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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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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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Jill Abramson’s flashpoints with the federal government

The former New York Times Executive Editor on her regrets withholding major stories

Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson said Wednesday that she regrets how she handled two high-profile cases where... More

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Enforcing digital privacy might be tough

Journalists need to be aware of potential changes

Freedom from surveillance is shaping up to be a major human rights issue in the post-Snowden era. The UN human... More

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Rolling Stone’s omission in UVA article proves problematic (Updated)

It should serve as a warning to journalists who report on rape to be extra cautious

Update, Friday, December 5: Rolling Stone has released a statement apologizing to readers after days of media scrutiny seemingly uncovered... More

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How successful media startups manage growth

Legacy publications can learn a few things from Upworthy and Storyful

Illustrations by Roxanne Palmer It's an established fact that newsrooms must rapidly change in order to survive in the... More

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Longform overload

New narrative journalism startups, like Latterly Magazine, launch as quickly as others fail in a crowded marketplace

Jill Abramson and Steven Brill’s upcoming longform outfit, a still-unnamed collaboration between the former New York Times executive editor and... More

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The Tennessean pushes for better healthcare

How one reporter helps readers see the effect of government policy on real people

Readers of Tom Wilemon's recent stories in The Tennessean could easily conclude Tennessee has once again declared war on... More

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Must-reads of the week

The reignited Ferguson media frenzy, the shift from ‘internships’ to ‘fellowships,’ and a golden age of podcasts

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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Why Serial is important for journalism

Transparency is key

The hit podcast Serial, a journalist's exploration of whether a young man was wrongly convicted of murder, breaks new ground... More

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In Rehtaeh Parsons’ case, it’s press vs. Canadian law

The Chronicle Herald became the first major paper in the country to publish her name

Leah Parsons was only 13 years old when she invented the name that would echo across Canada years later. Her... More

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Eric Holder’s lasting damage to press freedom

The attorney general’s rocky relationship with the media

The fact that outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has prosecuted more people under the Espionage Act than all previous attorneys... More

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Press subpoenas are a bigger problem than you’d think

The Obama administration continues to strong-arm journalists into revealing sources

By now, everyone knows the feds have been handing out record numbers of subpoenas to journalists hoping to scare... 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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