Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Last Update: Tue 3:20 PM EST

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Somaly Mam, Nick Kristof, and journalism’s hero problem

Reporters should not abandon the story of child trafficking in Cambodia, just because its ‘hero’ has fallen

Heroes are complicated and victims aren't always who we think they are. As journalists, we are storytellers lured by the... More

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A quest to ban the ‘R-word’ from a high-school newspaper nets national attention

The editors of the Playwickian, in Bucks County, PA, are not backing down, which may ultimately lead to a federal case

Jackson Haines and Gillian McGoldrick say their high-school paper will no longer print the word "Redskin." (Photo credit: Dave Warner)... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Google’s lost links, US border crossing guards, and when a Tea Party loss is a win

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Google's dilemma: Writing in the Guardian last week, Google... More

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In the rise of race beats, echoes of history

Reporters devoted to covering race and ethnicity find stories most others miss

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran may owe the Congressional Black Caucus for helping him beat back a tea party challenger in... More

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On the NSA, a White House credibility problem

The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims

On Friday, The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration had advance knowledge last year that the British government would... More

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A new course in video games journalism

As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?

It has been eight years since Chuck Klosterman lamented in Esquire that there was no “Lester Bangs of video games,”... More

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Must-reads of the week

Press freedom in Burma, Gawker makes office banter public, and Brazil mourns a soccer defeat.

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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How reporters used data covering the World Cup

Some pieces were revealing; others threw out numbers without saying anything

With the 2014 World Cup set to end on Sunday, this week's edition of Data Darts and Laurels will focus... More

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Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors

The 10-year-old online mag hired its first full-time employee and is launching a second Kickstarter

Ten years after a professor told Guernica Magazine founder and editor in chief Michael Archer to open a free magazine... More

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The Portland Press Herald’s longform look at ethnic inequality in Maine

“Unsettled” takes a deep dive into Native American history

Since late June, The Portland Press Herald has been running daily installments of "Unsettled," a 29-piece series that chronicles the... More

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Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public

Are group chat rooms a waste of time or essential to running a modern newsroom?

Last Monday, Gawker editor Max Read announced that the bloggers and editors on his team were spending too much time... More

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Daily Caller editor doubles down on Menendez ‘scoop’

Until The Washington Post’s story that it was a Cuban plot is proven true, Tucker Carlson says, there is nothing to correct

When Tucker Carlson launched The Daily Caller in 2010, he told CJR that the site would produce serious journalism without... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How much is contraception coverage and costly violations for BNP Paribas

This column, an occasional feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Does health insurance covering contraception actually cost anything? In... More

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Two Danish reporters investigated MRSA cases, and they ended up on trial for privacy violations

They revealed that Denmark’s most important agricultural industry is riddled with a strain of MRSA that threatens human health

COPENHAGEN--When Danish journalist Kjeld Hansen picked up a medical journal several years ago and read that 50 people from a... More

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Darts & Laurels [Updated]

Is it okay to use the N-word for effect? Um, no.

DART to the Westview News, a Greenwich Village monthly, for poor judgment in using the N-word, spelled out with all... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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