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From the archives: Jimmy Breslin, The Son of Sam, and New York tabloid wars

With the passing of Jimmy Breslin on Sunday, we’re republishing a couple of pieces that we wrote about the legendary columnist over the years. Breslin’s wit and rage were constant companions for those who plucked copies of The New York Herald Tribune, The New York Daily News, or Newsday from their driveways or corner stores […]

USA Today gets new editor in chief

Gannett Chief Content Officer Joanne Lipman has been named the editor in chief of USA Today, the company announced Monday, making her the first woman to permanently hold that title at the McLean, Virginia-based news organization. Lipman’s official ascension to the role, effective immediately, comes nine months after Dave Callaway left for The Street. Patty Michalski, […]

Trump sets a new bar for presidential paranoia

I can fix the time. It’s penciled in the president’s daily diary for May 13,1965: 10 (PM.) Mr. Patrick Sloyan UPI Bureau Wash DC. 6.4 (minutes). “Hello, Pat, this is Lyndon Johnson.” “Yes, Mr. President.” “Say, I have here A101N from Johnson City, Texas by Kyle Thompson. (Johnson was holding a wire dispatch that just […]

Relying on federal funding might be a fatal mistake for public media

President Donald Trump unveiled a budget proposal yesterday that would make substantial cuts to the federal government, slashing funding for many domestic programs including agencies that provide funding to the arts and public media....Show More Summary

The WaPo-NYT newspaper war that wasn’t

Journalists love a heavyweight bout, particularly so when it’s two of our own tribe trading punches. The names Hearst and Pulitzer have been etched into our collective memory largely for their cutthroat battle for sovereignty in late 19th-century New York, while greybeards in Chicago and elsewhere still reminisce about the days their cities’ newspaper wars […]

Who files the most FOIA requests? It’s not who you think.

Journalists, you probably think FOIA requests are about you. But for the most part, they’re not. Journalists today comprise only a small fraction (7.6 percent) of requests under the Freedom of Information Act, a 1966 law enacted to help reporters hold the federal government accountable. These days, businesses, law firms, and individuals are more prolific […]

Podcast: CJR, BBC collaborate for audio documentary on journalism in America

This week, on a special edition of The Kicker, CJR and the BBC World Service have teamed up to produce an audio documentary. CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope narrates an exploration of two issues vital to journalism in America: How should the media respond to an administration that labels it “the enemy of the […]

Gannett’s push into New Jersey saps local coverage

When Gannett bought North Jersey Media Group last year, devotees of the family-owned company’s newspapers worried how a national media giant would tread on their local media turf. Draconian staff cuts soon followed at The Record in Bergen County, as well as its sister weeklies dotting the northern part of the Garden State. A new […]

‘Always appeal,’ and more pro tips from a dozen FOIA experts

In January, CJR contributors published a selection of FOIA best practices, based on an analysis of more than 33,000 such requests. Among a number of conclusions, the analysis showed that individual practices (and the responses to them) can vary widely. I’d emphasize that using the Freedom of Information Act effectively is about more than preparing a […]

Slate staffers, in vote to unionize, call for commitment to diversity

The majority of editorial staff at Slate have voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. More than 90 percent of Slate’s editorial staff have signed cards and are calling upon Slate’s management, and parent company the Graham Holdings Company, to voluntarily recognize the Guild as their collective bargaining representative, according to a […]

‘Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’: Northwestern media grads celebrate NCAA bid

If a quick scroll through your social media feed this afternoon takes on a purple tinge, there’s nothing wrong with your display settings; it’s just evidence that the Northwestern Wildcats are finally playing in the NCAA tournament. Home to Medill, the second-best journalism school in the country, Northwestern has produced some of the top names […]

Tracing the path of the GOP’s Trumpcare spin, from TV to print

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that landed Monday has damaged Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. The report, by the government’s impartial legislative arbiter, delivered the bad news many Republicans were...Show More Summary

Let the sunshine in: Usable data, open government, and more Freedom of Information successes

SUNSHINE WEEK, THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION of freedom of information, is upon us, which means journalists and others are cataloging recent and ongoing government efforts to operate in secrecy. In its final year, the Obama administration spent over $36 million to defend decisions to withhold records under the Freedom of Information Act. Minnesota lawmakers are considering […]

New series gives ‘fixers’ their due

In the 2002 movie Live from Baghdad, Michael Keaton plays a seasoned CNN producer who travels to Iraq to cover the first Gulf War. Checking into his hotel, Keaton’s character overhears a woman helping translate for another guest. Without skipping a beat he introduces himself and offers her a job working for CNN. “But I’m […]

Newsrooms should follow two simple rules for reporting on women’s bodies

Human rights attorney Amal Clooney delivered a speech at the United Nations last week exhorting Iraq to formally request a Security Council investigation so that the Islamic State would not “get away with genocide.” “Mass graves in Iraq still lie unprotected and unexhumed,” Clooney warned. “Witnesses are fleeing. And there is still not one ISIS […]

Local Washington paper balks at bill for interview with city attorney

Late last week, the mayor of Langley, Washington, asked The South Whidbey Record to compensate the city $64 for an interview with the city’s attorney. The Record’s coverage of the bill “exploded online” over the weekend, and the mayor backed off yesterday, calling the situation a misunderstanding and saying he was just trying to get […]

How to remember who vs. whom

In the nearly nine years we have been writing this column, we have never explicitly discussed the difference between “who” and “whom.” One reason is that few people care anymore. They haven’t cared for some time. As our predecessor, Evan Jenkins, wrote of “whom” in 1999: A lot of smart people hate the word. It […]

Q&A: Pamela Colloff on her new gig with NYT Mag and ProPublica

Since its sale in October, Texas Monthly has made nearly as many headlines as it has written. Most recently, Executive Editor Pamela Colloff on Monday announced her departure from the magazine where she has worked for 20 years. She will be joining both The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica, in a job that will combine […]

Is journalistic solidarity savvy or short-sighted?

A spectre is haunting journalism—the spectre of solidarity. For ages the idea of reporters banding together against a common adversary has seemed thoroughly alien to the character of American journalists. We’re back-stabbing, iconoclastic individualists. No wonder Daniel J. Leab’s 1970 history of the Newspaper Guild was called A Union of Individuals. Could the Age of […]

Q&A: How The Guardian is working to burst the media bubble

It is by now conventional wisdom that the victory of Donald Trump amounted to a massive miss by the mainstream media. Mea culpas and garment-rending soon began, but when the dust had settled journalists and editors were left with the problem of how to address a media “bubble” that had failed to accurately reflect the […]

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