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United States Project

What Ferris Bueller can teach us about who counts as ‘the media’

A Texas Supreme Court justice argues that his colleagues should have taken up the debate

Here’s a bit of legal reasoning you don’t see every day:  Of all the empowering, life-altering lessons Ferris Bueller taught... More

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Language Corner

Entree, entry, or entrée?

If you’re going to use it, say it right

Pronunciation sometimes makes the word. If someone has taken a bit part in a movie, one might say she got... More

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The Kicker

2014 editor’s picks

Here are a few pieces from this year worth another read

There is no business like the media business when it comes to generating lively headlines. From plagiarism to imploding start-ups... More

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Magazine: Reports

Jill Abramson on putting the public interest first

Defying the White House, from the Pentagon Papers to Snowden

One of the most memorable conversations I had at The New York Times was with Punch Sulzberger. I came... More

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Darts and Laurels

The worst journalism of 2014

A recap of this year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

News blunders tend to have short lifespans. They’re outed by watchful eyes, social media erupts, and the gears of... More

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Behind the News

Guess what? People lie to reporters

Like Jessica Pressler, I got burned once. Here’s what I did about it.

Fourteen years ago, a man lied to me. I was a business reporter at The Baltimore Sun. What he told... More

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United States Project

Ralston Reports cancellation part of a trend: Less politics on Nevada TV

Station owner Jim Rogers, who championed public affairs programming, died in June

On Dec. 12, the studio lights turned off for the last time at Ralston Reports, the hard-hitting public affairs program... More

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Behind the News

Questioning the CBC’s decision to remove Jian Ghomeshi’s interviews

Erasing the past, Q-ing the future?

In a year full of stories about sexual assault, Jian Ghomeshi's stood out. He was no anonymous abuser, like the... More

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United States Project

A Florida paper’s aggressive coverage of pension problems shapes reform

Times-Union fights for public involvement in overhaul of Jacksonville police, fire plans

MIAMI — The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville’s daily paper, continues to see results from its work holding city officials accountable to... More

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News Literacy

5 Questions for the future of news literacy

Here’s what’s worth exploring within and beyond the field

News literacy as a field is officially about eight years old. For four of those eight years, it has been... More

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Magazine: Opening Shot

Why podcasts make sense

Serial’s popularity brings mass attention to the medium

Two-thousand fourteen was a very good year for the podcast. It saw the creation of five podcast networks; an... More

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Behind the News

What the Sony hacks reveal about the news industry

Writers gave consumers exactly what they wanted

Along with employee salaries, Channing Tatum’s penchant for all-caps, and executives’ racially charged jokes about President Obama, the Sony... More

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Behind the News

An old media scoop on pro-ISIS tweeter Shami Witness leads to a new media dox

When anonymity is taken out of the media’s hands

While the UK’s Channel 4 didn’t release the full name of Shami Witness, one of the most prolific tweeters of... More

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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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United States Project

Reporter won’t be forced to reveal source

Patch’s Joseph Hosey wins appeal as court preserves principles of Illinois shield law

CHICAGO, IL — An Illinois appellate court sided Monday with Patch.com editor Joseph Hosey in his fight to conceal the... 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 (UPDATED)

Journalist Sue Summer will get to make her case for documents before state Supreme Court

Updated Dec. 18 to reflect the state Supreme Court's decision. On Sunday, the front page of The New York Times... 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

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

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”

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.