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Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... Submitted by Richard DettmanBusiness Editor, CKWX News 1130Vancouver, BC, Canada

Newsweek Middle East aims to be the insiders’ voice

It’s been just five months since Newsweek’s Middle East edition launched, but Deputy Editor Habiba Hamid can already reel off a list of favorite features. From a profile of the Iraqi Muslim Brotherhood to a look at religious influences in Jordan’s school curriculum, the newsroom, as she says, is “pulling no punches.” Some 40 writers who are new to Newsweek...

Will readers pay for local news? A digital startup in Tulsa bets that they will

About 500 subscribers over the course of eight months: If your reference point is Facebook-fueled pageviews, or even a typical newspaper’s print circulation, it might not sound like a lot. But for the leaders of The Frontier, an investigative journalism startup in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that number is reason for encouragement—a sign that some people will spend real money on local...

'Gossip,' and other words repurposed by Shakespeare

We’ve just missed the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the 452nd anniversary of his birth, but it’s never too late to talk about the Bard. His words are the gifts that keep on gifting. Last week, we talked about how Lewis Carroll was so fond of making up words. Shakespeare was no laggard in that department: He is credited...

Crain's offers a strong look at the fall of an 'Obamacare darling'

The failure of health insurance “co-ops” around the country has become one of the saddest stories of Obamacare—and for a long time, it wasn’t getting the attention it deserved. But we’re finally seeing signs that the business press, at least, is digging in. Last November, Adam Cancryn of SNL Financial offered a stellar look at why the co-op experiment has...

For enthusiast media, ethics can be costly

Last month VeloNews, a bicycling magazine, obtained the specifications of a highly anticipated new product by bike parts manufacturer Shimano and called the company for comment. Shimano’s rep told VeloNews Editor in Chief John Bradley to kill the story about the secret product. Show More Summary

The Center for Investigative Reporting bets it can change audio journalism—and itself

In 2014, The Center for Investigative Reporting found itself at a crossroads: Cut much of its staff or create a full-time radio show. That was the choice then-editorial director Mark Katches says the organization faced. “The burn rate can be a pretty scary thing to witness when there is very little revenue coming in to cover your costs,” he adds....

Admit it: You used to be that ‘Guy at your J-school’

Maybe he’s the ego-buster journalism students need. About a month ago, a parody account called “Guy at your J-school” began tweeting insights into life, with posts that range from delusional to chokingly smug. No doubt, “Guy at your J-school” hits notes that can make any jaded reporter sneer. The caricature might even cause some to reflect on their own rosy...

Is social media the newest front in Uganda’s war with the press?

KAMPALA, Uganda--The night before Uganda’s February 18 presidential vote, David Tumusiime went to bed with a firm plan in place for the next day’s coverage. The website editor for Uganda Radio Network (URN), a syndicate of more than 20 correspondents spread across the East African country, Tumusiime had set up a WhatsApp group to collect video clips and audio reports...

Drones can photograph almost anything. But should they?

Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu in the South Pacific in March 2015, destroying or damaging 17,000 buildings and displacing 65,000 people from their homes. Shortly after the storm, humanitarian first responders and journalists began flying drones over the affected area to document the devastation. Show More Summary

Survey: Editors see media losing ground as legal advocate for 1st Amendment

Editors around the country are losing confidence in the news industry’s ability to fulfill its role as a First Amendment champion, and they believe that shrinking resources are to blame, according to a report released this morning by...Show More Summary

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... Chester County, Pa., Daily Local News, 1/9/85 Toronto Star, 7/31/82 The Sacramento Union, 4/24/84 New Orleans Times-Picayune, 5/22/83

More than 20 months after Ferguson, Ryan Reilly and Wesley Lowery are still facing charges in St. Louis County

The 2014 arrests of journalists Ryan Reilly and Wesley Lowery for, well, doing journalism at a McDonald’s in Ferguson, Missouri, were misguided. The filing of charges by St. Louis County against them nearly a year later, just days before the statute of limitations tolled, was absurd. Over the past eight months, the charges—one count each of trespassing and interfering with...

The Media vs. Trump story that's been overlooked: Freedom of Speech

The phenomenon of the Republican presidential frontrunner has convulsed the media class for almost a year now. Donald Trump has defied every expectation and shown himself impervious to the scientific laws of politics. His relationship to the media will be marveled about long after the instant histories of the 2016 election are forgotten. The typical campaign as a rule coddles...

Did Obama change Cuba?

When President Obama made his historic visit to Cuba last month, the US media followed. At a joint press conference on March 21 with Cuban president Raúl Castro, Obama called on CNN’s Jim Acosta, who asked the Cuban leader if he would be willing to release political prisoners. A flustered Castro sputtered and demanded a list of those imprisoned. Obama...

4 takeaways from the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes

Forget BuzzFeed’s watermelon. The more apt commentary on media today came in the form of Monday’s Pulitzer Prize announcements, streamed to the masses through Facebook Live. Many news organizations have been built on and broken by Facebook’s...Show More Summary

'Chortle,' and other words invented by Lewis Carroll

Britain is thinking about getting out of the European Union. That has led to the coining of a new term, “Brexit,” a combination of “British” and “exit.” Though it sounds a little bit like a British biscuit (cookies to Americans), it has caught on. “Brexit” is a “portmanteau,” a new word formed by a combination of two other words, like...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... The value of copy editors, illustrated in a brief headline — Gregg Carlstrom (@glcarlstrom) April 11, 2016 The Tennessean, 4/8/16 Submitted by P Duff Here's our Forehead Slapping Headline of the Day, #Florida edition. Show More Summary

At The Denver Post, it's byline counts, union talks, and 'a lot of anxiety'

On Monday, certain reporters at The Denver Post were on the hunt for stories. More stories. Managers at the paper had just announced that editors would be officially measuring the number of items published by investigative journalists and reporters who work on the city desk. “The expectation is that every reporter will produce at least one story a day, and...

Investigating the algorithms that govern our lives

On March 15, Instagram posted a note on its blog that sent the internet into a frenzy: “To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most.” Panicked Instagram users protested, afraid their posts would get lost in the revised stream, and began posting pictures with the hashtag...

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