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Tuesday

NPR suspended senior editor Uri Berliner for five days without pay after he wrote an essay accusing the network of losing the public's trust and appeared on a podcast to explain his argument. Uri Berliner hide caption

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Tuesday

Thursday

Chevron operates a major refinery in Richmond, Calif., a community with high childhood asthma rates. It also owns the city's dominant news site, putting its own spin on events, and runs similar websites in Texas and Ecuador. Tracy J. Lee for NPR hide caption

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Chevron owns this city's news site. Many stories aren't told

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Wednesday

Former RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, shown at last November's Republican presidential primary debate on NBC. The network hired her and then fired her in the course of a week after a newsroom revolt. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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NBC drops former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel as a contributor following outcry

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Monday

NBC is criticized by one of its own after hiring ex-RNC chair Ronna McDaniel

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Thursday

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch (right) rides with Will Lewis, then the general manager of Murdoch's News International and now The Washington Post's CEO, in July 2011. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

A priest prays over the coffin of Oleksandra "Sasha" Kuvshynova, a Ukrainian journalist killed while working for Fox News in March 2022. Her parents have sued Fox News alleging wrongful death, fraud and defamation. Efrem Lukatsky/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

The New York Times report on Dec. 31, 2023, about the deadly Hamas attacks caused a rift in the newsroom. For example, a relative of the late Gal Abdush, whose family is shown above in a large front-page photograph, later voiced doubts, helping to fuel skepticism around the report. New York Times hide caption

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Monday

Conservative commentator Armstrong Williams is the new owner, along with David D. Smith, of The Baltimore Sun. The newspaper now features Williams' columns and stories about his broadcast interviews. Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun hide caption

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More crime and conservatism: How new owners are changing 'The Baltimore Sun'

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Saturday

Vice Media and BuzzFeed become the latest news organizations to announce layoffs

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Wednesday

Washington Post staff picket during a 24-hour strike outside the newspaper's building in December 2023. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Journalists turn to picket lines as the news business ails

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Tuesday

Is there a double standard on age between Trump and Biden?

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Thursday

Former Fox News star Tucker Carlson flew to Moscow to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin, becoming the first American to do so since Russia invaded Ukraine two years ago. From left: Giorgio Viera/AFP via Getty Images; AlexanderKazakov/POOL/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

The fracturing and expansion of conservative media ahead of the presidential election

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