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Exit interview: Sreenivasan on his time at the Met, crowdsourcing his future

The name Sreenath “Sree” Sreenivasan has become practically synonymous with social media. So naturally, when presented with what some might call a “career crisis”--his employer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, decided last month to let him go in a cost-cutting move--Sreenivasan turned to the medium he knows best. Show More Summary

A reporter's arrest is just the latest reason to worry about press freedom in Missouri

Last week, Fox 2 St. Louis reporter Chris Hayes was placed in handcuffs by police for attempting to bring a camera into a public meeting in Kinloch, Missouri—a small municipality right next door to Ferguson—just a day after Hayes had revealed stunning mismanagement by the town’s police force. Show More Summary

Philando Castile, Facebook Live, and a new chapter for citizen journalism

We’ve seen cellphone videos of the police killings of Eric Garner, Walter Scott, and too many others. Earlier this week, the fatal police shooting of Louisiana man Alton Sterling was captured from two angles. Such imagery not only informs...Show More Summary

How IBT's reporting is driving a controversy over a major healthcare merger in Connecticut

Late last week, there was some notable news in the arcane world of insurance regulation: Connecticut’s state comptroller, Kevin Lembo, called on Insurance Department Commissioner Katharine Wade to recuse herself from a review of theShow More Summary

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower Case... The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass., 1/8/2013

His photos are striking and real. But is Chris Arnade a journalist?

I met Chris Arnade at the McDonald’s near the 6 train, under the bridge that breaks Hunt’s Point off from the rest of the Bronx. Arnade calls it the most dysfunctional McDonald’s in the United States, and he would know. His latest photo essay demonstrates how the restaurant serves as an impromptu community center, a town square, for low-income Americans...

Why reporting on refugee crisis requires empathy for mental health issues

Zozan Qerani, 23, a Yazidi Kurd from Iraq’s Sinjar region, had just shared with me her medical records, in which a Greek doctor diagnosed her with depression, anxiety, and episodes of “conscious psychosis,” when she fainted and then started convulsing. This was three weeks ago at a Greek refugee camp. I was talking with Qerani about psychological services for the...

Journalists: Don't forget your most important 'cohort'

A recent opinion piece argued that “the ‘death with dignity’ mantra appeals most to that cohort of people who believe they can control the end of their lives.” The headline on another article in the same publication read: “Prosecutors: Gang member killed man who pursued charges against his cohort.” The article didn’t use the word “cohort”; the suspect was accused...

The Oklahoman runs a puff piece on its billionaire owner's new resort property

For the past 30 years, Randy Ellis has been a watchdog reporter for The Daily Oklahoman. According to his bio at the paper, which is the largest in Oklahoma, the reporter has written about “corruption in the state's municipal bond industry, bid-rigging by county officials, self-dealing by state housing officials,” and more. And so late last month, when he produced...

The best and worst journalism of June 2016

Since the internet hasn’t yet reached its breaking point with superlative-laden lists, CJR is taking its yearly roundup of journalistic triumphs and blunders to a monthly schedule. This is the first attempt at a regular digital continuation...Show More Summary

Expect some 911 recordings from the Orlando massacre to be released--but it's not clear when

Florida’s public records law is strong, and 911 recordings are usually released quickly. So why have two dozen media organizations been tied up in court for the past week in an effort to obtain 911 and other phone recordings related to the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando? The short answer is that the city has claimed...

'Kicking and screaming': 50 years of FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act turns 50 on July 4. This is cause for celebration--and not just because President Obama signed a significant FOIA reform bill to mark the occasion (and atone in some small way for his abysmal FOIA record). No, we should pause for FOIA’s birthday because every FOIA requester, whether they realize it or not, takes part...

Summary: Behavioral study of expectation in political media

W e designed and implemented an experiment to explore the ways in which political affiliation alters how people perceive information found in a digital magazine story. We expected participants to be more likely to trust information published in an outlet that is aligned with their political stance over one that is not. We also studied whether political affiliation impacts...

Can narrative journalism overcome the political divide?

would trust anything written on Breitbart, and every self-respecting conservative knows that The New York Times is a liberal rag controlled by people with New York values. Combine that with the echo-chamber of social media, the decline of local news, and the general political atmosphere of 2016, and you get a divided country with a divided media. Or so...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower Case... I would stick to using a volleyball but, hey, they're the experts.— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) June 29, 2016 The Guardian, 6/29/2016

What media companies don’t want you to know about ad blockers

New York Times But newspaper executives like Thompson often focus exclusively on the drawbacks of ad blockers, leaving a big part of the story untold. Thompson did not say one word in his keynote address about the significant security benefits of ad blockers, which is ironic, because his paper was one of several news organizations that served its users...

How Virginia Heffernan is reinventing tech criticism

Virginia Heffernan’s Twitter bio once described her as “something like a critic.” Her reluctance to fully embrace the title is understandable, given that most of what passes as technology criticism today tends either towards gadget reviews or curmudgeons bemoaning the loss of what makes us human. Show More Summary

How social media has changed the landscape for editorial cartooning

“You filthy kunt…a baseball bat to your head is now due.” "HOW FUCKING DARE YOU CUNT. GET THE HELL OUT OF THE BUSINESS..." “Bitch, your days are numbered.” “do the world a favor, go hang yourself" “I hope you get raped to death” I stood frozen in front of my computer, watching my Twitter feed roll like a slot machine...

A nonprofit and a daily dig deep into Chicago's handling of police misconduct allegations

A pair of investigations that arrived just days apart last week--one from a small nonprofit, the other by a leading daily--brought new scrutiny to the way the city of Chicago handles allegations of police misconduct. The reports, each based on an analysis of hundreds of lawsuits, highlight the soaring cost of alleged misconduct to taxpayers, the city’s failure to track...

Media glorification of sports injuries fades, with one exception

One night in Madison Square Garden, back in 1959, the hapless New York Rangers were playing the Montreal Canadiens, the symbol of Canada’s National Hockey League supremacy. Naturally, the 12 players on the ice wore cups to block any pucks that might sail toward groin regions. As for their teeth: They were safely stored in their lockers. But you could...

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