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Last week Twitter unleashed the floodgates on 280-character tweets, rolling the feature out to everyone just over a month after testing the feature with select users. While the change may have some of the social media giant’s fans lamenting the watering-down of the platform, the change will have several benefits for journalists. While good journalism […]

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Much has been reported on the video of a CNN producer criticizing the network’s Russia coverage. The video was released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, and as to accusations that these videos tend to be taken out of context, CNN has confirmed the veracity of the video, so we know these conversations did take place […]

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CNN ran a segment this morning where they interviewed several Trump voters in advance of Jim Comey’s expected testimony next week. They were asked a few questions relating to whether or not they still support the president. The segment itself was short and fairly typical, but the most striking aspect of it was an answer […]

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Is it time for newspapers to say goodbye to their opinion sections? I’ve always been a defender of the opinion page for its tradition of unsigned editorials that motivate societal change, and for its ability to create a forum to discuss a wide array of differing viewpoints through columns and letters to the editor. But […]

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Last week, the method cable news broadcasts use to deliver headlines made headlines. While CNN host Jake Tapper was on vacation, a panel on his show was discussing a speech given by Donald Trump supporter Richard Spencer. The text on the bottom third of the screen read: “Alt-Right Founder Questions If Jews Are People.” This set […]

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Tragedies often bring out the big difference in the depth of coverage provided by local and national news sources. In the early hours of Friday morning, Demond Cottman was shot and killed in a Black Friday-related shooting in the parking lot of Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing New Jersey. A Google search for the shooting […]

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Breaking News: Local news stations, 24-hour news networks and news organizations on Twitter over-use the phrase “breaking news” to grab attention and increase ratings. If your local broadcast news station somehow manages to have one “breaking” story at some point during the newscast every night, chances are the news they are reporting isn’t actually important […]

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Apartment fires aren’t an uncommon occurrence. It also isn’t an uncommon occurrence for local news stations across the country to treat apartment fires as though they are atomic bombs. The instant the first smoke detector goes off in an apartment complex in Downtown Anywhere, USA, the helicopters and news vans swarm the scene and an event […]

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