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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

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TNR asks the big journalism question

When news breaks, does the source or the viral aggregator deserve the clicks?

Over at The New Republic, Marc Tracy offers a helpful peek into how an ignorant Fox News interview--a religion scholar... More

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Nate Silver’s next steps

At ESPN, he’s going to build his brand into a staffed site

Nate Silver's move from The New York Times to ESPN is turning the reporter-statistician into the editor in chief of... More

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On the job

Strong finish

Shortly before 3pm on April 15, Boston Globe reporter Michael Rezendes was in the home stretch of his seventh... More

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Frontline Freelance Register aims to keep conflict freelancers safer

The US arm of a new group to protect warzone freelancers launched Wednesday

Being a warzone freelancer is risky: They are underpaid; insurance is unaffordable; there's no support for reporters who get kidnapped... More

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When some Maine papers call the capitol, there’s no comment

The governor’s office thinks the state’s largest media company does unfair coverage, so officials there will no longer respond to its reporters

The office of Maine Governor Paul LePage will no longer respond to queries from the state's largest media company, announced... More

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Pew report: digital nonprofits optimistic

The numbers are discouraging, but journalists maintain that their outlets will succeed

Despite rather grim numbers, staffers at digital news nonprofits are optimistic about the future of their outlets, according to a... More

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Beholding thinspiration

Slate’s decision to publish an image of a recovering anorexic is problematic

In the latest post on its Behold photo blog, Slate waded into ongoing debates around "thinspo"--pro-anorexia imagery posted to foster... More

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Local reporting at its grandest

When the weather warms up, oddities emerge

The local news in Florida is likely full of "truth is stranger than fiction" tales all year round because it's... More

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After Sandy Hook

A daylong symposium addressed covering trauma, from breaking news through its aftermath

Longtime Hartford Courant reporter Bill Leukhardt lives in Danbury, the town adjacent to Newtown, CT. So on December 14, when... More

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The Dish’s progress, so far

At paidContent Live, Andrew Sullivan offered an update on his efforts to turn his blog into a reader-sponsored business

Andrew Sullivan announced in January that he was taking his blog, The Dish, from its home at The Daily Beast... More

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On Tumblr abandoning in-house editorial

CEO David Karp speaks about his decision to eliminate Storyboard staff

Last week, Tumblr CEO David Karp announced the company was dissolving Storyboard, the editorial staff it had hired a year... More

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College rejection clickbait

It was irresponsible for the WSJ to let a teen create a search history she could end up regretting

So this piece has been making the rounds since Monday. It's on op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by high... More

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Reporting on trauma

It’s a necessary beat—one that should be done with care

In the wake of widespread criticism of the media's reporting on rapes in Steubenville, OH, and Torrington, CT, it could... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 25, 1934

Gloria Steinem is born in Toledo, OH

Gloria Steinem, journalist-turned-feminist icon and a cofounder of Ms. magazine, was born 79 years ago today in Toledo, OH. Ms.... More

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Fashion critics defend their craft

At a panel Tuesday night, three noted journalists spoke to the importance of covering the fashion industry

Fashion critics encounter naysayers about their beat in every direction. It's not serious; it's elitist; it's a fluffy, feminine topic.... More

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Post Newtown, AP adds ‘mental illness’ entry

Guidelines warn against conflating mental illness and violence

After Adam Lanza killed 20 children on December 14, a host of subsequent coverage of the Newtown, CT, massacre focused... More

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Paying for freelance journalism

An email correspondence between a freelancer and an editor has ignited a widespread discussion in the business

On Monday, journalist Nate Thayer published email correspondence with an Atlantic editor. She asked if he would shorten one of... More

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On leaning in

Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, out on March 11, has already provoked much argument

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is an idealist, or at least an optimist. Lean In, her charming, self-deprecating book that lands... More

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The AP’s (digital) news standards

The outlet verifies and sources all social media-based information

On Tuesday night, at the Associated Press headquarters on far West 33rd Street, Muck Rack and the AP hosted a... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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