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European Union journalists cross borders for story collaboration

Reporters are taking continent-wide investigations one step further

When Brigitte Alfter was the European Union correspondent in Brussels for a Danish newspaper a decade ago, the stories she... More

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Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions?

Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Photo credit: Associated Press You'd think that, in this TMZ-fueled age, movie and pop stars could do little that... More

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A look inside Guantánamo Bay by Vice

The project is the first installation in a new series on prisons around the world

Since the first detainees were shipped to Guantánamo Bay in January 2002, media coverage of the US military prison... More

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Why did Iran imprison Jason Rezaian?

The Washington Post reporter has been inside Evin prison for more than three months

Everywhere he traveled in the world, Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian invited people to visit Iran, where he has lived... More

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Must-reads of the week

Why in-house innovation is important, how polling data can be dangerous, and evaluating ESPN’s journalistic standards

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 journalists can protect their digital information

Avoid risk by securing electronic devices

In the upcoming movie Rosewater, which tells the story of the 2009 arrest journalist Maziar Bahari, a laptop sits... More

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Gun Crisis Reporting Project and Homicide Watch DC stop service

Two startups aimed at reducing gun violence close

Between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in Philadelphia, seven people were shot and one man was killed. But with... More

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How polling data can be dangerous for political journalists

It’s often not as accurate as you’d think

The major political storyline emerging in the aftermath of Tuesday’s elections wasn’t that Republicans took control of the Senate... More

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How one group is making it easier to use social media in Afghanistan

Impassion Afghanistan hosted a summit explaining Web tools to journalists

KABUL--The invitation for the second annual Afghan Social Media Summit in Kabul arrived with all the pertinent details except one--the... More

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Is this the Web’s first blog?

Justin Hall’s 20-year-old website shows how opportunities in online journalism slowly developed

Justin Hall runs a blog that has landed him several jobs in journalism. While that statement doesn’t raise many eyebrows... More

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Storyhunter unveils virtual marketplace for freelance foreign correspondents

Startup’s platform connects news organizations with network of professional journalists

With most foreign news bureaus sapped of manpower, the demand for freelance correspondents is high. But finding a reliable... More

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Why in-house innovation is a great plan for legacy outlets

‘Intrapreneurship’ is the next newsroom buzzword

Illustrations by Roxanne Palmer In the last few years, a growing number of media outlets have undergone a critical... More

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The ‘unmitigated disaster’ of Obamacare in Mississippi

Sarah Varney and Jeffrey Hess report the heck out of a grim, ominous healthcare story

Occasionally, I come across a truly exceptional story about the Affordable Care Act. A CJR laurel is in order... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Did Islamic State really call a convention of nuts and have 15,000 people show up?

Last week, the Guardian reported, "The United Nations has warned that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in... 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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