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Twitter harassment by the numbers

Reporting, Reviewing, and Responding to Harassment on Twitter: A new report by the nonprofit Women, Action and Media (WAM!), which was granted authorization by Twitter to receive and assess reports of harassment on the platform, escalating the most serious ones to Twitter. Show More Summary

The invaluable service of TrollBusters

Michelle Ferrier loved being a columnist with the Daytona Beach News-Journal in Florida. She established a real connection with her audience, she says, built around a fly-on-the-wall view into her African-American family life. Then, two years into the gig in 2005, Ferrier started receiving a series of letters. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton’s 40,150 minutes

Among the questions percolating in the lead-up to Hillary Clinton’s April 12 campaign kickoff was how the Democratic hopeful would try to reboot a historically frosty relationship with the press. Journalists have hounded Clinton for decades, and a hair-trigger PR outfit alienated the media as her 2008 presidential campaign lost steam. Show More Summary

The cultural boundaries around expression in the US

A little theater in Washington courts controversy and financial ruin when it dares to present Arab perspectives on Israeli and Middle Eastern history. A Michigan school superintendent peremptorily removes a book from a high school English curriculum, igniting protests, after one parent complains about an explicit sexual passage. Show More Summary

Finding empathy online

Almost since the dawn of digital media, a meta question has hovered over us: Will the power of journalism diminish as people start reading everything on their phones, tablets, and laptops? Will digital readers be able to concentrate on what they read? Will they develop the same connection and level of empathy for the people and ideas in stories when...

How screens make us feel

Print and online readers of a heart-wrenching true story display equal empathy and emotional engagement, regardless of the medium in which they read, according to a study conducted by the Columbia Journalism Review and the George T. Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism. Show More Summary

The new importance of 'social listening' tools

The tipoff came in a tweet. In an April meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, a tragically buttoned-up affair, the subject of the day was tariff policy. It would have remained an event only of concern to the most deeply wonky of Beltway insiders, had Pat Roberts, the senior senator from Kansas, remembered to silence his phone. Roberts had...

Khadija Ismayilova gets the last laugh

Even after Khadija Ismayilova had spent several months in prison—an event human rights organizations call “retribution” for her investigative reporting on the regime in Azerbaijan—Ismayilova had not lost her sense of humor. In a letter...Show More Summary

The cult of Vice

On the first Friday in May, a line of advertising and media people stretched down New York’s West 22nd Street, waiting to hear from Shane Smith, the 45-year-old bearded and bearish co-founder of Vice. One of the media world’s most flamboyant ceos had an announcement to make. The occasion was the Digital Content NewFronts, a corporate event where media companies...

Why we need to keep covering the foreclosure crisis

Some seven years after the housing bubble burst, the story is still unfolding in many American cities: damaged neighborhoods, broken tax systems, and blighted homes; a search for justice and an accounting of blame; uneven progress toward recovery. Show More Summary

Podcast goes behind the scenes of The Guardian ’s climate change campaign

“Alan, will you go ahead with [the campaign] if The Guardian doesn’t divest?” asked multimedia editor Francesca Panetta when Rusbridger left the meeting room. “I think we have to,” Rusbridger replied. “I think if the board don’t agree, I will ignore the board and run the campaign anyway.” That bit of revealing dialogue wasn’t shared with CJR by an...

Breaking down the numbers in CNN's controversial report on a Florida hospital

On June 1, CNN aired a year-long investigation that made alarming claims about high mortality rates and other complications in the pediatric cardiac surgery program at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Published under the headline “Secret Deaths,” the report landed with a splash—and soon brought a backlash. Show More Summary

The media milestone the media (fittingly?) forgot

One decade ago this weekend, millions of iPod owners woke up to a quiet change to the iTunes software they probably didn’t even notice. The really revolutionary updates usually have nice, round numbers—iTunes 3.0 invented the personalized...Show More Summary

American workers are getting sick, and CPI wants you to understand why

When Jim Morris told CJR about the Center for Public Integrity’s labor and environment team in March, he extolled the virtues of putting both topics under one umbrella. “We’re talking about things like toxic chemicals in the workplace,” he said. Show More Summary

Under Spain's gag law, covering the news could cost you

One evening last month, a police helicopter swooped over my neighborhood of mid-sized apartment blocks in Barcelona. The city has very little street crime; L.A.-style police pursuits coordinated by helicopters overhead are exceedingly rare. Show More Summary

More tough times for The Tampa Tribune

In 2012, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, in a show of faith in the future of local news, bought a chain of newspapers from Media General. There was just one daily paper in the portfolio that Buffet didn’t take: The Tampa Tribune, the longtime rival to the Tampa Bay Times that traces its history to the 19th century. Things looked bleak...

When governments sue public-records requesters

When you send a public records request to a government agency, you might expect a delayed response or high costs to fulfill it, even a denial—but you probably don’t expect to be sued by the agency. Yet that very thing happened recently in New Jersey, prompting a judge last week to dismiss the suit and conclude that a public policy...

Bloomberg's new regime and tensions over the editorial vision

In April, Zachary Mider’s groundbreaking story on corporate tax inversions won Bloomberg News the first Pulitzer Prize in its 25-year history. When Mider collected his award a month later, at the annual Pulitzer luncheon at ColumbiaShow More Summary

Covering gay marriage when it's really, really personal

On a sticky August day last year in Cincinnati, I filed into the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on assignment for Al Jazeera America’s website to cover oral arguments in the four cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage—the same cases that led to last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Seated next to me happened to...

Clearing up compliment vs. complement

A brochure arrived via email the other day, offering a tour of some property in Florida and a “complementary” three-day vacation. It’s true that the tour and the vacation might go well together, but the word the brochure writer wanted was “complimentary,” a synonym for “free.” The only difference between them spelling-wise is a single letter, and the intent is...

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