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Scoping out the Senate Majority: It seems likely that which party controls the US Senate for the next two years will not be decided on Election Day. I'm not only thinking about the possibility that two close races -- in Louisiana and Georgia -- could end up requiring runoffs. If candidates do not get more than 50 percent of the...

The San Quentin News seeks to humanize inmates

The first time I met Juan Haines, the 56-year-old managing editor of the San Quentin News, he gleefully showed me a very blurry photo of a young African-American man, the kind from a security camera. "Do you recognize this man?" he asked. The other men in the newsroom chuckled. This was clearly some sort of joke. I looked at the...

Ebola nurse quarantined in New Jersey wrote her big first-person account by text message

When The Dallas Morning News broke the story on Saturday that a nurse quarantined in a New Jersey hospital after caring for Ebola patients in West Africa was asymptomatic and had tested negative for the disease—and that she accused authorities of an overreaction that made her feel like a “criminal”—the journalist behind the news was no ordinary reporter. And the...

There are a lot of ways to misuse 'hirsute'

We're going to make things a little "hairy" this week, in several senses of the word. "Hirsute" means "hairy," but usually a scraggly kind of hairy, more Hagrid than Hemingway. The Oxford English Dictionary says "hirsute" comes from the Latin for "rough, shaggy, bristly," and was first used in 1621. Journalists tend to call anyone with facial hair "hirsute," though...

The New York Times recreates ISIS captivity of Foley, Sotloff

For the past two months, most of what was known of the horrors faced by kidnapped journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff was limited to a pair of videos — snapshots of their executions at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Both men were held hostage for more than a year. But few details of...

This reporter helped take down South Carolina's most powerful lawmaker

On Friday, South Carolina’s former House Speaker, Bobby Harrell, completed his journey from being one of the state’s most powerful politicians to being a government rat. Harrell, a Republican who had already relinquished the Speaker's role under pressure, pleaded guilty in a state court to six counts of misusing campaign funds. Show More Summary

This open-source app could make the FOI process less terrible

Navigating government bureaucracy is painful, but filing Freedom of Information requests can be downright torturous—for journalists and members of the public alike. Requests might be ignored, bounced around, pegged with impossible price tags, or subject to other machinations while requestors wait (and wait) for a response. Show More Summary

Gawker: The internet bully

Earlier this week Gawker lost "thousands of dollars" in advertising after a poorly worded tweet was posted by one of its writers. Sam Biddle, one of the more sarcastic employees among the sarcastic throng at Gawker Media, tweeted out a joke: Ultimately #GamerGate is reaffirming what we've known to be true for decades: nerds should be constantly shamed and degraded...

What's next for Ferguson?

The story of Ferguson, MO, roils on. On Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published Michael Brown’s leaked autopsy report, and The New York Times and Washington Post featured unnamed sources implying that a grand jury may accept police officer Darren Wilson’s account of the confrontation which left Brown dead. Show More Summary

Is it ever okay to name victims?

In 1990, The Des Moines Register took the rare step of naming a rape victim in a series that won the following year's Pulitzer Prize for public service. The Pulitzer committee wrote that the series prompted "widespread reconsideration...Show More Summary

James Risen on secret sources, joining Twitter, and going undercover

For more than seven years, James Risen has been locked in a legal battle with the US Justice Department, facing potential jail time in his effort to protect an anonymous source from his 2006 book, State of War. Over that seven-year span, press–government relations have continued to sour, and the Obama administration has pursued more criminal leak investigations than...

The biggest threat to press rights may be a failure to understand them

It’s a cliché to say so, but we’re at a moment of transition for American journalism. The digital disruption that has challenged the newspaper industry and other legacy publishers has also created opportunities for independent journalists and startup news organizations. Show More Summary

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter's resignation

CHICAGO — It would be hard to overstate the sense of shock and dismay among journalists here, a day after Dave McKinney, former statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, stepped down from the embattled yet feisty paper. “I’m convinced this newspaper no longer has the backs of reporters like me,” McKinney wrote in his resignation letter to Michael Ferro, chairman of...

Top journalist quits the Sun-Times: Paper 'no longer has the backs of reporters like me'

CHICAGO — Dave McKinney, Springfield bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, rocked the political and media world here yesterday—not by penning a hard-hitting story, as he has often done throughout his 19-year career at the paper, but...Show More Summary

Stories I'd like to see

This New York Times story on Thursday outlines the damage done to the reputation of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas as a result of its mistakes in dealing with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. The hospital, the Times reports, has now "hired Burson-Marsteller, the global public-relations firm, to help tell its side." It would be great to see a...

How do we know what we know about #Gamergate?

Gamergate is “a heated debate over journalistic integrity, the definition of video games and the identity of those who play them” according to CNN. It is “a movement of sorts,” says The New Yorker. Its focal point is reported as a critique of ethics in video games media or as a relentless campaign of harassment towards women. Deadspin says its...

CJR seeks freelance correspondents

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking several digital correspondents to write smart, analytic pieces on various beats. The freelance work requires that the correspondents maintain an expertise on coverage and developments withinShow More Summary

What's happening in Hong Kong?

"What kind of Communists are these people?!" exclaimed Jon Stewart on the October 6 episode of The Daily Show, pointing to the orderliness and civility of the mass protests that having been taking place in downtown Hong Kong since late September. While the segment likely brought awareness to a story that Americans might not be inclined to follow (considering how...

Why some newspapers are abandoning endorsements (Updated)

DETROIT, MI — The newspaper endorsement: It’s a hardy trademark of election season, a platform for editorial boards to dispense their wisdom, even a source of information for data journalists. But the traditional endorsement is increasingly being tinkered with—or dropped altogether. Show More Summary

Ben Bradlee, through the years

Ben Bradlee had, by all accounts, an eventful life at the helm of The Washington Post, and as a result he was a frequent subject for other publications. Stories by and about him from various decades illuminate not only what made Bradlee tick as a newsman, but also his enormous and enduring impact on journalism. Beyond the lengthy obituaries, these...

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