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A TV reporter sheds light on entrapment concerns

MIAMI, FL -- There's an old joke that gets a lot of use in central Florida: the most dangerous place in Polk County is between Sheriff Grady Judd and a television camera. The long-time sheriff is well-known for his love of the media spotlight--especially when he's dealing with what he's called his "favorite topic," crimes against children and men who...

Reporter faces jail time for scoop in gruesome murder case

CHICAGO, IL — The account of a 2013 double murder, dubbed the “Nightmare on Hickory Street,” sounds like a plot out of a horror flick. Two strangled victims. A plan to dismember the bodies with a saw and blow torch. An alleged sex act on top of the corpses. And talk of skinning one victim and wearing his face like...

Texas reporters shut out of immigration court

AUSTIN, TX -- A story in today's Houston Chronicle takes readers inside an immigration courtroom to report on accusations that the federal government is failing to provide detained migrants with due process and ignoring credible asylum claims. Show More Summary

Can an algorithm solve comment section trolling?

RALEIGH, NC--On a Monday afternoon in March, members of a North Carolina nonprofit called Equality NC hunkered down for a two-hour stint in the comment section of a story on the Raleigh News & Observer's website. It was an op-ed that Equality NC director Chris Sgro had written about tax issues facing same-sex couples in the state, which in 2012...

SEC aggressively investigates media leaks

If you think investigations of media leaks are confined to issues of national security, think again. Since 2008, one particular federal government agency has aggressively investigated leaks to the media, examining some one million emails...Show More Summary

How do you catch a candidate and pin him down?

Eric Black, a political columnist for MinnPost, offered a great example recently of how to pin down (or, at least, try mightily) a political candidate who slips and slides around important issues without specifying for voters exactly what he stands for. In this case, the candidate is Republican Mike McFadden who is running against Democratic Sen. Al Franken. For "one...

The relentless trauma of covering Gaza

CAIRO--In war, the most haunting moments do not always come when people die. For Sherine Tadros, a correspondent for Sky News, one such moment came in a hospital in Gaza last month, following the shelling of a UN-run school where Palestinian civilians had taken shelter. At least fifteen people were killed. Tadros saw a child die that day, but the...

Covering sex trafficking: Journalists can do better

When journalist David McSwane pitched a story about sex trafficking in minors to his editors at the Serasota Herald Tribune in 2012, they were skeptical. As one of his colleagues put it: “People don’t want to read about sex with children when they’re eating their food.” To McSwane, that comment later resonated with a more general attitude toward the issue....

Webster's new dictionary means change for copy editors

Webster's New World College Dictionary has a fifth edition. Big whoop, you say. But this is not just any dictionary: It's a new edition of the one used by The Associated Press and many other news outlets. That means many of you should pay attention. Here's one biggie: "Healthcare" is now the only spelling listed for what AP and many...

First Look runs headlong into journalism's two big problems

When Pierre Omidyar, the eBay billionaire, announced the creation of a news organization featuring, for starters, investigative heavyweight Glenn Greenwald, media expectations were set soaring—even here—and understandably so. In a disrupted...Show More Summary

The great newspaper spinoff

It's hard to recall a spate of media deconsolidation like the one in recent months, as companies shed their publishing divisions. Time Warner unloaded its magazine division, Time Inc. Meantime, Tribune spun off its newspapers, as has News Corporation, with EW Scripps, Journal Communications, and now Gannett planning to follow suit soon. Show More Summary

Is communications security for reporters improving?

In the year since Edward Snowden's leaks revealed the extent of the National Security Agency's snooping, American journalists have shored up our defenses. I see more reporters with their public PGP keys--the first step to sending encrypted messages using the Pretty Good Privacy program--published on their Twitter feeds and websites. Show More Summary

How American journalists covered torture after 9/11

Editors’ note: Torture, and specifically the US government’s use of it, is back in the news. The Senate Intelligence Committee is set to release a much-anticipated report on the CIA’s treatment of terrorism suspects in the wake of 9/11,...Show More Summary

Why we should be wary with a new survey showing a spike in uninsured Kansans

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — “Bottom line, Rep. [Tim] Huelskamp appears to be utterly full of hooey,” Charles Gaba of ACASignups.net told CJR in May, after the bombastic Tea Party congressman had claimed that more people in his home state of Kansas were uninsured under Obamacare than before. Show More Summary

Did a spy agency screw The Intercept?

Predicated on mutual trust, the relationship between reporters and the intelligence community has become increasingly fraught in recent years. The most recent example of the changing dynamic came Tuesday, when the National Counterterrorism...Show More Summary

Data reveals Congress isn't talking about terrorism

Charles Ornstein, a senior reporter for ProPublica, wrote a comprehensive story for The New York Times' Upshot about the drug Achtar, which cost the Medicare program about $141.5 million in 2012 despite being prescribed just 3,387 times under Medicare that year. Show More Summary

Local news outlets are joining the data journalism bandwagon

A few years ago, Gene Balk noticed that numbers and statistics were increasingly becoming more available and compelling as a central subject in news stories. "Data journalism has been getting more popular, and I noticed that there's so much data that's local that we weren't using," said Balk, a news librarian at The Seattle Times since 2002. With the backing...

Gannett's changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat

Yesterday was a busy one for Joshua Awtry. He was one of a handful of editors at Gannett-owned papers around the country who spent the day explaining to reporters and staff the specifics of some big changes coming their way. Gannett,...Show More Summary

A lonely fight

Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch By Nick Davies Chatto & Windus 448 pages Hardcover, £20 In 2008, Nick Davies put out a book arguing that the British press had become passive conduits of propaganda and public relations. It was the serious newspapers and broadcasters that concerned him then. "Nobody needs a book to tell them...

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