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This week’s data journalism wins and fails

Darts to WSJ and Slate; laurels to Medium, NYT, and CIR

"Data journalism" is an increasingly visible storytelling form that puts numbers, statistics, and databases front and center. Like all journalism,... More

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Journalists need to know all the things ‘cyber’ can mean for smart coverage

Journalists need to learn to evaluate threats by being as specific as possible in describing them, and who might be affected

Former National Security Agency head General Keith Alexander is putting his post-governmental energy into his consulting firm, IronNet CyberSecurity Inc.,... More

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In the summer of #yesallwomen, #menpr seeks to join the conversation

NPR is running a series on “Men in America”

Last year, NPR producer Melissa Gray began thinking about her two sons--specifically, about how to raise them in contemporary society.... More

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The Loomis era

A note on the retirement of a business-press legend

Carol Loomis' extraordinary career is being celebrated around the media world on word of her retirement after 60 (that's six-oh)... More

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In New Orleans, a comprehensive schools coverage hiatus

The Lens is in the midst of a funding crunch

Before hurricane Katrina, New Orleans education reporters covered one big, famously dysfunctional public school board. As the city now becomes... More

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Must-reads of the week

Women opinion columnists, SCOTUSblog, and global beauty standards

Culled from CJR's frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Ethiopia reportedly fires 18 journalists from a state-run outlet

The quiet dismissal of some 10 percent of the station’s journalists underscores the country’s further descent into total media blackout

On June 25, when 18 journalists from Ethiopia's state-run Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) arrived to start their scheduled... More

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Investigating a $150 billion ‘black box’

CPI did stellar reporting on the Medicare Advantage “money grab,” despite agency stonewalling— here’s how others reporters can dig in

In a year-long investigation of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, Fred Schulte, David Donald, Erin Durkin, and Chris Zubak-Skees of... More

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Michael Jackson’s death is a questionable news peg

The King of Pop died five years ago, and outlets are scraping to say something about the anniversary

Coverage was...interesting...on Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Since there's nothing to cover, so to speak--no new news... More

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Stories I’d like to see

A Clinton alternative, more ABC legal woes and where’s A-Rod?

This story, a regular column, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. The Hillary alternatives: Can it really be such a... More

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What the SCOTUSblog credential ruling gets wrong

Beneath the committee’s decisions, an apparent preference for traditional media

The Senate Daily Press Gallery announced yesterday that it did not err in April by rejecting SCOTUSblog’s application for press... More

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In Egypt, a Kafkaesque trial concludes with a victory for censorship

Three Al Jazeera journalists, arrested in December, were sentenced to lengthy prison terms based on questionable evidence

It began with murmuring. Someone sobbed. Then the courtroom melted into a chaos of shouting and people climbing over the... More

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Why you should pay attention to Upworthy measuring engagement in ‘attention minutes’

It goes beyond the click

On Monday, Upworthy released the source code for the system it uses to measure user-engagement, focused around attention minutes. Upworthy... More

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Sticking with Washington’s ‘whistleblower judge flap’

Puget Sound Business Journal’s Valerie Bauman reported the heck out of a state insurance commission saga—and the broader issue of narrow networks

There are different ways to tell the story of what's happening with Washington's insurance exchange, a state marketplace called... 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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