Newsonomics: What’s next for the L.A. Times, and a few other questions of the moment for the news business

How do we respond to tragedy? That question is never far from the work of journalists, and Friday’s Annapolis Capital Gazette assault only made it more intimate, with journalists becoming one with the story they’ve covered time and again. Numerous journalists responded to the murder of five of their own by restating the truths of local journalism. The humorist Dave Barry (“Sorry, I’m not feeling funny today — my heart aches for slain journalists“) captured it as well as anyone:
There are over 1,000 daily newspapers in the United States, most of them covering smaller markets, like Annapolis or West Chester. The people working for these newspapers aren’t seeking fame, and they aren’t pushing political agendas. They’re covering the communities they live in — the city councils, the police and fire departments, the courts, the school boards, the Continue reading "Newsonomics: What’s next for the L.A. Times, and a few other questions of the moment for the news business"

Fmr. New York Times Editor Jill Abramson Bashes Paper: They Need a ‘Course Correction’ to Fix ‘Horrible Mistakes’

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson says the Gray Lady needs to make some modifications and shape up in light of the “horrible mistakes” they’ve made recently. Earlier this week, Abramson expressed dissatisfaction with the Times in a tweet about their coverage on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s surprise victory over Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY). She said it was the same kind of mistake that caused people to underestimate Donald Trump before he won the 2016 election. The Daily Beast reached out to Abramson for her expanded thoughts, and she said the paper is “letting down its readers” and “making horrible mistakes left and right.”
“I’m feeling about Continue reading "Fmr. New York Times Editor Jill Abramson Bashes Paper: They Need a ‘Course Correction’ to Fix ‘Horrible Mistakes’"

More than a magic electoral map: How Politico plans its (open source) Slack chats during the midterms

Do you ever wish you could be a fly on the wall of someone else’s Slack channel? FiveThirtyEight fans can read its Slack-like conversations, adding statistical context to current events since 2015 (which political party would be more likely to survive the apocalypse, for example). The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and others have been orchestrating similar chats since then, too. But if you’re a local political diehard just trying to follow along with the experts on an election night — and you don’t want John King’s Magic Wall on CNN or local TV reporters reporting from hyped watch parties — Politico’s Slack chat set up could be just the ticket. (And psst, it’s open source, so you can use it for your own newsroom, too.) Since the spring primaries, and continuing every Monday night through the midterms in November, as well as Continue reading "More than a magic electoral map: How Politico plans its (open source) Slack chats during the midterms"

Trump Goes After ‘Fake News’ NYT Report Saying He Regrets Ending Child Separation Policy

During his Oval Office meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Donald Trump managed to squeeze in a shot at the New York Times today. The paper has a new report saying Trump regrets signing the executive order that ended his administration’s policy of separating immigrant children form their families at the border. This comes after several days in which Trump slammed Democrats on this issue, accused the media of ignoring criminal aliens, and also said migrants are invading the country. When Trump was asked about all of this, he touted his “great” executive order before moving on to call “fake news” on the Times. He continued by slamming his presidential predecessors again while saying that he’s taking action to fix America’s “horrible” immigration laws.
“We have to change our laws. We have to make them sensible, they came in to see me last week, they said, we’d like to Continue reading "Trump Goes After ‘Fake News’ NYT Report Saying He Regrets Ending Child Separation Policy"