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September 2012

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The Oklahoman distributes a hit piece on Obama

Do a new owner’s deep pockets require a “trade-off”?

On September 20, The Washington Examiner, one of DC’s conservative newspapers, published “The Obama You Don’t Know,” a 10-part “Special... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Fiction, in serialized and small forms

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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Pinning down Obama on Social Security

Where exactly does he stand?

Liberals took comfort in the president’s speech to the AARP Friday when he promised to defend Social Security. But his... More

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When Worlds Collide

NPR interns devoured by music-site trolls!

Newsrooms tend to shield their interns from the rougher side of the news business. But this summer, two NPR interns... More

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As campaigns cross Ohio, Romney stops to talk

Blade seeks tax plan clarity, while Plain Dealer revisits coal policy, auto bailout

OHIO — Both presidential campaigns spent some of this week crawling across the Buckeye State, at one point campaigning within... More

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Billionaires made from scratch? Hardly

Forbes spins a bogus Horatio Alger story about its 400 richest list

Forbes touts its annual list of the 400 richest U.S. billionaires as evidence "that the American dream is still... More

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Audit Notes: NYT’s Web bonanza, Doctor on paywalls, capital gains taxes

The paper sells its stake in a jobs site for a stunning profit

The New York Times Company has sold its stake in the Indeed.com jobs site for $100 million profit, which ain't... More

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In Florida, a poll grabs headlines—and raises questions

The situation for the GOP may not be as dire as Quinnipiac’s results suggest

FLORIDA — Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney woke up to some grim news Wednesday. According to a poll... More

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Journalistic firebombs in the Middle East

Is our job to inform or inflame?

The pen is mightier than the sword, but it is also far more lethal when manipulated irresponsibly. Consider Charb. There... More

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Shoddy TV science coverage

CNN’s Gupta promises cancer cure, while PBS’s Michels delivers false balance on climate

It’s been a bad week and a half for coverage of science on television. Stories about cancer at CNN and... More

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Guardian US’s award-winning interactive

The US-based offshoot comes into its own

Data journalism and information visualization is a burgeoning field. Every week, Between the Spreadsheets will analyze, interrogate, and explore emerging... More

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The Ad Wars: Super PACs not super? Not so fast

The Journal’s flawed logic on page one

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reached a bold conclusion on one of the central debates of the 2012 elections:... More

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A clamor for air time in the Silver State

Chris Roman, GM of four Spanish-language TV stations in Nevada, on the messaging frenzy

NEVADA — In the Silver State, Chris Roman’s audience is being wooed and pursued. Roman is the general manager... More

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Sree Tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: What’s the latest thinking on following back everyone who follows you on Twitter? Is this something we are... More

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Smartphone money

The Journal on how phones are weighing more on family budgets

The Wall Street Journal is good to take a look at how smartphone bills are eating up a chunk of... More

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Insiders and outsiders

How to move in and move up when you’re still the little guy. Or gal

I've read a lot of advice about pitching individual features, but it seems like recurring features are even more valuable... More

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Leaving the news

A news editor is moving on, but his nerves may not be

A couple of weeks ago my phone rang—12:25 a.m. The assignment editor, Molly Hunter, was on the line. “This Benghazi... More

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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Anonymous in Their Own Names and At the Fights

Anonymous in Their Own Names: Doris E. Fleischman, Ruth Hale, and Jane Grant | By Susan Henry | Vanderbilt University... More

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How the phantom of ‘socialized medicine’ came to be

A Laurel to The New Yorker for exploring the roots of modern political consulting

Jill Lepore deserves a Laurel for her engrossing tale of how political communications came to be so toxic. In... More

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The capital gains preference

Why Mitt Romney’s taxes are so low and whether economics justifies it

Forbes, as Joe Nocera points out this morning, thinks that its list of the 400 richest US billionaires "instills confidence... More

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First impressions of Quartz

Atlantic Media’s mobile-first business site looks great, acts “janky”

Quartz, Atlantic Media’s mobile-first business site, launched on Monday afternoon following much fanfare this summer. Straight off, users responded to... More

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The Ad Wars: The numbers don’t add up

When it comes to political ad spending, we don’t know as much as we think we do

An extraordinary feature of the 2012 elections has been the barrage of outside money unleashed on America’s airwaves. Deep-pocketed groups... More

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Muck Rack hosts a meetup with NBC News

With tips, chips, and a whole lot of live-tweeting

Muck Rack, the startup that aggregates media tweets, hosted its first New York meetup at 30 Rock on Tuesday night... More

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Stories I’d like to see

ProPublica’s prize-winning ways, and more questions about Ryan’s role

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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Apparently not

The trouble with the apparent heart attack

The American Heart Association says that heart attacks kill about 1,200 people in the United States every day. In many... More

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Audit Notes: newspaper war, inflation fears, executive pay

The Times-Picayune says it planned to go into Baton Rouge all along

The Times-Picayune plans to move into Baton Rouge to hit back at the Advocate's move into New Orleans. But publisher... More

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Prepositions: the last word

Something to not put up with?

The purpose of last week’s posting was to warn against accepting supposedly famous quotations just because they’re repeated frequently. But... More

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Patch launches its redesign on five sites

Its emphasis veers toward Facebook-like “groups” and away from news

Patch’s redesign went live Sunday night in five Long Island towns, about three months after CJR posted a story on... More

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Will Obama really ‘break the fever’?

Why more journalists should question the President’s second-term claims

With the media focused on the horse race (and Mitt Romney's ongoing tactical miscues), the claims by President Obama and... More

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Audit Notes: Digital First takedown, here comes the WSJ, debt and taxes

The Awl roughs up Journal Register’s flagship paper

Brett Sokol, writes one of the most brutal piece of media criticism I've read in a long time. He examines... More

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The lying game

Is it ever okay to tell a whopper in the name of journalism?

In 2007, investigative journalist Ken Silverstein went undercover to test Washington lobbyists’ taste for sleaze. Using an alias, Silverstein... More

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Eureka! The media discovers Medicaid

And why that matters to the middle class

Ah Medicaid! What can we say about it? Until the last couple of weeks, the press has said almost nothing.... More

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Global warming coverage cools in Europe

Fewer European journalists are covering UN climate summits in person

Had the annual climate change summits sponsored by the United Nations fallen out of favor with Western journalists? That was... More

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After VA Senate debate, how to cover Kaine’s gaffe?

While most outlets include some policy coverage, WashPost sticks with a strategy story

VIRGINIA — If you’ve heard one thing about Thursday’s hour-long debate in McLean between Senate candidates George Allen and Tim... More

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The Newhouses strike back

The Times-Picayune goes to war with the encroaching Baton Rouge Advocate

After Advance Publications announced it would gut the still-profitable New Orleans Times-Picayune's newsroom and slash publication to three days a... More

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The bogeyman is back!

The Columbia Daily Tribune digs up the $716 billion Medicare scare

Aw come on! We would have thought by now the $716 billion Medicare bogeyman was dead and buried. Maybe not.... More

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Why stop there?

Anna Wintour is not the next ambassador to Britain, but …

In June, Anna Wintour was (briefly) rumored to be under consideration by the Obama administration as its next ambassador... More

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Mitt-o-phobia

The real reasons for harsh Romney coverage

Call it the Curse of Clint. Ever since Clint “Empty Chair” Eastwood stepped onto the Republican convention stage, Mitt Romney... More

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The future of NFL Films looks bleak

With Steve Sabol’s untimely death, there’s no one to protect what he built from the cheapskates at NFL Network

Steve Sabol died on Tuesday from brain cancer at age 69. The president of, and artistic sensibility behind, NFL Films... More

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CU students probe Denver ad buy records

Research reveals Obama’s advantage on the airwaves

COLORADO — Students from the University of Colorado are among the first journalists in this state to mine data from... More

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As Senate ad war heats up, time for press to step up

Readers need closer scrutiny of campaign messages in Kaine-Allen contest

VIRGINIA — Presidential race advertising dominates swing state airwaves, but viewers in Virginia are also being bombarded with an influx... More

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A laurel to The Denver Post

For strong editorial judgment in its coverage of the “47 percent” story

The secret video recording of Mitt Romney’s now-infamous “47 percent” comment went live on the Mother Jones website at... More

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Alternative ending

Bruce R. Brugmann, one of the last of the alt-weekly lions, is calling it quits. Sort of.

Bruce B. Brugmann is a stubborn guy who sticks to his point of view, even as the world he... More

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In Ohio, barbs traded on China trade

Cincinnati Enquirer helps readers sort through a few

OHIO — President Obama came back to the Buckeye State Monday for his 12th visit this year just as his... More

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Knight News Challenge data winners announced

The second of this year’s three competition rounds focused on improving the collection and display of information

Crowdsourced radiation measurements, a user-friendly organizing tool for community data, and a less confusing display of census information were among... More

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The inflation bugaboo, back again for QE3

Scare stories on an expected uptick in price expectations

If you've followed the financial press or have seen Ron Paul talk in the last few years, you've heard all... More

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When to blame your editor

How to handle the parts of your work that are outside your control

Realtalk me on how to expand the kinds of things you write about. For example, I write about race and... More

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Audit Notes: high-frequency trading, Ann Arbor news, SEC access

A whistleblower sparks a growing investigation, reports the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has a good page-one story and scoop on a high-frequency trader turned whistleblower whose complaint has... More

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New platform to connect journalists and publishers launches

Contently aggregates work across media outlets

A new platform to help freelance journalists aggregate their work will be launched on Thursday. Contently aims to help journalists... More

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ProPublica reporter gets the Treme treatment

The show’s third season will feature a character based on A.C. Thompson

A.C. Thompson's reporting on transgressions by the New Orleans police force in the wake of Hurricane Katrina led to an... More

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A timeline that isn’t boring

The New York Times reimagines a form to offer new perspective on driving deaths

Timelines are generally considered the lowest form of data visualization, because displaying data chronologically doesn't tend to provide much journalist... More

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The Ad Wars: How do we cover them?

CJR’s guide to the best sources

With less than two months before Election Day, America’s airwaves are under full-scale bombardment. Voters in the crucial swing states... More

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Have at it

Can’t draw? No problem

For years, Nik Kowsar managed to stay out of jail while building a reputation as Iran’s most infamous political... More

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Audit Notes: ‘makers and takers’ edition

Romney’s “47 percent” comment continues to reverberate

A big part of the problem with Mitt Romney's "47 percent" characterization, as I wrote yesterday, is that it uses... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The beef against ABC, and Romney as a debater

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

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Mitt Romney and the Lucky Duckies

A gaffe created in the Fox News/WSJ editorial page echo chamber

Who are the 47 percent, why were Mitt Romney's comments on them so wrong, and how did Romney come to... More

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Internet Archive launches TV news database

Could be a great resource for searching and watching news clips … while it lasts

Internet Archive, which hosts the Wayback Machine (very helpful to find now-dead websites or earlier versions of existing ones …... More

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Village Voice shifts to ‘generic’ editorial strategy after fresh layoffs

Ex-editor in chief drove readers away, former staffer says

The future of the Village Voice looks uncertain after two big losses—its editor in chief and its music critic—were announced... More

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Jumping the gun on the Romney ‘47%’ video

In early coverage, reporters overstated the meaning and impact of Romney’s comments—and left out out key context

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Yesterday, Mother Jones released a secretly-recorded video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney making the following comments... More

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Andrew Ross Sorkin mixes a message

One anti-Semitic protestor means what, exactly?

Andrew Ross Sorkin thinks Occupy Wall Street fizzled. Fair enough—he writes opinions, and in this one he has a lot... More

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The oys of October

A longtime Boston Red Sox fan asks, Why does hometown coverage of the troubled team sound so damn gleeful?

“I don’t even go outside anymore,” David Ortiz, the slimmed-down slugger for the Boston Red Sox, was telling an... More

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Take one for the team

Football season is upon us, and so are its tried and true clichés

There is so much to love about football’s 24/7 ubiquity on television, but there is one (and only one) downside:... More

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Medicare: Where’s the evidence that vouchers save money?

The National Journal seeks some, and comes up empty

Margot Sanger-Katz, a National Journal reporter who has been brave enough to question conventional wisdom surrounding health policy—she reported that... More

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Audit Notes: News of the World’s thugs, Occupy impact, nonprofit news

Allegations that the paper’s gumshoes broke into houses looking for dirt

What could go wrong when a Murdoch newspaper employs axe-murder suspects? A lot, as we've already seen, and it may... More

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The wrong kind of attention

Newsweek’s focus on provocative covers isn’t a solid digital-age strategy

Talking about the relevance of magazine cover images feels comparable to mentioning that a newspaper story was “above the fold”—both... More

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Put up or shut up

‘Famous’ quotes that aren’t

Your child’s grade school teacher has asked her to come up with some “famous quotations,” so, naturally, she goes right... More

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Romney’s welfare ads: Whom do they affect?

A consensus about coded racial appeals may be only half right

Over the past month, many journalists have identified a new development in the presidential campaign: Mitt Romney’s decision to begin... More

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Rocky Mountain fever

Gene Fowler’s Timber Line celebrates the chicanery and showmanship of the original Denver Post

In the winter of 1907, Denver showed the rest of the nation how to fight a newspaper war. The... More

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The Post goes south on NAFTA

The paper ignores or glosses over Mexico trade’s effects on the US

The Washington Post rah-rah story on trade with Mexico last week left out key context for its American readers. The... More

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How to recount a plague

A new documentary about AIDS is the best one in the past few years

How to Survive A Plague is the best AIDS documentary I’ve seen. Why? Because it is important, yes, but... More

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A laurel to FlackCheck.org

For its new guide to video factchecking on air and online

The recent journalistic debate about factchecking has prompted some compelling discussion about different strategies, different methods, and what works... More

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USA Today’s 30th birthday bash

The paper promises to reinvent the news businesses amid crab cakes and blue champagne

Thursday night, the Gannett Company gathered employees, friends, and family at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, to celebrate... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Beauty pageants for seniors and case law books for zombies

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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In Iowa, a ‘flag flap’ flop?

A controversy over handling of the flag draws coverage in Cedar Rapids

IOWA — Appearances by President Obama have become a bit old-hat in Iowa, one of the nation’s most contested swing... More

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How super are the super PACs?

A decades-old rule will give more clout to official campaign cash over the next two months, but reporters have barely noticed

Like a crime boss in a pinstriped suit who is now hailed as a pillar of the community, super PACS... More

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Open Bar

Tom and Jerry’s

Tom and Jerry's 288 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY Year opened 1993 Distinguishing features A collection of mugs and bowls inscribed... More

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The hamster wheel vs. the quality imperative

The real problem with JRC/Advance free model and the unappreciated benefit of a paywall

…The great is rare; the dull quite common. But — and this is the genius of the online format... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg eyes CMBS, newspaper optimism, Weil on bank books

Signs of froth return to commercial real estate lending

Bloomberg News is good to keep an eye on the securitization market for early signs of froth. It reports that... More

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More coverage of US Muslims is needed

It’s up to journalists to provide the antidote to fear and ignorance, which is facts

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. This week, Americans commemorated September... More

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The press sours a bit on Apple

The company’s control of its narrative is loosened by leaks

One of my favorite sports as a critic is watching how the press liveblogs the periodic gadget announcements that Apple... More

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It’s about the rider

Sports reporters flex their scientific muscle in Armstrong doping coverage

The decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles after he refused to continue fighting claims he... More

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‘Serious, point-of-view journalism’?

A look at the most ambitious conservative news organization you’ve never heard of

At 4:45 on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Kevin Palmer stands in the lobby of the Charlotte... More

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James Brown estate case reporter slapped with subpoenas

The 60-year-old journalist believes South Carolina is attempting to hush her

When the judges responsible for distributing the estate of the late musician James Brown started refusing freedom of information requests... More

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Two new surveys shed light on trust and circulation of British press

Digital readership is combined with print numbers for the first time

Two surveys released on Wednesday show the UK newspaper with the highest combined print and online readership is also the... More

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Audit Notes: NYT and Bain, Dimon’s Comp Committee, 401(k)s

Too much focus on Romney, who left the company years before the alleged collusion

It's great that The New York Times is going aggressively after court documents in a big private-equity bid-rigging lawsuit, filing... More

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No habla Español

The new Latino media universe is young, political, and all-American

Lalo Alcaraz has always embraced the word pocho. It refers to Mexican-Americans who have lost their Mexican culture and... More

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Journo, promote thyself

Use your personal website and Twitter feed to get people to read your stuff without annoying them

My startup website depends on social media pickup for pageviews, so my reporters and I tweet and Facebook the hell... More

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What a higher Retirement Age really means

A Social Security mini-primer

The idea of raising the age at which workers can collect benefits from Social Security is very much in play.... More

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Aggregation aggravation

Politico’s Maggie Haberman has a pretty liberal view of how much to quote when aggregating. Should she be more conservative?

How much aggregation is too much? It's been years since aggregator extraordinaire Huffington Post entered the online media fray, and... More

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Putting crime on Chicago Tribune’s map

Crime may not pay, but it does display

Data journalism and information visualization is a burgeoning field. Every week, Between the Spreadsheets will analyze, interrogate, and explore emerging... More

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Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our July/August issue

Gyno-mite Your list of “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years” (CJR, July/August) is impressive... More

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Journal Register opens the kimono a bit

CEO John Paton gives us some hard numbers

One of my biggest criticisms of Journal Register Company and Digital First Media has been how it has cherry-picked financial... More

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Open letter to John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media

In the wake of the Journal Register’s second Chapter 11 filing, Bill Grueskin writes a “Dear John” letter about its failed digital strategy

Dear John, You and I have never met, but we have corresponded—a bit testily at times (more on that later).... More

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Swap mete

One word confused with another

Today, we’re going to list some words and phrases that are often used when another is meant. These are not... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon and antitrust, techspeak, ‘Peter Drucker with an Afro’

The DOJ’s ebook settlement could enable anticompetitive behavior

The Los Angeles Times's Michael Hiltzik gets it on Amazon and the Justice Department's seriously misguided antitrust lawsuit against book... More

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Homicide Watch revs back up

Kickstarter cash in hand, the site will restart this fall as a student-reporting project

College students who want to learn crime reporting, 21st-century style, from two pioneers of the genre should get their résumés... More

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What does ‘healthier’ mean?

Coverage of organic-food study plays loose with the term

“Healthier” is a word the media often use without enough care, and that shortcoming was on full display during last... More

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ProPublica ‘pull[s] back the curtain’

Justin Elliott shines light on a dark money group in Ohio; reporters there should take note

OHIO — Shadowy outside groups dropping cash into political races has been a recurrent theme this year in Ohio, as... More

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Fighting words

How war reporters can resist the loaded language of their beat

Last year, I visited Bogotá, Colombia, to teach a seminar on conflict reporting. Afterward, a soldier missing two legs and... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Tracking the battleground wars

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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Medicare ‘bankruptcy’: CNN gets it right

The network fact-checks a frequent talking point, and does it well

Hooray for CNN.com, for fact checking the often-heard claim of Medicare’s “impending” bankruptcy. CNN’s contribution sets a high bar, and... More

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Et tu, Ryan?

Ryan Lizza’s dubious Bill Clinton quote

Ryan Lizza is one of the most perceptive political journalists going. His reporting on Barack Obama’s White House thinking, earlier... More

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Audit Notes: Bain’s LBOs, Star Tribune, Wolff on JRC

ProPublica reports that the “turnaround artist” narrative is off

ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger looks at Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, calling into question the narrative that it was largely about... More

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Recommendations from journalism profs

CJR asked eight J-school professors what they wished they’d read and listened to before starting out

The Columbia campus is suddenly flooded with new students, some of them young journalists about to embark on the 10-month... More

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Keeping facts at the forefront

The Detroit News walks readers through Romney’s “new message” on the auto bailouts

DETROIT — Political rhetoric about the 2008-2009 federal loans to the auto industry has ratcheted up in recent days. At... More

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What I saw on 9/11

“I wanted to record everything”

On September 11, 2001, Nicholas Spangler was a journalism student covering a primary election in downtown New York. He heard... More

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By the lake

A meditation on journalism as a record of who we are

Last week, in the Science Times section of The New York Times, at the bottom of Page 3, there was... More

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Medicare spending: Do Obama and Romney see eye-to-eye?

Matthew Yglesias has a flawed but useful argument

Several days ago, Matthew Yglesias dug deeply into the Medicare weeds, arguing in Slate that Obama and Ryan basically agree... More

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Talking trash

What’s more important, human dignity or freedom of speech?

The lead article in the sports section of the July 1 New York Times was about an Italian football... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ Live, scot free, Martin Feldstein

Lucrative video streams soar at the Journal

Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor Alan Murray says the paper's WSJ Live video efforts are growing at a torrid... More

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The Facebook blame game

The NYT’s Sorkin shifts focus from the bankers

Like Jon Weil, I've got little sympathy for the folks who speculated on Facebook at $38, thinking it would double... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

A few words to the wise

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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A reporter in Ohio goes on the attack over drones

Fox 19’s Ben Swann makes waves with tough questions for president about kill list

OHIO — While it’s rare for a local television reporter to score a one-on-one interview with the president of the... More

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At home with the PPL in Charlotte

The grassroots and the establishment create a media workspace at the convention

CHARLOTTE — On the top floor of Packard Place, a 1920s-era building five blocks from the site of the Democratic... More

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Identity crisis

Journatic’s short-lived editorial director Mike Fourcher weighs in

In July, just 10 weeks after he started work as the editorial director of Journatic, Mike Fourcher announced on... More

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After Charlotte: baffled by the horse race

A provocative NYT article prompts an extra dose of journalistic humility

CHARLOTTE — During Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, I was simultaneously live-blogging for Yahoo News, tweeting my reactions (“The Lincoln line... More

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Audit Notes: Journal Register, Clinton and ‘can’t find workers,’ AP flop

The bankrupt company’s owner isn’t doing well itself

Read Martin Langeveld's super-sharp take for the Nieman Lab on what the Journal Register bankruptcy means and what might be... More

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ICYMI: tweet chats

Building a community 140 characters at a time

Twitter is useful for many things, but its 140-character limit means conversation isn't easily one of them. That doesn't mean... More

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LGBT coverage worth a shout-out

The mainstream media much improved its coverage in recent years

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Every week in Minority Reports,... More

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Under the influence

Brokaw has a “tired and emotional” moment

This morning, Tom Brokaw went on Morning Joe and seemed a little out of it (you can watch the video... More

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Yao Ming and the elephant massacre

Recent coverage of the African poaching crisis strikes at supply and demand

After weeks of the media mostly failing to realize why basketball star Yao Ming’s trip to Kenya was fairly important... More

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When factcheckers get trigger-happy

A checklist to help journalists decide when to take aim

Is there such a thing as too much factchecking? Factcheck.org described former President Bill Clinton's speech to the Democratic convention... More

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To follow the political money: a wonderful tool

And Virginia’s newsrooms are under-using it

VIRGINIA—It might have been overwhelming for any newsroom to try to track the political advertising cash flowing into the Commonwealth... More

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Journal Register, future-of-news star, is bankrupt again

Takeaways for the newspaper business

Yesterday, John Paton announced that Journal Register Company is filing for bankruptcy for the second time in three years. That’s... More

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CJR Audio: investing in local news startups

Talking shop with investor/ publishers Alice Rogoff (Alaska Dispatch) and Vincent LoVoi (This Land Press)

In most of the startup world, capital is everything. It costs money to build an institution and sustain its growth... More

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Tale of the tape … so far

Lessons for a year of scrutinizing campaign coverage

In two months, Americans will elect a president and determine who controls Congress. We’ve been tracking the coverage of... More

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The word on the street: disillusioned

Listening to voters talk Medicare in Pennsylvania

Over the weekend, I visited an Italian festival in Scranton, PA, where the crowd, mostly older and white, had gathered... More

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Audit Notes: NYT yacht coverage, Diluted tech stocks, CNBC

How stock options obscure what companies like Facebook are really worth

The New York Times takes a tough look at a pressing issue in our struggling economy: "How to Keep Yachting... More

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The rules of the freelance game

Tips for pitching like a pro and double-dipping story ideas without going the full Jonah Lehrer

Aside from the general advice of networking and putting yourself out there, how do I break into freelancing? What makes... More

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Conventions create climate coverage

While ScienceDebate.org gets some answers

The presidential candidates are still treating it like a back-burner issue, but the Republican and Democratic national conventions incited a... More

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Designing data

Creating informative beauty out of wind and bears

Data journalism and information visualization is a burgeoning field. Every week, Between the Spreadsheets will analyze, interrogate, and explore emerging... More

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Stupid hat tricks

In which CJR’s Justin Peters wears a crown to the convention to see if he can get interviewed

CHARLOTTE — The DNC, like the RNC before it, is a locus for stupid hats. As the convention proceedings kicked... More

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Democratic convention swag: Who’s paying?

A look into the tote bag offers some clues

CHARLOTTE — In the spirit of CJR’s 2008 list of swag from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota,... More

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Why Fox is essential viewing

It’s a Republican barometer

The Republican convention brought more evidence of The New York Times’s soft spot for Fox News. On Friday, the paper... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Polling the power of campaign lies, security ideas for 9/11′s 11th, stimulus stories

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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Reddit gets an edit

Benji Lanyado has created a way to sort through the “link spaghetti”

In case you didn't get it from President Obama's site-crashing visit or Poynter's four-times-tweeted since August 30 article that hailed... More

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Audit Notes: blame the borrowers, Walmart cashiers, newspaper prices

The Democratic Party platform on mortgage issues

Henry Blodget somehow thinks that "everyone has spent the last five years trying to blame the housing crash on every... More

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Will the Daily Bugle survive?

How the most endangered journalism species — the newspaper — might prevent extinction

Excerpted from Deadlines and Disruption, by Stephen B. Shepard, published by McGraw-Hill, © 2012 With the traditional business model collapsing,... More

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Failing geometry

The once-mighty triangle of publisher-audience-advertiser, long the basis for success in the media business, is now shaky. So let’s consider transformation …

In 1830, a publisher named Lynde Walter launched a Boston paper called The Boston Evening Transcript. Transcript’s most important... More

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Long may it wave

The traditional banner ad isn’t dead; it just transforms to fit the latest digital fashions — and the demands (lots of demands) from marketers

Fifteen years ago, when I was an editor at New York magazine, I had a little side project: I got... More

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Made for you and me

In Tulsa, This Land Press is defying news-startup orthodoxy and betting that its community will pay for quality journalism — not eventually, but right now

Across the street from a Fastenal hardware store in the shadow of Tulsa’s aging art-deco skyline, the staff of... More

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What’s the best model for a digital news business?

Let’s compare three well-funded local news startups - with very distinct fates

Too often, conversations about the evolution of media seem to pit defensive, old-school journalists against arrogant, tech-savvy upstarts. But in... More

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The genuine article

What is the atomic unit of journalistic storytelling?

The news story is suffering an identity crisis. For a century at least, it was secure in the knowledge that... More

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Murder Inc.

A crime-news website tells the story of every DC homicide

Laura Norton Amico spent the summer trying to find a newsroom in Washington, DC, to take over Homicide Watch,... More

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Journalism by numbers

It’s time to embrace the growing influence of real-time data on the media business

Everywhere we go, everything we do, we send signals. Simple acts create streams of data, whether it is crossing... More

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By the people

For better and worse, the Sacramento Press lets the readers write the news

Thirty-one-year-old Ben Ilfeld launched Sacramento Press in October 2008, with the goal of making hyperlocal news and information an interactive... More

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Perks, not paywalls

The Voice of San Diego’s new membership strategy ties funding to “family”

According to its motto, the Voice of San Diego is “irreverent, honest and engaging” in its pursuit of community news.... More

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App pupil

USC Annenberg journalism professor Robert Hernandez rounds up great tools for gathering and presenting news

Robert Hernandez may be a professor, but he considers himself “a hackademic” who encourages digital journalists and technologists to share... More

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Oft-kicked Charlotte kicks off right

Swing State Project’s NC correspondent considers the view of her home city from the inside and out

CHARLOTTE — This wasn’t the plan. Just about ten weeks ago, the Democratic National Convention organizers still planned to kick... More

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Speeding up the factcheck cycle

The response to Paul Ryan’s misleading speech was swift and stern—except in the next morning’s front-page stories. Can journalists change that?

On Wednesday night, at the Republican National Convention, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan gave a speech that was eloquent, exciting,... More

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Opening Shot

Drawing attention to the decline in local accountability reporting

The current media revolution has brought many encouraging changes, but also a worrisome decline in accountability reporting, especially at... More

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Is journalism’s future bright?

CJR elicits opinions

For the past few years, journalists bemoaned the bleak state of their industry. Conferences and meetings were somber affairs full... More

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Instagram on the trail

More media are experimenting with use of the app as a news tool

When AP staff photographer Evan Vucci downloaded Instagram, a photo-sharing app, on his iPhone before the Iowa caucus in January,... More

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The boy in the bubble

Ezra Klein rewrites the role of Washington wunderkind

He’s impossibly young, infuriatingly accomplished, and impressively wonky. In a town full of journalistic flop sweat, he glides instead... More

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The YouTube campaign

Not everyone trying video streaming will still be doing so in four years time, but the disruption this time feels real

It is not easy to know if you have just witnessed a ‘seminal moment,’ particularly in the fluid and dystopian... More

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Local television and the Dodgers-Red Sox trade

Are the Dodgers loading up on stars in advance of a new local TV deal?

The words “local television” conjure images of infomercials, Seinfeld reruns, and lame repartee on cheesy newscasts, infomercials. But local television... More

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Kasich, out of context

After HuffPost’s story makes the Ohio governor’s words appear inflammatory, an update won’t do

OHIO — A side story with an Ohio connection at last week’s GOP convention set off a brief crossfire in... More

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Language Corner

Few grudges

“Grudge,” from an old German word meaning “lament,” is a lot of fun to say. The noun “grudge” means “hostility... More

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Special report: the future of media

(this minute, at least!)

With journalism’s methods, business models, and even role models being redefined on a daily basis, it can be tough to... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Is the rising Democratic majority doomed?

“My belief … is that conservatism as we know it is doomed”

FCC, in a shift, backs fast lanes for Web traffic

The proposal comes three months after a federal appeals court struck down, for the second time, agency rules intended to guarantee a free and open Internet

Big food

Michael Pollan thinks Wall Street has way too much influence over what we eat

Why Felix Salmon is joining Fusion

“The core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text”

The greatest threat to women

Louis CK is nonplussed at how ladies do it

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.