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Yule need this holiday grammar lesson

During Christmas week, most schools are out of session, so students won’t be doing any “caroling.” Oh, maybe they’ll be singing, but they won’t be doing the other kind of “caroling,” sitting in a small cubicle in the library to study. Believe it or not, the two uses are related, even though we don’t spell cubicles that way anymore. There’s...

A newspaper podcast explores the history--and humor--of the Iowa caucuses

Three Tickets, the Des Moines Register’s podcast on the history and culture of the Iowa presidential caucuses, has been a yearlong labor of love for political reporter Jason Noble—with equal emphasis on the love and the labor. Noble is justifiably proud of how the podcast, whose 10th and final installment debuted last week, turned out. Three Tickets is deeply reported,...

How Chicago’s Spanish language media is covering Laquan McDonald and Anita Alvarez

A black teenager is gunned down by a white police officer. The shooting is caught on video and released more than a year later under court order. A city reels, as much at having to watch teenager Laquan McDonald shot 16 times as at evidence of a delayed response that now reaches up to the mayor’s office--and has given rise to...

Six great pieces of science writing you may have missed this year

From Cecil the Lion and the climate negotiations in Paris to the very first up-close images of Pluto, 2015 was packed with major science news. But peppered among the big stories were some unique pieces of work that told bold tales in challenging ways. As the year comes to a close, here are my picks for great science stories that...

Investigative local reporting has a future—but it won’t look like the past

This post was co-authored by Josh Stearns and Molly de Aguiar. Over the course of the last two weeks, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has gone in search of local investigative reporting. As many newspapers continue toShow More Summary

Broadly highlights violence, abuse in NFL with '44 Players’

They resemble trading cards, the kind with the athlete’s photo on the front and stats on the back. Broadly, Vice’s website for women, released a piece last week on 44 NFL players, each presented like a clickable card. On the front is the player’s photo, and on the back, the allegations of sexual assault or domestic violence against him. That’s...

Looking to avoid Star Wars spoilers? It's tough for film critics, too

When the clock struck 12:01am PST on Wednesday, the embargo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens reviews lifted, and myriad dissections of the series’ latest installment began crisscrossing the internet at lightspeed. Anticipation for the...Show More Summary

With Sheldon Adelson reports, the Las Vegas Review-Journal mystery ownership situation gets even stranger

As reporters and photographers at the Las Vegas Review-Journal slid into high gear this week to cover the Republican presidential candidates in town for a nationally televised debate, they were also focused on uncovering the facts behind a story closer to home: who owns their newspaper. “We are actively trying to figure this out,” said one reporter, who spoke to...

How a small team in Wisconsin delivers investigative reporting to 10 Gannett papers

Late last month, Gannett’s papers in Wisconsin began to roll out a major project that examines widespread disparities in criminal sentencing among the state’s judges. Wedding reported analysis to interactive databases, the series highlighted...Show More Summary

An odd headline from The Washington Post

This week's winning Lower case comes from Jonathan Make in Washington, DC: The Washington Post, 12/10/15

Hits and Misses: The year in sports journalism

Here are some of the biggest Hits and Misses in sports journalism in the last year, in more or less chronological order. Also check out David Uberti’s year-end review, which highlights how coverage of sports leagues as institutions is one of the best developments of 2015. Hits Stuart Scott’s legacy On January 4, the longtime ESPN sportscaster died of...

How a former Denver Post journalist helps everyone in Colorado get public records

This summer, Jeffrey Roberts fielded a call at his office in Denver. A resident of Elbert County, southeast of the capital, had noticed something curious: The county assessor maintained a website where the assessed value of local homes, considered a public record under Colorado law, was readily accessible. Show More Summary

How to set a journalist free from jail

In its new report, released today, the Committee to Protect Journalists tallies the number of journalists imprisoned around the world. It’s not a pretty picture. China is jailing 49 journalists, the highest number ever recorded in that country. Egypt is in second place with 23 and the number of imprisoned journalists in Turkey has doubled since last year and now...

Is Bold ushering in a new generation of right-leaning digital natives?

As publishers move strategically to capture that large and lucrative demographic known as millennials, many will have an ideal reader in mind. That reader may be predominantly male or female, LGBT or minority, or have a preference for cultural fare over sports, but they’re definitely young, and they’re probably liberal. Show More Summary

Typical typos

A new housing community in Minneapolis “will be staffed with a full-time supportive-services manger and 24-hour resident assistants.” That will be interesting to see in July. A new “Investment Manger receives customary management fees.” Payable in frankincense and myrrh as well as gold, no doubt. Show More Summary

Our favorite local journalism from 2015

Correspondents for CJR’s United States Project take in a lot of local journalism in the course of their work. With 2015 drawing to a close, they've selected some favorite examples from the past year: “Did Caroline Small Have to Die?”by The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionand Channel 2 Action News Over the past year, many news organizations have taken hard looks at police...

The history of organized crime in Mexico, told through data

In October 2014, journalist Tania Montalvo walked into an editorial meeting at Mexican news website Animal Político with a document from the country’s Attorney General’s Office. The two-page document she’d obtained through Mexico’s freedom...Show More Summary

In locker room credentialing, the lines are often blurred

There’s an old saw in sports locker rooms, an unwritten code that was sometimes actually written and posted above the door: “What you see here, what you say here, what you do here, let it stay here.” That’s fine, if a bit outdated, for the players and coaches and equipment managers. For journalists, it presents a dilemma. The American appetite...

A 31-year-old reporter is leading the fight for better pay at the Toledo Blade

When you picture the person leading contract negotiations for the Newspaper Guild at a 180-year-old Midwestern publication, Nolan Rosenkrans probably isn’t who comes to mind. Rosenkrans is an accomplished education reporter at the Toledo Blade, the president of the local Guild unit, and the co-chair of the union negotiating team. He is also 31 years old, with a beard that...

Inside the conflict between NJ Advance and Rutgers

In his first day on the job, Rutgers University’s new head football coach lobbed a rarely muttered criticism at the team’s press corps. “I heard all this stuff about the New Jersey media and East Coast media. You guys are tame,” Chris Ash told reporters Monday. “Come on. I'm looking for the hard questions.” The school’s president jumped in with...

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