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Bill Simmons is leaving Grantland. Can the site survive without him?

Bill Simmons and ESPN launched Grantland on June 8, 2011. To say the journalistic-literary world hated it would be an overstatement, but not much of one. Business Insider summed up the initial reviews as “underwhelmed.” In CJR, Sam Eifling...Show More Summary

When metrics drive newsroom culture

As analytics have entered newsrooms the digital world has divided into two camps. There are those that think attention paid to metrics creates a world where Kim Kardashian beats out more important subjects, like the Syrian conflict.Show More Summary

In South Carolina, buyouts take a big bite out of The State's newsroom

On April 20, about two hours after news broke that The Post and Courier of Charleston, SC, had taken the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism, a meeting was convened in the newsroom of The State in Columbia, the state capital. The pow-wow wasn't about how the McClatchy-owned paper might step up its reporting game in the wake of the...

Why a New York Times nail salon exposé is published in four languages

While doing dogged shoe leather reporting for her New York Times investigative series on the exploitation of workers in the nail salon industry, Unvarnished, journalist Sarah Maslin Nir had unusually well-groomed nails. Getting interviews...Show More Summary

How one locally owned TV station does statehouse coverage right

Late last month, a North Carolina news outlet unveiled a new feature on its website: Hover over the name of a sitting state lawmaker mentioned in any story, and you’ll see the top five donors to the legislator’s most recent campaign. The tech tool, called Donor Reveal, was inspired by a browser plug-in developed by a teenager to track donations...

Police videos: Are the shooters witnesses or journalists?

Feidin Santana recorded the horrific video in South Carolina of a police officer shooting eight times at fleeing suspect Walter Scott and then leaving him to die. In a not too distant past, the media might have considered Santana a source, a witness to a newsworthy event who turned over crucial information. But the fact that he recorded a video...

How British media bring UK general election news across the pond

Two men face off to decide the future of the their country. One, shrouded in red, bears the focused gaze of an upstart seeking to topple the status quo. The other, cloaked in blue, smirks as if he knows something his opponent doesn’t. The storylines leading up to today’s general election in the United Kingdom have by no means been...

Georgia governor vs. local media

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is proud of his office’s ability to bypass traditional media to get his message out via social media, so much so that he touted that fact at an unusual venue--the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism Centennial Gala last month. The Atlanta Journal Constitution headlined its blog post about the event, “Nathan Deal to journalists:...

In Baltimore, a tale of two transparencies

In the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death from a spinal injury sustained while in the custody of Baltimore police officers, the department did something unusual: It allowed a reporter for The Baltimore Sun to observe the work of the task force investigating Gray’s death. At the same time, a more common scenario was playing out: A coalition of news organizations...

Illinois photo editors seek to tap into Instagram’s popularity

Ten months ago, the Chicago Tribune simultaneously launched two accounts on Instagram, the photo-sharing social media platform: one showcasing the work of the paper’s staff photographers and another highlighting old photos from the basement archives. Show More Summary

Don't interrupt yourself

One thing that writers, and by that we mean journalists, fiction writers, public relations people, speechwriters and people of that ilk, love to do is interrupt themselves. They do it with dashes, they do it when making comparisons, they do it just because they can. Take our opening sentence. A reader is trying to form an image of what the...

Judge weighs in favor of First Amendment by striking down 'Silencing Act'

When Pennsylvania lawmakers earlier this year passed a statute that threatened the relationship between journalists and sources who had been convicted of a violent crime, a coalition of media outlets, journalists, inmates, and advocacy groups fought back. Show More Summary

Is the news behaving more like advertising?

When The Wall Street Journal set out to redesign its digital products, it changed more than the look of its website. The paper is forming teams of engineers, designers, and reporters, adapting their content to mobile and social platforms, making their news experiences more personal, and bringing analytics into the editorial department. Show More Summary

There’s finally an increase in environmental journalism, but it’s inconsistent. Here's how to fix that

Last year, when the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity won its first Pulitzer Prize since its founding in 1989, it didn’t go to its investigations on presidents or corruption in Washington. It went to a story in the Center’s environmental...Show More Summary

Following a same-sex marriage case from Michigan to the Supreme Court

In a historic case, the US Supreme Court this week heard arguments on the validity of state same-sex marriage bans. The hearing combined cases from Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky—and Michigan, where a lesbian couple with four adopted children are prevented by state law from sharing legal parental rights. Few people know the Michigan case better than Rick Pluta, the state capital...

Google and Facebook are our frenemy. Beware.

Google, Facebook, Twitter and any other social platform you care to name would at one time have gone to the corporate stake to defend the idea that they are not publishers or actively engaged in acts of journalism. Things are changing rapidly. Google, eight major publishers across Europe, and a couple of trade organizations are forming a partnership with the...

“Complicated stories”: Sonia Faleiro presents conflicting narratives around an alleged gang rape in rural India

In January 2014, the story of yet another gang rape generated headlines in India and soon echoed through the international media. A 20-year-old woman from the isolated West Bengal village of Subalpur had allegedly been raped by 13 men. Particularly shocking was the accusation that the rape had been planned and carried out by a village council to punish the...

Can virtual reality improve juvenile justice reporting?

Students at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta are set to embark on a fascinating experiment in using virtual reality technology to bring to life the stories of children caught in the juvenile justice system. The project, which...Show More Summary’s video using Google Earth will help you understand the damage in Nepal

Employing reporters overseas is a luxury few media outlets can afford. But, a globally focused social news venture by First Look Media, has again shown how journalists can add value to international coverage without setting foot on foreign soil. Show More Summary

The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger: putting fossil-fuel divestment on the agenda

AFTER ALAN RUSBRIDGER ANNOUNCED last December that he would step down as editor of The Guardian, he looked back on his 20 years at the helm of one of the UK’s best known papers and asked himself, "Do I have anything to regret?" One thing stood out: his paper hadn’t done justice to the subject of climate change. As he...

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