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Covering the Knicks? Good luck

The team’s public relations staff appears to restrict access

New York Knicks basketball player Carmelo Anthony talks to reporters after practice. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) "The only thing worse... More

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Watch out for Bellingcat

Former blogger Brown Moses is trying to build his own type of investigative news operation

In November 2013, The New Yorker’s Patrick Radden Keefe called Eliot Higgins, an unemployed man from Leicester, England, “perhaps the... More

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The missing Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Telling the full story of a massacre, and striking a blow for free speech, should trump major news outlets’ concern about offending Muslims

Wednesday was not the first time the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo was punished for making fun of Islam and... More

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Boosting Bloomberg’s ‘shares’

Joe Weisenthal on what he learned at Business Insider, his love for charts, and his new job

In October, Bloomberg hired Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal amid a wave of high-profile additions to its newsroom. At Business... More

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Why sportswriters are questioning football

It’s getting harder to cover the NFL without noting criticism

Photo credit: Associated Press A few days before Thanksgiving, Grantland's Bill Barnwell wrote a column that, at first glance,... More

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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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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