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The Second Opinion

The Boston Globe owned the health policy beat once. Where did that tenacity go?

The paper’s coverage of big health news in Massachusetts is now too often ho-hum

As goes Massachusetts; so goes the nation--at least when it comes to healthcare. In 2009 and 2010, in the midst... More

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The Audit

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box

Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

When Justin Smith arrived from The Atlantic to last fall to take over the sprawling media group at Bloomberg LP,... More

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United States Project

A state lawmaker’s op-ed appears to be copied from… somewhere

Homebuilders and cattle ranchers team up to fight an EPA rule, and industry talking points end up on the op-ed page

CHARLESTON, SC — What does cattle ranching in Wyoming have to do with building homes in South Carolina? More than... More

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Magazine: Feature

From the archives: The Times and the Jews

A vocal segment of American Jewry has long believed that the paper has been unfair to Israel. Here’s why—and why they’re wrong.

Editor's note: The fighting in Gaza has, predictably, reinvigorated the perennial debate over the US media's coverage of the Israel-Palestinian... More

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Behind the News

Stories I’d like to see

The facts on Iron Dome, suing over Flight 17, and reviving the VA

This column, a regular feature, originally ran on Reuters.com. 1. Figuring out the Iron Dome: As I kept reading and... More

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United States Project

How public media collaborations are creating opportunities for local reporting

Local Journalism Centers offer chances to develop expertise—and build something that lasts

Colorado’s crude oil production is surging, more than the state’s pipelines can handle. In order to increase capacity, shipping companies... More

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Behind the News

Truth and the Russian media

Unhinged claims about the Malaysia jet are part of a broader propaganda campaign

As the world reacted to the deranged explanations emanating from Russia's state-controlled media about what really happened to Malaysia Airlines... More

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Language Corner

Gotcha!

Get, got, and gotten

A software program that acts as a super spelling checker often stops on the word "got," and asks, in effect,... More

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The Audit

How Forbes got to $475 million

That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Integrated Whale Media Investments of Hong Kong is now the majority owner of Forbes Media, valuing the company at a... More

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The Kicker

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview?

Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

Let me just say this: If I ever get publicly bounced from a job, I am heading straight for Cosmopolitan... More

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Behind the News

Minus proper archives, news outlets risk losing years of backstories forever

Experts say journalism outfits are naive about the safety of digital content and underestimate the value of archives

Print stories can be lost, but digital stories last forever, captured for eternity in some nebulous internet ether or on... More

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Behind the News

Twitter and factchecking don’t mix during debates

Though Twitter provides real-time opportunities to hold candidates accountable during debates, factchecking on the quick isn’t as easy as it looks

Mitt Romney’s assertion in the first 2012 presidential debate - that Obamacare was a government takeover of the healthcare industry... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

Somaly Mam, the race beat and America’s ‘records of carnage.’

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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United States Project

Jose Antonio Vargas’ detention shows what ‘border security’ actually entails

A reminder to reporters: Look beyond familiar images of agents patrolling the line

AUSTIN, TX -- The blurry photograph appears to capture the moment on July 15 when a Border Patrol agent handcuffed... More

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United States Project

Free Press takes its transparency dispute with the University of Michigan to court

An attempt to clarify state law—and establish a principle of openness for public universities

Investment commitments and funding of more than $120 million, a property purchase for $12.8 million, construction of a new biological... More

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Data Points

The best and worst of this week’s data journalism

A cool side project tracking taxi rides, and a quest to find the bowling center of the country

Chris Whong--a self-proclaimed urbanist, mapmaker, and data junkie--filed a Freedom of Information request that resulted in acquiring information about all... More

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News Literacy

How to check if that viral video is true

Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

When big news breaks, like the Malaysian airline plane crash in eastern Ukraine on Thursday afternoon, news organizations can't... More

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The Audit

Murdoch moves on Time Warner

As pipes companies merge, another round of media consolidation

Seven years ago, when Rupert Murdoch stunned the media world by bidding for The Wall Street Journal, its parent company... More

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The Second Opinion

Dangerous drug side effects will no longer be secret in Canada

Kudos to the Toronto Star for dogged investigations and pressure on a reluctant government agency

Last fall on a visit to Canada, I spotted a first-rate piece in the Toronto Star by Diana Zlomislic,... More

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Critical Eye

How Katrina and BP spill coverage defined NOLA as the two events, in turn, shaped local press

A review of Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

When Hurricane Katrina charged through New Orleans, the devastation left in its wake had an unintended side effect: It became... More

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The Observatory

A long-time science reporter wrote a questionable book on genetics. Can we trust his other work?

The case of Nicholas Wade and reporting on a lively field with a dishonorable past

In the 10 weeks since veteran science journalist Nicholas Wade penned a book claiming that genetic difference between the races... More

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United States Project

For Detroit’s alt-weekly, rising ambition and a few questionable decisions

Native ads can be OK—just be clear with readers, and please keep them off the cover!

DETROIT, MI — The Boston Phoenix closed up shop. The Village Voice is diminished by heavy layoffs and staff disquiet.... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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.