Friday, November 21, 2014. Last Update: Fri 12:16 PM EST
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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

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

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United States Project

Why Wyoming’s press association is worried about a state privacy amendment

Fear that public officials would exploit a new right to conceal embarrassing information

The nation's least populous state may become the next battleground pitting a citizen's right to privacy against the public right... More

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Behind the News

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect

Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

Some of Fareed Zakaria’s past and present publications are finally facing the music, even though they won’t acknowledge what... More

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The Observatory

Will radio save science journalism?

WNYC will soon have a new health unit

In hiring a brand-new health journalism staff, WNYC may be one of the only news outlets in the country that... More

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Language Corner

The role of ‘in’ vs. ‘on’ for a popular phrase

You don’t know the behalf of it

Did you know that there's a difference between acting "on behalf of" something and "in behalf of" something? Didn't think... More

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Behind the News

What it’s like to be a polygamy beat reporter

Salt Lake Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle on an evolving coverage area

Last Tuesday, The New York Times’ frontpage headline read “It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Many Wives.” That Joseph Smith married... More

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Behind the News

Connecting dissidents and journalists

Movements.org is shifting focus and already seeing results

One of the greatest obstacles to understanding authoritarian societies is that the dissidents within them have few outlets through which... More

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The Second Opinion

Reporters shouldn’t overlook this aspect of Obamacare

Six tips for reporters looking to clarify subsidy reconciliation

As healthcare reporters begin to focus on Obamacare open enrollment, one major, but overlooked issue comes to mind. That's the... More

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United States Project

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs

Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other

Last month, The Virginian-Pilot announced it was laying off 32 employees, knocking its newsroom back by about a quarter. The cuts would... More

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Behind the News

Must-reads of the week

Questions Bill Cosby is not asked, how the media frames Pope Francis, and tips on running a successful newsroom

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

What’s the state of local political news?

CJR contributors take up the question in a post-midterm dialogue

In the wake of last week’s midterm election and some ensuing commentary about the state of local media, CJR associate... More

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Behind the News

How to run a successful newsroom

Tips for media managers looking to create a positive work culture

Liz Spayd: The highly-touted First Look Media seems to be thrashing in choppy waters lately. The most recent evidence... More

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Behind the News

Why ISIS coverage sounds familiar

The evolving narrative about a new terrorist threat is reminiscent of the Iraq War

In the months since ISIS beheaded two American journalists and released the video tapes for all the world to... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


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”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

On the ground in Aleppo (Syria Deeply)

Francesca Borri on reporting from a razed city

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.