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Original sin

The creation of email spam and its threat to the promise of the Internet

Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet By Finn Brunton The MIT Press 270 pages Hardcover $27.95 In April... More

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Unconventional wisdom

John Summers was wrong for most magazines; that made him perfect for The Baffler

Critical thinker John Summers, editor of The Baffler, has never been afraid to speak his mind. (Aditi Mehta) In... More

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Foreign news startup Worldcrunch looks to expand its impact

Kickstarter project would take deep dives into global development issues

There's been no shortage of hand-wringing, here and elsewhere, over the decline of foreign coverage in the digital age. With... More

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How do you cover a story that isn’t?

The world’s media are all over Watertown, but the story is gone

Update, April 21, 2013: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered on Friday night, hiding inside a boat in the backyard of a... More

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As Boston bombing story unfolds, a stellar showing from local TV

WBZ, WHDH deliver balanced, nuanced, comprehensive reporting amid a crisis

BOSTON, MA -- Last night was possibly the biggest, most confusing news night in Boston history. Around 5:15pm, the FBI... More

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Boston Phoenix, down in flames

The death of a stellar weekly

On Thursday afternoon, Boston Phoenix publisher Stephen Mindich announced that the 47-year-old alt-weekly would cease publication effective immediately. The past... More

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Fait inaccompli

Why the world failed to rebuild Haiti after the earthquake

On March 31, 2010, almost three months after an earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, the capital city of the poorest nation... More

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Must-reads of 2012: crime

Monsters, thugs, and hustlers

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. "18 Tigers, 17 Lions,... More

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A political documentary that defies convention

How’s Your News? takes a skewed perspective on Campaign 2012

It’s the second-to-last day of the 2012 Republican National Convention, and the How’s Your News? news team has Michele... More

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The future’s so bright …

How to save the world while paying people with beer and hugs

In early 2012, a musician named Amanda Palmer took to Kickstarter to ask her fans for $100,000. Palmer, a... More

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Rocky Mountain fever

Gene Fowler’s Timber Line celebrates the chicanery and showmanship of the original Denver Post

In the winter of 1907, Denver showed the rest of the nation how to fight a newspaper war. The... More

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‘Serious, point-of-view journalism’?

A look at the most ambitious conservative news organization you’ve never heard of

At 4:45 on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Kevin Palmer stands in the lobby of the Charlotte... More

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Stupid hat tricks

In which CJR’s Justin Peters wears a crown to the convention to see if he can get interviewed

CHARLOTTE — The DNC, like the RNC before it, is a locus for stupid hats. As the convention proceedings kicked... More

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Speeding up the factcheck cycle

The response to Paul Ryan’s misleading speech was swift and stern—except in the next morning’s front-page stories. Can journalists change that?

On Wednesday night, at the Republican National Convention, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan gave a speech that was eloquent, exciting,... More

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One last night on the outskirts in Tampa

Welsh cakes, a protest that wasn’t, and the rest of the scene from the RNC

This post has been updated. TAMPA — It's 6:30 p.m. on the final night of the Republican National Convention, and... More

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How ‘half true’ happens

Our correspondent sits in as PolitiFact editors rate Nikki Haley’s claim

TAMPA — “Perhaps if we all ignore PolitiFact, they'll eventually go away," went the lede of a Weekly Standard story... More

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A celebration of access in Tampa

Conventions are about getting in to the place worth being

TAMPA — It only took me two minutes to get kicked out of Liberty Plaza. Liberty Plaza, sponsored by various... More

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Old time, real time

What if Jessica Mitford had been on Twitter?*

*Mitford's tweets are actual quotes. More

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Required skimming: literary criticism

Keep abreast of what the bookish thinkers are thinking

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Blinded by the fight

In a new book on poverty in America, the authors’ lectures undercut their message

In 2009, reporter Chris Hedges and cartoonist Joe Sacco set out to capture the state of American desperation. Over the... 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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