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Bring out your dead

Saw this on Twitter. Got a morbid kick out of it:

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Fri, March 31 2017 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Bring out your dead

Legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin dies

Subhead: “Mr. Breslin, a New York columnist and best-selling author, leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for decades, with prose that was savagely funny and poorly imitated.”

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Sun, March 19 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin dies

Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

This commentary argues that U.S. President Donald Trump is providing cover to exactly the wrong types of governments to crack down on news outlets in their countries.

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Mon, March 13 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

StarTouch, the tablet-based app, is one of the biggest bets a news organization has placed in recent years, hasn’t worked out so well for the Toronto Star. And that’s why outgoing TorStar CEO David Holland says his successor will have to devote heavy thought to its future.

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Wed, March 1 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

Friendly news doses helped Trump aides keep him off Twitter

Everyone knows how much U.S. President Donald Trump loves to use Twitter to beak at the mainstream news media, but some of his campaign staffers found a way to calm him.

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Wed, February 22 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Friendly news doses helped Trump aides keep him off Twitter

‘How Mark Zuckerberg could really fix journalism’

Journalism academic Emily Bell peruses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent manifesto and offers some thoughts on what his company could do to really fix journalism.

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Wed, February 22 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘How Mark Zuckerberg could really fix journalism’

‘Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact’

The lede: “The press will destroy Trump and Trump will destroy the press.”

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Tue, February 21 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on ‘Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact’

Europe fights fake news as election season underway

An office in Brussels pours through hundreds of potentially fake news reports in a typical day, trying to identify them as such as Europeans in the Netherlands, Germany and France prepare to go to the polls this coming spring.

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Mon, February 20 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Europe fights fake news as election season underway

Facebook’s next phase further threatens journalism

Craigslist started the unbundling process of separating services from news that helped lead to journalism’s precarious financial situation today. Facebook’s new strategy will make things worse.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook’s next phase further threatens journalism

Early days in the Trump era have energized the US media

Not since the go-go days of Watergate, Iran-Contra and Monica Lewinsky has the press been so hopping in the U.S. But this is a new era, with new technologies, and that has amped competition even more.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Early days in the Trump era have energized the US media