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A different take on Syria

Jihad Yazigi discusses why The Syria Report sticks to covering the economy

In weekly dispatches, readers of The Syria Report have been tracking the implosion of the war-torn country by the numbers:... More

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How xenophobia is driving the Ebola narrative

If illness is a metaphor, what does Ebola mean?

A recent Newsweek cover story showed a photograph of a gorilla accompanied by an inaccurate headline that contaminated bushmeat could... More

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We Need to Talk is part of the solution

A new CBS show is breaking barriers for women in sports media

To say that We Need To Talk, CBS Sports Network's new show with a cast of all women, picked a... More

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Must-reads of the week

Newspapers prefer lesbians, a new era of TV-watching begins, and the media changes course on Ebola in America

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 changes course on Ebola

News outlets finally report clearly on the virus

On October 10, two days after Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person to die from Ebola on US... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Hospital turns to PR to fight Ebola

This New York Times story on Thursday outlines the damage done to the reputation of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in... More

CJR seeks freelance correspondents

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking several digital correspondents to write smart, analytic pieces on various beats. The freelance work... More

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Alex Blumberg’s Startup finds new opportunities in podcast advertising

Advertisers and podcasters may want to tune in as the producer tests potential of experimental advertising

When I meet radio producer Alex Blumberg, he is wearing the tennis shoes that his wife made him change out... More

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Stop trolling your readers

We know you’re only doing it for clicks

The newest trend in headlines is flat-out trolling readers. For awhile, the "curiosity gap" was the headline style of... More

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After a decade online, Guernica releases a print mag

The digital title aims to publish annual print editions as it increasingly explores funding opportunities

Ten years ago, the founders of Guernica Magazine were ahead of the publishing curve when they released their free, digital-only... More

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Political coverage falls short in Kentucky senate debate

National reporters fail to examine Mitch McConnell’s unusual statement

All politics is local, as the old saying goes. But if Monday’s Kentucky Senate debate is any indication, the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Following the mistakes in the Texas Ebola story

1. Ebola and malpractice tort reform: As we all now know, the death of Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan... More

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Western media: Stop ignoring the Central African Republic crisis

When it comes to Africa, there is an empathy gap

With gunfire and mob attacks in the streets of the capital, the Central African Republic is teetering again on the... More

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Must-reads of the week

Ebola worst case scenarios, PBS and Harper’s quarrel, and feminist writers at Playboy

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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Life as a ghostwriter

Hanging out with famous athletes isn’t always fun and games

Willie Mays' agent was on the phone. I was ghostwriting Willie's autobiography, even though we had never met. "Willie likes... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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