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Innovation gone bad

he brain trust at Tribune Publishing knew that modern-day economics don’t work for regional newspapers. So they had to innovate. Thus was born tronc, the new name for Tribune Publishing. tronc stands for “Tribune online content,” and should be capitalized under no circumstance whatsoever—even when it’s the first word in a sentence. Show More Summary

Behind the story: ‘The white flight of Derek Black’ by Eli Saslow

Every six weeks or so, the Washington Post’s Eli Saslow publishes thousands of carefully chosen, economically deployed words. More often than not, the Pulitzer-winning reporter sheds light on people who would not otherwise receive the longform treatment: Texans on food stamps, or a nurse aid in Ohio, or an undocumented immigrant. Show More Summary

The term used in Fidel Castro obits readers may not know

The death of Fidel Castro led to a flurry of retrospectives on Cuba, the revolution, and name-calling. The New York Times obituary noted that Castro was often considered “above all an old-style Spanish caudillo, one of a long line of...Show More Summary

Unintended consequences of new crime victims’ bill of rights

The Sioux Falls Police Department has refused to release the location of certain criminal incidents, and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety has scrubbed from its website all state accident reports and has stopped releasing the names of fatal crash victims. Show More Summary

Can the digital revolution save Indian journalists?

n January 2011, I found myself huddled in the basement of a refurbished textile factory in Mumbai unexpectedly pondering the future of digital news in India. I had just been hired as employee number three of a yet-to-be-named news and opinion website to be launched by Network 18, a sprawling Indian media conglomerate best known for operating Indian outposts of...

Surprised by Trump win? Stop ignoring the white working class.

The hand-wringing has been going on for weeks: How did the media miss the biggest political story of our lifetimes, the revolt of the white working class that ushered in the Age of Trump? Here’s why: We just don’t care about the working class. We in the national news media, whatever the griminess of our origins, inhabit a different stratum...

'We're living in the world Breitbart created now'

After an election upset that exposed media types as out of touch with the conservative electorate, many journalists have been looking for ways to pop, or at least counter the effects, of the so-called “filter bubble.” Right Richter, a media digest for people who don’t usually consume right-wing news, might be a good start. As the newsletter’s author, Will Sommer,...

'What’s bad for the nation is good for The Nation'

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the visibility of far right-wing outlets like Breitbart has risen--but what about their counterparts on the far left? Columbia Journalism School’s George Delacorte Professor Keith Gessen...Show More Summary

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize saga highlights complex relationship with press

Bob Dylan had gone missing. The American music icon hadn’t been heard from since the news broke two weeks earlier that he’d won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The award had set off the rare kind of high-culture debate that reaches the rest of us at our water coolers and social media feeds, and now Dylan’s “disappearance” was keeping...

Mysterious shutdown plagues popular news site in Qatar

It was 4:30 am on Nov. 30, and Omar Chatriwala and Shabina Khatri were on holiday visiting relatives in Detroit, when the husband-and-wife team who run the Doha News started receiving notifications the site had been blocked in Qatar. Users on Facebook and Twitter had begun posting they could no longer access the portal. A colleague in Doha called Khatri...

Can journalism be virtual?

In June 2003, the San Francisco company Linden Labs launched a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game called Second Life. It quickly grew to over a million users, and has become a touchstone for the potential social adoption of virtual worlds. While other such games, like World of Warcraft, have seen far wider adoption, the creators of Second Life insist...

Attempting to fill a local news void, ProPublica launches Illinois unit

In the nine years since its founding, ProPublica has established a sterling reputation and racked up awards for its deeply-reported investigative pieces. Yesterday, the nonprofit newsroom announced the next phase in its evolution: the upcoming launch of an Illinois unit, focusing on stories in Chicago and around the state. Show More Summary

Podcast: Michael Rosenwald on the enduring primacy of print

Should mainstream journalists be engaging more with the right-wing press? Was print media too quick to jump on the digital bandwagon? Why do foreign news outlets seem to be getting all the scoops about the Trump transition? We discuss all that and more on The Kicker, this week guest hosted by CJR Managing Editor Vanessa Gezari. Vanessa is joined by...

Washington Post fake news story blurs the definition of fake news

The Washington Post’s November 24 report checked all the boxes: “The flood of ‘fake news’ this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign,” it began. Not only had American voters been influenced by a deliberate misinformation operation, the story suggested, but the Kremlin was largely to blame. Show More Summary

Who Works Where

he post-election media merry-go-round is upon us. Every four years, as outlets take stock of their newsrooms and draft their strategies for covering the new administration, they also cast a wandering eye around the industry, snapping up talents who have distinguished themselves over the course of the campaign. Show More Summary

Teaching journalism after election a tricky endeavor

Amanda Bright looked around her classroom of journalism students at Eastern Illinois University the morning after the presidential election. The 15 men and women had been up much of the night and were exhausted, unusually quiet. Like...Show More Summary

Where the digital dollars have gone

nnovation comes in many forms. Popular imagination often bends toward the idea of isolated genius: Thomas Edison toiling away at Menlo Park, discovering 10,000 ways not to make a lightbulb; Steve Jobs sketching the smooth contours of the iPod. Show More Summary

Reporting and punditry that escaped infamy

Nobody knew anything at first. The attack happened far out in the Pacific, on a small remote island. And the long shadow of time has erased much collective memory about the first few hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, 75 years ago today on December 7, 1941. For the American media, that’s a good thing. With very limited access...

Documentary filmmakers fear more legal challenges in Trump era

A few days after Donald Trump was elected president, a respected documentary film director met with a roomful of potential backers and distributors in New York City. The director was making a film about questionable contributions to Republican political campaigns, a hot topic given the election. The men and women in the room were riveted by the stirring trailer that...

Print is dead. Long live print.

Roger Fidler is a forefather of digital journalism. In the early 1980s, he wrote and illustrated an essay on the future of news. When Fidler presented his ideas around Knight Ridder, his co-workers sometimes laughed. “It was not quite like Roger had descended from another planet,” a colleague of his once told me, “but he was saying some things that...

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