Thursday, December 18, 2014. Last Update: Wed 1:10 PM EST
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Full-Court Press

Why sportswriters are questioning football

It’s getting harder to cover the NFL without noting criticism

Photo credit: Associated Press A few days before Thanksgiving, Grantland's Bill Barnwell wrote a column that, at first glance,... More

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United States Project

Billionaire’s support for Pittsburgh paper is at issue in court case

Scaife children seek accounting of trust fund drained in part to back Tribune-Review

A conservative billionaire, heir to one of the country’s great fortunes. His wealthy children, with whom he had sometimes-strained relationships.... More

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The Second Opinion

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision

A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

Thanks in part to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the rollback of banking regulations woven into the recently-passed, so-called "crominbus" spending bill... More

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Cloud Control

The problem with sharing uncredited photos

“Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”

In October 2011, two men wearing George W. Bush masks robbed a bank in Seattle. Christopher Boffoli grabbed a camera... More

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United States Project

An Ohio court urges lawmakers to defend freedom of the press

In ruling against Murray Energy, appeals panel calls for an anti-SLAPP statute

Robert E. Murray, the Ohio coal baron who is perhaps best known nationally for suing meddlesome journalists, lost his latest... More

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Behind the News

How to improve the reporter-editor relationship

The New Republic’s downfall can be a lesson for how bosses treat their employees

Liz Spayd: The implosion at The New Republic left many of us in wide-eyed amazement. It's rare that you... More

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United States Project

The public-records fight behind the battle over James Brown’s will

Journalist Sue Summer is waging a court battle against South Carolina’s attorney general

On Sunday, the front page of The New York Times featured an article about the “downbeat legacy” of James Brown.... More

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Language Corner

The Oxford English Dictionary adds words

Read up on the December updates

Four times a year, the venerable Oxford English Dictionary releases a list of words it has added, revised, or otherwise... More

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United States Project

#FergusonNext asks readers: What now?

Guardian, Post-Dispatch, and other outlets team up for a “solution-based” collaboration

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- Late last month, a few days before the news broke that there would be no indictment... More

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Behind the News

The New Republic: A public trust or a business?

How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

On Thursday, December 4, Frank Foer resigned as editor of The New Republic, having learned from a gossip site that... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

How to handle story corrections, a possible newspaper revival in Denver, and a message to journalism’s Silicon Valley owners.

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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Behind the News

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way

RIP Improvement Act of 2014

More than two years of work by open government advocates collapsed on Thursday night when House Speaker John Boehner closed... More

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United States Project

Laid-off Metro Pulse editors plan a new publication in Knoxville

After rejecting severance to start a competitor, journalists seek funding for Knoxville Mercury

Three former editors for Metro Pulse, the Knoxville, TN, alt-weekly recently shuttered by E.W. Scripps, have rejected their severance payments... More

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News Literacy

News roundups can be part of a smart media diet

What you should know about ‘everything you need to know’

Each morning around 3:30am, Adeel Hassan and Victoria Shannon start reading and summarizing the day's top news. By 5am, they... More

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Behind the News

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school

Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

The price of a two-year graduate journalism degree at UC Berkeley is set to rise to $46,600 for in-state students,... More

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United States Project

Ohio lawmakers are about to decide on a big execution secrecy bill (UPDATED)

Media organizations join with unlikely bedfellows to oppose the measure

Update, 12/15: The state Senate last week approved the measure after adding a two-year expiration date to the bill and sent it... More

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United States Project

Casting a critical eye on Rick Perry’s border deployment

What was the mission for the Texas National Guard? Was it accomplished? Time for reporters to take stock

AUSTIN, TX -- On July 21, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood before cameras here to announce with great flourish--"I will... More

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Behind the News

Senate torture report details CIA’s media strategy

How the spy agency manipulated press coverage of secret programs

The Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture of terrorism suspects not only reignited a national debate over the former... More

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The Second Opinion

The New York Times on making do in retirement

Floyd Norris’ excellent column about pensions also provides a warning about healthcare

In a Friday New York Times column, Floyd Norris presented a pretty bleak picture for the future of retirement in... More

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Behind the News

How to handle a story correction

Rolling Stone needs a transparency lesson

Rolling Stone has been in deep water this week, as journalists eviscerate the outlet for failing to fully vet the... More

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United States Project

Will Denver really have a newspaper war?

As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The first salvo came from a newspaper in Colorado's capital that wasn't The Denver Post. "EXCLUSIVE,"... More

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Behind the News

The new Pulitzer Prize rules explained

Awards administrator Mike Pride discusses expansion to include magazines and outside partnerships

As the boundaries between newspaper, magazine, and online journalism continue to dissolve, the Pulitzer board announced Monday that it was... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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.