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Don’t posit ‘what women think’ without quoting any

Coverage of Ann Romney’s RNC speech said she connected with women, but no female voices in the stories verified the claim

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Immediately after Ann Romney’s speech... More

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Akin was wrong

And journalists should’ve said so from the get-go, rather than simply reporting his comment

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. One of the biggest surprises... More

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The media’s ‘happily ever after’

Why are women like Jennifer Aniston portrayed as sad and lonely if they aren’t married?

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Jennifer Aniston is one of... More

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The Olympics’s women coverage

It should be about female athletes’ achievements, but it’s often more focused on their chromosomes

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Gender issues were threaded throughout... More

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Coming out posthumously

Sally Ride and questions of how to memorialize semi-closeted public figures

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. In the first obituaries about... More

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In Joe Willams’s firing, questions of race

Would the former Politico reporter have been dismissed for his comments if he were white?

In America, talk about race is complex and fraught with danger. It is easy for people of good will to... More

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Covering the ‘ex-gay’ movement

An influential organization changed its stance on reparative therapy. What will this mean for media coverage?

In her new column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Recently Alan Chambers, president... 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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