzer Prize board expands breaking news eligibility 

The Pulitzer Prize board has expanded eligibility in its breaking news reporting category. The board announced Dec. 4 that distinguished examples of local, state or national breaking news produced by any eligible newspaper, magazine or online news organization will be considered for the 2018 prizes. Previously, the breaking news category was confined to local reporting by news outlets geographically near the story. Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy says in a statement that the board "welcomes breaking news entries in the broadest sense."

Woman spots missing puppy in newscast of high-speed chase 

A California woman had given up hope she would find her 9-month-old puppy until she spotted the animal in a newscast of a high-speed chase. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Salina Hurtado of Oceanside says her puppy, Catalina, went missing soon after Thanksgiving. Hurtado says she then watched a local television news anchor detail a pursuit in Valley Center, where a dog was shot when deputies fired at a man accused of trying to run them over in a stolen van. The dog was a white pit bull with a distinctive brown spot similar to Catalina. Hurtado called the TV station and found out the puppy had been taken to the County of San Diego Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad. The dog is being treated for a gunshot wound.

Apple, Google at Chinese internet fest shows lure of market 

The high-profile attendance of the leaders of Apple and Google at a Chinese conference promoting Beijing's vision of a censored internet highlights the dilemma for Western tech companies trying to expand in an increasingly lucrative but restricted market. The event in Wuzhen, a historic canal town outside Shanghai, marked the first time chiefs of two of the world's biggest tech companies have attended the annual state-run World Internet Conference. Apple CEO Tim Cook told the gathering as the conference opened Sunday that his company was proud to work with Chinese partners to build a "common future in cyberspace." His and Google CEO Sundar Pichai's presence along with other business leaders, diplomats and other experts, some analysts say, helped bestow credibility on Beijing's preferred version of an internet sharply at odds with Silicon Valley's dedication to unfettered access.

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US anchor leaves long Univision post, seeks new audience 

Spanish-language broadcasting in the U.S. is losing one of its most prominent figures as Maria Elena Salinas retires from Univision News after more than three decades of blending the role of anchor and advocate. Salinas, who hosts the main news broadcasts on Univision with co-anchor Jorge Ramos, has been weighing her departure for several years and says the time is right to pursue independent projects, including some in English. "It's time to go find other audiences," the 62-year-old anchor said in an interview last week at the Univision studios outside Miami. From the anchor desk at Univision, Salinas and Ramos have a big audience that makes them among the most-watched television journalists in the U.S. in any language, with their reach expanding dramatically in recent years as the Hispanic population has grown across the country. But their core viewership is still made up of immigrants and first-generation Americans who primarily speak Spanish and have remained loyal to the network for years.

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Man detained by ICE after speaking with news reporters 

A Mexican man who spoke with reporters about his longtime girlfriend's immigration arrest has now been detained himself, and he says agents told him it's because he was in the newspaper. Baltazar "Rosas" Aburto Gutierrez spoke with the local Chinook Observer as well as The Seattle Times after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained his girlfriend in June. He was identified by only his nickname in the Observer, and not by name in the Times. Aburto Gutierrez, 35, told the Times in a phone interview from the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma that he was arrested Nov. 27 in Ocean Shores, where he lives and works as a clamdigger. He said an agent told him: "My supervisor asked me to come find you because of what appeared in the newspaper." ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley told the Times that the agency doesn't retaliate as a rule. But when pressed about Aburto Gutierrez's case, she declined to comment, the Times reported.

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After erroneous Flynn report, ABC News suspends Brian Ross 

ABC News suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross on Dec. 2 for four weeks without pay for his erroneous report on Michael Flynn, which it called a "serious error." Ross, citing an unnamed confidant of Flynn, the former national security adviser, had reported on Dec. 1 that then-candidate Donald Trump had directed Flynn to make contact with the Russians. That would have been an explosive development in the ongoing investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the election. But hours later, Ross clarified his report on the evening news, saying that his source now said Trump had done so not as a candidate, but as president-elect. At that point, he said, Trump had asked Flynn to contact the Russians about issues including working together to fight ISIS. ABC was widely criticized for merely clarifying and not correcting the report. It issued a correction later in the evening.

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HBO film looks at legendary Washington Post editor Bradlee 

The White House is hostile to the press, public figures misbehave and a vital Washington Post is at the center of the national conversation. Think any of those things are new? HBO's film on the legendary Post editor Ben Bradlee proves otherwise. "The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee," which debuts Monday at 8 p.m. ET on the cable network, feels strikingly contemporary as it follows the editor through his Boston upbringing, friendship with President John F. Kennedy and leadership through release of the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate scandal that took down former President Richard Nixon. It's part of a resurgence of attention for Bradlee, who is portrayed by Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie "The Post." The HBO project was instigated by Bradlee's son Quinn, who suggested it to HBO.

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Gov. Deal won't be testifying in trial of citizen journalist 

 A judge has ruled that a subpoena served to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal should be dismissed in the trial of a woman who calls herself a citizen journalist. The ruling Dec. 1 by Senior Superior Court Judge Martha Christian means the governor will not be testifying in the trial of Nydia Tisdale, The Times of Gainesville, Georgia, reported . Tisdale was arrested Aug. 23, 2014, during a Republican Party rally at a Dawsonville pumpkin farm. She was led away shouting, her arm pinned behind her back, as candidates and spectators looked on. She was then charged with obstruction of an officer and trespassing after an altercation with a Dawson County sheriff's captain. Tisdale took the stand Friday, testifying that she felt "pain and terror" as the sheriff's captain hauled her from the rally and pinned her against a nearby counter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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Neo-Nazi site founder asks court to toss 'troll storm' suit 

A neo-Nazi website publisher has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that accuses him of orchestrating an anti-Semitic internet trolling campaign against a Montana real estate agent and her family. Lawyers for The Daily Stormer's founder, Andrew Anglin, argued in a court filing Dec. 1 that the First Amendment protects his posts calling for a "troll storm" against Tanya Gersh. Everything Anglin wrote about Gersh was "political speech," his lawyers said. "That the speech is particularly emotionally hurtful and causes anguish does not strip it of First Amendment protection," they wrote. Gersh sued Anglin in April, saying her family received a barrage of threatening and harassing emails, phone calls and other messages after he published their personal information, including her 12-year-old son's Twitter handle and photo. In a string of posts that started last December, Anglin accused Gersh and other Jewish residents of Whitefish, Montana, of engaging in an "extortion racket" against the mother of white nationalist Richard Spencer.

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CBS evening news getting a new anchor and extra airtime 

The "CBS Evening News" gets a new face and an additional run time starting Monday.

Jeff Glor takes over as the broadcast's anchor replacing Scott Pelley, who was shown the door — or, rather, sent back across the street to "60 Minutes" — after six years this past spring. The network also announced Dec. 1 that the evening news will be replayed each night at 10 on the CBSN streaming service, an additional viewing opportunity for people who aren't around a television set at dinnertime. The shift to a 42-year-old anchor and effort to make the evening news more accessible to more screens represents a generational change. Glor's ascendance is evidence of another shift in perception in television news. The evening newscasts had long been the flagships for news divisions, home to leaders like Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather. Morning shows are where the money is for broadcasters.

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'Embarrassed' Geraldo Rivera apologizes for 'tawdry' memoir 

Geraldo Rivera is apologizing for a memoir published a quarter-century ago that recounts sexual experiences he says he's now "embarrassed" about. In a tweet on Dec. 1, Rivera, now a Fox News Channel reporter, cites his "tawdry" book and what he calls "consensual events" it recounts. He describes its tone as "distasteful" and "disrespectful." He says he's "profoundly sorry" to the women involved and to anyone offended by it. The book, titled "Exposing Myself," was published in 1991. Rivera's post follows a tweet on Nov. 30 by Bette Midler renewing an allegation of being drugged and groped by Rivera and his producer colleague in the 1970s. In the tweet posted by the actress-singer, she included a video from a 1991 interview with Barbara Walters in which she first made her allegation against Rivera

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Russian parliament to bar all US media from accessing it 

A senior Russian lawmaker says the State Duma could bar U.S. media from accessing the lower chamber of Russian parliament in retaliation for the withdrawal of a Kremlin-funded television station's credentials in the United States. Olga Savastyanova told Russian news agencies on Dec. 1 that she expects the Duma to adopt the ban next week. Foreign correspondents in Russia can currently access the Russian parliament and some government agencies with their press credentials issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry. A committee that governs Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists on Nov. 29 withdrew credentials for Kremlin-funded RT after the company complied earlier this month with a U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Russia has denounced the move as a violation of media freedom.

Ohio Nazi sympathizer featured in New York Times loses job, home

A Nazi sympathizer who was profiled recently in The New York Times and his wife and brother-in-law have lost their jobs, after the article prompted an outpouring of hostility to the restaurant that employed them, both he and the restaurant said. The Times article depicted Tony Hovater, 29, as an otherwise unremarkable person who voices “casually approving remarks about Hitler, disdain for democracy and belief that the races are better off separate.” He is active in a group called the Traditionalist Workers Party; organizations that track extremist groups have called it a hate group, allied with neo-Nazis, and call its views white supremacist, a label it rejects. Hovater, his wife, Maria, and her brother had worked at 571 Grill and Draft House, near their home in New Carlisle, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. Mr. Hovater worked at the restaurant as a part-time cook for a little over a year, according to a manager there.

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Midler to Rivera: Apologize for alleged sexual assault 

Bette Midler renewed an allegation of 1970s sexual misconduct against Geraldo Rivera on Nov. 30, a day after Rivera called the news business "flirty" amid Matt Lauer's dismissal by NBC. In the tweet posted by the actress-singer and confirmed by her publicist, she included a video from the 1991 interview with Barbara Walters in which Midler made the allegation against Rivera. "Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me. Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this," Midler posted, adding the harassment-solidarity hashtag "#MeToo." A representative for Rivera didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Fox News Channel, which currently employs Rivera but didn't in the '70s, didn't immediately comment on Midler's post.

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Radio broadcaster Cumulus files for bankruptcy protection 

Radio broadcasting company Cumulus Media has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and entered into a restructuring agreement with some of its lenders to reduce its debt by $1 billion. Atlanta-based Cumulus says its programming, operations and sales will continue normally throughout the process. It says it has enough cash on hand and doesn't need to seek debtor-in-possession financing. Cumulus owns and operates 446 radio stations nationwide. Its radio network segment, Westwood One, provides syndicated content across 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and partners. It is also the lead provider of country music through its NASH brand. CEO Mary Berner says the company has reversed years of declining ratings and revenue, but is burdened by debt it accumulated in previous years.

Lauer apologizes, NBC looks to move on but questions linger 

Even as Matt Lauer apologized for sexual misconduct and NBC prepared for life without him at the "Today" show on Nov. 30, questions lingered about who knew about his behavior and whether women at the network could have been protected. Lauer was fired late Nov. 28 after an NBC employee detailed what NBC News chief Andrew Lack described as Lauer's "inappropriate sexual behavior" that began at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Two other women came forward Nov. 29 with complaints, with one telling The New York Times that Lauer had sexually assaulted her in his office in 2001. A Variety magazine investigation outlined a pattern of alleged salacious behavior, including three women who said Lauer harassed them. Lauer's first public response to his firing was read by his former co-host, Savannah Guthrie, on "Today" Nov. 30. "I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly," Lauer said in the statement. "Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job."

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Walmart pulls "Rope. Tree. Journalist." T-shirt from site 

Walmart has pulled a T-shirt offered by an outside seller from its online store after a journalist advocacy group told the retailer it found the shirt threatening. The shirt, listed on through third-party seller Teespring, said: "Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED." "This item was sold by a third-party seller on our marketplace and clearly violates our policy," Walmart said. "We removed it as soon as it was brought to our attention, and are conducting a thorough review of the seller's assortment." Teespring, which allows people to post shirt designs, confirmed that the shirt has been pulled and said it is working to prevent such content from slipping through its filters. "As soon as we were alerted to this content promoting violence against journalists we removed the content, added this content to our automated scanning systems, and kicked off a human sweep of the site to find and remove any similar content," the company said.

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Geraldo Rivera sorry for calling news business 'flirty' 

Geraldo Rivera has apologized for calling the news business "flirty" in the wake of "Today" show host Matt Lauer's firing by NBC over sexual misconduct allegations. The Fox News reporter tweeted Nov. 29 that the sexual harassment issue is "so red hot right now there is no room for any thought or opinion but hang em high." He added: "If News wasn't (formerly) a flirty biz then how do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?" Rivera also suggested there was a "slight chance" that those making allegations were motivated by big money settlements. Responding to his statements, Fox News Channel issued a statement saying, "Geraldo's tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him." Rivera apologized hours later, saying he "didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden" and "harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming to them."

Moscow mulls tit-for-tat in Russia-US media spat 

A senior Russian lawmaker says that U.S. media could lose access to government agencies in retaliation for the withdrawal of a Kremlin-funded television station's credentials in the United States. A committee that governs Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists on Nov. 1 withdrew credentials for Kremlin-funded RT after the company complied earlier this month with a U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the committee on information policy at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, told the RIA Novosti news agency on Thursday that "a mirror response should follow." Foreign correspondents in Russia can access govern agencies with their press credentials issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry. Pushkov said the lawmakers would work on the new restrictions together with the foreign ministry.

Project Veritas head mocks Washington Post handling of hoax 

The founder of a conservative nonprofit caught attempting to entice The Washington Post to report a false sex assault allegation against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore mocked the newspaper's handling of the hoax and said his group was aiming to expose media bias. Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe spoke Nov. 29 on the Southern Methodist University campus in University Park, Texas, sponsored by the conservative Young Students for Freedom, a national nonprofit co-founded in the 1960s by William F. Buckley. Answering audience questions after the speech, O'Keefe was dismissive of the significance of a Post story chronicling the attempted hoax. "I don't have an opinion on it honestly. I can't speak intelligently about it. The Washington Post seems to want a Nobel Prize for vetting a source correctly. Our work is sort of changing human nature and making people cautious," he said.

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Matt Lauer is fired at NBC, accused of crude misconduct 

"Today" show host Matt Lauer was fired for what NBC on Nov. 29 called "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a colleague and was promptly confronted with a published report accusing him of crude and habitual misconduct with other women around the office. With his easygoing charm, Lauer has long been a lucrative and highly visible part of NBC News and one of the highest-paid figures in the industry, and his downfall shook the network and stunned many of the roughly 4 million viewers who start their day with him. He is easily one of the biggest names brought down in recent weeks by the wave of sexual misconduct allegations that have swept through Hollywood, the media and politics. Network news chief Andrew Lack said in a memo to the staff that NBC received a complaint about Lauer's behavior on Nov. 27 and determined he violated company standards. NBC said the misconduct started when Lauer and a network employee were at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued beyond that assignment.

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Russian network RT loses Capitol Hill credentials 

Broadcast reporters for Russian state-funded TV channel RT will no longer be able to report daily from the U.S. Capitol. A committee that governs Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists has withdrawn credentials for RT after the company complied earlier this month with a U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The law applies to people or companies disseminating information in the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments, political parties and other "foreign principals." The action also comes just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation allowing Russia to register international media outlets as foreign agents, an act seen as the Kremlin's retaliation for the Trump administration decision on RT. The new rules require disclosures to the Russian government and are seen as stigmatizing the news outlets as promoters of American propaganda. In Washington, C-SPAN's Craig Caplan informed RT that its credentials were being withdrawn after a unanimous vote of the executive committee of the Congressional Radio and Television Correspondents' Galleries.

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Trump turns Lauer firing into occasion to blast 'Fake News' 

President Donald Trump turned the firing of NBC's Matt Lauer into a fresh opportunity to attack the press, unleashing a series of cryptic and personal tweets on Nov. 29 aimed at prominent media figures. As many Americans were eating breakfast, the president swiftly responded to the abrupt dismissal of the longtime "Today" show host by condemning NBC News and its Philadelphia-based parent company, Comcast Corp. Trump said on Twitter: "Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for 'inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.' But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News." Trump then referenced the NBC News chairman, adding: "Check out Andy Lack's past!" It was not immediately clear what that comment referred to. In another tweet, the president used Lauer's firing to lash out at "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough and MSNBC President Phil Griffin.

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Digital media company BuzzFeed cutting jobs in US, UK 

Digital media company BuzzFeed is cutting 8 percent of U.S. employees, or 100 jobs, as it changes its business model in a bid to boost revenue. It's also cutting an unspecified number of U.K. jobs. The company has 1,700 employees worldwide. A spokeswoman for New York-based BuzzFeed confirmed the layoffs Nov. 29. They were first reported by The Wall Street Journal. In a memo to employees, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti said the jobs being cut in the U.S. were only on the business side. He says BuzzFeed no longer relies on just "native" ads and needs a different kind of sales team. Native ads are content created for advertisers that looked similar to BuzzFeed's popular, snarky videos, lists and quizzes. BuzzFeed is shifting to selling traditional digital ads on its website and has other revenue strategies. The U.K. cuts included editorial jobs. The Journal said BuzzFeed missed its revenue target for this year.

ESPN eliminating 150 production, tech jobs in latest cuts

ESPN is eliminating 150 production and technical employees as the sports broadcasting giant continues to shift its focus to a more digital future. The company says the layoffs, which were announced Wednesday morning in a memo to employees, don't include on-air talent and will have a minimal impact on the network's signature Sports Center news program. "The majority of the jobs eliminated are in studio production, digital content, and technology and they generally reflect decisions to do less in certain instances and re-direct resources," ESPN president John Skipper wrote in memo. "We will continue to invest in ways which will best position us to serve the modern sports fan and support the success of our business." The 38-year-old network has been squeezed by rising fees to broadcast live events. ESPN also has lost about 10 million subscribers during the past six years, based on estimates by Nielsen Media Research.

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CNN to launch business channel in Switzerland during Davos 

CNN's business network is launching its first country-specific channel in Switzerland at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, hoping to leverage a strong advertising market and diverse, rich and modern economy. Executives behind CNN Money Switzerland say the venture aims to fill a void in English-language business and economy news programming in the small Alpine country of about 8.2 million, nearly half of whom are estimated to speak English. Initially the channel will offer 3 hours of live programming daily, plus themed programming. Greg Beitchman, vice president of content sales and partnerships at CNN, says Switzerland is a good market due to the number of large corporates based there. He said: "It sits very much at the heart of global business.

'Distorted news' deemed health issue in junta-run Thailand 

Thailand's military government says it is fighting a new threat to public health: distorted news reports. The country's health ministry announced Nov. 28 it is launching a new smartphone application that will allow users to flag media content they find "inappropriate" so it can be forwarded to government authorities. "I believe that we can all help guard, observe, investigate and support the process of having safe and positive  media to benefit our youth, families and society in general," Panpimol Wipulakorn, deputy director-general of the health ministry, said at a news conference. While the ministry says the "Media Watch" app is an important tool to protect society from "unsafe" media, it comes as Thailand is led by a military junta that maintains broad restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly and has sought to stifle all criticism under the guise of maintaining order and protecting national security.

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White House-CNN feud spills over into Christmas party 

CNN says it is boycotting this year's White House media Christmas party. The news network says in a statement that "In light of the President's continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests." The network adds that it will be sending a "reporting team" to the Dec.1 event to cover any news that develops from it. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is responding on Twitter, saying: "Christmas comes early! Finally good news from @CNN." President Donald Trump has repeatedly bashed CNN as "fake news" and tweeted over the weekend that CNN International represents the U.S. "to the WORLD very poorly." He said, "The outside world does not see the truth from them!"

Post story on failed sting is valuable journalism lesson 

With a thwarted sting and dueling videos, the clash between the Washington Post and conservative advocates Project Veritas led University of Minnesota professor Jane Kirtley to toss aside the intended topic for her media ethics class on Nov. 28. The news was irresistible. The Post's story Nov. 27 that exposed the group's attempt at deception, along with the newspaper's earlier work on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, is valuable beyond the classroom as an illustration of how journalism works at a time "fake news" has become part of the lexicon, she said. The Post described how a woman affiliated with Project Veritas, a group that has used disguises and hidden cameras to uncover supposed liberal bias among journalists, sought to convince Post reporters that she had been impregnated by Moore when she was 15 and had an abortion — all of which was false.

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Conservative group linked to woman who falsely accused Moore 

A conservative group known for undercover investigations has been linked to a woman who falsely told The Washington Post that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnated her as a teenager, the newspaper reported. Moore has been accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct. But the Post determined that one accuser who approached the newspaper earlier in the month, identified as Jaime Phillips, made up a fake story likely designed to embarrass the newspaper. The Post published a story Nov. 27 about its dealings with Phillips. Earlier in the day, reporters from the newspaper saw Phillips walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, a conservative group with a long track record of targeting Democratic groups and major media outlets, often by hiding their identities and using hidden cameras. "We don't comment on investigations real or imagined, or imagined stings," conservative activist and Project Veritas leader James O'Keefe told The Associated Press Monday evening.

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Meredith buying Time Inc. for about $1.8 billion 

Magazine and broadcasting company Meredith is buying magazine publisher Time for about $1.8 billion, with help from the billionaire Koch brothers, to bulk up on readers as the publishing industry navigates the difficult transition to digital from print. Iowa-based Meredith Corp. owns 17 TV stations that reach 12 million U.S. households. Its women- and lifestyle-focused magazines and websites include Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle and Allrecipes. Time Inc., based in New York, has publications including Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune and Entertainment Weekly. Including Time's debt, Meredith values the deal at $2.8 billion.

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School cancels Anthony Scaramucci event over lawsuit threats 

Tufts University postponed an event with Anthony Scaramucci after the former White House communications director threatened a lawsuit over an opinion piece published in the student newspaper. Scaramucci was scheduled to speak at the university's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Nov. 27, but a university spokesman told The Boston Globe the event would be delayed until "legal matters" are resolved. In a letter dated Nov. 21, Scaramucci's lawyer said he would take legal action unless the newspaper retracted "false and defamatory allegations of fact" in an op-ed piece calling for Scaramucci's removal from an advisory board at the school. Scaramucci is a 1986 graduate of the school. Graduate student Camilo Caballero wrote in a Nov. 6 piece that a man "who is irresponsible, inconsistent, an unethical opportunist and who exuded the highest degree of disreputability should not be on the Fletcher Board."

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Universities revoke journalism awards given to Charlie Rose 

Charlie Rose, who was fired this week by CBS News and whose program was canceled by PBS in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women, had accolades from two universities rescinded Nov. 24. Panels at both Arizona State University and the University of Kansas met this week and coincidentally came to the same decision on the same day. Arizona's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication gave Rose an award for journalism excellence in 2015. But the actions reported about Rose were too "egregious" to ignore, according to Dean Christopher Callahan.

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Newspaper apologizes after reporter's sexual assault case 

A Wyoming newspaper has apologized for not taking action sooner against a reporter who pleaded guilty to sexual assault. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne said Nov. 23 that Sisco Molina no longer works for the newspaper but didn't say when he left or whether he resigned or was fired. Molina covered high school sports. He was charged with third-degree sexual assault in Laramie in May. He pleaded guilty in July and was sentenced to probation this month. The newspaper said it should have removed Molina from his beat after he was charged and should have fired him immediately after sentencing. The newspaper said managers delayed because they wanted to support a good employee and to consider all their options. No phone listing could be found for Molina. He told the Casper Star-Tribune he was sorry for what he had done.

Facebook opens 2nd office combating hate speech in Germany 

Facebook is adding 500 more contractors in Germany to review content posted to the social media site, after a new law came into force targeting online hate speech. The company says the staff will work for a service provider called CCC at a new office in the western city of Essen that was formally opened Nov. 23. German lawmakers approved a bill in June that could see social networking sites fined up to 50 million euros ($59 million) if they persistently fail to remove illegal content within a week. Critics say the law could force Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to decide what is legal or not. Together with an existing office in Berlin, Facebook will have more than 1,200 people reviewing posts in Germany by the end of the year.

Court: Gannett not liable for newspaper carrier's driving 

A state appeals court says media giant Gannett isn't responsible for injuries one of its carriers allegedly caused in a traffic accident. According to court documents, Gannett carrier Mark Reisen was delivering papers in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, on Thanksgiving Day in 2014 when his truck crashed into a vehicle, injuring Maranda Lafrombois. Lafrombois sued Gannett, arguing the company was liable for Reisen's driving. A circuit judge sided with Gannett, finding that the company wasn't liable because Reisen was an independent contractor. The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Gannett had limited control over parts of Reisen's job but he was still an independent contractor at the time of the crash and employers generally aren't liable for independent contractors' actions. Lafrombois' attorney didn't immediately reply to an email.

Police: arm found at sea carries hallmark of submarine case 

Copenhagen police say an arm found in the sea south of the Danish capital was held down "with plastic strips and pieces of pipes" like those found on the legs of a Swedish journalist who disappeared after a trip on a private submarine in August. Police gave the new detail Nov. 22, a day after finding the left arm about 1 kilometer (over half a mile) from where Kim Wall's decapitated head and legs were discovered in plastic bags in October. Danish inventor Peter Madsen faces preliminary charges of manslaughter and indecent handling of a corpse for disposing Wall's body at sea. He claims he didn't kill her and says she died accidentally. However, he has admitted dismembering her. Madsen has voluntarily accepted extending his pre-trial detention until Dec. 12.

Credibility at risk, media cuts stars loose over sex claims 

The consequences came swiftly after the allegations emerged against Charlie Rose. Within hours, the veteran news host was suspended by CBS and his PBS interview show was pulled off the air. The next day, he was fired. Rose became the latest in a string of prominent journalists felled abruptly by accusations of sexual misconduct. While news organizations aren't the only companies taking prompt measures against the accused, they face particular pressure to act because of the risk of losing the audience's trust as they cover the sex scandals coursing through politics, Hollywood and the media itself. "Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior" inside the network, CBS News president David Rhodes told staffers Nov. 21in a memo announcing the firing of Rose, the "CBS This Morning" co-host and "60 Minutes" contributor. PBS also cut ties to Rose.

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FCC chairman sets out to scrap open internet access rules 

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission set out Nov. 21 to scrap rules around open internet access, a move that would allow giant cable and telecom companies to throttle broadband speeds and favor their own services if they wish. Ajit Pai followed through on a pledge to try to repeal "net neutrality" regulations enacted under the Obama administration. The current rules treat internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon as if they were utility companies that provide essential services, like electricity. The rules mandate that they give equal access to all online content and apps. Pai said those rules discourage investments that could provide even better and faster online access. Instead, he said new rules would force ISPs to be transparent about their services and management policies, and then would let the market decide. "Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet," Pai said in a statement.

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AT&T suit may herald a new antitrust era - or Trumpian pique 

The Trump administration's decision to oppose the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger may be clouded by suspicions of political influence. But considered on its merits, it could mark a significant departure in antitrust policy, one that might block or modify a broader set of mergers found to harm consumers. The move disconcerted both Wall Street and the telecom and media industries, none of which expected it. Consumer groups are applauding, saying it's a good step by the Justice Department to protect people from higher cable bills and ensure that web-based alternatives to TV aren't stifled. Many of the same groups, however, are also protesting the government's plan, announced Nov. 21, to roll back "net neutrality" rules intended to equalize access to the internet. Matters, of course, are complicated by President Donald Trump's long-running feud with CNN, a Time Warner company, which Trump regularly denigrates as "fake news" and "failing." On Nov. 21, Trump called the deal "not good for the country" and said he thought it would cause prices to go up.

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Politics or policy? Behind the dispute over AT&T-Time Warner 

AT&T is vowing to fight the U.S. government to save its $85 billion bid for Time Warner, after the Justice Department sued to block the deal on grounds it could hike television bills and hamper innovation. The government's objections have raised red flags for those who worry that the White House is using the merger-review process to try to hurt Time Warner-owned CNN, with which President Donald Trump has tangled frequently. Here's a look at what's behind the deal:

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Nov. 23, 2017

Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay 

Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes. But years of legal pushback by the industry over every detail means the ads will be less hard-hitting than what was proposed. Tobacco control experts say the campaign — built around network TV and newspapers — will not reach people when they are young and most likely to start smoking. "Their legal strategy is always obstruct, delay, create confusion and buy more time," said Ruth Malone, of the University of California, San Francisco, who has studied the industry for 20 years. "So by the time this was finally settled, newspapers have a much smaller readership, and nowadays, who watches network TV?"

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CBS suspends Rose, PBS halts his show following allegations 

Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, with PBS halting distribution of his nightly interview show and CBS News suspending him Monday, Nov. 20, following a Washington Post report with the accusations of eight women. The women, who all worked for Rose or tried to work for him, accused the veteran newsman of groping them, walking naked in front of them and telling one that he dreamed about her swimming nude. Rose, 75, told the Post that he was "deeply embarrassed" and apologized for his behavior. "PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations," the public broadcasting service said in a statement. "We are immediately suspending distribution of 'Charlie Rose.'"

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Justice Dept. sues to stop AT&T's $85B Time Warner deal 

The Justice Department is suing AT&T to stop its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, setting the stage for an epic legal battle with the telecom giant. It could also create a new headache for President Donald Trump, whose public statements have raised suspicions that he might have interfered with the department's decision, potentially undermining its legal case. The White House and DOJ's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, have both said that the president did not tell Delrahim what to do. In a press release, Delrahim said that a combined AT&T-Time Warner would "greatly harm American consumers" by hiking television bills and hampering innovation, particularly in online television service. The DOJ said AT&T would be able to charge rival distributors such as cable companies "hundreds of millions of dollars more per year" for Time Warner's programming — payments that would ultimately get passed down to consumers through their cable bills.

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Fox News 'Justice' host Jeanine Pirro clocked going 119 mph 

Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro has been issued a speeding ticket for driving 119 mph (192 kph) in a 65 mph (105 kph) zone in upstate New York. The Daily News reports the former Westchester County district attorney was stopped by a trooper on Sunday, Nov. 19, in Tioga County. A state police spokesman says he doesn't know what type of car Pirro was driving or whether she had any passengers. Pirro says in a statement through Fox News Channel she had been driving for hours to visit her ailing mother and didn't realize how fast she was going. She says she will "pay the consequences." The ticket is returnable Jan. 8. Pirro is host of the Fox News Channel show "Justice with Judge Jeanine."

New York Times reporter suspended in harassment probe 

The New York Times says it has suspended White House reporter Glenn Thrush while it investigates charges that he made unwanted advances on young women while he worked as a reporter at Politico and the Times. Laura McGann, a Politico colleague of Thrush's, wrote on Vox on Monday, Nov. 19, that Thrush kissed her and placed his hand on her thigh one night in a bar, after urging another person who had been sitting with them to leave. The Times, in a statement, said "the alleged behavior is very concerning" and not in keeping with the Times' standards. The newspaper said it supports Thrush's decision to enter a substance abuse program. Thrush didn't immediately return a message seeking comment, but told Vox that he apologized to any woman who felt uncomfortable in his presence.

Thrush worked at Politico from 2009 to 2016, when he joined the Times. His visibility is such that he was portrayed on "Saturday Night Live" during its skits earlier this year about White House news conferences.

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Suspect in Forbes' editor murder detained on Russian request 

Russia's Interior Ministry says Ukrainian authorities acting on its request have detained a man accused of involvement in the high-profile murder of an American journalist in Russia 13 years ago. Paul Klebnikov, the U.S.-born editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, was gunned down outside his Moscow office in July 2004. Ukraine's security agency said Saturday, Nov. 18, it has detained a Russian man wanted for Klebnikov's slaying. It did not name him, but the Russian Interior Ministry identified the suspect Monday, Nov. 19, as Magomed Dukuzov, according to the Interfax news agency. Russian prosecutors alleged that several Chechens killed Klebnikov on behalf of Khozh-Akhmed Nukhayev, a Chechen warlord who was the subject of Klebnikov's book "Conversations With a Barbarian." There were two Dukuzov brothers among the suspects.

St. Louis police issue special order reiterating rights of journalists 

St. Louis police officers will be required each month to read and acknowledge a special order reiterating the rights of journalists, according to Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole. It states that members of media must be provided, at a minimum, the same access that others are given, but that scene commanders can use their discretion to grant journalists select privileges, so long as the officers’ duties and the safety of other members of the public won’t be compromised. Officers are expected to read such orders and acknowledge they’ve read and understand them on a monthly basis, O’Toole said. Also, the department will send all officers an advisory asking them to allow journalists to do their jobs and increase officer training in dealing with journalists.

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Clinton jokes she's resigning from the 'Fox News presidency' 

Hillary Clinton is mocking Fox News for "always talking" about her as if she'd won the presidency. The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate is joking in an interview with the online news outlet NowThis that she is officially resigning as the conservative news channel’s president of the United States. She says the outlet is "always talking about the Clinton administration," despite the fact that she lost the election to Donald Trump.

Clinton says: "I want to take this opportunity, sitting here with you, to announce that I am resigning from the Fox News presidency." She adds: "I think that we should just leave that behind us and whoever they want to blame for anything, they're going to have to find somebody else."

NPR changes leadership as harassment issues linger 

National Public Radio elected new leadership on its board of directors on Thursday, Nov. 16, as the organizations deals with sex harassment issues that led to its top news executive recently being ousted. NPR said Paul Haaga, retired chairman of the Capital Research and Management Co., will be its new board chairman. He's a former acting CEO of NPR and has been active in the organization's management since 2011. Haaga replaces Roger LaMay, general manager of a public radio station in Philadelphia, who chose not to run for another term. Jo Anne Wallace, an executive at KQED in San Francisco, will be vice chairman. The changes to the oversight board come two weeks after Michael Oreskes, leader of NPR's newsroom, lost his job following complaints by women of uncomfortable conversations, and reports of unwanted advances toward women when he worked at The New York Times nearly two decades ago.

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FCC relaxes limits on owning newspapers, TV stations 

Federal regulators have weakened rules meant to support independent local media. Now, one company can own newspapers and broadcast stations in one market, undoing a ban in place since 1975. The decision Thursday, Nov. 16, by the Federal Communications Commission also makes it easier for one company to own two broadcast TV stations in one market and coordinate operations with stations owned by others. Although the changes won't affect AT&T's pending bid for Time Warner and its cable channels, they come as cable and phone companies have grown into industry giants through acquisitions. The newspaper and broadcasting industries say they need the changes to deal with growing competition from the web and cable companies. The Republican-dominated FCC approved the changes in a 3-2 vote along party lines. The two Democratic commissioners and other critics say that dumping these rules, by encouraging consolidation, hurts media diversity.

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Comcast talking to Fox about a deal, source says 

Comcast is in discussions with 21st Century Fox about buying its movie studio, some cable channels and its international arms, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. This person can't discuss the matter publicly. The conversations are at a very early stage, and there's no guarantee that a deal would be finalized, this person says. Comcast is interested in the same Fox assets that Disney reportedly showed interest in, the person says. Those would include European broadcaster Sky and Star India, the National Geographic and FX cable channels and the film studio. If such a deal took place, it would leave Fox with its Fox News channel, sports channels, the Fox broadcast network and several TV stations.

USC partners with media giants to expand diversity project 

The Walt Disney Company, NBC, Universal Music Group and others are helping the University of Southern California lead an expanded effort to drive diversity in the entertainment industry. The university's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism announced Thursday, Nov. 16, that is broadening the mission of its Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative to include the music world as well as television and movies and renaming the project the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. In addition to Disney, NBC and Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, HBO and talent agency WME are also joining the effort. The initiative releases an annual study on various issues surrounding diversity. Last year, it ranked media companies on their inclusion records.

Russia warns US media of possible foreign agent status 

Russia's Justice Ministry said Thursday, Nov. 16, it has warned several U.S. government-funded news outlets that they could be designated as foreign agents under a new bill which has yet to be fully approved. The bill, endorsed by Russia's lower house Wednesday, comes in response to the U.S. registration of Russian state-funded RT TV as a foreign agent. It needs to be approved by the upper house and signed by President Vladimir Putin to become law. Putin has harshly criticized the U.S. demand regarding RT as an attack on freedom of speech, and had warned that Russia would retaliate. The loosely phrased Russian bill says that any government- or private-funded foreign news outlets could be declared foreign agents, leaving it to the Justice Ministry to single them out.

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Fox News' Hannity decides not to pass judgment on Roy Moore 

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity ultimately said Wednesday, Nov. 15, he couldn't be the judge of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. It was an odd conclusion to a televised ultimatum. Hannity, whose words carry weight among conservatives because of his large nightly audience, had given Moore 24 hours to explain "inconsistencies" in his response to allegations of child molestation or quit the Alabama race. Hannity read a letter from Moore, who said he never dated "underage girls." Moore questioned whether a 1977 yearbook inscription written by him to a girl who accused him of sexual assault was a forgery. The Fox host didn't say whether he found those answers convincing.

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Coffee maker smashings end, but Keurig's ad plans a mystery 

While Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity called on his supporters to stop smashing Keurig coffee makers to protest a decision to stop advertising on his show, it remains unclear whether Keurig will actually return as a sponsor. Hannity and a liberal lobbying group's effort to choke off his advertising are clearly making some corporations uncomfortable and loathe to be involved in a proxy political battle. After Keurig announced via Twitter that it would abandon Hannity's show because of how he reported on stories about Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, some of the Fox host's supporters began posting videos online smashing, blowing up or tossing coffee makers off a deck. Hannity called the action "hysterical" and showed some of the videos on his show.

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Congress urged to tighten rules on Chinese state media in US 

All staff of Chinese state-run media outlets in the United States should be required to register with the government as foreign agents as they may be supporting Chinese intelligence gathering and "information warfare," congressional advisers said Wednesday, Nov. 15. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said that Beijing has rapidly expanded its overseas media presence to promote a positive view of the rising Asian nation and the ruling communist party, even as it has tightened its control over media and online content at home, and increased restrictions on foreign journalists in China. The bipartisan commission recommends that Congress strengthen the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, which requires registration by people or companies disseminating information in the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments, political parties and other "foreign principals." The law is applied to foreign lobbying efforts, but the Justice Department has also required registration by media outlets funded by foreign governments.

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Fox News' Hannity demands answers from Moore 

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity has put Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on notice: explain "inconsistencies" in his response to allegations of child molestation or exit the Alabama race. Hannity, on his show the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 14, gave Moore 24 hours. "We deserve answers — consistent answers — and truth," he said. Hannity is generally among the most reliable and consistent media supporters of President Donald Trump and the conservative cause and his ratings — he had the most-watched show on cable television news last month — speak to his influence. Moore's only detailed interview about last week's Washington Post's story of his involvement with teenage girls when he was in his 30s was on Hannity's radio show.

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Russian lawmakers approve bill targeting foreign media 

Russia's lower house of parliament on Wednesday, Nov. 15, unanimously approved a bill allowing the government to register international media outlets as foreign agents, a swift retaliation to the U.S. demands made to a Russian TV channel. The bill comes days after the Russian state-funded RT registered with the U.S. Justice Department as a foreign agent following pressure from Washington. U.S. intelligence agencies allege that RT served as a Kremlin tool to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Russia has denied any interference. Russian President Vladimir Putin harshly criticized the U.S. demand regarding RT as an attack on freedom of speech, and had warned that Russia would retaliate.

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Hungary accuses US of meddling by funding 'objective' media 

Hungary's foreign minister on Wednesday, Nov. 15, accused the United States government of meddling in his country's internal affairs and upcoming election campaign by offering to fund "objective media in Hungary." The U.S. has expressed concerns about "negative trends" for press freedom in Hungary, such as a dwindling number of independent news outlets and the increasing control people close to the government have in the media market.

The U.S. State Department last week called for grant applications from media outlets in Hungary based outside Budapest. One goal of the $700,000 program is to "improve the quality of local traditional and online media and increase the public's access to reliable and unbiased information." Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that the U.S. move was "shocking and unusual" among allies.

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Washington Post didn't pay Roy Moore accusers 

The Washington Post didn't offer money to women in exchange for accusing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of abusing them, despite a series of widely-shared articles on social media. The stories are based on posts from a Twitter user named Doug Lewis claiming "a family friend" of Lewis said she was offered $1,000 by a Washington Post reporter identified only as "Beth" to accuse Moore of wrongdoing. The articles also say the conversation between the reporter and the woman was recorded, but no recording is included with the article. The Twitter account in question no longer exists. Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti says the allegations are "categorically false." She adds that the paper has "an explicit policy that prohibits paying sources."

EU lawmakers want Malta monitored following reporter's death 

European Union lawmakers are calling for a system to monitor Malta's handling of corruption and money-laundering in the wake of a car-bomb attack that killed a prominent Maltese journalist. The European Parliament approved a resolution on Wednesday urging the EU's executive Commission to "start a dialogue with the Maltese government on the functioning of the rule of law." The lawmakers want the commission to study whether Malta complies with EU money laundering and banking rules, and to determine if its government has been complacent about allowing people to buy EU citizenship. The lawmakers also called for the full involvement of the EU's police agency, Europol, in the investigation of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination last month. The vote to adopt the resolution was 466-49, with 167 abstentions.

NBC News executive fired for 'inappropriate conduct' 

NBC News says it has fired Matt Zimmerman, its top talent booker, for "inappropriate conduct" with more than one woman at the network. Zimmerman used to be in charge of arranging guests for the "Today" show but in 2014 was promoted to vice president and led the behind-the-scenes unit responsible for such bookings at all NBC News programs. The network didn't give any details Tuesday, Nov.14, about Zimmerman's behavior, only that he violated company policy. The network acted in response to internal complaints. Messages sent to Zimmerman were not immediately returned Tuesday. NBC recently fired political contributor Mark Halperin, who had been accused of sexual harassment by several women dating to when he worked at ABC News more than a decade ago.

New internet TV service has $16 monthly tab and no sports 

The hook of the latest internet TV service is a low price and no sports channels. Analysts estimate that internet TV packages such as Sling TV, YouTube TV and DirecTV Now have so far signed up a few million customers. These services are meant to replace cable TV with a cheaper price and a smaller bundle of channels. Unlike the existing services, though, Philo doesn't offer many of the networks that are often considered must-have. It lacks sports and the dominant cable news networks and excludes broadcast networks like NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox. Instead, it focuses on music and comedy, scripted series and reality shows, with networks like AMC, Food Network, HGTV, MTV and Comedy Central. (The Spike channel, which is also included, does televise some mixed martial arts, a type of fighting.) The lack of expensive sports channels and other popular networks helps lower Philo's cost to just $16 a month for 37 channels.

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New book details decades of African investigative journalism 

Her first stories on the 1994 Rwandan genocide weren't published. Her editor couldn't believe them. No one could. A church filled with 1,300 bodies yet far from the killings in the capital, Kigali, reported by other news outlets? A mass grave with 500 dead and a few survivors crawling out? Yet Sheila Kawamara-Mishambi, a reporter for the New Vision newspaper in neighboring Uganda, was the first correspondent to expose the nationwide dimensions of the horror. Her work is a highlight of the new book "African Muckraking: 75 Years of Investigative Journalism from Africa." "She really persuaded her editor to send her back into Rwanda with a photographer," Anya Schiffrin, the Columbia University professor who edited the collection, said in an interview. "What was so interesting about researching this book was finding so many stories of investigative journalism from Africa."

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Nov. 16, 2017

Russia drafts legislation targeting foreign media 

Russian lawmakers say they have drafted legal amendments that would allow the government to register international media outlets as foreign agents. The measure comes as a quid pro quo response after the Russian state-funded TV channel RT registered with the U.S. Justice Department as a foreign agent after pressure from the U.S. government.

Deputy speaker of the lower house Pyotr Tolstoy said Tuesday, Nov. 14, the amendments will give the Justice Ministry the authority to register foreign media outlets or Russian media funded from abroad as foreign agents. Following the registration, they will face requirements that are currently applied to foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations. The U.S. intelligence agencies allege that RT served as a tool for the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Russia has denied any interference.

College to name school for late journalist Gwen Ifill 

A college in Boston will name one of its schools after the late Gwen Ifill, a co-host of PBS' "NewsHour" and veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates.

Simmons College announced Tuesday the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts and Humanities in honor of Ifill, who graduated from the private college with a communications degree in 1977. A former reporter for The New York Times and The Washington Post, Ifill switched to television in the 1990s and covered politics and Congress for NBC News. She moved to PBS in 1999 as host of "Washington Week" and also worked for the nightly "NewsHour" program. She and Judy Woodruff were named co-hosts in 2013. Ifill died of cancer last year at age 61. A formal launch of the school is planned for 2018.

Russian TV network registers as foreign agent in US 

Russian state-funded TV channel RT has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent after pressure from the U.S. government, documents released Monday, Nov. 13, show. The Justice Department announced the registration just hours after RT's chief editor said the company had complied with the U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The move doesn't restrict the channel's content, but the network is required to publicly disclose details about its funding and operations as well as mark certain content distributed in the U.S. with labels. \Many news outlets with ties to foreign governments are required to similarly register, but the pressure on RT has angered Russian officials who have said they will retaliate with unspecified restrictions on U.S. news outlets.

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US court hears case involving impersonation of AP journalist 

A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday, Nov. 13, in a case that developed after an FBI agent pretended to be an Associated Press journalist as part of an investigation into bomb threats at a high school in Washington state. When the ruse became public in 2014, the AP and a press freedom organization attempted to get government records about the case and any other times FBI agents have impersonated journalists. The lawsuit the appeals court heard Monday was related to whether the FBI looked hard enough for records requested by the organizations. A lower court ruled in favor of the government, saying the FBI had "conducted a good faith, reasonable search." The organizations appealed.

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Hannity' fans smash Keurig brewers over pulled ads 

A decision by Keurig to stop advertising on Sean Hannity's Fox News program has supporters of the conservative host destroying the company's coffee makers. Keurig announced Nov. 11 that it had pulled advertising from "Hannity" after several Twitter users questioned the company's support for the host, citing Hannity's coverage of allegations against Republican Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. Moore has been accused having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl 40 years ago. It's unclear when Keurig stopped advertising on "Hannity." The move has prompted several people to destroy Keurig products in protest and post videos to social media. Hannity reposted one of the videos on Twitter with the comment "love it." Fox News and Waterbury, Vermont-based Keurig didn't immediately return requests for comment Monday.

Formal charges against Danish sub inventor due in December 

Formal charges against a Danish inventor who admitted dismembering the body of a Swedish journalist aboard his submarine but denies killing her are likely to be laid in December, police in Denmark said Tuesday, Nov. 14. Copenhagen police said Peter Madsen has voluntarily accepted extending his pre-trial detention until Dec. 12.

Madsen, 46, currently faces preliminary charges of manslaughter, sexual assault and indecent handling of a corpse. He denies killing journalist Kim Wall, 30 — claiming she had died inside his submarine when he was on deck — but has admitted to throwing her body parts into the sea. The two had gone on a trip in Madsen's private submarine on Aug. 10. Wall, who was working on a story about Madsen, was last seen aboard the vessel as it left Copenhagen. The next day, Madsen — an entrepreneur who dreamed of launching a manned space mission — was rescued from the sinking submarine without Wall. Police believe he deliberately sank the vessel.

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Connecticut, other states scaling back government broadcasts 

While Connecticut and a handful of states are scaling back broadcasts of governmental proceedings to help cut costs, many others are pushing ahead with wide-ranging programming that can include everything from gavel-to-gavel coverage of legislative sessions to a documentary on managing wolves in Washington state. The Rhode Island General Assembly, which owns and operates the state-funded Capitol Television, has upgraded its operations. With a staff of 16 and a budget of $1.69 million, it can cover five legislative-related events at once using new, robotic cameras. The coverage is streamed online and appears on a public access TV channel and a 24-hour high-definition channel.

"Rhode Island is big on open government, transparency, so they actually invested in us a few years ago to update, so we could televise even more hearings," said Derek Hayes, the general manager of Capitol TV.

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A list of heartbreak: Newspaper tallies 33,293 dead migrants 

A German newspaper has published a list of 33,293 people it says died while trying to immigrate to Europe between 1993 and May of this year. The list, published by daily Der Tagesspiegel Thursday, Nov. 9, covered 46 pages and included names, ages and countries of origin, when available, as well as how the victims died and their date of death. Often, though, they never were identified. One entry said Iraqi migrant Talat Abdulhamid, 36, froze to death on Jan. 6 after walking for 48 hours through the mountains on the Turkish-Bulgarian border. Another, citing the United Nations refugee agency, was for a 15-year-old boy who drowned on Nov. 15, 2016 when a rubber dinghy he was on with 23 others sank while trying to get from Libya to Europe.

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Moore dismisses allegations in story, says lawsuit to come 

Amid pressure from within the Republican Party to step aside, GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore has called a newspaper report carrying allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl four decades ago "fake news" and said a lawsuit would be filed in response. Moore's condemnation Sunday, Nov. 12, of a Washington Post story during a campaign speech in Huntsville, Alabama, came hours after another fellow Republican, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, urged him to drop out of a special election for one of Alabama's Senate seats. Toomey said Moore's explanations had been inadequate and that Republicans should consider Sen. Luther Strange as a write-in candidate to run against Moore. Strange lost the Republican primary to Moore. Moore tried to raise money from the controversy, writing in a fundraising pitch sent about midafternoon that the "vicious and sleazy attacks against me are growing more vicious by the minute."

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Reporters concerned about press access on Trump's Asia trip 

The White House Correspondents' Association is voicing concerns about press access during President Donald Trump's trip to Asia. Reporters and photographers traveling with the president were barred from covering any of the events at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the coastal city of Danang, Vietnam, on Saturday. Nov. 11. And only one member of the traveling press corps — a video journalist — was allowed into a dinner the night before. Doug Mills, a White House photographer for The New York Times, tweeted a picture of a black box in protest that read: "This what our APEC Summit photo coverage looks today in Da Nang Vietnam. Blank. No coverage by the White House Travel Pool photographers traveling with @realDonaldTrump."

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Putin vows to retaliate for US actions against Russian media 

President Vladimir Putin is promising that Russia will retaliate for what he calls attacks on Russian media in the United States. Putin's comments at a news conference Saturday, Nov. 11, in Vietnam follow complaints by the Kremlin-funded RT satellite TV channel that the U.S. Justice Department has ordered it to register as a foreign agent by Monday. Putin says "attacking our media in the United States is an attack on freedom of speech, without any doubt," and promised to retaliate. RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said the station would register, since otherwise its American director could be arrested and its accounts frozen. She says "we categorically disagree with this requirement" and vowed to sue. She says "this requirement is discriminatory, it contradicts both the principles of democracy and freedom of speech."

Boston-area TV station breaks off newscast citing threat 

 A Boston-area television station was forced to break off its newscast because of a threat.

WFXT-TV posted a message to its Twitter account at 5:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, saying it "has been forced to stop our regular newscast due to a threat to our building." The station is located in Dedham, Massachusetts. Police said it remained an active scene. One of the station's reporters, Elysia Rodriguez tweeted out: "We had a threat to our building and told to evacuate. Everyone OK. Hope to be back on air soon." Another reporter Malini Basu described the situation as a "bomb threat" to the station. The station tweeted out that they "hope to be back on the air with our regular news& weather programming as soon as it's safe to do so."

Data firm CEO: Reached out to WikiLeaks about Clinton emails

A data firm that worked for President Donald Trump's campaign reached out to WikiLeaks during the campaign about obtaining emails related to Democrat Hillary Clinton, the company's CEO said. Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, said the approach was in "early June 2016" after WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange had publicly claimed he had Clinton emails and planned to publish them. Nix said his company asked a speaker's agency representing Assange whether WikiLeaks "might share that information," but Assange turned him down. Nix's comments Nov. 9 at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, were his first acknowledgement that he had sought emails from WikiLeaks. Assange had previously told The Associated Press that WikiLeaks had rejected a "request for information" from Cambridge Analytica. The Wall Street Journal first reported Nix's comments.

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Publisher says Arizona lawmaker made offensive remarks 

The publisher of Arizona's largest newspaper has joined a growing list of women who say a top Republican state lawmaker subjected them to inappropriate sexual comments or actions. Arizona Republic Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish wrote in a column published online Friday, Nov. 10, that state Rep. Don Shooter made an inappropriate comment to her during a meeting last year in his statehouse office about legislation the newspaper opposed. Parrish wrote that Shooter told her he had done everything on his "bucket list" — except for "those Asian twins in Mexico." Parrish is Asian-American. Shooter is the subject of an Arizona House investigation launched this week after a lawmaker accused him of repeatedly making unwanted advances. He denies Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita's allegations, but other women have come forward with similar charges. His attorney says Shooter requested the probe and has no additional comment.

Judge: No subpoenas for neo-Nazi website publisher's family 

A federal judge has refused to give court-ordered permission for attorneys to question a neo-Nazi website publisher's relatives about the man's whereabouts. A Muslim-American radio host's lawyers have been searching in vain for The Daily Stormer's publisher, Andrew Anglin, since they filed a libel lawsuit against him in August. They want to ask Anglin's father and brother under oath if they know where he is living, so he can be served with a copy of the suit. U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Preston Deavers denied that request on Nov. 9 saying the "prejudice" to Anglin's relatives outweighs the need for such testimony. Deavers also refused to authorize subpoenas for services Anglin uses, such as web hosts, domain registrars, internet-service providers or banks.

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Fox's Smith avoids story covered heavily by colleagues 

While Fox News Channel has spent hours talking about Hillary Clinton and an Obama-era uranium deal in recent weeks, its news anchor Shepard Smith avoided the story entirely. Fresh evidence that Smith is an island unto himself at the news network came in research released Thursday, Nov. 9, by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America. During the three weeks starting Oct. 17, Fox News spent just under 12 hours talking about the Uranium One deal, with 29 percent of that time on opinion host Sean Hannity's prime-time show. Hannity calls it "the real Russian conspiracy," while Democrats suggest the story is used to distract from news about Robert Mueller's investigation into President Donald Trump and ties to Russia. Trump's favorite morning show, "Fox & Friends," spent an hour and nine minutes talking about the deal, second only to Hannity on Fox, Media Matters said. Smith's 3 p.m. weekday newscast didn't mention the story at all during the three weeks, except for two minutes on Oct. 27 — when Smith wasn't in and Trace Gallagher substituted for him.

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Ex-anchor whose girlfriend died in live TV shooting elected 

A former Virginia news anchor whose journalist girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 has defeated a Republican incumbent for a seat in the House of Delegates.

Chris Hurst beat Joseph Yost Nov. 7 in a high-profile race for the Blacksburg-area seat. Hurst was living with fellow journalist Alison Parker when she and a cameraman were killed by a former co-worker while reporting for WDBJ-TV. After the shooting, Hurst became the public face of the grieving Roanoke station, bringing national attention and a large social media following. The Pennsylvania native quit his TV job and moved to Blacksburg to run in the 12th District. The Democrat's campaign was backed by gun-control groups, but that wasn't his main campaign issue. Instead, he focused on education, health care and the environment.

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Sky threatens to shut UK news channel if it hinders Fox bid 

European pay TV giant Sky says it may shut down its British news operation if it is an impediment to 21st Century Fox's 11.7 billion ($15.4 billion) takeover offer, triggering claims the company is trying to blackmail regulators. The statement came as Britain's competition regulator continues an investigation into whether Fox's bid for the 61 percent of Sky it doesn't already own would give Rupert Murdoch and his family too much control over the country's news media. Sky said shareholders may force it to reconsider the future of Sky News if it is a hurdle to regulatory approval of the deal. "Sky would likely be prompted to review (the news operation) in the event that the continued provision of Sky News in its current form unduly impeded merger and/or other corporate opportunities available in relation to Sky's broader business," the company told the Competition and Markets Authority in a filing submitted Nov. 7.

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New York Times fires lawyer who worked with Weinstein 

The New York Times on fired lawyer David Boies' firm Nov. 7 after learning it tried to halt the newspaper's investigation into sexual harassment charges against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein while also representing the newspaper on other matters.Boies has disputed the Times' view that his work for Weinstein represented a conflict of interest. Still, he no longer works for Weinstein and said the task he completed for him was a mistake.

It represents the fallout from a New Yorker magazine article that reported Weinstein hired investigators to trail women who had accused him of mistreatment, including Rose McGowan and Rosanna Arquette. Journalists pursuing the story, including Jodi Kantor of the Times and Ronan Farrow, author of Tuesday's New Yorker piece, also were investigated. It was not immediately clear how much business the Times did with the law firm Boies Schiller and Flexner.

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Will it be AT&T vs the government in $85B Time Warner deal? 

AT&T's pending acquisition of Time Warner, an $85 billion media deal that could shake up how Americans watch TV, is being held up by the government. That's raising red flags for some who worry that the White House is trying to put pressure on CNN, the news network owned by Time Warner. The Justice Department told AT&T that it wanted the telecom company to sell its DirecTV satellite unit or Time Warner's Turner, which houses CNN, TBS and TNT, to get the deal approved, said a person familiar with the situation, who was not authorized to speak publicly. According to a Justice Department official, AT&T has offered to divest CNN. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the department rejected that offer as insufficient to resolve its concerns, which it did not specify.

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Venezuela assembly passes new law clamping down on media 

Venezuela's all-powerful constitutional assembly passed a wide-reaching law Nov. 8 that clamps down on social media and broadcasters alike by ordering prison sentences of up to 20 years for anyone who instigates hate. The law, passed by the pro-government assembly amid rousing applause and flag-waving on the chamber floor, prohibits Venezuelans from spreading any message through television, radio or social media that instigates violence or hate. Public and private media outlets are "obligated to broadcast messages aimed at promoting peace, tolerance, equality and respect," the law says.

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Statesman publisher to step down, join Idaho Power 

The president and publisher of the Idaho Statesman will step down Dec. 1 to take a job overseeing the communications department at Idaho Power. “I had a great opportunity to go to another company, and it lets me stay in Idaho long term, which is what my family and I want,” said Debra Leithauser, who is married and has two school-age children. “We came to Boise and just fell in love with the area. Staying here became a top priority for us.” McClatchy, the Sacramento, California, company that owns the Statesman, said it has launched a search for her successor. “Deb’s not only been our leader in Boise, she’s also been a thought leader at McClatchy,” said Mark Zieman, McClatchy’s vice president of operations. “We wish her all the best in her new role.” Leithauser joined the Statesman in October 2015.

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Disney ends LA Times ban after widespread backlash 

The Walt Disney Co. has lifted its ban of Los Angeles Times reporters and critics from its press screenings after a widespread backlash prompted several media outlets to announce their own boycotts of Disney movies. In a statement Nov. 7, Disney said it was restoring access to the newspaper after "productive discussions with the newly installed leadership" at the Los Angeles Times. Disney had barred the Times from its screenings after the paper published a two-part investigative series on the company's business dealings in Anaheim, California, where Disneyland is. The ban's withdrawal ended an unusual clash between Hollywood's arguably most powerful studio and the media outlets that regularly write about its movies. Disney's punitive measures against the Los Angeles Time led to many outlets refusing advance coverage of the studio's films, including The New York Times, the Boston Globe and The A.V. Club. Four prominent film critics groups announced Tuesday that they would bar Disney films from receiving awards consideration

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Nov. 10, 2017

Film critics bar Disney from awards over L.A. Times dispute 

Four prominent film critics groups say they will bar Walt Disney Co. films from receiving awards consideration over the company's decision to bar the Los Angeles Times from advance screenings of its films and access to its talent. Disney said last week the Times disregarded "basic journalistic standards" in a series of reports on the relationship between the city of Anaheim and Disneyland Resort. In a joint statement released early Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics denounced Disney's decision, saying it "should gravely concern all who believe in the importance of a free press, artists included." The groups say Disney films won't be considered for awards until the blackout of the Times is lifted. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Report: Apple revamped overseas ops to find new tax havens 

Apple revamped its overseas subsidiaries to take advantage of tax loopholes on the European island of Jersey after a crackdown on Ireland's loose rules began in 2013, according to The New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The news outlet and the nonprofit investigative organization cited confidential records that were obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and shared. The cache of 13 million secret documents came from Appleby, a Bermuda-based law firm that helps businesses and wealthy individuals find tax shelters. The moves came after a U.S. Senate subcommittee found in 2013 that Apple had avoided tens of billions of dollars in taxes by using overseas havens. The paper said Apple has $128 billion in offshore profits not taxed by the U.S.

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AP says it got 1 complaint filed by employee against Oreskes 

The Associated Press said Monday, Nov. 6, it had received one complaint of "unwelcome and inappropriate verbal communication" against former executive Michael Oreskes, who lost his job as National Public Radio newsroom chief following sexual-harassment reports.

AP spokeswoman Lauren Easton said the complaint did not involve sexual activity or unwelcome touching and was investigated and acted upon. The complaint was made by an employee while Oreskes worked at the AP and was the only one the news cooperative had received about him, Easton said. Oreskes was vice president and a senior managing editor at the AP from 2008 to 2015. "In my eight years at the AP I was on one occasion asked by HR about an exchange of email with a non-editorial staff member," Oreskes said on Monday. "The exchange was mutual and innocent. We discussed, among other things, my father's death and the colleges we attended."

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Maryland AG: Sinclair, Tribune TV merger is a 'bad deal' 

Maryland's attorney general opposes the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcasting Group and rival TV station operator Tribune Media. Attorney General Brian E. Frosh filed comments Friday, Nov. 3, with the Federal Communications Commission, arguing that the merger would lead to fewer options for consumers and higher prices. Frosh also asked the FCC to delay its decision on the merger until a court decides how to calculate national audience reach. Hunt Valley, Maryland-based Sinclair is already the nation's largest local TV station operator with 173 stations. The Tribune deal, plus other pending acquisitions, would give it a total of 233 stations. Sinclair says the merger would make it more efficient and would help the survival of free, over-the-air TV. The attorneys general in Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have already voiced their opposition.

Guardian journalist has book coming on Trump and Russia 

A journalist who has reported on the so-called "Steele Dossier" compiled on Donald Trump has a book coming out Nov. 16. Vintage Books told The Associated Press on Monday, Nov. 6, that Luke Harding's "Collusion: Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win" will be a detailed narrative on Trump's connections with the Russians. Harding is a foreign correspondent for The Guardian. He met last year with former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, whose dossier on Trump contains explosive allegations about the president and Russia. The book also investigates such Trump aides and family members as Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager who was indicted last week for money laundering and other charges. Harding said in a statement that the Trump-Russia story is one of "follow the money," a phrase dating back to the Watergate scandals.

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NYU journalism department cuts ties to NYU Abu Dhabi 

The journalism department at New York University told the school it was cutting its ties to NYU's Abu Dhabi campus over two professors being denied work visas by the United Arab Emirates, as well as the school's handling of the situation. The majority of senior faculty at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute sent a letter to NYU President Andrew Hamilton saying they were dismayed that journalism professor Mohamad Bazzi and Middle East politics professor Arang Keshavarzian had been denied visas. Bazzi wrote about his experience in The New York Times in September, saying officials in the U.A.E. haven't given a reason for his visa denial. The Nov. 2 letter said that while they "have the utmost respect for our faculty colleagues and students at NYU Abu Dhabi," that "since a member of our faculty has been prohibited from teaching at NYU Abu Dhabi, the Carter Journalism Institute is not prepared to continue its relationship with NYUAD."

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New Republic publisher resigns after harassment allegations 

The publisher of The New Republic, Hamilton Fish, resigned Friday, Nov. 3, amid allegations of sexual harassment. In a company memo shared with The Associated Press, magazine owner Win McCormack wrote that Fish's resignation was effective immediately and that an internal investigation would continue. Fish, who joined The New Republic in 2016, had been placed on leave of absence last week. He is a former publisher of The Nation. "As I understand it, some employees, to my deep dismay, complained this week that my presence had led them to feel uncomfortable at The New Republic," Fish wrote to McCormack in a memo Friday that was also shared with the AP. "Women have longstanding and profound concerns with respect to their treatment in the workplace. Many men have a lot to learn in this regard. I know I do, and I hope for and encourage that new direction."

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Disney bars LA Times film coverage after critical piece 

In response to a Los Angeles Times series about the relationship between the Walt Disney Co. and the city of Anaheim that Disney claims is "biased and inaccurate," the company is barring the paper from advance screenings of its films and access to its talent. The editors of the Times said Friday that Disney declined access to its slate of films for the paper's holiday film preview citing "unfair coverage" of its business ties with Anaheim. Upcoming Disney films include "Thor: Ragnarok," ''Coco" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The paper ran a two-part series in late September looking into what it characterized as a complicated and increasingly tense relationship between the city and the Disneyland Resort. The Times says it will review and cover Disney films when they become available to the public.

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AP employees ask about any complaints against former news executive 

More than 100 employees of The Associated Press petitioned the company's management on Friday, Nov. 3, asking if any sexual harassment complaints had been made against former news executive Michael Oreskes while he was employed there. Oreskes, who worked at the AP from 2008 to 2015, was ousted this week as newsroom chief of National Public Radio following reports of improprieties when he worked at The New York Times in the 1990s and later at NPR. The AP has not said whether anyone has complained about Oreskes at the news agency. Jessica Bruce, senior vice president, said there have been "no written agreements, payments or settlements of any kind" made with anyone in connection with his behavior. The request by 116 members of the News Media Guild came as the AP's executive editor, Sally Buzbee, emailed a letter to staff members worldwide reminding them of steps they could take if they felt harassed or intimidated.

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Melody Brunson named publisher of Washington (Indiana) Times Herald

Melody Brunson, veteran editor of the Washington (Indiana) Times Herald, has been appointed publisher of the newspaper, effective immediately. Brunson will retain her editor title as well, said Robyn McCloskey, group publisher for the Times Herald’s parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. “As a lifetime resident of Daviess County, Melody has the market knowledge and experience to serve in both roles and move the Times Herald forward,” said McCloskey. “Her sense of community and understanding of content that readers want and need make her a good fit for the dual role.”

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Tina West named publisher of  Wabash, Indiana, Plain Dealer  
Tina West, a 40-year veteran of the Indiana news industry, was named publisher of the Wabash Plain Dealer by Paxton Media Group on Thursday, Nov. 2. “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tina West to publisher of the Wabash Plain Dealer,” said David Holgate, group president of Paxton Media Group in Indiana and Michigan. “Tina brings a wealth of knowledge to this position and will be an asset to the paper and community.” Readers may know West as publisher of the Peru Tribune and Huntington Herald Press. West has spent many years in the news business starting with the Anderson Herald Bulletin, where she worked in advertising. She later joined Paxton Media Group in 2006 at the New Castle Courier Times and is now publisher of three newspapers for the Central Indiana News Group (CING).

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Gary Adkisson named publisher at Bismarck (North Dakota) Tribune 

Gary Adkisson has been named publisher of the Bismarck (North Dakota) Tribune, a Lee Enterprises newspaper. The 60-year-old Adkisson was formerly publisher of The Sentinel in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He joined Lee Enterprises in 2014 after serving as general manager of The Paducah Sun in Paducah, Kentucky, for seven years. Before he moved to Kentucky, Adkisson was regional publisher of three daily newspapers and 13 weekly publications at Brown Publishing in Delaware, Ohio. He has been a publisher at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph in Bluefield, West Virginia, the Weatherford Democrat in Weatherford, Texas, and Livermore Publishing in Mineral Wells, Texas. A native of southeast Missouri, Adkisson began his career in 1977 as a circulation district manager at The Tennessean and Nashville Banner in Nashville while still a student at Welch College.

Departing Twitter employee deactivates Trump's account 

A Twitter customer support worker who was on his or her last day on the job deactivated President Donald Trump's account for a few minutes Thursday evening, the social media company reported. Shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, social media reports surfaced that the president's personal account, @RealDonaldTrump, was unavailable, providing the error message that the user "does not exist." The account was restored by 7:03 p.m. Twitter took responsibility for the outage. In a tweeted statement, the company said Trump's account was "inadvertently deactivated due to human error" by one of its employees. The account was unreachable for 11 minutes. Twitter later said the deactivation "was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee's last day." "We are conducting a full internal review," the company said. A spokesperson for the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Popular news sites Gothamist, DNAinfo shut down abruptly 

Two popular New York City news sites and their satellites in Chicago, San Francisco and elsewhere were shut down a week after their New York staffs voted to unionize. Joe Ricketts, the billionaire CEO of DNAinfo and founder and former chief executive of what is now TD Ameritrade, said in a post on the site Thursday, Nov. 2, that the decision was due to business reasons, although he has previously been outspoken against unions.

"Businesses need to be economically successful if they are to endure," he said. "And while we made important progress toward building DNAinfo into a successful business, in the end, that progress hasn't been sufficient to support the tremendous effort and expense needed to produce the type of journalism on which the company was founded."

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Laura Ingraham calling! Trump returns to favorite venue 

President Donald Trump returned to familiar territory by granting an interview Thursday. Nov. 2, to Laura Ingraham of Fox News Channel, by far his venue of choice when he chooses to answer questions one-on-one. That makes 20 interviews he's given to Fox as president, including three to the Fox Business Network and one to Fox Radio. It's more than double the number of interviews he's given to all other television networks combined, said Mark Knoller, CBS Radio White House correspondent, the press room's unofficial record-keeper. NBC News, with three, is the next closest network. CNN, a frequent target of the president's ire, has had none.

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Gannett beats 3Q profit expectations, misses on revenue 

Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI) on Thursday, Nov.2, reported third-quarter net income of $23 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the McLean, Virginia-based company said it had profit of 20 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were 16 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 8 cents per share. The newspaper publisher posted revenue of $744.3 million in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $766.4 million. Gannett Co., Inc. expects full-year revenue in the range of $3.15 billion to $3.22 billion. Gannett Co., Inc. shares have declined 11 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has risen 15 percent.

'Fake news' is Collins Dictionary's word of the year 2017 

After a U.S. presidential campaign dominated by charges of fake news, Collins Dictionary has designed the term the Collins Word of the Year 2017. The word — two words actually — will be added to the next print edition of the dictionary. Collins said Thursday the use of the term rose 365 percent last year. It is defined as "false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of newsreporting." The term has been picked up by U.S. President Donald Trump, who routinely characterizes critical reports as "fake news" in his tweets. Collins' head of language content Helen Newstead said the term "fake news" has been inescapable this year. She said it has contributed to "the undermining of society's trust in news reporting."

Under pressure, social media giants acknowledge meddling 

In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun control and politics. House investigators released a trove of Facebook and Twitter ads that showed just how extraordinary the cyber intrusion was. The companies' admissions and disclosures over the last several months have given congressional investigators one of their first real wins in the Russia probes. The committees have been frustrated by delays — and overshadowed by special counsel Robert Mueller — since they launched probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election earlier this year. Initially dismissive of Russia's threat, all three companies have pledged improvements since lawmakers ramped up pressure and called them to testify.

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Kentucky attorney general warns of advertising scam 

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert to warn  about fraudulent ads placed in the classified sections of newspapers and online. Beshear says people in several counties including Bath, Barren, Franklin and Jefferson have reported replying to classified ads for discounted tractors or pickup trucks that turned out to be a scam. Beshear says those reporting the scams reported the ads appeared normal at first and included a price for the item and a contact phone number. He says once an interested buyer places a call, they don't speak with anyone, but receive text messages or emails. The replies are from someone claiming to be selling the item at a deep discount because it belonged to her late husband, and she's leaving soon for a military deployment.

NPR chief placed on leave after sex harassment accusations 

The chief editor at National Public Radio, Michael Oreskes, was placed on leave Tuesday, Oct 31, after a published report that he abruptly kissed two women who were seeking jobs while he was Washington bureau chief at The New York Times in the 1990s. The women formally complained to NPR and told their stories to The Washington Post, speaking on condition of anonymity. Oreskes, vice president of news and editorial director at NPR, did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Oreskes was a vice president and senior managing editor at The Associated Press from 2008 until he joined NPR in 2015.

An NPR spokeswoman, Isabel Lara, said Oreskes had been placed on leave after the allegations from the 1990s appeared in the Post.

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Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity tops cable news rankings 

After the summer of Rachel Maddow, Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity ascended to the top of the cable news mountain. Hannity's move to the 9 p.m. timeslot paid immediate dividends for the network. President Donald Trump's biggest cable news backer averaged 3.2 million viewers in October, topping Maddow's 2.5 million, the Nielsen company said. Fox's Tucker Carlson, in an earlier time slot, had 2.8 million viewers. When Bill O'Reilly was working at Fox, there was no question for years who was the top person in cable television talk. His ouster in April following the revelation of sexual harassment settlements put that distinction up for grabs, and MSNBC's Maddow took the title in July, August and September.

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Facebook, Twitter, Google defend security measures 
As revelations emerged that Russian-linked accounts reached many more American voters than previously thought, Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google on Tuesday, Oct. 31, defended their security measures and promised a Senate subcommittee they would do more to stop the misuse of their platforms by a foreign nation. Just before top lawyers from the three companies began their testimony before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., quoted President Donald Trump as saying that he had won based on Twitter. Graham also said the social media platforms were being used by people who "wish us harm and wish to undercut our way of life." Graham said the purpose of the hearing was for the government to "figure out how we can help" the tech companies. All three will also testify Wednesday before the House and Senate intelligence committees as part of congressional probes of Russian election interference.

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Austin's Statesman, 2 Florida newspapers offered for sale 

Cox Media Group is looking to sell the Austin American-Statesman and two Florida newspapers. The Statesman reported Tuesday, Oct. 31, that Atlanta-based Cox has put on the market the Statesman, which employs 200-plus people, its seven community newspapers and multiple websites. Also for sale are the Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News. Cox Media Group President Kim Guthrie described the moves as "difficult but strategic." Cox will continue to operate newspapers in Atlanta and Ohio. Cox Enterprises, Cox Media Group's privately held parent company, offered the Statesman for sale in 2008 but took it off the market a year later. In 2015, it sold the Statesman's nearly 19-acre (7 hectare) Austin lakefront property to a Cox Enterprises-associated entity that has hired a real estate group to create a redevelopment plan

INDUSTRY NEWS • Nov. 2, 2017

NBC fires Mark Halperin after sexual harassment accusation

NBC News said Monday, Oct. 30, it has terminated its contract with Mark Halperin, the political journalist who was accused of sexual harassment by several women when he worked at ABC News more than a decade ago. Since the charges came to light last week, publisher Penguin Press canceled a planned book by Halperin and John Heilemann about the 2016 election and HBO pulled the plug on a miniseries that would have been based on the book. Showtime also said Halperin would not be brought back with co-hosts Heilemann and Mark McKinnon should the political series "The Circus" be renewed. At NBC News, Halperin was a contributor who was most visible as a regular panelist on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." The network had initially suspended him last week.

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Police: Danish inventor admits dismembering journalist 

She was a promising young journalist, tested in trouble spots throughout the world, reporting on a Danish inventor famed for building what was thought to be the world's largest private submarine. The story seemed to present little danger, but it cost Kim Wall her life. The Swedish journalist's dismembered, naked torso was found on a southern Copenhagen coast in late August and her head, legs and clothes were later discovered in plastic bags at sea. The bags also contained a knife, and heavy metal objects designed to take them to the ocean floor. Wall's arms are still missing. Inventor Peter Madsen — who is in custody — has offered a shifting variety of explanations for Wall's death. Police revealed Monday that Madsen now admits dismembering Wall's body and throwing the body parts into a bay southwest of Copenhagen, but steadfastly denies killing her.

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Russian journalist joins ranks of presidential hopefuls 

A Russian journalist has joined the ranks of those wanting to run in March's presidential election. The 37-year old Yekaterina Gordon declared her intention to run in a YouTube video Monday, saying she plans to focus on defending the rights of women and children. Gordon has hosted a slew of TV and radio shows during her media career, but she doesn't have the fame of celebrity TV host Ksenia Sobchak who announced her bid earlier this month. Self-nominated candidates need to gather 300,000 signatures to get registered for the race. President Vladimir Putin hasn't yet said whether he will seek re-election but he's widely expected to run. Veterans of past campaigns, including Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky and liberal Grigory Yavlinsky have also voiced their intention to run.

Bobcat in bathroom of Oklahoma newspaper startles publisher 

A small-town Oklahoma newspaper publisher found a startling front-page story practically in his newsroom: There was a hissing bobcat in the bathroom. Sapulpa Herald publisher Darren Sumner says the wild animal jumped at him one recent morning as he was heading into the restroom at his office in Sapulpa, a Tulsa suburb. Sumner shut the door and trapped the adult male cat inside until police and a game warden arrived. Wildlife control workers captured the bobcat in a cage and released it in nearby Pawnee County. Neither Sumner nor the wild cat was injured in the confrontation. Sumner said the animal likely got into his building through an open door.

Russian journalist thanks supporters after stabbing attack 

A Russian journalist who was put into a temporary coma by a stabbing attack thanked supporters Monday in her first statement from the hospital, while Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to play down the attack. Tatyana Felgenhauer, a top host and deputy editor-in-chief at Ekho Moskvy, Russia's only independent news radio station, was stabbed in the throat last week. She underwent surgery and is still in the hospital. Investigators have identified the assailant as 48-year-old Boris Grits who holds Russian and Israeli citizenship. He is under arrest. The station says he attacked its security guard then went up to a higher floor to directly target Felgenhauer.

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New harassment claims against 'Game Change' journalist 

CNN is reporting that four more women are leveling allegations of sexual harassment against journalist Mark Halperin. The news channel said Friday, Oct. 27, that one woman is claiming Halperin masturbated in front of her. CNN said a second woman alleged that the "Game Change" co-author threw her against a restaurant window and threatened to derail her career after she rebuffed him. The four women, who were not identified in the CNN report, said the encounters took place between the late 1980s and 2006, during which time Halperin worked at ABC News. CNN said that Halperin denied that he masturbated in front of anyone or physically assaulted or threatened anyone. He issued a lengthy apology on Twitter, apologizing for causing pain and anguish to the women he said he mistreated.

The Atlantic removes an editor over harassment claims 

The Atlantic magazine has removed contributing editor Leon Wieseltier from its masthead after allegations emerged this week that Wieseltier harassed numerous women during his years with The New Republic. In a staff memo issued Friday, Oct. 27, and shared with The Associated Press, Atlantic Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg wrote that the magazine has "zero tolerance" for workplace harassment. Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic from 1983-2014, has been accused by former colleagues of unwanted advances, abusive language and other forms of inappropriate behavior. He has apologized and vowed not to "waste this reckoning." Two other institutions have broken ties with Wieseltier, 65. The Emerson Collective, an organization run by Steve Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, canceled a planned magazine that Wieseltier was supposed to edit. The Brookings Institution, where Wieseltier was a senior fellow, has suspended him without pay.

Facebook ads: Social media giant announces new transparency 

Under pressure in advance of hearings on Russian election interference, Facebook is moving to increase transparency for everyone who sees and buys political advertising on its site. Executives for the social media company said Friday, Oct. 27, they will verify political ad buyers in federal elections, requiring them to reveal correct names and locations. The site will also create new graphics where users can click on the ads and find out more about who's behind them. More broadly, Rob Goldman, Facebook's vice president in charge of ad products, said the company is building new transparency tools in which all advertisers — even those that aren't political — are associated with a page, and users can click on a link to see all of the ads any advertiser is running.

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Woman wins hearts with weird voice-to-text comment on site 

A Massachusetts woman is generating online buzz for accidentally sharing more than she intended on The New York Times' website. =Christine McMorrow says she was using her iPhone's voice-to-text function to leave a comment on a political story Thursday when she was interrupted by a friend's visit. She says the phone continued transcribing parts of their conversation and posted it online. It starts out, "Zero optimism that the Democrats can ever regain," before shifting to a rambling run-on sentence with references to hard-boiled eggs, a visit to Cape Cod and a knee that needed to be iced. The comment was shared thousands of times online, with New York Magazine calling it the "single best comment of the year."

McMorrow told The Boston Globe it was "embarrassing" and "very weird."

JFK files: British newspaper got mystery call before killing 

A British newspaper received an anonymous phone call about "big news" in the United States minutes before President John F. Kennedy was shot in 1963, newly released files on the assassination say. A batch of 2,800 declassified documents includes a Nov. 26, 1963 memo from the CIA to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover about a call received by the Cambridge News on Nov. 22, the day Kennedy was killed in Dallas, Texas. The memo from deputy CIA director James Angleton says the caller said "the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news, and then hung up."

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Ohio deputy who shot newspaper photographer back to work 

An Ohio sheriff's deputy has returned to work after being placed on paid administrative leave for shooting a newspaper photographer when he mistook a camera for a gun. The Springfield News-Sun reports 25-year-old Clark County deputy Jacob Shaw has been assigned to the county jail after the Sept. 4 shooting of New Carlisle Newsphotographer Andrew Grimm, who had stopped to take a photograph of a traffic stop. The shooting continues to be investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Footage from Shaw's body camera shows the deputy stopping a vehicle, returning to his cruiser and then opening his door and firing two shots. He's then seen running toward Grimm and can be heard apologizing when he realized who he'd shot. Grimm was released the next day after surgery.

NBC News takes Mark Halperin off air after harassment claims 

MSNBC says journalist Mark Halperin has been suspended from his role as network contributor following charges from five women who claimed he sexually harassed them while he was an ABC News executive. The network said Thursday, Oct. 26, it found Halperin's conduct as described in a CNN story "very troubling" and that the veteran political reporter will be off the air until questions about his past are fully understood. Later Thursday, Penguin Press canceled a planned book by Halperin and John Heilemann about the 2016 election and HBO called off a miniseries that would have been based on the book. Halperin and Heilemann had collaborated on two previous books, including "Game Change," a best-seller about the 2008 race that almost single-handedly revived the campaign book genre and was the basis for an award-winning HBO adaptation.

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Family business that owns The Newport Daily News to be sold 

The family-owned business that owns The Newport Daily News of Rhode Island is being sold. The Newport Daily News reports the Edward A. Sherman Publishing Company announced Thursday, Oct. 26, GateHouse Media Inc. will purchase the business. The Independent, Newport Life Magazine and multiple other publications will be included in the sale in addition to The Daily News. The sale is scheduled to be finalized Nov. 1. Albert Sherman Jr, retired publisher of The Daily News and president of Sherman Publishing's board of directors, described the sale as "one of the saddest days" of his life. Sherman Publishing was established in 1918 when Edward Sherman bought The Daily News. GateHouse publishes 125 daily newspapers including The Providence Journal. GateHouse CEO Kirk Davis says he respects the Sherman family and Rhode Island communities.

Professor quits over denied Dakota Access pipeline seminars 

A University of North Dakota journalism professor said Thursday, Oct. 26, he's quitting because the school would not let him conduct seminars on the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest. Mark Trahant said he was put in charge of a journalism lecture series and proposed two pipeline protest topics that were rejected. Last year he wanted to hear from reporters who covered the protests, and this year he suggested talking about how the protest played out on social media. Trahant didn't say specifically who turned down his requests, other than to say "it went up to both the provost's and president's office." He said he was "disappointed and disgusted" because he doesn't believe the Grand Forks college is an institutional leader in the state.

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Azcarraga leaving as head of Mexico's biggest TV network 

Mexico's largest television network announced Thursday, Oc t. 26, that Emilio Azcarraga Jean will step down as Televisa's chief executive officer, but remain as chairman of the board, ending three generations of direct management of the company by his family. Azcarraga Jean said in announcing his move that "our industry is undergoing a massive transformation," an apparent reference to competition broadcasters face from internet-based TV services. Two longtime Televisa executives, Bernardo Gomez and Alfonso de Angoitia, will take over as joint CEOs starting Jan. 1. Gomez, an executive vice president, has been with Televisa for almost 20 years. De Angoitia was formerly Televisa's chief financial officer and sits on the boards of several other major Mexican companies.

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Media groups condemn St. Louis protest arrests of reporters 

Several journalism organizations have signed off on a letter to St. Louis' mayor expressing concern about the arrests of reporters covering protests sparked by the September acquittal of a white former police officer in the 2011 killing of a black suspect. The Committee to Protect Journalists sent the letter Tuesday, Oct. 24, to Mayor Lyda Krewson pointing out that at least 10 journalists have been arrested while covering the protests and that six reported that police used excessive force, including pepper-spray to the face and two instances where reporters' faces were shoved into the ground. "Journalists should not have to fear for their physical well-being at the hands of law enforcement when they cover newsworthy events. We ask you to conduct a thorough examination of cases in which reporters were assaulted or arrested and discipline individual officers found to have behaved unacceptably," the letter states. It was signed by the leaders of 17 other media advocacy groups, including the American Society of News Editors, Associated Press Media Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Russian editor says newspaper plans to arm its journalists 

The editor of Russia's most prominent opposition newspaper says he intends to arm his staff with guns that fire rubber bullets amid growing concern about attacks on journalists. Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov discussed his plans two days after Tatiana Felgenhauer of Russia's only independent news radio station, Ekho Moskvy, was stabbed in her studio. Muratov told the station on Oct. 26, that the newspaper is buying "traumatic weapons" for its journalists, providing courses on how to use them and taking other unspecified security measures. "Traumatic weapons" usually refer to pistols that fire rubber bullets. Several Novaya Gazeta journalists have been killed or died under mysterious circumstances, including renowned Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya. She was shot in 2006. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Oct. 26 that citizens can take security measures they think are necessary.

12 hours v. 20 minutes: Fox's uneven sex harassment coverage 
Bill O'Reilly and Harvey Weinstein are the celebrity faces of sexual harassment in 2017. But on Fox News Channel, O'Reilly's former home, the Hollywood mogul's fall has gotten far more coverage. Fox has devoted more than 12½ hours of airtime to Weinstein since Oct. 5, when The New York Times broke the story about his misconduct, according to the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America. By contrast, Fox has spent 20 minutes, 46 seconds, on the accusations against O'Reilly since the Times revealed many of them in April, the group said. A news organization's instinct to downplay a story that reflects poorly on itself isn't unusual. But in this case, some are attributing the disparity to politics. Weinstein has long been a supporter of liberal causes, while O'Reilly is a hero to many on the right, for whom Fox is the network of choice.

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Comcast's cable customers tumble as cord-cutting picks up 

Comcast's video upswing could be sputtering out. The cable company added TV customers last year for the first time in a decade. But on Oct. 26 it posted its biggest quarterly cable-customer loss since 2014. Research firm Moffett Nathanson predicts that industrywide, traditional video subscriptions fell 3.4 percent in the third quarter. That would mean that people ditched their TV subscriptions at fastest rate since online streaming started eating into cable's business. Partly to blame in the July-September quarter were the hurricanes that struck Texas and Florida, damaging poles, wires and other infrastructure and interrupting service for millions. But Comcast and other cable and satellite TV companies also say competition from online sources of video is taking a toll.

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Cincinnati newspaper apologizes after front page criticized 

The Cincinnati Enquirer has apologized for a front page blasted by the NAACP as "racially insensitive." The newspaper on Oct. 24 led with a story about City Council candidates with back-tax issues that included photos of six candidates, all of whom are black. The story headlined "Tax Troubles Dog Council Candidates" continued on an inside page with photos of three more candidates, two of them white, who have had tax liens. The local branch of the civil rights organization called the story "a divisive hit piece." Interim Enquirer editor Michael Kilian wrote an apology in Thursday's editions, saying the newspaper accepts criticism from the NAACP and others and recognizes "we've caused pain to many readers." He writes that The Enquirer is reviewing internal procedures to "do better in the future. "

FCC plans vote over loosening limits on media ownership 

The Federal Communications Commission is planning to vote in November on proposals to roll back ownership rules that were meant to support diverse voices in local media. The newspaper and broadcasting industries have pushed for changes to the rules as they face growing online competition. Critics say dropping the rules will encourage media consolidation and hurt local voices and diversity. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Oct. 25, at a congressional hearing that he wants to eliminate rules that, among other things, bar a company from owning both newspapers and TV stations in one market. It's been in place since 1975 but exceptions have been allowed.

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Social media companies agree to third congressional hearing 

Facebook, Twitter and Google say they will send representatives to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Oct. 31 on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The hearing is the third scheduled with the social media companies as congressional investigators probe the spread of false news stories and propaganda online. The three companies are already scheduled to testify at Senate and House intelligence committee hearings on the same subject the next day, Nov. 1. The Senate intelligence committee announced on Wednesday, Oct. 25, that each company will send its general counsel to testify. That's Facebook's Colin Stretch, Twitter's Sean Edgett and Google's Kent Walker. The companies have confirmed their attendance at the other two hearings but have not yet said who will appear.

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CBS names Jeff Glor as evening news anchor 

CBS News has stayed within its ranks to name correspondent Jeff Glor as anchor of the "CBS Evening News," the flagship broadcast that was led by Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather in the past but is now a distant third in the television ratings. Glor replaces Scott Pelley, who was forced out awkwardly this spring after six years. Anthony Mason has been filling in since Pelley returned to "60 Minutes" full-time. Glor was a part of CBS' hurricane coverage in recent months and was stationed in Jackson, Wyoming, for CBS' coverage of the total solar eclipse. He has worked on several broadcasts in his decade at CBS, including weekend editions of the evening news, and was part of CBS' startup of its streaming service.

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O'Reilly scandal creates more headaches for Fox bid in UK 

Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment scandal is causing more headaches for 21st Century Fox's 11.3 billion pound ($14.8 billion) bid to take full control of U.K. cable network Sky Plc. Revelations that U.S.-based Fox News renewed O'Reilly's contract after he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit for $32 million came just a month after Britain's culture secretary asked competition regulators to review the takeover. Karen Bradley said one of the reasons for her decision was that Fox News' handling of a broader sexual harassment scandal raised concerns about corporate governance at Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. Soon after the New York Times broke the story about O'Reilly's contract renewal, a senior member of the British opposition Labour Party said he planned to ask the regulator to reject the takeover.

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Conde Nast drops Terry Richardson after misconduct claims 

Conde Nast International says it is severing ties with Terry Richardson, the U.S. fashion photographer who has faced allegations of sexual misconduct. The company's magazines include Vogue, GQ, Glamour and Vanity Fair. In an email published by the Daily Telegraph, executive vice president and chief operating officer James Woolhouse told Conde Nast country presidents that the company "would like to no longer work with" Richardson. He said completed but unpublished work "should be killed and substituted with other material." Conde Nast confirmed the content of the email Tuesday but declined to comment further. Richardson's agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Richardson has previously denied mistreating models. Richardson has photographed stars including Beyonce, Rihanna and Lady Gaga and directed Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" video.

Virginia newspaper offering buyouts to workers 

The publisher of The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk is offering buyouts to workers that could result in a nearly 10 percent reduction in the paper's workforce. The newspaper reports that employees with 25 years or more are receiving the buyout offer. Layoffs will follow if the buyout does not attract enough volunteers. Publisher Pat Richardson said 70 people qualify for the buyout, and the paper expects a reduction of less than 10 percent from its current workforce of 543. The paper is also considering outsourcing its news design work, and expects to implement earlier deadlines for the print edition. Newspaper executives say the cuts are required as print revenue continues to decline. Like many papers, the Pilot workforce has declined significantly. In 2008, it employed more than 1,250 workers.

INDUSTRY NEWS • Oct. 26, 2017

Lawyers seek to question neo-Nazi website publisher's family 

Lawyers suing a neo-Nazi website's publisher asked a federal judge Monday, Oct. 23, for court-ordered permission to question the man's relatives about his whereabouts. Private investigators believe The Daily Stormer's publisher, Andrew Anglin, is living in the Worthington, Ohio, area but couldn't find him there last month, according to attorneys for a Muslim-American radio host who sued Anglin in August. The lawyers want to question Anglin's father and brother under oath and ask if they know where he is living, so he can be served with a copy of the federal lawsuit filed in Columbus, Ohio.

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Moscow journalist in intensive care after stabbing attack 

A well-known Russian radio journalist who was stabbed in the throat by an attacker has been operated on and transferred to an intensive care unit, the Ekho Moskvy radio station said Tuesday, Sept. 24. Tatyana Felgenhauer, a top host and deputy editor-in-chief at Russia's only independent news radio station, was put into a medically induced coma on Monday after the attack at the station's studios in central Moscow. It was the latest in a wave of assaults on journalists and activists in recent years. Most have gone uninvestigated.

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US lifts restrictions on 2 Panama newspapers 

The United States has lifted restrictions on two Panama newspapers wrapped up in money laundering allegations against their owner. U.S. Ambassador John Feeley says in a statement that Abdul Waked transferred his shares in La Estrella de Panama and El Siglo to a foundation. La Estrella reported Monday, Oct. 23, that its majority stockholder had donated his shares and it had been "unblocked" by the United States. In May 2016, the U.S. government prohibited U.S. citizens or entities from doing business with dozens of Waked-related companies. The newspapers had to lay off staff and reduce circulation.

Waked has denied the allegations. His nephew, Nidal Waked, was arrested on a U.S. warrant in Colombia in May 2016. La Estrella is Panama's oldest newspaper.

Satirical 'Ask A Mexican' column to end after decade run 

The "Ask A Mexican" column, a satirical weekly installment about U.S. Latinos that once ran in more than three dozen alternative weekly newspapers across the country, is coming to an end. The column's founder, Gustavo Arellano, told The Associated Press on Monday that the final version of the humorous installment will appear online for Albuquerque's Weekly Alibi. The column will not appear in the OC Weekly of Fountain Valley, California, the publication where the column began, he said. The move comes after Arellano resigned from the OC Weekly this month after he refused a request by newspaper's owner, Duncan McIntosh, to layoff half of the publication's staff. Arellano says the OC Weekly owns the column and he has rejected an offer to continue it as a contractor.

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Kelly on O'Reilly: Abuse, shaming of women has to stop 

Megyn Kelly took on her former Fox News Channel colleague Bill O'Reilly in blunt terms on Monday, revealing she had gone to her bosses to complain about O'Reilly's behavior and saying the size of a newly revealed $32 million settlement of harassment charges made by a Fox analyst was "jaw-dropping." O'Reilly responded, in part, by posting a copy of a thank you note Kelly had sent to him for a gift given at a baby shower.

The New York Times reported that O'Reilly had agreed to the $32 million deal to set aside allegations that include a nonconsensual sexual relationship with former Fox analyst Lis Wiehl, bringing to six the number of harassment settlements involving him. The deal was reached a month before O'Reilly signed a contract extension and three months before O'Reilly was fired because of publicity about the cases against him. O'Reilly has said he's done nothing wrong.

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Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd to be interviewed by ABC News 

ABC News says Ashley Judd will sit down with anchor Diane Sawyer for her first television interview since the actress-activist went public with allegations against movie executive Harvey Weinstein. The interview will air Thursday, Oct. 26, on ABC News platforms including "Good Morning America," ''World News Tonight with David Muir" and "Nightline." Judd, an early accuser of the now-disgraced Weinstein, has described an incident two decades ago in which she said he invited her to his hotel room, greeted her wearing a bathrobe and asked if she would watch him shower. In recent weeks, dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault and harassment. Weinstein has also been fired from the production company he founded with his brother.

G7 backs internet industry effort to detect, blunt extremism 

The Group of Seven industrialized nations threw their support behind a new technology industry alliance aimed at detecting and blunting online propaganda, saying Friday it had a “major role” to play in combatting extremism on the internet. G7 interior ministers meeting in Italy invited representatives from Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter to a session Friday, Sept. 20, dedicated to the fight against terrorism. In a final communique, the ministers pressed the industry as a whole to do more. "Internet companies will continue to take a proactive role and ensure decisive action in making their platforms more hostile to terrorism, and will support actions aimed at empowering civil society partners in the development of alternative narratives online," the statement said.

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Fox News duped by phony military hero, removes false story 

Fox News Channel has removed a false story from its website, saying it was duped by an artist the network highlighted as a Vietnam veteran, a member of the first U.S. Navy SEAL team and a much-decorated war hero. The report, which aired Oct. 8, focused on 72-year-old glass artist John Garofalo, who "despite health issues" emerged from semi-retirement to create a four-foot-high, 150-pound glass-and-bronze presidential seal he said he hoped to present to President Donald Trump. The report — captioned "Decorated War Hero Hopes to Honor Trump With Glass Presidential Seal" — included numerous details of Garofalo's alleged military past. "Unfortunately, all of Garofalo's claims turned out to be untrue," Fox News said in a statement issued Thursday, Oct. 19. "The fact is that he did not serve in Vietnam. He was never a U.S. Navy SEAL. Even though he showed us medals, Garofalo was not awarded two Purple Hearts or any of the other nearly two dozen commendations he claimed to have received, except for the National Defense Service Medal."

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Senators push for more online transparency in elections 

Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday, Oct. 19, what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections. The bill by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota would require social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep public files of election ads and meet the same disclaimer requirements as political broadcast and print advertising. Federal regulations now require television and radio stations to make publicly available the details of political ads they air. That includes who runs the ad, when it runs and how much it costs. The bill also would require companies to "make reasonable efforts" to ensure that election ads are not purchased directly or indirectly by a foreign national.

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Trump daughter-in-law is face of re-election effort with “Real News Update”

An image of an American flag waves and the graphic promises "Real News Update." The re-election campaign of President Donald Trump, already sprung to life two-and-a-half years before his name is back on the ballot, is pushing its own online news source to counteract what it believes is an oppositional media. And its face is a rising star in the president's orbit: his daughter-in-law Lara Trump. Lara Trump, married to Eric Trump, was viewed by many on the last campaign as a secret weapon after helping deliver her home state of North Carolina for her father-in-law, and she has become a central figure in a nascent re-election bid that already is fundraising, staging rallies and helping the president challenge the credibility of the news media.

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Fox's Wallace doesn't like colleagues echoing press attacks 

Sunday host Chris Wallace generally lives in peaceful co-existence with Fox News Channel's opinion folks, except when he hears some of them echo President Donald Trump's criticism of the news media. Fake news? He's fighting back. "It bothers me," Wallace said in an interview. "If they want to say they like Trump, or that they're upset with the Democrats, that's fine. That's opinion. That's what they do for a living. "I don't like them bashing the media, because oftentimes what they're bashing is stuff that we on the news side are doing. I don't think they recognize that they have a role at Fox News and we have a role at Fox News. I don't know what's in their head. I just think it's bad form." Wallace, who turned 70 last week, speaks from a position of strength. He just signed a contract extension that commits him to keep questioning politicians for Fox until well past the 2020 election.

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Public cut off from Central Oregon police scanner 

On July 27, the steady hum of static and central Oregon radio scanner chatter filling newsrooms fell largely silent. Reports from local fire agencies, the Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation sounded occasionally, but the conversations from area law enforcement organizations about reported crimes, violent encounters and other police-related emergencies ceased. The silence came after all Deschutes County law enforcement agencies replaced their aging analog radio system with a digital system and then encrypted the conversations that once floated freely through the air. The change blocked personal scanners from hearing the information online, on phone apps or on hand-held or desktop receivers. Law enforcement agencies say their need for radio scanner secrecy is two-fold: Encrypted channels help them do their jobs to the best of their abilities and are safer for officers. But the practice also shuts out the public. For decades, the media has demonstrated a clear interest in hearing scanner traffic, as it alerts journalists to breaking news in real time.

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Pipeline protest charges dismissed against journalist 

Obstruction and disorderly conduct charges have been dismissed against a photo journalist covering the Dakota Access Pipeline protest last year. Sara Lafleur-Vetter was working for The Guardian, a London-based news outlet, when she was arrested Oct. 22 with 140 other people at the pipeline easement near state Highway 1806. Defense attorney Amanda Harris argued there was no evidence against Lafleur-Vetter and that photos show she had cameras and equipment and was working. Harris says Lafleur-Vetter identified herself as a journalist when she was arrested. Surrogate Judge Thomas Merrick dismissed the misdemeanor charges against Lafleur-Vetter Wednesday following testimony from several law enforcement officers who said they did not distinguish journalists from others during arrests. The Bismarck Tribune says four other defendants on trial with Lafleur-Vetter return to court Thursday.

Facebook knocks down Thai PM's claim of Zuckerberg meeting 

Facebook says its top executives aren't coming to Thailand, two days after the country's military ruler announced CEO Mark Zuckerberg would meet him this month. Facebook said in a one-sentence statement Thursday, Oct. 20, "There are no plans currently for any of our senior leaders to visit Thailand." Thailand and the social media giant have had a strained relationship this year. Facebook has irked the Thai government by being a platform for critics of the country's monarchy. In May, a Thai regulator threatened to block the popular site. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters Tuesday he was scheduled to meet with Zuckerberg on Oct. 30. "Please don't link our meeting to any other issues," Prayuth said. "To talk and exchange opinions would be better than for us to not meet at all." Thailand's military, which seized power in a 2014 coup, says safeguarding the monarchy is one of its top priorities. It has tried to stamp out criticism online, including on social media sites such as Facebook, and has aggressively enforced draconian lese majeste and computer crime laws.

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Newspaper lands easy scoop: Corvette crashes into its office 

A New Jersey newspaper has scored an easy scoop. A Corvette crashed into the newsroom of the Press of Atlantic City newspaper in Pleasantville. The newspaper reports the car's driver fell asleep Tuesday, Oct. 17, before driving through an intersection, jumping a curb, traveling about 75 feet (23 meters) and then slamming into the newspaper's office.

No one in the office was hurt. The crash shattered two first-floor windows and knocked over several filing cabinets. The female driver and a male passenger are being questioned by police.

Judge wants activist-journalist to testify about documents 

The judge presiding over the case of a Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder is seeking testimony from the journalist who was the first to write about the shooting of a black teenager. Officer Jason Van Dyke's attorney says Jamie Kalven obtained leaked documents about the shooting shortly after Laquan McDonald's death in 2014. Attorney Daniel Herbert wants to know if the documents contain information from statements officers were required to give during the investigation of the shooting. Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan on Tuesday noted the law protects reporters from having to testify about sources except in certain circumstances. However, he added he was intrigued by Herbert's characterization of the journalist's involvement and the possibility the leaks may have come from a police oversight agency. Kalven says he will appear in court when ordered but won't reveal his sources.

Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration 

Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, has withdrawn from consideration, following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. "He didn't want to have even the perception of a conflict of interest with drug companies or, frankly, insurance companies," Trump told Fox News Radio in an interview Tuesday, shortly after breaking the news on Twitter. The announcement follows reports by The Washington Post and CBS News, which detailed the Pennsylvania lawmaker's involvement in crafting a 2016 law, signed by President Barack Obama, that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration's authority to curb opioid distribution.

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Sorg returns as publisher of Meadville (Pa.) Tribune 

Sharon Sorg, former publisher of The Meadville (Pa.) Tribune, has been appointed to rejoin the paper in that role again, effective immediately. She succeeds Jim Galantis, who has served as publisher for the last six years. Sorg will continue as publisher of the Sharon Herald, the New Castle News and the Allied News in Grove City in line with a management reorganization of the papers, which are owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. “We’re delighted to have Sharon Sorg’s wealth of newspaper experience expanded to include the Meadville Tribune,” said Robin L. Quillon, CNHI’s group publisher for Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland. “Her knowledge of the market will make this transition seamless.”

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CNN's Chris Cuomo starting HLN series on gritty topics 

CNN's Chris Cuomo is hearkening back to his newsmagazine days with a series for the sister network HLN that initially touches on hot-button issues like the opioid crisis, illegal immigration and the sex trade. The documentary series, "Inside with Chris Cuomo," debuts Friday, Oct.20,  at 9 p.m. and doesn't affect his day job as co-host of CNN's "New Day" morning show. HLN, the former Headline News network, is revamping to have a greater emphasis on crime and investigative programming. On Friday's first episode, "SOS New Hampshire," Cuomo looks at the drug problem in the state, focusing on addicts and people trying to save them. While the heroin epidemic has become a popular topic for news investigations, it's clear from the scope and growth of the problem that more focus is needed, Cuomo said.

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US worried about dwindling independent media in Hungary 

The top U.S. diplomat in Hungary raised concerns on Tuesday, Oct. 17, about the dwindling numbers of independent media outlets in Hungary and the growing influence of government allies in the media market. David Kostelancik, the charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy, said that while there is independent media in Hungary, the publications "face pressure and intimidation." "Government allies have steadily acquired control and influence over the media market without objection from the regulatory body designed to prevent monopolies," Kostelancik said in a speech at the Hungarian Association of Journalists. "Negative trends in the sphere of press freedom in Hungary ... are continuing." He also said that journalists at publications run by allies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban weren't able to publish articles critical of the government and mentioned how the government uses publicly-funded ads to support pro-government media while placing few ads in independent outlets.

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House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google 

Tech giant Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media. Officials from Google talked to investigators behind closed doors in recent weeks as part of the committees' probes into Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the briefings. The people declined to be named because the meetings were private. The panels have recently focused on the spread of false news stories and propaganda on social media and have pressured Google, along with Twitter and Facebook, to provide any evidence of Russian efforts to intervene on their platforms.

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Judge dismisses Russian billionaire's suit against AP 

A federal judge on Tuesday, Oct. 17, dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought against The Associated Press by a Russian billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said in the 21-page ruling that aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, who sued over a March story about his business relationship with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, had "cherry-picked sentences" that he wrongly claimed were defamatory. She noted that Deripaska "does not dispute any material facts" presented by the news cooperative about his background and his role in advocating for Russian interests internationally. The judge also said Deripaska had failed to show the AP's story was published with actual malice or with reckless disregard for the truth, a legal standard he would have to meet for the case to move forward.

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INDUSTRY NEWS • Oct. 19, 2017

US tech giants may find their future shaped by Europe 

Silicon Valley is a uniquely American creation, the product of an entrepreneurial spirit and no-holds-barred capitalism that now drives many aspects of modern life. But the likes of Facebook, Google and Apple are increasingly facing an uncomfortable truth: it is Europe's culture of tougher oversight of companies, not America's laissez-faire attitude, which could soon rule their industry as governments seek to combat fake news and prevent extremists from using the internet to fan the flames of hatred. While the U.S. has largely relied on market forces to regulate content in a country where free speech is revered, European officials have shown they are willing to act. Germany recently passed a law imposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($59 million) on websites that don't remove hate speech within 24 hours. British Prime Minister Theresa May wants companies to take down extremist material within two hours. And across the EU, Google has for years been obliged to remove search results if there is a legitimate complaint about the content's veracity or relevance.

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Any questions? Trump wants to talk. Again. 

Reporters were seated in the White House briefing room awaiting an appearance by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday, Oct. 16, when a call went out over a loudspeaker to head to the Rose Garden. There was no time to lose: President Donald Trump wanted to talk. Again. Chaos briefly ensued as the press corps quickly repositioned itself along a ropeline among the famous garden's fall mums and foliage in front of a podium marked by the presidential seal. While Trump rarely holds formal, stand-alone news conferences, his freewheeling, last-minute Rose Garden scrum was the latest example of his penchant for talking to journalists on the fly. For nearly 40 minutes, the president held forth on everything from tax policy to the Russia investigations to Hillary Clinton. Trump reveled in the wild rumpus, gesturing to specific journalists with a "hello" or a wink as they screamed and jumped to get his attention.

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Fact-checking fake news on Facebook works - just too slowly 

Facebook's effort to limit the spread of fake news using outside fact-checkers appears to be having an effect — although that finding comes with a major caveat. Once a story receives a false rating from a fact-checker, Facebook says, subsequent "impressions" can fall off by 80 percent. Impressions count the number of times Facebook users see a particular post.

But it routinely takes more than three days for a false story that appears on Facebook to be passed along to fact-checkers and given a false rating. And most impressions occur when the story first comes out, not three days later. That's the case with all news, both true and fake. The information was shared in an email from a Facebook manager sent to the company's fact-checking partners, including The Associated Press. Facebook gave an AP reporter access to the email.

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Bomb kills reporter who covered Malta's 'Panama Papers' link 

A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the island nation's links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed Monday, Oct. 16, when a bomb exploded in her car, the prime minister said. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a large town on Malta's main island, when the bomb went off, sending the vehicle's wreckage spiraling over a wall and into a field, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. Caruana Galizia's death resulted from a "barbaric attack" that also amounted to an assault on freedom of expression, Muscat said. He described her as "was one of my harshest critics, on a political and personal level" as he denounced her slaying.

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4 women sue Detroit Free Press in pay discrimination lawsuit 

Four female photo journalists have filed a pay discrimination lawsuit in federal court against the Detroit Free Press. Former and current staff members allege in the Friday, Oct. 13, complaint that the newspaper underpaid them because they're women. The lawsuit follows a study this year by the newspaper's union analyzing pay data. It shows the median wage for men was higher than for women in almost every job category at the newspaper. For example, the lawsuit says male photographers make over $4 an hour more than female photographers. Free Press editor and vice president Peter Bhatia says the lawsuit has no merit and the newspaper has a "long-standing commitment" to supporting equal pay. A spokeswoman for newspaper parent company Gannett, also named in the lawsuit, didn't have further comment on Saturday.

Facebook's Sandberg favors release of Russia-linked ads 

A top Facebook executive says ads linked to Russia trying to influence the U.S. presidential election should “absolutely” be released to the public, along with information on whom the ads were targeting. Previously, Facebook declined to make the ads public. While Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, now favors the release, she didn't say Thursday when the company would do so. The company disclosed last month that it found ads linked to fake accounts — likely run from Russia — that sought to influence the election. Facebook says these ads focused on divisive political issues, such as immigration and gun rights, in an apparent attempt to sow discord among the U.S. population. The ads included promoted events and amplified posts that show up in users' news feeds.

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Ryan backs free speech amid Trump threat to yank NBC license 

House Speaker Paul Ryan affirms his support for the First Amendment amid the president's threats to yank NBC's broadcast license. Ryan told journalists Thursday, "I'm a constitutional conservative, I'm for the First Amendment." The First Amendment to the Constitution protects the freedom of the press. Ryan added, "I don't always agree and like what you guys write, but you have a right to do it, and I'm a constitutional conservative and I'm just going to leave it at that." Trump is threatening NBC's broadcast licenses because he's not happy with how its news division has covered him and calls it "fake news." But experts say his threats aren't likely to lead to any action. Pressed on Trump's view, Ryan said only, "This is how I see it," and moved on.

Trump threatens NBC but experts see no real risk to licenses 

President Donald Trump is threatening NBC's broadcast licenses because he's not happy with how its news division has covered him. But experts say his threats aren't likely to lead to any action. The network itself doesn't need a license to operate, but individual stations do. NBC owns several stations in major cities. Stations owned by other companies such as Tribune and Cox carry NBC's news shows and other programs elsewhere. Licenses come from the Federal Communications Commission, an independent government agency whose chairman is a Trump appointee. Trump tweeted Wednesday, Oct. 11, "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!" NBC spokeswoman Hilary Smith had no comment. The FCC did not respond to messages seeking comment.

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Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe 

One of Facebook's top executives met Wednesday with House members investigating the company's Russia-linked ads and told them the social media giant is serious about dealing with the issue. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, told lawmakers behind closed doors that the company is working hard to ensure Americans "understand what the propaganda is that they may or may not be reading," said House Republican Rep. Mike Conaway, who is leading the House intelligence committee probe Wednesday's meetings are ahead of a Nov. 1 House Intelligence Committee hearing at which Facebook, Twitter and Google are expected to testify. Investigators have recently focused on the spread of false news stories and propaganda on social media and have pressured Facebook, along with Twitter and Google, to release any Russia-linked ads.

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NBC News president defends losing Weinstein story 

NBC News defended itself Wednesday after questions were raised about whether it had fumbled an explosive story about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual assaults that network contributor Ronan Farrow broke instead in The New Yorker magazine. It was the same day NBC came under withering attack from President Donald Trump for a story the network did report, about whether the president sought in a summer meeting to greatly increase the nation's nuclear stockpile. Farrow's story, released by the magazine Tuesday, Oct. 10, offered new details about Weinstein's alleged behavior with women that followed an investigation published last week in The New York Times. The Times' story led to Weinstein's firing from the film company that bears his name.

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Atlanta TV anchor running to oust new Republican Rep. Handel 

An Atlanta TV news anchor says he's quit his job at the CBS News affiliate to run for Congress against Republican Rep. Karen Handel, whose election this summer capped the most expensive U.S. House race in history. Bobby Kaple said Wednesday, Oct. 11, that he can succeed where fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff fell short in the June special election for Georgia's 6th District. Handel kept the seat in GOP hands by winning a June 20 special election after Republican Rep. Tom Price stepped down to join President Donald Trump's administration. More than $50 million was spent on the race. Handel must seek re-election to a full term next year. Kaple says he left his job at WGCL-TV to enter the 2018 campaign because he can't stand to "simply report on this mess."

Danish police say submarine inventor won't talk anymore 

Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen, suspected in the death of a Swedish journalist whose torso, decapitated head, legs and clothes were found in the sea off Copenhagen, won't talk with investigators anymore, police said Wednesday, Oct.11. Investigator Jens Moeller Jensen told The Associated Press that Madsen "doesn't want to talk now." Moeller Jensen said that Madsen, who is in pre-trial detention, isn't obliged to talk, adding that his lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark, had informed them about it. She wasn't immediately available to comment. Kim Wall's headless torso with 15 stab wounds was found on Aug. 21. Before the other body parts were found last week, Madsen was willing to talk to investigators. Her arms are still missing.

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Saw found in Denmark could be linked to submarine case 

Danish police say divers have recovered a saw from the sea off Copenhagen and forensic investigators are checking whether it was used to dismember the body of a Swedish journalist. Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen said Thursday they were still searching for the arms of 30-year-old Kim Wall. Wall's torso was found on a southern Copenhagen coast Aug. 21, and her decapitated head, legs and clothes were found at sea last week. Wall was last seen on a home-made submarine with inventor Peter Madsen, who is being held in custody. He has said she died after being accidentally hit by a heavy hatch in the submarine's tower. Police have found no fractures to Wall's skull.

Late journalist, professor to be honored at George Mason 

George Mason is honoring one of its former professors whose career stretched beyond academia into journalism and civil rights. The school is dedicating a plaza Thursday in the Johnson Center on its flagship Fairfax campus to Roger Wilkins, who died earlier this year at age 85. Wilkins won a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 along with Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and cartoonist Herbert Block for coverage of the Watergate scandal. Wilkins was working as an editorial writer at the time. He championed civil rights as an assistant attorney general in the Lyndon Johnson administration. Wilkins served as a professor of history and American culture at Mason from 1986 until his retirement in 2007.

Philadelphia papers offer buyouts and some new jobs 

The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, its sister paper the Philadelphia Daily News and their joint website is seeking to eliminate 30 to 35 newsroom positions through buyouts.

The Philadelphia Media Network also announced Monday, Oct. 9, it's hiring 10 people for new digital-related jobs. Publisher Terrance Egger says "the economics are not getting any better" for the business. He says the company needs to cut costs but is also investing to modernize its news operation and expand its audience on The combined personnel moves represent about a 10 percent reduction in the 210-member union staff.

Union employees at the company since October 2010 are eligible for 28 week' severance pay. They also can get lump sums of $2,500 to $15,000 based on seniority.

INDUSTRY NEWS • Oct. 12, 2017

Fake news is still here, despite efforts by Google, Facebook 

Nearly a year after Facebook and Google launched offensives against fake news, they're still inadvertently promoting it — often at the worst possible times. Online services designed to engross users aren't so easily retooled to promote greater accuracy, it turns out. Especially with online trolls, pranksters and more malicious types scheming to evade new controls as they're rolled out. In the immediate aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, Facebook's "Crisis Response" page for the attack featured a false article misidentifying the gunman and claiming he was a "far left loon." Google promoted a similarly erroneous item from the anonymous prankster site 4chan in its "Top Stories" results.

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Danish police find severed head in Kim Wall submarine case 

Danish divers found the decapitated head, legs and clothes of a Swedish journalist who was killed after going on a trip with an inventor on his submarine, police said Saturday.

The body parts and clothing were found Friday in plastic bags with a knife and "heavy metal pieces" to make them sink near where 30-year-old Kim Wall's naked, headless torso was found in August, Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen said. Moeller Jensen said there were no fractures to Wall's skull and he declined to comment on the discovery of the knife. Peter Madsen, the 46-year-old Danish inventor who is in pre-trial detention on preliminary manslaughter charges, has said Wall died after being accidentally hit by a 70-kilogram (155-pound) hatch on the UC3 Nautilus submarine, after which he "buried" her at sea.

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Murdoch's UK firm pays damages to ex-spy in hacking scandal 

Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper company has agreed to pay damages to a former intelligence officer whose computer was hacked by detectives working for Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid, lawyers said Friday, Oct. 6. Ian Hurst, who ran agents inside the IRA in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, sued Murdoch's News Group Newspapers after learning from a BBC news report in 2011 that his emails had been hacked. Hurst's lawyer, Jeremy Reed, said at the High Court in London that News Group acknowledged the agent's emails had been intercepted "routinely and intensively" over several months in 2006. Reed said when he found out, Hurst "feared for the safety of many of the people with whom he had been in contact," who included people in the witness protection program.

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Treasury's IG probing illegal surveillance allegations 

The Treasury Department's inspector general said Friday, Oct. 6, it is looking into allegations that a Treasury Department agency has been illegally looking at the private financial records of U.S. citizens. BuzzFeed, a news website, is quoting unnamed government sources as saying that Treasury's Office of Intelligence and Analysis has "repeatedly and systematically violated domestic surveillance laws by snooping on the private financial records of U.S. citizens and companies." Asked about the report, Rich Delmar, counsel to Treasury's Inspector General, said, "The issues referred to in the article are currently being reviewed as part of a Treasury OIG audit."

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Adams Publishing acquiring Pioneer News media division 

Family-owned Adams Publishing Group is acquiring the media division assets of the Pioneer News Group Co. in a deal that includes 22 daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah. Terms of the sale that's expected to close Nov. 1 were not disclosed. Minneapolis-based Adams Publishing says the acquisition also includes a newspaper and commercial printing facility, various shoppers and websites. The Seattle-based Pioneer News Group is a media business owned by members of the Scripps family. Pioneer Newspapers was formed by James G. Scripps in 1986.Adams Publishing Group owns and operates 100 community newspapers in 11 states. The Adams family also owns radio stations, outdoor advertising companies, a wine distribution business, label printing companies and a large interest in Camping World Holdings.

Kremlin warns US against restrictions on Russian media 

The Kremlin is warning that Moscow could respond quid pro quo if Washington restricts operations of Russian news outlets in the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Friday that Russian state-funded RT television network and Sputnik news agency had come under "unprecedented pressure" in the U.S. RT said it faces a U.S. demand to register as a foreign agent and provide detailed personal data for its staff, the request it said amounts to an attempt to push it out of the U.S. media market. Peskov warned that if the U.S. hampers the Russian news outlets' operation in violation of media freedom, "actions on the basis of the principle of reciprocity can't be excluded." He added that Russia respects press freedom and treats foreign media equally.

Open government group honors AP reporter, media executive 

An organization dedicated to open government will honor an Associated Press reporter and a former newspaper executive. The Iowa Freedom of Information Council will present its annual Friend of the First Amendment award to AP reporter Ryan J. Foley and Michael Gartner, who has held numerous leadership roles at newspapers and broadcasters and now is principal owner of the Iowa Cubs baseball team. Foley is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was editor of The Daily Iowan. He joined the AP in 2004 and worked in Des Moines and Madison, Wisconsin, before being named Iowa City correspondent in 2010. Throughout his AP career, Foley has been recognized for his ability as an investigative reporter and skilled use of public records.

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No snark allowed: PBS' 'Washington Week' stays true to form 

For 50 years, PBS' "Washington Week" has gathered a rotating group of reporters to share and discuss information about the nation's most pressing issues. It's an approach that's satisfyingly wonkish and, amid a TV sea of partisan megaphones and questions about journalism's role, especially important. An "oasis" is how Robert Costa, The Washington Post reporter who was named the show's moderator last April after the loss of much-admired Gwen Ifill to cancer in November 2016, describes it. "We don't have polemicists on. We don't have people who are columnists. We have reporters," he said. "No snark, no apocalyptic ventilating about the news, no snide opinions, no praise. Analysis. It's not complicated." Costa said that's what draws respected print and broadcast journalists to the program that airs Friday nights (check local listings for times). They include Washington Post veteran Dan Balz; Peter Baker of The New York Times; Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal; Erica Werner of The Associated Press; and Nancy Cordes of CBS.

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Alabama media firm acquires West Georgia-based newspaper 

An Alabama media company has purchased a daily newspaper based in west Georgia.

A subsidiary of Boone Newspapers Inc. of Tuscaloosa purchased The Valley Times-News from Valley Newspapers Inc. and its owner, Nell Dunn Walls. The publication, based in West Point, Georgia, serves readers in the West Point area and also the Alabama communities of Lanett and Valley. Boone Newspapers manages newspapers in similar-sized communities in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. The Times-News reports that its office and staff will remain in West Point. The new publisher of The Valley Times-News is Baker Ellis, who also is publisher of the Times-News' now-affiliated publication, The LaGrange Daily News in LaGrange, Georgia. The deal was finalized Oct. 1.

Russian lawmakers weigh restrictions against US media 

Russian lawmakers are warning that Moscow could retaliate if the U.S. moves to impose restrictions on Russia's state-funded news outlets. Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of state-funded RT television network, said it faces a U.S. demand to register as a foreign agent and provide detailed personal information about its staff, among other things. She has said that the request effectively amounts to an attempt to push RT out of the U.S. media market. Speaking after Thursday's meeting of a parliamentary panel investigating alleged foreign interference in Russian affairs, its head Igor Klimov said that Russian government agencies will consider possible retaliatory moves against the U.S. media broadcasting in Russia in response to the U.S. action regarding RT and state-funded Sputnik news agency.

Stolen baby photos, albums returned to mom by newspaper years later 

Candace Brooke Murray feared her precious memories were lost when her Florida home was burglarized and her children's baby photos were stolen more than a decade ago.

Everything in the home was stolen or destroyed. Three years later, a woman mysteriously left a box of baby photos, including ultrasounds, at the front desk of The News Herald of Panama City. The staff tried, but social media wasn't what it is now and the trail grew cold and was forgotten until a reporter recently stumbled upon it while cleaning. The box was filled with clues including the mother's hospital band. They quickly found her on Facebook and reached out to her. A dumbfounded Murray said her daughter graduated from high school last year, and the family had a difficult time finding photos. But she rejoiced that the photos will be there when her 15-year-old son graduates.

Basketball ref sues Kentucky media company over harassment

A college basketball referee filed a federal lawsuit against a Kentucky media company on Tuesday, Oct. 3, accusing it of creating conditions that led to the harassment of him and his family after he worked an NCAA Tournament game between Kentucky and North Carolina in March. In his suit, John Higgins blamed Kentucky Sports Radio for helping incite death threats that frightened him and his family and defamatory messages on social media and in phone messages that disrupted his roofing business in suburban Omaha. Kentucky coach John Calipari was critical of the officiating in his postgame comments, a theme that was picked up on by commentators for Kentucky Sports Radio after the game.

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Arizona State journalism school, Facebook fight fake news 

Arizona State University's journalism school has partnered with Facebook on a project to increase news literacy and combat false news. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication launched a news laboratory Tuesday, Oct. 3, that will work with news organizations to fight the proliferation of misinformation. The project is funded by Facebook, which has come under criticism for its handling of fake articles that circulated widely on many social media platforms during the presidential election last year. Facebook recently launched a notification on its site that helps users spot false news.

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