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Additional research on branding and trust

The following studies were reviewed for CJR's experiment on magazine branding and trust online. Those marked with are directly referenced in the text. Austin E, Dong Q (1994) Source v. content effects on judgments of news believability. Show More Summary

Why we trust, and why that’s changing online

rint anachronisms had DJ Khaled ranting recently. The record producer is one of the most-followed people on Snapchat, in part for his superhuman good cheer. But in an interview last fall with SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning, Khaled was fuming about magazines being so out of touch as to leave him off their covers. “Some of these people that run...

A photojournalist tells the stories of Chicago police torture victims

Chicago photojournalist Amanda Rivkin is blunt. The men she is photographing were “kidnapped” by municipal police officers and “tortured." “You’re at the corner store. Driven to a rail yard. Your testicles are electrocuted," she says. Show More Summary

4 ways newsrooms can address a lack of diversity

When John Henry joined the New York Daily News four decades ago, he worked in a bubble. Women were few in the newsroom, and journalists of color were even fewer. The staff was dominated by an overwhelming majority of white men, and diversity was the least of anyone’s worries. “It was a period of declining circulation, and I think [the...

The shadowy war on the press: How the rich silence journalists

When Gawker Media was sentenced to pay Hulk Hogan $140 million in damages for publishing his sex tape, it was seen as a victory over snarky New York media. Now, with the revelation that the lawsuit was secretly bankrolled by Silicon Valley Billionaire Peter Thiel in retaliation for an article that outed him as gay, the case has become a...

Why the news isn't what it used to be

What kind of news environment is being shaped by digital fragmentation? And what impact is it having on journalism? This three-minute animation summarizes research recently conducted on how fragmentation is impacting our polarized society and media literacy. It was screened at the World Editors Forum in Cartagena. The full study will be published soon.

New Jersey paper shows how not to use the police scanner

At 10:49pm last Wednesday, The Jersey Journal reported on that at least one person “was believed to be grazed with a bullet” in a shooting in Jersey City, a midsized metropolis just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, earlier that evening. “Police were also investigating reports” that a second man was shot at a separate location a few blocks...

The fundamental dilemma of covering the Orlando shooting

In the immediate aftermath of Sunday morning’s massacre at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, newsrooms across the country grappled with familiar questions, beginning with the four W’s: Who was the shooter? Who were the victims? When did it start? When will it end? What happened during a three-hour standoff between police and the shooter, between the hours of...

Why you shouldn't mix up your schemes

The so-called Panama Papers showed how some wealthy people around the world, among them prominent politicians, celebrities, and others, hid their wealth. Many journalists writing about the kinds of tax-avoidance practices outlined in the Panama Papers used words to indicate that the practices may not have been entirely legal. Show More Summary

How a Chicago reporter 'explodes stereotypes' with unexpected stories about the city

In early 2015, the Chicago Tribune reported on a spike in shootings in the nation’s third-largest city--the start of more than a year of grim news about crime and policing. Much of the violence and the subsequent coverage was concentrated...Show More Summary

Should the Associated Press have sent a safety bulletin over the Clinton report backlash?

Jill Geisler teaches and coaches managers worldwide. She’s the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Integrity at Loyola University Chicago, the author of the book, Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know, and the Q&A: Leadership and Integrity in the Digital Age podcasts on iTunes U. Liz: Only two questions for you, Jill, but they're long ones. Among the headlines this week...

An interview with Richard Gingras, senior director of news and social products at Google

Mehta: So tell me a little about AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), and why Google is investing so much time and money into it. Gingras: Let me start with background. We began engaging with publishers early last year, to basically assess the state of the ecosystem, understand the challenges and see what we in collaborating with publishers could do to address...

In the race to win readers, which publisher will come out ahead?

The business of publishing has been turned on its head. News outlets are handing over their journalism to powerhouses like Facebook, betting that the increased traffic will be worth the loss of control. Audiences are fickle and demanding, constantly changing what they want. Show More Summary

In Georgia, a small-town newspaper owner takes on a goliath waste company

Dink NeSmith is a man on a mission. He’s determined to stop the second largest waste management company in the country from dumping coal ash in a landfill in the rural South Georgia county where he grew up. It’s a David-versus-Goliath battle, NeSmith likes to say, and he has a point: He’s going up against a company valued at about...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower Case, The Rachel Maddow Show blog's Week in Geek feature goes a vowel too far: Submitted by Gary Grady from Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR.

How a reporter forged her own path covering healthcare in South Carolina

Medicaid is not a topic most reporters—even health reporters—flock to. It’s a complex subject and the program serves mostly poor people, hardly the news demographic of choice. But Lauren Sausser of The Post and Courier in Charleston,...Show More Summary

State court rules that local agencies can use a classic CIA tactic to evade FOI requests

Normally, when you submit a FOIA request to a government agency, one of three things happens: You get the records you want, the agency says no such records exist, or the agency says the records are exempt from disclosure. But there’s another possible outcome: You might be told that the agency can “neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence”...

The LA Times may emerge from turmoil as a model of digital success. It may not.

Davan Maharaj jokes that he’s a crazy driver. But he adds with a laugh, “I’m trying to behave since you’re in the car.” Maharaj’s home in Orange, California, is just 30 miles southeast of his office at the Los Angeles Times, though the metropolitan area’s clogged transportation arteries can turn the commute into a 90-minute rat race for the path...

How Donald Trump's media strategy emerged over decades

Donald Trump has often been burned by the media, The New Yorker’s Mark Singer says, but it’s never stopped him from returning to the flame. Singer, who wrote a profile of the real estate magnate in 1997, is publishing a book on the now-GOP frontrunner this summer. And he says Trump’s love-hate relationship with the media in his presidential campaign...

Animal collectives

Half a dozen graceful giraffe crossed in front of the safari vehicle. “That’s a kaleidoscope of giraffe,” the safari ranger said. “It’s also called a journey or a tower of giraffe.” Most of us have heard of a “pride” of lions, a “school” of fish, a “herd” of buffaloes (or similar animals), and, of course, a “gaggle” of geese, but...

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