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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Gannett shakeup leads to new competition in Vermont statehouse coverage

After leaving Burlington Free Press, reporters find a new home at alt-weekly Seven Days

BURLINGTON, VT — As Vermont’s largest daily, the Burlington Free Press, assembles its version of Gannett’s “newsroom of the future,”... More

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These investigations by Florida papers deserve another look

Reporters at The Palm Beach Post, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and Naples Daily News deserve recognition

MIAMI — The year 2014 is now behind us, but a few efforts by Florida newspapers over the past 12... More

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What can Lone Star listeners expect from Texas Standard?

The new show, a sort of All Things Considered for Texas, will launch in early 2015

AUSTIN — Early next year, the airwaves here will crackle to life with a new public-radio show that’s at once... More

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Looking for Philadelphia’s digital audience

Diana Lind discusses what she’s learned at Next City and what she hopes to bring to Philly.com

DETROIT, MI -- How do you engage readers with local reporting? That's the question that Diana Lind is tackling in... More

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‘Illegal,’ ‘undocumented,’ or something else? No clear consensus yet

Newsrooms covering immigration move away from the “I-word,” but AP style change hasn’t settled debate

As style manual changes go, it was big news. “Illegal immigrant,” a phrase long used for people living in the... More

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Editor’s picks: United States Project

Here are seven USP posts from 2014 that we think deserve a second look

The correspondents for CJR’s United States Project have a firsthand view of what’s happening in local journalism today: how legacy... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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