3 to read: What toppled O’Reilly | Great reporting = profits | The alt-right media’s battle plan

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

May 23, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.

  1. What toppled Bill O’Reilly?: A fascinating breakdown of the reporting work that toppled one of the most powerful TV personalities in the country. Basically it came down to the steady, friendly persistence of NYT reporter Emily Steel and the guts of Emily Walsh, who stood up and detailed how O’Reilly had propositioned her. A wonderful read by Yardena Schwartz for CJR.

2. Great investigative reporting = growing subscriptions: Marty Baron of the Washington Post talks about the importance of investigative reporting, long-term thinking, experimentation, and his relationship with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who owns the paper. Interesting insight from the guy running one of the most innovative and hard-hitting news organizations in the country. By Alexandra Steigrad at WWD.

3. How the pro-Trump media responds to a crisis in just 4 easy steps: Ever notice how a straightforward story can be twisted beyond all recognition in the alt-right media? To the point where you say, “What the hell…” Charlie Warzel of BuzzFeed breaks down how the alt-right media can take any story and flip it on its head, so that it makes a sort of sense. But only for people standing on their heads.

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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.


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