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July 2012

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Daily News front page splash ‘flat wrong,’ says NBC

Reports that Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb was being flown into London to boost ratings are false, the network claims

The New York Daily News was quick to splash Tuesday’s front page with news that NBC’s Hoda Kotb was being... More

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Follow the story, not the agenda

How to (and how not to) cover campaign “events,” like Biden’s recent Detroit speech

MICHIGAN — You show up, jot down a few quotes, take in a bit of scenic color, and translate it... More

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Diet wars turn family feud

Why the Times’s Gina Kolata has it out for the Times’s Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes is one of the most interesting health writers in the country. He is an exhaustive researcher, an astute... More

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@GuyAdams is #suspended (Updated)

Did Twitter’s Olympics partnership with NBC lead to a journalist’s account suspension?

Guy Adams is still "trying to get to the bottom of" why his Twitter account was suspended on Monday. The... More

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Piecemeal existence

For today’s young freelancers, what will traffic bear?

In 2009, an editor for a new website called The Faster Times, which sought to be “an edgier Huffington Post,”... More

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Does journalistic ‘balance’ hurt America?

What if Washington’s dysfunction was mostly one party’s fault: A Q&A with Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute,... More

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Audit Notes: Twitter’s censors, NYT apology, Craigslist’s aggregators

Twitter gave itself a serious black eye today, censoring a journalist for reporting the easy-to-figure-out corporate email address of NBC... More

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Big ad spending, little press scrutiny

NC journalists need to stay on the story of the political ad spending spree

NORTH CAROLINA — It’s hotter than usual in North Carolina this summer. And much of the heat is coming from... More

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The British media after Leveson

Editors say more regulation could cripple the UK press

If public outcry against alleged phone hacking sparked the Leveson Inquiry, the government-led investigation into ethics in the British press,... More

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Bell curves

Lots of “ring” words

“You must be a ringer,” the journalism instructor told the student, who insisted that, though he had many years of... More

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Lehrer resigns from The New Yorker

Tablet busts the writer for fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works

Science writer Jonah Lehrer has resigned as a staff writer for The New Yorker following revelations that he made up... More

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Noticed: #countriesbyvoguewriters

Twitter users lampoon a line by former Vogue writer Joan Juliet Buck

This morning, Newsweek posted a story by Joan Juliet Buck which tells the backstory to her Vogue profile of Syrian... More

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New Orleans gets a new Reporter

NewOrleansReporter.org is one of several news initiatives that will pick up the slack in a post-daily Picayune world

News-hungry New Orleanians, take heart: The hole in the city's news scene the cuts to the Times-Picayune's newsroom and print... More

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Digital goes first at the FT (Updated)

The Financial Times now has more digital subscribers than print ones; running the numbers

Like them or not, newspaper paywalls continue better-than-expected performances, the latest good (for some of us) news coming from The... More

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Look back on anger

At his best, Ambrose Bierce used vicious satire to puncture the smug complacency of America’s Gilded Age

I s journalist, short-story writer, and poet Ambrose Bierce one of the biggest SOBs in American literature? He is certainly... More

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Viral before the Internet

Things spread, but the content, often documentary, was darker and weirder

Was there viral documentary film and video before the Internets? You bet. As Kliph Nesteroff wrote recently in The Awl,... More

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Laurels to the Las Vegas Sun and News & Record

For a strong ad factcheck, and for grappling with campaigns’ message control

Jay Jones has already heaped praise this week upon the Las Vegas Sun’s Anjeanette Damon, but we’ll go ahead... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Sports for the blind and magazines for young black women

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

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Notes from our online readers

Comments erupt over David Simon’s paywall piece

In May, David Simon, the former Baltimore Sun reporter who created the television shows The Wire and Treme, reiterated his... More

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In VA, allegations of racism ignite a controversy

After national conservative media seize on a state senator’s words, local reporters pick up the story

VIRGINIA — The butterfly effect has been in effect here this week, as a Democratic state senator’s comments about racism... More

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What to remember about the ‘war over women’

Press is right to focus on the contest, but polls showing major shift deserve a closer look

OHIO — Both presidential campaigns this week made one thing clear—they’re intent on wooing this state’s women voters. First Lady... More

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Medicare and misinformation

Is my premium rising? A beat memo for reporters

Two weeks ago a Midwest businessman sent an email to a long list of his senior friends warning that their... More

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Coming out posthumously

Sally Ride and questions of how to memorialize semi-closeted public figures

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. In the first obituaries about... More

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Audit Notes: more NOLA rumblings, Journatic, well-squawked

A new buyer emerges in New Orleans, Quick and Sorkin did good, etc.

—Can we agree at this point that Advance Publications’s attempt to sell its plans for dramatic newsroom cuts and... More

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A new Patch?

AOL’s hyperlocal startup is building something new, but the details remain closely guarded

At AOL’s second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, CEO Tim Armstrong hinted that changes are afoot for Patch, the hyperlocal news... More

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The press botches the tax debate—again

Narratives and ignorance trump accuracy in descriptions of Democratic proposal

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Yesterday, the Senate held symbolic votes on a pair of high-profile tax bills with important implications for... More

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InsideClimate out front

Investigation of Kalamazoo oil spill calamity led the pack

In early July, the media covered a long awaited report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which blamed the... More

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A Washington reporter’s review of Barofsky’s book is unintentionally revealing

Shield’s up!

Jackie Calmes's review of Neil Barofsky’s new book, Bailout, to me, says so much more about Washington press culture... More

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With a series of strong stories, Sun’s Damon shines

Articles ID big-money groups, track transparency battles, and call out a “laughable” ad

NEVADA — One need only look at the last week’s worth of work by Las Vegas Sun reporter Anjeanette Damon... More

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Copywrong

How well do you know fair use?

Are the following scenarios responsible, or wrong? • Prithi did a beautiful arts feature on the history of a musical... More

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False balance and the Medicare scare

Who’s been telling the truth in Florida?

Last Thursday the president made a campaign stop in Florida, and—surprise, surprise—he talked about Medicare. Or at least he talked... More

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Presenting #realtalk from your editor

CJR’s “place for super practical conversation about working in media”—in gifs!

Welcome to the new incarnation of #Realtalk from your editor! This weekly column was inspired by my now-defunct Tumblr blog,... More

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Audit Notes: Macabre probe, Wall Street lethargy, linkless hype busters, ‘Chairman of the Fed,’ etc.

A compelling cross-border probe into the body parts business

“When my daughter-in-law touched it, she said that his foot was empty.” That’s right. Someone stole the inside... More

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Follow-the-money stories Colorado reporters should do

Some suggestions for what to look at now and where to look

COLORADO — Back-to-back disasters—massive wildfires, followed by Friday morning’s horrific movie-theater massacre outside of Denver—have rocked newsrooms here, including that... More

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‘I don’t bluff’

Michael Mann’s lawyer says National Review must retract and apologize

Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann is demanding that National Review retract and apologize for a July 15 post that... More

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A big week for the British press

Rupert Murdoch resigns, Leveson Inquiry closes, UK journalists charged

Rupert Murdoch’s recent resignation from the boards of his UK newspapers seems, at first glance, like a dramatic move to... More

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Sacred cows

The Penn State story offers a glimpse of the problems with league- and team-owned broadcast operations

Full-Court Press is a periodic column about the coverage of sports. On July 12, a report prepared by former FBI... More

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Unfair use?

How a documentary filmmaker was (temporarily) foiled by the copyright cops

It began with an invitation to present at a TEDX event in Grand Rapids, MI. I wanted to share... More

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On Florida’s ‘anything but monolithic’ Hispanic voters

Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times raise the reporting bar

FLORIDA — One of the most wearisome elements of media coverage of the 2012 election campaign is the often trite... More

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A WSJ ‘A-hed’ covers the same topic twice

Tapping on the glass of a barometer for quality

Back when News Corp. took over Dow Jones & Co., which some of us didn’t think was a particularly... More

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Movie violence chic

The journalistic buy-in to Hollywood hype

In recent weeks, while watching baseball games, The Daily Show, and (I admit) some Seinfeld reruns, I saw what seemed... More

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s post-uprising TV station

New since the regime change last year, Misr25 is navigating the line between coverage and advocacy

CAIRO, EGYPT — The Muslim Brotherhood’s year-old television station, Misr25, broadcasts from a building in Egypt’s Media Production City, a... More

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Audit Notes: UK edition

On hack-gate and the paper that broke it open

Make no mistake about it: the criminal charges unveiled yesterday against former top News Corp. officials mark a major... More

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Are journalists being too harsh to Tablet?

The Jewish online magazine made a mistake. Should that overshadow everything else it’s accomplished?

In the TV series Breaking Bad, a science teacher’s terminal cancer diagnosis prompts him to cook meth to make as... More

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How undisclosed money works its way in

OpenSecrets, Morning Call report on “financial gymnastics” in PA Senate primary

PENNSYLVANIA — The US Senate primary here may be over, but the work of understanding how the contest was played—and... More

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Blinded by the fight

In a new book on poverty in America, the authors’ lectures undercut their message

In 2009, reporter Chris Hedges and cartoonist Joe Sacco set out to capture the state of American desperation. Over the... More

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National Geographic launches a ‘ballsy’ online project

A community storytelling venture hopes to supplement good journalism

When Aaron Huey started photographing the lives of Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, he... More

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Audit Notes: NOLA stirrings, Libor’s victim, Honda-driving billionaire, etc.

—With the news market in New Orleans suddenly up for grabs—thanks to Advance Publications's decision to slash the newsroom... More

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Quest for science debate continues

15 top science organizations press Obama, Romney for answers

The quest for a scientific tête-à-tête between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney continues. On Thursday, 15 top science and engineering... More

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Memorializing

What to call those piles of flowers

Bob Kamman, a regular correspondent, writes: When unexpected deaths occur that are newsworthy, what often happens is that people leave... More

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When a news executive sits on a bank’s board

The FT Group’s Fairhead is a director of troubled HSBC

It’s unusual—rare, even—for the CEO of a major financial news and information concern to serve on the board of directors... More

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A helping hand

The Ford Foundation reaches out to broaden minority coverage

Anyone who cares about the future of newsrooms is on the lookout for omens. And there have been plenty... More

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The specter of ‘Socialized Medicine’ rides again

In the Massachusetts Senate race, no less

Now that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and its system of private insurance, private doctors,... More

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The real question about Romney’s Bain career

How, exactly, did his business career prepare the candidate to be president?

The debate over Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital has been a series of cul-de-sacs and rabbit-holes. When the Republican... More

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The WSJ on the fall of Nokia

The company that foresaw an iPhone-like device in 2000 is left in the dust

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story on the fall of Finnish cellphone giant Nokia—the kind of deeply... More

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ABC News: armchair psychologist

The network offers irresponsible speculation about the Colorado shooter

Here we go again. A gunman fires on an unsuspecting crowd and the American media leap to conclusions about the... More

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On that piece in Tablet

It was selfish writing that needlessly caused pain to others

When Nora Ephron succumbed to cancer late last month, many remembrances noted the writer’s embrace of her mother’s assertion that... More

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Reactions to the Aurora shooting: the wrong, the sad, the irrelevant

How one tragedy led to many premature conclusions

It doesn’t take long for news to travel about a tragedy like Friday’s midnight shooting at a screening of “The... More

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The Globe advances the Romney/Bain story

Meanwhile, MoJo digs into Romney’s investments in offshoring

This post has been updated (see bottom of second page). In the great politico-media debate over Mitt Romney, Bain Capital,... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

A photographer’s Antarctica trip gets the iBook treatment and PBS finds another way to appeal to viewers like you

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

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Could the iPad save magazines?

It’s looking ever more likely

Though it may have gathered the most attention recently, Huffington, The Huffington Post’s new iPad-only magazine, isn’t the only publication... More

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How to handle oppo research?

It’s simple: If your scoop got a helpful boost from a campaign, let readers know

For the political cognoscenti, the dominant story line in July has been the Barack Obama campaign’s mastery of the subterranean... More

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Open Bar

The Billy Goat Tavern

Year opened 1964 (original location, 1934) Who drinks here Mostly tourists, but journalists still turn up. It remains the... More

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In Joe Willams’s firing, questions of race

Would the former Politico reporter have been dismissed for his comments if he were white?

In America, talk about race is complex and fraught with danger. It is easy for people of good will to... More

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How to worry about a clicks-driven Times-Picayune

A departing reporter’s worst-case fears

If clicks drove coverage at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans —a more realistic prospect than it’s ever been—what kind of... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg on Libor, “can’t find workers” in the WSJ

At least 34 traders are under investigation in the widening scandal

Bloomberg names names in the Libor investigation, reporting that at least 34 traders from more than a dozen banks are... More

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An indictment in North Carolina

After NC Policy Watch investigates, a lawmaker faces criminal charges

NORTH CAROLINA — In August 2011, the nonprofit site NC Policy Watch published a lengthy, damning investigative report about Stephen... More

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A hunger for the food-stamp story

Some 45 million Americans use them—Who are they?

The press has shown only sporadic interest in the farm bill, a vast, important piece of legislation that must be... More

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Editor in Chief’s Note

CJR’s business crew unveil The Best Business Writing 2012

What is Hugh Grant—yes, that Hugh Grant—doing in a book called The Best Business Writing 2012? Turns out the actor’s... More

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Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our May/June issue

China syndrome Sambuddha Mitra Mustafi asks in “Sino the times” (CJR, May/June), “Can China’s billions buy media credibility?” The problem... More

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Copyright and punishment

A panel of Internet entrepreneurs tackle property rights in the digital age

“I’m a copyright moderate, but I get painted as a radical!” moaned the author Rob Reid to a woman clutching... More

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Our gullible press

Ryan Holiday explains how the singular pursuit of traffic makes online media suckers for fake news

One thing has been conspicuously absent from all criticism of online media and the future of news: an understanding of... More

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Audit Notes: Ignoring Libor, Barron’s, rich kids and TV news

ABC and NBC evening newscasts ignore the huge scandal in its first two weeks

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple points to Media Matters research that shows ABC's and NBC's nightly newscasts completely ignored the... More

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A dart to the campaign press corps

…for acquiescing to that whole “quote approval” thing

It’s a diffuse target, but the campaign press corps writ large earns a dart this week for acquiescing to... More

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With Borowitz acquisition, NewYorker.com launches a new humor vertical (Updated)

The magazine’s Web presence is expanding, says its online editor

NewYorker.com's acquisition of Andy Borowitz's The Borowitz Report isn't the only thing that's new to the site on Wednesday. The... More

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More on NPR and manufactured quotes

Why lobbyist-provided rent-a-quotes subvert the news

NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos (who teaches here at Columbia) takes a look at the network's poor showing with manufacturing sources... More

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Ready, set for an interactive Olympics

Outlets strike deals to bump viewer engagement during the games

The London Olympics officially open in two weeks, which means media outlets are gearing up to cover them. That requires... More

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Cincinnati Enquirer unpacks campaign claims

Ohioans will need more help from their media navigating candidates’ rhetoric

OHIO — The drumbeat of political ads and campaign claims and counter-claims continues to grow louder in the Buckeye State—and... More

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Journalism worth preserving

The profession should be “reconnect[ed] with its legacy of engagement with the humanities”

Because journalism is increasingly being turned into an instrument - of the Internet, of commerce, of the popular will (to... More

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On outsourcing, Colorado media mostly disappoint

But there’s still an opportunity to deliver the full account this story needs

COLORADO — This state became the center of the battle over outsourcing last week, when Mitt Romney, responding to charges... More

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Flames, causes and context

As Western wildfires rage, reporters grapple with stories beyond acreage burned and homes destroyed

When faced with the explosive fury of multiple wildfires torching hundreds of homes like so many Roman candles, journalists can... More

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Setting a new Record

Martin Gottlieb returns to his roots

He traded Paris for Hackensack? Really? Well, not exactly. As global editions editor for The New York Times, Martin... More

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Audit Notes: Too big to fail football, Guardian digital numbers, WaPo

Penn State and the ramifications of a possible NCAA death penalty

It's not just the banks. Now elite college football programs are too big to fail, as well. Here's Bloomberg News... More

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Roanoke Times excels at campaign ‘event coverage’…

…But will the paper turn its resources toward the rhetoric?

VIRGINIA — Last month, the New York Times made an effort to help readers navigate some of the “selective truths,”... More

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In Egypt, new newspapers and old problems

Citizens need good journalism to explain confusing times, but many Egyptians don’t trust their media

CAIRO, EGYPT — Egyptian newsstands today offer a lively range of options, including three government-owned papers, papers affiliated with political... More

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En-gendered

Terms for sexual identity

Dealing with gender identity these days is a tricky business. And while we prefer to use “sex” to describe biological... More

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Unanswered questions in the Romney/Bain controversy

Don’t look to fact-checkers for resolution

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Fact-checkers have played a key role in the controversy over Mitt Romney's role in outsourcing at Bain... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Soaring college costs and the Penn State private plane

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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The WSJ Editorial Page and the Libor scandal

Blaming everybody but the bankers

When wrongdoing by Big Business is in the news, you can usually count on the WSJ editorial page to do... More

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Networks schmetworks

The race is on to recast the newscast

While the big three networks struggle to adapt to the world of mobile, on-demand delivery, a number of experiments... More

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The healthcare whatyamacallit

What’s a reporter to call that payment thing—tax or penalty?

The Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act handed journalists something of a semantic dilemma. What do we call... More

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Audit Notes: Statute of limitations, whither The Daily, Romney’s taxes

The WSJ on how the clock may (or may not) be running out on the SEC

The Wall Street Journal is good to keep an eye on the statutes of limitation clocks that are running out... More

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Plagiarism and a resignation at Journatic

So why is the Chicago Tribune still involved?

When CJR wrote about local news outsourcing company Journatic 10 days ago, its CEO, Brian Timpone, called the use of... More

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New NYT public editor brings experience, online savvy

Margaret M. Sullivan is looking forward to having “an ongoing conversation with readers” both in print and online

On Monday, The New York Times announced that its search for a new public editor had ended with the appointment... More

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Diane Sawyer’s ‘hot’ newscast

Paul Friedman discusses his CJR cover story on Howie Kurtz’s Reliable Sources

Over the weekend, CJR contributor Paul Friedman appeared on Reliable Sources to discuss the subject of his CJR cover story,... More

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Listen: Swing States Project staffer on weak coverage of Bain dispute

“This story isn’t going away”

On Friday, Brendan Nyhan, The Swing States Project’s New Hampshire correspondent, talked with On the Media’s Bob Garfield about shortcomings... More

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Weighing anchors

The nightly newscasts are retooling to suit their stars, and it’s working—for now

Five days before Christmas, on the night Congress deadlocked on payroll tax rates and unemployment benefits affecting more than 160... More

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Do they get that it’s wrong?

Journalism students can be “truly baffled” when confronted for plagiarism

Perhaps Liane Membis, the Wall Street Journal intern fired recently for inventing quotes, started out with noble intentions. As Miss... More

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In Michigan, a one-man follow-the-money machine

Rich Robinson helps the state’s journalists track political cash

MICHIGAN — Call him the perfect source. Whether they work in newspapers, radio, or online news, Michigan political journalists rely... More

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Vimeo: AuteurTube

YouTube can make amateurs rich, but the video pros are congregating elsewhere

The Times mag the other week noticed that amateur star “YouTubers” could make six figures through the site’s comedy channels.... More

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Media reactions to the Freeh Report

Revelations force turnarounds from journalists

Media coverage of the 267-page Freeh Report on the Penn State child abuse coverup hasn’t stopped since it was released... More

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The good old days of the Nixon campaign

A look back at a 1968 classic shows just how inaccessible candidates have become

Maybe it’s the summer doldrums, or the Barack Obama campaign’s continual pain-from-Bain refrain, or the speculative no-news-here if-clauses surrounding Mitt... More

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Audit Notes: JPMorgan’s Whale, rent-a-quotes, shark videos

This New York Times story on JPMorgan's regulators is not well edited, but it has some interesting reporting: At one... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

A newspaper funnies funnyman branches out and the other Jersey Shore gets it due

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

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20 women to watch

A by-no-means-complete list of eXXcellent talents we’d bet on to map the future of the media business

Molly Bingham (@4GJournalist) Descended from a venerable newspaper family, Bingham is an intrepid photojournalist and filmmaker who’s now launching ORBmedia, which... More

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The Goldman Sachs of online retail

The FT with a good look at Amazon’s Marketplace platform

The Financial Times is running a good series this week on Amazon, one of the country's most fascinating and frustrating... More

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Covering the ‘ex-gay’ movement

An influential organization changed its stance on reparative therapy. What will this mean for media coverage?

In her new column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Recently Alan Chambers, president... More

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Rehashing the debate about when Romney left Bain

After a much-discussed Boston Globe story, FactCheck.org stands by its take

This post has been updated. The big political story of the day is a front-page article in The Boston Globe... More

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The heatwave debate

How the science of probability affects science coverage

We can all agree that the weather has been unseasonably warm this summer. But fewer people, including media types, agree... More

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The divine sisterhood

All hail 40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years

Jill Abramson First woman to be executive editor of The New York Times Christiane Amanpour CNN’s fearless, globe-trotting war correspondent... More

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Christmas in July for Reno TV stations?

Reno reporter tallies political ad buys in “the battleground county of the battleground state of Nevada”

NEVADA - Every election cycle, as Americans prepare to hit the voting booths, Christmas comes early to television stations across... More

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Audit Notes: Reuters on Chesapeake, Krugman on CNBC, Waldman on banks

The wire uncovers more emails showing potential collusion between competitors

Reuters continues its tremendous investigation into natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy and its CEO Aubrey McClendon. Brian Grow and Joshua... More

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Laurels for The New York Times and The Plain Dealer

Amid some Dart-worthy coverage, a few stories stand out

Brendan Nyhan’s post earlier this week about the lackluster coverage of President Obama’s “outsourcing” attack on Mitt Romney threw... More

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Thomas Friedman’s fantasy America

Not telling it like it is

Thomas Friedman was delighted by the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the healthcare law. And he was positively thrilled... More

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Katherine the great

In her searing portrait of an Indian slum, Katherine Boo demonstrates the potency of deep, patient reporting

When Katherine Boo worked at The Washington Post in the 1990s, the future Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winner... More

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The Palm Beach Post exposes a hidden menace

Government cutbacks and the worst TB epidemic in 20 years

Reporting on tuberculosis is not most reporters’ idea of a glamor assignment. It’s an ancient disease, drug companies aren’t keen... More

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Audit Notes: The Fed and The Economist on Libor, Goldman and Louisville

Reuters's Carrick Mollenkamp, who broke the Libor scandal open in 2008 with Mark Whitehouse when they were at The Wall... More

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Manufactured quotes

News organizations fail to disclose “regular Joe” businessmen’s lobbying ties

Two weeks ago The New York Times wheeled out that old chestnut of Great Recession-era economic reporting: Companies can't find... More

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Tracking campaign cash in the commonwealth

The Virginia Public Access Project helps political reporters and citizens follow the money

VIRGINIA — If you want to follow political money in Virginia—and there’s plenty of it here, as this is one... More

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Saving Auntie: Meet the BBC’s new boss

Who is George Entwistle and what challenges does he face?

Last Wednesday, the BBC announced the appointment of longtime employee George Entwistle to the corporation’s top post of director general.... More

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The sixth W

Who, what, when, where, why—and women. A bow to those who helped close the media gender gap, and a cheer for leaders of the future

On the high wire Lynn Povich was named the first female senior editor of Newsweek in 1975. Here she... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Digging deeper on the effects of Obamacare

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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Audit Notes: Daily Planet holds up, record collapse, presidential fundraising

The Onion on the least believable part of Superman comics

This Onion article on the outdated Daily Planet is spot on: Frustrated fans of the Superman comic book said Monday... More

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Sentimental journey

Evaluating a ‘journeyman’

The article’s headline promised a story “on the life of a journeyman musician.” It discussed a man who has been... More

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Arbitrating the dispute over Romney’s history at Bain

Reporters and editors need a better approach to covering the controversy

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Last Tuesday, the Obama campaign released a new ad here and in eight other swing states that... More

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Something fishy?

John Solomon had grand plans for the digital future of the Center for Public Integrity. But there was always a catch…

When John Solomon took over as executive editor of The Washington Times in 2008, the conservative daily had long... More

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A sober look at healthcare after the ACA

The Los Angeles Times leads the way

Chad Terhune’s piece, “Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling: The outlook for California,” offered a clear-eyed look at the repercussions of the... More

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In defense of covering position papers and official statements

Most of the time, what politicians say is what they’ll do

In his latest Swing States column, Walter Shapiro grapples with the question of why campaign issue coverage is not only... More

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Audit Notes: NYT on JPM, The Guardian’s future, Big Lie of the crisis

Jamie Dimon’s bank pressured brokers to steer clients into its own funds

The New York Times reports that JPMorgan Chase pressured its brokers to steer its retail clients into its own investment... More

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The Economist on the Libor scandal

What happened and why it matters

If you haven't paid much attention yet to the Libor scandal, this Economist piece will get you caught up quickly.... More

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A state C-SPAN in North Carolina?

UNC report looks at solutions to increase reporting capacity

NORTH CAROLINA — When the North Carolina General Assembly reaches its frenetic final days in session, news organizations traditionally feel... More

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Opening Shot

What New Orleans is losing

I n the years since the Times-Picayune and the city of New Orleans endured the trauma of Hurricane Katrina, it... More

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Journatic busted for using fake bylines

CEO Brian Timpone says “we made a mistake”

In May, CJR invited Brian Farnham, the founding editor of Patch, to write about a digital news service called Journatic,... More

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Like steam, ping-pong balls, and Omar Sharif

The media has an entertaining struggle trying to explain the Higgs boson

On Wednesday, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which runs the world’s largest particle accelerator and collider... More

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Audit Notes: Dark Ages, Mitt and Rupert, Chesapeake’s taxes

Stephen Moore on how “the greens” supposedly want to plunge America into darkness

The Wall Street Journal editorial page's Stephen Moore uses the power outage in DC as a warning about what life... More

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A laurel to Politifact Florida

Site pushes back against misinformation about Obamacare and small business

Our run of Swing States Project praise continues with a laurel to Politifact Florida, where reporters Tia Mitchell, Katie... More

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Gawker’s new comment system

Will it help or hurt the site’s young writers?

Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton recently introduced a new commenting system, called Kinja, on his network of websites. Rather than... More

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A difference of Opinionator

Tim Kreider’s recent essay about the “Busy Trap” is at odds with his earlier Opinionator piece

Cartoonist and essayist Tim Kreider’s latest piece for The New York Times Opinionator series on anxiety was well received by... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Breivik killed with joyous "battle cry": survivors—Reuters, 5/16/12 Escaped wallaby caught using huge fishing net—BBCNews.com, 4/13/12 Police: Dismembered woman lived... More

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Sree Tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: It’s so hard to keep track of social media, so how do I make sure I miss none of... More

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Sending out an SOS

A new low in Azerbaijan

Radio Liberty’s Khadija Ismayilova has built her career on exposing corruption in oil-rich Azerbaijan. She did it largely without... More

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D’oh!

Halo effect

Today’s video games are so sophisticated, and the shenanigans at the UN can be so sophomoric. Perhaps that’s why,... More

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Spinning the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision

The press rides a PR tsunami on Obamacare

In the days before and after the Supreme Court’s decision, spin doctors were hard at work peddling their experts, positions,... More

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Why is ‘issue coverage’ so boring—and often wrong?

Slavish fidelity to campaign position papers and official statements short-changes voters

As we sipped red wine in Washington last week, Republican pollster David Winston suddenly asked me, “Why doesn’t the media... More

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Reuters’s Chesapeake Energy drumbeat

Internal emails show companies scheming to lower bids on drilling rights

Reuters continues to draw a bead on Chesapeake Energy and its CEO Aubrey McClendon, whose scalp it will be claiming... More

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Audit Notes: Glass-Steagall II, beyond paywalls, warehouse work

The FT comes out in favor of hiving off investment banks

This is important: The Financial Times editorial page comes out in favor of a Glass-Steagall II that would once again... More

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The MSM overlooks a Supreme Court scoop

CBS’s Jan Crawford says Roberts flip-flopped on healthcare reform; why aren’t other outlets biting?

There was some pretty spectacular misreporting last week by the likes of CNN and Fox News on the Supreme Court’s... More

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Climbing the Medicaid mountain

The press is starting to master the policy angles. Now for the people

The Affordable Care Act envisions a major expansion of health insurance in America, with some 30 million Americans gaining coverage.... More

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The expectations game

Blogs drive MSM speculation about Higgs announcement

Excited speculation about the discovery of one of physics’ most sought-after particles is coming in waves now, with media outlets... More

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Stories I’d like to see

A new narrative for Fast and Furious, ICANN’s domain name jackpot

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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Why are lame ducks still raising campaign funds?

The Detroit Free Press takes a look at the books of 22 state lawmakers

MICHIGAN — Who pays attention to lame-duck politicians during a restive election year? The Detroit Free Press does, and the... More

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Your choice

Alternating between alternatives

Cities that have hard winters have no “alternative” and must repair roads in the summer. And when they do, they... More

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Audit Notes: Spain’s Dilemma, Brits’ outrage on Libor, Audit Radio

Martin Wolf on how the country’s woes show the roots of the euro crisis

Martin Wolf of the Financial Times has an excellent blog post pointing out how wrong Germany and Co. are about... More

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Don’t assume AP intern’s cause of death

Armando Montaño died in Mexico, a country notoriously dangerous to journalists. But we don’t know yet if his death was work-related

The death of Armando Montaño, a 22-year-old Associated Press intern in Mexico City, is a tragic loss to the world... More

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Q&A: Confront and Conceal author David Sanger

“There’s nothing ‘childish’ about raising issues of great public import”

Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power | By David E. Sanger | Crown |... More

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Anderson Cooper (finally) exits the closet [updated]

The CNN anchor announces he’s gay in a published email to Andrew Sullivan

Anderson Cooper’s sexual orientation has been something of an open secret for some time. But Monday morning, he finally came... More

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Seven lessons Scandinavian media can teach us

On topics ranging from job training to self-regulation

Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark are consistently ranked highest in the world for both freedom of the press and participatory... More

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Inflating the regulatory state

TSA and border security account for almost all the increase in regulatory staff since 1980

A Bloomberg News story last week on how the folks who oversee the regulators are overmatched these days raises a... More

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Push Girls transcends its genre

Viewers might come for the drama, but they’ll stay for the realness that seeps through

In her new column, Reality Check, Alissa Quart delves into all things documentary. The new Sundance Channel reality-show Push Girls,... More

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(Not) going to the candidates’ debate

Why are federal candidates in Florida ducking debates?

FLORIDA — Former Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry once wrote: “I can win an argument on any topic, against... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.