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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

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On the NSA, a White House credibility problem

The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims

On Friday, The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration had advance knowledge last year that the British government would... More

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Daily Caller editor doubles down on Menendez ‘scoop’

Until The Washington Post’s story that it was a Cuban plot is proven true, Tucker Carlson says, there is nothing to correct

When Tucker Carlson launched The Daily Caller in 2010, he told CJR that the site would produce serious journalism without... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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