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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

The reignited Ferguson media frenzy, the shift from ‘internships’ to ‘fellowships,’ and a golden age of podcasts

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 Audit

How the media gets the price of Thanksgiving dinner wrong

ABC, NBC, Tech Times, and The Atlantic run with a press release

It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time for the American Farm Bureau Federation's report on the cost of the average Thanksgiving... More

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United States Project

Statehouse staffing is down, but it’s not all doom and gloom in Springfield

Veteran reporters say the press corps can still sniff out big stories in the Illinois capitol building

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Fresh off of his successful run for the Illinois governor’s office, Bruce Rauner took a victory lap... More

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News Literacy

What we can learn from Robert McCulloch’s media condemnation

The St. Louis County prosecutor criticized both journalists and the public for failing to practice basic news literacy skills

When Steve Fox's undergraduate news literacy students attended class Tuesday morning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, they wanted... More

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The Kicker

Why Serial is important for journalism

Transparency is key

The hit podcast Serial, a journalist's exploration of whether a young man was wrongly convicted of murder, breaks new ground... More

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Behind the News

In Rehtaeh Parsons’ case, it’s press vs. Canadian law

The Chronicle Herald became the first major paper in the country to publish her name

Leah Parsons was only 13 years old when she invented the name that would echo across Canada years later. Her... More

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The Second Opinion

How to report the narrow-network story

Unpacking a key issue of the new health insurance landscape

Before the second season of open enrollment on the health insurance exchanges began, I suggested six angles for reporters covering... More

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Behind the News

Eric Holder’s lasting damage to press freedom

The attorney general’s rocky relationship with the media

The fact that outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has prosecuted more people under the Espionage Act than all previous attorneys... More

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Language Corner

How to use the colon

Understand its usage once and for all

The colon is one of the most versatile punctuation marks (and organs). We use it to mark time (he arrived... More

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Behind the News

Press subpoenas are a bigger problem than you’d think

The Obama administration continues to strong-arm journalists into revealing sources

By now, everyone knows the feds have been handing out record numbers of subpoenas to journalists hoping to scare... More

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Behind the News

Is this the golden age of podcasts?

Serial, Radiotopia, and Gimlet Media are leading the way in creative audience engagement

The meteoric rise of podcast phenomenon Serial has placed podcasting firmly in the center of internet chatter and media attention,... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

Virtual reality at The Des Moines Register, journalism’s plagiarism problem, and Jack Shafer on leaving Reuters

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

The Boston Globe finally digs in to a big story

Recent standout coverage of a hospital expansion fight makes up for a patch of weaker reporting

The Boston Globe has, at last, dug into the big business-of-healthcare story in its state. In an important article earlier... More

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United States Project

My take: The end of an era in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Tribune say goodbye to talented journalists

MIAMI — The sad news out of Tampa just keeps trickling across my Facebook page. This week it was the... More

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News Literacy

Engaging News Project works to identify audience behavior

How metrics can help the news literacy movement

Industry conversation over the best ways to quantify reader engagement on news sites may be reaching fever pitch, with a... More

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United States Project

A timeline of the #pointergate TV station’s defense (Updated)

There’s doubling down, there’s tripling down, and then there’s what KSTP is doing

You’ve heard all about #pointergate. And you’ve probably read or watched a few of the many, many, many pieces exploring... More

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United States Project

Texas reporters fight for access to fracking facts

State regulators put barriers between journalists and scientists, reporters say

AUSTIN -- Earlier this month, the residents of Denton, Texas--located on one of the country's largest natural gas reserves and... More

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Behind the News

Approach ISIS tweets with caution

“It’s clear that that they’ve gotten some pretty sophisticated media strategists and social media tacticians on their team”

CAIRO--When it seized huge parts of Syria and Iraq this year, the self-proclaimed Islamic State--and the geopolitical chaos surrounding it--became... More

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Behind the News

Mathias Döpfner, digital counterrevolutionary

Axel Springer chief predicts US will eventually join Europe in the fight against the dominance of Google, Facebook, and other tech titans

The digital counterrevolution is underway in Europe, where national governments and bureaucrats in Brussels are enacting measures to curtail the... More

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Behind the News

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed

New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

This American Life's popular Serial podcast bills itself as "one story, told week-by-week." For the uninitiated, it's the story of... More

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Behind the News

Virtual reality is journalism’s next frontier

Why newsrooms need to consider telling stories in a different way

Gannett Digital/Des Moines Register Virtual reality is ascendant, and it's time for media outlets to take notice. Why? Consumer access... More

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United States Project

How two Florida reporters ‘watchdogged’ misuse of the state’s open-records law

Case highlights the media’s interest in monitoring how FOI laws are used

I teach journalism and media law courses at the University of Kansas, and part of my job is to help... More

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

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.