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Murdoch moves on Time Warner

As pipes companies merge, another round of media consolidation

Seven years ago, when Rupert Murdoch stunned the media world by bidding for The Wall Street Journal, its parent company... More

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Dangerous drug side effects will no longer be secret in Canada

Kudos to the Toronto Star for dogged investigations and pressure on a reluctant government agency

Last fall on a visit to Canada, I spotted a first-rate piece in the Toronto Star by Diana Zlomislic,... More

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How Katrina and BP spill coverage defined NOLA as the two events, in turn, shaped local press

A review of Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

When Hurricane Katrina charged through New Orleans, the devastation left in its wake had an unintended side effect: It became... More

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A long-time science reporter wrote a questionable book on genetics. Can we trust his other work?

The case of Nicholas Wade and reporting on a lively field with a dishonorable past

In the 10 weeks since veteran science journalist Nicholas Wade penned a book claiming that genetic difference between the races... More

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For Detroit’s alt-weekly, rising ambition and a few questionable decisions

Native ads can be OK—just be clear with readers, and please keep them off the cover!

DETROIT, MI — The Boston Phoenix closed up shop. The Village Voice is diminished by heavy layoffs and staff disquiet.... More

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Journalist on criticism of ‘neglected child’ broadcast: ‘I reported the facts I was given by the police’

As a local news clip goes viral, critics bring context and more perspectives

CHARLESTON, SC -- "I reported the facts I was given by the police." That's what broadcast reporter Deon Guillory told... More

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After 29 years, Freep is indefinitely halting its high school journalism program (UPDATED)

It has long been a pipeline, sending local, diverse talent to prominent journalism careers

The Detroit Free Press is abruptly ending a 29-year-old high school journalism program within weeks, where high school students were... More

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Somaly Mam, Nick Kristof, and journalism’s hero problem

Reporters should not abandon the story of child trafficking in Cambodia, just because its ‘hero’ has fallen

Heroes are complicated and victims aren't always who we think they are. As journalists, we are storytellers lured by the... More

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The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble

A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

MIAMI — The Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan is the Grand Dame of statehouse reporters in Florida. Morgan was recently inducted... More

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A silver lining in Pew’s statehouse press report?

A Daily Tar Heel reporter sees a call to action in shrinking legacy coverage

It was 4pm, nearing the end of a workday for North Carolina's state legislators, political experts, and public relations flacks,... More

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6 Wikipedia edits made from Capitol Hill

A new Twitter bot records anonymous changes, ranging from serious to mundane, made on computers in Congress

Congressional approval ratings are near all-time lows. Policy issues have taken a back seat on the campaign trail, special interests... More

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A quest to ban the ‘R-word’ from a high-school newspaper nets national attention

The editors of the Playwickian, in Bucks County, PA, are not backing down, which may ultimately lead to a federal case

One woman ignited a controversy that has embroiled a suburban Philadelphia high school newspaper staff, student body, administration, and... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Google’s lost links, US border crossing guards, and when a Tea Party loss is a win

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Google's dilemma: Writing in the Guardian last week, Google... More

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In the rise of race beats, echoes of history

Reporters devoted to covering race and ethnicity find stories most others miss

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran may owe the Congressional Black Caucus for helping him beat back a tea party challenger in... More

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Wanton behavior

The difference between “want” and “wont”

In the 1700s, Garner's Modern American Usage says, Samuel Johnson declared an end to "wont." But, Garner's continues, "it hangs... More

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LeBron’s SI announcement was the anti-‘Decision’

It looks like he didn’t want to once again incur fan wrath with his latest movement announcement

Last Friday the sports world was astonished by two stories. First, the NBA's best player, LeBron James, was reversing his... More

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On the NSA, a White House credibility problem

The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims

On Friday, The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration had advance knowledge last year that the British government would... More

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A new course in video games journalism

As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?

It has been eight years since Chuck Klosterman lamented in Esquire that there was no “Lester Bangs of video games,”... More

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Must-reads of the week

Press freedom in Burma, Gawker makes office banter public, and Brazil mourns a soccer defeat.

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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Newspaper revenue experiment throwdown: crowdfunding vs underwriting

Crowdfunded beats might not work, but there are good reasons for newspapers to give them a try

CHARLESTON, SC — Last week, we wrote about a deal between the News & Record in Greensboro, NC, and a local arts... More

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How reporters used data covering the World Cup

Some pieces were revealing; others threw out numbers without saying anything

With the 2014 World Cup set to end on Sunday, this week's edition of Data Darts and Laurels will focus... More

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The Associated Press factchecks a couple ‘Mediscare’ ads in Kentucky

As the midterm campaign gets underway, some familiar talking points come out again

Bravo to The Associated Press! As soon as dueling ads for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and his challenger in the... More

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Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors

The 10-year-old online mag hired its first full-time employee and is launching a second Kickstarter

Ten years after a professor told Guernica Magazine founder and editor in chief Michael Archer to open a free magazine... More

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The Portland Press Herald’s longform look at ethnic inequality in Maine

“Unsettled” takes a deep dive into Native American history

Since late June, The Portland Press Herald has been running daily installments of "Unsettled," a 29-piece series that chronicles the... More

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Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public

Are group chat rooms a waste of time or essential to running a modern newsroom?

Last Monday, Gawker editor Max Read announced that the bloggers and editors on his team were spending too much time... More

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Daily Caller editor doubles down on Menendez ‘scoop’

Until The Washington Post’s story that it was a Cuban plot is proven true, Tucker Carlson says, there is nothing to correct

When Tucker Carlson launched The Daily Caller in 2010, he told CJR that the site would produce serious journalism without... More

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Medicare isn’t doing its own ‘truth checking.’ Why?

Kudos to ProPublica for “Examining Medicare,” but there’s more to this story than the bad apples

In April, the Department of Health and Human Services released its great Medicare data dump unlocking a treasure chest of... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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