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February 2013

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More on that BusinessWeek cover

A firestorm over its unintentionally inflammatory art

My post on this unfortunate Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover touched off a wave of fury on the intertubes this morning. First,... More

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Behind The Detroit News’s deep dive on property taxes

Lead reporter Christine MacDonald discusses how the investigation came together

DETROIT, MI -- Word came this afternoon: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will announce Friday whether he intends to name an... More

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The new copyright alert system is running

And here’s what will happen if you run up against it

This week, after years of negotiating and planning, five of the largest Internet service providers in the country, in partnership... More

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Brain mapping

NYT raises questions about federal project, science press provides answers

On February 17, The New York Times touched off an anxious debate in the neuroscience community with a front-page article... More

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Time to leave budget biases behind

Deficits are falling and government jobs are disappearing. Is it really so obvious we have a spending problem?

With the automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration set to take effect Friday--and plenty of other budget wars looming... More

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Is the Washington Post pro-gay?

If they are, it shouldn’t be at the expense of covering anti-gay individuals

Last week, The Washington Post asked itself an interesting question in a headline: "Is The Post Pro-Gay?" Meaning, does it... More

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Don’t judge a Bloomberg Businessweek by its cover (UPDATED)

Andres Guzman drew the controversial cover

Before we all jump on the "Bloomberg Businessweek is racist" bandwagon, let's take a second to ask: Who actually drew... More

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Policing the food police (part 1):
the assault on salt

Covering government efforts to improve the nation’s eating habits is more complicated than it seems

This is the first installment in an occasional series that will examine media coverage of public initiatives aimed at ending... More

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Dealing with harassment and sexism

How to shut it down

"Can I be your Clark Kent?" "If you got shrapnel in your ass, I'd be happy to take it out."... More

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A BusinessWeek cover crosses a line

Minorities as greedy grotesqueries fueling a new housing bubble

Bloomberg BusinessWeek is a lot edgier than its predecessor, at least where design is concerned. Sometimes it's too edgy, like... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 28, 1967

Henry Robinson Luce, co-founder of Time Inc., dies at age 68

On this day in 1967, Henry Luce, perhaps the greatest magazine editor/publisher of the mid-20th century, died in Phoenix. Born... More

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Healthcare costs: A moment of clarity

Steve Brill stands his ground on ABC

Bravo for Steve Brill! His appearance on ABC's This Week was a rare example of a guest on a... More

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A Laurel to Univision 41’s Arantxa Loizaga

For making good use of the familiar, local-anchor-goes-to-White House encounter

AUSTIN, TX -- Often, when a local television station gets summoned for a one-on-one interview with the president, it... More

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The Green Lantern Theory of Sequestration

Hey, pundits: President Obama can’t magically solve the budget impasse in Washington

One of the recurring themes in commentary on national politics is the demand for the president to change politics as... More

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Commercialization of the academy: diet supplements edition

The LAT’s Hiltzik on professors who hawk Herbalife

The Herbalife story is a business-press feast. You've got warring billionaires, the words "Ponzi scheme" being thrown around, a televised... More

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Medicare Uncovered: What’s in a name?

The GOP puts some new lipstick on an old idea: vouchers

National Journal's Margot Sanger-Katz picked up a juicy Washington tidbit worth passing on to healthcare reporters and interested readers.... More

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Guns and public records: The Cherokee Scout’s saga (UPDATED)

Another newspaper gets wounded—and an editor resigns—in the fight over weapons and privacy

UPDATE (5pm, February 26, 2013): This afternoon, the Cherokee Scout announced that its editor, Robert Horne, resigned. Horne originally made... More

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Fortune on the French

France’s “unproductive labor force” is, in fact, quite productive

The abrasive tire CEO Maurice Taylor made news last week when he lashed out at French workers as "lazy" good-for-nothings.... More

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Stories I’d like to see

America’s lobbying abroad, and following a wonder drug’s money trail

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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The Big Boys: An affordability puzzle

Healthcare Insurers push a one-sided meme, and the press runs with it

During the long debate over health reform, one issue barely discussed was whether the Americans who would be required... More

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Its time

That ol’ apostrophe again

Of the many small errors that bedevil many writers--and enrage their teachers and editors--there is perhaps none so simple to... More

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Open access and the press

Two ways the new eLife could improve media coverage

After a decade of growth, the open-access movement in scientific publishing still hasn't overthrown the traditional model of paid content... More

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Exit Interview: CUNY J-School loses its Shepard

Founding dean returns to the classroom

Steve Shepard has long been one of the wisest, most reasonable men in the Fourth Estate. So it is bittersweet... More

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Audit Notes: Seattle paywall, private equity taxes, mortgage security fraud

The Seattle Times will charge online readers beginning next month

The Seattle Times is the latest paper to join the paywall movement. It looks like it's basically copying The New... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 25, 1928

The Federal Radio Commission grants the first commercial television license in the United States

On February 25, 1928, Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, DC, became the first holder of a US television license. W3XK,... More

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A puzzling parade of projections in PA

As debate on Medicaid expansion continues, can reporters point the way to credible figures?

DETROIT, MI -- Would a Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania cost the state millions? Billions? Or will it actually bring in... More

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An eye on the Times-Picayune’s numbers

Some questions about what executives say are positive circulation trends

We'll have a long story on the Times-Picayune next week, but Publisher Ricky Mathews and Editor Jim Amoss released some... More

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Must-reads of the week

“One thing that really divides Norway is bark”

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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Beijing’s blinding pollution

The press should not ignore dirty air in other cities

As resources become scarcer and cutbacks in foreign bureaus more common, international reporting is becoming geographically biased. This trend was... More

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People aren’t too worried about the sequester. Is the media to blame?

Coverage is too often dull or absent, but NYT piece on air travel is a standout

Americans are not especially worried about the mandatory federal spending cuts set to begin March 1, widely cited polling by... More

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Composition 101: A. Lincoln, Instructor

At some point every semester, I ask the journalism students I teach a question that is meant to make them... More

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Behind AP’s new ‘husband, wife’ guideline

It’s an attempt to fix a perceived slight to married gay couples

The Associated Press did the right thing on Thursday. After a week in which gay reporters, LGBT blogs, gay advocacy... More

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Content economics, part 1: advertising

The dismal state of ads in online publishing

Back in December, Peter Kafka summed up the most important question with regards to the future of online advertising. Do... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 22, 1924

Calvin Coolidge broadcasts the first presidential radio address to the American public

If Barack Obama is our first social-media president, then Calvin Coolidge rightly deserves to be called the first wireless-telegraphy president.... More

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ProPublica shines a light on dark money

In the murky new world of money-and-politics reporting, even small victories are hard won

Over the last two years, political reporters have shined a glaring spotlight on super PACs and their funders. Just ask... More

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AP’s first usage guidelines on ‘husband, wife’

The new entry comes in response to anger over a memo to avoid the words to describe gay couples

Last week, Jim Romenesko published an internal memo from the Associated Press about how to refer to gay and lesbian... More

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Sequester debate takes hold in the press

The good, the bad, and the indifferent in this week’s coverage—plus some resources for reporters just tuning in

With mandatory federal spending cuts looming on March 1, news organizations have finally begun running down the numbers on whose... More

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Dead tree edition

Time to stop holding funerals for print

"How can we get institutions and organizations to stop holding conferences titled 'The Death of Print'? I have no time... More

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Audit Notes: Hank the hero, Des Moines, Norwegian wood

The FT’s John Gapper reviews the former AIG CEO’s autobiography

John Gapper's Financial Times review of the new Hank Greenberg (the disgraced former AIG CEO, not the All Star baseball... More

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The Boston Globe, up for sale again

The Times goes all in on the Times

Back in 1993, The New York Times Company bought the Globe for about $1.8 billion (adjusted for inflation). Four years... More

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The AP’s (digital) news standards

The outlet verifies and sources all social media-based information

On Tuesday night, at the Associated Press headquarters on far West 33rd Street, Muck Rack and the AP hosted a... More

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Drones and transparency

White House criticized for secrecy, PBS’s NOVA for conflict

It's no secret that journalists, especially those on the science beat, don't think that President Obama has lived up his... More

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The New York Times and the rehabilitation of Steven Rattner

A monthly column not enough, the fallen former NYTer now gets the Sorkin treatment

The New York Times is declaring that disgraced private equity mogul Steven Rattner has gotten his reputation back in the... More

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Immigration reform and private prison cash

Key lawmakers in the immigration debate are among the top recipients of campaign contributions from the prison industry

As immigration reform picks up steam in Congress, conventional wisdom holds that a handful of key players are shaping the... More

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Handling Facebook’s fickle functionality

How news outlets choose to promote work when the formula keeps changing

Facebook's promoted posts feature sparked privacy concerns for individuals last week, when the company debuted a feature allowing individual users... More

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Audit Notes: scoops and leaks, CNBC hardball, FT on Dow Jones CEO

The WSJ sniffs at a USA Today exclusive on Obama’s immigration plan

It's totally a shoe-leather scoop when you get the story. It's a "leak" when somebody else does. That's what The... More

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Digging for dark money

Guardian, CPI expose secretive climate-denial funding network

Just over a year ago, Peter Gleick, a scientist and climate-change activist, obtained a cache of internal documents from The... More

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Brand extension

Why trademarks should be honored

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City called for a ban on "Styrofoam" containers, saying in his State of the... More

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From women’s page to style section

Women still need a place to have a voice in the absence of mainstream media equality

When the Washington Post decided, in January of 2013, to run a story about feminists' disputes over Michelle Obama's time... More

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The third party fever dream, revisited

Five points for reporters to consider about third party prospects

National Journal's Ron Fournier has posted a gracious reply to my CJR column challenging what I considered to be his... More

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Exchange Watch: growing pains in Connecticut

Is the state’s model insurance plan unaffordable?

On October 1, state health insurance exchanges throughout the country, called Health Insurance Marketplaces, will start enrolling people eligible... More

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Sharing is caring

With Muck Rack’s new Who Shared My Link? tool, calculating social media shares just got easier

After Muck Rack co-founder Gregory Galant wrote a guest column for Fortune last November, he wanted to see how it... More

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VA background checks, WVA bar checks

A roundup of notable coverage on politics & policy from the southeast

COLUMBIA, SC -- With the national gun control debate now focused on the proposed expansion of background checks to private... More

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Audit Notes: due diligence, Elizabeth Warren, the Murdoch way

More evidence from private lawsuits on unprosecuted bank executives

The Seattle Times follows last week's reports on Dexia's lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase of fraud for its mortgage activities during... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 19, 1945

The Battle of Iwo Jima begins

The Japanese island of Iwo Jima, just 650 miles from Tokyo, was strategically important to both sides of WWII. The... More

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Where the jobs are

How WYNC’s data journalism efforts show new opportunities for journalists

There are probably few things that intimidate journalists like reams of data. Unemployment might be high on that intimidation list,... More

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Enforcing copyrights in Europe

In the absence of laws, private companies are doing the job

In January, on the anniversary of the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act, an Internet activist group called Fight... More

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‘47 percent’ story wins a Polk Award

Mother Jones earns a political reporting prize

Mother Jones is one of the winners at this year's George Polk Awards, Long Island University announced Monday. Mother Jones... More

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A few bad apples

Texas and the NRA’s proposal to arm teachers

William Hardy Gest co-reported and co-wrote this piece. Holly Regan contributed research. AUSTIN, Texas -- As the country debates gun... More

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What’s new @Twitter?

Mark Luckie leads a panel at Social Media Weekend

It's maybe not how most people would choose to spend their birthday, but Twitter's manager of journalism and news, Mark... More

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How to use social media in investigations

ProPublica explains at Social Media Weekend

Investigative reporting used to be a secretive business--think Woodward and Bernstein meeting anonymous sources in parking garages. But according to... More

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Homicide coverage is about people, not just stats

Stories about Hadiya Pendleton’s death should be a guide for journalists in future crime reporting

On Friday, President Obama spoke in Chicago as a part of his post-State of the Union tour, pitching, among many... More

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Amazon’s German labor fiasco

A subcontractor employed neo-Nazi guards to patrol immigrant workers

The story of Amazon's treatment of workers took a sensational turn last week when German public television revealed that temporary... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 18, 1922

Helen Gurley Brown is born

Helen Gurley Brown was born Helen Marie Gurley in Green Forest, AR. After college, Brown began her career in advertising... More

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Protecting private information online

The intersection between cyber security and intellectual property

On Friday, Facebook revealed that it had been attacked. Company employees had visited a website that had infected their computer... More

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Pass the #popcorn

ICYMI: Politico goes another round with Nate Silver

According to a recent Pew study, 16 percent of adults online use Twitter -- 8 percent daily. I'm pretty sure... More

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The third party fever dream

Why do some journalists keep predicting a major challenge to the two-party system?

National Journal editorial director Ron Fournier is a respected journalist with years of distinguished service as an Associated Press correspondent... More

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In Azerbaijan, a blogger refuses to be silenced

Emin Milli says the Internet is a lifeline for journalists living under oppressive regimes

A woman asked Emin Milli and Jérémie Zimmermann if she could take a photo of the two bloggers as they... More

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Must-reads of the week

Time Warner divests, Jonah Lehrer collects, Elon Musk objects

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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Caveat emptor: You’re on your own with those vitamins

In absence of oversight, journalists should warn consumers of risks as well as benefits

The popular health story of the past week, picked up from ABC News to Yahoo and across the gamut of... More

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Meteorite steals asteroid’s thunder

Russian ‘dash cams’ fill web with amateur video

For the last week, stargazers around the world have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a 150-meter asteroid that will... More

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A good feting for The Feminine Mystique

But the media should be this evenhanded about feminism all the time

It's long been interesting to me that many writers talk about feminism as having failed, or as no longer mattering,... More

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Rubio and the Big Lie of the Crisis

The press fails to push back on the senator’s SOTU response whopper

The Big Lie of the Crisis keeps rearing its ugly head. The latest spotting: Senator Marco Rubio's response to Obama's... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 15, 1898

The USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana Harbor, Cuba

On the evening of February 15, 1898, the US Navy battleship Maine exploded suddenly and without warning, sinking into the... More

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UPDATED: All charged up

Elon Musk says NYT review of a Tesla sedan was dishonest; Broder, Sullivan fire back

[Original column posted February 12, 12:00 p.m.] Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is all charged up over a The New... More

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Nate Silver defends contested post

His decision to omit outside spending still leads to an incomplete analysis

On Tuesday, I wrote a post that raised questions about New York Times statistical ace Nate Silver's recent analysis of... More

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When we’re just not that into you

The no-excuses truth to understanding why editors reject pitches

If you're a freelance writer or a PR professional, you probably know that pitching is a delicate art that sometimes... More

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Medicare Uncovered: What the president said, and didn’t say

The search for hidden meanings in the reform rhetoric

The president's State of the Union message may have sort of resolved the question: "Will he or won't he... More

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The journalist and the politician

Former NYT reporter Arthur Krock had a long friendship with Joe Kennedy—and it showed in his coverage

Arthur Krock, one-time bureau chief and columnist for The New York Times, is an abject lesson in the temporality of... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 14, 1929

Saint Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago

Chicago Tribune "These murders went out of the comprehension of a civilized city," the Chicago Tribune editorialized, after seven... More

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UN celebrates World Radio Day

Journalists and UN officials discuss why radio remains popular around the world

Wednesday, World Radio Day, marked the 67th anniversary of the United Nations's first broadcast--"This is the United Nations calling the... More

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Use of private emails for public work sparks FOIA battle

The Santa Fe Reporter is using leaked emails to test the state’s FOI compliance

In June of 2012, the political press corps in New Mexico acquired a batch of interesting emails written by some... More

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Audit Notes: The FT does labor reporting, minimum wage, OC Register

An excellent look inside an Amazon warehouse in the UK

The Financial Times has an excellent story on the dystopian work culture at Amazon warehouses: Inside, hundreds of people in... More

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‘I need rules’

Jonah Lehrer says he still intends to pursue writing

In his first public appearance since revelations of fabrication and plagiarism derailed his career last year, science writer Jonah Lehrer... More

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What’s on the chopping block?

The great sequestration guessing game: What will Democrats surrender?

The fiscal cliff negotiations belong to the Dark Ages, the inaugural address has come and gone, the State of... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Hagel’s ignorance, Big Oil in the rain forest, and a drone story

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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State of the Union media prebuttal II

What reporters should do instead of overhyping the SOTU

Early each year, I brace myself for an onslaught of poorly informed commentary and polling about the effects of the... More

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Nate Silver’s odd omission (Updated)

A data-driven argument about an outside political spending group doesn’t include outside spending

On Monday, The New York Times's resident oracle, Nate Silver, weighed in on an issue that CJR has been following... More

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The NYT’s newspaper industry rarity: growth (UPDATED)

Its circulation strategy, led by the paywall, more than offsets ad losses in 2012

The New York Times's landmark metered paywall will be two years old next month, and it's already successful beyond anyone's... More

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Pew identifies four profitable newspapers

The papers buck national trends with four different emphases

Contrary to prevailing trends, it's not all doom and gloom in the newspaper industry -- at least, not for the... More

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Martial arts

A black belt in spelling

When a society gets out of hand, a government can try to "marshal" its forces to settle things. But the... More

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Here comes the National Nurse (maybe)

A new bill seeks to elevate nursing, which could lift healthcare. Reporters might take note

A few days ago, the unlikely congressional team of Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat from Texas, and Peter King,... More

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Public Radio Player relaunches

With an alarm feature, download options, and new ways to donate

A new public radio streaming app relaunches this week, giving listeners mobile access to hundreds of public radio stations and... More

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The Washington Times takes a giant step—backwards

Wes Pruden rides again. Watch his words

Since their recent electoral drubbing, many Republicans are rethinking their party's relationship (or lack of one) to blacks and... More

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Audit Notes: Libor Rain Man, fraud without fraudsters, George Will on TBTF

The Journal spotlights an RBS banker at the center of the scandal

The Wall Street Journal's David Enrich has some great reporting on Tom Hayes, the RBS banker at the center of... More

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Captain Nemo

‘Behemoth blizzard’ dominates weekend news

It was all about "The Big Dig" this weekend in snow-blanketed communities from Long Island to Maine that faced a... More

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Momentum becomes Ensia

Univ. of Minnesota expands its environmental magazine

A nonprofit environmental magazine published by the University of Minnesota that's been quietly racking up awards for three years is... More

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Must-reads of the week

A drone! A drone! My kingdom for a drone!

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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At The Plain Dealer, a shrinking staff delivers some solid work

But how will statehouse and politics coverage hold up once layoffs take effect?

DETROIT, MI -- There will be many rich politics stories to follow in Ohio in 2013. But when the subject... More

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Koch’s closet

Exploring the former mayor’s legacy must include how his sexual orientation perhaps affected his policies

Ed Koch drew a curtain around his sexual orientation during his life, but after his death, gay writers in the... More

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Audit Notes: Wall Street fraud and coverup

JPMorgan “flouted quality controls and ignored problems, sometimes hiding them entirely”

The New York Times has a tough report on newly uncovered emails that show Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase knowingly misled... More

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Copyright knights or copyright trolls?

Rulings on a couple Righthaven appeals could have a far-reaching effect on fair use

In 2010 and 2011, Righthaven, a Nevada company that once described itself as "the nation's pre-eminent copyright enforcer," sued hundreds... More

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One document, many interpretations

Varied takes on CBO report show “the media” is a competitive market, not a monolith

What a difference reporters and editors can make in choosing from the same report what is news and where and... More

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Reporting for rookies

Schooling a newbie on the basics

The line between "blogger" and "reporter" has been blurry for a long time. Those of us who went to journalism... More

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In Virginia, voter ID coverage disappoints

Reporting on Tuesday’s voter ID bills fed into—rather than clarified—the partisan debate

COLUMBIA, SC -- In the run-up to the November presidential elections, skirmishes over voter ID requirements, among other voting rules,... More

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The NYT on the SEC’s hunt for Stevie Cohen

The case weakens as the statute of limitations winds down

Andrew Ross Sorkin and Peter Lattman have uncovered an interesting wrinkle in the SEC's case against Mathew Martoma, the most... More

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Journalism’s circuit board

Computer literacy on the rise, but technology transfer lags

Journalists and computers have gotten through the awkward, get-to-know-ya phase of their relationship, but they still have intimacy problems, sometimes... More

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NYRB celebrates its 50th

The New York Review of Books hosted an evening of readings by noted contributors

Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan Joan Didion looked tiny and frail on Tuesday night, swimming in her loose, gray top... More

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Morgenson rebuts the Geithner hosannas

The Treasury Secretary’s legacy in context

There's been an unsettling amount of hagiography in the last few weeks as top Obama financial regulatory officials departed and... More

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Medicare Uncovered: parsing Senator Corker’s big bill

A primer for reporters on a significant bill

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

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Fashion Week pregaming

The newest issue of Fashion Projects features interviews with couture critics

New York Fashion Week, which kicks off Wednesday night, is the big game for style magazines and fashion critics. As... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Lying to the SEC, A-Rod’s contract, everybody gets hacked

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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Obesity’s orthogonal coverage

How three writers tried to make sense of the “controversy, conjecture, contradiction and confusion” in weight loss research

Last September, CJR approached me to write an article for a special package on health and science journalism in the... More

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Bloomberg unearths an Italian bank scandal

Its story reverberates across Europe

Back in mid-January, Bloomberg's Elisa Martinuzzi and Nicholas Dunbar reported that Deutsche Bank helped Italy's third-largest bank, Monte Paschi, cover... More

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The money fight for the Republican Party

The launch of the Conservative Victory Fund signals a big outside spending battle—and story—is underway

Last week, we wrote about how hard-right groups like the Club for Growth dominated outside spending in the last Republican... More

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Towering babble

CBS Sports fumbles Super-Bowl power failure

The true test of a team or an athlete is how they perform in a crisis, when the game goes... More

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Take too

It’s a matter of perspective

"It's going to rain, so take an umbrella," the weather forecaster says. "Shouldn't that be bring?" a correspondent writes. "I... More

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Ed Koch: under the adulation

A press secretary looks back at Hizzoner and the media

The death of former New York mayor Edward I. Koch last week at age 88 brought forth a flood... More

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Tracking the NYT’s evolving Koch obit

NewsDiffs reveals the newspaper’s multiple revisions, resulting in a surge of traffic

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died in the wee hours of Friday morning, and The New York Times... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Corker and his bill

The press needs to move out of its comfort zone

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

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Audit Notes: the anti-liquidation newspaper model, NYT on digital media doings

Ken Doctor spotlights Aaron Kushner’s investment at the OC Register

Ken Doctor has a fantastic post up at the Nieman Lab on the Orange County Register, which has actually been... More

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A ‘dark money’ push behind Obamacare?

Politico takes a close look at the backers of a new outreach effort

This morning, Politico published a fascinating story about a new campaign to support implementation of the Affordable Care Act that... More

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Must-reads of the week

”’[G]et bought by a billionaire’ should be every small mag’s business model”

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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Can mental healthcare curb gun violence?

Some strong coverage takes a good look at that question, and reflects a shift in how we discuss mental illness

In another lifetime, I did PR for Big Pharma and flacked for some of the biggest names in academic medicine... More

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Context is crucial covering the Boy Scouts

Mentions of pedophilia fears in stories about potential gay scout leaders should be accompanied by information debunking them

One of the most pernicious stereotypes about gay men is that any one of them might be a pedophile. As... More

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China hacks the press

While the FBI probed whether it gave some traders an early look at government data

Yesterday The New York Times ran this remarkable story about how Chinese hackers, presumably aligned with the military, hacked into... More

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Sheen before green

Entertainment news outstrips environment news 3-to-1

Celebrity and sports stories are three times more common in the mainstream media than environment stories, according to a new... 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


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”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

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

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