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The Kicker

A future without ‘Graham Grams’

On the end of an era at The Washington Post

When my wife and I were young parents in the late 1970s and I was working as a Metro reporter... More

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Behind the News

The Boston Globe launches Crux to draw a global, Catholic audience

With 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, the metro newspaper hopes a single-issue Catholicism site will help it reach the promised land

The religion of journalism has always found believers in Boston. The same goes for Catholicism. No small wonder, then, why... More

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Magazine: Review

How to build an audience

We know what readers are doing on our sites. What we need to know is why.

The Marketplace of Attention: How Audiences Take Shape in a Digital Age By James G. Webster The MIT Press 280... More

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Magazine: Second Read

The Tea Party is timeless

Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life doesn’t seem like a catchy title, but, more than 50 years on, it has demonstrated... More

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Magazine: Cover Story

Do you know Elise Andrew?

The creator of the Facebook page “I f*cking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

In retrospect, I could easily have ignored the picture that appeared on my Facebook feed on a lazy Sunday... More

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Magazine: On the Job

Gun Crisis Reporting Project uncovers despair

The Philadelphia-based nonprofit provides a behind-the-scenes look at gun-assisted crime

It’s just before midnight on a warm summer monday when photographer Joe “Kaz” Kaczmarek gets word of a double... More

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Full-Court Press

What science can tell sportswriters about why we love sports

There’s something special about a winning team

This summer was tumultuous for the mood of nations, as you may have read in the sports section. In... More

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Magazine: Currents

When late-night went political

Could Stephen Colbert bring politics back to talk shows?

Dick Cavett isn’t the first hardnosed reporter who comes to mind when we think of the Watergate scandal. Probably... More

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Magazine: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Readers sound off on the new-look Washington Post, sports coverage, the trauma of covering Gaza, and more

Brick by Bezos Which Bezos? Commenting on your article about Jeff Bezos taking over The Washington Post (“Brick by brick,”... More

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Magazine: Feature

Can news literacy grow up?

After a decade, the movement tries to prove its worth

In 2005, as Howard Schneider was developing a plan for Stony Brook University’s new journalism school, he taught a... More

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Magazine: Q and A

Carol J. Loomis reflects on 60 years at Fortune

“It’s pretty amazing I’ve worked this long!”

Carol J. Loomis retired in July after 60 years at Fortune, where she became, indisputably, a giant of business... More

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Magazine: Review

Lincoln teams up with journalists

Quick reviews of Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion and The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion By Harold Holzer Simon & Schuster 768 pages;... More

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Magazine: Review

Uncle Sam wants (to kill) you

A political screed misses the true threat to war correspondents

War Reporters Under Threat: The United States and Media Freedom by Chris Paterson Pluto Press 216 pages; $29 I traveled... More

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Magazine: Review

Matt Bai seeks a larger truth

A new book examines how Gary Hart’s fall turned political reporters into character cops

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid By Matt Bai Alfred A. Knopf 288 pages Hardcover; $26.95... More

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Magazine: Feature

Kyiv Post’s unlikely success

An editor from Minnesota and a Pakistani billionaire are riding the story of their lives as Ukraine unravels

If you search for “Ukraine news” on Google UK, you might expect to find the BBC or The Guardian... More

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Magazine: Feature

Qaddafi couldn’t stop this reporter

Abdullah Aboathba risks his life to be a journalist in Libya

In January, Abdullah Ali Aboathba, a Libyan television journalist in the southwestern desert city of Sabha, heard from his... More

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Magazine: Feature

Bowe Bergdahl, Pat Tillman, and the media’s problem with simplifying soldiers

Why it’s problematic for the press to define heroes or traitors

For most Americans, the story of Bowe Bergdahl’s release began in the Rose Garden. It was there, amid the... More

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Magazine: Feature

Can newsrooms boost traffic without spoiling their brand?

The search for a perfect contributor model

They don’t make bylines like they used to. In July, I read a story on Forbes.com by someone named Rick... More

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The Observatory

Has climate change become a business story?

The cost of brushing science aside

One of the more robust periods of study in the modern history of climate change has taken place this... More

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Magazine: Currents

Meet the robots that factcheck

Are these companies making it easier to get the details right?

Factchecking has been going out of style for years, as magazines and other publications embrace the feckless creed of modern... More

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Magazine: Currents

How robots consumed journalism

A look back in time reveals machines have long been after news jobs

1770s Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz builds “The Writer,” a 6,000-part automated doll that could be mechanically programmed to write with... More

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Language Corner

Hyphen use disappearing

Is the web to blame for quick changes to language?

Language evolution is happening right in plain sight. “Off-site” and “on-site” are in the process of becoming “offsite” and... More

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Darts and Laurels

Reporters rummage through Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Poor judgment used when covering the tragedy in Ukraine, and the rest of our darts and laurels

DART to the ghoulish journalists who rummaged through the scattered belongings of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

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

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

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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.