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Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring

Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

Amalie Nash became editor of the Des Moines Register earlier this year, at a time of transition for Iowa’s largest... More

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Western media: Stop ignoring the Central African Republic crisis

When it comes to Africa, there is an empathy gap

With gunfire and mob attacks in the streets of the capital, the Central African Republic is teetering again on the... More

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Must-reads of the week

Ebola worst case scenarios, PBS and Harper’s quarrel, and feminist writers at Playboy

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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Why this news nonprofit is crowdfunding a police shootings database

New Mexico Compass hopes to build a comprehensive resource for a big issue in Albuquerque

The New Mexico Compass is creating a searchable, interactive database of public records related to fatal police shootings in Albuquerque—and it’s asking... More

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Life as a ghostwriter

Hanging out with famous athletes isn’t always fun and games

Willie Mays' agent was on the phone. I was ghostwriting Willie's autobiography, even though we had never met. "Willie likes... More

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We still don’t know how to stop misinformation online

But new tools like Emergent could help find the answer

From the beginning the story seemed suspect, but that didn't stop the New York Post's report last month of a... More

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How polling stories show only part of the picture

When covering their own polls, media outlets often favor good headlines over hard data

Scott Clement didn’t believe it. In the midst of the government shutdown last year, the Washington Post polling analyst learned... More

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A TV reporter gets results tackling stories not always made for TV

WTSP’s Noah Pransky sticks with the story

MIAMI, FL -- "Being a creep isn't illegal." That's one of investigative reporter Noah Pransky's takeaways from his recent work... More

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Should all journalists be on Twitter?

Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Last month a piece in BuzzFeed mocked New York Times' staffers resistance to using Twitter. "[T]he company," Charlie Warzel wrote,... More

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Simon & Schuster keeps its fabulist on bookshelves

C. David Heymann’s impact on the historical record

C. David Heymann got his books published by a string of respected publishers, which was quite a feat given his... More

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Will feminist writers save Playboy?

As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand

Many online readers probably think of Jezebel.com and Playboy.com as opposites. But Sara Benincasa, an LA-based comedian and freelance writer,... More

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Colorado Senate debates offer new chance to explain what’s at stake

Personhood is important, but it’s time to be clear about the bigger picture

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Last month, just before a much-anticipated debate with his Republican challenger, Cory Gardner, US Sen. Mark... More

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Beware journo-speak

Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

The public editor for The New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, wrote a wonderful piece last month about how word selection... More

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Don’t treat worst-case scenarios as facts

How to avoid overhyping Ebola projections

On September 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statistical forecast of how far the Ebola virus... More

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Reporters struggle to stay safe covering Ebola

“There is no protocol; people are grasping for information”

Glenna Gordon has worked in West Africa for five years. Visiting Nigerian slums, she knows which streets to avoid. She... More

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How one Massachusetts reporter provides a clear view on the healthcare market

WBUR’s Martha Bebinger focuses on the consumer angle

As goes Massachusetts, so goes the nation—at least when it comes to healthcare. In the midst of the debate on... More

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PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay

Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

After a sales representative at Harper’s Magazine received a phone call on September 18 from a disgruntled advertiser, the subject... More

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Must-reads of the week

The upside of newsroom cuts at The New York Times, the thin line between business and editorial operations at Vice, and a new study questioning whether the internet is really killing newspapers

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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Scary numbers in Moody’s public pension report, sans context

Media coverage of ‘$2 trillion’ gap is incomplete at best

A Moody's report last week warning that top US public pensions are underfunded by $2 trillion got wide coverage in... More

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How a business reporter started covering the pot beat

With Florida voters likely to approve medical marijuana, Michael Pollick is reporting on what comes next

Business reporter Michael Pollick covers Florida’s medical marijuana ballot initiative for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Courtesy Michael Pollick) MIAMI, FL... More

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Explanatory news startup aims to build a new type of online community

Dutch website De Correspondent responds to negative comments sections with a new kind of quality engagement

In April 2013, Nieman Lab covered the story of an amazingly successful crowdfunding campaign run by Dutch startup De Correspondent,... More

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The upside of yesterday’s New York Times news

Paywall 2.0 flop triggers layoffs, but digital ads and digital circulation surge

The New York Times is cutting 100 jobs from its newsroom, and you'd get the impression from the reaction that... More

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Colorado’s elections seem boring, but they shouldn’t

As candidates control the message, these campaigns deserve more enterprise coverage

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — If you've been paying attention at all to American politics and the 2014 midterms, you know... More

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Will journalists get fined for photographing trees? (UPDATED)

The new US Forest Service rules explained

You’ve probably heard: The US Forest Service is savaging the First Amendment. It’s trying to codify a provisional rule, in... More

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How OkCupid is bolstering data journalism

Digital companies discover patterns in usage

In the introduction of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One is Looking), published last month, OkCupid co-founder... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

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