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What reporters can learn from the Partners Healthcare ruling

Last week, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge ended the efforts of Partners Healthcare, the state's gigantic health system, to acquire three community hospitals. Judge Janet Sanders ruled that Partners' grand acquisition strategy--...Show More Summary

Is hiring journalists such a good idea for Instagram?

This week, Instagram announced that it will be expanding its editorial team--hiring reporters to cover its community--an expansion of the coverage of Instagram stars already featured by staffers on the company blog. One recent story,...Show More Summary

How reporters are experiencing censorship on social media

(Photo: Associated Press) In mid-January, a number of journalists were notified by Twitter that a Turkish court had issued an order for their tweets to be removed after a judge's complaint called the tweets defamatory. Many of the tweets...Show More Summary

Could U-T San Diego become the first 'community-owned' major metro paper?

It’s a buyers’ market for newspapers. The long, secular decline in advertising revenue has brought an even sharper decline in newspaper valuations. And now, it’s bringing interest in new ownership models. In San Diego, Malin Burnham, an 87-year-old retired real estate mogul, confirmed last fall that he was pursuing a plan to bring U-T San Diego, the city’s daily,...

Journalism and clichés

We did a Twitter chat last week in which the most spirited discussion, started by Samantha Grossman, was about which overworked journalism words people hated the most. "Arguably," Clive Griffin said. We covered that a few years ago,Show More Summary

Meet the 22-year-old journalism prodigy shaking up Missouri political reporting

It’s not easy to steal a few minutes with PoliticMo’s Eli Yokley. His startup political news site, which has covered statehouse politics in Missouri since 2010, is a one-man operation that demands much of his time. But he also serves as statehouse correspondent for both The Joplin Globe and KY3, a TV station based in Springfield, MO. He runs...

Why western media overlooked a massacre in Nigeria

When gunmen murdered 17 people in Paris earlier this month, it seized the world's attention. When Boko Haram militants killed hundreds in and around the Nigerian town of Baga the same week, the mass killing scarcely garnered a mention in the Western media. The contrast between the spotlight in Paris and the blackout in Nigeria resulted in a barrage of...

Marshawn Lynch, Media Day, and the reality of Super Bowl coverage

Last summer, determined to write a profile of press-shy Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, freelance reporter Kevin Fixler showed up at the football camp that Lynch runs each summer for disadvantaged urban youth. Yet for the many hours he spent in Lynch's presence, most of the Lynch quotes in the piece are things he said to other people. "It was...

Calvin Trillin, journalist and author

Streamed live on Jan 29, 2015 — Calvin Trillin talks with Victor Navasky. To view this video on mobile phones, click here.

MLive lays off two senior journalists

DETROIT, MI — MLive, one of Michigan’s largest online news sources, has laid off two senior journalists who helped lead state coverage within the past month. John Barnes, the statewide projects coordinator for MLive Media Group, was let go recently. “Yeah, my job was eliminated,” said Barnes in an email. “We did great work for a long time. I am...

Venezuela uses US reporter's photo in tourism campaign

MIAMI — The Miami Herald’s Jim Wyss made a startling and surreally ironic discovery Friday morning. The discovery: Venezuela state-run media was using a picture of him to promote tourism to the troubled South American nation. In the picture he is being hugged by a woman under a slogan that reads, “We love Venezuela …. for welcoming foreigners as one...

When Burning Man is your beat

This summer will be Jenny Kane’s first trip to Burning Man. No surprise—last year, six out of 10 attendees were new visitors to the experimental city that rises each summer in Nevada’s arid Black Rock Desert. The difference with Kane is that she’ll be going as the Reno Gazette-Journal’s first full-time, year-round Burning Man reporter. The new beat is both...

Grand-jury leaks shouldn't get shield law protection, says grand jury

In a story that reminds me of The Onion’s “Area Man” series, a group of ?randomly selected Pennsylvania citizens, with no collective policymaking expertise, has recommended that the state legislature change its shield law to narrow the protections for journalists. Show More Summary

7 ways Andrew Sullivan changed blogging

It's hard to prove for sure who invented what on the internet. Innovations spread rapidly and sometimes seem to materialize simultaneously in many places. So I can't really prove that Andrew Sullivan, who announced Wednesday that he was quitting blogging, came up with all of the approaches I'm about to list. But I will say I've been immersed in digital...

What a cardboard cutout says about local news priorities

Yesterday, Jim Romenesko introduced readers to “Michelle” and “Lisa DeVries,” a pair of middle-aged, prosperous white moms who, according to management directives, comprise the target demographic for two local TV newsrooms. The newsworthy bit: Michelle is a cardboard cutout. Show More Summary

The ethics of saying 'sorry'

Earlier this month Slate Magazine published a Year in Outrage calendar, which chronicled the stories that enraged the general public each day of last year. Eric Meyer never meant to be Dec. 28. The Ohio-based web developer meant only to tell his audience of industry insiders how a Facebook algorithm that brought him grief on Christmas Eve illustrated a...

Snapchat ventures into news territory

The app used by millions as a creative outlet for puckered-faced 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

What will happen to The New York Times' race beat?

The future of race coverage at The New York Times is under scrutiny as Tanzina Vega, the paper’s sole reporter on a national race and ethnicity beat that she created one year ago, is moved this week to the metro desk to cover the Bronx courthouse. “In recent months Tanzina Vega showed how varied and powerful a national beat focusing...

Covering the Knicks? Good luck

New York Knicks basketball player Carmelo Anthony talks to reporters after practice. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) "The only thing worse than being a bad team is being a boring team," Frank Isola of The New York Daily News told me in a phone interview. We were discussing the 2014-15 New York Knicks; not only are they tied for the worst...

Is national media ignoring local science fraud?

In a rare case, a former Iowa State University scientist was prosecuted by a federal attorney last summer for faking the results of his AIDS vaccine research. The university repaid nearly a half-million dollars to the federal government, covering several years of the researcher's salary. An additional $1.4 million in grant money, which had not yet been paid, was canceled....

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