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What it’s like to be a polygamy beat reporter

Salt Lake Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle on an evolving coverage area

Last Tuesday, The New York Times’ frontpage headline read “It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Many Wives.” That Joseph Smith married... More

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Connecting dissidents and journalists

Movements.org is shifting focus and already seeing results

One of the greatest obstacles to understanding authoritarian societies is that the dissidents within them have few outlets through which... More

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Must-reads of the week

Questions Bill Cosby is not asked, how the media frames Pope Francis, and tips on running a successful newsroom

Culled from CJR's own stories, plus the frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best... More

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How to run a successful newsroom

Tips for media managers looking to create a positive work culture

Liz Spayd: The highly-touted First Look Media seems to be thrashing in choppy waters lately. The most recent evidence... More

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Why ISIS coverage sounds familiar

The evolving narrative about a new terrorist threat is reminiscent of the Iraq War

In the months since ISIS beheaded two American journalists and released the video tapes for all the world to... More

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Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal

Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

A non-Catholic, casual news consumer might be forgiven for thinking that Pope Francis is pro-same-sex unions, pro-evolution, and anti-capitalism. Since... More

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Medium provides community, feedback for aspiring writer

A writer who lost out on Matter’s fellowship takes matters into his own hands

On Tuesday, Matter announced the six finalists for a new international reporting fellowship. In an experiment with crowdsourcing the fellowship... More

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Why activists increasingly focus on online media strategy

Buzz allows organizations to steer the media narrative without having to convince journalists that it’s a cause worth covering

In July, a video featuring various Lego characters went viral on social media, but the rigors endured by the plastic... More

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European Union journalists cross borders for story collaboration

Reporters are taking continent-wide investigations one step further

When Brigitte Alfter was the European Union correspondent in Brussels for a Danish newspaper a decade ago, the stories she... More

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Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions?

Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Photo credit: Associated Press You'd think that, in this TMZ-fueled age, movie and pop stars could do little that... More

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A look inside Guant√°namo Bay by Vice

The project is the first installation in a new series on prisons around the world

Since the first detainees were shipped to Guantánamo Bay in January 2002, media coverage of the US military prison... More

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Why did Iran imprison Jason Rezaian?

The Washington Post reporter has been inside Evin prison for more than three months

Everywhere he traveled in the world, Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian invited people to visit Iran, where he has lived... More

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How journalists can protect their digital information

Avoid risk by securing electronic devices

In the upcoming movie Rosewater, which tells the story of the 2009 arrest journalist Maziar Bahari, a laptop sits... More

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Gun Crisis Reporting Project and Homicide Watch DC stop service

Two startups aimed at reducing gun violence close

Between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in Philadelphia, seven people were shot and one man was killed. But with... More

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How polling data can be dangerous for political journalists

It’s often not as accurate as you’d think

The major political storyline emerging in the aftermath of Tuesday’s elections wasn’t that Republicans took control of the Senate... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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

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