THURSDAY’S LINKS: Training Women to Write Op-Eds, ‘Newsday’ Plans Web Transformation, Fake News

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, Adam Reilly thinks that journalists need to get better at crediting one another for prior legwork, an author and activist trains women to write opinion pieces, and Bruce Bartlett thinks the liberal bias of the media is fading.

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Bruce Bartlett: While conservatives still believe that the major media are biased against them, one hears more and more criticism coming from the left. Indeed, judging by what one reads on the left-wing blogs, there are many liberals out there who truly believe that the major media now have a conservative bias. (National Review)

Newsday seeks to transform its Web presence, according to a memo from editor John Mancini. (Gawker)

Adam Reilly: Unlike academics, reporters can largely ignore their predecessors? contributions to a given story — naming an occasional colleague or competitor if we?re feeling generous, dropping in ?reportedly? now and again, or maybe just giving no credit at all. This probably improves readability, especially in lengthier, more complex stories. It also lets journalists deceive the public — and themselves — with a flattering illusion of self-reliance. (Boston Phoenix)

Defense lawyers and media organizations are objecting to what they say is a government effort to bar the public from the upcoming trial of two pro-Israel lobbyists charged with violating U.S. espionage laws. (Washington Post)

Whatever other reasons may explain the lack of women?s voices on the nation?s op-ed pages, the lack of women asking to be there is clearly part of the problem. The obvious solution, at least to Catherine Orenstein, an author, activist and occasional op-ed page contributor herself, was to get more women to submit essays. To that end Ms. Orenstein has been training women at universities, foundations and corporations to write essays and get them published. (New York Times)

Flanked by his glamorous wife and twentysomething daughter, deposed newspaper baron Conrad Black yesterday strode into a Chicago courtroom, where he heard potential jurors for his racketeering trial gripe about people who make millions or get special tax breaks. (New York Post)

Even steep losses at The New York Times didn’t stop its family owners from enriching themselves and insiders with bonuses for making “profits” when there were none (New York Post)

Robert Love: The trope [of fake news] itself sounds so modern, so hip, so Gawkerish when attached to the likes of Stewart or Stephen Colbert, or dropped from the lips of the ex-Saturday Night Live ?Weekend Update? anchor Tina Fey, who declared as she departed SNL, ?I?m out of the fake news business.? For the rest of us, we?re knee deep in the fake stuff and sinking fast. (Columbia Journalism Review)

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