The Register deserves a LAUREL for hammering a forgotten story until the government finally did its job, but Brubaker’s statement underscores a significant problem in journalism. The fact that the tragedy of Atalissa was allowed to continue for thirty years after it was exposed is an indictment not just of government regulators but also of the media’s propensity to move relentlessly on to the next story, to fire a single bullet at massive, complex problems and consider the job done. This tendency is exacerbated in an era of shrinking newsroom resources and ambitions that erode an outlet’s institutional memory and make it even less likely that reporters will have the time and mandate to tackle these kinds of stories in the first place, let alone stick with them once they have. For that we bestow a DART, not to the Register but to the kind of ephemeral thinking and processes that infect newsrooms nationwide. We hope that this tale from Iowa—both cautionary and inspirational—prompts a thorough scouring of newspaper morgues everywhere. There are bound to be other Atalissas.
Darts and Laurels
06:00 AM - March 25, 2010
Darts and Laurels
A paper in the Midwest exposes a scandal. Thirty years later, it does it again.
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
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”
“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”
“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”
“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.
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