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Can Libel Laws Be Changed Under Trump?

When Donald Trump said in February that he would “open up our libel laws” if he became president to make it easier to sue news organizations for unfavorable coverage, the declaration sent shock waves through the media world.

Gawker and Hulk Hogan Reach $31 Million Settlement

Gawker Media, which filed for bankruptcy after losing a lawsuit brought by the former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, has settled the case, bringing to a close a multiyear saga that led to the demise of the company as an independent news organiz

Gannett Abandons Effort to Buy Newspaper Publisher Tronc

After six months of pursuit, the Gannett Company said that it was withdrawing its offer to acquire the owner of The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, a deal that would have extended Gannett’s national footprint and furthered consolidation

Live Footage of Shootings Forces Facebook to Confront New Role

Late on July 7, when sniper fire rang out across downtown Dallas (TX), a bystander, Michael Kevin Bautista, used his smartphone to stream the events in real time on Facebook Live. Within the hour, CNN was rebroadcasting the footage.

Pillars of Black Media, Once Vibrant, Now Fighting for Survival

Traditional media companies have struggled for years to adapt to a digital world, but the pressure on black-owned media has been even more acute.