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Is it now-defunct or now defunct?

Examining whether or not you should use a hyphen for this journalism mannerism

The new general manager of the New York Jets "was a league scout in the American offices of the now-defunct... More

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The human costs of not expanding Medicaid

A New York Times column and a Guardian essay offer neglected perspective on dollar-sign objections to expansion

Eduardo Porter's New York Times column last Wednesday, "The Costs of Stinginess In Medicaid," is a provocative reminder there are... More

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Should journalists care about the State of the Union address?

The annual speech no longer packs a punch, and the media is starting to notice

The State of the Union is antique. That’s not what President Barack Obama will tell a joint session of... More

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Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’

But chronology doesn’t reveal everything

On Timeline, a new made-for-mobile app, the news is told chronologically. An orangutan gaining legal rights in Argentina, for... More

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Come write for us: CJR seeks Chicago correspondent for United States Project

Help critique and support local accountability journalism

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking a Chicago-based correspondent to join its United States Project, which aims to support accountability... More

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Why did CoOportunity fail?

The insurance co-op’s struggles raise questions about the efforts to foster competition

Just before Christmas, Iowa’s top insurance regulator announced he was taking control of CoOportunity Health, one of the 23 non-profit... More

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Chicago Reader staff votes to unionize, seeking ‘stronger voice’ in outlet’s future

Alt-weekly is the third Windy City newsroom to join a union in the last 13 months

CHICAGO — Employees of the Chicago Reader, the city’s premier alt-weekly, voted unanimously Friday to join the Chicago Newspaper Guild,... More

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Must-reads of the week

Iran’s subtle censorship, what Genius means for music criticism, and the ritual anticipation of Fidel Castro death rumors.

Culled from CJR’s own stories, plus the frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best... More

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How the media can help Dr. Oz—and his fans

TV doctors have a lot of influence. Rather just than bash their miracle-diet advice, let’s push them to talk about real health solutions

Two thousand fourteen was a tough year for Dr. Oz. In June, he appeared before a congressional committee to sullenly... More

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Preparing for Fidel Castro’s death

How Florida news organizations plan to cover the Cuban dictator’s passing

MIAMI -- Last week, the usual crew of friends from the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, and various national and... More

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Why we’ll have to wait for CNN’s news drones

The news organization faces several hurdles before it can use the machines for broadcast

CNN’s research program for drone journalism has been cleared for takeoff, but don’t expect Anderson Cooper-narrated live aerial shots... More

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Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage

In the wake of an investigation, “we’re walking around with duct tape over our keyboards”

Things are not as they should be these days at The Virginian-Pilot, the largest newspaper in Virginia. In the fall,... More

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Genius and the splintering of arts journalism

For the future of music criticism, Sasha Frere-Jones’ new company cannot replace his old one

The announcement that Genius, the website best known for crowdsourced explanations of rap lyrics, bagged an A-list music critic was... More

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How to fight restrictions on access to court cases

Judge’s order in Don Blankenship trial highlights a perennial press concern

Don Blankenship, the former CEO and chairman of Massey Energy, is accused of conspiring to violate various federal laws and... More

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Waiting for Iran

Censorship is not always visible

In the aftermath of the horrific murders of Charlie Hebdo staff in Paris, one might think attacks on journalists... More

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Inside the Sun Sentinel’s investigation on Cuban criminals

South Florida paper combined database work with shoe-leather reporting for a big story

MIAMI — Last year, reporters at the South Florida Sun Sentinel set out to prove a dirty little secret: Cuban... More

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What journalists can learn from the faux CNN threat

An increased level of skepticism is necessary when reporting on social media or online forums

While Glenn Greenwald was busy lambasting mainstream news publications for a lack of skepticism in the face of the US... More

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The history of ‘nightmare’

The ‘mare’ has many meanings

People awakening from a "nightmare" often have the sensation that they can't breathe. Not surprising: That's where the word "nightmare"... More

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How a Cleveland news outlet obtained key video in Tamir Rice shooting

Northeast Ohio Media Group “persistently pestered” the city for full footage

DETROIT, MI — The story just gets worse. Video released more than a month ago showed a white cop in... More

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Watch out for Bellingcat

Former blogger Brown Moses is trying to build his own type of investigative news operation

In November 2013, The New Yorker’s Patrick Radden Keefe called Eliot Higgins, an unemployed man from Leicester, England, “perhaps the... More

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Reported.ly tested immediately with Charlie Hebdo tragedy

Andy Carvin’s global, social-media news operation is the latest experiment from First Look Media

It was, as Andy Carvin later described it, a baptism by fire. Less than 48 hours after the launch of... More

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Must-reads of the week

On publishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, governments’ media censorship, and reporting on FDA approved drugs

Culled from CJR's own stories, plus the frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best... More

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A 40-year statehouse reporter’s exit interview

Bob Priddy on the state of Capitol coverage and what’s wrong with Missouri’s government

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — As the Missouri legislature reconvened this week, there was a conspicuous absence in the Jefferson City... More

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Why a Danish newspaper won’t publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Jyllands-Posten was at the center of a 2005 cartoon crisis. After numerous terror threats, editors chose to play it safe

As media outlets globally have faced the dilemma of whether or not to republish French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s satirical cartoons... More

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The missing Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Telling the full story of a massacre, and striking a blow for free speech, should trump major news outlets’ concern about offending Muslims

Wednesday was not the first time the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo was punished for making fun of Islam and... More

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The looming threat of newsroom cyber attacks

Recent attacks on the Albuquerque Journal and WBOC reveal the importance of digital security

Around 11am on Tuesday, journalists at the Maryland CBS affiliate WBOC noticed that their Twitter password had been changed. Employees... More

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A closer look at the safety of FDA approved drugs

What reporters should pursue following the Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today’s drug investigations

John Fauber's latest stories in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are must-reads for anyone who uses medications and wants to know... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

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