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CPI staffs up to follow the money at the state level

New hires join center’s “Consider the Source” project

In the wake of the Citizens United case and other court rulings, there's an unprecedented amount of money sloshing around... More

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Networks lose two veteran science reporters

ABC News and NBC News say they will replace Potter and Bazell

Last month witnessed the retirement of two longtime science correspondents for network news, Ned Potter of ABC and Robert Bazell... More

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No more ‘illegal immigrants’ in AP stories

The AP hopes the change will lead to more accurate immigration coverage

On Tuesday, the AP announced that it will no longer use the term "illegal immigrant." In a blog post, Kathleen... More

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UN celebrates World Radio Day

Journalists and UN officials discuss why radio remains popular around the world

Wednesday, World Radio Day, marked the 67th anniversary of the United Nations's first broadcast--"This is the United Nations calling the... More

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Financial reporting, for pros and the public

A panel of top financial journalists consider their true audience

Do business journalists write for professional traders or for the general public? That was one of the main questions in... More

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USPS may start selling mag subscriptions

The Postal Service wants people to keep checking their mailboxes

Your next magazine subscription may well be purchased at the post office—the Postal Service could begin selling magazines directly to... More

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A reporter is fired; colleagues quit in protest

The Hudson Register-Star reporter refused to include information in his story

On November 8, Tom Casey, a reporter at the Hudson Register-Star, a community paper in upstate New York, wrote an... More

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Required skimming: higher education

As back-to-school time approaches, here’s how to stay educated about education

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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Gawker’s new comment system

Will it help or hurt the site’s young writers?

Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton recently introduced a new commenting system, called Kinja, on his network of websites. Rather than... More

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Anderson Cooper (finally) exits the closet [updated]

The CNN anchor announces he’s gay in a published email to Andrew Sullivan

Anderson Cooper’s sexual orientation has been something of an open secret for some time. But Monday morning, he finally came... More

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Award celebrates book-length journalism

The Helen Bernstein Award was accompanied by talk of investigative journalism’s future

Investigative journalists and their fans gathered at the New York Public Library’s flagship 42nd Street branch on Tuesday night to... More

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Politico goes for ‘fair and balanced’

And it succeeds, in the Fox News sense

Last week, Politico rocked the insidery world of political journalism with an article, written by executive editor Jim VandeHei and... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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