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The New York Times looks at the rise of “the robot reporter,” a sophisticated artificial intelligence software used by outlets at Bloomberg, the Associated Press, and The Guardian to craft standard, numbers-driven news stories that cover financial reports, baseball scores, and political donations. The idea, according to reporter Jacklyn Peiser, is to “allow journalists to spend more time on substantive work.”


Columbia Journalism Review examined the disparities between buyouts given to 450 former McCaltchy company staffers and the newspaper chain’s president and CEO, Craig Forman, who secured $2 million in salary and bonus and an extra $35,000 monthly stipend earmarked for “travel, housing, office, and security expenses,” author Amanda Darrach reports.


RedState a conservative-leaning website, lost opinion contributors Kimberly Ross and Andrea Ruth, who quit following growing censorship of commentators and contributors overly critical of President Donald Trump. “Unfortunately, the allure of Trupism has left the once great site a shell of its former self,” write the two commentators.


A community newspaper in a well-to-do town in Long Island lost a major source of consistent paid legal notice revenue after it wrote critical stories of its local government, the New York Times’ Corey Kilgannon writes. According to Kilgannon, there are many “examples of government officials using the notices to try to strong-arm newspapers over their coverage.”


Facebook, in its quest to limit the spread of derogatory content, removed 22 more pages connected to conservative radio host Alex Jones and his show, InfoWars, according to CNN’s Oliver Darcy. “In late January, Facebook announced it had tightened its recidivism policy, aiming to prevent repeat offenders from using other pages they manage to continue behavior that violates the social media company’s rules,” writes Darcy.


Reporters Committee Announces 2019 Freedom of the Press Honorees.  Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, January 9, 2019. “Their essential work, often done in the face of increasing threats, gives voice to a diverse range of stories that would otherwise go untold and helps us better understand and engage in the world around us — values that strike at the core purpose of our First Amendment.” Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee.


Does Journalism Have a Future? The New Yorker,  January 8, 2019. In an era of social media and fake news, journalists who have survived the print plunge have new foes to face.

In Memoriam

Peter O. E. Bekker

The New York Press Club is indebted to Peter O. E. Bekker, former administrator, techie-in-residence, creator of its first website, and good friend. Our new website has been underwritten by Fred Bekker in memory of his brother’s enduring legacy.


An underwriter of Press Club’s Awards for Journalism ceremony and our Foundation’s annual Holiday Party for charity. Con Edison Inc. has been supplying the energy that powers New York for more than 180 years.

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