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How one reporter's beard gimmick became a useful tool for covering Illinois' budget stalemate

About 10 months ago, Chris Kaergard, an editor and political reporter at the Peoria Journal Star, started growing a beard. It was clear that the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature and Bruce Rauner, the Republican governor, would have a hard time agreeing on a state budget. The idea was that Kaergard wouldn’t shave until a deal was struck—a simple way to bring...

Obama admits that 'Top Secret' is not always so secret

During an interview with Fox News on Sunday, President Obama--perhaps inadvertently--exposed the US classification system for what it really is: completely arbitrary and utterly broken. In the process, he described the hypocritical nature of his administration’s approach to secrecy. Show More Summary

Historic candidacy, historic press corps

Even before Hillary Clinton announced she was once again running for president, news organizations had pounced on the “Hillary beat” as if she were already a surefire candidate. In mid-2013, The New York Times assigned politics reporter Amy Chozick to follow the former secretary of state. Early the following year, CNN asked White House correspondent Brianna Keilar to serve as...

How a unique community radio station serves listeners in Appalachia

As far back as Kelli Haywood can remember, Appalshop has been a part of her life. The storied arts, media, and education center was founded in 1969 in her hometown of Whitesburg, a small county seat in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky. The first play Haywood ever performed in was led by Appalshop’s traveling theater troupe. The nonprofit brought traditional...

How journalists can use Anchor to make social media audible

Rachel Rohr was making waves—well, one wave. The associate producer of NPR and WBUR’s Here & Now was recording a short post on Anchor, an audio app, in late February. But instead of speaking about a specific news item as she previously had in clips—waves, in Anchor parlance—Rohr asked her listeners a question: “Do you want to hear news on...

Will "they" ever change?

Last week, we talked about some of the recent and forthcoming changes in The Associated Press Stylebook that were discussed and announced at the annual conference of the American Copy Editors Society. But many attendees were surprised that no one asked about “they,” and the AP Stylebook editors did not discuss it. In fact, the stylebook editors themselves were surprised...

Why the Panama Papers are a gold mine for conspiracy theorists

At first glance, the Panama Papers seem destined to become legend in conspiracy theory circles. The investigation, published Sunday, relied on 2.6 terabytes of secret data to reveal a vast network of offshore companies that hide money tied to politicians, celebrities, and criminals worldwide. Show More Summary

How to cover the rise in disability claims? A local perspective makes a big difference

Jessie Van Berkel covers the city of St. Paul for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But last month, she traveled north to the small towns of rural Minnesota to report on Social Security Disability Insurance, the federal assistance program...Show More Summary

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... Birmingham Post-Herald, 3/28/77 Fremont County (Calif.) Chronicle-News, 2/13/75 Niles (Ohio) Daily Times, 9/29/76

How the Miami Herald's Steve Rothaus became a pioneer in coverage of the LGBT community

When Steve Rothaus began covering the gay community for the Miami Herald nearly 20 years ago, he was the first reporter at a mainstream newspaper anywhere in the country to cover gay issues as a regular news beat. It was the summer of 1997, and Gianni Versace had just been murdered on the steps of his South Beach mansion. Though...

Against the odds, investigative journalism persists in the Middle East

In the past year, a group of Arab journalists has been working secretly in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Algeria, and Yemen as part of a global network of investigative reporters mining the so called “Panama Papers.” They found that some Arab strongmen and their business partners are linked to offshore companies and bank accounts. They also discovered that Syrian President Bashar...

Who lurks behind Brooklyn Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture”? The media.

At first glance, Kristin Iversen is your normal girl next door--a petite blonde with blue eyes and a charming aura. But that impression fades a bit as she describes her “somewhat circuitous” career path. The 34-year-old has spent past few years as the executive editor of the monthly publication, Brooklyn Magazine. In 2013, she wrote a moving piece remembering Nelson...

How ‘the public is priced out of public records’ by Michigan universities

In Michigan, transparency comes at a cost—and a seemingly arbitrary one at that. The Society of Professional Journalists chapter at Central Michigan University recently conducted a FOIA audit of the state's 15 public universities. It...Show More Summary

Panama Papers show the value of newsroom collaboration

In early 2015, an anonymous source began forwarding German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung encrypted files from a Panamanian law firm specializing in offshore companies. The trove of documents kept growing, and eventually numbered in the millions. Show More Summary

A matter of AP Style

One sure sign of spring is the sighting of new entries for The Associated Press Stylebook. For the past few years, changes in the AP Stylebook have been announced to coincide with the annual conference of the American Copy Editors Society. (Full disclosure: This columnist is a member of the ACES board.) AP caused some consternation—or relief—when it announced that...

What the Paris attacks tell us about how foreign news gets made

In 1969, Gay Talese described breaking big stories as an act of exhilaration and majesty. A reporter “sensed the vast machinery of [his newspaper] moving and reaching across the world grasping for the truth,” Talese writes. “[H]e was constantly impressed at how smoothly the enormous organization seemed to be closing in on a single story.” In an era of social...

A crucial skill that most J-schools aren't teaching

At the recent annual data journalism conference in Denver, Colo., the job postings covered a large bulletin board. News organizations from the Atlanta Journal Constitution to Vox were seeking reporters, editors, producers, designers, and developers. Show More Summary

Black Lives Matter: the movement, the organization, and how journalists get it wrong

Last month, The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb detailed the birth and development of Black Lives Matter as few others had before him. Central to his analysis was his clear differentiation between the sprawling social movement that has dominated headlines and the civil rights organization with more than 30 chapters across the United States. Show More Summary

Why Kuwait’s news outlets are ahead of the digital game

Kuwaiti parliamentarians, opposition leaders, youth activists, and businessmen tend to stop talking when alerts light up their phones, which are glued to their hands and never on silent. Twitter and WhatsApp are the most frequent culprits. Kuwait is hardly the only place in the Middle East whose residents are addicted to social media. What sets it apart, however, is just...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... The New York Times, 3/30/16 Submitted by Richard Knee, San Francisco, California

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