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What digital metrics can (and can’t) say about the presidential campaign

Look past the 2016 campaign’s gaudier elements, and you’ll notice a less sexy development across political media: Digital behavior is being quantified. The Associated Press has launched a real-time dashboard charting out political conversation and searches on Twitter and Google, while USA Today has partnered on a similar venture with Facebook. Show More Summary

Examining the state of rest

We were prepared to write a column about how many news outlets incorrectly described the public viewing of the bodies of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former first lady Nancy Reagan as “lying in state.” Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, almost no one did. Most reports, in broadcast and print, said that Mrs. Reagan, the widow of President...

In human rights reporting, the perils of too much information

Last month, the human rights organization Amnesty International revealed the exact location of a mass burial site on the outskirts of Bujumbura, Burundi. It allegedly held the bodies of at least 50 people who died from political violence in December of last year. International media outlets like The New York Times, Reuters, and Foreign Policy were quick to report on...

Why journalists should be afraid of Trump's media strategy

As someone who fights for the rights of journalists, I’ve been following the US presidential campaign with a particular concern. What strikes me is how the candidates use both traditional and social media to generate attention. The Trump campaign, in particular, is making me apprehensive about the safety of journalists around the world. Let me explain why. Trump entered the...

The best job in journalism? Sorry, it's already filled by Jim Dwyer

The title "newspaper columnist" once carried a certain brassy prestige. For much of the past century, columnists--from marquee sportswriters and political commentators to cultural critics and regional, all-purpose powerhouses like Mike Royko, Molly Ivins, and Pete Dexter--were newspaper royalty. Show More Summary

Political journalists on why they do—or don't—vote in the primaries

More than 2.5 million people voted in the Michigan presidential primary on Tuesday, breaking the record set in 1972, when the voting age was first lowered from 21 to 18. A similarly large turnout is expected in the high-stakes primary in neighboring Ohio on March 15. But some of the most well-informed people in both states are not casting ballots...

Why Greil Marcus's column has lasted 30 years

The Real Life Rock Top Ten, written by noted music critic Greil Marcus, just marked its 30th birthday by moving to Pitchfork, the once hipster, now Conde Nast-owned online music magazine. Real Life, released more or less monthly, does mostly what its name implies: itemizes and pithily critiques 10 cultural artifacts of note--which to Marcus can mean anything from an...

A New York Times columnist on tackling poverty--and pushback

There aren’t many reporters on the poverty beat these days, or even journalists who look with any regularity at how those on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder live. Eduardo Porter’s weekly New York Times column, “Economic Scene,” is one space where poverty continues to receive regular, thoughtful consideration. Show More Summary

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... The Royal Gazette (Bermuda), 5/9/85 The Asheville (N.C.) Times, 3/21/84 Reading (P.A.) Eagle, 5/23/82

A plan for a new statewide paper has some observers asking: 'Is this for real?'

As Neal Robbins tells it, when he was making plans for a statewide news outlet he wanted to launch in North Carolina, he consulted with a bunch of other journalism entrepreneurs. “They all said, you’ve got to do a website,” recalled Robbins, an attorney who worked in politics and government before moving to publishing. “And I said ‘OK, that sounds...

Using video, The New Yorker abandons its mystique in hopes of attracting a larger audience

The latest episode of The New Yorker’s playful online video series The Cartoon Lounge offers a look at how an illustration makes it into the country’s most storied magazine. In the clip, artists pitch their work, often in vain, to cartoon editor Bob Mankoff. One piece, lacking a caption, depicts a wooden Trojan cat attempting to infiltrate a doghouse. “It’s...

Should we be monetizing user-generated content?

In 2011, John McHugh, an Irish photojournalist, was trying to get to Bahrain to cover the Arab Spring. Several of his photojournalist friends were trying to get in, too, but most were detained at the airport, arrested, and deported. Figuring their equipment was tipping off authorities, McHugh devised a simple plan: He’d go without his cameras. It worked; McHugh slipped...

When grammar goes the distance

As we’re fond of saying, language changes. Some people hate that fact, and will use “their” only as a plural pronoun until their dying day. We can hold out as long as we can, in the spirit of “proper” English, but still be aware when they’ve crossed the line from “wrong” to “not fully acceptable in polite company.” Thus it...

Facebook is eating the world

Something really dramatic is happening to our media landscape, the public sphere, and our journalism industry, almost without us noticing and certainly without the level of public examination and debate it deserves. Our news ecosystem has changed more dramatically in the past five years than perhaps at any time in the past five hundred. We are seeing huge leaps in...

How drug reporting is changing

Journalism has a drug problem. It’s festered for years, from the panic-stricken coverage of marijuana in the 1930s, through the War on Drugs, to the spike in heroin use today. At issue is reporting that is frenzied, frightened, and too often shaped and spun by law enforcement. At risk is a misinformed public. But what if a news outlet were...

How the Melissa Click case highlights tensions around police body-cam footage

It was two snippets of video that ended up costing Melissa Click her job last week. Click shot from obscurity to infamy in November when, while employed as an assistant professor of communications at the University of Missouri in Columbia, she was caught on tape calling for “some muscle” to remove a student videographer from a public space during a...

Can you make something off the record once you've said it on the record?

I never took a lesson in journalism ethics at The New York Times—really, I learned in a tribal way, as did we all once upon a time: helpful copy editors telling me as a new copy boy what you could or couldn’t say. In that same way, we learned that “off the record” meant you didn’t quote the person, and...

Why are horoscopes and media a match?

Welcome to 2016, where you can get your daily horoscope on Snapchat, as a meme, or with a side of GIF. (GIF: The Cut / Kelly Chill; Photos: Naoyuki Noda / Getty Images) In this era of self-reflection (or, self-obsession), horoscopes fit right in. But there is something curious about them. How have horoscopes aged so well? Old media...

How to manage a newsroom shutdown

Jill Geisler teaches and coaches managers worldwide and is affiliated with the Poynter Institute. She’s the author of the book, podcasts on iTunes U. CJR editor Liz Spayd asks her questions each month on media leadership issues. Liz: Al Jazeera America is in the process of shutting down the first major cable news launch since Fox News in 1996. As you know,...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... Tri-City Herald (Pasco, Wash.), 12/16/80 The Salt Lake Tribune, 8/27/81 International Herald Tribune, 9/10/86 The Atlanta Constitution, 8/16/85

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