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Carol J. Loomis reflects on 60 years at Fortune

(Credit: Fortune) arol J. Loomis retired in July after 60 years at Fortune, where she became, indisputably, a giant of business journalism. Along the way, she blazed a trail for women journalists, felled CEOs, and became close friends with a little-known Omaha investor named Buffett. Put it this way: She won a Loeb award for Lifetime Achievement in 1993...

Lincoln teams up with journalists

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public OpinionBy Harold HolzerSimon & Schuster768 pages; $35 The Lincoln portrayed in Harold Holzer’s painstakingly detailed study, Lincoln and the Power of the Press, will seem familiar to those who’ve read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals or seen the film Lincoln (2012), based in part on that book: Lincoln...

Uncle Sam wants (to kill) you

War Reporters Under Threat: The United States and Media Freedom I traveled to Iraq for the first time in the winter of 2004. I was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, and had volunteered to help out at the Baghdad bureau over Christmas. It was a three-week assignment that ended up lasting nearly three years. Throughout that time,...

Matt Bai seeks a larger truth

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went TabloidBy Matt BaiAlfred A. Knopf288 pagesHardcover; $26.95 att Bai’s elegant new book, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, borrows its title from the opening line of a W.B. Yeats poem that Gary Hart committed to memory and recited to Martin O’Malley, now governor of Maryland. The...

Kyiv Post's unlikely success

Dose of reality When Zahoor fired Bonner, above, the newsroom went on strike and Zahoor was forced to rehire him. (Oliver Bullough) f you search for “Ukraine news” on Google UK, you might expect to find the BBC or The Guardian atop the results. Those are, after all, vast news operations that have poured resources into the Ukraine story,...

Qaddafi couldn't stop this reporter

I n January, Abdullah Ali Aboathba, a Libyan television journalist in the southwestern desert city of Sabha, heard from his military sources that militia loyal to former dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi had attacked Tamanhint, a military base 20 miles outside the city. As he dashed out with a driver and a cameraman to document the aftermath, Aboathba passed a convoy of...

Bowe Bergdahl, Pat Tillman, and the media's problem with simplifying soldiers

Little girl Rambo Jessica Lynch told Congress, 'I am still confused as to why they chose to lie and try to make me a legend.' (CNP / Corbis) or most Americans, the story of Bowe Bergdahl’s release began in the Rose Garden. It was there, amid the ghosts of diplomatic initiatives transformative and failed, that President Obama stood between...

Can newsrooms boost traffic without spoiling their brand?

hey don’t make bylines like they used to. In July, I read a story on by someone named Rick Ungar. I found the story through Facebook—someone had shared it on my feed. Like most news articles on Facebook, it displayed just a picture, a short-source URL ( in this case), and a headline: “Hobby Lobby Invested In Numerous Abortion...

Has climate change become a business story?

Where it hurts Tidal surges from big, climate-change-driven storms are eroding valuable waterfront property in Miami Beach. (Seth Resnick / Science Faction / Corbis) ne of the more robust periods of study in the modern history of climate change has taken place this past year. It began in September 2013 with a report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel...

Meet the robots that factcheck

actchecking has been going out of style for years, as magazines and other publications embrace the feckless creed of modern journalism: Do More With Less. In its place has emerged a sort of after-the-fact, vigilante version of factchecking,...Show More Summary

How robots consumed journalism

1770sSwiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz builds “The Writer,” a 6,000-part automated doll that could be mechanically programmed to write with a quill. 1952CBS News analyzes presidential election returns against past results with a Universal Automatic Computer (UNIVAC). Show More Summary

Hyphen use disappearing

anguage evolution is happening right in plain sight. “Off-site” and “on-site” are in the process of becoming “offsite” and “onsite.” And they’re adding “noun” to their parts of speech as well. That’s because people are using their own logic instead of dictionaries. Show More Summary

Reporters rummage through Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

DART to the ghoulish journalists who rummaged through the scattered belongings of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine, while investigators fretted that the site was being contaminated. That includes Sky News reporter Colin Brazier, who was reporting live from the site on July 20 when he picked up a toothbrush,...

Giving female journalists a voice in developing nations

lobal Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a collaboration between Truthdig and the International Women’s Media Foundation, launched in June with a piece by Pakistani journalist Zubeida Mustafa that complicates the picture of her country, as portrayed in the Western media, as a place where women are only victims of oppression and violence. Show More Summary

Marijuana in the media

21 states (including DC) that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana 16 writers at The Cannabist, The Denver Post’s marijuana site 15-20 expected enrollment at Central Washington University’s “Marijuana Business Reporting” classShow More Summary

When quitting goes viral

t’s the ultimate fantasy of disgruntled journalists everywhere: quitting with a grand, public gesture that leaves bosses fuming and colleagues cheering. In recent years, there has been a boomlet of elaborate and very public resignations. Show More Summary

Newsrooms struggle with free-content strategy

ost of the media industry’s problems can be boiled down to simple math—or is it physics? Whichever it is, it’s not good. On one axis we can plot the dynamic force of advertising rates cratering toward ground level. On the other, we see the swelling public demand for things to read or watch or click, or talk back to....

Concussion controversy

I n 2014, the efforts to make organized sports safer and more just had a run of significant victories. In January, a federal judge rejected the NFL’s proposed $765 million concussion settlement, forcing the league to offer a better deal to retired players. In March, a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago office said Northwestern University football players...

Must-reads of the week

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz) - The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists' knowledge Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy (CJR) - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes Why local media...

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