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Exit Interview: CUNY J-School loses its Shepard

Steve Shepard has long been one of the wisest, most reasonable men in the Fourth Estate. So it is bittersweet... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 25, 1928

On February 25, 1928, Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, DC, became the first holder of a US television license. W3XK,... More

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Must-reads of the week

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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Composition 101: A. Lincoln, Instructor

At some point every semester, I ask the journalism students I teach a question that is meant to make them... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 22, 1924

If Barack Obama is our first social-media president, then Calvin Coolidge rightly deserves to be called the first wireless-telegraphy president.... More

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The AP’s (digital) news standards

On Tuesday night, at the Associated Press headquarters on far West 33rd Street, Muck Rack and the AP hosted a... More

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Sharing is caring

After Muck Rack co-founder Gregory Galant wrote a guest column for Fortune last November, he wanted to see how it... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 19, 1945

The Japanese island of Iwo Jima, just 650 miles from Tokyo, was strategically important to both sides of WWII. The... More

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‘47 percent’ story wins a Polk Award

Mother Jones is one of the winners at this year's George Polk Awards, Long Island University announced Monday. Mother Jones... More

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How to use social media in investigations

Investigative reporting used to be a secretive business--think Woodward and Bernstein meeting anonymous sources in parking garages. But according to... More

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What’s new @Twitter?

It's maybe not how most people would choose to spend their birthday, but Twitter's manager of journalism and news, Mark... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 18, 1922

Helen Gurley Brown was born Helen Marie Gurley in Green Forest, AR. After college, Brown began her career in advertising... More

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Pass the #popcorn

According to a recent Pew study, 16 percent of adults online use Twitter -- 8 percent daily. I'm pretty sure... More

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Must-reads of the week

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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And that’s the way it was: February 15, 1898

On the evening of February 15, 1898, the US Navy battleship Maine exploded suddenly and without warning, sinking into the... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

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

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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