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False idol

The scrooge of ‘digital correctness’

For a Delacorte Lecture I gave in 2012, I described what I viewed as a headlong rush toward digital... More

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The back door

How a hacker helped ProPublica expose Russia’s secret infusion of cash to the embattled Syrian government

In November 2012, the investigative news site ProPublica published a two-part story that added an important new dimension to... More

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The king of content

How Upworthy aims to alter the Web, and could end up altering the world

In the summer of 2010, a conservative talk show host named Michael Graham scheduled a pit stop on his tour... More

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Part of the club

Voice of San Diego’s membership model has once again earned the organization a place in the national spotlight. If the model succeeds in San Diego, can it succeed elsewhere?

All join in In return for their membership in Voice of San Diego, local residents are invited to attend... More

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Bloomberg’s folly

The backstory is about to be told

For foreign correspondents in China, breaking stories that the censored Chinese press can't touch has long been a core... More

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The 10th anniversary of a photo that changed the Iraq War

An image from Fallujah and its consequences

Khalid Mohammed, a photographer for the Associated Press, took a picture 10 years ago of two charred American bodies... More

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The light in Beirut

Up against a wall, waiting to die on a late afternoon in August 1982, a journalist’s life stops and then starts over

This story is being co-published by CJR and by The Big Roundtable, a new digital home for narrative journalism.... More

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Going viral

How to make content sharable

"What makes something go viral?" That has become the $64,000 question among journalists. Ask 10 different publishers and you'll get... More

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And from the left…Fox News

There’s more to Fox News’ strategy of hiring liberals than creating a public boxing match

On a Friday night in January, Bill Maher made an off-kilter joke about mass shootings. By the following Monday,... More

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How dry I am

The most fundamental element of life is water. So why aren’t newsrooms covering it like a beat?

My article on the most important document in the recent and turbulent history of water in Texas opened in... More

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Dancing with Hollywood

A new rash of award-winning films owe credit to the journalists who unearthed the original plots

Martin Sixsmith spent four years helping an Irishwoman track down the son she had been forced to give up... More

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Ring of fire

As concussion controversy rages, boxing writers look in the mirror

In the span of two weeks last fall, two prizefighters went to the hospital after their bouts. Francisco Leal,... More

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Game change

In 20 years, football may look very different from the sport we know today. Will the fans, and the media, care?

Two thousand thirteen was an annus horribilis for the National Football League. Its signature event, the Super Bowl, was subjected... More

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Media darling

Malala Yousafzai’s long and delicate dance with the press

In 2009, The New York Times posted a two-part documentary on its website about Pakistan's battle against Taliban militants.... More

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Almost famous

Can a star-studded documentary series make people care about climate change?

Last September CJR's Alexis Sobel Fitts trailed a documentary crew through Seattle as they filmed, Years of Living Dangerously,... 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


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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