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Can mainstream US media tap into non-English audiences?

When the New York Times’s series investigating the nail salon industry, “Unvarnished,” went viral in May, the criminally low wages and health problems suffered by manicurists weren’t the only story. National and international media reported...Show More Summary

What the missing Women’s World Cup brackets says about sports media

It’s game on for the 2015 Women’s World Cup: soccer’s most prestigious tournament opened on June 6 in Canada, with 24 teams—eight more than ever before—competing in the beautiful game. Good news for sports media, right? After all, the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany lured in more than 400 million viewers worldwide. The final between the US and Japan...

A small Illinois paper makes its play for a bigger Web audience

The digital editor of The Southern Illinoisan, the daily newspaper in Carbondale, a city of 26,000 that sits about an hour from the Kentucky border, was ecstatic. The paper's website had the “perfect storm” of traffic one recent weekend,...Show More Summary

How will a media outlet benefit from partnering with a science organization?

Partnerships are nothing new for WGBH, the Boston public broadcaster responsible for airing monster PBS content like Frontline and science hit NOVA. After forming a partnership with the fledgling New England Center for Investigative Reporting, the two worked together so closely that the Center is now based at the station’s offices. Show More Summary

From 'champing' to 'champion'

For 37 years, fans of horse racing have been waiting anxiously for a Triple Crown champion. They got their wish in American Pharoah, a horse whose misspelled name has been a source of much auto-correction. The story of how that misspelling came about--already nicely told--and the cautionary tale about not using spelling checkers mindlessly, are not the subjects of this...

Why the Jason Rezaian case is a game changer for US correspondents

Jason Rezaian appeared Monday in Iranian court, where he defended himself against espionage and other charges that could lead to 20 years in prison. The trial is closed — a request from the Washington Post to send a representative has not garnered a reply. The judge is a hardliner who has gained notoriety for imposing death sentences. The most minimum...

Life after Snowden: Journalist's new moral responsibility

Journalism after Snowden? Two very big questions linger on--one about whether the very technologies Edward Snowden revealed are compatible with independent, inquiring reporting; and one crucial question about journalism itself, which could be boiled down to: “What is it supposed to be, or do?” The technologies first. Show More Summary

A new nonprofit hopes to fill a void in coverage of California

It’s one of the favorite tics of the California politician, as common during a statewide campaign as “turn the lawn sprinklers off” is these days: reminding us that the state has the world’s seventh largest economy (or eight, or ninth, depending on the health of the tech industry at the moment and the relative fortunes of Brazil or Italy). California...

How a union could change Gawker’s company culture

Liz: Employees at Gawker Media voted overwhelmingly to join the Writers Guild of America, East. It makes this the first digital-only news outlet to formally organize its workforce. What's your sense of how a union might change the culture there? And what should employees expect? Jill: I think this is going to be fascinating to watch. There’s been some tension...

A bureau's closure sparks talk of new approaches to state coverage in Montana

For journalists in Montana who have long memories, the summer of 1979 was a notable one. That year, a group of former classmates at the University of Montana who were working at two in-state papers owned by Lee Enterprises would often get together on the weekends. Along with some other journalist friends, they shared a vision: a statewide weekly, a...

Need a job? Political reporters wanted in Florida

If you’re a journalist hunting for a new gig, you may want to send your resume down to the Sunshine State. Political reporters in particular are in demand these days in Florida, in part because of the natural churn in jobs, but also because of Politico’s recent expansion into the state, which is only partially complete. It undoubtedly helps that...

How Connie Schultz built a unique community on Facebook

In an era when journalists feel pressure to use social media to build their personal brands, Connie Schultz has done something far more interesting. She has adapted the classic newspaper column to her Facebook page, bringing the best...Show More Summary

Words with dark roots

Since Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, let’s see some “shenanigans” or “skulduggery” from you “mischievous” “rascals” or “wags.” Oh, were you offended by any of those terms (or their spellings)? After all, at one time, all of those words carried negative meanings. Show More Summary

A new project offers legal guidance to digital startups in New Jersey

“No local newsroom is sustainable if they can’t afford to hire a lawyer.” That’s what one journalist recently told Josh Stearns, who directs news-related projects at the Dodge Foundation in New Jersey, during a discussion of community-driven reporting. Show More Summary

Looking back: A war photographer bathes in Hitler's apartment

We don’t take any special notice these days when we see a woman’s byline on a news dispatch from a war zone or a female face on a television report. We just accept the exceptional coverage of a Carlotta Gall from Afghanistan, a Martha Raddatz or Christiane Amanpour from, well from anywhere. It was, of course, not always that way....

Why we need stronger coverage of Covered California

It’s not easy to figure out how to monitor the progress of Covered California, the country’s largest state-run health insurance exchange. Is it the total number of people who have signed up for an insurance plan on the exchange during open enrollment? The rate at which people renew? The number of new sign-ups in a given year? The number of...

News startup El Español to compete with traditional Spanish media

A Spanish news startup led by ousted El Mundo founding editor Pedro J. Ramírez has raised €3.1 million ($3.4 million) through crowd-funding in less than two months, likely the most ever generated by a journalism crowdfunding campaign. The well-heeled website, El Español, has €18.2 million in total capital and reserves, and is also taking the unusual step of giving all...

Why movies make the best journalism

We are enjoying a golden age of documentaries, although your underfunded neighborhood documentarian may feel otherwise. HBO, Netflix, and PBS are all producing excellent work that's creating more buzz than print journalism, with films like Blackfish, Virunga, Going Clear, and Restrepo providing provocative and award-winning examples. Show More Summary

At one Virginia paper, coders and reporters unite to make sense of government data

These days, Wednesday evenings in the Daily Press newsroom in Newport News, VA, mean pizza. And data. Lots and lots of data. The paper, which recently moved from a 1960s building to new downtown digs, has been opening its office up for monthly meetings of the local chapter of Code for America, a national nonprofit that builds open-source technology designed...

Not all conjunctions are created equal

Multiple people have written multiple times to dispel the myth that sentences cannot begin with conjunctions. We’ve tried to dispel it, too. That creates situations like the one where a student turned in a paper with this The landlord refused to respond to inquiries. Because he said he needed to talk to his lawyer. When told the phrase beginning with...

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