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September 2013

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To tell a complicated climate science story: simplify, shorten, list

Reporting on the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focused on short, Webby pieces

In a world of short attention spans, small screens, and social media, a massive United Nations report on the threat... More

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Exchange Watch: Telling half a story about the federal exchanges

Politico sniffs out the White House spin

We can probably forgive Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for spinning tomorrow's debut of Obamacare in the... More

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Place your bets

The difference between “gambling” and “gaming”

You have to be in Vegas for a conference, and you decide to while some time away at the slots.... More

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A fault-finding mission

Los Angeles Times series seeks to make sure towers aren’t built along earthquake faults

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- When it comes to public service, journalists do some of their best work when focused on... More

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Couch reporters

The NFL is a made-for-TV-specatcle; it should be covered as such

Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, a sports-talk radio host on Sirius/XM satellite radio (and formerly half of the best and most... More

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The Post on how the Grahams lost the paper (UPDATED)

An excellent report shows how management, beset by industry decline, made things worse

The Washington Post has a fantastic, 6,300-word piece on the events leading to the Graham family's sale of the paper... More

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Google France’s $81 million media boost

In response to threatened copyright legislation, Google and a media group formed a fund to help fund digital innovation

After seven months of closed-door negotiations, Google France and a French media association announced the details of a 60 million... More

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Must-reads of the week

RIP Horse_ebooks

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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Utah journalism gets a jolt

As The Salt Lake Tribune downsizes, what will happen to accountability reporting in the state?

PROVO, UT -- In 1995, James "Jay" Shelledy, then the editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, started a newsstand and... More

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Q&A: Andrew Kueneman and Steve Duenes, NYT graphic and Web designers

Behind the scenes of “Tomato Can Blues,” the Times’ latest multimedia project

The New York Times celebrated its 162nd birthday in style last week with the launch of "Tomato Can Blues," a... More

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The Big Lie of the Post-Crisis

The WSJ editorial page says government, not Wall Street, “won” the aftermath

Bill Black is always worth reading and his column flagging a line in a Wall Street Journal editorial is no... More

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In Egypt, an anti-Brotherhood media crackdown

The current censorship exceeds the crackdown of ousted president Mohamed Morsi

CAIRO--The screens went black around 9pm. It was night of July 3, and Egypt's military chief, General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, announced... More

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For the sake of science

PopSci’s ‘scientific’ justification for shutting down comments conveys the research poorly

The internet has largely weighed in on Popular Science's sudden decision to shut off its comments section earlier this week.... More

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Audit Notes: Reuters Next, $11 billion from JPM?, ‘Made in America’ PR

BuzzFeed looks at Chrystia Freeland’s lead role in the flop

BuzzFeed's Matt Zeitlin dives deep into Chrystia Freeland's role in the Reuters Next failure. Granted, this piece has a distinct... More

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Two stories, one press release

In MPAA vs. Hotfile, coverage based on one press release went in two very different directions

Here's a story of what happens when busy reporters have only one main source for a story--and that source is... More

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Untangling Obamacare: Shopping the insurance exchanges

What journos need to tell the public about signing up

Not long ago, freelance health writer Debra Gordon sent out an SOS on a listserv for health reporters. Gordon was... More

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Joe Kernen’s bad joke

The CNBCer steps in it with a crack about Indians and 7-Eleven

Speaking of people on Wall Street saying incredibly stupid things, watch this clip of CNBC's Joe Kernen that Media Matters... More

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‘Reprint reporting’ and race

It’s not a winning combination

There are racists living in America. This is not news. And yet, when Nina Davuluri, an Indian American, was crowned... More

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Audit Notes: 77 and flipping burgers, banks press their luck, Slate

A Bloomberg profile offers a glimpse of the coming retirement crisis

Bloomberg's Carol Hymowitz profiles a retired Oral-B marketing director who at 77 is working two jobs flipping burgers and handing... More

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Showdown, shutdown, fallout

With the Obamacare fight threatening to shutter the government, reporters should keep the spotlight on their local members of Congress

FAIRWAY, KS -- "I was not sent to Washington to shut down the federal government," Sen. Mike Johanns told the... More

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Watch it live: The state of accountability journalism in Texas

A discussion of the evolving ecosystem of accountability-oriented media in Texas

Today from noon to 5pm (Eastern time), CJR's United States Project is teaming up with the journalism school at the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Default scenarios, Yankees’ doctors, and why internet companies backpedaled on privacy

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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AllThingsD and the limits of the personal franchise news model

A few breakout stars don’t signal a general power shift in journalism

A couple of weeks ago, Felix Salmon asked: "Can Rupert Murdoch hold on to Kara Swisher?" Well, now we have... More

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WSJ buries the lead deep on AIG’s CEO

Benmosche says outrage at AIG bonuses was “just as wrong” as lynchings of blacks

The Wall Street Journal buries the lede in a major way in its Saturday piece on AIG CEO/bombthrower Robert Benmosche... More

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Paying attention to the shield law’s critics

Journalists shouldn’t blindly support the shield law without taking in the whole picture

When a Senate committee this month approved the "Free Flow of Information Act of 2013," applause was heard from scores... More

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Sex-isms

Gender politics and their words

Spend time on Twitter or Reddit, or anywhere on the internet for that matter, and you'll learn lots of new... More

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Does copyright law work?

New and ongoing empirical research suggests: not always

As Congress starts thinking about renewing and, maybe, reforming copyright law, already there's a debate brewing. One on side of... More

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New questions about the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

Citigroup whistleblower says the panel forced him to dilute his testimony to protect Rubin et al.

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission was always destined to fail. It had an enormous task: Tell us what—and who—caused the... More

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Pointing fingers

HuffPost Live’s coverage of a nonsensical anti-gay article in a Nigerian newspaper raises questions of its own

On Wednesday, HuffPost Live aired a segment on a student at the University of Lagos, in Nigeria, who claims to... More

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Andrew Ross Sorkin, Wall St. concern troll

The CNBC/NYTer turns up the drama for a video on the crisis anniversary

This Andrew Ross Sorkin vignette on "Two Myths and One Reality" five years after the fall of Lehman Brothers is... More

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Must-reads of the week

Reuters, Margaret Mary Vojtko, Bustle, Farhad Manjoo

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: Florida

There’s been solid coverage in the Sunshine State. Now it’s time to treat Obamacare like the consumer story it is

What can we say about Florida, that bad boy of healthcare reform? Every time states are supposed to do something... More

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Audit Notes: Top execs skate again, blame regulators!, Times-Picayune tabloidism

NYT’s DealBook asks why regulators let Jamie Dimon & Co. off the hook

I've criticized DealBook a fair amount lately, so I want to flag this good piece that questions why authorities have... More

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The NYT’s new dividend is unwise

Keeping Wall Street—and Sulzberger trust funders—happy

Does The New York Times Company have $24 million a year to spare? Apparently its executives—and more to the point,... More

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A laurel for The Miami Herald

The FBI has been busy in Miami, thanks to the Herald—and to shenanigans in Florida’s 26th Congressional District

MIAMI, FL -- As Florida Gov. Rick Scott prepares for a second attempt to purge the voter rolls of... More

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Refocusing on newsroom diversity

‘When it comes to diversity, it’s not only on the backburner—it’s not even in the kitchen,” Dori Maynard says

Robert C. Maynard--journalist, editor, newspaper publisher, and former owner of The Oakland Tribune--spent much of his career trying to improve... More

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Matt Harvey’s bad form

The injured pitcher didn’t get the memo about what transpires on The Dan Patrick Show

Wednesday, New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey appeared on the Dan Patrick Show, a national radio program simulcast on NBS... More

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Preparing for combat zones

Global Journalist Security training seeks to approximate real-life scenarios

Inside a bullet-worn airsoft arena in August, I led 15 journalists and activists at gunpoint through a labyrinth of graffitied... More

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It’s the second term, stupid!

Why journalists shouldn’t blame all of Obama’s problems on Syria

The media love simple narratives based on dramatic events, so it's no surprise that many journalists have suggested that President... More

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Email dos and don’ts

Unwanted pitches, email reporting, and inbox lockdown

This week, for the first time in ages, I cleared my email backlog. Much of the correspondence in the queue... More

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Nonprofit journalism on the American Riviera

Starting an in-depth news operation from scratch can have its ups and downs, even in paradise

SANTA BARBARA -- It was June 2009, and the Santa Barbara News-Press imbroglio that had begun three years earlier was... More

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Audit Notes: Adjunct poverty, Reuters flops, NOLA.com impact

A longtime professor at Duquesne dies in squalor

Today's must-read is this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette column by Daniel Kovalik of the United Steelworkers on the death of an 83-year... More

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Press Manipulation: Federal Reserve edition

Summers, Yellen, and the perils of access reporting

At first glance, the Fed chairperson's race is one for the textbooks: a classic case of spin and counterspin,... More

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Too much ado about gonads

Distracted by the SEO headline grab, reporters failed to capture the basic findings of a study

A piece of medical news made the rounds last week with the kind of fodder that makes Web editors dance... More

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Untangling Obamacare: The affordability puzzle

Focus on people and pocketbooks, not just the latest study

It's time to move beyond the wonk studies that showed up all summer, which concluded that maybe the much-awaited rate... More

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Russell Brand on the press and power

Ejected from a British GQ event for jokes aimed at the corporate sponsor

A couple of weeks ago, British GQ put on its annual Men of the Year gala, where it hands out... More

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#Oceanfall

The Seattle Times’ glitzy new digital package unveils a substantial piece of reporting on our changing seas

Like most newspapers around the country, The Seattle Times has cut staff and shaved resources in recent years to balance... More

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Encryption, security basics for journalists

Courtesy of Monday’s Hacks/Hackers meetup in Manhattan

"Should you worry about the NSA? Eh, maybe," was the title of the night's first slide, when the Hacks/Hackers New... More

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How billionaires get around the estate tax

A stellar Bloomberg article uses the Waltons as a case study

Ever wonder why the very rich pay so little in gift and estate taxes, which are intended in part to... More

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When ‘having it all’ misses the point

A new book by the president of Barnard College argues that the goal of feminism was never to make women’s lives untenable

The question of whether women can "have it all" has been the source of many a polemic. The discussion is... More

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Audit Notes: GOOD sellout, flash crashes, Reuters eyes banks’ accounting moves (UPDATED)

The liberal magazine-turned-social network pairs up with the military to perfect a killing machine

GOOD, the earnestly liberal magazine that fired most of its editorial staff and turned itself into a "social network for... More

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What’s next in Ann Arbor?

Advance changes gears again, as media-savvy locals try to fill the gaps

DETROIT, MI -- The Ann Arbor News was back on newsstands last week, four years after Advance Publications closed the... More

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Un-words

Prefixes that make opposites, or not

English has many prefixes that make a word into a negative or opposite: Add "non-" to "profit," for example, and... More

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A laurel for the Detroit Free Press

Deeply reported coverage explodes simplistic myths about how the Motor City went bankrupt

"How Detroit Went Broke," published Sunday in the Detroit Free Press, is a superbly reported, written, and illustrated investigative... More

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The WSJ on the continuing mortgage crisis

Linking borrowers and a toxic security, and leading the Lehman look-back work

We tend to think of the Lehman crash as a bad thing. And, well, it was. But, on the... More

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How I got that story

An underground market for unwanted children

In February 2012, Megan Twohey was looking at reports on the difficulties with international adoptions when she noticed a gap... More

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The photo BuzzFeed wishes it hadn’t used

The viral site pissed off one Flickr user with a keen sense of vigilante Internet justice

Back in 2008, Dan Catt took a picture of his young son drinking from a juice box, the flaps ingeniously... More

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Must-reads of the week

Brown exits the Beast; Putin enters the Times

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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Against the Riptide

Rather than simply criticize a report’s omissions, two journalists plan to create their own complementary version

Dear Leaders of Journalism: I cannot recommend highly enough that you start talking to people outside your circles. #riptide #silos—... More

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A dart to NBC Nightly News

Network botches the job of explaining healthcare options to retirees

It's hard to say what the retiree healthcare segment on NBC Nightly News last Tuesday was all about. It... More

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Pioneer and pariah

Brother Outsider offers a touching portrait of Bayard Rustin, an unsung hero of the civil rights movement

Even on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington--a march he organized--the name Bayard Rustin rings hardly any bells.... More

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DealBook’s sympathy for the SEC

NYT access gives the bumbling agency its preferred angle on Lehman inaction

The New York Times's DealBook once again publishes a story about how the valiant crimefighters at the SEC who really,... More

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Riptide’s white, male history of journalism

Excluding women and people of color may be an inattentional blindness problem

There's a concept in psychology called "inattentional blindness." In study after study, if people are focused on one task, they... More

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Google released an anti-piracy report

And reporters are divided as to what it means

Google released an unusual report on Tuesday--"How Google Fights Piracy," a 25-page document that detailed its anti-piracy principles, the efforts... More

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Tina Brown, back in the news cycle

Here’s how outlets covered the Wednesday announcement that she is leaving The Daily Beast

BuzzFeed's Peter Lauria, a former Daily Beast employee, scooped Daily Beast editor Tina Brown on Wednesday by announcing her plans... More

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On duty

A nurse reflects on patients’ rights, a recent court case, and some missed reporting opportunities

The other night, my father, a lawyer, sat down with a fistful of hospital-related news clippings--as he often does when... More

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Calling out the climate conspirators

Slate, Discover, and The Guardian crack down on the David Rose’s distorted reporting

Over the weekend the Daily Mail's David Rose published a long screed on climate change with some pretty startling revelations:... More

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Audit Notes: Daily Beast, Countrywide shareholders, a liberal in NYC

Tina Brown is out as editor of the money-bleeding website

It looks like The Daily Beast is in real trouble. Barry Diller is getting rid of Tina Brown, according to... More

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Lessons from North Carolina’s voting wars

Be there. Be passionate. Ask tough questions. And focus on the facts

CHARLESTON, SC -- With all due respect to Texas, North Carolina has become ground zero in the voting wars. An... More

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Questions for President Obama about Syria

Here’s what the press should find out

In a 16-minute address to the nation Tuesday night, President Obama both made the case for military action against Syria... More

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NewsHour Weekend reviewed

A new look for an old show is promising but still contains ongoing weaknesses

These late summer weeks have been prime time for big, splashy media launches. In sports, Fox Sports 1 debuted to... More

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Here’s the 1 Thing You Need To Know About Why I Can’t Stop Looking At These 9 Questions You’re Too Embarrassed To Ask About headlines

The ancient history of a clickbait headline claimed by Ezra Klein for the Post

The stupid Internet news spat du jour features Ezra Klein accusing BuzzFeed of "straight stealing" one of the Washington Post's... More

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Exchange Watch: Minnesota

Beware the bearers of good tidings: A selectively-told tale from the feds’ PR folks

And so it came to pass that insurance companies in the North Country delivered for state residents some very low... More

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The new black migration

Laura Gottesdiener’s book details the continuing wreckage of the mortgage crisis

With the anniversary of the Lehman crash hard upon us, Laura Gottesdiener's* new book is the perfect reminder that journalism... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The cost of attacking Syria, and tell me what to think about fracking

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

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Audit Notes: Reporting numbers, The Onion on the hamster wheel, info consumerism

Francine McKenna on how to handle unaudited financials

Auditor-turned-journalist Francine McKenna, writing at Medium, has some cautionary advice for journalists on reporting unaudited and unverified financial information. She... More

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Shortchanged

Roy Peter Clark’s book on writing short avoids the consequences

Roy Peter Clark--aging journalist, Chaucer expert, esteemed writing teacher, and overall doyen at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies--has for... More

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Politico publisher acquires Capital New York (UPDATED)

Over 30 to 45 days the website will quadruple staff and hone coverage on state and local politics, according to Jim VandeHei

[UPDATE, 4:06 pm] Jim VandeHei, executive editor of Politico and new president of Capital New York, says the site will... More

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Un-coordinated

When to use commas between adjectives

Recently, in a column about other things, we asked whether you needed a comma in the phrase "the large blue... More

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4 Syrian journos: We want Western help

At Columbia last week, four journalists argued for help building a free press in their home country

Before a room of fresh-faced Columbia Journalism School students on Friday, four Syrian journalists asked the budding professionals, and indeed... More

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In Syria, freelancer demand amidst increasing restrictions

New outlets are happy to reap the rewards of dangerous reporting, so long as freelancers shoulder all responsibility

News organizations are desperate for Damascus-based reporters, so they are calling on freelancers, stretching their own rules against doing so.... More

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Advance Publications scraps AnnArbor.com

A return to The Ann Arbor News name and integration with MLive

Back in 2009, Advance Publications shut down the 174-year-old daily Ann Arbor News, unveiled a new website named AnnArbor.com, dropped... More

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Even more interactive news

PolicyMic is making user contributions just as important as a writer’s original content

Clickable. Shareable. Likeable. Social media increasingly drives more web traffic than search engine optimization, and a clever headline now outweighs... More

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Must-reads of the week

Back-to-School 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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Invasion of the Job Snatcher

As the Missouri media takes up arms against Rick Perry, some facts and context get lost in the fray

FAIRWAY, KS -- Texas and Missouri no longer square off as Big 12 opponents, but governors Rick Perry and Jay... More

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A weakened Washington Post, a serious ethical breach

Erik Wemple hits his own paper for hopping the wall between ads and news

Erik Wemple breaks a huge media-corruption story for the Washington Post, and unfortunately for his employer, it's about the Post... More

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Scientific American eats

A new group blog will explore the science of food

Scientific American has been on a food spree recently. Its September issue is food-themed, with pieces ranging from the conflicting... More

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War reporting for amateurs

Should you just take off for a foreign country and hope to sell your work later?

I confess that I've been watching all the coverage of Amanda Lindhout's book with a bit of chagrin. Lindhout, who... More

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Exchange Watch: Washington State

How much competition is enough?

Yesterday, the board of Washington's insurance exchange, called the Washington Healthplanfinder, finally certified plans the exchange will sell beginning Oct.... More

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The minimum wage and the Danish Big Mac

In Denmark, higher wages mean higher prices but they’re still worth it

The Los Angeles Times drops into the debate over whether or how much prices would have to rise at fast-food... More

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Think taxpayers, not just NFL fans

There is a big—so far, untold—story about the proposed NFL concussion settlement

Journalists threw the public for a loss last week when reporting on the tentative settlement of a lawsuit brought by... More

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Misbegotten

When ‘get’ is in the past

The Revolutionary War split the colonies from England, and with it, American English began to split from British English. We... More

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When coverage gets ahead of the facts

The consequences of covering dubious scandals and conspiracy theories

We often speculate about how media coverage could make people cynical about politics and government. But new political science research... More

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Britain’s spooks don’t get the 4th estate

Oliver Robbins on the detention of David Miranda and the seizure of press communications

Last week I disembarked in Denmark to find myself already embroiled in European intrigue—an international espionage scandal, even. Okay, not... More

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Altweekly gets a sober judgment

A South Carolina university keeps alcohol, and an altweekly, at bay

Attention Coastal Carolina University students: Readling a local altweekly might drive you to drink. Authorities at Coastal Carolina University, in... More

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Will the ACA encourage Medicaid fraud?

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes a hard look at the Medicaid problem

Just as I was thinking Medicaid as a legitimate topic for media exploration was dead in the water, along comes... More

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Stories I’d like to see

MTV’s Miley Cyrus mess, Donald Trump and the law, and who benefits from federal fines

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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Piano man

In Guardian Editor in Chief Alan Rusbridger’s new book, he struggles to practice as the news cycle quickens

In 18 months spanning 2010 and 2011, Guardian editor in chief Alan Rusbridger decided to conquer Chopin's Ballade No. 1... More

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Get off the bus!

Why access-based campaign coverage is a dead end

CNN's Peter Hamby has written a must-read retrospective on coverage of the 2012 Romney campaign. His report, "Did Twitter Kill... More

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Opening Shot

Across the great gun divide

In the nine months since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the rekindled debate over gun control has... More

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Divided we fall

Journalism matters; it’s time to start acting like we believe it

In the July/August issue of CJR, Francesca Borri wrote a powerful essay about the plight of being a freelancer,... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our July/August issue

Power of the punchline Thanks for your article, Dannagal G. Young ("Lighten up," CJR, July/August). One thing you fail to... More

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Open Bar

Local Edition

Local Edition San Francisco, CA Year opened 2012 Owners Future Bars, aka Doug Dalton and Brian Sheehy Distinguishing features... More

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Language Corner

Nuclear attainment

An editorial discussed Iran's "determined program to attain nuclear-weapons capacity." Later, it cited pressure on Iran "to halt its aggressive... More

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Stranger than fiction

The new niche: gangsters

Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest yakuza crime syndicate, has published an official magazine that features satirical haikus and genteel articles about... More

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Hard Numbers

Waging the privacy war

55 percent of American voters identified Edward Snowden as a "whistleblower" in July 2013 34 percent of American voters identified... More

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Gaming

Playing for keeps

Busted! Hair Net Hero is part of a new breed of news game (Center for Investigative Reporting) Looking for... More

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What’s in my…bags

Alexia Tsotsis, TechCrunch

Alexia Tsotsis carries bags inside her bags. The 31-year-old San Francisco co-editor of TechCrunch carries enough stuff with her... More

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Innovation watch

Drill down in the Amazon

In 2008, Gustavo Faleiros, a reporter at the Brazilian news outlet O Eco, sought a way to synthesize the... More

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Up Next

If it ain’t broken…

Breaking News. Those two little words can sound a warning cry when uttered by a news anchor. But has the... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

--Associated Press, 7/23/13 --San Francisco Chronicle, 7/20/13 --Gainesville Sun, 7/3/13 --Minneapolis Star Tribune, 7/22/13 More

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Darts & Laurels

Racist jokes and fake quotes

DART to KTVU, the Fox affiliate in Oakland, CA, for its infamous broadcast of bogus, racist names for the... More

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Cold comfort

How to dress for Arctic success

Back in the day, arctic explorers had it easy. In order to dress for expeditions, they simply approached Inuit hunters... More

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Déjà news

The FCC ignores local TV news’ quiet consolidation strategy

A strange thing happens when you turn on the news in Hawaii. Tune into the 10pm local newscast on KGMB,... More

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The Gray Lady blushes

A former Times sportswriter recalls a primmer era

Chuck Ramsey, the New York Jets' punter, was crying. it was 1979 and the first time I I had ever... More

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On the job

Boomdocks

Independent radio producer Todd Melby lives more than 600 miles from his wife and kids in a basement in... More

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What is journalism for?

A range of perspectives on the question

In his 1999 book, What Are Journalists For?, which told the story of the civic-journalism movement, Jay Rosen suggested that... More

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Who, what, when, where, why, and how

CJR asks the question: What is journalism for?

From high-school teachers to new-media whiz kids, conservative pundits to liberal wonks, African poets to Google executives, CJR asked dozens... More

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The ‘awayness’ problem

I was there, you weren’t; let me tell you about it

The elemental question that CJR has asked me to address, "What is journalism for?" is 100 times better than the... More

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Identity crisis

Why journalists should drop the push for special protection and just defend freedom of expression

When young people took to the streets of Istanbul in June to rally to preserve a downtown park, the... More

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Accidental journalists

What happens when a bunch of outsiders with no journalism experience buy an island newspaper?

"Land ho!" shouts a redheaded boy, finger pointing over the guardrail of the ferryboat's upper deck. His mother holds onto... More

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To the barricades

Is it okay that Ukraine’s journalists are using protests and political theater to fight for press freedom?

One breezy morning in June, a group of leading Ukrainian journalists drove to the small village of Novi Petrivtsi,... More

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False fronts

The Act of Killing shatters Indonesia’s sense of itself

In the early hours of October 1, 1965, a group of junior officers in the Indonesian military assassinated six... More

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In the name of the father

An editor who soared, then flew away

Here are some of the things and people that my father loved: Gregorian chant, Joe Louis, airplanes, the Detroit... More

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At the altar

The national conversation about same-sex marriage has shifted. What are the challenges now for the journalists who cover it?

On June 12, two weeks before the Supreme Court, in separate rulings, struck down parts of the Defense of... More

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Original sin

The creation of email spam and its threat to the promise of the Internet

Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet By Finn Brunton The MIT Press 270 pages Hardcover $27.95 In April... More

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Blurry verge

The line between democracy and a darker social order is thinner than you think

The House of Journalists: A Novel By Tim Finch Farrar, Straus and Giroux 304 pages Hardcover $26 When reading... More

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Brief encounters

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather | Edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout | Alfred A. Knopf... More

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Exit Interview

Know your audience

In 1992, Rob Dean became editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, the main news source in a small... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.