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Misleading political ad in Georgia makes ‘boogeyman’ of a surprising media target

MILLIONS HAVE FLOWED INTO GEORGIA’S 6th Congressional District in the weeks approaching Tuesday’s special election to fill Tom Price’s seat, as the race becomes a clue to how post-Trump midterm elections might go next year. The biggest draw for that money has been Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old Democrat who is attempting to turn the district blue […]

A whole lot of reformation

Politicians love to talk about “reform.” “I think that Governor Bush has articulated a vision that trusts people on all of the key issues, on Social Security reform, on tax reform, on education reform,” Catherine Hanaway of the George W. Bush campaign in Missouri said on CNN in 2000. “The ethics reform bill we passed […]

Q&A: The amateur spies and analog story behind the Snowden leak

The US government was rocked in 2013 by a series of stories detailing the extent of the surveillance state. Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor who was the source behind those stories, has become famous for his role in leaking information that would eventually be published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, and The […]

‘No one else is going to speak for us’: LGBTQ media rise in age of Trump

Everything was quiet in New York City the day after the 2016 election. The city was stunned into silence. Matthew Breen remembers people crying randomly on the street, comforted by friends and strangers. “We were totally blindsided,” Breen says. “People were trying to look kindly on one another. It was such a raw and fragile […]

Donald Trump killed the news cycle

To hear journalists tell it, the 84 days since President Donald Trump’s inauguration have exposed us to a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. Self-contained storylines that once would have risen and fallen in distinct waves of public attention have given way to information overload and frequent confusion. Time seemingly blurs as […]

Free press lawsuit against New Mexico governor nears its end

CAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS PICK AND CHOOSE which news outlets they give comments and information to? A lawsuit filed by a New Mexico alternative weekly against the governor could expand the state’s press freedom protections with a broader definition of censorship. Or it could quash a newspaper-led effort at accountability and transparency in state government, giving elected […]

Why BuzzFeed says it’s okay to use the word ‘millennial’

Millennial. It’s a word that conjures the image of a crop-topped twentysomething attached to a smartphone. They sit at brunch with a table of other millennials on their phones, placing filters on their expertly curated selfies and perfectly lit photos of avocado toast, and they walk around texting friends rather than taking in the beauty […]

A master audio storyteller on how to create a powerful podcast

To say podcasting is having a moment is an understatement. The team behind Serial’s latest blockbuster, S-Town, recently broke records with 16 million downloads in the first week. Traditional news outlets like The New York Times and NPR are currently battling it out for the top spot on the daily news podcast beat. And Buzzfeed announced […]

Warren Buffett’s newspapers deploy familiar playbook as fortunes dim

LAST WEEK, JOURNALISTS AT SEVERAL local newspapers run by Berkshire Hathaway’s BH Media Group were met with news that their owner was slashing nearly 300 jobs companywide. Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett was told about the cross-country layoffs, but “his opinion was not sought or offered,” according to reporter and “Warren Watch” columnist Steve Jordon at […]

Podcast: Addicted to war porn

On The Kicker this week, we discuss White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s job performance to date. Spicer’s gaffe in comparing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler was only the latest in a string of controversies emerging from behind the lectern in the Brady Briefing Room. Then, we have some fun imagining the life […]

Review: David Grann’s new book elevates true-crime genre

There is nothing pulpy or exploitative about David Grann’s new book, set for release on Tuesday (April 18). That is rare to say about a nonfiction work that contains many pages describing the bloodshed of innocent people. But although death hovers over much of Killers of the Flower Moon—the blood cries out from the ground, […]

8 steps to upgrade your everyday news stories with ‘tiny narratives’

Before Beth Schwartzapfel became a staff writer for The Marshall Project three years ago, she spent a decade as a freelance magazine writer. She got used to spinning 4,000-word narratives for places like Mother Jones and the Boston Review. When she arrived at the nonprofit newsroom, which covers criminal justice, Schwartzapfel found herself tackling an […]

Recognizing American journalism’s finest tweetstorms

Hear ye, hear ye: In honor of Monday’s Pulitzer Prize ceremony, the twilight of media awards season, CJR is handing out the first (and likely last, let’s be honest) Most Exemplary Tweetstorm Awards. We are of course cognizant that hating on Twitter threads has become its own sub-genre. The diehards of traditional blogging at the […]

TV viewers have been sending ‘fake news’ complaints to the FCC

ON FEBRUARY 3, A TELEVISION VIEWER in southeast Texas submitted a complaint to the Federal Communications Commission about CNN—or, as the complaint’s heading called it, the “Communist News Network.” That complaint read: Please shut this fake news outlet down bent on terrorizing America with their false narratives promoted by left wing fascist psychopaths. A few days […]

Legalized sale of browser histories should worry journalists

The blowback has been intense to President Trump’s decision last week to back a congressional rollback of recently adopted FCC privacy rules—rules designed to protect web users from the reuse or sale of their online traffic histories without their explicit consent. Yet while the revision has made news for being extremely unpopular and inspiring crowdfunded […]

Q&A: Walt Mossberg on the future of the tech beat

Walt Mossberg was on the tech beat before most news outlets even established such a beat. In 1991, he ditched one of the most sought after jobs in political journalism—covering national security for The Wall Street Journal—to found a weekly “Personal Technology” column. People thought he was either crazy or had been demoted. It turns […]

Paper fires back at criticism of article on United passenger’s past

Rare is the occasion when digital mobs are unquestionably justified in their thirst for blood. But United Airlines provided more than ample reason Monday when a ticketed passenger on an overbooked flight who declined to leave the plane was yanked out of his seat, slammed against an armrest, and dragged him down the aisle. Videos […]

Book aims to pin down economic return on investigative reporting

At a time when US journalism is being hit by the collapse of advertising revenue, ongoing uncertainty about business models, and a continual assault from the alt-right and the White House, a new book explains why investigative reporting is essential for policy making and social well-being. Show More Summary

A day in the life of a journalist in 2027: Reporting meets AI

What might a day in the life of a journalist look like 10 years from now? What would have taken weeks or months of reporting by an investigative team today could take a lone journalist aided by artificial intelligence only one day. It’s not science fiction. The fictional scenario below was inspired by the very […]

The surprise 2017 Pulitzer winner

Monday marked the final time Mike Pride took to a lectern in the Columbia Journalism School’s Pulitzer Hall and announced the fabled prizes of the same name. But this ceremony—celebrating the 101st Pulitzers—held special significance for a man who spent three decades working at the 20,000-circulation Concord Monitor. “When I was rehearsing this,” Pride said […]

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