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The Interview reinforces a negative view of US journalists

The history of kidnapped journalists is filled with tragic tales of reporters being mistaken for spies

The Interview is a dangerous movie. The first victim was Sony, which had electronic files hacked in an intrusion that... More

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Lists aren’t the best way to determine freedom

Journalists need to be a little more skeptical when looking at country rankings

Year's end is an avalanche of lists: rankings of influential people, the year's best movies and music, even the best... More

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To keep or ditch the comments?

While some sites maintain a discussion on the page, others outsource it to social media

When millennial-targeted media company Mic ditched its comments section in mid-December, it was the latest in a string of similar... More

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CJR’s most popular stories of 2014

…and what people had to say about them

As the staff of CJR looked back on this year, we wanted to share the most-read stories. Much of this... More

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How New York protects police records from public view

Newspapers, open-government agency, fight law that shields police-misconduct records

As the national conversation about police-community relations intensified in recent months, open-government advocates in New York State escalated their... More

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2014 editor’s picks

Here are a few pieces from this year worth another read

There is no business like the media business when it comes to generating lively headlines. From plagiarism to imploding start-ups... More

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The worst journalism of 2014

A recap of this year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

News blunders tend to have short lifespans. They’re outed by watchful eyes, social media erupts, and the gears of... More

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Guess what? People lie to reporters

Like Jessica Pressler, I got burned once. Here’s what I did about it.

Fourteen years ago, a man lied to me. I was a business reporter at The Baltimore Sun. What he told... More

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Questioning the CBC’s decision to remove Jian Ghomeshi’s interviews

Erasing the past, Q-ing the future?

In a year full of stories about sexual assault, Jian Ghomeshi's stood out. He was no anonymous abuser, like the... More

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What the Sony hacks reveal about the news industry

Writers gave consumers exactly what they wanted

Along with employee salaries, Channing Tatum’s penchant for all-caps, and executives’ racially charged jokes about President Obama, the Sony... More

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An old media scoop on pro-ISIS tweeter Shami Witness leads to a new media dox

When anonymity is taken out of the media’s hands

While the UK’s Channel 4 didn’t release the full name of Shami Witness, one of the most prolific tweeters of... More

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How to improve the reporter-editor relationship

The New Republic’s downfall can be a lesson for how bosses treat their employees

Liz Spayd: The implosion at The New Republic left many of us in wide-eyed amazement. It's rare that you... More

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The New Republic: A public trust or a business?

How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

On Thursday, December 4, Frank Foer resigned as editor of The New Republic, having learned from a gossip site... More

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Must-reads of the week

How to handle story corrections, a possible newspaper revival in Denver, and a message to journalism’s Silicon Valley owners.

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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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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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