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Why hiring Benny Johnson is a smart play for National Review

The serial plagiarist could help the rightwing magazine go viral in a crowded conservative market

It comes as no surprise that National Review hired Benny Johnson, BuzzFeed’s former viral politics editor who was fired in... More

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Keep calm and write a headline worth reading

Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands

Facebook announced recently that it would be cracking down on teaser headlines crafted to lure readers into clicking on weak... More

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What embedding the Ray Rice video reveals about news judgment

Some media outlets run graphic images of domestic violence

That there is no Golden Rule guiding editors who must decide whether to publish graphic images has never been more... More

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Florida newspaper exposes sweet deal for state politicians

The Tampa Bay Times’ clever public records reporting confirms pols’ secret hunting trips with sugar industry insiders

MIAMI, FL -- The Tampa Bay Times has been rolling out an impressive expose of secret hunting trips to Texas... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How much money is raised and spent in fighting cancer?

1. Cancer money: The Stand Up to Cancer telethon -- simulcast Friday night on all four major broadcast networks and... More

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Audit Interview: Carol J. Loomis

The Fortune legend talks about 60 years in business journalism

Carol J. Loomis, who retired in July after 60 years at Fortune, where she became, indisputably, a giant of business... More

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Paywall pioneer Press+ merges with Piano Media

A European investment fund purchases the company for an undisclosed sum

European investment fund 3TS Capital Partners is buying American paywall pioneer Press+ for an undisclosed sum and will merge it... More

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How to properly use [sic]

Hint: Not often

Twitter, Facebook, email, and the like are great reporting tools, allowing reporters access to more sources, wider reporting, and more... More

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How not to report on inflation

Cognitive biases on prices obscure the big picture on food costs

"Food Prices Are Soaring and Washington Doesn't Care," screeches conservative site The Federalist. The New York Post blares, "Meat, poultry,... More

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What America looks like in the media abroad

One organization is aggregating and translating foreign news about the US trying to make Americans care what the rest of the world thinks

During the crisis in Ferguson, Vox wondered how the US media would cover the events if they were happening in another country,... More

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Must-reads of the week

“I Fucking Love Science,” a reporter who got close to the CIA, and the rekindled rivalry between two newspaper giants

It was a busy week in the media world. Journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by an ISIS captor, making him... More

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Goodbye and good luck to all of us

On leaving CJR

Bob Kerr, a wry, witty writer with a mordant worldview that grows from an intimate connection to the working-class life... More

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Why Elise Andrew is an exceptional self-made brand

She introduced her brand to a wide audience without the aid or endorsement of journalistic institutions

When CJR placed Elise Andrew on our September/October cover alongside the title "journalism's first self-made brand", we unleashed a tirade... More

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How Al Jazeera is making sure its jailed journalists in Egypt aren’t forgotten

The network is holding discussions around the globe to broach press freedom

Perhaps it is fitting that the day Al Jazeera Media Network called a roundtable with media and human rights experts... More

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Defense Department data still murky

The best and worst of this week’s data journalism

Prompted by President Obama's recent order to review the Defense Department's supplying equipment to local law enforcement agencies in the... More

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Very important alcohol vocabulary tips

Foment vs. ferment

"Both sides are just trying to ferment a war," a blog posting said of the situation in the Middle East.... More

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News literacy vs. media literacy

How academics are differentiating critical thinking skills

Three years ago, pioneer media literacy scholar Renee Hobbs published a short critique of what she viewed as troubling trends... More

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Why California’s smartphone ‘kill switch’ law should concern journalists

An antitheft measure creates the risk that the government could interfere with newsgathering

Imagine this. You’re a journalist covering a street protest, and the local police chief doesn’t like the photos you’re tweeting... More

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‘Mediscare’ claims persist. Does calling them ‘debunked’ suffice?

A humble suggestion for reporters covering a recycled Medicare campaign claim

Well, what do you know. Republicans are trying their luck yet again with campaign ads telling voters that the Dems... More

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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

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Is it time to end media blackouts?

The head of the Committee to Protect Journalists believes it’s no longer an effective strategy

The brutal murder of journalist James Foley and now Steven Sotloff in Syria has sparked disbelief and raw outrage. Now,... More

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Who is Fred Ryan?

Bezos’s choice for Washington Post publisher is notable for what he can bring to the paper, and also what he cannot

On October 1, Politico co-founder and former Reagan administration official Frederick Ryan, Jr. will take over as publisher of The... More

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How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story

Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

On August 26, Fox’s Megyn Kelly aired a four-minute segment on an Indiana University project called Truthy, declaring sarcastically, “Some... More

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A future without ‘Graham Grams’

On the end of an era at The Washington Post

When my wife and I were young parents in the late 1970s and I was working as a Metro reporter... More

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The Boston Globe launches Crux to draw a global, Catholic audience

With 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, the metro newspaper hopes a single-issue Catholicism site will help it reach the promised land

The religion of journalism has always found believers in Boston. The same goes for Catholicism. No small wonder, then, why... More

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How to build an audience

We know what readers are doing on our sites. What we need to know is why.

The Marketplace of Attention: How Audiences Take Shape in a Digital Age By James G. Webster The MIT Press 280... More

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The Tea Party is timeless

Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life doesn’t seem like a catchy title, but, more than 50 years on, it has demonstrated... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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