ProPublica Adds 3 to Its Illinois Newsroom After Appointing an EIC in February

May 23, 2017  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ProPublica's Illinois office, the first regional expansion in the publication's history, is more than a third of the way towards being fully staffed as it adds two reporters and a news applications developer. Jodi S. Cohen joins as a reporter from the Chicago Tribune, where she has been an investigative reporter. She had been a...

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Fox News Retracts Its Conspiracy-Laden Story on Seth Rich

May 23, 2017  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

One week after Fox News published a conspiracy theory about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, one that was debunked hours later by the very source cited in the story, one that persisted, occupying space on Hannity and Fox & Friends, where former House speaker Newt Gingrich was allowed to spread it, unchallenged, one...

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Snapchat Introduces Custom Stories for Collaborating With Friends

May 23, 2017  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Snapchat has added a new tool to let users collaborate by posting their photos and videos to custom story threads, giving the platform a way to potentially cut into the wedding hashtag market so prevalent on its rival Instagram. Custom Stories, as they're called, let a person add friends to a specific story, which can...

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This Design Conference Wants Creatives to Help Solve Climate Change With a Competition

May 23, 2017  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

What Design Can Do, a design conference currently taking place in Amsterdam, has proposed an interesting challenge to the creative community today. Beginning today, the conference is asking anyone and everyone in the creative community to submit ideas to its Climate Action Challenge. The goal? To find solutions that will help solve climate change. Anyone...

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Peabody Awards Balance Somber Subjects With Hard-Hitting Humor

May 23, 2017  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While the 2017 Peabody Awards celebrated the best in broadcast at local, national and international levels, the defense of journalism was front and center on Saturday night, with celebrity presenters and recipients lavishing praise on an industry that's come under immense scrutiny and hostility since President Trump took office in January. In her opening remarks...

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How Brands Like Hyatt and Orbitz Are Promoting U.S. Tourism in the Shadow of Trump’s Travel Bans

May 22, 2017  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On a recent Saturday afternoon, hundreds of volunteers gathered in a park in the flight path of Los Angeles International Airport and held up giant signs that spelled out "welcome," aiming to make arriving visitors feel at home before they even landed. The greetings, written in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic, were part of the...

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Wired’s New Editor in Chief on Why Tech Reporting Is More Important Than Ever

May 22, 2017  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Adweek: I recently read that when you worked at Wired the first time, as a senior editor from 2005 to 2010, you actually edited the story that became the movie Argo. Did you get a little piece of an Oscar or anything? Nick Thompson: No, unfortunately. I didn't make any money. I didn't get an...

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This Agency’s Origin Story Starts With a Long Bus Ride to South by Southwest

May 22, 2017  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Few agencies (if any) can say they started with a road trip. For Swarm, it all began in 2013 when several busloads of entrepreneurs and developers drove from locations around the U.S. to Austin, Texas, for SXSW, competing to build a product to pitch to investors by the time they arrived. A traveler (partner Valerie...

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This Agency’s Origin Story Starts With a Long Bus Ride to South by Southwest

May 22, 2017  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Few agencies (if any) can say they started with a road trip. For Swarm, it all began in 2013 when several busloads of entrepreneurs and developers drove from locations around the U.S. to Austin, Texas, for SXSW, competing to build a product to pitch to investors by the time they arrived. A traveler (partner Valerie...

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Drew Barrymore on Launching a Magazine, Handling Advertisers and Her Return to Acting

May 22, 2017  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Drew Barrymore knows how to work a room. The actress was armed with copies of Flower Press, a new print magazine that she'll be putting out semi-annually, while she walked around the Beautycon festival at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal this past Saturday. If any of the roughly 9,000 attendees saw Barrymore and wanted a selfie...

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