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The good and bad of 2014 election coverage

Sampling the campaign season’s cringeworthy and praiseworthy media moments

Tuesday's midterm elections remove the last procedural barrier between a hungry political press and the presidential feast it craves in... More

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Must-reads of the week

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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Lousy judgment, unlikely hero

Darts for Columbia Daily Tribune, The Economist, and SportsCenter with laurels for TMZ and The New York Times

A DART to the Columbia Daily Tribune for running a cartoon of Ferguson protesters holding signs with statements such as,... More

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On CNN International, the ‘news’ isn’t always the news

The network has a tangle of autocratic sponsors and too often a blind eye to inconvenient facts

Last June, CNN business reporter Richard Quest interviewed the CEO of the state-owned Qatar Airways about the recently opened Hamad... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The question is not just what party will control the Senate, but when

Scoping out the Senate Majority: It seems likely that which party controls the US Senate for the next two years... More

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The San Quentin News seeks to humanize inmates

It’s one of the few prison publications by and for the prisoners

The first time I met Juan Haines, the 56-year-old managing editor of the San Quentin News, he gleefully showed me... More

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The New York Times recreates ISIS captivity of Foley, Sotloff [UPDATED]

Blockbuster story details the imprisonment and torture of Western hostages

For the past two months, most of what was known of the horrors faced by kidnapped journalists James Foley... More

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Gawker: The internet bully

Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

Earlier this week Gawker lost "thousands of dollars" in advertising after a poorly worded tweet was posted by one of... More

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What’s next for Ferguson?

As grand jury decision over Michael Brown’s shooting looms, a Columbia Journalism panel questions early leaks

The story of Ferguson, MO, roils on. On Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published Michael Brown’s leaked autopsy report, and The New... More

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Must-reads of the week

Newsroom racism, James Risen on his new book, and Ben Bradlee’s legacy

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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Is it ever okay to name victims?

Editors question the policy of omitting information in sexual assault and domestic violence cases

In 1990, The Des Moines Register took the rare step of naming a rape victim in a series that won... More

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James Risen on secret sources, joining Twitter, and going undercover

The New York Times reporter and author discusses his new book, Pay Any Price

For more than seven years, James Risen has been locked in a legal battle with the US Justice Department,... More

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How do we know what we know about #Gamergate?

The media has flocked to cover a largely anonymous movement that has no clear aims, leaders, or organization

Gamergate is “a heated debate over journalistic integrity, the definition of video games, and the identity of those who play... More

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Ben Bradlee, through the years

Must-read flashpoints in the life of the Washington Post editor

Ben Bradlee had, by all accounts, an eventful life at the helm of The Washington Post, and as a result... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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