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The Washington Post takes on Rand Paul

How the newspaper pushed back on a senator’s criticism

On Monday, The Washington Post analyzed the evolution of some of Sen. Rand Paul’s policy positions — flip-flops — in... More

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Is the US ‘going to war’ against ISIS? The answer matters

A war of words between the Obama administration and the press

The media didn’t buy the terminology President Barack Obama was selling Wednesday night, when he outlined a “comprehensive and... More

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After James Foley: News leaders divided on how to handle kidnapped reporters

Split on full display at Columbia Journalism School panel discussion

The murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff ignited fierce debate over how to react when a reporter is kidnapped.... More

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Why hiring Benny Johnson is a smart play for National Review

The serial plagiarist could help the rightwing magazine go viral in a crowded conservative market

It comes as no surprise that National Review hired Benny Johnson, BuzzFeed’s former viral politics editor who was fired in... More

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Must-reads of the week

“I Fucking Love Science,” a reporter who got close to the CIA, and the rekindled rivalry between two newspaper giants

It was a busy week in the media world. Journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by an ISIS captor, making him... More

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How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story

Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

On August 26, Fox’s Megyn Kelly aired a four-minute segment on an Indiana University project called Truthy, declaring sarcastically, “Some... More

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The Boston Globe launches Crux to draw a global, Catholic audience

With 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, the metro newspaper hopes a single-issue Catholicism site will help it reach the promised land

The religion of journalism has always found believers in Boston. The same goes for Catholicism. No small wonder, then, why... More

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How robots consumed journalism

A look back in time reveals machines have long been after news jobs

1770s Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz builds “The Writer,” a 6,000-part automated doll that could be mechanically programmed to write with... More

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4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news

The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

It’s not often that news broadcasters warn audiences of how boring a subject is before jumping into a 13-minute segment... More

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Why local media struggle covering sports stadium construction

Local news organizations often support the home team, despite huge public costs of keeping them in town

The word of the National Football League commissioner is not law. But the opening line of a 2,300-word piece in... More

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Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical

Obama defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

In a news conference Thursday addressing the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and resulting unrest in Ferguson, MO, President Barack... More

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Did a spy agency screw The Intercept?

For better and for worse, trust is key to coverage of the national security beat

Predicated on mutual trust, the relationship between reporters and the intelligence community has become increasingly fraught in recent years. The... More

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How a new Washington stifles a new political press

As political PR machines become more sophisticated and aggressive, journalists need to rethink how they cover government

The video featured all the trappings of a heartwarming human interest piece: uplifting piano music, a hometown angle, and a... More

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Bill Keller-led Marshall Project gives readers a ‘sneak preview’

The criminal justice nonprofit cross-published its first story in The Washington Post on Monday

The Marshall Project published its first piece Monday, revisiting the story of a 2004 Texas execution that The New Yorker... More

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Jobs day is a party on Twitter

Financial journalists on Twitter have a monthly feeding frenzy when the government releases its jobs report

Look no further than Twitter around 8:30 am on the first Friday of each month to watch the media echo... More

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In a tabloidized world, tabloids struggle

With dwindling newsstand sales and fierce competition for viral stories online, the New York tabloids are forced to recalibrate

Pranksters’ mysterious swap of American flags for white banners on the Brooklyn Bridge last week seemed made for tabloid glory.... More

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Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit

BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

At least four journalists and a writer have been ordered to hand over documents to attorneys representing the largest manufacturer... More

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Must-reads of the week

Bloomberg struggles to find direction, the Times is accused of anti-Israel bias, and the New Yorker opens its archives to the public

Culled from CJR's own stories, plus the frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best... More

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Twitter and factchecking don’t mix during debates

Though Twitter provides real-time opportunities to hold candidates accountable during debates, factchecking on the quick isn’t as easy as it looks

Mitt Romney’s assertion in the first 2012 presidential debate - that Obamacare was a government takeover of the healthcare industry... More

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6 Wikipedia edits made from Capitol Hill

A new Twitter bot records anonymous changes, ranging from serious to mundane, made on computers in Congress

Congressional approval ratings are near all-time lows. Policy issues have taken a back seat on the campaign trail, special interests... 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


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!

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

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