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FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way

RIP Improvement Act of 2014

More than two years of work by open government advocates collapsed on Thursday night when House Speaker John Boehner closed... More

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Laid-off Metro Pulse editors plan a new publication in Knoxville

After rejecting severance to start a competitor, journalists seek funding for Knoxville Mercury

Three former editors for Metro Pulse, the Knoxville, TN, alt-weekly recently shuttered by E.W. Scripps, have rejected their severance payments... More

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News roundups can be part of a smart media diet

What you should know about ‘everything you need to know’

Each morning around 3:30am, Adeel Hassan and Victoria Shannon start reading and summarizing the day's top news. By 5am, they... More

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Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school

Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

The price of a two-year graduate journalism degree at UC Berkeley is set to rise to $46,600 for in-state students,... More

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Ohio lawmakers are about to decide on a big execution secrecy bill (UPDATED)

Media organizations join with unlikely bedfellows to oppose the measure

Update, 12/15: The state Senate last week approved the measure after adding a two-year expiration date to the bill and sent it... More

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Casting a critical eye on Rick Perry’s border deployment

What was the mission for the Texas National Guard? Was it accomplished? Time for reporters to take stock

AUSTIN, TX -- On July 21, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood before cameras here to announce with great flourish--"I will... More

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Senate torture report details CIA’s media strategy

How the spy agency manipulated press coverage of secret programs

The Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture of terrorism suspects not only reignited a national debate over the former... More

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The New York Times on making do in retirement

Floyd Norris’ excellent column about pensions also provides a warning about healthcare

In a Friday New York Times column, Floyd Norris presented a pretty bleak picture for the future of retirement in... More

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How to handle a story correction

Rolling Stone needs a transparency lesson

Rolling Stone has been in deep water this week, as journalists eviscerate the outlet for failing to fully vet the... More

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Will Denver really have a newspaper war?

As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The first salvo came from a newspaper in Colorado's capital that wasn't The Denver Post. "EXCLUSIVE,"... More

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The new Pulitzer Prize rules explained

Awards administrator Mike Pride discusses expansion to include magazines and outside partnerships

As the boundaries between newspaper, magazine, and online journalism continue to dissolve, the Pulitzer board announced Monday that it was... More

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Meet the reporter who broke Philadelphia’s civil forfeiture story—two years ago

Isaiah Thompson delivered local investigative reporting with impact

DETROIT, MI — Call it slow-burn impact reporting. Two years ago, an investigative reporter named Isaiah Thompson exposed the massive... More

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How political campaigns use Twitter to shape media coverage

The Romney and Obama teams used social media to manipulate media narratives during 2012 debates

A month before the first 2012 presidential debate, widely considered a decisive victory for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, GOP... More

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How to report on Medicaid in 2015

Health Affairs editor-in-chief Alan Weil examines what’s ahead

Tom Wilemon’s great Medicaid coverage for The Tennessean—including his report last week that Tennessee’s Medicaid budget could be cut by... More

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Understanding acronyms

But LOL is a bit of a mystery

A news columnist, Reg Henry, recently assailed what he called "the attack of the killer acronyms," which, he said, are... More

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The return of HealthNewsReview.org

Unique journalism watchdog will once again provide evaluations of healthcare coverage

A unique health journalism watchdog will resume posting new articles next month, after a nearly 18-month hiatus. HealthNewsReview.org, run by... More

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Changing the US hostage policy

Obama’s review of kidnappings is a good first step, but it isn’t enough

Journalists around the world are confronting a hostage-taking epidemic of record proportions, punctuated by the death Saturday of freelance... More

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What happened at Rolling Stone was not Jackie’s fault

Overcome confirmation bias with responsible reporting

Last week, a slew of journalists began questioning the trustworthiness of the University of Virginia fraternity gang-rape story published in... More

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Must-reads of the week

The New Republic implodes, Rolling Stone’s problematic rape story, and media divergence on the Eric Garner ruling

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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Connecticut paper challenges a prior restraint order

State judge has vacated his own ruling, but Law Tribune presses for “clear guidance”

Last week, a state judge ordered the Connecticut Law Tribune not to publish an article on a child custody dispute—a... More

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Vox performs a checkup on Sovaldi

Sarah Kliff delivers a much-needed piece on the $1,000 pill

Score one for Vox.com! The website’s article earlier this week about the costly hepatitis C drug Sovaldi is one I’ve... More

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Westword investigation catches Colorado cops—and local media—in a tough spot (UPDATED)

Denver’s alt-weekly chronicles drug busts gone bad in a small town

Last week, in a fantastic cover story for the Denver-based alt-weekly Westword, reporter Alan Prendergast chronicled some police work in... More

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Media raises criticism in Eric Garner case

News outlets from across the spectrum question a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo

The media can’t breathe. That was the reaction of many journalists to news yesterday that New York City Police... More

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AP rebuts Matti Friedman claims about Israel coverage

The former Jerusalem Bureau staffer alleges the wire service has biased news judgement

CAIRO--The Associated Press dismissed claims this week by a former staff member from its Jerusalem Bureau who alleges that the... More

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Building a new storytelling movement

Will a new genre of “restorative narratives” have an impact on journalism?

A couple of months after the Newtown school shooting, Judy Rodgers, founding director of the nonprofit Images and Voices of... More

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A proposal to weaken Illinois’ open-records law fails—for now

Transparency coalition helps defeat changes, though lawmakers also increase some FOIA fees

CHICAGO, IL — It was the kind of legislative move that’s meant to fly under the radar. Just days before... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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