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The frightening implications of journalists' prosecutions abroad

After an Egyptian judge last week sentenced a trio of Al Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the British ambassador told television crews outside the courtroom that the verdict would “undermine confidence in the basis...Show More Summary

CNN proves commitment to media coverage in hiring Dylan Byers

CNN’s consistent yet stealthy drive to assemble a heavyweight media reporting team came to a head yesterday, when it announced it had recruited Politico’s powerhouse media scoop hound Dylan Byers, who will also cover politics for the network. Show More Summary

Gender doesn't tell the whole story for Clinton coverage

Gender bias in public life is so pervasive that, to borrow legal parlance, the burden of proof should probably rest on those denying its influence, not asserting it. Yet while bias is entrenched in virtually everything, that fact doesn’t always explain surface-level disparities in how we treat the sexes. Show More Summary

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... From the Los Angeles Times, 9/1/15 (Submitted by Fay Russell) and from our archives... From The (Santa Fe) New Mexican, 6/14/81 Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR.

A Peoria paper is working to 'be there' in underserved community--without adding reporters

Robin Berry remembered a time in Peoria, Illinois, when residents of the South Side so detested the local newspaper that groups of people would buy a single copy and pass it around so they wouldn’t have to give the Journal Star “a dime more than they had to.” Until a few months ago, the Gatehouse Media Inc. paper only seemed...

How an Ohio reporter helped convict more than 100 rapists

On a recent Tuesday morning, members of the DNA Cold Case task force in Cleveland, Ohio, gathered for their weekly meeting. The conference room filled with detectives, prosecutors, a crime analyst, several victim advocates—and one journalist. Rachel Dissell is a reporter for The Plain Dealer, one of two who first uncovered and wrote about neglected rape kits at the Cleveland...

Want to major in sports journalism? Now you can

With the expansion of broadcast networks, the rise of heavily trafficked niche outlets, and ever-popular local coverage, sports journalism is one of the few beats that can be called a media growth industry. That’s why universities are recalibrating to train students for the field. Show More Summary

Cracking the case: Is there propaganda behind propagation?

The dentist was examining the patient’s broken tooth. “Oh, no,” he said. “It looks like that crack is in danger of propagating.” “Mmmpf, mffppp,” the patient responded, her mouth full of cotton and dentist’s tools. What she meant was, “I thought propagate meant creating babies or reproducing, not just getting bigger." The dentist immediately turned to Google and pulled up...

Florida micro-media mogul breaks news, but is it journalism?

Subscribers to Sunburn, an email newsletter for Florida’s political class, got a chuckle one day not long ago out of a little scoop: A state legislator was making money on the side driving for Uber. Sunburn is the work of Peter Schorsch, a conservative political consultant and controversial blogger who has become, in recent years, a micro-media mogul. The plugged-in...

How 'democratators' threaten press freedom

As President Obama arrived in Ethiopia in July, his National Security Advisor Susan Rice was asked if she considered the country to be a democracy. “One hundred percent,” she quipped, referring to the tally in favor of the ruling party in national elections in May. Not everyone was amused. For the activists and journalists who face harassment, imprisonment, and exile,...

Why a drone journalism educator is getting his pilot's license

Matt Waite has already enjoyed a varied career as an investigative journalist and author, as the principal developer behind PolitiFact, and, most recently, as an educator. He’ll soon add one more title to his CV: pilot. Waite, a journalism...Show More Summary

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... From NYCityNews (submitted by Bill McHugh of Bush, Louisiana). And this one, from Twitter, we couldn't stop laughing at: I am 87% sure my local paper doesn't know how pie charts work.—...Show More Summary

Nice try, government officials, but this time the law is on the citizen’s side

Government officials can get creative when they want to hide information from public view. They sue people who request records. They try to kill programs designed to allow citizens to resolve FOI disputes without filing a lawsuit. They make decisions in open meetings without public deliberation. They even use Sunshine Week to propose bills to make it more difficult for...

As the WDBJ tragedy evolves, how will journalists frame the story?

It is less than an hour’s drive from Roanoke, due south across Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway, to Smith Mountain Lake, where WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward—24 and 27 years old, respectively—were shot to death by a former colleague on live TV early Wednesday morning. Nothing prepares journalists anywhere for the murder of our own. Yet the news...

In Katrina's wake

Hurricane Katrina attacked New Orleans in August 2005. Among the many ways in which the city was unprepared for the disaster was the absence of a chain of command among local police. “There were no rules in place other than ‘Wait it out and, when the winds wind down, begin your patrols,’?” a former narcotics officer tells Ronnie Greene in...

Math doesn't get the media attention it deserves

Last week, a story of an unusual nature managed to break into the regular news cycle. It was a story about math--more specifically, the discovery of a five-sided shape that can be used to cover an area without leaving gaps or overlapping pieces (a trick known as “tiling the plane”). The Guardian picked up the story, as did The Huffington...

Should news organizations share the video of the WDBJ7 shooting?

On Wednesday morning, two journalists near Roanoke, Va. were fatally shot during a live taping. The video was posted to various news outlets, prompting a discussion on Twitter about whether it was appropriate to show the footage. [View the story "Journalists react to WDBJ shooting footage" on Storify]

As legacy media cuts back on FOIA, digital-only news outlets step in

Ask any journalist and they’ll tell you the Freedom of Information Act process is broken. Denials are at record highs, navigating the bureaucracy can be a nightmare, and the federal agencies recently killed a modest reform bill. But a series of FOIA lawsuits also have just shown how the 50-year-old transparency law can still be indispensable. And absent any change...

How a Reuters investigation exposed a little-known side of the medical industry

In January, a pair of Reuters journalists spotted an unusual court motion filed by Johnson & Johnson. The pharmaceutical giant is one of seven companies that make a product known as pelvic mesh, used to treat conditions like urinary incontinence and uterine prolapse, that is at the center of a major wave of personal injury litigation. Johnson & Johnson claimed...

Why stock market reporting should be treated with caution

US stock markets sank, bobbed upward, and ultimately sank again on Monday, in what many financial journalists and Wall Street bigwigs described as a “wild ride” worthy of the history books. The reporting on what the numbers meant was as dizzying as the markets themselves. Show More Summary

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