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Like steam, ping-pong balls, and Omar Sharif

The media has an entertaining struggle trying to explain the Higgs boson

On Wednesday, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which runs the world’s largest particle accelerator and collider... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Breivik killed with joyous "battle cry": survivors—Reuters, 5/16/12 Escaped wallaby caught using huge fishing net—BBCNews.com, 4/13/12 Police: Dismembered woman lived... More

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D’oh!

Halo effect

Today’s video games are so sophisticated, and the shenanigans at the UN can be so sophomoric. Perhaps that’s why,... More

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The best kickers of the week

At the close of a week surely inspired by Dante's Inferno, here are our picks for the week's coolest endings.... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Mother arrested after drowning —Houston Chronicle, 10/18/11 173 animals seized; 2 face cruelty charges —Bellingham (WA) World, 9/23/11 La. chimpanzees... More

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Open Bar

The Press Room

Year opened 1995 Owner James “Raff” Rafferty (born in Manchester, England) Distinguishing features Next door to the Santa Barbara... More

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Darts and Laurels

Not going the distance

Much ado… On March 21, The Orange County Register published a blog post, based on the sworn affidavit of... More

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Hard Numbers

Retracting “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory”

888,000 downloads of “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,” the January 6 This American Life episode based on Mike Daisey’s... More

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How I got that story

RealRural

In March 2011, Lisa M. Hamilton, a writer and photographer, began a series of road trips around rural California.... More

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Poynter chat: How to mine TV stations’ political files

Under a new FCC rule, data on campaign ad buys is going online. What’s next?

CJR has been writing since late last year about a proposed FCC rule that would require local TV stations to... More

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Notes from our Online Readers

Readers weigh in on Ron Howell’s “The New York Times Goes to the Dogs”

In a March piece, Ron Howell wrote about the increase in stories about dogs in The New York Times since... More

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Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our March/April issue

Patch work Excellent piece (“The constant gardener” by Sean Roach, CJR, March/April), and even though I didn’t join Patch until... More

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3 things big media can do to save independent journalism

This is adapted from Rebecca MacKinnon’s 2012 Hearst New Media Lecture, given at Columbia’s J-school on April 19

By advocating Internet access that is open, interconnected, and neutral—which is not what's happening now—Rebecca MacKinnon argues that big media... More

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Opening Shot

The Instagram campaign

Every presidential campaign produces its share of iconic images, but never before have we been able to see trail... More

The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Army School Suspends Female Head—The New York Times 12/15/11 Trusty #Ows medics tend to pepper spray victims. pic.twitter.com/AfT6vnTC—NYC General Assembly... More

Darts and Laurels

So much hot air

In January, as earthlings awaited the largest solar radiation storm in seven years, news headlines had a Cowboys-and-Aliens feel:... More

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The Red Carpet Lounge

Year opened 1976 Distinguishing features Red carpet, of course, and booths, plus five video-lottery machines. Thursday is Steak Night: $14 for... More

Inspecting Local TV’s “Public Inspection Files”

CJR explores the filing cabinets in five states

Regular readers may recall that a few months ago, CJR published a pair of columns by Steven Waldman—the lead author... More

Shelf Life of…

A Mort Zuckerman editor

The news that Kevin Convey was out as editor of the New York Daily News after less than 24 months,... More

Notes from our Online Readers

Readers weigh in on Gordon’s “Gender Imbalance on the Campaign Trail,” and Fahy’s “Media Made Hawking Famous.”

When so many voters are women, why do male reporters outnumber female reporters two to one? Meryl Gordon explores that... More

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

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

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.

Bloggingheads

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

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