USA Today Fact-Checks the Donald Trump Op-Ed They Published

After publishing a fact-challenged op-ed by Donald Trump this week, USA Today released their own fact check on the same article calling out the president’s false and misleading statements. “When the USA TODAY Editorial Page published an op-ed by President Trump yesterday, we heard from readers who wanted it to be fact-checked,” the newspaper’s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page said in a tweet. “We’ve now posted that, courtesy of our friends at @factcheckdotorg. Thanks.” The fact checkers, Robert Farley, Lori Robertson, and D’Angelo Gore of, took issue with the credibility of several claims that the president made, including his remarks about the costs Continue reading "USA Today Fact-Checks the Donald Trump Op-Ed They Published"

USA Today Responds to Criticism of Trump Op-Ed: ‘We Check Factual Assertions’ and Allow ‘Wide Leeway’ for Opinions

USA Today has received a lot of criticism today for the op-ed from President Donald Trump on health care and Medicare for All it ran, especially after the Washington Post ran a fact-check saying “almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or a falsehood.” Following the online criticism, USA Today put out a statement defending their decision to run the President’s op-ed:
@usatodayopinion provides a forum for a diversity of views on issues of national relevance. We see ourselves as America’s conversation center, presenting our readers with voices from the right, left and middle. President Trump’s op-ed was treated like other column submissions; we check factual assertions while allowing authors wide leeway to express their opinions. Readers are invited to submit opposing viewpoints and provide additional context, some of which will be published in the days ahead.

CNN’s Kirsten Powers Recounts Her Sexual Assault in New Column

CNN contributor Kirsten Powers penned a column Tuesday recounting her sexual assault in the early 1980s. Writing for USA Today — where she regularly contributes — Powers says the assault occurred when she was 15. According to her account, she passed out at a party after “being fed all sorts of alcoholic concoctions” by older boys. From the column:
I awoke with a popular senior basketball player on top of me, and my shirt off. Dizzy and confused, I could barely remember anything about the night before. I asked what had happened and the boy told me we had just snuggled, but he couldn’t explain why my shirt was off. A few days later, a male classmate I was close to exited the boys locker room visibly shaken. He told me this boy had bragged in the locker room that he had molested me when I was passed out. (“Molested” Continue reading "CNN’s Kirsten Powers Recounts Her Sexual Assault in New Column"

Here are the digital media features to watch during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

Each edition of the Olympics offers a shining host city, compelling tales of athletic triumph, and an opportunity for news organizations to test out new storytelling technology with a meticulously scheduled global event. The 2018 Winter Olympics are no different, with Pyeongchang, South Korea partnering with its feisty neighbors to the north, the image of an Olympian redefined in the U.S. after gymnasts testified against their doctor convicted of sexual assault, and news organizations exploring all realms of media to cover the Games. Frankly, there’s a lot going on. Here are some of the Olympic digital news coverage experiments to keep an eye on during the Winter Games, running until February 25. See others? Speak up! For the latter, NBC is broadcasting much of the Games live in what it’s calling the “most live Winter Olympics ever,” including a portion on Snapchat. It will introduce the Snapchat Live
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Can public radio powerhouse WNYC navigate a crisis of its own making?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 150, published February 6, 2018. Good morning, all. So, while not quite breaking news, the late-day publication of a piece on WNYC’s ongoing crisis narrative has led me to rewrite and restructure the newsletter a little bit. As such, this issue is a tad messier than usual. My apologies. “The Troubles.” We’re three months into New York Public Radio’s reckoning with sexual harassment and an organizational culture that allowed for bullying and discriminatory behaviors that have especially hurt women and people of color. (See here, here, and here.) And it’s far from over. Boris Kachka, writing for New York magazine’s The Cut (where the original John Hockenberry piece by journalist Suki Kim dropped on December 1), published a whopper Monday evening that provides one of the most detailed looks at the station’s troubling history with Continue reading "Can public radio powerhouse WNYC navigate a crisis of its own making?"

Lessons From ‘The Wall,’ USA Today Network’s Collaboration on Border Security

A version of this piece previously appeared on Medium via the Center for Cooperative Media.

When it comes to collaboration, newsrooms often have mental barriers to overcome. Concerns such as who will be in charge, lack of focus and general disinterest or distrust of working with others are some of the most common issues that come into play.

But one of the largest journalism collaborations of 2017 — based on a proposed physical barrier — proved that working together can produce stronger results. That collaboration yielded The Wall, a project that involved the Arizona Republic, USA Today and journalists in the USA Today Network from around the country. Together, they spent six months reporting on core questions about Donald Trump’s push for a wall along the 2,000 miles of the United States border with Mexico. The project was a massive feat of organization, communication and journalistic cooperation that taught participants crucial lessons in coalition-building, including

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USA Today Blasts Trump in Blistering Op-Ed: ‘Not Fit to Clean the Toilets’ of Obama’s Library

USA Today released a scorching op-ed piece yesterday that raked President Donald Trump across the coals for his lewd insinuations about Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gellibrand. Despite Sarah Huckabee Sandersdismissal of the president’s critics, there are still a lot of people who interpreted Trump’s Twitter attacks to mean that Gillibrand would trade sexual favors for campaign donations. The USA Today editorial board agreed, and they ripped the president for how he “pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo movement.” “Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low,” the blistering op-ed stated. “A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the Continue reading "USA Today Blasts Trump in Blistering Op-Ed: ‘Not Fit to Clean the Toilets’ of Obama’s Library"