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United States Project

In Ferguson, local news coverage shines

‘At so many of these press events, the speakers keep making the point that these cameras will go away…We won’t go away’

It has been a stressful, sleep-deprived 11 days for St. Louis journalists, ever since teenager Michael Brown was shot... More

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News Literacy

How to establish a media diet

Keeping up by slowing down

Earlier this year, I began experimenting with different strategies for stepping outside of the 24-hour news cycle. I was overwhelmed... More

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Behind the News

Third party apps are winning the traffic battle

News outlets need to make tools pushing personalized content to keep readers on their sites

In 2011, Bill Keller accused Arianna Huffington's namesake site of doing no less than stealing content, arguing, "There's often a... More

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Behind the News

When reporters are kidnapped

US journalist James Foley has been missing in Syria since Thanksgiving, and there’s no standard way to save him

Editors' note: The news that ISIS has allegedly executed journalist James Foley, who had been in captivity since he disappeared... More

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United States Project

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud

A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- This city’s two rival dailies, the broadsheet Inquirer and tabloid Daily News, share an owner, a website,... More

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The Audit

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins

A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

When Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based cable news giant rolled out its massive new American affiliate one year ago, creating a... More

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Behind the News

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter

The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

The best-sourced reporter covering Apple Inc., one of the world’s most secretive companies, is a 20-year-old junior at the University... More

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Behind the News

Facebook to Onion readers: They’re just kidding

Satire label tested on fake-news posts save embarrassment but kill the joke

Satire on Facebook now comes with a disclosure. Click on an Onion article in a Facebook News Feed, and the... More

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The Observatory

The media’s growing interest in how animals think

The more divorced we become from animals in our daily lives, the more we want to look at them online

Tip the elephant arrived in New York to accolades and fanfare--until things went wrong. A few years into his stay... More

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Language Corner

Why words have multiple acceptable spellings

More on the new edition of Webster’s New World College Dictionary

Last week, we talked about the new, fifth edition of Webster's New World College Dictionary, and some things in it... More

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The Audit

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers

Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Gannett's latest Great Leap Forward will go "digital first," heavily emphasizing metrics to guide coverage. It will have significantly smaller... More

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United States Project

Detroit’s Dan Gilbert and the ‘savior complex’

How do you cover a dominating figure in a struggling city without losing your skepticism?

DETROIT, MI — “A man for his time and place. Love him or hate him.” That’s how Bill Shea,... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

Interviewing pedophiles, valuing BuzzFeed, and withholding a police officer’s name in Ferguson

Culled from CJR’s own stories, plus the frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best... More

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The Second Opinion

Why did one regulator order a health insurer to set its rates higher?

An unusual case in Oregon draws some good coverage, and deserves sustained attention

A little drama over insurance rates came to a head earlier this week in Oregon, with a result you might... More

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Data Points

Vox fails on journo arrests, the LAT does a great investigation of police misreporting, and The Verge illuminates net neutrality commenters

The best and the worst of recent works of data journalism

It's a little ridiculous to classify as data journalism a classic investigation like The Los Angeles Times' piece from last... More

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The Kicker

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical

Obama defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

In a news conference Thursday addressing the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and resulting unrest in Ferguson, MO, President Barack... More

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United States Project

Can Ferguson police legally withhold the officer’s name? (UPDATED)

A review of Missouri’s case law and ​open records ​statute suggests ​​courts might see it as a close call

Editor's note: Police in Ferguson on Friday, Aug. 15 released the name of the officer involved in the shooting. Our... More

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United States Project

A TV reporter sheds light on entrapment concerns

Florida sheriff accused of using media to publicly shame innocent men

MIAMI, FL -- There's an old joke that gets a lot of use in central Florida: the most dangerous place... More

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United States Project

Reporter faces jail time for scoop in gruesome murder case

A sensational homicide trial in Illinois tests the boundary of the state’s shield law

CHICAGO, IL — The account of a 2013 double murder, dubbed the “Nightmare on Hickory Street,” sounds like a... More

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United States Project

Texas reporters shut out of immigration court

Officials are fast-tracking deportation hearings for Central American migrants, and journalists who once got a welcoming media campaign now find locked doors

AUSTIN, TX -- A story in today's Houston Chronicle takes readers inside an immigration courtroom to report on accusations that... More

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Behind the News

Can an algorithm solve comment section trolling?

New technology could point out how online conversations go south

RALEIGH, NC--On a Monday afternoon in March, members of a North Carolina nonprofit called Equality NC hunkered down for a... More

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The Kicker

SEC aggressively investigates media leaks

The government agency sends a clear warning to any employee who speaks to a journalist: Shut up

If you think investigations of media leaks are confined to issues of national security, think again. Since 2008, one particular... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.