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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

Local news in Ferguson, PTSD at the desk, and Al Jazeera America

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

To publish or not: James Foley video spotlights media’s tough call

Remnick, Baquet and other editors discuss their decisions about when to publish disturbing images

The obvious implication of The New York Times' famous motto that its pages contain "All the News That's Fit to... More

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The Second Opinion

Medicare fraud stories ignore larger issues of reform

The problem is well-established; what to do about it is not

This has been a summer for Medicare fraud stories. In the past week alone, there were stories from The Wall... More

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Data Points

What the numbers coming out of Ferguson say, and who is saying it best

The week in data journalism

Troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol stand at the ready in a strip mall along Ferguson's West Florissant Ave.... More

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United States Project

Journalists in Ferguson: Know your rights

The First Amendment affords reporters broad but not perfect protection

Reporting on protests is no easy job--just ask the 16 journalists arrested so far while covering the events in Ferguson,... More

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Behind the News

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say

John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Though he only writes a major story every year or two, for the last decade and a half John Siracusa... More

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Behind the News

Trolls make good clickbait

While the media have denounced recent trolling attacks, they simultaneously support the phenomenon

Trolls have been causing havoc online since the early days of the internet, disrupting online debate and directing offensive language... More

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United States Project

In Ferguson, local news coverage shines

‘At so many of these press events, the speakers keep making the point that these cameras will go away…We won’t go away’

It has been a stressful, sleep-deprived 11 days for St. Louis journalists, ever since teenager Michael Brown was shot... More

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News Literacy

How to establish a media diet

Keeping up by slowing down

Earlier this year, I began experimenting with different strategies for stepping outside of the 24-hour news cycle. I was overwhelmed... More

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Behind the News

Third party apps are winning the traffic battle

News outlets need to make tools pushing personalized content to keep readers on their sites

In 2011, Bill Keller accused Arianna Huffington's namesake site of doing no less than stealing content, arguing, "There's often a... More

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Behind the News

When reporters are kidnapped

From the CJR archives: When US journalist James Foley went missing, there was no standard way to save him

Editors' note: The news that ISIS has allegedly executed journalist James Foley, who had been in captivity since he disappeared... More

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United States Project

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud [UPDATE]

A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- This city’s two rival dailies, the broadsheet Inquirer and tabloid Daily News, share an owner, a website,... More

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The Audit

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins

A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

When Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based cable news giant rolled out its massive new American affiliate one year ago, creating a... More

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Behind the News

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter

The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

The best-sourced reporter covering Apple Inc., one of the world’s most secretive companies, is a 20-year-old junior at the University... More

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Behind the News

Facebook to Onion readers: They’re just kidding

Satire label tested on fake-news posts save embarrassment but kill the joke

Satire on Facebook now comes with a disclosure. Click on an Onion article in a Facebook News Feed, and the... More

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The Observatory

The media’s growing interest in how animals think

The more divorced we become from animals in our daily lives, the more we want to look at them online

Tip the elephant arrived in New York to accolades and fanfare--until things went wrong. A few years into his stay... More

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Language Corner

Why words have multiple acceptable spellings

More on the new edition of Webster’s New World College Dictionary

Last week, we talked about the new, fifth edition of Webster's New World College Dictionary, and some things in it... More

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The Audit

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers

Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Gannett's latest Great Leap Forward will go "digital first," heavily emphasizing metrics to guide coverage. It will have significantly smaller... More

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United States Project

Detroit’s Dan Gilbert and the ‘savior complex’

How do you cover a dominating figure in a struggling city without losing your skepticism?

DETROIT, MI — “A man for his time and place. Love him or hate him.” That’s how Bill Shea,... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

Interviewing pedophiles, valuing BuzzFeed, and withholding a police officer’s name in Ferguson

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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The Second Opinion

Why did one regulator order a health insurer to set its rates higher?

An unusual case in Oregon draws some good coverage, and deserves sustained attention

A little drama over insurance rates came to a head earlier this week in Oregon, with a result you might... More

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Data Points

Vox fails on journo arrests, the LAT does a great investigation of police misreporting, and The Verge illuminates net neutrality commenters

The best and the worst of recent works of data journalism

It's a little ridiculous to classify as data journalism a classic investigation like The Los Angeles Times' piece from last... More

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The Kicker

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical

Obama defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

In a news conference Thursday addressing the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and resulting unrest in Ferguson, MO, President Barack... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

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.