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Serial creators don't know what will happen to Adnan Syed

This American Life's popular Serial podcast bills itself as "one story, told week-by-week." For the uninitiated, it's the story of a reporter investigating the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. The host, Sarah Koenig, is still reporting, and she insists that she's not much further ahead than her listeners. The...

Virtual reality is journalism's next frontier

Gannett Digital/Des Moines Register Virtual reality is ascendant, and it's time for media outlets to take notice. Why? Consumer access to VR devices is about to take off thanks to ambitious prototypes from Oculus Rift and, in the past year, several major projects have redefined immersion journalism. In September, The Des Moines Register released Harvest of Change, a detailed...

How two Florida reporters 'watchdogged' misuse of the state's open-records law

I teach journalism and media law courses at the University of Kansas, and part of my job is to help students think critically and creatively about the legal problems that mass communicators most often face. We read stories and casesShow More Summary

Why Wyoming's press association is worried about a state privacy amendment

The nation's least populous state may become the next battleground pitting a citizen's right to privacy against the public right to access information. At issue is a debate over whether to amend the Wyoming state constitution. The new language would provide that “the right of individual privacy is essential to the well-being of a free society and shall not be...

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it's not the one you'd expect

Some of Fareed Zakaria’s past and present publications are finally facing the music, even though they won’t acknowledge what it sounds like. Plagiarism accusations have dogged the CNN host and Washington Post columnist for years, though the drumbeat has crescendoed in recent months. Corrections and apologies have been added to a wide array of his previous work. But Zakaria...

Will radio save science journalism?

In hiring a brand-new health journalism staff, WNYC may be one of the only news outlets in the country that is actually expanding its physical offices to accommodate more reporting muscle. The flagship station from New York Public Radio is building out a new health unit to house four reporters, an editor, a community projects manager, and the managing editor...

The role of 'in' vs. 'on' for a popular phrase

Did you know that there's a difference between acting "on behalf of" something and "in behalf of" something? Didn't think so. But you're in good company if you don't think there really is a difference. For some people, "on behalf of" means you are acting as the agent or representative of something: "On behalf of the mayor, let me welcome...

What it's like to be a polygamy beat reporter

Last Tuesday, The New York Times’ frontpage headline read “It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Many Wives.” That Joseph Smith married as many as 40 women—one of them 14 years old, and others already married to his followers—was a rare story for national news. But it was just another day on the job for Nate Carlisle, perhaps the nation’s only polygamy beat...

Connecting dissidents and journalists

One of the greatest obstacles to understanding authoritarian societies is that the dissidents within them have few outlets through which to describe their lives, argue their opinions, and refute official propaganda. The people behind...Show More Summary

Reporters shouldn't overlook this aspect of Obamacare

As healthcare reporters begin to focus on Obamacare open enrollment, one major, but overlooked issue comes to mind. That's the messy business of reconciling at tax time what the government paid in health insurance subsidies--based on projected income for the year--with what consumers were actually entitled to. Show More Summary

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs

Last month, The Virginian-Pilot announced it was laying off 32 employees, knocking its newsroom back by about a quarter. The cuts would be the deepest the paper has suffered since 2008 and will leave the newsroom “at less than half of its size in 2007,” when it had almost 250 staffers. So it's been a bittersweet time at the 140-year-old paper in...

What's the state of local political news?

In the wake of last week’s midterm election and some ensuing commentary about the state of local media, CJR associate editor Greg Marx and United States Project correspondent Deron Lee shared thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of local news. A record of the discussion is below. From: Greg Marx, 11:11pm Nov. 11 Hey Deron, It feels like we’ve had a...

How to run a successful newsroom

Liz Spayd: The highly-touted First Look Media seems to be thrashing in choppy waters lately. The most recent evidence came when top editor John Cook left in quick succession to former Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi. Taibbi's noisy departure came after clashes over management style and other issues. It's pretty clear that First Look and other startups are struggling...

Why ISIS coverage sounds familiar

In the months since ISIS beheaded two American journalists and released the video tapes for all the world to see, there have been reports of shadowy new terrorist cells in Syria, lone wolf attacks in the West, and the progress of the US-led airstrikes. These reports belong to a larger narrative that is changing week to week, sometimes day...

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal

A non-Catholic, casual news consumer might be forgiven for thinking that Pope Francis is pro-same-sex unions, pro-evolution, and anti-capitalism. Since he became the 267th pope in March 2013, the media has frequently suggested that the head of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church is planted firmly on the left. Show More Summary

What can Jim Brady's new site do for Philadelphia journalism?

DETROIT, MI — “Can it last?” That was daily reporting too. Though there are some notable exceptions, the track record for news startups in the city of 1.5 million people is not encouraging. But there’s a new crop on the way, trying a variety of models in search of the right mix of relevance and sustainability. The nonprofit Philadelphia Citizen,...

Medium provides community, feedback for wannabe writer

On Tuesday, Matter announced the six finalists for a new international reporting fellowship. In an experiment with crowdsourcing the fellowship jury, Matter is letting readers vote for their favorite proposal, deciding who takes home $10,000 for the project. Show More Summary

What political reporters learned from the Colorado midterm election

DENVER, CO -- While the midterms are over here in America's favorite swing state, that doesn't mean reporters are taking a breather from political coverage. They're writing stories about what happened: how the Republican wave crashed on the Rockies (Democratic Sen. Show More Summary

Why activists increasingly focus on online media strategy

In July, a video featuring various Lego characters went viral on social media, but the rigors endured by the plastic toys suggested this was no promotional video for the brand. In a chilling doomsday scenario, set to a slowed-down version of the theme song from the recent Lego movie, the entire miniature world slowly drowned in oil. The video was...

European Union journalists cross borders for story collaboration

When Brigitte Alfter was the European Union correspondent in Brussels for a Danish newspaper a decade ago, the stories she covered were only relevant to her Danish audience. Her sources came primarily from Nordic countries. But to cover the EU from the viewpoint of one country or region often misses miss crucial context. "If you want to hold power accountable...

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