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European Union journalists cross borders for story collaboration

When Brigitte Alfter was the European Union correspondent in Brussels for a Danish newspaper a decade ago, the stories she covered were only relevant to her Danish audience. Her sources came primarily from Nordic countries. But to cover the EU from the viewpoint of one country or region often misses miss crucial context. "If you want to hold power accountable...

Why won't journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions?

Photo credit: Associated Press You'd think that, in this TMZ-fueled age, movie and pop stars could do little that isn't salaciously spread across the internet. But if the celebrity press goes overboard, the establishment press does worse: It often lets stars with dubious pasts off the hook completely. Show More Summary

A different approach to Veterans Day coverage

MIAMI, FL -- "A lot of [veterans] I know, especially the younger guys, are kind of tired of the woe is me narrative." This is one reason Howard Altman, military affairs reporter for The Tampa Tribune, told me that he opted for a notably different approach to front-page Veterans Day coverage today. Altman wrote about a retired Navy SEAL who...

How did local TV cover California's Prop 45?

Almost lost in the aftermath of last week’s midterm elections was the defeat of California’s Prop 45, a ballot initiative that would have given the state’s insurance commissioner veto power over health insurance rates he deemed excessive for individual and small-business policies. Show More Summary

Climate change coverage at a crossroads in Australia

Australia is entering what meteorologists are predicting will be another sweltering summer, with October already experiencing its hottest day on record. But coverage of the record temperatures, which scientists agree can be traced to global warming, isn't always covered as such here. Show More Summary

Capitalize this

If you read a historical document, like the Declaration of Independence, you'll notice the capitalization of lot of words we don't ordinarily capitalize today, and then not consistently: "Men," for example, is not capitalized in theShow More Summary

A look inside Guantánamo Bay by Vice

Since the first detainees were shipped to Guantánamo Bay in January 2002, media coverage of the US military prison has focused on it as a legal quandary and political dilemma. Details on life within its walls, on the other hand, have only dribbled out. Reporters’ access there is highly restricted, and few journalists — the Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg...

Knoxville's alt-weekly wasn't losing money. It got shut down anyway

In mid-October, the entire staff of Metro Pulse, Knoxville’s alt-weekly, was laid off. On Nov. 7, the News Sentinel, Knoxville’s daily paper, which had owned Metro Pulse for seven years, launched a free arts and entertainment supplement. Show More Summary

Why did Iran imprison Jason Rezaian?

Everywhere he traveled in the world, Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian invited people to visit Iran, where he has lived for nearly 10 years, and reported for the Post since 2012. His brother, Ali Rezaian, said people would respond with caution to Jason's invitation. "He'd say, 'It'll be fine, it's great. People will be really nice to you. People are...

How journalists can protect their digital information

In the upcoming movie Rosewater, which tells the story of the 2009 arrest journalist Maziar Bahari, a laptop sits on the table during the interrogation session and serves as a source of unending information for his captors, from personnel contacts to Facebook "likes." The movie, the directorial debut of Jon Stewart, opens next week. Some of the information extracted...

New York Times investigation sparks local scrutiny of state attorneys general

Last week, Eric Lipton of The New York Times exposed the hell out the latest way corporate America evades accountability. In a deeply researched piece, the reporter explained how state attorneys general are influenced by friendly lobbyists and lawyers, often in one-on-one encounters during lavish getaways on the premier conference circuit. Show More Summary

Gun Crisis Reporting Project and Homicide Watch DC stop service

Between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in Philadelphia, seven people were shot and one man was killed. But with the election serving as the media's main course Tuesday night, the shootings were only reported by one outlet: the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, a nonprofit journalism organization that covers gun violence in Philadelphia. Show More Summary

Why you can't get strippers' names with public records requests

Nightclubs featuring nude dancing and erotic entertainment. Government licensing of the club dancers. Open government. A civil engineer who wants to pray for the dancers. Wait… one of those things is not like the others. Open government? It’s actually a better fit than you’d think, thanks to the case Roe v. Anderson, decided recently by a federal judge in the...

How polling data can be dangerous for political journalists

The major political storyline emerging in the aftermath of Tuesday’s elections wasn’t that Republicans took control of the Senate or painted additional governors’ mansions red. It was how handily they did so. Projected toss-ups became easy GOP wins, and a few races in which Democrats seemed to hold slight leads eventually went Republican. Show More Summary

How one group is making it easier to use social media in Afghanistan

KABUL--The invitation for the second annual Afghan Social Media Summit in Kabul arrived with all the pertinent details except one--the location. This is Afghanistan after all. Security trumps everything. So the location was only released at the last minute along with credentials. Show More Summary

Is this the Web's first blog?

Justin Hall runs a blog that has landed him several jobs in journalism. While that statement doesn’t raise many eyebrows today, it was far out of the ordinary 20 years ago when Hall, a freelance writer, started Justin’s Links in 1994. Hall was 19, and the website was among the first of its kind, prompting the New York Times Magazine...

Storyhunter unveils virtual marketplace for freelance foreign correspondents

With most foreign news bureaus sapped of manpower, the demand for freelance correspondents is high. But finding a reliable journalist in a different country or continent is a tall task. At the same time, the danger of reporting in some regions has never been greater, especially for those without large news organizations at their backs. Storyhunter hopes to address...

Why in-house innovation is a great plan for legacy outlets

Illustrations by Roxanne Palmer n the last few years, a growing number of media outlets have undergone a critical shift in organizational structure to build innovative products. Rather than focus on retaining customers for platforms that may not be viable, legacy outlets are fostering innovation from within to diversify revenue and stay relevant. It might, dare I say, be...

The 'unmitigated disaster' of Obamacare in Mississippi

Occasionally, I come across a truly exceptional story about the Affordable Care Act. A CJR laurel is in order for Sarah Varney, a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, and Jeffrey Hess of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, who contributed...Show More Summary

Getting to know a 'monger'

This week, many people may be worried about the "fear-mongering" around Ebola. Others may wonder which "rumor-mongering" politician to vote for (or not vote for). And some will simply stop by the "fishmonger" on the way home from work for a nice piece of cod. A "monger" started in English as a "merchant, trader, dealer, or trafficker," frequently "of a...

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