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You'll Probably Share This Story Without Even Reading It

Study finds 3 out of 5 people share stories on Twitter without ever clicking on them

(Newser) - Three out of five people sharing this story on social media will do so without actually reading it. That's just science. A study published this month looked at more than 59,000 articles from the BBC, Huffington Post, New York Times, Fox News, and CNN shared on Twitter. It... More »

PayPal Founder Admits Plan to Kill Gawker

It's about sticking up for the little guy: Peter Thiel

(Newser) - Peter Thiel admits he spent around $10 million to fund lawsuits against Gawker in the hope of ruining the media company—and it's "one of my greater philanthropic things that I've done." But "it's less about revenge and more about specific deterrence," the... More »

A Morley Safer Vietnam Report Ticked Off LBJ

Newsman is retiring after a half-century

(Newser) - Morley Safer announced Wednesday that he's retiring from 60 Minutes at age 84 after nearly a half-century with the show. CBS plans a tribute to the Canadian-born journalist on May 15 after the regular broadcast, reports Us Weekly . In the meantime, a post at International Business Times calls attention... More »

9-Year-Old Who Covered Homicide: I'm a Real Reporter

Hilde Kate Lysiak is unfazed by her critics

(Newser) - A 9-year-old reporter who wrote about a suspected murder in her small Pennsylvania town is defending herself after some locals lashed out about a young girl covering violent crimes and said she should be playing with dolls. Hilde Kate Lysiak got a tip Saturday about something untoward happening in Selinsgrove,... More »

Intercept Reporter Made Up Quotes, Invented Sources: Editor

Juan Thompson's rambling explanation gives his bizarre take

(Newser) - The Intercept, a website dedicated to "fearless, adversarial journalism," often produces stories that push for government and corporate accountability by exposing secrets and wrongdoings. But a note posted Tuesday by EIC Betsy Reed shows the site's been doing some major sleuthing on one of its own. "... More »

Big Media Surprise: Politico Losing Huge Names

Including CEO/co-founder Jim VandeHei, Politico Playbook journo Mike Allen

(Newser) - In a surprise announcement that its owner says "[makes] perfect sense for the publication," one of the co-founders of Politico, as well as perhaps its most prominent journalist, will be leaving the publication, the New York Times reports. CEO Jim VandeHei, who helped launch the site in 2007,... More »

Harper's Makes 1st Retraction in 165 Years

Magazine makes big step over old piece by disgraced Stephen Glass

(Newser) - Disgraced journalist Stephen Glass continues trying to make up for past transgressions, most recently to Harper's Magazine. Although much of the hullabaloo in the 1990s originally focused on Glass' work for the New Republic—a majority of which he completely made up, per the Washington Post —it's... More »

Reporters Storm Home of Shooting Suspects

'This is going to be a rather extensive chapter in future journalism textbooks'

(Newser) - It was a scene of complete chaos and questionable ethics Friday morning, as members of the media stormed into a California townhouse rented by the suspects in this week's mass shooting in San Bernardino. The New York Times reports landlord Doyle Miller let reporters and photographers—many of them... More »

Famously Bad Journalist Apologizes With $10K

Stephen Glass continues to apologize for making up a bunch of stories

(Newser) - Stephen Glass—the one-time journalist most famous for embellishing, plagiarizing, or outright making up countless articles in the late '90s—sent $10,000 to Harper's Magazine this week as part of his ongoing atonement, the New York Times reports. “I want to make right that part of... More »

Gupta Misled CNN Viewers in Report: Nonprofit

Group says claims he saved 8-year-old's life after Nepal quake aren't accurate

(Newser) - He didn't use the word "conflate," but Sanjay Gupta used many other words to try and clarify why a report he filed from Nepal after the April earthquake there was apparently filled with inaccuracies, the Guardian reports. The Global Press Institute, a journalist-training nonprofit, reports not only... More »

Top Pulitzer Prize Goes to Small Newspaper

Post and Courier of Charleston, SC, wins prestigious public service prize

(Newser) - Ready or not, the Pulitzer Prizes are out, with a fairly small newspaper winning the most prestigious prize for reporting. The Post and Courier of Charleston, SC, staffed by 80 people, won the gold medal for public service for its series "Till Death Do Us Part," about the... More »

Dysentery? Floating Body? Williams' Claims Under Fire

Now NBC anchor's Hurricane Katrina stories are under the microscope

(Newser) - Brian Williams has been apologizing for falsely recalling being on a helicopter that came under fire in Iraq. Now, more controversy regarding the NBC anchor's memory issues: The New Orleans Advocate says claims he made while covering Hurricane Katrina in 2005—including an account of contracting dysentery and watching... More »

Iran to Put Washington Post Reporter on Trial

Jason Rezaian has been held since July

(Newser) - A Washington Post reporter who has been imprisoned in Iran since July for unspecified reasons has been indicted and will go on trial, according to Iran's state news agency. The AP reports that the announcement about Jason Rezaian came after a meeting between John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister... More »

Pol to Press: You Need Permission to Use My Name

Maryland council member's rant does not go over well

(Newser) - A county lawmaker in Maryland is getting a very public lesson in freedom of the press after his angry Facebook post. This is what Frederick County Council Member Kirby DeLauter first wrote to reporter Bethany Rodgers of the Frederick News-Post : "So let me be clear, do not contact me... More »

Rolling Stone Orders Audit of UVa Rape Story

Jann Wenner has asked Columbia Journalism School to examine what went wrong

(Newser) - Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner is ordering an independent audit to get to the bottom of what went wrong with Sabrina Rubin Erdely's University of Virginia rape story , and the Columbia Journalism School will do the honors, the Washington Post reports. The investigative team, headed by deans Steve Coll... More »

New Republic Owner Blasts Editors Who Quit

Chris Hughes says if 'you really care ... you roll up your sleeves'

(Newser) - Twenty of the 50-plus staff members and contributing editors who quit the New Republic on Friday penned an open letter to Chris Hughes—the Facebook co-founder who purchased the magazine in 2012—and other management to express their "dismay and sorrow at [the magazine's] destruction in all but... More »

Watergate Editor Ben Bradlee Dead at 93

He led 'Washington Post' during coverage that brought down Nixon

(Newser) - The Washington Post reports that its former legendary editor, Ben Bradlee, is dead at age 93. Bradlee led the newsroom during its coverage of the Watergate scandal that culminated in the resignation of Richard Nixon. But the Post itself thinks his "most important decision," made in consultation with... More »

James Foley Remembered With Scholarship

Mentoring program will help tell 'untold' stories

(Newser) - Future journalism of students at Wisconsin's Marquette University will get some help from a scholarship fund in honor of James Foley. The American journalist executed by the Islamic State graduated from the school in 1996, CBS News reports, and his family has helped establish a scholarship to "provide... More »

Chelsea Manning: Military Shouldn't Choose Reporters

An independent board should do it, Manning says

(Newser) - As Iraq apparently erupts into civil war , Chelsea Manning wants us to think about war reporting. Serving a 35-year sentence for revealing classified information, the former Army intelligence analyst recalls in the New York Times how US journalism during the Iraq war was often upbeat compared to the nuanced or... More »

Ferry Tragedy: Stop Blaming the Drowned

Kai Ma takes exception to the media's culture blaming

(Newser) - The Sewol ferry disaster has left the world looking for answers, wondering who to blame. And an uncomfortable number of English-language media outlets have hit on an answer, Kai Ma at Time observes: South Korea's "culture of obedience." For example...
  • LA Times : The disaster and failed rescue
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