Friday, January 30, 2015. Last Update: Thu 4:36 PM EST

Culture

carmeloanthonythumb.jpg

Covering the Knicks? Good luck

The team’s public relations staff appears to restrict access

New York Knicks basketball player Carmelo Anthony talks to reporters after practice. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) "The only thing worse... More

priorfothumb.jpeg

In between ‘before’ and ‘after’

Think before you speak

Today, we're going to discuss "prior to" and "following," in the hopes that some people will realize they are not... More

hyphenthumg.jpg

Is it now-defunct or now defunct?

Examining whether or not you should use a hyphen for this journalism mannerism

The new general manager of the New York Jets "was a league scout in the American offices of the now-defunct... More

AP05101405805 copy.jpg

The history of ‘nightmare’

The ‘mare’ has many meanings

People awakening from a "nightmare" often have the sensation that they can't breathe. Not surprising: That's where the word "nightmare"... More

Thesaurusmerril.jpg

A glut of spates and slews

The New York Times might want to invest in a thesaurus

In just a week, The New York Times discussed how "Indonesia has seen a spate of deadly attacks by Muslim... More

EEEthumb.jpeg

Entree, entry, or entrée?

If you’re going to use it, say it right

Pronunciation sometimes makes the word. If someone has taken a bit part in a movie, one might say she got... More

NFLthumb.jpg

Why sportswriters are questioning football

It’s getting harder to cover the NFL without noting criticism

Photo credit: Associated Press A few days before Thanksgiving, Grantland's Bill Barnwell wrote a column that, at first glance,... More

oed copy.jpg

The Oxford English Dictionary adds words

Read up on the December updates

Four times a year, the venerable Oxford English Dictionary releases a list of words it has added, revised, or otherwise... More

recite-15058-719923087-6vp3h7.png

Understanding acronyms

But LOL is a bit of a mystery

A news columnist, Reg Henry, recently assailed what he called "the attack of the killer acronyms," which, he said, are... More

moon.jpg

The moon’s unusual names

It’s not all waxing and waning

The moon, like many children, goes through phases. And, just as children's phases have names ("terrible twos," puberty, etc. )... More

colon.png

How to use the colon

Understand its usage once and for all

The colon is one of the most versatile punctuation marks (and organs). We use it to mark time (he arrived... More

glasshalffull.jpg

The role of ‘in’ vs. ‘on’ for a popular phrase

You don’t know the behalf of it

Did you know that there's a difference between acting "on behalf of" something and "in behalf of" something? Didn't think... More

water.jpg

Capitalize this

What the upper case means for the folk phrase: “If the good Lord’s willing and the creek don’t rise”

If you read a historical document, like the Declaration of Independence, you'll notice the capitalization of lot of words we... More

fish.jpg

Getting to know a ‘monger’

The wares of this word are sometimes fish, and sometimes just smell

This week, many people may be worried about the "fear-mongering" around Ebola. Others may wonder which "rumor-mongering" politician to vote... More

toddgurley.jpg

As long as the NCAA refuses to pay players, journalists need to cover it more critically

Why are major outlets devoting resources to investigate an organization with out-of-date rules?

University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley, once a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, was suspended by the NCAA for four games... 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

  • 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.