Fox News Panel Slams CNN’s Jim Acosta: ‘If He Wants to Write Opinion, He Should Change Jobs’

On Thursday, a Fox News panel slammed CNN’s Jim Acosta after he told Stephen Colbert the media was not supposed to be “part of the story.” On Wednesday, Acosta appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert touted his appearance beforehand on Twitter in a much-panned tweet. In speaking to Colbert, Acosta said this: “We’re not supposed to be the story. That’s not why I’m out there…I get accused of that from time to time and my attitude is, listen, I’m allowed to care about this country just as much as anybody else.” In response to a clip of Acosta’s words, Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Editor responded during the Fox panel,
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How The Wall Street Journal is revamping its newsletters — and trying to add some whimsy

The Wall Street Journal is not exactly known for its sense of whimsy — but that’s what the folks revamping its newsletter system are aiming for. When Cory Schouten and Annemarie Dooling (formerly of CJR/Indianapolis Business Journal and Vox Media, respectively) joined the Journal’s newsletter team earlier this year, they embarked on the journey of whittling down the paper’s 126 newsletters. Some were automated but didn’t generate many clicks; others had a little more voice, but a pretty dry voice nonetheless. That whittling has led to what are now around 40 streamlined, audience-driven emails. They can now feature market information updating in real time (even after a newsletter is sent), and coaxing non-payers toward a subscription is core to their mission and design. (This process began under product designer Cory Etzkorn three years ago and accelerated through a migration to the Campaign Monitor platform since last fall.) “When
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Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Rips Trump Presser: A ‘Personal and National Embarrassment’

The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board has often been at odds with the paper’s own reporting during the Trump presidency, frequently opting to defend the administration in spite of the journalism exposing its scandals. Not so on Tuesday, as the Editorial Board blasted Trump’s disastrous press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as an embarassing demonstration of the “Trump First Doctrine”. “Mr. Trump marched through Europe with more swagger than strategy,” the Board wrote. “His diplomacy is personal, rooted in instinct and impulse, and he treats other leaders above all on how much they praise Donald J. Trump. He says what pops into his head to shock but then disavows it if there’s a backlash. He criticizes institutions and policies to grab headlines but then claims victory no matter the outcome.” The editorial does its best to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, making sure to chastise Continue reading "Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Rips Trump Presser: A ‘Personal and National Embarrassment’"

54 newsrooms, 9 countries, and 9 core ideas: Here’s what two researchers found in a yearlong quest for journalism innovation

Many news organizations are working intensely on sharpening their own profiles and identities, challenging the dogma of neutrality and fleeing away from the catch-all omnibus news ideal for several reasons. The need for a clear media identity grows when online news content is spread in small, unidentifiable bites across the Internet. Also, in order to make people relate to and identity with you, you must show them what you stand for. Show them who you are, and from which perspective — geographically, socio-demographically, or politically — you view the world. Prime examples of news media working with their identities in this targeted way are the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen (The Class Struggle), the regional online news site Voice of San Diego and The Evergrey in Seattle.

2. From omnibus to niche

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Trump Baselessly Accuses Reporters of Fabricating Stories: A Lot of Leaks Are ‘Made Up By the Writers’

As Donald Trump held a meeting at the White House today, he attacked the media for, seemingly, the zillionth time by accusing outlets of fabricating sources for their stories on his administration. On Monday, Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal both reported that the president plans on reducing U.S. investments and exports to China in retaliation for their intellectual property theft of U.S. technology. When Trump was asked about this, he said the restrictions would go beyond China, and then he attacked news writers along with the “leaker” who told them about the development. “They had either a leaker that didn’t exist or a leaker that didn’t know his business very well,” Trump said. “And it was either a bad leak by somebody that didn’t know, but probably, they just made up the story and there was no leak. In the long term, I’m not sure my political friends Continue reading "Trump Baselessly Accuses Reporters of Fabricating Stories: A Lot of Leaks Are ‘Made Up By the Writers’"

Et Tu? Even Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board Scolding Trump For ‘False’ Stormy Daniels Claims

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board issued a rare rebuke of President Donald Trump on Friday, taking him to task conflicting stories regarding the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The White House has taken heavy fire since Rudy Giuliani declared that Trump reimbursed his lawyer Michael Cohen for his payment to the porn star to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump — despite both the White House and the president previously having denied he knew about the payment. And the Journal’s editorial board, recently known for its defenses of Trump and crusade against the Mueller investigation, joined in on scorning of the president in its latest piece, the print edition of which is headlined “Does Trump want Americans to believe him in a genuine crisis?” “Most storms pass eventually,” the editorial starts. “This week Donald Trump tried to ensure that Stormy Daniels doesn’t rain Continue reading "Et Tu? Even Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board Scolding Trump For ‘False’ Stormy Daniels Claims"