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Spellbound

Grammatically incorrect pop culture

In between National Grammar Day and the national conference of the American Copy Editors Society, let us lament that "popular... More

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Lethal immigration

In Mirta Ojito’s latest book, a notorious hate crime gains context and analysis

One Saturday night in November 2008, after drinking a few beers and joshing around with their friends, seven high-school boys... More

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What’s mine is yours

Joint possession

Happy National Grammar Day! The silence in the place of cheers is deafening. Grammar is a boring, regimented set of... More

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Language Corner

Naming rights

What do you call a revue of dancing soldiers? A "troupe" of "troops," of course. That was kind of a... More

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The cunning of one letter

And the power of media to change the course of history

In 1987, David Hoffman walked down the dark, sterile halls of the Kremlin with a letter in his breast pocket... More

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Brief encounters

Short reviews of Deadly Censorship and The Loudest Voice in the Room

Deadly Censorship: Murder, Honor and Freedom of the Press | By James Lowell Underwood | The University of South Carolina... More

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Data invasion

Julia Angwin’s journey to the depths of data

Recently, a friend sent me an email with the subject, "Twitter targeted me with this ad." The body of his... More

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Wrong turns

Keeping readers off the “garden path”

Sentences have destinations, the place you want your readers to go to absorb the information you're delivering. Most are simple:... More

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The Olympics are the closest to coverage parity female athletes get

Normally, the US sports media spends—if we’re being generous—less than 5 percent of its time covering women in sports

For every Olympics since 1994's Lillehammer Games, Andy Billings has broken down how much time the primetime broadcast spends covering... More

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Like-minded

A message gone awry

"Do your homework," a parent might say to a child, "or you won't get into Harvard." A typical response might... More

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Wishful thinking

On using the subjunctive

Many people make New Year's resolutions to start diets, saying, "I wish I were thinner." Six weeks later, many are... More

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Upsides to ‘I’

Four journalists make the much-maligned first-person into a strong storytelling tool

When Stephanie Hanes set out to write her first, forthcoming book, about an environmental project in Mozambique funded by a... More

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Word choice and reader knowledge

Journalists should write with vocabulary most readers possess

We use words because they articulate what we want or need to say (we hope). But how do you know... More

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Pity the sportswriter

As the Super Bowl approaches, remember: Sportswriters may well have the hardest job in journalism

It's blasphemous, I know, but being a sportswriter is one of the hardest--if not the trickiest--jobs in journalism. I'll be... More

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Since when?

Using a substitute for ‘because’

Since teaching grammar to children is so challenging, teachers often resort to "rules," using memory tricks to hammer them home.... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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