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 2021-04-21 11:45 

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How a fact check led to a rare retraction from Iran's supreme leader...

Toward the end of his speech last week celebrating the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei made a stark admission — he'd misled the public. "It's probably the first time in the past three...

 2021-04-21 11:30 

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The Derek Chauvin verdict: How did the media do with coverage?...

"NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt called it a "deep breath moment" for our country. ABC "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir called it a "rare moment" when the country stops and comes together to focus on one thing. H...

 2021-04-21 10:54 

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Front pages after Derek Chauvin's trial: Guilty...

Almost a year ago, newspapers around the country captured outrage after George Floyd's death. "Time to speak up," read a sign from a photo in Rhode Island. "Silence is violence," read a sign from another in North Carolina. "America...

 2021-04-21 10:00 

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Why are COVID-19 cases rising in the US?...

Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas about the coronavirus and other timely topics for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. Close to 40,000 Ameri...

 2021-04-21 09:55 

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The guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin, explained...

After weeks of testimony and a year of reckoning, a jury in Minneapolis convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd, who died gasping for air while Chauvin kneeled on ...

 2021-04-21 00:12 

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What you need to know about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act...

In the moments after Judge Peter Cahill read the guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial, President Joe Biden called the Floyd family to promise to push for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This hotly debated legislation would affect how polic...

 2021-04-20 22:56 

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A closer look at how TV news covered the Derek Chauvin verdict...

"NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt called it a "deep breath moment" for our country. ABC "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir called it a "rare moment" when the country stops and comes together for one moment. How true...

 2021-04-20 21:18 

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The Chauvin trial is over. Guilty on all charges. What's next for police reform?...

What changes have happened since George Floyd was killed? Ballotpedia provides a list and interactive map. Make no mistake, the Black Lives Matter movement sparked by Floyd's death may have been the biggest protest movement in American history. On one...

 2021-04-20 19:37 

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No, California theme parks aren't banning screaming on rides because of COVID-19...

You might have come across the viral social media claim recently that Disneyland in California has banned screaming on rides. This claim has been circulating everywhere, racking up thousands of views on both YouTube and Facebook. But have the days of scre...

 2021-04-20 14:58 

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Do you need journalism career advice? Bring your question to The Collective's Council of Truth-Tellers....

The Collective, Poynter's monthly newsletter by and for journalists of color (and our allies), begins publishing April 28. We're excited about a subscriber-only feature of the newsletter: career advice for journalists of all levels answered by our...

 2021-04-20 14:57 

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How lawyers in the Chauvin trial used 'power words' in their closing arguments...

Like all of you, I watched the closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial with intensity and searched for any "moments" that might drive a jury decision. Two things stuck out to me from a writing and presentation perspective. I was surprised tha...

 2021-04-20 11:30 

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'What a day' — the Chauvin trial goes to the jury amid last-minute controversy...

"What a day." That's what CNN's Wolf Blitzer said as Monday's trial of Derek Chauvin went to the jury. The prosecution delivered its closing arguments. The defense gave its (very long) closing arguments. The prosecution gave its rebutt...

 2021-04-20 11:29 

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Facebook is watching for Chauvin trial for misinformation and hate speech...

Facebook announced Monday that it would limit posts that contain misinformation and hate speech as it relates to the trial of Derek Chauvin. In a blog post, Monika Bickert, Facebook's vice president for content policy, wrote, "We know this trial h...

 2021-04-20 10:00 

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A medical study linked the AstraZeneca vaccine to blood clots. Now what?...

Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas about the coronavirus and other timely topics for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The results of a new ...

 2021-04-20 09:55 

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What Aaron Sorkin's 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' gets right and wrong...

What happens when one of Hollywood's most famous writer-directors undertakes retelling one of the most infamous trials in modern U.S. history?In Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7," which debuted on Netflix in October 2020, the ans...

 2021-04-19 19:27 

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Tribune Publishing cuts off negotiations with white knight investor Stewart Bainum Jr., clearing the way for an Alden takeover...

With Swiss billionaire Hansjrg Wyss out as a potential investor in a bid for Tribune Publishing, the company said Monday morning it has "terminated discussions" with his former partner, Maryland hotel owner Stewart Bainum Jr. A contract is in plac...

 2021-04-19 11:45 

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For STAT, the Boston-based medical and biotech site, the pandemic kicked growth into high gear...

January 2020 found STAT, the digital launch covering medical research and the biotech industry from a Boston base, with a respectable 1.5 million monthly unique visitors and on target for profitability in its fifth year. Then all hell broke loose. With a ...

 2021-04-19 11:45 

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Fact-checkers will meet in Oslo for the first in-person Global Fact conference in two years...

After two years of interruption, Global Fact 9 will take place in Norway, at the Oslo Metropolitan University's City Center Campus, from June 22-25, 2022. It is organized by the International Fact-Checking Network in partnership with Norwegian fact-ch...

 2021-04-19 11:30 

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The nation looks to Minnesota as the Chauvin trial nears an end...

This likely will be a big week in Minneapolis. And in this country. Closing arguments begin today in the Derek Chauvin murder trial. Then the jurors will begin their deliberations. When will we have a verdict? It's anyone's guess. The judge in thi...

 2021-04-19 11:29 

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Alden is the lead bidder for Tribune again as Hansjrg Wyss pulls out of the deal...

Hotel magnate Stewart Bainum Jr.'s effort to buy Tribune Publishing suffered a major setback over the weekend when his partner, Swiss billionaire Hansjrg Wyss, pulled out of the deal. Wyss lost interest, The New York Times' Katie Robertson reporte...

 2021-04-19 10:00 

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More than 4,000 National Guard troops and police await the Chauvin trial verdict in Minnesota...

Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas about the coronavirus and other timely topics for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Today's special edition of Covering COVID-19 focuses entirely on the Derek Chauvin trial...

 2021-04-19 09:55 

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How accurate is 'Mank,' the movie about the movie 'Citizen Kane'?...

In keeping with the Oscar tradition of honoring movies about movie making, the most nominated film of the year centers on a Hollywood screenwriter. "Mank" tells the story of Herman "Mank" Mankiewicz, a theater critic, wit and playwright be...

 2021-04-18 12:00 

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'Understanding Title IX' is a new Poynter course to help student journalists navigate this complex federal law...

Quick — explain how Title IX works! If you're anything like me, this question from a student would give me that real deer-in-the-headlights face, the one I hate to show because it's 2021 and how do I not know everything yet? I knew bits and ...

 2021-04-16 11:45 

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Why the 1980s were a golden age for the NBA's press corps...

Decades before social media allowed players to control the narrative, the National Basketball Association relied on the press to spread the word of an emerging league and its talented players. In this excerpt from "From Hang Time to Prime Time: Busine...

 2021-04-16 11:30 

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CBS News names a new president and it's, actually, two people...

Figuring out who the heck is running network news this week has turned into a dizzying game of musical chairs. CBS News president Susan Zirinsky is giving up her seat. Her No. 2, Kimberly Godwin, grabbed the big chair at ABC News. That left an opening at ...

 2021-04-16 10:00 

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5,800 fully vaccinated people have gotten breakthrough COVID-19...

Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas about the coronavirus and other timely topics for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The Centers for Disea...

 2021-04-16 09:55 

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How often do police confuse firearms for stun guns?...

Two major events are unfolding in Minnesota: the trial of a former police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, and protests over the recent fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright. Both cases involved white police officers and Black men. Many peop...

 2021-04-15 20:38 

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Did a 1950s PSA predict the coronavirus?...

A YouTube video claiming to be a public service announcement from the 1950s has gone viral. The video warns of a virus that will break out by the year 2020. But did experts really predict a 2020 virus more than 60 years ago? Here's how we fact-checked...

 2021-04-15 18:42 

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Claims that Bill Gates is going to 'block the sun' lack context...

For years, misinformation about the climate has circulated online. Now, some social media users are claiming that billionaire Bill Gates is planning to spray dust into the atmosphere to "block the sun" as a way to combat global warming. These clai...

 2021-04-15 17:54 

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Military Veterans in Journalism teams up with the Poynter Institute and Craig Newmark Philanthropies to provide vets with critical journalism training, fellowships...

New York (April 15, 2021): Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) and the Poynter Institute are teaming up to offer veterans more than $20,000 of journalism training and two fellowships, thanks to a grant awarded by Craig Newmark Philanthropies. "We ow...

 2021-04-15 11:30 

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Kim Godwin makes history by taking over as ABC News president...

It's official. Kimberly Godwin has been named president of ABC News, making her the first Black executive to run a broadcast network news division. Word of Godwin taking over at ABC News has been out for a week and the deal was finalized and announced...

 2021-04-15 11:25 

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Journalists, listen to veterans of the war in Afghanistan and their families...

People enlisting in the military today may not have been born when America entered Afghanistan two decades ago in a war that President Joe Biden says will end soon. The patriotic motivations to avenge the 9/11 attack on America were reminiscent of my moth...

 2021-04-15 11:00 

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Factually: US Fact-checkers pause to explain J&J...

Factually is a newsletter about fact-checking and misinformation from Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network. Sign up here to receive it on your email every Thursday. Explaining a pause This week, fact-checkers in the United States faced a simi...

 2021-04-15 10:00 

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CDC panel extends pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine...

Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas about the coronavirus and other timely topics for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The future of the one...

 2021-04-15 09:55 

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Answers to common questions and concerns about coronavirus vaccines...

If you're not one of the 120 million Americans who have already received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, you may be wondering: Is the shot worth it? And is it safe? You're not alone. A March poll found that 13% of Americans say they wi...

 2021-04-14 17:33 

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The difference between 'accidental' and 'negligent discharge' and why journalists shouldn't parrot police language...

Within 24 hours of Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter killing Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in the Minnesota town on April 11, the police department released body-worn camera footage of the incident. Just as quickly, Brooklyn Center Police Ch...

 2021-04-14 14:30 

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Reflecting on the state of student journalism...

How would you define "the state of student journalism?" That's the topic I reflected on for a recent presentation, and wow, it's a big one. I spoke to a group of student journalists over the weekend at the Nieman Foundation's Georges C...

 2021-04-14 11:30 

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CBS's 'The Talk' is back. Here's why that's important....

On March 10, the panelists of the CBS show "The Talk" were doing what they always do: talking about current events. One of the biggest stories that day was the Oprah Winfrey interview of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. The conversation...

 2021-04-14 11:29 

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White nationalist group praises Tucker Carlson's comments...

Ever heard of Vdare? A generous definition is that it's an alt-right website promoting opposition to immigration in America. Perhaps a more accurate way to describe it — and one that The Washington Post and The New York Times have used — i...

 2021-04-14 10:00 

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Everything you need to know about Johnson & Johnson's vaccine clotting concerns...

Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas about the coronavirus and other timely topics for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. Journalists should ke...

 2021-04-14 09:55 

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Fact-checking unproven claims that DMX suffered a heart attack after getting a COVID-19 vaccine...

DMX died April 9 at a hospital in New York, where he had been on life support after suffering a heart attack days earlier. The rapper, born Earl Simmons, was 50. The hospital where DMX died said in a statement that he died "peacefully with family pres...

 2021-04-13 13:00 

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Meet the first cohort of Poynter's 2021 Leadership Academy for Women in Media...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 13, 2021) — The Poynter Institute, renowned for longstanding excellence in training newsroom leaders, is pleased to announce the first of three classes selected for its seventh annual Leadership Academy for Women in Media...

 2021-04-13 12:00 

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Some personal news: We have a new series on layoffs and the people who left news during the pandemic...

Three words — "Some personal news" — might slow your scroll on Twitter. Someone is leaving their job. Someone is starting a new job. Someone got laid off. We saw that one a lot last year. We don't have solid numbers for the people ...

 2021-04-13 11:59 

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Some personal news: Her newspaper closed. She kept reporting....

When Marchel Espina received the note instructing her to return to the Visayan Daily Star's newsroom for a meeting last July, she knew it was going to be bad news. The entire staff up until that point had been working remotely due to the pandemic. She...

 2021-04-13 11:58 

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Some personal news: This new journalist found isolation, not her dream job...

Last October, three of Dynahlee Star Padilla's longtime friends came down from New York City to visit her in Virginia. They planned for a fun Halloween weekend to spend time together and catch up. Padilla, a new transplant to Virginia, was excited to ...

 2021-04-13 11:57 

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Some personal news: After a layoff, David Clinch isn't done with journalism...

David Clinch was working in his Atlanta home office in February when he got the call. His wife, Kelly Clinch, overheard her conversation with Storyful higher-ups and walked in, giving him a wide-eyed "what the hell" look from the doorway. Clinch, ...

 2021-04-13 11:30 

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A look at the media coverage from Minnesota...

Much of the nation's attention and anxiousness already was focused on Minneapolis at the Derek Chauvin trial when more horrific news about a police officer killing a Black man came down Sunday. Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot and kill...

 2021-04-13 11:29 

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How Fox News enables Tucker Carlson...

If you think Fox News is going to do anything about Tucker Carlson's incendiary commentary, think again. Carlson's latest controversy is for comments he made on air last week about "replacement theory" — the racist conspiracy theory ...

 2021-04-13 10:00 

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The astonishing toll of COVID-19 in jails and prisons...

Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas about the coronavirus and other timely topics for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. Vaccines have slowly ...

 2021-04-13 09:55 

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What we know about COVID-19 testing for migrants at the southern border...

Overcrowding at southern border facilities has raised concerns that migrants might get sick with COVID-19 since they may not have enough space to safely distance from each other. Some Republican lawmakers who went to Texas in late March to examine Border ...

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