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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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Required skimming: nouveau healthy dining

Eat less, mostly plants

My New Roots Run by a "holistic nutritionist," this blog posts inventive recipes, designed to impart a mostly... More

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Required skimming: climate change

Deniers beware

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked... More

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Michael Pollan and Amy Harmon ‘talk’ it out

The talking points that launched a thousand tweets

Amy Harmon's work is so particular her job title is pretty much synonymous with her name. Though technically Harmon reports... More

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Required skimming: the brain and behavior

The emerging science behind why we do what we do

This month, CJR presents "Required skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked your favorite... More

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Ambivalent coverage of climate change’s ‘new normal’

Considering the importance of the information, the mainstream press provided surprisingly limited analysis

On Tuesday, the American Meteorological Society released its annual "State of the Climate" report, a hefty, 258-page document chronicling changes... More

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Patch delays layoffs

Hyperlocal hopes to match least profitable sites with local partners

Since Wednesday, Patch employees have been waiting for news of layoffs rumored to come coupled with the announcement of a... More

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Shark Week vs. science: the Megalodon affair

A battle over the existence of an extinct shark highlights shoddy coverage

For the Discovery Channel, Shark Week, an annual week devoted to shark-related programming, is prime time for ratings and, supposedly,... More

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Required skimming: hipster food quarterlies

Celebrity chefs and ambitious home cooks—armed with instagram filters

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked your... More

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Q&A: Nicholas Jackson, founder of The First Bound

New website provides an “off the record” style chat about media with writers and editors

As a young writer Pacific Standard digital director Nicholas Jackson built his career through a time-honored tradition: cold-emailing editors. "I... 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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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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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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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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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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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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