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Three Olympics storylines to retire after Rio

World records are broken. Superstars come and go. But cliché Olympics storylines never die. The biennial games momentarily unite countries around friendly international competition—and media organizations around the allure of drawing global audiences. Show More Summary

Gifted and haunted: Remembering David Carr

A year after he died suddenly in the newsroom of The New York Times, David Carr still pops up several times a day on the Google Alert I set for him back in 2005, when he first explained to me what that was. This is not ironic, rather simply true in the way that something you learn from someone keeps...

Will a new law really make Illinois' FOIA stronger? Journalists there aren't so sure

The law, passed in response to a family’s fight for documents related to their daughter’s death, was touted by politicians as strengthening the state’s FOIA laws. Certainly stiffer penalties would seem to do that by sending the message to public bodies that not complying with FOIA could be costly. And the new law also establishes a presumption that a...

Ultra-Orthodox paper 'makes history' with partial photo of Hillary Clinton

A newspaper that serves the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community took a small but significant step for women last week when it printed a picture of Hillary Clinton, partially obscured, speaking at a campaign rally in Florida. The photo was first picked up by a Jewish blog, Only Simchas, which wrote about it under the headline: “History Made: Yated Ne’eman Publishes a...

An 'outstandingly good' column-palooza

How do you like your “paloozas”? Do you like them as two words? Then for you, there is “Poutine Palooza,” “Paddle Palooza,” “Science Palooza,” “Paper Plane Palooza,” and “Preschool Palooza.” Do you like your “paloozas” with a hyphen?...Show More Summary

Des Moines Register gets a win in an uphill fight for transparency

Not long after taking over as editor of the Des Moines Register in 2014, Amalie Nash told CJR that she was determined to uphold the paper’s “longstanding tradition of standing up for public records.” So now, as she prepares to leave the Register after being promoted to the new position of West Region executive editor for Gannett, it’s fitting that...

Hassles mount for journalists in Turkey after failed coup

Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported last week that Beatriz Yubero, 26, a Spanish freelance reporter and doctoral student in media studies, had been deported from Turkey, allegedly for tweeting statements critical of Turkish president Encep Tayyip Erdogan. Show More Summary

Dear old media: Get over yourselves

The New York Times couldn’t help itself. In a Thursday report on Gawker’s farewell toast to independent ownership, the Paper of Record looked down its grey nose and described the media company as “a place where too many of the articles published were not only mean but inconsequential.” The Associated Press scratched a similar itch in its story Thursday about...

Blendle reaches 1 million users, but is it here to stay?

When it comes to news, readers want quality journalism. But they don’t want to search for it--even if they do in theory, they likely won’t in practice. They want it fast, they want it easy, and they want it to be great. If they can get all of that, then some readers are willing to pay for it. That’s the...

A compulsive audience and a complicit news media

n 2007, two years after the launch of The Huffington Post and two weeks before the incorporation of Twitter, Arianna Huffington collapsed in her office from fatigue. She regained consciousness in a pool of blood with a broken cheekbone and an epiphany about the internet. Her exhaustion was symptomatic of a public health crisis, she declared: Our addiction to modern...

‘We wanted to come home’: Ron Fournier on making the move from DC to Detroit

Ron Fournier, the national political journalist, made headlines of his own this week when he announced that he was leaving Washington, DC, for his hometown of Detroit. During his 25 years in the capital, Fournier served as bureau chief...Show More Summary

A tragic photo inspired a huge CNET project on the refugee crisis

The technology website CNET this summer sent about a dozen journalists to report on the refugee crisis from 10 countries around the globe. They’re producing in excess of 60 stories exploring the ways technology helps refugees navigate the long journey from their home countries to asylum abroad. Show More Summary

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

This week, we have two hilarious headlines from our archives. The Wichita Eagle-Beacon, 9/10/86 Arkansas Democrat, 9/29/83

Why Donald Trump can kinda, sorta say anything he wants

Soon after Donald Trump kinda, sorta implied on Tuesday that “Second Amendment people” could take up arms against Hillary Clinton, former CIA Director Michael Hayden slammed the GOP nominee’s remarks in memorable fashion on CNN: “You get to a certain point in this business, and you’re not just responsible for what you say. You’re responsible for what people hear.” Trump...

What to do when your boss behaves badly

Vanessa Gezari, CJR interim editor in chief: Jill: Each new revelation from New York Magazine ’s Gabriel Sherman, who has owned this story, reminds us how difficult it can be to speak truth to power. It’s especially daunting when that power is at the absolute top of the food chain and creates a culture where aberrant behavior is normal and those who...

South Korean journalists reporting tirade breach off-the-record tradition

It was a night of racism and class snobbery at a private dinner between journalists and a top education policy maker. After one too many drinks in Seoul’s government district, an elite bureaucrat, Na Hyang-wook, lambasted “99 percent” of his countrymen for being “like dogs and pigs” who only need to be fed and kept alive, compared them to “blacks...

Seven signs Cuban media is moving toward openness

The mass media in Cuba for decades was exclusively run by a rigid state monopoly, and even now, the government controls most of the news that makes its way to citizens. But significant cracks may be opening. As I’ve learned during recent trips to Cuba, which I’ve been visiting regularly since the mid 1990s, a series of incremental changes is...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

This week, we bring you the birds and the bees. KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City, Okla., 8/6/16 The (Portland) Oregonian, 7/8/81

Washington Post bot gets a floor exercise in Rio

It’s the summer of bots, after a spring of bots, probably before an autumn of bots. At the Republican and Democratic conventions, news outlets trotted out their new experiments: BuzzFeed’s Facebook messenger bot collected news, The Washington Post’s bot on wheels rolled around live streaming video, and CNN reported the news to teenagers via a Kik bot. Now, at the...

When good words go bad

A letter to an advice columnist recently complained that a son’s school was treating his parents “like nimrods.” In context, it was clear that the letter writers meant “idiots.” But “nimrod” used to be a positive word, not a negative one. Yes, it’s time for “when good words go bad.” For many years, centuries even, “nimrod” meant “a hunter,” perhaps...

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