Russian President Vladimir Putin has dissolved a Kremlin news agency, RIA Novosti, and its international broadcaster. The New York Times reports it is the latest in a series of his efforts to exert greater control over state media. Coincidental with the closure, Putin has reconstituted Russia Today and appointed one of his loyalists to run the organization.
Huffington Post media columnist Michael Calderone reports there has been some discussion about retaliating against China's crackdown on the foreign press by denying U.S. visas to their journalists. Others have called for such measures, but Calderone is the first to report this might be in the cards.
Beth Winegarner, writing for Poynter, identifies five tips to "desensationalize" content: stick to the facts, be careful when naming crime suspects, remain skeptical of experts, get all the details you can, and tell a good story. Usually in that mix there will be opportunities to minimize the sensational content, she notes.