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Who’s funding women-run media?

Shauna Stark, a former executive at Intel, doesn’t have fond memories of her career in Silicon Valley. “It was the ’80s. It was an era--you've probably seen movies about this--when women were wearing little ties, and there was one woman at every table in every business and you were somewhat patronized,” says Stark, who is now 61. “Especially by the...

Money mix-up

In a discussion about how one news organization had reported about the national debt, a columnist wrote that one issue was Republican policies of cutting taxes and increasing military spending: “Both Bush administrations compounded the debt problem by continuing both policies. Show More Summary

County official: Won't some reporters show up to 'keep us on our best behavior'?

It's a weekday afternoon when Dave de Felice, a member of the Dane County, Wisc., board of supervisors, answers his phone. No, he hadn't yet seen my e-mail seeking clarification on a news release he'd recently sent. But, yes, oh yes, he'd like to talk about it. A few days earlier, de Felice (pronounced full-LEE-chay) had dashed off a news...

First Look doubles down as First Amendment benefactor

When it launched 15 months ago, First Look Media’s Press Freedom Litigation Fund seemed partial to supporting high-profile, politically charged legal fights. After a lull, the fund announced grants this week for the Sacramento News & Review and Mother Jones, two news organizations caught up in more conventional First Amendment cases. Show More Summary

At journalism ethics discussion, Lester Holt sidesteps talk of Brian Williams

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt appeared Thursday evening at the Columbia Journalism School for an event billed as a discussion of news ethics. Given that his predecessor is a modern media posterboy for ethical transgression, that legacy could have been the night’s top story. Show More Summary

Who’s to blame for the Joe Biden story?

For a glance into the hyper-competitive arena of digital campaign coverage, keep this week’s folly in mind. On Monday night, The Washington Post reported that Vice President Joe Biden would end months of speculation and jump into the...Show More Summary

How a niche Chicago site cracked open a major schools scandal

When the former head of the Chicago Public Schools was indicted earlier this month in connection with a multi-million dollar bribery and kickback scheme, every media outlet in the city was on the story. That wasn’t the case two years...Show More Summary

Writing poetry: a reporter’s notebook

The joke around my house is that I wrote a book of poetry because my wife left me home alone so she could teach abroad for three months. Why else would a journalist write poetry? There’s a bit of truth there. When I wasn’t on the road myself, working as a correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, I was home at...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

This week's winning entry comes from writer Susan Perloff, who also submitted her own vote for a caption: "She founded a 100-year-old company, and she looks terrific." Real caption says: "Victoria Stapleton, founder and creative director of Brora, a 100-year-old U.K. Show More Summary

National Press Club’s Norman Rockwell sale to diversify its assets—at a cost

Over the more than 20 years since she joined Washington’s National Press Club, when Nell Minow has shown visitors the Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth paintings hanging on the walls, she has said half-jokingly that the art was part of the reason she joined the club. “I loved showing it to guests,” says the freelancer, who covers arts, entertainment, and...

The Timothy McVeigh case and its impact on media law

Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of a federal building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, caused the deaths of 168 people, 19 of them children. More than 600 others were injured, and 300-some buildings were affected, resulting in at least $650 million in damage. It is among the most deadly, destructive acts of domestic terrorism in United States history. In...

Have a question on the healthcare beat? This group of international journalists can help

A few years back, I wrote about how CareOregon, a health plan serving Medicare and Medicaid patients, had worked with area hospitals to use patient safety measures developed by the British National Health Service. At the time, CareOregon’s CEO told me, “The NHS has done some of the best thinking in the world around large scale complex system transformation. It’s...

Do BuzzFeed’s native political ads cross a line?

A major player in the explosion of online native ads, BuzzFeed is perhaps the most prominent outlet yet to promise sponsored content for political candidates. The company announced last week that it will create and sell native advertising for office seekers in 2016, a potentially lucrative move in an election cycle that is expected to see $1 billion spent on...

Virginia reporters school state officials on open records laws

State officials in Virginia scrambling to keep documents from the press. The governor's office directing an agency to misrepresent open records laws. Local reporters pushing back at agency flacks about how to interpret those laws. And a response to a big Freedom of Information Act request from a newspaper that exposed how it all went down behind the scenes. That's...

St. Louis editors divided on how to respond to subpoenas from prosecutor

In 15 years as St. Louis circuit attorney, Jennifer Joyce says, she has issued “hundreds of subpoenas” to media outlets in the course of her investigations. And as Joyce tells it, this had never been an issue—until January of this year, when one of those subpoenas reached the desk of Margaret Freivogel, the editor of St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU)....

Dear Arianna Huffington: Listen up

Liz - Let's start with one close to home. Actually, very close to home. As you know, CJR just announced a big shift toward digital, with a decision to ramp up our online focus and replace our bimonthly magazine with two special issues a year. Any advice for editors out there, me included, who are doubling down on digital and...

Water under the bridge

On a road trip through the Pacific Northwest, two travelers crossed running water with names that included “river,” “stream,” “creek,” and “brook.” Especially in the West, undergoing a historic drought, some “rivers” looked like what...Show More Summary

How Donald Trump outsmarted the media again

Media enigma Donald Trump plays a roughneck on the trail. But his public demeanor belies a backstage dexterity and crafty touch when handling campaign matters, especially when it involves the media. So far we have learned that, in a match between Trump and the press, it is best to place your bets on the former. That was on particular display...

Michigan's newspaper veterans find a home--and a growing audience--at Bridge Magazine

On a Thursday morning in October, Nancy Nall Derringer, a staff writer for Bridge Magazine, brought a homemade apple coffee cake to a story meeting. The nonprofit online publication has offices in Lansing and Detroit, but this gathering was at the publication’s home base—a cottage in a wooded area of Ann Arbor, built with reclaimed lumber from a local barn...

Why FOIA's speed clause is broken

In August of 2013, the Associated Press made a straightforward records request to the State Department. It wanted Hillary Clinton’s calendars from her tenure as Secretary of State—and it wanted them quickly. Noting the likelihood of a Clinton presidential run, the AP sought to make use of a Freedom of Information Act provision that allows the press to jump to the...

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