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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...

Alex Blumberg's Startup finds new opportunities in podcast advertising

When I meet radio producer Alex Blumberg, he is wearing the tennis shoes that his wife made him change out of for a meeting with a business investor in episode one of Startup. That's Blumberg's new podcast about how he is starting his own podcast business (he is aware that it's meta). Despite the shoe change, that first investor meeting...

4 lessons on how Americans consume political news

The political information reaching voters becomes all the more important as midterm elections loom. At the same time, news organizations — niche and mainstream alike — have amped up their coverage both from inside the Beltway and on the campaign trail. Show More Summary

Stop trolling your readers

The newest trend in headlines is flat-out trolling readers. For awhile, the "curiosity gap" was the headline style of choice, meant to entice readers into clicking by omitting a key piece of information. But fewer people are falling for those Upworthy-style headlines. Show More Summary

A different take on Syria

In weekly dispatches, readers of The Syria Report have been tracking the implosion of the war-torn country by the numbers: The country will begin importing beef from The Netherlands; olive oil production is expected to drop by half this year; wheat supplied by Syrian farmers is at historical lows. It's one of the few steady voices on macroeconomic and business...

Sonic storytelling

In August, when documentary filmmakers Pacho Velez and Dan Claridge began shooting a film about a drag-racing track in upstate in New York, they were divided about what story they wanted to tell. While Claridge kept his camera on his uncles, twins who run a dry cleaner by day, and drag-race cars by night, Velez placed microphones around the edge...

How xenophobia is driving the Ebola narrative

A recent Newsweek cover story showed a photograph of a gorilla accompanied by an inaccurate headline that contaminated bushmeat could bring Ebola to the US. Four weeks later on Fox News, Keith Albow, a member of the network's Medical A-team, accused President Obama of failing to protect us because "His affiliations are with Africa...not us. He's their leader." And these...

Washington Post's partnership with local papers draws encouraging early results

Back in April, we asked whether a new partnership program between The Washington Post and regional papers around the country—in which print subscribers to participating local papers get free digital access to the Post’s website and apps—might...Show More Summary

The California Sunday Magazine sets out to win the West

After many months of eager anticipation in media circles, The California Sunday Magazine launched Oct. 5 with a print run of more than 400,000 copies. Just don’t call it a “print launch” to Douglas McGray, the co-founder and editor in chief. “None of us see this as a print launch,” he said, a little over a week after the first issue...

Why media probably shouldn't name Ebola victims

By the time the video of Nina Pham was released last week, most Americans were likely familiar with her name--and the fact that she is one of two nurses diagnosed with Ebola after treating victim Thomas Eric Duncan. In the video, uploaded by Dallas Presbyterian Hospital, where Pham was working when she contracted the disease, the nurse smiles through tears...

How common descriptors fall out of favor

Once upon a time, as far back as 40 years or so, language pedants would not use "hopefully" to mean anything other than "in a hopeful manner." Many others, though, used it to mean "it is hoped," and wouldn't stop, to much derision from the traditionalists. "Hopefully" had become what Bryan A. Garner calls a "skunked term." As explained in...

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