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Transparency Watch: A Closed Door

From the EPA to NASA, the FDA to OSHA, President Obama has failed to make science accessible

n July 2009, just months after President Obama took office promising to revolutionize government transparency, leaders of the Society of... More

Fade to Black

As a video revolution sweeps the world, US television news caps its lens

or the first time in history, mankind is developing a universal language: video. People now communicate with video on... More

Along Recession Road

Meet some of the people who are falling out of the American middle class

To earn rent money, a laid-off single mother in Moulton, Alabama, has a yard sale. She parts with the bed... More

All the President’s Pundits

When the White House tries to shape, seduce, and spin, what’s a journalist to do?

n a Thursday evening this past May, Eliot Spitzer, hosting his now-cancelled CNN show, lobbed a chummy question to... More

John Paton’s Big Bet

Will “Digital First” bring home the bacon?

Update: On July 14, 2011, Journal Register Company announced that it had been purchased by Alden Global Capital for... More

The Great Right Hype

Tucker Carlson and his Daily Caller

hen Tucker Carlson took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2009, he opened by inviting... More

The Not-So-Great Migration

From the black press to the mainstream—and back again

t started as a trickle. Sylvester Monroe resigned in 2006 as Sunday national editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and, two... More

Anybody There?

Why the UK’s phone-hacking scandal met media silence

On Thursday, July 7, James Murdoch announced that, in the wake of the paper's escalating phone-hacking scandal, the 168-year-old... More

Covering Obama’s Secret War

When drones strike, key questions go unasked and unanswered

n the spring of 2009, New York Times reporter David Rohde was being held captive by Taliban gunmen in a... More

True Enough

The second age of PR

he Gulf oil spill was 2010’s biggest story, so when David Barstow walked into a Houston hotel for last... More

The Cancer Report

Journalists who wrote on—and through—their disease

ollowers of Leroy Sievers’s “My Cancer” blog knew its expected end approached when Sievers published an entry titled “The... More

Unnecessary Secrets

Opening government, from Ellsberg to Manning

ack in 1999—simpler times, perhaps—there was a little-noticed brouhaha in federal court over an effort to get several secret... More

CJR Column Mentions The Simpsons

A second look at SEO

n the beginning was the word—and the headline writer, who worshipped at the church of the active verb alongside... More

The Fixer

Meet Greg Scott, your guide to Junkieville

reg Scott is a fixer. In Chicago, where Scott plies his trade, the title is traditionally tapped for the slick... More

Open Mic

A popular radio host tests press restrictions in Azerbaijan

hadija Ismayilova commands an audience. It’s the first thing you notice about her, in a country ruled overwhelmingly by men,... 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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