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Weekly journalism news update: Future News Fund, audience growth and fact-checking the US 2020 election

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Pushed for time? Catch up with the weekly media news coverage from Journalism.co.uk

IMPRESS releases new guidance to help journalists report on election polls

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The British press regulator aims to improve the quality of reporting around survey and polling data ahead of the UK general election

First Draft launches campaign to equip journalists with verification skills ahead of US 2020 election

Following fact-checking projects in France, Brazil and Nigeria, CrossCheck plans masterclasses and simulations to prepare journalists for election season in the US

Did you get the Memo? Why Forbes bought a UK publication as part of its European expansion

When The Memo was bought out by the US publisher, it saw readership grow from 500k to 80m in the space of a year

How to get your news organisation set up on WhatsApp

The Telegraph and The Washington Post are establishing themselves on private platforms to reach new audiences - here is how you can join them

Today’s top tip for journalists

Tip: What journalists can do when experiencing online attacks

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Trolling, threats and harassment have become all too common for online journalists. Here is what you can do to protect yourself and fight against abuse

Jobs board

Director, Media, Information and Journalism Program (based in London and/or New York)

Open Society Foundations is seeking a director to head up its new Media, Information and Journalism Program. Based in London and/or New York.

PR of the week

Christmas Spending Survey 2019 - Results and Statistics

Bobatoo.co.uk asked more than 7,000 people in the UK about their Christmas spending plans this year, including when they start shopping, how much they spend, how many people they buy for, where they plan to shop, etc. Our article presents the most interesting results from our survey and it gives the UK plenty of Christmas statistics for 2019.

Freelancers for hire

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Stand-up comedy: why showing that journalists are 'human' can boost audience trust

What happens when journalists try to deliver a punchline? Standup For Journalism project finds that humour can improve public perception of the media

Freelancer launching online platform that promises to treat writers and sources with respect

New digital magazine Lacuna Voices will feature underrepresented stories while paying freelancers upon submission - not publication - of their articles

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