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Snapchat ventures into news territory

The app used by millions as a creative outlet for duck-face selfies, fleeting nude photos, and covert humiliation of unknowing passersby is the latest third-party platform to host news coverage. On Tuesday, Snapchat unveiled Discover,...Show More Summary

Why llamas took over the news cycle

On Thursday, when two escaped llamas in Arizona captivated the internet, the Associated Press was ready. "Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement enclave," read the AP's news item, "causing a stir in the streets and on social media." The AP wasn't the only traditional news outlet to lift the llama story out of...

Jake Silverstein, editor of The New York Times Magazine

Streamed live on Feb. 26, 2015--Jake Silverstein speaks with Victor Navasky. To view this video on mobile phones, click here.

Victor Pickard on native ads and the new journalism economy

Victor Pickard celebrated the Federal Communication Commission's vote Thursday to regulate the internet as a public utility at an internet victory party in Washington, DC. For Pickard, an assistant professor at the Annenberg School of...Show More Summary

How one town's government brought the local paper back to life

Around this time last year, a practically defunct newspaper in a suburb of Madison, WI, embarked on an experiment: With a one-year direct financial boost from city hall—about $30,000 to cover monthly postage, plus the shuttering of a city newsletter that competed for ad dollars—the paper would return to print. Then, it would see if it could stand on its...

Washington Post staffer leaves for Starbucks-backed media startup

The Washington Post’s Rajiv Chandrasekaran is the latest legacy media star to strike out on his own in the startup world, announcing on Thursday that he’ll move to Seattle to form a new media company partnered with Starbucks. Chandrasekaran, a senior correspondent and associate editor at The Post, told CJR that the venture will produce longform “social-impact content” in...

How journalists should reframe the encryption debate

Digital encryption may seem like a niche topic to be the center of an international debate. Yet in recent months, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, FBI Director James Comey, NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers, and President Obama have all weighed in on the possibility of widespread consumer-technology encryption. Show More Summary

Showdown over the future of independent documentaries at PBS

POV executive producer Simon Kilmurry, filmmaker Dawn Porter and WNET VP for programming Stephen Segaller at PBS' New York listening tour (POV Docs) The scene was New York’s SVA Theater in Chelsea and the battle was over a proposal to shift two beloved PBS documentary programs to a secondary station. Mikel Ellcessor, moderator for the day, tried his best...

The LA Times goes deep on superbug outbreak

Go beyond finger-pointing and look for systemic failures. This advice to journalists on the patient safety beat, from health policy expert Dr. Ashish Jah during our Q&A earlier this month, came to mind as I read Chad Terhune's excellent...Show More Summary

The Olympics and press freedom

In 2001, the last time Beijing was competing to host the Olympic Games, Chinese officials made many promises, including a pledge that journalists covering the event would operate with “complete freedom” and “no restrictions.” But asShow More Summary

Why scientists often hate records requests

A mammoth open records request by an anti-GMO nonprofit is making headlines this month for the sheer breadth of its ask. US Right to Know, based in Oakland, CA, has asked at least four universities to turn over all correspondence since 2012 between 14 researchers and a number of private companies, including Monsanto, DuPont, Dow, and public relations firm Ogilvy...

Why Jan Brewer is sounding like James Risen

My law school mentor used to joke that the First Amendment has protected a bunch of unsavory characters: separatists, chauvinists, white supremacists, communists, jingoists, bigots—and on its darkest days, he would say, the First Amendment has even protected journalists. Now, we might be able to add one more to the list: Jan Brewer, the former Arizona governor, who has some...

Why Bill O'Reilly can play hardball on his war zone story

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly continued a boisterous defense this week against charges originally leveled by a Mother Jones report that accused him of exaggerating his experience in war zones. On The O’Reilly Factor on Monday night, he rehashed 1982 Buenos Aires protests in a 9-minute piece complete with archival footage from CBS News. “As you may know, some...

How limited access to state officials hurts reporting in Missouri

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- To hear Phill Brooks tell it, statehouse reporters in Missouri used to have serious access. Brooks, a correspondent for KMOX radio in St. Louis and a journalism professor at the University of Missouri, has covered politics in the state for four decades. At the beginning of his career, he says, he would go see Jerry Bryan,...

Chicago's council races are becoming a better story

CHICAGO, IL — A Trekkie, a salsa dancer, a member of the 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame, even a man who once went by the nickname “Cinnabon John”--all are among the roster of candidates running for council today in this city’s municipal elections, according to the Chicago Tribune. A colorful crop of candidates is nothing new: For years, the alt-weekly...

Reveal and the new push for podcasts

Two years ago, John Barth met Joaquin Alvarado, the CEO of the Center for Investigative Reporting, for martinis at the Sir Francis Drake hotel in San Francisco. Barth is the chief content officer for Public Radio Exchange, a hub of radio innovation responsible for shows like Snap Judgement, The Moth Radio Hour, and the podcast network Radiotopia. He was visiting...

Will the new Page One meetings finally make the Times digital first?

Last Thursday, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet announced a radical change: The Gray Lady's twice-daily Page One meetings would no longer be focusing on the print paper. Instead, these hallowed meetings will focus on which three to four enterprise stories will get prime real estate on digital platforms. Show More Summary

Why we 'stave off' colds

"I'm trying to stave off a cold," a friend said. Another responded, "Wine will work for that." Neither probably realized that, indeed, to "stave off" has its origins in wine, or something like wine. Nowadays, "stave off" means to keep at bay, fight off, or defend against. But in its original, noun form, around 1400, the Oxford English Dictionary says,...

Why journalists are struggling to cover Libya

The crisis in Libya seized world media attention again this month after self-declared Islamic State militants released a video showing the execution of 21 hostages, including at least 20 Coptic Egyptians. Airstrikes in Libya by Egyptian,...Show More Summary

Reporters rely on anonymous sources in heightened NBA coverage

Thursday at 3pm marked the NBA trade deadline, teams' last chance to make major roster upgrades before the playoffs. Reporters had spent the day and those leading up to it in fierce competition to satisfy rabid fan interest by making note of every twist in every potential trade, from rumors that a team was expected to pursue or attempt to...

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