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The Second Opinion

6 ways reporters can cover Obamacare open enrollment

Journalists need to make sure people understand how to use the law and to point out where it falls short

As we head into the second Obamacare open enrollment season, the media have a chance to redeem themselves from last... More

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Magazine: Q and A

What’s next for David Plotz?

The former editor of Slate charts a new path

In July, David Plotz announced that he would be ending his six-year tenure as editor of Slate. Plotz, who... More

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Magazine: Feature

Is Ari Melber the future of cable-news anchors?

The MSNBC rising star is a lawyer-turned-journalist who wants to solve problems, not shout about them

On a Wednesday afternoon in late July, during his regular show on MSNBC, Ari Melber gestured across the table... More

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Magazine: Feature

How the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affected journalists

Last summer’s Gaza war pushed reporters to their mental and physical limits

Tyler Hicks, a photojournalist for The New York Times, was sitting in his hotel room in Gaza last summer... More

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Magazine: Reports

The case for Huffington Post’s crowdfunded reporting job

Let the people pay

When the Huffington Post announced it would crowdfund a one-year reporting fellowship to cover the aftermath of teenager Michael Brown's... More

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Magazine: Currents

‘Working’ people have an audience

Breaking down jobs stories

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Studs Terkel's groundbreaking book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All... More

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Magazine: Currents

Story stats

Hard numbers behind the news

$135 Hourly rate Ferguson, MO, officials charge journalists who seek access to public records related to the Michael Brown shooting... More

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Magazine: Darts and Laurels

Lousy judgment, unlikely hero

Darts for Columbia Daily Tribune, The Economist, and SportsCenter with laurels for TMZ and The New York Times

A DART to the Columbia Daily Tribune for running a cartoon of Ferguson protesters holding signs with statements such as,... More

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Magazine: Language Corner

The history of ‘wrestle’

Getting to the root of the word

The football player "wrestled" the ball away from an opponent and scored a touchdown. Shareholders "wrestled" control of a company... More

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The Audit

The news business should refuse Facebook’s deal

The lure of online ad revenue isn’t worth surrendering news judgment to Zuckerberg’s algorithm

Facebook wants publishers to become its junior partners, embedding their news and content into Facebook itself (at least on mobile)... More

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The Observatory

BP’s aggressive PR strategy obfuscates facts

The company’s flack blurs lines between journalism and company mission

.@MorrellGeoff's piece in @Politico is no different than any other op-ed by any other company in any other publication— State... More

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Magazine: Opening Shot

Ebola scare spotlights media’s retreat from science coverage

Hyperbole, misinformation, and conspiracy theories abound

  With the arrival in the US of the Ebola virus, the American public has demonstrated yet again its... More

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Magazine: Review

Copywrong

Copyright may make creative work more expensive, but without it we’d all be poorer

When Charles Dickens first came to America in 1842, he gave a series of speeches in which he asked the... More

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Magazine: Review

How the First Amendment applies to Jennifer Lawrence

Amy Gajda’s new book overstates the threat to press freedom in digital-age court rulings

The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press By Amy Gajda Harvard University Press 306 pages;... More

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Magazine: Currents

Journalism says goodbye to Redskins

A list of news organizations that no longer use the team name

The debate over the Washington Redskins' nickname intensified this year when the US Patent and Trademark Office canceled the... More

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Magazine: Currents

Inside Evin prison

Maziar Bahari’s experience illuminated in Jon Stewart’s film Rosewater

In this issue of Currents, political cartoonist Mana Neyestani talks about the terrors he experienced inside Iran's Evin prison,... More

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United States Project

Three Social Security issues that need more discussion

As program becomes a campaign topic again, reporters need to provide context and scrutiny

This has been an election season without a dominant theme. All of a sudden, though, Social Security, once considered an... More

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The Second Opinion

Hospital infections kill more people than car crashes. Here’s how to cover them better

A database maintained by the CDC is an underused journalistic tool

Ebola has killed one person in the United States, but about 75,000 people die each year from infections they picked... More

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Behind the News

On CNN International, the ‘news’ isn’t always the news

The network has a tangle of autocratic sponsors and too often a blind eye to inconvenient facts

Last June, CNN business reporter Richard Quest interviewed the CEO of the state-owned Qatar Airways about the recently opened Hamad... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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.