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This is how Tehran Bureau covers Iran

At the turn of this century, I started noticing a torrent of messages from Iranian strangers each time I logged into my Yahoo Messenger account. I was a courts reporter in San Diego and thought the dozens of daily chat requests were coming from up north in Los Angeles, where the largest concentration of Iranians live outside their homeland. But...

Can a chilling New York Times story help spark new dialogue on end-of-life care?

The New York Times is on a roll these days when it comes to the aging beat, and Nina Bernstein’s article last Friday was a tour de force that deserves a CJR laurel. Chronicling the relationship between a daughter and her elderly father at the end of his life, Bernstein describes how screwed up the long-term care system really...

How Iowa reporters are teaming up to cover a tight Senate race

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — Politics has long been a key beat for Iowa media. But today, political campaigns in the Hawkeye State are about much more than caucuses, straw polls, and steak fries. As the site of one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country, the state has been swamped with TV ads, many from super PACs...

Good news is good business, but not a cure-all for journalism

Most news consumers probably know that the news these days is mostly dire, and that the act of staying informed about world events can leave us feeling more pessimistic, hopeless, and apathetic. The news is so bad it’s even making the journalists covering it anxious and depressed. To counter bad-news fatigue, some media outlets, in addition to stories about ISIS...

Going easy on Eric Holder's Wall Street inaction

There's one word missing in too many major press accounts of Eric Holder's tenure as Obama's only attorney general: bankers. It's a baffling lapse for outlets like the Washington Post, Bloomberg, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, and ABC News, none of which, in their main stories on the resignation, mentions Holder's dismal record prosecuting Wall Street fraud in the...

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN

"Don't get fired, Bill." That's Jalen Rose's maxim, repeated whenever he sees Bill Simmons, his ESPN colleague and periodical podcast partner, broaching dangerous territory. For better or worse, Rose was not around earlier this week, when Simmons was recording his podcast with Sal Iacono (also known as 'Cousin Sal' of Jimmy Kimmel Live). Had he been present, Rose might have...

In a new film, once-shunned reporter's reputation comes full circle

Jeremy Renner as San Jose Mercury News investigative reporter Gary Webb in Kill The Messenger (Chuck Zlotnik/Focus Features) When filmgoers see Kill The Messenger, opening in a fortnight, they may not know Gary Webb's name. But they will probably recognize Jeremy Renner, who plays the late San Jose Mercury News journalist. Show More Summary

How tech reporters can deepen their beat

Ask a tech journalist about the latest cool features from the likes of Google Maps or Spotify, and they are likely not only to be able to rattle them off, but also to give astute opinions about whether those features position a product for success. But ask a tech reporter whether Foursquare was built in Objective-C or Java or something...

Reporters jump the gun on Eric Holder replacement speculation

Hours before Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation Thursday afternoon, speculation among reporters about his replacement had already hit a fever pitch. A number of news outlets simply listed the possibilities, while still more began ranking them in earnest, all with little or no sourcing. Show More Summary

How news outlets can cover the war on ISIS with social media

It began, as so many things do nowadays, with a tweet. Breaking: Huge explosions shook the city in what might be the beginning of US airstrikes on ISIS HQs in Raqqa — Abdulkader Hariri (@3bdUlkaed6r) September 23, 2014 A Syrian man named Abdulkader Hariri broke news of US attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria Monday night. And...

Startup site manifestos are press criticism

On the first day of The New York Times' existence, back in 1851, an editorial titled "A Word About Ourselves" appeared, proclaiming the newspaper's aspirations. It promised: As a NEWSPAPER, presenting the news of the day from all parts of the world, we intend to make THE TIMES as good as the best of those now issued in the City...

Sports media will rank just about anything

Unlike the soccer-loving socialists populating Europe and Latin America, Americans demand hierarchy from our sports. Outside of the occasional football game, American athletic contests don’t produce ties; they produce winners and losers. Show More Summary

Beat transfers prompt new labor questions at The Plain Dealer

DETROIT, MI — Labor disputes linger around the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Scarcely had Advance Publications, the paper’s owner, resolved a grievance brought by the local chapter of the Newspaper Guild when management opted to reassign three veteran court reporters and move the popular beats to the paper’s digital sibling. Show More Summary

How Facebook is changing who gets paid for your work

In 2009, Wired's then-executive editor, Chris Anderson, released a book with a daunting prediction. In Free: The Future of A Radical Price, Anderson claimed that the open-air marketplace of the Web made information, essentially, worthless. Show More Summary

Reporting on healthcare when it's politically hot or not

How should reporters cover healthcare when the Affordable Care Act is no longer a hot political story? It's an essential question, touched on recently in a Wall Street Journal column by Drew Altman, head of the Kaiser Family Foundation and founder of Kaiser Health News. Show More Summary

Simon & Schuster should come clean about discredited Monroe/DiMaggio book

On Christmas Eve 1983, David Cay Johnston exposed C. David Heymann's Barbara Hutton biography as a fraud on A1 of the Los Angeles Times. Johnston reported that Poor Little Rich Girl contained numerous fabricated sources and pointed to facts that were either invented or so false that they raised grave additional questions about Heymann's credibility. Show More Summary

Stories I'd like to see

1. Checking the NFL’s numbers: In the wake of the fallout over National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of his players’ domestic violence arrests, there have been multiple reports by journalists, who read the league’s filing of form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service, that Goodell was paid $44 million in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013....

More cops are wearing body cams. When will the footage be a public record?

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Police departments across Colorado, like their counterparts around the country, are rapidly embracing the use of body-mounted cameras worn by officers. While the move is generally applauded as a government-accountability...Show More Summary

Fractured Shakespeare

Much time has pas’t since Language Corner has revisited Shakespeare, or what passes for Shakespeare these days. A slight refresher might be in order, meant as a gentle push, not a cattle prod. The Bard is still subject to prose much mangled, though some has become so common that, s’truth, it has entered into the realm of s’OK. We will...

The New York Times exposes surprise medical bills

Elisabeth Rosenthal deserves a CJR laurel for her Sunday New York Times article, the latest installment in her “Paying Till It Hurts” series on why and how the cost of American healthcare is so exorbitant. It’s a standout series, and this may be Rosenthal’s best story so far. In chronicling the troubles of Peter Drier, a 37-year-old New York...

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