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Michael Jackson’s death is a questionable news peg

The King of Pop died five years ago, and outlets are scraping to say something about the anniversary

Coverage was...interesting...on Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Since there's nothing to cover, so to speak--no new news... More

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Post Abramson, women in journalism push for pay transparency

A firing leads to an industry discussion

Part of what reportedly led to Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of The New York Times, being fired... More

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Tina Brown’s glossy feminism

If only Tina Brown had been a feminist throughout her media career, rather than now that it’s fashionable

In the program booklet for Tina Brown's fifth annual Women in the World summit, which took place this past weekend... More

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Data invasion

Julia Angwin’s journey to the depths of data

Recently, a friend sent me an email with the subject, "Twitter targeted me with this ad." The body of his... More

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A new Web series from PBS Digital Studios mocks its own conventions

“Everything but the News” is a mockumentary with real information on the tech world

A sly Web series that pokes fun at the conventions of news shows like the PBS NewsHour is the newest... More

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The Daily Beast suggests Philip Seymour Hoffman should’ve kicked addiction with fatherhood

The piece neglects to incorporate how addiction works

In December, CJR took Daily Beast Columnist Michael Daly to task for publishing a "notable exception" to otherwise responsible media... More

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Finding truth when reporting on disasters

A new handbook offers guidelines from relevant experts

The European Journalism Centre has released a guide for journalists that codifies best practices for verifying digital content while reporting... More

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Journalism shafted in NSA speech

The only acceptable narrative is the one the president chooses

President Obama's surveillance speech Friday morning, presumably aiming to reassure the American and global publics that the US government respects... More

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Newtown isn’t the book the tragedy deserves

A superficial book recounting the school shooting was pegged to its one-year anniversary

It's not surprising or controversial when large events come with product tie-ins--commemorative Olympics swag and the like. But attempting to... More

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A misleading image

The New York Times’ lead photo Wednesday sparked debate for what it revealed, but it was a mistake for what it obscured

It was something of a shock to open my parents' New York Times this morning and see, stretching across four... More

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Obama’s broken promises on transparency

The Committee to Protect Journalists released its first comprehensive report on US press freedom

Since 2009, the Obama administration has prosecuted more people as whistleblowers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all former presidents... More

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When ‘having it all’ misses the point

A new book by the president of Barnard College argues that the goal of feminism was never to make women’s lives untenable

The question of whether women can "have it all" has been the source of many a polemic. The discussion is... More

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Against the Riptide

Rather than simply criticize a report’s omissions, two journalists plan to create their own complementary version

Dear Leaders of Journalism: I cannot recommend highly enough that you start talking to people outside your circles. #riptide #silos—... More

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Piano man

In Guardian Editor in Chief Alan Rusbridger’s new book, he struggles to practice as the news cycle quickens

In 18 months spanning 2010 and 2011, Guardian editor in chief Alan Rusbridger decided to conquer Chopin's Ballade No. 1... More

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Required skimming: yoga blogs

Get your om on

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of... More

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Required skimming: ladyblogs

No mansplainers here

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of... More

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Some background on Patch

Patch is reportedly laying off as many as 500 employees on Friday. Last year, CJR covered the company’s early days

Top brass at AOL's hyperlocal network, Patch, have been saying since at least the beginning of 2013 that they aim... More

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On mammograms, Slate drops the ball

From its subhead on, Wednesday’s piece on “fixing” mammography misleads readers

I was optimistic that the publication of Peggy Orenstein's fabulous New York Times Magazine piece on pinkwashing and the dysfunction... More

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Legacy media musical chairs

Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post, and that’s just Monday’s media sale announcement

What a weekend. The news that the New York Times Company-owned Boston Globe was sold to Red Sox owner John... More

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Required skimming: digital longreads

Engrossing stories on any platform

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

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

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