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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

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Must-reads of the week

The “Deep Throat” garage, the gospel of disruption, and artisanal food

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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The Onion goes social

“America’s finest news source” just launched ClickHole, a viral parody site

If the future of the internet belongs to creators of clickbait--that oversexed, underreported detritus filling your Facebook feed that you... More

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Online publishers still aren’t usually liable for user-generated content

A federal court this week reversed a lower court ruling that would’ve upended that precedent

A federal appeals court judge decided earlier this week that a gossip site is not liable for content it invites... More

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Women science writers conference about changing the ratio

A summit last weekend presented actions to address systemic gender inequities in science journalism

Image credit: Perrin Ireland CAMBRIDGE, MAScience writers take a “show me the numbers” approach when tackling a tough topic.... More

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Journo-startups that appeal right to readers

Fed-up writers are doing it for themselves

If you spend any amount of time around freelance writers, you're familiar with the litany of complaints. Most publications don't... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Whither Cantor and setting the price on a cure

This column, an occasional feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. An Eric Cantor sweepstakes: Who's going to hire the... More

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A tense reunion

Jill Abramson and Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. posed at the Pulitzers

Group photo ProPublica's Paul Steiger, Arthur Sulzberger, Jill Abramson, and Reuters' Stephen Adler (also a member of CJR's board).... More

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

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?

A new course in video games journalism - As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?

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

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


In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

9 decades of The New Yorker (New Yorker)

With the relaunch comes the archive

I don’t care if you like it (TNR)

“[I]n this country, every barometer by which female worth is measured—from the superficial to the life-altering, the appreciative to the punitive—has long been calibrated to ‘dude,’ whether or not those measurements are actually being taken by dudes”

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