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January 2013

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The true cost of national security

The Pentagon and the White House focus on the core Defense budget, but that’s not the half of it

Soon, we will get the president's proposed fiscal 2014 spending plan. Much attention will focus on Social Security and... More

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Freelancers should consider collectives

Maintaining the intellectual atmosphere of a magazine office or newsroom makes a lot of sense for those of us who work freelance

As a fairly new freelance writer with a lot of friends who are graphic designers, I've been thinking a lot... More

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X-treme denial

Why aren’t the player-safety concerns that dog the NFL an issue in ESPN’s X Games?

It's Super Bowl week, but the majority of talk from the pigskin chattering class revolved around football's existential nature, thanks... More

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Frontline hits hard on the lack of crisis prosecutions

And a top DOJ official resigns the next day

We'd be remiss to not flag Frontline's outstanding investigation into the shameful failure of the Obama administration to pursue, much... More

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The bird-flu blues

Short notice that research will resume leads to thin coverage

Reporters didn't have much time to react to the news that scientists in some countries will soon resume research on... More

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How super PACs succeeded in 2012

There’s one area where outside spenders won big: Republican primaries

This post has been corrected. See note at bottom. After the Republican Party and its biggest super PAC and dark... More

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What region gets the most coverage of its human rights abuses?

Latin America, according to a statistical analysis

When journalists report on human rights abuses, which region do they report on most? Africa, due to the Rwandan genocide,... More

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How the Seattle Times got its Starbucks in India story

Some travel funds, some grant money, and a whole lot of of legwork

Like many good stories, the Seattle Times's special feature on coffee growers and Starbucks in India, that ran on two... More

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Reuters gets a scalp

Its fantastic reporting takes down Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon

Reuters had already gotten results for its outstanding investigation into Chesapeake Energy and the conflicts of its swashbuckling CEO Aubrey... More

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Praise, and criticism, for an NYT series on corporate welfare

The paper’s sources challenge some of its findings while praising attention to the issue

Many of the most important stories develop for years before they get covered because no one makes an official announcement,... More

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How we got our story

The new Atavist feature, The Last Clinic, is a product of persevering and roughing it

In the process of making the multimedia work The Last Clinic, about the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, filmmaker Maisie... More

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Poynter’s fuzzy numbers

Those “starting salary for j-school grads” figures come with caveats

Current journalism majors probably thought they had reason to celebrate when Poynter's Andrew Beaujon elaborated on the latest survey by... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Newt’s new gigs, following the Sandy money, and hedge-fund matchmakers

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

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Incredible shrinking insurance co-ops

Congress gives a gift to the insurance companies. Time for the press to take note

When negotiators wrapped up their fiscal cliff negotiations, among the quiet casualties were insurance co-ops, which had been hailed... More

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Life after Pandemrix

Reuters’s description of narcolepsy is excessively bleak

Reuters health and science correspondent Kate Kelland's recent article about the growing evidence linking GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix swine flu vaccine to... More

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Audit Notes: New Orleans newspaper intrigue, NYT numbers, CNET

The Manships are in talks about selling The Advocate

Baton Rouge's Manship family threw a wrench in the Newhouses' plans for the Times-Picayune when they launched a daily New... More

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‘Scare’ tactics

Quotes around single words

It's Journalism 101: go out and talk to people, then write down what they say. If you can't quote it... More

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The Big Boys: Aetna’s dubious rationale
for raising rates

Needed—a closer look at insurers’ sob stories

This is the second of an occasional series of posts called "The Big Boys," which will examine how the media... More

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Q&A with the FT’s Martin Dickson

A new US managing editor takes over at the salmon-colored financial daily

Martin Dickson came on as US managing editor of the Financial Times in September, succeeding Gillian Tett, who is on... More

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Lone Star politics: anything but dull

The Texas press braces for the part-timers and out-of-towners of the 83rd legislature

AUSTIN, TX -- Back in the mid-nineteenth century, when Texas gave up its status as an independent republic and joined... More

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The state tax shift

As GOP states swap income for sales taxes, can reporters stay ahead of the story?

In today's The New York Times, Richard Stevenson takes note of an important trend in state capitols around the country:... More

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Quinoa’s quagmire

One-sided Guardian article incites media scare

A slanted post about the quinoa craze set off a cascade of reproachful media warnings last week, telling consumers that... More

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Must-reads of the week

Bone-Chilled in the Big Apple Edition

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Good Times

Executive Editor Jill Abramson spoke on the state of the paper

Jill Abramson had a cold. Her throat constantly required water and lozenges, and it was impossible, for someone who never... More

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The hidden side of women’s military service: sexual assault

A conundrum for reporters and their sources: How do we cover wrongdoing when soldiers don’t want to be labeled as victims?

This week's news that the Pentagon is lifting the ban against women in ground combat is giving many military... More

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The Forward relaunches its Yiddish site

The paper goes digital-first in February

The 116-year-old, Yiddish-language edition of The Forward is scaling back its print operations from weekly to biweekly to redirect resources... More

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Inaugural diversity

When the media employs the term, what does it mean?

On Inauguration Day, Americans of all kinds looked for reflections of themselves in the festivities. Did social minorities find one?... More

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Why do evangelicals talk to journalists?

They know they may be depicted unsympathetically, but any chance to spread the Word is worth taking

Not all beats are created equal, but two in particular -- obviously, the ones I like the best -- have... More

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Facebook as a reporting tool

The new graph search gives journalists a way to construct a trend story without picking up the phone. Is this a good thing?

You have a Facebook account. I know this because everyone has a Facebook account. And you are a journalist. I... More

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Financial crisis bodies are still surfacing

Jesse Eisinger on a Morgan Stanley CDO scandal

If you think, going on six years after the onset of the financial crisis, that we've learned about all we're... More

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Q: What’s Quora up to?

A: New blogs and an iPhone editor app

Quora, the user-generated question-and-answer site founded in 2009, is expanding into blogging, with an emphasis on mobile content. Following its... More

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A kids’ magazine takes on obesity

A laurel to ChopChop

Every now and then a throwback to the legacy media comes along and reminds us that not all of... More

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Disappointing Deadspin

It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing

When Deadspin broke the story last week that Notre Dame star Manti Te'o's inspirational narrative of a girlfriend who died... More

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Climate policy, act two

Reactions to Obama’s second inaugural overlook Skocpol report

It was great to see The New York Times give front-page treatment to the unexpected weight that President Obama put... More

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The press underplays the Geithner leak

A Fed president claims the now-Treasury Secretary gave inside information to Wall Street

Of all the things we expected to see in the 2007 Federal Reserve meeting transcripts released last week, Tim Geithner... More

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Stop knocking curation

It’s an important, and undervalued, journalistic skill

Curation has been steadily rising as a concept as the sheer volume of undifferentiated content has made it nearly impossible... More

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Gun control coverage in the Great Lakes

How did the region’s reporters tell the story of Obama’s January 16th proposal?

Anna Clark followed campaign coverage in Michigan during the 2012 election for CJR's Swing States Project. This year, she will... More

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Little big, man

Small changes, big effects

Sometimes, it's the little things that count. Little things like whether to use "a" or "the," for example, or whether... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The next terrorist attack, Obama’s Medicare cuts, and the gun lobby

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

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Boosting the Sandy Hook truther myth

The dangers of covering fringe misperceptions

In the weeks since the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, fringe conspiracy theorists have suggested... More

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Longform meltdown (cont.)

Reaction to a post on the decline of longform stories at major papers

My post presenting data showing that major newspapers drastically cut back their longform story output in the last decade generated... More

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Smith-Mundt reform: In with a whimper?

It’s now legal to broadcast Voice of America stateside, but few seem to notice

Last spring, there was a spate of commentary about Congressional efforts to relax the domestic dissemination ban on content produced... More

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Science journalism’s great divide

Study finds pessimism in the West, optimism in the Global South

Science journalists in the West have a bleaker outlook on the future of their profession than their colleagues in the... More

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Audit Notes: mixed signals, Sam Zell’s phony equity, power shift

The Seattle Times flubs an inflation report

Deflation has set in in the Seattle area, according to a misleading Seattle Times story: This is awfully confusing. The... More

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The Big Boys: hospitals and their pricing muscles

Three newspaper investigations show that consolidation leads to higher costs for patients

This is the first of an occasional series of posts called "The Big Boys," which will examine how the media... More

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Internet Freedom Day

Celebrating the defeat of SOPA/PIPA and remembering Aaron Swartz

Remember the Stop Online Privacy and Protect IP Acts, better known as SOPA/PIPA? It was a year ago that thousands... More

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Can the media avoid inaugural over-hype?

A little over-emoting is inevitable, but there are some cliches we can do without

After Bill Clinton took the oath of office for the second time in 1997, a USA Today columnist burbled, "Clinton's... More

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Must-reads of the week

Aaron Swartz’s life and death, Deadspin’s Manti Te’o blockbuster, The Atlantic’s Scientology ad, Facebook’s new Graph Search

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Pass the #popcorn

ICYMI: Buzzfeed’s piece about liberal gun culture targets three journalists

According to a recent Pew study, 15 percent of adults online use Twitter -- 8 percent daily. I'm pretty sure... More

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Amazon takes a tax hit, finally

Reuters reports early signs that collecting sales taxes affected the company’s sales

Reuters reports that Amazon's fourth quarter results may take a hit from new laws that force it to collect sales... More

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Time to shatter the ‘glass closet’

It is our job as journalists to treat gay and lesbian celebrities like straight ones

Jodie Foster's speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday was rambling, puzzling, oblique --... More

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Being good isn’t enough

The sports media needed Manti Te’o to have a compelling back story

Just how much confirmation does a reporter require before going with a story? Can any source be trusted? If something... More

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Here? Now?

Media squander rare opportunity to localize climate coverage

Making climate change a local story isn't easy, but regional newspapers are, by and large, missing what is probably going... More

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Major papers’ longform meltdown

Stories longer than 2,000 words down 86 percent at the LAT since 2003, 50 percent at WaPo, etc.

No one equates story-length with quality. Let’s start with that concession. But still. Story-length is hardly meaningless when you consider... More

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Knight News Challenge: Mobile winners announced

Latest round of winners bring mobile access to developing countries

Eight projects received a total of $2.4 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as winners of... More

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Is the homepage dead?

Yes and no

A friend of mine who is a Web editor at a political publication recently complained to me that his outlet's... More

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Faded green

Environment reporters endangered, regardless of exact number

InsideClimate News's Katherine Bagley, who broke the news last week that The New York Times is dismantling its environment desk,... More

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ChinaFile launches in February

A new online magazine seeks to give “texture” to China coverage

A new online magazine focusing on China is launching on February 5. ChinaFile, currently available in beta, was founded by... More

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USP Notes: Medicaid expansion edition

Some solid coverage helps keep the debate within the realm of facts

As governors around the country deliver their annual addresses and legislatures prepare to convene, one of the key policy stories... More

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Digital First goes the Newhouse route in upstate New York

In Oneida, the paper moves to three days a week, following the Post-Standard

The three-day-a-week newspaper model pioneered by Advance Publications in Michigan is now spreading to Digital First Media. The company will... More

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New gun laws restrict press access

In all this debate over the Second Amendment, they may be compromising the First

On Tuesday, New York state governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a gun control bill that includes provisions to keep... More

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The Frank Luntz script for Congressional Republicans

A guide to phrases journos should look for (and scrutinize)

In advance of a House Republican retreat this week, wordsmith Frank Luntz again offered his recipe for GOP political success,... More

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German bill would charge for aggregation

The potential law would provide content creators with a portion of the profits search engines make by aggregating them

News aggregators and search engines in Germany will be required to pay publishers a fee for using their content—even snippets,... More

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ICYMI: Rupert Murdoch jumps to conclusions

According to a recent Pew study, 15 percent of adults online use Twitter — 8 percent daily. I’m pretty sure... More

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Gun permit data wasn’t maximized

The choice that faced the Journal News was not simply whether to map gun permit holders’ addresses, but how

In the weeks since the Journal News's publication of a controversial interactive map of gun permit holders' addresses in Westchester... More

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Audit Notes: insider trading versus CDO fraud, 401(k)s, lead and crime

Rough treatment for inside-trading suspects contrasts with CDO probes

The contrast between how aggressively authorities have gone after inside-trading hedge fund impresarios and how softly they've tiptoed around Wall... More

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Reuters’s OKC gusher

Its outstanding Chesapeake Energy investigation turns toward the gas driller SandRidge

Reuters's reporting on Oklahoma natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy was some of the best corporate journalism of last year. Its... More

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Native ads’ existential problem

L’affaire Atlantic/Scientology points up the format’s built-in problems for news

The Atlantic’s big mistake in the Scientololgy “debacle” has been variously described as: 1. Running an ad in the... More

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Patch aims for profitability, shifts platforms

The company president spoke of his goals for the year at Street Fight Summit

Patch hopes that all 903 of its hyperlocal news sites will be profitable by the end of 2013, and that... More

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Financial reporting, for pros and the public

A panel of top financial journalists consider their true audience

Do business journalists write for professional traders or for the general public? That was one of the main questions in... More

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In hyperlocal, ‘success’ is subjective

A Street Fight Summit panel of digital journalists dished about their triumphs and concerns

The panel just before lunch at Tuesday’s Street Fight Summit, a two-day conference dedicated to all things hyperlocal, was on... More

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Hey readers: They’re bluffing! (maybe)

The need to put political bargaining positions in context

Insider reporting is vital to understanding what The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib describes as the "'Groundhog Day' loop of... More

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Stories I’d like to see

A working legislature, post informant life and Wal-Mart’s guns

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

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Environment coverage TBD

The Times says it’s committed, but only time will tell

The New York Times’s decision is to dismantle its four-year-old environment “pod” has been called everything from “an unmitigated disaster”... More

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Should Center Square Journal shut down?

A hyperlocal site editor is holding a community meeting to decide its fate

The editor of a hyperlocal news site in Chicago is organizing a community meeting to decide whether or not to... More

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CBS’s CNET Fiasco

An egregious breach of editorial dependence damages its credibility

Last week, CNET picked Dish Network's Hopper with Sling, a DVR that can skip ads even more efficiently than other... More

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Call in the math club

Science reporters can help ward off a “Big Data bubble”

A reflective piece in The New York Times’s business pages points to a critical future role for science reporters—guarding against... More

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… And so on

Explaining explanatory abbreviations

Today, we’re going to talk about what symbols, abbreviations, etc., to use when, i.e., you want to give a list... More

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Healthcare and the profit motive—do they work well together?

Eduardo Porter asks a big question in the Times

It was refreshing to see Eduardo Porter, in his Economic Scene column last week in The New York Times, call... More

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Fast-tracking the truth in IPAB coverage

How to cover a key ACA provision without making misinformation worse

One of the most underrated political stories of the next year is the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (also... More

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Audit Notes: The Big Lie of the crisis, Hubbard and Mozilo, institutions

The attempts to muddy the historical record continue

Jesse Eisinger has a good New York Times column skewering Edward Pinto, the American Enterprise Institute economist behind much of... More

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Local California news site sues county sheriff

Lake County News believes it is suffering discrimination

A local news site in Lake County, CA, is suing the sheriff there for discrimination. Elizabeth Larson and John Jensen,... More

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AP turns to Twitter and restaurant receipts

Unconventional revenue strategies in the wake of new year’s member losses

The AP rolled out two unconventional money-generating strategies this week: It sold advertising in its Twitter feed and cut a... More

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Geithner gets his exit hagiography

Soft Washington Post and New York Times coverage of the departing Treasury secretary

Speaking of hagiography, the Washington Post's Neil Irwin gives Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner his own exit hagiography. This line sums... More

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Must-reads of the week

An embarrassment of riches

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Tough guys

The press is complicit in the NFL’s ‘warrior mentality’

Last Sunday the Washington Redskins lost more than a playoff game. Their star rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, a.k.a. “RG3,”... More

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Following the cash behind the new Congress

A guide to getting a (mostly) complete picture in the era of outside spending

In simpler times, when donors were donors and PACs were PACs, campaign spending was easy to follow. A review of... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ Libor scoop, Business Insider, reader revenue

Deutsche Bank made big money betting on the rigged rate

The Wall Street Journal posts an interesting page-one report on Deutsche Bank and the big profits it made betting on... More

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The president’s lady problem

News outlets were right to report on Obama’s track record of hiring women, but that’s not the only type of diversity to keep in mind

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Maybe Obama needs to borrow... More

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EXCLUSIVE: WSJ memo doubles down on scoops

An internal memo over the transom

Fresh over the transom, a new memo from The Wall Street Journal’s hierarchy on the importance of scoops to reporters’... More

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USP Notes: NYT on Fix the Debt, ProPublica on ‘Democratic Grandmas’

Private interests behind a public debate, and the unusual source of some campaign data

As the fiscal cliff debate dragged on late last year, the presence of some deep corporate pockets behind the public... More

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The realities of long-term care in America

A Laurel to PBS’s Need To Know

Last week’s fiscal cliff deal hammered the last nail in the coffin of the CLASS Act, a part of... More

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The ‘Hell No’ caucus and primary cash

Politico looks at the incentives facing Rep. Tom Cotton and his new colleagues

Earlier this week, Politico’s John VandeHei and Mike Allen wrote a smart story about what they described as the “Hell... More

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The Times gives the SEC’s Khuzami a parting kiss

The enforcement chief still gets the “new sheriff in town” treatment

It's at least easy to understand the logic, however icky, of the beat sweetener, that staple of news coverage that... More

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Is crowdfunding the future of media funding?

Best practices for a Kickstarter-funded journalistic endeavor

Some colleagues and I recently ran a Kickstarter to launch a fairly ambitious music publication from scratch. Our idea —... More

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Al Jazeera in America

With its purchase of Current TV, the broadcaster has wide access to the American market for the first time. But will audiences come?

Al Jazeera Media Network, the Qatar-based channel once described by the George W. Bush administration as a “terror network,” announced... More

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Back to basics with Krugman

Reporters (and economists) need to take accounting identities into account

Paul Krugman on Monday delivered an excellent primer on basic economics and the importance of what economists call accounting identities.... More

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Maura Johnston’s new song

The former Village Voice music editor is back with a magazine app

After Maura Johnston was let go from the Village Voice in September, she decided that, after six years as a... More

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Playing the study game

David Freedman responds to critics of his article about bad health reporting

Recently in the pages of the CJR, I took on science journalism's lack of skepticism and misuse of published scientific... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Medicare meddling, the guns of Westchester, and Al Gore’s payday

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

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Audit Notes: NYT on AIG, subsidizing fraud, free logic

Probably a bit hyped

The New York Times scoops that AIG, recipient of a $180 billion bailout from taxpayers, will meet today to hear... More

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WaPo: Got agency?

The Post’s ombudsman calls for more coverage of the “less sexy” Cabinet departments

Last Friday, the day after The Washington Post announced an expansion of its online video content "with politically focused programming,”... More

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What’s a trillion, anyway?

How to make scary budget numbers meaningful

Throughout the weeks of intense coverage over the scheduled end of the Bush income tax cuts and the Obama payroll... More

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Wilderness of Errol

Two heavyweights square off with new works on the Jeffrey MacDonald murder case

A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald | By Errol Morris | Penguin Press | 544 pages |... More

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Medicare Uncovered: the pain from ‘skin in the game’

A report puts a hole in the plan to make people pay more

This is the first of a series of occasional "Medicare Uncovered" posts that will look at how the media are... More

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Murdoch’s straw snobs

The phony war on “elitist” journalism

It’s often hard to tell when Rupert Murdoch’s biographer, Michael Wolff, is merely transmitting his subject’s views or whether... More

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Climate coverage rebound?

Maybe, but the press has a long way to go

There are signs that climate-change coverage is poised for a rebound after three years of decline, experts say, but the... More

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Our funny language

Puzzling English expressions

As we bid farewell to the holiday season (whatever you may celebrate), here are a few final presents to amuse... More

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The Muhammad movie: look who fanned the flames

Despite what Western media reported it was not Islamist outlets that stirred things up

Back on September 11, protestors gathered outside the US embassy near downtown Cairo, furious over reports of a video said... More

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On building trust

You’ve feigned orgasm? You’re ready for a career in journalism

Every now and then somebody chases me down to talk to their journalism class about writing profiles and since this... More

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Audit Notes: Gore gorges, 60 Minutes in New Orleans, Wired

The former vice president twists arms and cashes in on Current TV

Read Brian Stelter's excellent coverage in The New York Times of Al Gore's role in building and selling Current TV:... More

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How right is the (1st round of) CW about 2012?

As the retrospectives roll in, a debate unfolds about Obama’s early ads

Theodore White’s The Making of the President 1960 was published in hardcover in July 1961, a breakneck pace in an... More

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Must-reads of the week

Andrew Sullivan declares his independence, Kevin Drum gets the lead out, and Jon Chait goes back to the future!

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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A valuable walk through a 10-K

Partnoy and Eisinger keep it simple

Sometimes, when faced with the unholy mess that is financial regulation, the best idea is to keep it simple,... More

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If you were John Boehner, you’d cry too

Why journalists should put the struggles of the House speaker in a larger context

On Thursday, John Boehner survived some conservative defections to narrowly win re-election as Speaker of the House, prompting a predictable... More

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Are the fiscal fights a bore?

Not to those who dig

One of the more telling stories to emerge during the holidays was Politico’s candid take on coverage of the fiscal... More

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Loaded language of gay marriage

Reporters need to be mindful of using loaded terminology

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. At the intersection of gay... More

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The money behind the fiscal cliff hardliners

Plan B opponents drew major support from outside groups. What does that mean?

The fiscal cliff deal reached on Tuesday reflects a depressing new routine in Washington, DC: the federal government lurching from... More

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Coming clean on food safety

The Obama administration’s lack of transparency makes a difficult beat that much harder

Editors’ Note: Bottemiller’s bio should have mentioned that her employer, Food Safety News, is published by the law firm Marler... More

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Andrew Sullivan’s bold experiment

And how to think about it

The great journalism paywall debate has picked up steam lately as more newspapers move away from the idea of giving... More

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Getting more mileage from your ideas

How to turn one reporting trip into several pieces, and how to get your editor to give you more substantive assignments

I'm terrible at writing two to three stories from one reporting trip. How do I get better at this? —Anonymous... More

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Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath on journalism

A fter Superstorm Sandy swamped the nation’s media capital in October, some shops, such as the Daily News and American... More

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Obamacare: round two

A chance for journalistic redemption

The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare, is the law of the land, and the re-election of the president ensures... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our November / December issue

Good publicity Re: “Rules of the Game: The sometimes nauseating, often fun, and always absurd life of a movie publicist”... More

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How I got that story

Explosive situation

In 2005, Jerry Redfern and Karen Coates were in Laos reporting a story on the Plain of Jars region... More

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Language Corner

Like you were

Using “like” as a conjunction can earn you dirty looks from some quarters. The example most often cited by anti-conjunctionists... More

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Hard Numbers

Weird science

95 weekly science sections in newspapers in 1989 34 weekly science sections in newspapers in 2005 19 weekly science sections... More

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Strange but true

Tales from the sports beat

C. W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle In 1990, the San Francisco 49ers had a big Monday Night Football game, and... More

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Sree tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: What is the advantage of Facebook’s Subscribe function for journalists? A: Facebook’s Subscribe function allows you to share your... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

- CBSNews.com, 11/9/12 - Newspaper Research Journal, Summer 2012 - KHOU.com, 9/2/12 - The New York Times, 11/22/12 -... More

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Darts & Laurels 2012

2012’s media highlights and lowlights

DART for inflaming an already tense situation: Business Insider, The Daily Caller, Michelle Malkin, NBC News Following Trayvon Martin’s death... More

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‘Survival of the wrongest’

How personal-health journalism ignores the fundamental pitfalls baked into all scientific research and serves up a daily diet of unreliable information

In late 2011, in a nearly 6,000-word article in The New York Times Magazine, health writer Tara Parker-Pope laid... More

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Chemical reaction

HuffPost’s Cara Santa Maria wants to ‘Talk Nerdy’ to you

The tattoo on Cara Santa Maria’s inner right forearm isn’t exactly the kind of ink drunken sailors get. “Yeah,... More

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You’ve got shale!

Brian Cohen and the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

The story of Janet McIntyre, the woman in the photo above, embodies many of the reasons why Brian Cohen... More

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Another round of Cosmos

An American popular scientist in the Carl Sagan tradition, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why he tweets, and why the US needs to rediscover its space mojo

When it comes to making science popular and accessible, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson does it all. He’s the director... More

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My space

Internet visionary Esther Dyson is ready for liftoff

Esther Dyson always figured she would ride a rocket one day. As the daughter of renowned physicist Freeman Dyson,... More

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Snow job?

In the 2012 election, Denver broadcasters accepted an avalanche of political ads and the attendant windfall of revenue. Where did that money go, and what happens next time?

Side by side, the two cartoon figures stride across the screen, their stick arms wrapped around massive boxes of gifts.... More

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Fundamental objections

Reporters in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas are under threat, underpaid, and overwhelmed

Thirty seconds into a phone conversation, Hamid’s voice shifted from polite to brusque. “No, I cannot look into this,”... More

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Power vacuum

Working in Sierra Leone is a constant search for current and currency

  About two years ago, I took a position as a freelance correspondent for Reuters in the West African nation... More

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Where truth is a hard cell

Although seen as modern and West-leaning, Turkey leads the world in jailing journalists

Award-winning investigative reporter Ahmet Sik is no stranger to danger. In 1998, he was hospitalized after a pro-police mob,... More

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Staying alive

That’s the challenge for reporters covering the ultraviolent drug cartels in Mexico — but at least now they’re getting tips from their Colombian colleagues

The 20 Mexican journalists had flown to the border of Guatemala to discuss how to report on drug activities... More

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Through the looking glass

When a South Korean reporter headed north across the DMZ, she entered a parallel universe that was, and remains, curiouser and curiouser

On the eve of August 12, 2001, I received a phone call in the middle of the night. It... More

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Elements of Gangnam style

Reporting tips from Kim Jong-il

In 2001, Kim Jong-il began wooing the foreign media. But The Dear Leader had long since been pursuing his... More

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A beautiful mind

In Is There No Place on Earth for Me?, Susan Sheehan told the complete story of one woman’s struggles with schizophrenia

There were times when the lobby of The Village Voice seemed to be a magnet for crazy people. When... More

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Motor City madman

Charlie LeDuff dissects his Detroit hometown

In recent years, a journalistic cottage industry has emerged around the collapse of once-vibrant Detroit, the implosion of the... More

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Fait inaccompli

Why the world failed to rebuild Haiti after the earthquake

On March 31, 2010, almost three months after an earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, the capital city of the poorest nation... More

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Unfinished business

A new biography of photojournalist Tim Hetherington reflects on a too-short career

In recent years, as the American public has grown exhausted by news of war, it has become ever more... More

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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of A Journalist’s Diplomatic Mission and The Noir Forties

A Journalist's Diplomatic Mission: Ray Stannard Baker's World War I Diary | Edited with an introduction by John Maxwell Hamilton... More

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Huey, Luce, and the news

John Huey takes a Time Inc. out

At year-end, Time Inc. editor in chief John Huey quietly announced plans to head to a fellowship at Harvard... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How far can the Chinese firewall stretch?

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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

Bloggingheads

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

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