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March 2013

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BusinessWeek’s billion-dollar boo-boo

A poor piece spreads bogus news about Amazon’s Goodreads acquisition

Bloomberg BusinessWeek makes itself look silly today, running a speculative piece on how much Amazon paid for its latest acquisition,... More

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Medicare Uncovered: the insurers’ latest campaign

The press is AWOL on a PR and lobbying effort—and so is the context

Last week Katharine Raley, who heads the Ventura, CA, office of the state's Health Insurance Advocacy and Counseling Program, got... More

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A good AP follow-up on North Carolina’s ‘sweepstakes’ story

In the face of crackdowns, an industry with deep pockets refuses to go away

In his post yesterday about what North Carolina reporters can learn from their South Carolina colleagues about covering the video... More

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Must-reads of the week

Marriage equality, endurance athletes, Holocaust dwarves, butt dialers

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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Flipboard upgrades, Guardian signs on

The Guardian gives social sharing another try

Flipboard, the app that calls itself "your social magazine," introduced version 2.0 on Tuesday. Where the first generation created magazines... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 29, 1999

Dow Jones closes above the 10,000 mark for the first time

On Monday, March 29, 1999, the Dow Jones Industrial Average--the most famous stock market index--closed above the symbolic 10,000 mark... More

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Tar Heel reporters can look south for lessons on ‘sweepstakes’ story

Says The State’s Cindi Ross Scoppe: “We fell into the trap of I already said that.”

COLUMBIA, SC -- North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, this week found himself giving back campaign contributions tied to so-called... More

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Pity the nutgraf

The AP’s argument that ledes are the heart of its stories helped win a copyright case

When a reporter writes a story, what is the heart of the work? Is it this paragraph--the lede? This isn't... More

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Audit Notes: The Times-Picayune, Dimon’s hubris, the QuikTrip model

Shakeups in the Louisiana newspaper war

Gambit's Kevin Allman reports that the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Baton Rouge bureau chief is out after six months. My long... More

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HeLa-cious coverage

Media overlook ethical angles of Henrietta Lacks story

A New York Times bestseller about the most widely used human cell line in biological research has inspired wide-ranging debates... More

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Quotas get results

A chat with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on tapping sources more diverse than the usual pool of white dudes

Let's face it: The conversation about diversity in journalism is mostly boring hand-wringing. With each new byline count, it's easy... More

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Paywalls rise

Breaking out sticks as well as carrots to get readers to pay

It's paywall season right now: The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Telegraph, the Sun—all have recently announced plans... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 28, 1979

Nuclear accident at Three Mile Island

On March 28, 1979, one of the nuclear reactors on Three Mile Island, PA, suffered a partial meltdown due to... More

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Flooding the apathy zone

The Los Angeles Times sends a team of reporters and a star columnist to battle civic disengagement, with impressive results—even if turnout was only 16 percent

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- Let's get an understatement out of the way: Your average citizen of Los Angeles is not... More

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Reporting on trauma

It’s a necessary beat—one that should be done with care

In the wake of widespread criticism of the media's reporting on rapes in Steubenville, OH, and Torrington, CT, it could... More

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French antipiracy efforts unsuccessful

The French government started cracking down on illegal downloading, so users switched to illegal streaming

Hadopi--a wildly unpopular French antipiracy agency charged with seeking out illegal downloaders for prosecution--may be reorganized, assigned with new duties,... More

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The great hospital ratings derby—a second look

A laurel to Kaiser Health News

Bravo for Jordan Rau, the author of a piece produced by Kaiser Health News, that at last untangles the... More

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Audit Notes: Columbia navel-gazing edition

A tech site takes down Michael Wolff’s thoughts on Twitter

It's always fun to see a Michael Wolff trolling get demolished. This one's at the hands of PandoDaily's Hamish McKenzie.... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 27, 1947

Walt Mossberg, reporter and technology columnist, is born

He's been called "arguably the most powerful arbiter of consumer tastes" in personal technology. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, Eric... More

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Kenya: a public editor learns her value

In developing nations, ombudsmen are on the rise. An American in Nairobi finds out why

Shortly after I became the Kenya Star's public editor in early 2011, the paper published a story under the... More

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Exchange Watch: Navigating the insurance jungle

How to cover your local healthcare exchange: a primer

Not surprisingly, the topic of the new Obamacare state insurance exchanges--called Health Insurance Marketplaces by the feds--came up at a... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Obamacare and hospital costs, sourcing Leno stories, and firing civil servants

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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IPOs for the masses

A global business leader wants IPOs for his countrymen, in Quartz

When Quartz launched, it said that its "mission is to serve today's new class of global business leaders" who "have... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 26, 1812

Boston newspaper coins the term “gerrymander”

The word gerrymander, meaning to manipulate the boundaries of an electorate to favor one party or class, originally appeared in... More

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The trouble with Torrington

A small-town paper calls out minors who bully a rape victim online. Is that fair game?

In some ways, the Torrington, CT case that ricocheted through the press last week looks a lot like the ugly... More

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Unpalatable

A plateful of similar words

The artists were being praised for their technique in which, the article said, they "use only pallet knives, not brushes."... More

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LSR to become German law

Search engines and news aggregators will have to pay to use others’ original content

The Leistungsschutzrecht, a controversial German proposal that would force for-profit companies to pay for using short snippets of news content,... More

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About those ‘Glory Days of American Journalism’

Matthew Yglesias retreats from his argument, but not far enough. He forgot state and local reporting.

Matt Yglesias has more or less conceded that there is a flaw in his argument--that we are living in the... More

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Audit Notes: Different than you and me, Google as utility

Political discourse disproportionately follows the whims of the wealthy

The Los Angeles Times runs a fascinating op-ed by Benjamin I. Page and Larry M. Bartels on the policy preferences... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 25, 1934

Gloria Steinem is born in Toledo, OH

Gloria Steinem, journalist-turned-feminist icon and a cofounder of Ms. magazine, was born 79 years ago today in Toledo, OH. Ms.... More

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The most political science-friendly reporter in America

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Craig Gilbert takes an unusual approach to covering politics

One of the most encouraging trends in journalism over the past few years has been the tentative embrace of political... More

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Hiking America’s food deserts

The Food Police (part 2): Tools for adding context to stories about the soda-ban battle, and other tales of nutrition

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

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Must-reads of the week

Tenth anniversary of the Iraq War, the Steubenville rape, a new Pew report on the state of journalism

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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‘The Finkbeiner Test’

Seven rules to avoid gratuitous gender profiles of female scientists

There's still a gender gap in the sciences, with far fewer women than men in research jobs, and those women... More

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Personal finance experts of the day

Some baffling editorial judgment in the The Wall Street Journal

The Experts: Should People Buy Long-Term-Care Insurance? That's the headline of a The Wall Street Journal article out yesterday--the kind... More

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Dismal Steubenville coverage

The media can, and must, do better when covering assaults

It isn't just CNN. Over the past few days, there has been a lot of anger directed at the cable... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 22, 1948

American journalist Wolf Blitzer is born

Happy birthday to Wolf Isaac Blitzer, host of CNN's The Situation Room. Wolf Blitzer was born in Augsburg, Germany and... More

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A close watch on Scott Walker’s jobs pledge

For PolitiFact Wisconsin’s “Walk-o-meter,” the key innovation is sustained attention

DETROIT, MI -- When Scott Walker campaigned to become the governor of Wisconsin in 2010, there was one promise that... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Smoke signals from Fox News Sunday

You might want to watch your wallet: Dems and the GOP hint they are close on cuts

There was no mistaking the message that two members of the Senate sent forth Sunday morning. In an interview on... More

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How hard should it be for the government to read your email?

Harder than it is right now

In 1986, it would have been strange to keep an email for longer than six months. First of all, not... More

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Greedy Geezers, redux

Trudy Lieberman on WBUR

Lately parts of the press have been helping spread the idea that the young and the old in America... More

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Audit Notes: WaPo hamster wheel, weather.com, bureaucracy’s upside

“At least a dozen pieces of content per day”

Poynter's Andrew Beaujon reports this internal want ad for the Washington Post's once-vaunted Style section: This blogger should be able... More

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The slush pile

Why most cold submissions don’t stand a chance

Recently, fiction writer David Cameron decided to try a little experiment: I grabbed a New Yorker story off the web... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 21, 1965

Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the third civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, AL

On March 21, 1965, 3,200 civil rights demonstrators led by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. began a "freedom march"... More

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Boehner’s overlooked acknowledgment

The Speaker—and Paul Ryan—say we don’t have an immediate debt crisis. Isn’t that news?

Over the past weekend, there was actually some news made on the Sunday morning talk shows for a change. Two... More

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For mugshots, privacy v. public interest

Reporters are fighting recent restrictions on releasing federal mugshots

Open records advocates, including the nonprofit Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, are working to get congressional support to... More

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Nuclear knowledge

Reams of useful data now flowing from global monitoring system designed to detect weapons tests

At the height of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis in 2011, whose second anniversary passed on March 11, journalists and... More

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The GOP updates its media roadmap

In 2014 and 2016, changing strategies present new story lines

On Monday, the Republican National Committee released a sweeping postmortem of the party's 2012 election losses and called for... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 20, 2004

The American military charges six soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq

It came to light in early 2004 that US military police personnel had committed human rights violations against detainees held... More

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You buy it, you own it

The Supreme Court rules it’s legal to resell here a copyrighted item from abroad

Supap Kirtsaeng came to the United States from Thailand in 1997 to study at Cornell University and, later, earned his... More

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Meet the people who know Texas politics

The newspaper columnists of the Lone Star state

AUSTIN, TX--When you think about newspaper columnists and the central role they've played in covering American politics, you wind up... More

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James Goodale: It’s a bad time for press freedoms

A Q&A with the former chief counsel to The New York Times

James Goodale has a message for journalists: Wake up. In his new book, Fighting for the Press (CUNY Journalism Press,... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Presidential aloofness, a patent rush, and disclosing Washington corruption

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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All thumbs, none green

Environment coverage is down at the Times, even if it wasn’t supposed to be

Two weeks ago, I excoriated The New York Times for canceling its Green blog a month after it had dismantled... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 19, 2003

President George W. Bush announces the start of the Iraq War

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, the US's most controversial armed conflict since... More

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WaPo will, finally, charge online

Anti-paywall forces routed in the US; attention shifts to Kings Cross

The Washington Post is making it official: It will put up a metered paywall sometime this summer, the paper reports.... More

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The trouble with Aaron’s Law

The proposed law honoring the legacy of Aaron Swartz is trying to be too many things to too many people

On Friday, the American Library Association honored Aaron Swartz, the young Internet activist who committed suicide in January, with its... More

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Worldly goods

Badly needed reminders

English teachers used to drill into students that they did not "feel good." They "felt well." It was the corollary... More

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Let’s get real about guns

Wanted: context and numbers. What would these reforms achieve?

In the three months since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, daily coverage of the gun issue has... More

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CAR hits the mainstream

Computer-assisted reporting is being recognized as an important journalistic discipline

It's been more than a year since The New York Times declared this The Age of Big Data, but for... More

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Insult to injury: stolen wages, weak enforcement

A Laurel to In These Times for a solid expose

On the cover of this month's issue of In These Times, a progressive magazine based out of Chicago, is... More

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The Cyprus bailout fiasco

Get ready for a week (if we’re lucky) of euro crisis news

The major news over the weekend was the continuing incompetence of Europe's policymakers, who seem determined to make the euro... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 18, 2008

Presidential candidate Barack Obama gives a speech in Philadelphia on racial division

During the 2008 Democratic Primary, Senator Barack Obama came under fire for incendiary remarks made by his former pastor, the... More

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No progress for female bylines

VIDA’s latest byline count shows “gross (& indecent) neglect of female writers’ work”

VIDA's third annual survey of female representation at several prominent print publications -- "The Count" -- was released on March... More

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Must-reads of the week

Do you remember where you were when Google Reader was cancelled?

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 hat-tip to Investor’s Business Daily

A sharp blog post underscores the radical vision behind the Ryan budget

Yesterday, I praised The Washington Post's Wonkblog for its coverage of Rep. Paul Ryan's latest budget proposal. But revealing insights... More

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Poor coverage of Google’s Street View scandal settlement

Incomplete accounts make the story more favorable to Mountain View

Google paid $7 million to 38 states earlier this week to settle its Street View privacy scandal. This was a... More

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Take this fiscal pop quiz

Test your knowledge about federal spending—and federal-spending myths

From Henry Aaron, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, comes a pop quiz that's fun to take and tests... More

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Open government?

Some progress, on paper at least

Since President Obama came to the White House in 2009, federal regulatory and science agencies have taken measurable steps--on paper,... More

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More women are needed in investigative journalism

It’s time for the media to counteract institutional barriers to women’s entry in the field

In a recent blog post, Lyra McKee tells a story that took place at a feminist-run charity when she was... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 15, 1985

The first Internet domain name is registered

The Internet domain symbolics.com was registered on March 15, 1985, making it the first domain name in history. The domain... More

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Reuters deputy social media editor indicted

Matthew Keys faces up 25 years in jail and $750,000 in fines

Matthew Keys, Reuters's deputy social media editor since January 2012, was indicted today by the Justice Department. Huffington Post's Ryan... More

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Boston Phoenix, down in flames

The death of a stellar weekly

On Thursday afternoon, Boston Phoenix publisher Stephen Mindich announced that the 47-year-old alt-weekly would cease publication effective immediately. The past... More

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Asking the wrong question about Dell

A WSJ columnist misses the point on the CEO-led buyout

Holman Jenkins' column in The Wall Street Journal on the proposed management buyout of Dell shareholders is an excellent example... More

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The enduring myth of the Greedy Geezer

The press too easily accepts the young vs. old frame on the Social Security debate

A meme that has been bubbling up in the media for months goes something like this: The elderly have... More

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Ed, out

Schultz’s working-man style was eclipsed by MSNBC’s wonky liberal brand

Last night, after getting the scoop of his life with an exclusive interview of the long-mysterious videographer behind the "47-percent"... More

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On Ryan budget plan, Wonkblog shines

WashPost’s crew stands above a generally middling performance by the press

On Tuesday, GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, unveiled his umpteenth budget plan of the last... More

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Mixing business with pleasure

When journalists date other journalists, what are the rules?

Any journalist working in the media-saturated cities of New York and DC has probably at least toyed with the idea... More

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Audit Notes: Weil embarrasses DOJ, Business Insider, revolving door

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil makes an amazing catch on the latest Ernst & Young wrist slap from the Justice Department, this... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 14, 1921

Architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable is born in New York, NY

Ada Louise Huxtable (née Landman) was born on March 14, 1921, and grew up in Manhattan's Upper West Side. She... More

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Friend-me journalism

After a rough start, Connie Schultz and a rookie reporter exchange tips and praise

Columnist Connie Schultz posted a link for her 113,000 Facebook followers on Wednesday afternoon to a Sun Star-Courier article about... More

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Windmills, tourism, and transparency

Maine blogger’s ongoing conflict-of-interest problems spark concern

The former executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, who's now a fulltime media personality covering travel and outdoors... More

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Fashion critics defend their craft

At a panel Tuesday night, three noted journalists spoke to the importance of covering the fashion industry

Fashion critics encounter naysayers about their beat in every direction. It's not serious; it's elitist; it's a fluffy, feminine topic.... More

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Special interests and Obama’s political advocacy group

Here are four ways lobbyists and corporations can still influence Organizing for Action

Tonight, President Obama will address the "founders summit" of Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group created to promote his... More

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The crime that altered India

In the wake of a brutal rape, a flawed media led a national self-examination

In Delhi, according to the police, a woman is raped every 18 hours, on average. So it is worth... More

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Joe Nocera’s big (old) Goldman scoop

NYT’s revealing reporting gets almost no play elsewhere

Whoever thought the plight of executives and investors at eToys--one of the signal flops of the high tech bubble era--would... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 13, 1964

Kitty Genovese is murdered in Queens, NY

At 3:15am on March 13, 1964, 28-year-old Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was sexually assaulted and killed in front of her home... More

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Attack of the climate-denial books

Conservative think tanks fuel publishing boom that spreads misinformation

If you find Red Hot Lies in an airport bookstore or online bookseller, don't expect a juicy account of a... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Congress’s friendly skies, and battle of the dumb lawyers

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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That’s not a factcheck!

How punditry undermines the mission of journalistic watchdogs

What, exactly, is a "serious" plan to resolve the budget impasse in Congress? It's not clear how to define adjectives... More

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An ugly bit of blame-the-borrowers

Predatory lending is real, contra RealClearMarkets, and it particularly targets minorities

John Tamny of RealClearMarkets and Forbes really didn't like my take last week on that awful Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover. Here's... More

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Hiring at Al Jazeera America: 18,000 applicants for 170 jobs

The company’s executive director of international operations gives a peek into the network’s new cred among Americans

Up until a few short years ago, when recruiters with Al Jazeera attended American journalism job fairs, hardly anyone seemed... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 12, 1933

FDR broadcasts the first of his “fireside chats”

Sunday, March 12, 1933. Over the radio, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt speaks to the nation for the first time. It... More

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Covetous

The difference between ‘jealousy’ and ‘envy’

The pope gets to wear nice red shoes, and a friend said, "I'm really jealous of those!" But, technically, she... More

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The Rise of Longform Newspaper Writing, 1950s-2003

Fink and Schudson document the rise of “contexual journalism” before the longform meltdown.

Katherine Fink and Michael Schudson have a fantastic new paper called "The Rise of Contextual Journalism, 1950s-2003," to be... More

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Audit Notes: Noonan forgets the stimulus, native ads, Mary Jo White

The WSJ columnist says Obama should have done things he actually did

It's hard to pick the worst sentence in Peggy Noonan's Wall Street Journal column this weekend, so let me just... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 11, 1702

The Daily Courant, one of the world’s first regular daily newspapers, is published for the first time

The Daily Courant was England's first national daily newspaper. It was first published on March 11, 1702 by Edward Mallet... More

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Nate Thayer: freelance plagiarist?

Sloppy, yes. Plagiarist … doesn’t look like it.

To follow up on Thursday's post about the plagiarism accusations against freelancer Nate Thayer made by author Jeremy Duns and... More

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Must-reads of the week

Digital freelancing 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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Exchange Watch: half a story in Connecticut

On insurance affordability, the Hartford Courant falls short

This is the second in a series we're calling Exchange Watch, which will keep an eye on the rollout of... More

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Audit Notes: paywall time machine, Times-Picayune, Elizabeth Warren

What digital subscriptions could have done for newspapers a decade ago

Ken Doctor writes a fantastic piece for Nieman Lab on charging for news. He notes that leaky paywalls are working... More

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Dow 36,000, just around the corner (again)

Fourteen years after an infamous book and still 22,000 points down

Back in 1999, two American Enterprise Institute guys, James K. Glassman and Kevin Hassett, wrote a book called Dow 36,000:... More

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Writing about powerful women

The media should stop treating Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer as though they represent their whole gender

Why do we in the media try to make some women standard bearers for all women? That's the problem, really,... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 8, 1978

The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is broadcast

Douglas Adams's comic science fiction series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, began its life in the universe as a... More

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Nate Thayer accused of plagiarism [UPDATED]

“I will defend to the death my reporting and attribution of this piece”

Nate Thayer's post on Monday about how much TheAtlantic.com was willing (or, more accurately, not willing) to pay for a... More

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Post Newtown, AP adds ‘mental illness’ entry

Guidelines warn against conflating mental illness and violence

After Adam Lanza killed 20 children on December 14, a host of subsequent coverage of the Newtown, CT, massacre focused... More

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A laurel to WLTX meteorologist Jim Gandy

For tackling climate change science in a red state where politics can polarize it

COLUMBIA, SC -- Four years ago, an academic climate change researcher and a Washington, DC-area meteorologist were looking to... More

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Freelancing for free

Sometimes—and only sometimes—it makes sense to write for free

I used to be an editor with a tiny budget who was constantly apologizing for our rates. Now I'm a... More

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Audit Notes: too big to prosecute, the techno-utopian backlash

Attorney General Holder admits Wall Street gigantism deters Justice charges

Lanny Breuer all but admitted it, but his former boss Eric Holder went all the way yesterday, telling Congress the... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 7, 1994

The Supreme Court rules that parody is protected under fair use

On this day 19 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that "Pretty Woman"--2 Live Crew's parody of the classic "Oh,... More

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Green drones?

Unmanned aerial vehicles poised to enhance environmental coverage

As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prepares to allow the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for a wide array of... More

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In Kenya’s election, reporting what’s there, not what’s assumed

Much western coverage has seemed like a cheerleading competition for violent news

During Kenya's post-election crisis in 2007, which saw thousands dead and many more displaced, inflammatory messages sent via SMS and... More

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Paying for freelance journalism

An email correspondence between a freelancer and an editor has ignited a widespread discussion in the business

On Monday, journalist Nate Thayer published email correspondence with an Atlantic editor. She asked if he would shorten one of... More

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Progress with pertussis: Is it goodbye?

In the sequestration era, reporters need to stay on the whooping cough story

In a recent piece for msnbc.com, Geoffrey Cowley paints a dark picture of the impact sequestration cuts will have on... More

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No sweat on ESPN’s brow

Fox Sports 1 won’t be able to paint itself as the ‘fair and balanced’ alternative

Terry Bradshaw. Erin Andrews. Tim McCarver. Even Regis Philbin. All the stars in the Fox Sports galaxy gathered Tuesday afternoon... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 6, 1981

Walter Cronkite signs off as host of CBS Evening News for the last time

On Friday, March 6, 1981, Walter Cronkite did his last broadcast as anchorman for the CBS Evening News. During his... More

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About those prostitutes

In the Menendez affair, ABC News is looking better and better for having stepped away from a story that the Daily Caller is still trying to flog

For the last two months, the press has been rehashing allegations that Senator Robert Menendez slept with prostitutes, some... More

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Brill’s big breakthrough

A Time manifesto on healthcare costs smashes fences that have constricted this conversation for far too long

Steven Brill's taboo-busting X-ray of the US medical system, "Bitter Pill," has a chance to reframe the way we... More

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Stories I’d like to see: crafting ‘A Bitter Pill’

Since this is supposed to be a column about good story ideas, I’ll use it to explain the genesis of my Time cover story in more detail

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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Content economics, part 2: payments

How and why people fork over money for media

Apologies for the delay between part 1 and this: I wanted to wait until Amanda Palmer's TED talk appeared... More

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Sen. Manchin’s ‘no gun questions’ Q&A

A West Virginia paper lands a sit-down with its senator—with conditions

COLUMBIA, SC -- On Sunday, The Journal in Martinsburg, WV, published a question-and-answer interview with Democratic US Sen. Joe Manchin,... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 5, 1957

Broadcast journalist Ray Suarez is born in Brooklyn, NY

Happy birthday to Ray Suarez, one of the best known faces and voices of American public media in the last... More

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Eilperin leaving the green beat

Washington Post reporter joins the paper’s new “Digital Strike Force”

Juliet Eilperin, one of the country's leading environment reporters, is switching beats at The Washington Post, moving to a newly... More

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Cardinal rules

A real ‘conclave’ is at hand

Betsy Wade was ecstatic. "At last!" she exclaimed. "For the next few weeks people will be using the word conclave... More

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Anatomy of a so-called scandal (UPDATED)

On the Sen. Menendez story, flimsy prostitution claims vs. stronger allegations of influence-peddling. Guess which gets more play?

Update, 3/4, 7:15 pm: Less than two hours after this article was posted, The Washington Post published a story on... More

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Crediting the source code

While most of us recognize that text and images are protected by copyright laws, code copyright is less understood

Open Google Chrome and go to your favorite website. Right click, scroll down, and select "Inspect Element." The lower-third of... More

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How we hired that reporter

A newspaper, a university, an investigative center, and donors find a new way

It was something like a triple bank shot in billiards, but quite a lot more valuable and satisfying. For the... More

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Journalism startups struggle to get nonprofit designation

Council on Foundations’s report details how outdated tax codes stymy donation-funded journalism

As for-profit journalism's revenues have shrunk, nonprofit organizations have increasingly stepped up to provide local communities with the kind of... More

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Audit Notes: NYT softballs, ad inventory, the future of the LAT

The Justice Department’s Lanny Breuer gets another weak exit interview

How many parting kisses can outgoing senior administration officials collect from the press? Lanny Breuer, already given the puff treatment... More

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On leaning in

Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, out on March 11, has already provoked much argument

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is an idealist, or at least an optimist. Lean In, her charming, self-deprecating book that lands... More

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Do we still need a black media?

A vibrant black media and a more inclusive mainstream media should both be available to the public

At the end of January, I organized and moderated a panel at Temple University's School of Media and Communications called... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 4, 1974

People magazine premieres

For those of us who didn't live through it, it's hard to intuitively grok the squalor of the 1970s. On... More

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NYT cancels Green blog

No explanation from editors following surprise announcement

At 5pm on Friday afternoon, The New York Times posted the following announcement: The Times is discontinuing the Green blog,... More

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Documenting domestic violence

A Time photo slideshow obscures as much as it reveals

Wednesday, as the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act was still less than certain, Time magazine published Sara Naomi... More

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German copyright bill passes parliament

Leistungsschutzrecht calls for charging aggregators that repost publishers’ content

Germany's national parliament approved a controversial bill on Friday that would require news aggregators, such as Google, to pay for... More

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Must-reads of the week

J-school workshops on managing old men who have no game

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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Opening shot

Separating fact from fiction in the immigration debate

The immigration debate is riven by strong emotion and partisan ideology that can obscure the relevant facts. Do undocumented... More

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The middle distance

Defining middle class is the first step toward rebuilding it

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said "our generation's task" is to rebuild "a rising, thriving... More

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Aspiring line

Why a young lefty writer let a conservative brahmin make a monkey out of him—over and over again

When William F. Buckley Jr. died in February 2008, I happened to be in another of the endless arguments... More

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Fair share

How can we improve American media’s coverage of race, class, and social mobility? Let’s ask some of the brightest minds in this business.

[Update, April 15] While we took our opening comment in the Herald-Leader at face value in the piece below,... More

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Look who’s talking

Meet the 18 journalists who weighed in on coverage of race, class, and social mobility in CJR’s cover story

Tristan Ahtone (@tahtone) works as Poverty and Public Health reporter for KUNM in Albuquerque. A member of the Kiowa Tribe... More

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Dark shadows

In Washington, murder turns out to be color-coded

It's been a big year for Homicide Watch. Last summer's Kickstarter campaign succeeded admirably, raising $47,450. The website went from... More

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Inside stories

Nearly 1 in 100 Americans is incarcerated. But how well can journalists cover prisons if they can’t get past the gates?

When Rob Wildeboer, a criminal-and-legal-affairs reporter for public radio WBEZ in Chicago, read a report from a local watchdog... More

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Fortresses of solitude

Even more rare: journalist access to prison isolation units

Supermax prisons and solitary confinement units are our domestic black sites--hidden places where human beings endure unspeakable punishments, without... More

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Made in America

Portraits of American workers

You could call Carl Corey's work derivative, and mean no disrespect. His current project, "Blue: A Portrait of the American... More

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Big talker

How a right-winger from Fargo became a star of the liberal airwaves

Among highly paid primetime cable hosts who commute weekly by private jet between rural Minnesota and Manhattan, Ed Schultz... More

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The battle of New Orleans

Is Advance Publications securing the future of local news—or needlessly sacrificing it?

In May, as the New Orleans Times-Picayune put to bed an epic, eight-part investigation into Louisiana's prison system, its... More

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No more sugar daddies

Andrew Sullivan turned his popular blog into an independent, reader-supported site

Andrew Sullivan's decision in January to leave the Daily Beast and turn his popular blog, The Dish, into an... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our January/February issue

Duck and cover After Ricky Gervais and now the bikini and sensational headlines, may I please request a coverless subscription?... More

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Open Bar

The Newsroom Pub

The Newsroom PubMilwaukee Press ClubMilwaukee, WI Year opened 1885; in current location since 2000 Who drinks here Journalists, tourists,... More

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Language Corner

Wether or not

A "bellwether" is an indication of what is to come ("Are rising home prices a bellwether for the economy?") or... More

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Sree tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: What's the etiquette about including your company name in your Twitter handle? A: Some news organizations force, or strongly... More

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Hard Numbers

Land of opportunity

2.9 percentage of full-power commercial US TV stations in the US owned by Latinos 0.7 percentage of full-power commercial US... More

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Frontiers

Blinded by the white

In 2004, at a fundraising dinner for the antiracism group Facing History And Ourselves, the filmmaking team of Whitney... More

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Title Search

Digital executive producer

Hooshere Bezdikian is an executive producer and vice president of digital at People's Choice Awards. She parlayed her religious... More

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The way we were

‘Monumentally frightening’

In 1962, the year before the University of Alabama integrated, Melvin Meyer was the 20-year-old editor of the student... More

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Class warriors

Creators of the late Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University discuss class in America

In 1996, Sherry Linkon and John Russo led the effort to create the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown... More

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Out with a bang

In their final issue, LA Youth’s writers discuss what it means to be poor

For 25 years, LA Youth, a nonprofit newspaper written by and for teens in and around Los Angeles, helped... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

- San Jose Mercury News, 10/27/12 - The New York Times, 1/12/13 - The New York Times, 1/15/13 -... More

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Gorky peek

The Second Russian Revolution gave viewers an unprecedented glimpse inside a rapidly liberalizing Soviet Union

In the spring of 1989, after decades of being kept out in the cold by Communist secrecy and propaganda,... More

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Hard lessons

Finding hope in the effort to reform America’s public schools

The desperate condition of many of America's urban schools is captured by an anecdote Ron Berler relates near the... More

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Holy mess

Lawrence Wright unpacks the mysteries of Scientology

In mid-January, The Atlantic, which famously pledged in 1857 to be "the organ of no party or clique," was... More

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Fast women

Phileas Fogg had nothing on pioneering female journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland

Ah, stunt journalism. where would America's airport bookstores be without it? Let's see if I can read an entire... More

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Brief encounters

Short reviews of After Visiting Friends, The Art of Controversy, and Tupelo Man

After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story | By Michael Hainey | Scribner | 306 pages | $26 Robert C. Hainey... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 1, 1995

Yahoo Inc. is incorporated

Yahoo, the Internet behemoth best known for its Web portal and search engine, incorporated on March 1, 1995. Founded by... 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


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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