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Third party apps are winning the traffic battle

In 2011, Bill Keller accused Arianna Huffington's namesake site of doing no less than stealing content, arguing, "There's often a thin line between aggregation and theft." The threat from aggregation prompted lots of whining from the...Show More Summary

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- This city’s two rival dailies, the broadsheet Inquirer and tabloid Daily News, share an owner, a website, and now more than ever, mutual enmity and distrust. Last month, the papers’ owner and publisher, H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, overruled Inquirer editor Bill Marimow and killed a major page-one story at the behest of Daily News editor Michael Days. The...

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins

When Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based cable news giant rolled out its massive new American affiliate one year ago, creating a full-force 24-hour cable news channel—800 journalists, several studios, support staff, the works— in a move that...Show More Summary

Apple can't hide from a 20-year-old reporter

The best-sourced reporter covering Apple Inc., one of the world’s most secretive companies, is a 20-year-old junior at the University of Michigan. His name is Mark Gurman. He makes more than six figures a year as senior editor and scoop master at, a news outlet most people have never heard of. In the interest of truth, which Gurman is...

Facebook to Onion readers: They're just kidding

Satire on Facebook now comes with a disclosure. Click on an Onion article in a Facebook News Feed, and the related headlines from the same site that pop up beneath will now be prefaced with “[Satire].” The same does not apply to posts on Facebook timelines, including The Onion’s page. According to Facebook, the feature has been tested for a...

The media's growing interest in how animals think

Tip the elephant arrived in New York to accolades and fanfare--until things went wrong. A few years into his stay in the Central Park Zoo, the elephant began display strange bouts of anger and a mercurial personality. After several attempts to maul his caretaker, who had become convinced that the animal was hell-bent on his assassination, park commissioners deemed Tip...

Why words have multiple acceptable spellings

Last week, we talked about the new, fifth edition of Webster's New World College Dictionary, and some things in it that changed or stayed the same. Mark Allen, a freelance editor who writes frequently for Copyediting magazine, commented that "My biggest surprise was almost all the entries in the AP Stylebook that note an 'exception to Webster's New World' still...

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers

Gannett's latest Great Leap Forward will go "digital first," heavily emphasizing metrics to guide coverage. It will have significantly smaller newsrooms with a few more reporters and a lot fewer editors, in part because it is centralizing production work like copyediting and page design in regional hubs. Show More Summary

Detroit's Dan Gilbert and the 'savior complex'

DETROIT, MI — “A man for his time and place. Love him or hate him.” That’s how Bill Shea, who covers the business of sports for Crain’s Detroit Business, describes Dan Gilbert. While he’s still probably best-known nationally as the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Gilbert has a fast-rising media profile as something of a mogul in Detroit, his...

Why did one regulator order a health insurer to set its rates higher?

A little drama over insurance rates came to a head earlier this week in Oregon, with a result you might not have expected: State regulators ordered one carrier to set rates substantially higher than it had requested. Thanks to strong reporting from The Lund Report, an independent news site dedicated to covering the state’s healthcare industry, along with some contributions...

Vox fails on journo arrests, the LAT does a great investigation of police misreporting, and The Verge illuminates net neutrality commenters

It's a little ridiculous to classify as data journalism a classic investigation like The Los Angeles Times' piece from last week reporting that the Los Angeles Police Department misclassified 1,200 violent crimes over the course of a year. Data has long been used in good watchdog work like this, in which reporters Ben Poston and Joel Rubin obtained a year...

Why Obama's statement on reporters' arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical

In a news conference Thursday addressing the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and resulting unrest in Ferguson, MO, President Barack Obama criticized the arrests of two reporters there on Wednesday night. “Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs,” Obama said in a news conference...

Can Ferguson police legally withhold the officer's name?

As the unrest in Ferguson, MO, has spread and grown, set off by the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and amplified by the militarized police response, one question has stood out among the many we can’t yet answer: Who is the police officer that shot Brown? Embedded in that one question, of course, are several others: What is the officer’s rank? What...

A TV reporter sheds light on entrapment concerns

MIAMI, FL -- There's an old joke that gets a lot of use in central Florida: the most dangerous place in Polk County is between Sheriff Grady Judd and a television camera. The long-time sheriff is well-known for his love of the media spotlight--especially when he's dealing with what he's called his "favorite topic," crimes against children and men who...

Reporter faces jail time for scoop in gruesome murder case

CHICAGO, IL — The account of a 2013 double murder, dubbed the “Nightmare on Hickory Street,” sounds like a plot out of a horror flick. Two strangled victims. A plan to dismember the bodies with a saw and blow torch. An alleged sex act on top of the corpses. And talk of skinning one victim and wearing his face like...

Texas reporters shut out of immigration court

AUSTIN, TX -- A story in today's Houston Chronicle takes readers inside an immigration courtroom to report on accusations that the federal government is failing to provide detained migrants with due process and ignoring credible asylum claims. Show More Summary

Can an algorithm solve comment section trolling?

RALEIGH, NC--On a Monday afternoon in March, members of a North Carolina nonprofit called Equality NC hunkered down for a two-hour stint in the comment section of a story on the Raleigh News & Observer's website. It was an op-ed that Equality NC director Chris Sgro had written about tax issues facing same-sex couples in the state, which in 2012...

SEC aggressively investigates media leaks

If you think investigations of media leaks are confined to issues of national security, think again. Since 2008, one particular federal government agency has aggressively investigated leaks to the media, examining some one million emails...Show More Summary

How do you catch a candidate and pin him down?

Eric Black, a political columnist for MinnPost, offered a great example recently of how to pin down (or, at least, try mightily) a political candidate who slips and slides around important issues without specifying for voters exactly what he stands for. In this case, the candidate is Republican Mike McFadden who is running against Democratic Sen. Al Franken. For "one...

The relentless trauma of covering Gaza

CAIRO--In war, the most haunting moments do not always come when people die. For Sherine Tadros, a correspondent for Sky News, one such moment came in a hospital in Gaza last month, following the shelling of a UN-run school where Palestinian civilians had taken shelter. At least fifteen people were killed. Tadros saw a child die that day, but the...

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