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November/December 2014

Articles

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Feature

When scams make headlines

What should news outlets do when it becomes clear they’ve treated scams as legitimate stories?

On September 15, 2011, executives of Arevenca, an Aruba-based oil company, and Avic Xac, a Chinese state aircraft company, signed... More

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On the Job

Embedding with a homeless family

Joe Amon of The Denver Post talks about his experience

Every morning, Peggy Monroe scours the skin of her six children for bedbugs. When she finds one, she pinches... More

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Feature

Ferguson before #Ferguson

Behind every Michael Brown is a story of structural racism waiting to be told

The idea was to have difficult conversations. It was 2011, and I had sold my bosses at WYPR, Baltimore's... More

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Feature

Is Ari Melber the future of cable-news anchors?

The MSNBC rising star is a lawyer-turned-journalist who wants to solve problems, not shout about them

On a Wednesday afternoon in late July, during his regular show on MSNBC, Ari Melber gestured across the table... More

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Feature

How the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affected journalists

Last summer’s Gaza war pushed reporters to their mental and physical limits

Tyler Hicks, a photojournalist for The New York Times, was sitting in his hotel room in Gaza last summer... More

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Reports

The case for Huffington Post’s crowdfunded reporting job

Let the people pay

When the Huffington Post announced it would crowdfund a one-year reporting fellowship to cover the aftermath of teenager Michael Brown's... More

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Cover Story

Should journalism worry about content marketing?

Corporate brands now compete for audience with an aggressive storytelling strategy

At a glance, the Daily Growl could be any morning news meeting held in the "win the internet through... More

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Feature

Ta-Nehisi Coates defines a new race beat

The Atlantic writer looks to the past to confront contemporary racism

He is the most celebrated journalist writing about race today, and yet Ta-Nehisi Coates' ideas are surprisingly unoriginal. He... More

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United States Project

How civic hackers are helping local journalism

In Chicago, the practice goes back long before “open data” became a buzzword

CHICAGO, IL — Last year, when Chicago Public Schools released a list of 129 schools slated for possible closure, the... More

Departments

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Currents

Mana Neyestani reflects in ‘An Iranian Metamorphosis’

The political cartoonist details his struggles in graphic-novel memoir

In the tradition of comic-book artists, Mana Neyestani signs the inside cover of An Iranian Metamorphosis not just with... More

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Currents

Who’s hosted Meet the Press?

Meet some anchors who sat in the iconic desk

In September, Chuck Todd became the 12th full-time moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, the longest-running show on network TV.... More

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Editorial

Who cares who’s a journalist?

Setting boundaries in the messy world of content marketing

By next year, Coca-Cola hopes to have killed the press release. It believes the corporate website is dead, and... More

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Currents

Letters to the editor

Readers weigh in on the September/October issue

For the love of science The title of Andrew's FB page ("I Fucking Love Science") and growing online empire is... More

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Currents

‘Working’ people have an audience

Breaking down jobs stories

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Studs Terkel's groundbreaking book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All... More

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Currents

Story stats

Hard numbers behind the news

$135 Hourly rate Ferguson, MO, officials charge journalists who seek access to public records related to the Michael Brown shooting... More

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Darts and Laurels

Lousy judgment, unlikely hero

Darts for Columbia Daily Tribune, The Economist, and SportsCenter with laurels for TMZ and The New York Times

A DART to the Columbia Daily Tribune for running a cartoon of Ferguson protesters holding signs with statements such as,... More

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Language Corner

The history of ‘wrestle’

Getting to the root of the word

The football player "wrestled" the ball away from an opponent and scored a touchdown. Shareholders "wrestled" control of a company... More

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Opening Shot

Ebola scare spotlights media’s retreat from science coverage

Hyperbole, misinformation, and conspiracy theories abound

  With the arrival in the US of the Ebola virus, the American public has demonstrated yet again its... More

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Currents

Journalism’s new beats

Today’s coverage areas go way beyond cops, courts, and sports.

Media companies old and new are perpetually rethinking their beats, though their motivations may vary. More

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Currents

Journalism says goodbye to Redskins

A list of news organizations that no longer use the team name

The debate over the Washington Redskins' nickname intensified this year when the US Patent and Trademark Office canceled the... More

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Currents

Inside Evin prison

Maziar Bahari’s experience illuminated in Jon Stewart’s film Rosewater

In this issue of Currents, political cartoonist Mana Neyestani talks about the terrors he experienced inside Iran's Evin prison,... More

Ideas & Reviews

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Review

War and conspiracy

Molly Guptill Manning and Kati Marton’s latest books reviewed

When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II By Molly Guptill Manning Houghton Mifflin... More

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Review

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

What makes the president tick is the question that preoccupies every White House correspondent. What makes this president tick has... More

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Q and A

What’s next for David Plotz?

The former editor of Slate charts a new path

In July, David Plotz announced that he would be ending his six-year tenure as editor of Slate. Plotz, who... More

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Review

Copywrong

Copyright may make creative work more expensive, but without it we’d all be poorer

When Charles Dickens first came to America in 1842, he gave a series of speeches in which he asked the... More

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Review

The kids are all right

Donna Gaines saw beyond a Teenage Wasteland

Three years ago, I found myself floating along the East River with the Insane Clown Posse. They had recently... More

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Review

How the First Amendment applies to Jennifer Lawrence

Amy Gajda’s new book overstates the threat to press freedom in digital-age court rulings

The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press By Amy Gajda Harvard University Press 306 pages;... 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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