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Trump comeback kills buzz at BuzzFeed’s election-night fete

The “Nasty Woman” cocktail was really just a cosmo on the rocks, a traditional offering dressed up in a topical joke. Along with the “Bad Hombre”—a spicy cilantro margarita—it seemed to at first provide a bit of grease to the celebratory wheels of BuzzFeed’s entertainment-side staffers as they took their seats to watch the company stream a live, election-night special...

Here’s to the return of the journalist as malcontent

Journalism’s moment of reckoning has arrived. Its inability to understand Donald Trump’s rise over the last year, ending in his victory Tuesday night, clearly stand among journalism’s great failures, certainly in a generation and probably in modern times. Show More Summary

Dear Donald Trump: 'Rigged' has other meanings, too

Donald Trump says everything is “rigged.” The election, the primaries, the FBI, the whole “system” is “rigged” against him, he has said, and many of his followers believe it as well. We’re a language column, not a political one, so we are not discussing all that “rigging,” tempting though that might be. Instead, we’re looking at the word “rig” itself....

Election results: Here's what to expect and when

After more than 500 days of wall-to-wall political coverage, getting updated polling results on Election Day isn’t as easy as you’d think. “People go to websites in the middle of Election Day expecting that there's news,” says SashaShow More Summary

Where political talk radio is driven by a sense of community, not partisanship

The Sunday morning radio show began on a light note. Sports occupied the first few minutes of a one-hour block, before the hosts shifted their focus to a schizophrenic Bronx woman killed by police. Then the powerhouse voices of Bob Slade and Bob Pickett, recognized and respected by millions of East-coast listeners, guided the discussion toward the 2016 election. Slade...

Chris Wallace's moment in the spotlight

Chris Wallace was worried. It was October 18, and the next evening, in front of more than 70 million viewers, the veteran newsman would become the first journalist from the Fox News Channel to moderate a presidential debate. Working out of his Las Vegas hotel suite, Wallace refashioned his questions, sharpening the language. He ripped out sheets of paper, tore...

Pence as moderate Republican? That’s news to the Indiana press corps.

Ever since Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump picked Mike Pence to be his running mate, the Indiana press corps has watched its conservative governor get repackaged for a national audience as a moderate statesman. Certainly...Show More Summary

Firing journalists won’t save the media

ear Media Movers and Shakers, In the great tradition of American journalism, I thought that I would try, as pretentious as this sounds, and if you will forgive the cliche, to speak truth to power. That used to mean telling it like it is to the politicians, financiers and business people who dominate society. Now, more and more, it...

Journalists too easily charmed by power, access, and creamy risotto

When Robert Moses, the notorious New York master builder, wanted to cow the journalists who covered him, he knew he didn’t have to harangue or threaten his way to a favorable story. Food and drink did the trick. A reporter on the Moses beat, whether covering the opening of a new hydroelectric power dam or a row of toll...

A new role in journalism: the digital fixer

When An Xiao Mina traveled to Shenzhen, China, to do research on selfie stick production, she needed a way to know where people were talking. She contacted Jue Ren, a digital anthropologist working in the area who she had met at a panel on urbanization in Shenzhen. After just a few minutes, Ren introduced her to a WeChat network of...

Podcast: Denverite editor on digital startups and the future of local news

About five months ago, a for-profit, hyperlocal online news site called Denverite launched in Colorado's capital with the feel of a national startup. Backed by a trio of investors in Business Insider, the news outlet is the pilot project for a potential string of sites in other cities. Denverite does not yet have a business model, but will start experimenting...

How Foreign Correspondents Use Chat Apps to Cover Political Unrest

Coverage of any breaking news event today often includes footage captured by eyewitnesses and uploaded to the social web. This has changed how journalists and news organizations not only report and produce news, but also how they engage with sources and audiences. In addition to social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, chat apps such as WhatsApp and...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower Case... Wichita (Kan.) Eagle-Beacon 6/21/81 The Montogomery Journal (Montgomery County. Md.) 8/8/84 The Sun-Tattler (Broward County, Fla.) 1/25/84 Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) 1/17/85 Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower Case archives.

Chicago Tribune editor on covering Cubs World Series win: Readers had papers 'stolen off their porches'

With the fate of the Chicago Cubs’ 108-year championship drought resting on a climactic Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night, the World Series finale was bound to ooze with drama. But no one could have foreseen the coming suspense: the Cubs’ ace closer blowing a three-run lead in the bottom of the eighth; an excruciating rain delay as...

Stick to sports? These writers say no thanks

Rob Neyer isn’t embarrassed to say he’s more than a little preoccupied with the number of people who follow him on Twitter. Neyer is a freelance baseball writer and sabermetrics guru, and the 64,000 readers who have added his daily MLB analysis and insight to their daily newsfeed make up his most regular audience. So earlier this year, when Neyer...

Journalists can regain public's trust by reaffirming basic values

Wide swaths of the country, To them, "corporate media" is of a piece with government insiders and self-dealers who, to paraphrase the tagline of one of this year’s attack ads, make government work...for them. Don't make the mistake of thinking that these folks are only angry white people on the right. There are plenty of young people and people of...

Look out below: Cuts underway as advertising tumble accelerates

A memo two weeks ago from Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Barker offering buyouts to the paper’s entire editorial staff signaled stormclouds on the horizon for the news business. Today, the deluge began. The Journal said it will combine sections of its physical newspaper, resulting in less space devoted to arts, culture, and local news coverage, to cope...

300 newsrooms sign on to monitor voting problems

On election nights past, ProPublica staffers were more likely to be found at home watching the results roll in on TV or online than in the newsroom. The nonprofit, public-interest journalism outfit isn’t in the business of tracking the vote. But this year, it’s trying something new. Working out of a temporary newsroom setup at the CUNY Graduate School of...

Ex-journalist leads state's effort to flee Obamacare in favor of single-payer

Colorado Public Radio in early October aired a debate between ex-Washington Post reporter T.R. Reid and PR consultant Cody Belzley over a ballot initiative that would bring single-payer health insurance to the state. Before they went on the air, host Ryan Warner asked Reid, “What’s it like switching from journalist to advocate?” It’s a question Reid gets a lot. The...

Best journalism of October 2016

Sorry, no king-sized candy bars here—CJR feasted this Halloween on October’s best work in journalism. If you missed these savory bits of goodness last month, what better time to revisit them than when you’re nursing your sugar hangover in the coming days? Best journey into the twilight zone The Washington Post gets inside the mind of a conspiracy theorist, following...

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