Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Last Update: Tue 6:50 AM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Anna Clark | Email the Author

gianteraser.jpg

Columbus Dispatch lets down readers by unpublishing story

The paper should have offered a clearer explanation—and it should set clear standards

DETROIT, MI — Each day, editors across the country make choices about what news is “fit to print.” But what... More

AP061005018587.jpg

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races

Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh

DETROIT, MI--Deceptive political ads are one thing. But how about deceptive ads that trade on the credibility of journalism? That's... More

gilbertsmall.jpg

Detroit’s Dan Gilbert and the ‘savior complex’

How do you cover a dominating figure in a struggling city without losing your skepticism?

Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert speaks at a news conference in Detroit in 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) DETROIT,... More

irspic.jpg

IRS controversy raises the question: What are the limits of the local angle?

Cincy paper delivered solid coverage, but “what we didn’t do is put a face on it locally”

DETROIT, MI — In May 2013, two weeks after investigative reporter James Pilcher returned to The Cincinnati Enquirer after a stint working for... More

metro.jpg

For Detroit’s alt-weekly, rising ambition and a few questionable decisions

Native ads can be OK—just be clear with readers, and please keep them off the cover!

DETROIT, MI — The Boston Phoenix closed up shop. The Village Voice is diminished by heavy layoffs and staff disquiet.... More

Walkerpoints.jpg

TNR’s Scott Walker cover story owed a deep debt to some great local reporting

What’s worse than parachute reporting? “Journalists that don’t even get on the damn plane.”

DETROIT, MI — It goes like this: a local reporter digs deep and turns out a substantive story. Then a... More

PinocchioCartoon.jpg

The Plain Dealer drops PolitiFact, but keeps on factchecking

Truth in Numbers feature brings reader ratings to the truth squad movement

DETROIT, MI — Josh Mandel didn’t just lose his 2012 bid to unseat Sherrod Brown and claim one of Ohio’s... More

CraigGilbert-thumb-174x121.jpg

America’s ‘most poli-sci friendly reporter’ delivered a classic—and readers responded

Craig Gilbert’s epic series showed how wonky political reporting can prosper on the Web

DETROIT, MI — An average time-on-page of nearly 17 minutes. Nearly 50,000 users and 100,000 pageviews, with more than 50... More

Closeddoormeeting.jpg

Private schools

As public university boards become increasingly opaque, reporters try to fight back

DETROIT, MI — In Ohio, Kent State University recently conducted a presidential search that was so secretive that search committee... More

PhiladelphiaPoliceAP.jpg

A fierce hunt for justice

Corruption, sexual assaults, and the cops who did it

They're a reporting duo who turned an acclaimed newspaper series into a new book, so the Woodward and Bernstein comparisons... More

StephenHenderson.jpg

How the Detroit Free Press won a Pulitzer for commentary

The paper put columns at the forefront of its coverage of the city’s bankruptcy

DETROIT, MI -- This might just be the newsiest city in America--and Stephen Henderson's job is to make sense of... More

Busted.jpg

Busted is a tale of police corruption—and of a newspaper on the edge

Philadelphia Daily News reporters turn Pulitzer-winning series into a new book

DETROIT, MI -- They're a reporter duo who have turned an acclaimed newspaper series into a new book, so the... More

buyguns.jpg

Existing restrictions on access to gun records? Not good enough, lawmakers say

Michigan lawmakers move to codify gun exemption even while strengthening FOIA law

DETROIT, MI -- The year of the Journal News backlash isn't over yet. When the suburban New York newspaper published... More

scottwalkerwisconsin.jpg

Will a new website deliver on Wisconsin’s promises about transparency?

OpenBook promises to let light in on state spending, but it’s a limited tool for now

DETROIT, MI -- As media watchdogs know all too well, it can be hard to get a handle on what's... More

plain_dealer_newsstand.jpg

Grief and grievances at The Plain Dealer

Advance’s paper in Cleveland is embroiled in a labor dispute as it charts a new digital path

DETROIT, MI -- Are the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the new Northeast Ohio Media Group two separate companies? Both are... More

plain_dealer_newsstand.jpg

‘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

searchforsources.jpg

Healthcare reporter ISO agenda-free source

CJR convened Midwestern journalists to discuss pitfalls, possibilities of covering the politicized ACA

DETROIT, MI -- Healthcare reporters are in a tricky spot. They may understand that covering the Affordable Care Act's insurance... More

Magnifying glass_AP_cropped.jpg.jpg

How a top investigative team makes its stories stick

Every newsroom wants coverage with impact. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows how it’s done

DETROIT, MI -- Among the old metro dailies, that battered flagship of American journalism, the most celebrated investigative newsroom in... More

DetroitBankruptcyProtest.jpg

How do you cover a bankrupt city?

Reporters from Detroit’s two dailies on chasing a “life-altering, precedent-setting” story

DETROIT, MI -- Is Detroit the newsiest city in America? You could make a case for it. Between the largest... More

AxisPhilly.jpg

AxisPhilly makes a splash. Can it last?

The young site made tax reporting engaging, even beautiful. For its next trick, it’s seeking a business model for local public-interest news

DETROIT, MI -- When the Online News Association announced the finalists for its 2013 awards recently, it may have raised... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

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!

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

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.