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Connecting dissidents and journalists

Movements.org is shifting focus and already seeing results

One of the greatest obstacles to understanding authoritarian societies is that the dissidents within them have few outlets through which... More

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J-school students build skills to cover data-driven political campaigns

New York Times’ Derek Willis offers guidance to student journalists in West Virginia

As political campaigns become more and more data-driven and analytically sophisticated, driven by computing power, proprietary data, and deep pockets,... More

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What’s next for David Plotz?

The former editor of Slate charts a new path

In July, David Plotz announced that he would be ending his six-year tenure as editor of Slate. Plotz, who... More

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On CNN International, the ‘news’ isn’t always the news

The network has a tangle of autocratic sponsors and too often a blind eye to inconvenient facts

Last June, CNN business reporter Richard Quest interviewed the CEO of the state-owned Qatar Airways about the recently opened Hamad... More

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In all the goodbyes, media didn’t catch why Jeter will be missed

The shortstop had plenty of positive attention thanks to an absent third baseman.

From the perspective of the New York Yankees' marketing department, it is lucky that Alex Rodriguez spent the final season... More

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Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN

Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

"Don't get fired, Bill." That's Jalen Rose's maxim, repeated whenever he sees Bill Simmons, his ESPN colleague and periodical podcast... More

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Sports media will rank just about anything

From the best advice offered to Johnny Manziel to the most-watchable NBA teams

Unlike the soccer-loving socialists populating Europe and Latin America, Americans demand hierarchy from our sports. Outside of the occasional football... More

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Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group?

Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

The idea that the press has not done a good job of explaining the role of religion in Islamic extremism... More

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What embedding the Ray Rice video reveals about news judgment

Some media outlets run graphic images of domestic violence

That there is no Golden Rule guiding editors who must decide whether to publish graphic images has never been more... More

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The New York Times criticized for Michael Brown profile

But the profile of Darren Wilson, the cop who shot the 18-year-old, has largely been neglected by internet commenters

  This morning, The New York Times published an A1 profile of Michael Brown to coincide with his burial. Written... More

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To publish or not: James Foley video spotlights media’s tough call

Remnick, Baquet and other editors discuss their decisions about when to publish disturbing images

The obvious implication of The New York Times' famous motto that its pages contain "All the News That's Fit to... 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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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

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Libya, a country under-covered

English-language coverage of Libya has diminished since the death of Muammar al-Gaddafi

Starting in February 2011, as protests in Benghazi evolved into a nationwide insurrection and civil war, both staff and freelance... More

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Required skimming: Syria and Egypt

Keeping informed on two major conflicts

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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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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