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Must-reads of the week

McDonald’s in Ferguson, rooting for the home team in Buffalo, and The Guardian goes local

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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Earthquake ‘data’ doesn’t add up

Many online news outlets reposted a chart that didn’t really show readers anything new

On Sunday, the San Jose Mercury-News unveiled the first in a series of stories about how California's foster children are... More

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New York Times story questions Obamacare’s nursing-home ratings

Facilities have learned to game the system, so five stars may not mean much

Katie Thomas' piece in Monday's New York Times undermined what has become a pillar of the standard nursing-home story of... More

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Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy

Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

Since Michael Brown's fatal shooting on August 9, news coverage of the event and its aftermath has been followed by... More

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Ukraine Today aims to clarify Russian media misinformation

Media mogul Igor Kolomoisky has his sights set high for the 24-hour news channel

It broadcasts everything from Ukrainian athletes competing at a track and field event in China to the capture of 10... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The cost of unlawful convictions, cable news’ sharp focus and reporting on kidnapped journalists

1. Becoming a millionaire the hard way: Last week, The New York Times published this article about a man receiving... More

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News on social media suffers a ‘spiral of silence’: Pew study

What gets us chatting—or shutting up—about the news?

If social media users think their followers don’t share their opinion on the news, they are less likely to post... More

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The New York Times criticized for Michael Brown profile

But the profile of Darren Wilson, the cop who shot the 18-year-old, has largely been neglected by internet commenters

  This morning, The New York Times published an A1 profile of Michael Brown to coincide with his burial. Written... More

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4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news

The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

It’s not often that news broadcasters warn audiences of how boring a subject is before jumping into a 13-minute segment... More

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Why local media struggle covering sports stadium construction

Local news organizations often support the home team, despite huge public costs of keeping them in town

The word of the National Football League commissioner is not law. But the opening line of a 2,300-word piece in... More

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Must-reads of the week

Local news in Ferguson, PTSD at the desk, and Al Jazeera America

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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To publish or not: James Foley video spotlights media’s tough call

Remnick, Baquet and other editors discuss their decisions about when to publish disturbing images

The obvious implication of The New York Times' famous motto that its pages contain "All the News That's Fit to... More

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What the numbers coming out of Ferguson say, and who is saying it best

The week in data journalism

Troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol stand at the ready in a strip mall along Ferguson's West Florissant Ave.... More

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Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say

John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Though he only writes a major story every year or two, for the last decade and a half John Siracusa... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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