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July 2013

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‘I am alive at the Plain Dealer…’

On “PD-D Day,” layoffs at Cleveland paper claim some 50 experienced journalists

DETROIT, MI -- More than one-third of the editorial staffers at the venerable Cleveland Plain Dealer lost their jobs on... More

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Advance’s forced march backwards

The Plain Dealer imposes draconian cuts in the name of an outdated strategy for newspapers

Advance Publications's remorseless campaign to impose a free-online content model on its regional newspapers exacted another heavy toll with... More

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Q&A: Ruby Cramer, political reporter at BuzzFeed

“The consistency with which Anthony Weiner walks around the city with a guy holding his name up behind him is impressive”

There's an audible sense of panic in Ruby Cramer's voice when she answers the phone at our scheduled interview time.... More

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Factchecking enters ‘Conversation’ in Oz

How an Australian news site is taking a new approach to the format

Australia has suddenly become a hotbed for political factchecking. In May, PolitiFact Australia launched as the first international affiliate of... More

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A Big Mac miss by The Huffington Post

Poor reporting on a “study” by a Kansas undergrad

The Huffington Post reports that McDonald's could double its workers wages by raising the price of a Big Mac by... More

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What MIT really thought of Aaron Swartz

The school leadership’s patience for hacker culture only went so far

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a report, produced by an internal "Review Panel," on the school's actions... More

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At what cost?

A New York Times report on presidential helicopters offers lessons for covering government contractors

Competition for government contracts tends to drive down prices for taxpayers. But when bidding requirements are narrowly-crafted, as the New... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The cushy world of academia, surveillance 2.0 and $200 million to tear down a building

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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An Obamacare scorecard: Part 2

The hits, misses, and mixed reviews

Politico recently summed up the president's recent sales pitch for Obamacare this way: "Make the big sell by talking small."... More

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John Stossel’s poor logic on minimum wages and jobs

Fox host fails to explain away Australia’s high wages and low unemployment

Fox Business's John Stossel is a long-time opponent of the minimum wage. I don't mean he opposes raising the minimum... More

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TNR asks the big journalism question

When news breaks, does the source or the viral aggregator deserve the clicks?

Over at The New Republic, Marc Tracy offers a helpful peek into how an ignorant Fox News interview--a religion scholar... More

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Misbegottens

More twisted idioms

Last week, we talked about some idioms that have been twisted by people who write them as they hear them,... More

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An Obamacare scorecard

Part 1: What’s gone, what’s on hold, and what’s still in place

For all that has been written, spoken, screamed, and whispered about the Affordable Care Act, there is still a... More

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Audit Notes: Robot truckers, Larry Summers, Detroit not America’s future

Computers take on a last haven of blue-collar jobs

The Wall Street Journal's Dennis Berman has an excellent piece on the future of the truck driver, whom he notes... More

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Must-reads of the week

Jill Abramson’s Carlos Danger name is Nate Silver

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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Freedom of speech in Cambodia, but only in English

After 20 years of ‘democracy,’ Khmer-language journalism is still under assault

He's back. After four years in self-imposed exile, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy landed in Phnom Penh last Friday to... More

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Audit Notes: Meredith Whitney’s press, Steve Forbes, revolving door

An aversion to the press, proclaimed amidst a press tour

Michael Aneiro of Barron's watches Meredith Whitney, the discredited Cassandra of the municipal-bond market, on CNBC. Whitney has been popping... More

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Reuters’s global warming about-face

A survey shows the newswire ran 50 percent fewer stories on climate change after hiring a “skeptic”

Reuters has long been one of the most prolific producers of climate change journalism, leading The New York Times and... More

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Minimum sense on the minimum wage

A WSJ op-ed from a front group for low-wage employers gets it very wrong

Minimum-wage earners make nearly a third less than minimum-wage earners did 45 years ago. But it's "intellectually bankrupt" to point... More

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Unlocking stories behind bars

Florida is privatizing much of the state’s prison healthcare, and the companies getting these big contracts have a history well worth exploring

MIAMI -- With Florida embarking on an ambitious effort to privatize much of the state's prison healthcare--the largest such undertaking... More

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In Azerbaijan, a journalist under siege

Khadija Ismayilova’s fight against wrongdoings, “wherever they are”

It was supposed to be a punishment--220 hours plucking garbage off the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan. Instead, journalist Khadija Ismayilova... More

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Tax overhaul: big numbers, hidden stories

Multinationals have ways to avoid taxes not available to domestic companies, and momentum is building in both parties to fix a flawed system. A few journalists are taking note.

How big corporations pay--or don't pay--their taxes isn't a subject that gets a lot of quality explanatory coverage, though... More

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WaPo makes a Switch

The paper’s newest blog will cover tech policy, the Wonkblog way

The Washington Post announced on Monday the launch of a new tech policy blog, The Switch, that will cover "NSA... More

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Email newsletter etiquette for journalists

How to insert yourself in readers’ inboxes—without annoying them

One of the disadvantages of being a freelance writer is that there's no larger platform promoting all of your work.... More

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Goldman swings, misses, at NYT’s commodities exposé

Bank and newspaper, at odds again

I had a hunch that David Kocieniewski's piece on Goldman Sachs's metals maneuvers would stand up in the face of... More

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Media accelerator gives startups a push

Matter just helped launch six new-media startups

On Tuesday, journalists, investors, and technology enthusiasts gathered at WNYC's Greene Space to meet Matter One: the first graduating class... More

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The game has changed

As moves by Nate Silver and Pete King suggest, it’s better to be cocooned inside Big Media than go it alone—even for stars

Over the weekend, the media world was shaken by the announcement that mathematical guru Nate Silver, the dude who buried... More

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Who is Greg Abbott?

Texans still don’t know enough about the man who aspires to replace Rick Perry

AUSTIN, TX -- He is the chosen one. The frontrunner. The presumptive nominee, and even the likely next governor of... More

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Q&A: James O’Shea

The former Tribune newsman discusses where the company has been, and where it’s going

James O'Shea, former editor at the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, was close to the center of the... More

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Sympathy for the Walmart flack

How the PR-afflicted colossus pushes its “jobs” narrative on a credulous press

On some level you have to feel a little bad for the Walmart flack. You try polishing the image of... More

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Stories I’d like to see

TV’s campaign ad addiction, Obamacare outsourced to Canada, and a Romney aide’s new role

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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Creating Internet accountability

Author Rebecca MacKinnon’s new project aims to rank Internet giants on human rights

Rebecca MacKinnon is the sort of person who, after Edward Snowden leaked details of the government's digital surveillance program, could... More

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The revolving door spins for Robert Khuzami

Former SEC enforcement chief lands a $5 million a year gig

Robert Khuzami made the big bucks as Deutsche Bank's general counsel for the Americas during the subprime securitization orgy, which... More

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Nate Silver’s next steps

At ESPN, he’s going to build his brand into a staffed site

Nate Silver's move from The New York Times to ESPN is turning the reporter-statistician into the editor in chief of... More

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Keystone fatigue? Get over it

Many in media are saying enough already on pipeline debate, but the story is far from over

FAIRWAY, KS -- A palpable exhaustion seems to have set in this year among some journalists when it comes to... More

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Righting speech

When people misspell while talking

Here's a shocker: People don't talk the way they write, or the way they should write. They have accents; they... More

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Cost Curve: How hospitals don’t help

Laurels to two reporters for digging into how some hospitals and doctor groups are raising the national healthcare bill

Two reporters on the hospital beat deserve a Laurel for recent work--both for taking a hard look at how... More

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Audit Notes: Noonan and Morris on the IRS, free Internet, Guardian gains

The Woodward and Bernstein of the bogus Tea Party tax scandal

At this point, the right's Woodward and Bernstein are Peggy Noonan and Dick Morris, and that says about all you... More

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NYT exposé machine hums along (UPDATED)

Kocieniewski reveals Goldman’s commodity manipulations; one of a series

Dave Kocieniewski's corker in yesterday's Times is just a gorgeous piece of work, as an investigation, a piece of writing,... More

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Center for Investigative Reporting simplifies FOIA

A Kickstarter project aims to fund a website that makes the FOIA process easier

A team of investigative reporters and data journalists are building FOIA Machine, a website to help people navigate the complexities... More

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Must-reads of the week

Heat-Wave 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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Discover’s New Look

If a cross country move and a new staff weren’t enough change for Discover, the science magazine unveils a redesign

It's been a tumultuous year for Discover magazine, after uprooting its offices from New York to Wisconsin, hiring an almost... More

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High Noon for film incentives

The states are trying to outgun each other to lure movie production—a chance for reporters to analyze the returns on these big investments

PROVO, UT -- When The Lone Ranger opened in theaters, viewers saw John Reid (Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp)... More

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Art Laffer + PR blitz = press failure

The media types up the retail lobby’s propaganda

Here's the headline of a USA Today op-ed in Thursday's paper: Arthur B. Laffer: Collect more sales taxes Say what?... More

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Losing the Virginia Way

Bob McDonnell’s gifts scandal offers an opportunity for in-depth reporting on ethics reform

COLUMBIA, SC -- At this point, if you're paying attention at all to politics in Virginia, you've heard at least... More

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The right way to write about rape

A panel offers tips for navigating the charged terrain of reporting on sexual assault and domestic violence

When Claudia Garcia-Rojas, an activist and advocate from Chicago, began assembling her toolkit for journalists covering sexual assault, she surveyed... More

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Chasing New Jersey news

Whether or not a new show on WWOR in NJ is news is a concern of folks from congressmen to the FCC

There is a media battle brewing in New Jersey. WWOR-TV, a channel licensed to the city of Secaucus, has found... More

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Exchange Watch: Are New Yorkers getting a bargain?

The state announces a big win on health policy prices, but a closer look is in order

Hallelujah! New York's insurance exchange--kept under wraps for months by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo--has finally brought forth... More

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Roddy Boyd exposes a hedge-fund fraud

A scam for the social-media age

Roddy Boyd has the business read of the week with his dynamite investigation into Anthony Davian, the social-media loving hedge-fund... More

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New ‘injection secrecy’ law threatens First Amendment rights in Georgia

It deems information about lethal injections state secrets

Update: On Thursday afternoon, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail S. Tusan granted a stay of Hill's execution, concluding, among... More

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A laurel to Time’s ‘Battleland’ blog

Winslow Wheeler’s posts show how the Pentagon uses its own inflation adjuster to make the case for more spending

The growth in the Pentagon budget over time is even greater than you think--and the scale of the increase... More

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Much ado at Maariv

Israel’s overcrowded media market has left many of the nation’s newspapers, including daily paper Maariv, struggling

Maariv, one of Israel's oldest mainstream newspapers, is floundering. Last week, reporters resorted to a "reverse strike" to keep the... More

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Elizabeth Warren, the antidote to CNBC

The senator schools the talking heads on bank regulation

Elizabeth Warren on CNBC is my kind of TV: The plain-spoken brilliance of the Okie-gone-Harvard versus the savvy hectoring of... More

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When ‘he said,’ ‘she said’ is dangerous

Media errs in giving “balanced” coverage to McCarthy’s discredited views

ABC's announcement yesterday that actress/comedian Jenny McCarthy will become a co-host of The View brought forth a torrent of condemnation... More

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Exchange Watch: No drama in Vermont’s insurance rates

The AP reported the Green Mountain State’s rate announcement, but not the broader story

Last week, Vermont's Green Mountain Care Board, an independent body created by the legislature to approve benefit plans and rates... More

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A McDonald’s own-goal on wages

Accidentally exposing the fallacy of its own personal-finance advice to workers

In her book Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry, Helaine Olen writes about how the... More

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On Koch vs. journalists: he said-she said

Washington Post says the Kochs are fighting the media, but not whether they have a leg to stand on

It's good to know, as Paul Farhi reports, that the Koch Brothers "use Web to take on media reports... More

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Michigan’s ‘free-market’ media machine

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a major player in state media. What to make of it?

DETROIT, MI -- In a time of upheaval for both politics and media, state-level think tanks sit at a peculiar... More

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Weathering heights

Unusual terms for not-so-unusual phenomena

Had the Weather Channel been around in the 1930s, it's possible that the period of severe drought, crop failure, and... More

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Beyond San Onofre’s closure

The LA Times and U-T San Diego thoroughly covered the local nuclear power plant’s closing, but the wider energy story is still waiting to be told

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- Nuclear power plants are complex, interdependent systems of systems, and the state and federal bureaucracies that... More

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A new film shows how much we knew, pre-Snowden, about Internet surveillance

Snowden’s disclosures “didn’t feel much like revelations,” says the director

There was a moment in Terms and Conditions May Apply, a new documentary about the dangers of using the Internet,... More

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Wall Street asset-strips Tribune’s newspapers

A Ken Doctor scoop shows a planned spinoff endangering the papers’ future

Tribune Company, which emerged from bankruptcy six months ago, announced last week that it will spin off its declining newspapers... More

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Support in the conflict zone

Freelance journalists on the front lines have limited resources—but you can help

In our July/August issue, CJR published Francesca Borri's wrenching essay about the difficulties of covering conflict as a freelancer (and... More

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Back to the basics on immigration

With reform push stalled, it’s time to focus on fundamentals—and explore how the issue looks from across the border

AUSTIN, TX -- As Congress careens toward its annual August recess, the fate of immigration reform is unresolved. House Republicans... More

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Must-reads of the week

Sharknado week

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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Your fertility, checked

An Atlantic cover story uncovering a decade of botched reporting should sound as a warning to journalists to examine the fine print of scientific studies

In 2002 Sylvia Ann Hewlett terrified career-oriented women when she hit them with a cold truth: Regardless of advances in... More

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Flash: this new drug is not so new

Disappointing coverage of Brisdelle, the hot flash drug, misses a chance to expose one of Big Pharma’s oldest tricks

It seems we are going soft on Pharma these days, if coverage of the FDA marketing clearance of the drug... More

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Google circumvents Germany’s pay-for-content rule by making news orgs opt in

LSR was passed to help media creators get paid when their work is used in search, but it’s not working out that way

Last spring, Google unsuccessfully tried to prevent a German copyright law that would require news aggregators to pay for the... More

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Fortune’s Nina Easton plumps for Walmart in DC

Retail employment is a zero-sum game

The argument that if a company doesn't get its way, X number of jobs will disappear is an old canard... More

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The Obamacare ad wars begin

An opening salvo from conservatives scores low on honesty, and some reporters have noticed

Competition for the hearts and minds of the voters in 2014 has begun with a bang--the opening salvo in... More

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Who will bear witness?

Photojournalists share their experiences of covering the Iraq War

Wednesday night at the Brooklyn Brewery, Steve Hindy, former war correspondent for the Associated Press and founder of the microbrewery,... More

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Roll Call goes native

With Boeing-backed defense blog, Beltway outlet makes a foray into sponsored content

For the past year, Roll Call, a newspaper and website that focuses on Capitol Hill politics, has been in a... More

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A chat with Lionel Barber

The editor of the Financial Times on what it means to be “digital first” and other topics

Lionel Barber has been the editor the Financial Times since 2005. On a visit to New York earlier this spring,... More

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Your first salary negotiation

Yeah, the industry is struggling. But you should still ask for more money

So you just managed to land a journalism job in what has become a seriously tough market. Congratulations! Now it's... More

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The OC launches a newspaper war in the LBC

Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register starts a daily Long Beach edition

Aaron Kushner, the newspaper industry's almost impossibly contrarian would-be savior, is launching a newspaper war with the MediaNews-owned Press-Telegram in... More

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Copyright for copy writers

“Work-for-hire” contracts in a digital age

As a freelance writer, I've signed some contracts that consist of a couple simple paragraphs, and others that had tangles... More

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Reuters feeds the robots two-second scoops

The New York AG probes the selling of early access to market-moving information

The University of Michigan's market-moving reports on consumer confidence used to only be available via a $4,750 annual subscription paid... More

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Forward pushes a reparations investigation

The paper won’t let a group that gives money to needy Holocaust survivors hide past fraud

Paul Berger discovered his latest investigation for The Forward almost by chance, sitting in a nearly empty courtroom in New... More

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Covering Obamacare: a bit of bad advice

Explaining how to get insurance? Yes, please. Enrolling people? Not your job

Last week a story appeared on the website of the Association of Health Care Journalists that reported on a... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Teflon Tim Geithner, and profiling the Center for Responsive Politics

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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Geithner cashes in on Wall Street

Deutsche Bank, recipient of $8.5 billion bailout, coughs up $200,000 for a speech

The Financial Times reports that former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner—Wall Street's (main) man in the Obama White House—is already cashing... More

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Surprise? Employer mandate delayed

A laurel to Politico for strong coverage of the latest plot twist in the healthcare reform story

The Obama administration's just-before-July 4 surprise--postponing for a year the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate--generated a ton of news... More

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Body parts

Spelling malpractice

At a recent concert in Milwaukee, John Mayer dedicated a song to his girlfriend, Katy Perry, for helping him get... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon watch, the Capitalist Tool, WSJ and Pinochet

NYT finds the dominant bookseller reining in the discounts in some areas

Amazon has long employed predatory pricing to establish market dominance. And in Monopoly 101, cornering a market allows you to... More

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What the Koch brothers’ spending tells us

The Investigative Reporting Workshop’s in-depth report, “The Koch Club,” underscores a shift in political giving

Few political donors have drawn greater scrutiny than the Koch brothers, the chemical manufacturing moguls whose lucrative support of conservative... More

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Rupert Murdoch knew about his papers’ bribes culture

An explosive secret tape from CEO’s crisis chat with arrested Sun journalists

At long last we now have indisputable evidence that Rupert Murdoch knew about the culture of criminality at his newspapers:... More

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Exchange Watch: Ohio insurance redux

A shout-out to The Plain Dealer

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the Ohio press--as well as some writers for national outlets--had fallen for the... More

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Fifty worst charities: a reporters’ resource

A Laurel to the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting for a report that other journalists can put to work

An impressive investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting identified 50 charities around the... More

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Assignment Desk: Four stories on the Western energy beat

What’s the future of coal? What about water? And is that really a united front?

PROVO, UT -- At a posh resort near Park City last weekend, the chief executives of seven Western states gathered... More

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Last week Texas, this week North Carolina?

When NC GOP legislators quietly added abortion restrictions to a bill banning Sharia Law, Raleigh’s WRAL was (and is) on it

COLUMBIA, SC -- Last night, Senate Republicans in North Carolina stunned their Democratic colleagues--and observers and media--when they quietly tacked... More

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Crank lands positive BizWeek profile

The magazine lets David Stockman off easy

David Stockman is the former Reagan budget director and private-equity executive who paid $7.2 million in 2007 to make some... More

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HuffPost Germany slated for autumn

It’s a licensing partnership between the Huffington Post and a German media company

Times are hard for Germany's newspapers. Last year, they laid off a record number of journalists, and this year, many... More

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Obamacare’s Forgotten Faces

The Medicaid debacle and other tales

To their credit, some members of the media have begun examining the plight of those who will still be... More

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A cure for second-term doldrums?

TNR’s Obama “recovery guide” is a break from the media tedium

During second terms, the Washington press corps gets bored. There's usually not much going on! As a result, reporters hype... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Selling artificial knees, analyzing the Trayvon Martin trial, and Random House cancels Paula Deen’s cookbook

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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A proposal to reform first sale rights

In a digital age, reselling media can be cast as illegal duplication

In its current iteration, copyright law gives us content consumers a right that we've internalized so thoroughly that most people... More

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ProPublica probes the temp agencies

A lopsided power equation encourages abuses

Deep in its investigation of the temp industry, ProPublica prints this 1971 ad for "Kelly girls": Here's the text: Never... More

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Either win(s)

Verbs to use with neither/either

Either I or they is playing tricks with your head. Last week, we said that it's OK to use "or"... More

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How Wisconsin’s watchdogs kept their home

Investigative newsroom drew on a network of allies in successful bid for governor’s veto

DETROIT, MI -- The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism scored a big win over the weekend, as Gov. Scott Walker,... More

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Opening Shot

Photojournalist Rob Hart chronicles his post-Sun-Times life

O n May 30, the entire photo staff of the Chicago Sun-Times--28 full-time photographers, including Pulitzer Prize-winner John H. White--were... More

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Teach a man to fish

How the media can help fix our broken food-aid system

In their 2009 book Enough: Why The World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty, Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our May/June issue

The draw Re: "Streams of consciousness" by Ben Adler (CJR, May/June) Great read! As a millennial, I of course found... More

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Open Bar

The Esquire Tavern

The Esquire Tavern San Antonio, TX Year opened Originally in 1933, the year Prohibition ended. It closed in 2006,... More

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Language Corner

Orchestra pits

Bob Kamman writes that he's seen "orchestrated" or "carefully orchestrated" misused a lot. He quoted a New York Times article... More

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Bad news

Worst job in America?

Okay, so the newspaper business isn't exactly thriving; and the idea of casting a reporter as the hero in... More

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Hard numbers

All the news that’s fit to fake

1.4 million average viewers of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ages 18-49 1.1 million average viewers of The Colbert... More

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Innovation watch

A bucket brigade

Last October, the day before Newsweek announced it would be shutting down its print edition, Peter Bilak launched a... More

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WTF?

China rising

First came CCTV's big boxer shorts, now the People's Daily's colossal phallus. As the Chinese state media look to conquer... More

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Darts & Laurels

Bad bikes, coaches’ cash, etc.

DART to The Wall Street Journal for its video segment ("Death by Bicycle") in which editorial-board member Dorothy Rabinowitz... More

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Social-media watch

I ♥ the briny deep

According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the vast swaths of the world's oceans... More

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Title search

Human-capital consultant

Shane Williams is a human-capital and executive-search consultant at Egon Zehnder International. After earning his PhD in biochemistry at... More

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Strange but true

Before you go…

Carrie Ching is developing a storytelling series about journalists called Off The Record. To introduce the series to CJR... More

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The lower case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

--Talking Points Memo, 4/22/13 --ESPN, 5/28/13 --Yle Uutiset, 5/29/13 --Ventura County (CA) Star, 4/30/13 --Des Moines Register, 4/8/13 --AOL... More

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Woman’s work

The twisted reality of an Italian freelancer in Syria

He finally wrote to me. After more than a year of freelancing for him, during which I contracted typhoid... More

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Mission impossible

Is government broadcasting irrelevant?

What US government agency was recently labeled "dysfunctional" by the State Department's Inspector General, and year after year is rated... More

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Underwritten or undercut?

Nonprofit funding can’t solve our foreign-coverage problem

Not long ago, some 20 news organizations decided which foreign news stories should be covered for the American audience. These... More

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Future tense

Can Afghanistan’s press survive without the West’s support?

In the summer of 2012, melon crops in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz Province were nearly wiped out by a bacterial disease.... More

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Lighten up

How satire will make American politics relevant again

In spring 1998, as a senior political science major at the University of New Hampshire, I took a transformative course... More

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Funny follows

Comedic tweeters

Was it William Shakespeare or @wise_kaplan who said, "Brevity is the soul of wit"? In either case, of Twitter it... More

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Eye’s up

Ian Hislop explains why Private Eye’s blend of humor and investigative journalism wouldn’t work in the US

Britain's bestselling current-affairs magazine, Private Eye, has been producing its biweekly and decidedly English mix of satire, industry gossip, cartoons,... More

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On the job

Strong finish

Shortly before 3pm on April 15, Boston Globe reporter Michael Rezendes was in the home stretch of his seventh... More

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Unconventional wisdom

John Summers was wrong for most magazines; that made him perfect for The Baffler

Critical thinker John Summers, editor of The Baffler, has never been afraid to speak his mind. (Aditi Mehta) In... More

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Distance yearning

Done right, online courses could help democratize our newsrooms

In March 2012, I stood with three journalism students in Times Square, taking in the lights, color, and scope of... More

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Open wide

Critics and boosters alike agree that the full implementation of Obamacare will be complicated and nerve-wracking for some people. Here’s how journalists can help.

Much of healthcare journalism is about policy choices and the debates that shape them. The full implementation of Obamacare, however,... More

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Open wide: the fine print

This is a sidebar to the feature story "Open wide." Who's eligible? Generally, people who do not have coverage otherwise--from... More

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Clarion call

The future of the alternative press can be found in its past

Alt-media maven Stephen Mindich, longtime publisher of the Boston Phoenix, in 1976. (Peter Simon) I spent the morning of... More

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DC deep-freeze

Pols no longer need us more than we need them

The voice on the other end of the line was grave. It belonged to Kristie Greco, the top leadership aide... More

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News havens

Dan Kennedy shows why news startups matter

The New Haven Independent is almost surely the smallest news organization ever chronicled at book length. Founded in 2005 by... More

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Wingnut commander

Roger Ailes, Fox News, and the future of journalism

Roger Ailes Off Camera: An inside look at the founder and head of Fox News By Zev Chafets Sentinel... More

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Brief encounters

Short reviews of Cotton Tenants, Media Capital, and Death Zones and Darling Spies

Cotton Tenants: Three Families | By James Agee and Walker Evans, Edited by John Summers, Preface by Adam Haslett |... More

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Exit interview

Nicholas Lemann ends a decade as dean of the Columbia University Journalism School

Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia Journalism School, has decided to head back to the classroom after 10 years... More

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

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

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


Is the rising Democratic majority doomed?

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

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

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

Big food

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

Why Felix Salmon is joining Fusion

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

New Yorker editor David Remnick on the art of writing a profile

Constant disappointment is his secret sauce

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The Business of Digital Journalism

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