Friday, November 21, 2014. Last Update: Fri 12:16 PM EST

Behind the News

berry.JPG

The Plain Dealer columnist who knew Amanda Berry’s mother

“Imagine the worst day of your life and then repeat it every day for three years. That’s how she lived. Until she died.”

Needless to say, the kidnapping case in Cleveland has garnered a ton of media attention now that the three women... More

warrenbuffett.jpg

Stories I’d like to see

The compensation racket, Al Jazeera’s plans, and Boston health costs

In his "Stories I'd Like to See" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

JamesFoley_0712_011.jpg

Finding James Foley

GlobalPost tracked down its missing reporter in Syria—now to bring him home

After 162 days with no information about his whereabouts, GlobalPost announced Friday that James Foley, an American journalist who went... More

Indonesia_map.jpg

Inside the Indonesian Newsroom:
the good, the bad, the hopeful

A survey provides a new snapshot

Indonesia remains a nation in flux. So, too, its journalism. Fifteen years after the country's long-time strongman and president,... More

egyptindependent.jpg

In the Egypt Independent’s closure, an end of a beginning

The paper was a symbol of Egypt’s new freedom of the press, which appears to be diminishing

Like many things in Egypt these days, the fight to save the Egypt Independent from termination went viral almost instantly.... More

newtown.jpg

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

keysicon.jpg

Exit Interview: Matthew Keys

What’s next for Reuters’s indicted former deputy social media editor?

It's been a rough month and a half for Matthew Keys. In March, Reuters's now-former deputy social media editor was... More

securitycamera.jpg

Stories I’d like to see

Lawsuits from tragedy, ubiquitous security cameras, and IRS torpor

In his "Stories I'd Like to See" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

bombing.jpg

In defense of scoops

Their reputation took a beating in Boston, but there are reasons to value the news scoop, and they go beyond ego and institutional pride

The press services standardize the main events; it is only once in a while that a great scoop is... More

localoreicon.jpg

Localore’s ‘new media life-forms’

The latest results of AIR’s initiative to show public broadcasters what’s possible

Since 2007, the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), a 25-year-old professional networking group, has been trying to figure out... More

bostonmanhunt.jpg

Boston cops: Don’t reveal our tactics, please

Most journalists comply with ‘war zone’ request

At 8:52am today, the official Boston Police Twitter feed posted this message: "#MediaAlert: WARNING: Do Not Compromise Officer Safety by... More

laurelhomepage.jpg

As Boston bombing story unfolds, a stellar showing from local TV

WBZ, WHDH deliver balanced, nuanced, comprehensive reporting amid a crisis

BOSTON, MA -- Last night was possibly the biggest, most confusing news night in Boston history. Around 5:15pm, the FBI... More

sunsentinel.jpg

Pulitzer surprise: the Sun Sentinel’s rise to a gold medal

How a dark-horse series on police speeding won for public service

In this year's American Society of News Editors, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and Scripps Howard competitions, Fort Lauderdale's Sun Sentinel... More

newyorktimes.jpg

Stories I’d like to see

A New York Times home run, piggyback journalism, and hospital TV ads

In his weekly "Stories I'd Like to See" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

bostonmarathon.jpg

In Boston coverage, avoid the ‘t’ word

Some media outlets have been too quick to deem the marathon explosions “terrorism”

The twin blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday--which killed at least three people and injured dozens of others--were... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

On the ground in Aleppo (Syria Deeply)

Francesca Borri on reporting from a razed city

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.