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January 2014

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All (abortion) politics is national

State policy on other issues is increasingly national, too. Here’s how local reporters can tell more complete stories

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- "An abortion facility in Missouri would need to be inspected at least four times annually under... More

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Audit Notes: NYT TV, Blodget invests in a paywall, Downworthy

The Times can’t keep up with advertiser demand for video ads

Capital New York's Joe Pompeo reports that The New York Times can't create enough video to satisfy advertiser demand and... More

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Must-reads of the week

My media wants to Ezra all the time

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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Post-Arab Spring, citizen journalists struggle

Bloggers and activists met to discuss free speech crackdowns across the region

AMMAN, Jordan--Three years have passed since the Arab Spring, when popular uprisings broke out against authoritarian governments across the Middle... More

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Reporting in the post-Snowden era

A panel at Columbia discussed challenges and triumphs

Photo credit: Columbia University/Eileen Barroso In an auditorium so large that Columbia's Journalism School typically only uses it for... More

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News literacy teaches about the internet; now those lessons will actually be available there

The News Literacy Project is bringing its curriculum online

In the fall of 2011, the start of its third academic year of existence, the News Literacy Project created a... More

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How I got that story

The growing problem of forced marriages in the US

In September 2013, Sarah Fournier, then a journalism master's student at New York University, was looking for a subject to... More

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Covering the gerrymandering wars? Add these researchers to your source list

Don’t blame the maps for the main result—but a few states warrant a closer look

MIAMI -- In the 2012 election, Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives tallied more votes, nationwide, than Republicans. But... More

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Got health coverage? Prove it!

How widespread are proof-of-coverage problems? Fort Myers News-Press took an extra step to find out.

If insurance exchange shoppers thought their trials would necessarily end once they were--finally--able to log on and do the hard... More

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Pity the sportswriter

As the Super Bowl approaches, remember: Sportswriters may well have the hardest job in journalism

It's blasphemous, I know, but being a sportswriter is one of the hardest--if not the trickiest--jobs in journalism. I'll be... More

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The trust-fund newspaper

The Guardian’s windfall ensures its long-term future

The Guardian, which until not that long ago was respected but little-read outside the UK, is now in the front... More

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Albuquerque’s next newspaper is print-first

The Free Press hopes to fill reporting gaps, one news rack at a time

In the spring of 2008, the Albuquerque Tribune published its last issue. Though known for its solid reporting and stalwart... More

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Bloomberg’s viral misquote

Big Pharma CEO Marijn Dekkers didn’t quite say what they said he did

Last week, Bloomberg News stuffed a jarring quote from Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers at the bottom of a piece on... More

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Bloggers versus the courts

An online writing defamation roundup

Like many defamation cases, Roger Shuler's is legally complicated. As the proprietor of the Alabama political blog Legal Schnauzer, Shuler... More

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Meet the 6-year-old mag that just took the internet by storm

Pacific Standard is upping its Web game to “get the magazine in front of more eyeballs”

Pacific Standard has had an exciting January. It's been the magazine's biggest traffic month ever, on track to hit 1.25... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Christie’s legal bills, who profits from retailer hacking, and Davos economics

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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How to measure Obamacare success

It’s too soon to pass judgment. But reporters can keep the debate honest and focused on the law’s core goal

A woman I'll call Gina, a 58-year-old hairdresser and Manhattan resident, is one of more than 587,000 New Yorkers who... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg’s big impact; WSJ good on EU inflation, bad on crediting NYT

Trading behaviors changed in the wake of the wire’s foreign-exchange investigation

Bloomberg News continues its excellent reporting on the foreign-exchange scandal it uncovered last June, reporting that odd fluctuations in exchange... More

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Finding truth when reporting on disasters

A new handbook offers guidelines from relevant experts

The European Journalism Centre has released a guide for journalists that codifies best practices for verifying digital content while reporting... More

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Since when?

Using a substitute for ‘because’

Since teaching grammar to children is so challenging, teachers often resort to "rules," using memory tricks to hammer them home.... More

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Why Capital New York’s $6,000 paywall will probably work

And why that’s not necessarily good news for news

When Politico's owner bought Capital New York in September, the move came as a surprise to many of us, but... More

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Will reporters miss the real story on the State of the Union again?

The policy consequences are far more important than the speech’s political effects

The myth of the bully pulpit runs deep in the DNA of political journalists, so it's no surprise that the... More

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Vox and Ezra Klein: testing the limits of the digital-news expansion

Will what works for tech and fashion work for policy?

When Ezra Klein was told to fish-or-cut bait at The Washington Post last week, it was already in the air... More

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Is Planet Hillary ugly or just ahead of its time?

Art directors say some provocative covers grow better with age, but The New York Times Magazine’s recent illustration is just a gaffe

In July of 2008, in the heat of Barack Obama's first presidential race, The New Yorker issued a cover... More

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Must-reads of the week

Ezra has left the building

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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Trusting Twitter

News literacy experts say journalists should remain professional on Twitter—but that readers should still be skeptical of everything they read on the platform

Few things feel more personal than my Twitter feed. I tweet without the meddling of an editor. I use it... More

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Take a deep breath before panicking over the NYT’s 2013 top 10

Formats are false idols

A much-shared article in the Atlantic last week leads with the claim that the most trafficked "story" across platforms on... More

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Roddy Boyd finds alleged Ponzi schemer

High-wire reporting on a hedge fund gone awry

With news out that New York prosecutors have charged Bryan Caisse with running a Ponzi scheme, it's worth revisiting a... More

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Now, Bloomberg runs Wallison’s discredited housing line

And more on regulation and the shadow-banking system

I got on The New York Times a couple of weeks ago for running a fallacious op-ed from the American... More

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The Daily Telegraph fires its editor

Tony Gallagher has left the paper amid its shift to a digitally focused strategy

The Daily Telegraph, one of the UK's papers of record, sacked its editor, Tony Gallagher, on Tuesday, according to multiple... More

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OC Register explodes Medicare myths

A laurel to the paper’s deep dive into Medicare Part D showing “profit trumps public interest”

As the Affordable Care Act tumbled along its rocky path to implementation, the media drew parallels between its disastrous... More

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Audit Notes: No Post counteroffer for Ezra, OC Register, celebrity offspring

Politico reports the paper didn’t bother with a counteroffer

After getting shut down in his bid for 10 million big ones to launch a new site, Ezra Klein is... More

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Ezra Klein and the early-mover disadvantage

No one knows if these new personal-franchise journalism ventures are going to work

The parade of departures of high-profile journalism talent from big newspapers, of which Ezra Klein's is the most recent, can... More

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Ezra Klein’s WaPo departure

Reactions to the media wunderkind leaving the Post to start his own news organization

After five years, news broke Tuesday morning that Ezra Klein, pundit and Wonkblogger extraordinaire, is leaving The Washington Post. It's... More

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Through the wringer

Squeezing the meaning from “eke”

Sometimes, a photo "ekes out of the printer." Other times, electronics help "to eke out extra mileage" in cars. And... More

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What Ezra Klein and Nate Silver can learn from Grantland about analytical journalism

The sports site blends basic multimedia with data smarts. Can the model work for politics?

We're in a boom time for analytical Web journalism that uses data to make politics and policy compelling to readers.... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Why isn’t Chuck Todd anchoring Meet the Press, how Sochi happened, and watching LGA crash

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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Overdrafted

A Wall Street Journal probe uncovers huge fees at banks near military bases

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent front-page investigation into how banks near military bases are gouging customers with overdraft... More

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Wide media reaction to NSA speech

Reactions ranged from cautious optimism, to frustrated disappointment, to a what-did-you-expect kind of resigned acceptance

Before it got overshadowed by David Remnick's epic New Yorker profile of President Obama, the big news involving the White... More

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Der Spiegel scales back its English edition

The coverage has provided a non-US alternative for Wikileaks and NSA reporting

In late December, the German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel published a story covering the latest slew of revelations about surveillance... More

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The reasons Oscar should be horrified by
The Act of Killing

Are the same reasons it deserves to win best documentary

The Act of Killing, which tells the story of the mass killings in Indonesia in the mid 1960s from the... More

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The OC Register’s expansion reverses

Trouble for Aaron Kushner’s contrarian bet in Southern California

The Orange County Register, the rebuilt Chevelle SS of the newspaper industry, has blue smoke coming from the tailpipe. On... More

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Must-reads of the week

What we talk about when we talk about Roger

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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Journalism shafted in NSA speech

The only acceptable narrative is the one the president chooses

President Obama's surveillance speech Friday morning, presumably aiming to reassure the American and global publics that the US government respects... More

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Wonkblog on the ACA cost-control feature that might make you change your doctor

Sarah Kliff explores why wonks love “narrow networks,” and why consumers might hate them

Score one for Sarah Kliff's Health Reform Watch column this week. Her Monday Q-and-A at WaPo's Wonkblog offered a clear,... More

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Contrarian critic

Armond White’s expulsion from the New York Film Critics Circle is unfortunate, but not unexpected

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Circle voted to expel Armond White from its ranks, the first such decision... More

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‘This used to be a newsroom’ — the scene at the Cleveland Plain Dealer

As a diminished staff adapts to new rules and new space, “newsroom culture is gone”

Editor's note: The photo that appeared above this post has been removed at the request of the photographer. References to... More

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This slightly misleading headline will change the way you share this story

Nymag.com and Quartz expand their science coverage

Though anecdotal evidence suggests that science writing is contracting, two publications recently announced that they're expanding their coverage to health,... More

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Reuters deeply alarmed by competition in the cellphone industry

In the silo with Wall Street on worries about T-Mobile hurting profit margins

This Reuters story on the cellphone war between T-Mobile and AT&T is unintentionally hilarious—a good example of a story so... More

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Audit Notes: The Hamster Wheel, Mike Allen, artisanal toast

A complaint from the digital trenches

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade prints a missive from a former student who's now a 24-year-old veteran of three major British... More

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FOIA fight for NSA documents continues

The government has released some heavily-redacted legal opinions, but ProPublica, the ACLU, and others say that’s not enough

This past November, ProPublica attempted to open up "the smallest nesting doll" of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's legal opinions... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Bezos and the Post, America’s worst-run agency, and who’s paying Dennis Rodman?

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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Knight News Challenge: Health winners announced

Projects use data and information to improve community health

Free crisis counselling via text message, environmental health monitoring with low-cost tools, and a database that aggregates information on health... More

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Q&A: Trudy Lieberman on rural health news

CJR’s healthcare expert talks about her efforts to help fill the news gap in parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, and Colorado

Just as many rural communities face healthcare gaps--shortages of doctors, hospitals, and insurers--many also face healthcare-journalism gaps, as we reported... More

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Box-office baloney

Journalists fall yet again for Hollywood spin on a revenue “record”

The Wall Street Journal gushes about the box-office success of Disney's Frozen, writing that the film has taken in $317.7... More

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The Record: Christie’s administration may have violated public records law

An email released on Wednesday perhaps should have been available to the paper sooner

Among the documents made public after the New Jersey State Assembly Democrats obtained them via subpoena, seeking more information about... More

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Tracking digital-era news quality declines

A Tulane student project tracks the Times-Picayune before and after a digital overhaul

When the New Orleans Times-Picayune announced it would cut back its printed editions to three days a week and shift... More

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Too many feelings

The Guardian pulls Emma Keller’s controversial post critiquing a cancer patient’s tweeting a few hours after The New York Times published a similar piece by her husband

Before last Wednesday you probably hadn't heard of Lisa Bonchek Adams, a Connecticut mother of three who has been tweeting... More

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Made up

Fictional, fictitious, fictive, and factitious

"Fiction," we all know, is something that is not true. So is "a lie." But they're not quite synonyms: Fiction... More

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Warning: This anecdote may be harmful to your story’s health

Six questions to ask before using an Obamacare tale

Healthcare-related media criticism doesn't often go viral, or even semi-viral, but the writer Maggie Mahar scored big earlier this month... More

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The Dominion Post on ‘suspicious activity’ (UPDATED)

How a very brief local law enforcement item in the Morgantown, WV daily is causing a stir in the community

Charleston, SC -- The big news out of West Virginia over the weekend is obviously the chemical spill that left... More

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Audit Notes: Sysco is hungry, Michael Wolff, Big Viral

The WSJ looks at consolidation in the food business

The Wall Street Journal takes a good look at the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods, the middlemen of... More

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Must-reads of the week

Women on the internet, the NSA vs. the internet, profiles of conservative media chiefs

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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Obamacare and the rural coverage gap

Small communities are underserved when it comes to healthcare—and healthcare journalism

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- Back when Al Cross was a newspaper reporter, he now admits, "I avoided healthcare stories like... More

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Easy email encryption

LEAP hopes its open-source, encrypted email will be useful for journalists and newsrooms

Email, that daily workflow staple, is becoming a real problem in this post-Snowden era. Or rather, it always has been... More

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Native ads grow up

The New York Times gets the controversial format right

The New York Times is now in the native-advertising game, and that's raised the hackles of folks like Andrew Sullivan,... More

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Florida’s unemployment system is a mess

The press is asking questions and showing human costs. Now, time to break the story open

MIAMI, FL -- Tampa Bay Times writer Leonora LaPeter Anton did an admirable job this week putting a human face... More

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7 hard truths about digital-era journalism

Not included: the fact that most publications haven’t found a way to monetize it

1. Your redesign will take twice as long as expected. And probably cost twice as much, too. You can use... More

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The secret whistleblowers

The book The Burglary, released Wednesday, reveals how a group of activists exposed the secrets of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

On the night of March 8, 1971, when almost all eyes and ears were on Muhammad Ali battling Joe Frazier... More

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Bridge-gate fever!

Covering the Christie scandal and its repercussions in the invisible primary

Would Chris Christie's administration block traffic lanes from Fort Lee, NJ, onto the George Washington Bridge to retaliate against its... More

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The polar vortex climate conundrum

It either disproves climate change or is caused by it—say what?

As the freezing winds triggered by the "polar vortex" continue their blistering ascent through the midwest and across the eastern... More

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Audit Notes: Roger Ailes biography, gun mags, Wells Fargo sales

The Times reports new details of Gabriel Sherman’s upcoming book

The NYT got hold of Gabriel Sherman's upcoming biography of Fox News svengali Roger Ailes and prints some of the... More

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60 Minutes’ bad run

The ‘cleantech’ report is the latest in a series of missteps

Another day, another 60 Minutes debacle. Last Sunday, the 46-year-old newsmagazine aired "The Cleantech Crash," an unflattering look at the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Marijuana rules of the road, grading the CBO, and hiring journalists in war zones

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 laurel for the Journal Sentinel

For five years, John Fauber has done standout reporting on the medical establishment’s unsavory business dealings

Those who say watchdog journalism is dead and gone are just plain wrong. And there's no better way to... More

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Bank tellers in the boiler room

The Los Angeles Times on the underbelly of Wells Fargo’s sales culture

E. Scott Reckard, who did some of the finest work on mortgage boiler rooms during the housing bubble, reports for... More

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Climate change press’ pseudo boom

The Daily Climate reports a 30-percent spike in global warming coverage during 2013; social scientists disagree that the figure signals a rebound

Last week The Daily Climate released the its annual review of climate change coverage--a tally of major stories, by publication... More

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Hamming it up

Too many ‘bad actors’

When it gets cold and wintry, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, "alongside acts of goodwill and kindness, a... More

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The NYT spreads AEI’s Big Lie of the Crisis

Poor judgment to run a fallacious column from Peter Wallison

What in the world is The New York Times doing running an op-ed from AEI's Peter Wallison that perpetuates his... More

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Must-reads of the week

Snowfall (the cold, wet kind) 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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2013’s local stories: Where are they now?

Our correspondent for Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia follows up

Charleston, SC -- Over the last year as a correspondent for CJR's United States Project covering four states in the... More

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Al Jazeera arrests in Egypt cause concern

The arrests were the latest in a series of incidents highlighting the loss of freedom of expression

CAIRO--Journalists and rights advocates in Egypt are renewing concerns about the contraction of freedom of expression after police arrested four... More

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‘Best business photos’ make bad clickbait

Fortune’s uninspiring list illustrates the limits of the genre

Fortune's website needs clicks. That clear from the wannabe-clickbait slideshows populating its recent offerings, like "The Biggest business feuds of... More

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The new hepatitis C drug costs how much?!

NPR’s Richard Knox gets its right the second time around on high pharmaceutical prices

When the Food and Drug Administration in early December approved sofosbuvir, an important new drug to treat hepatitis C, most... More

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Opening Shot

Viral videos across borders

When YouTube began releasing the top trending videos in 61 countries and many US cities, Ethan Zuckerman decided to... More

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The right debate

Access vs. accountability is what matters

Back in October, Bill Keller of The New York Times and Glenn Greenwald, formerly of The Guardian and now... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our November/December issue

Editors' Note CJR begins a new era this month, as Liz Spayd joins the Review as editor in chief and... More

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Open Bar

The Pen & Pencil Club

The Pen & Pencil Club Philadelphia, PA Year opened 1892 Distinguishing features Club members are especially proud of the Pen &... More

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Darts & Laurels

Twitter hysteria and a healthcare horror story

A DART to The Daily Mail for accusing former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown of claiming more than £316,000 in... More

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Evgeny vs. the internet

Evgeny Morozov wants to convince us that digital technology can’t save the world, and he’s willing to burn every bridge from Cambridge to Silicon Valley to do it

Depending on whom you ask, Evgeny Morozov is either the most astute, feared, loathed, or useless writer about digital... More

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Ring of fire

As concussion controversy rages, boxing writers look in the mirror

In the span of two weeks last fall, two prizefighters went to the hospital after their bouts. Francisco Leal,... More

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Game change

In 20 years, football may look very different from the sport we know today. Will the fans, and the media, care?

Two thousand thirteen was an annus horribilis for the National Football League. Its signature event, the Super Bowl, was subjected... More

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On the job

Walkabout

Paul Salopek is going for a walk. He set out in Ethiopia at the beginning of 2013. If all... More

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Media darling

Malala Yousafzai’s long and delicate dance with the press

In 2009, The New York Times posted a two-part documentary on its website about Pakistan's battle against Taliban militants.... More

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Almost famous

Can a star-studded documentary series make people care about climate change?

Last September CJR's Alexis Sobel Fitts trailed a documentary crew through Seattle as they filmed, Years of Living Dangerously,... More

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The great story

In the run-up to the Great Recession, accountability journalism saw the story that access journalism missed

This is an excerpt from The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism,... More

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A movement’s moment?

Common Core opens the door for news literacy to expand in the classroom

The news-literacy movement was born in the middle of the last decade, in response to the challenges news consumers face... More

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Pimp yo’ brand

Journalists bang their own drums

For reporters, self-promotion isn't just prudent, it's essential. Although In These Times has multiple email newsletters, the nonprofit magazine encouraged... More

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Ef-tymology

In a word

When "Not Fucking Rocket Science" ended up on the "Journalism Is . . ." cover of CJR (September/October 2013), letters flew in... More

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Hard Numbers

Digital disruption

79 years (1933-2012) that Newsweek was continuously in print in the US 279 years that Lloyd's List, the world's oldest... More

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Search committee

Getting to know 100 senators

The Sunlight Foundation's 100 Senators tool has a simple mission: to allow you to discover not just what senators... More

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Charted territory

‘The Fifth Estate’

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Not-so-fluffy news

The pet beat takes chops

Most reporters expect to bring their résumé or clips to a job interview. Tanya Irwin was asked to bring... More

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Language Corner

Naming rights

The New York Times recently added an entry to its eponymous stylebook, available only online: "In precise, traditional usage, an... More

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Joining the chorus

Albert Camus’ journalism, more than his famous fiction, reveals the evolution of his thinking on life and how to live it

When Albert Camus said on the evening of December 12, 1957, "I have not yet given my opinion about... More

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Uncommon ground

J. Anthony Lukas realized something larger than the truth

In the fall of 1974, black schoolchildren from Boston's Roxbury neighborhood climbed into school buses bound for South Boston,... More

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Care and feeding of the press

Roosevelt did it, Taft did not, and that made all the difference

It was president Theodore Roosevelt who, in 1906, famously used the term "muckrakers" to disparage investigative journalists. Referencing John Bunyan's... More

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Brief encounters

Short review of The Outrage Industry

The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility By Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj Oxford University Press... More

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Exit interview

A news guy meets a deadline

William Dean Singleton stepped down as chairman of MediaNews Group in December after decades at the helm of America's... More

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination

Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public - Are group chat rooms a waste of time or essential to running a modern newsroom?

A new course in video games journalism - As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?

On the NSA, a White House credibility problem - The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims

Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors - The 10-year-old online mag hired its first full-time employee and is launching a second Kickstarter


39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

9 decades of The New Yorker (New Yorker)

With the relaunch comes the archive

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.