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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

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United States Project

Can Ferguson police legally withhold the officer’s name? (UPDATED)

A review of Missouri’s case law and ​open records ​statute suggests ​​courts might see it as a close call

Editor's note: Police in Ferguson on Friday, Aug. 15 released the name of the officer involved in the shooting. Our... More

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United States Project

A TV reporter sheds light on entrapment concerns

Florida sheriff accused of using media to publicly shame innocent men

MIAMI, FL -- There's an old joke that gets a lot of use in central Florida: the most dangerous place... More

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United States Project

Reporter faces jail time for scoop in gruesome murder case

A sensational homicide trial in Illinois tests the boundary of the state’s shield law

CHICAGO, IL — The account of a 2013 double murder, dubbed the “Nightmare on Hickory Street,” sounds like a... More

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United States Project

Texas reporters shut out of immigration court

Officials are fast-tracking deportation hearings for Central American migrants, and journalists who once got a welcoming media campaign now find locked doors

AUSTIN, TX -- A story in today's Houston Chronicle takes readers inside an immigration courtroom to report on accusations that... More

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Behind the News

Can an algorithm solve comment section trolling?

New technology could point out how online conversations go south

RALEIGH, NC--On a Monday afternoon in March, members of a North Carolina nonprofit called Equality NC hunkered down for a... More

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The Kicker

SEC aggressively investigates media leaks

The government agency sends a clear warning to any employee who speaks to a journalist: Shut up

If you think investigations of media leaks are confined to issues of national security, think again. Since 2008, one particular... More

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Behind the News

Covering sex trafficking: Journalists can do better

Scholars want to nuance how journalists cover sex trafficking, the most common form of modern-day slavery but an issue that the media still grapples with.

When journalist David McSwane pitched a story about sex trafficking in minors to his editors at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in... More

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Language Corner

Webster’s new dictionary means change for journalists

Internet is still capitalized

Webster's New World College Dictionary has a fifth edition. Big whoop, you say. But this is not just any dictionary:... More

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The Audit

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems

Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture

When Pierre Omidyar, the eBay billionaire, announced the creation of a news organization featuring, for starters, investigative heavyweight Glenn... More

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The Audit

The great newspaper spinoff

A wave of media deconsolidation sends legacy publishers off on their own

It's hard to recall a spate of media deconsolidation like the one in recent months, as companies shed their publishing... More

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Behind the News

Is communications security for reporters improving?

A new tool makes encrypted phone calls easy; no one can keep information safe

In the year since Edward Snowden's leaks revealed the extent of the National Security Agency's snooping, American journalists have shored... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


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”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

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.