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How one family became faces for the Syrian refugee crisis

After an Assad regime mortar assault leveled their neighborhood in Homs in early 2012, Hussam and Suha Al Roustom fled with their two children to another part of town. Then, as the city in western Syria further devolved into chaos in 2013, the family escaped for Jordan in the back of a pickup truck, eventually hiking through the night to...

Why 'surprise medical bills' are an important statehouse story

Your doctor tells you that you may need heart surgery. So you contact a cardiologist, making sure to find someone who’s in your insurance network. When the day of the operation comes, all goes well and you’re soon back home recuperating. It seems like it’s been a good experience with the healthcare system, until, some time later, you get a...

Is online misogyny a threat to free speech?

In July 2013, police collected hundreds of pages of threats directed at Caroline Criado-Perez, a British journalist who had been running a campaign to get women depicted on British banknotes. People tweeted that the freelancer and activist needed to “learn [her] place as a woman in this world,” and that “women that talk too much need to get raped.” “There...

Three narratives to avoid in coverage of unauthorized immigration

The stakes are high for immigration coverage. The Supreme Court is slated to rule this year on President Barack Obama’s executive actions, which could grant millions of unauthorized immigrants reprieve from deportation and the ability to apply for work permits. Show More Summary

6,000 headlines, 10 media outlets, 6 months of campaign stories: A survey of the media’s presidential primary coverage

In this year’s highly fractured presidential race, there is only one thing all the candidates can agree on--the media has done them wrong. From allegations of bias to ignoring candidates to covering the wrong things, the only candidate who should be happy with all the free media coverage is Donald Trump, and even he wants laws that make it easier...

Three FOI successes to celebrate during Sunshine Week

It’s easy during Sunshine Week, the national effort to promote awareness of open-government issues, to feel exasperated by the many recent and ongoing attempts to shield public information from public view. State lawmakers tried to kill a program that helps citizens resolve FOI disputes. Show More Summary

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... The Jerusalem Post, 3/14/16 Submitted anonymously CBS News, 3/7/16 Submitted anonymously

How a new reporting collaborative is building a newsroom that crosses state lines

When Jeff Young began his job as managing editor of the nascent Ohio River Network earlier this month, one of the first things he did was set off on a road trip. Visiting his three-state newsroom, said the public media veteran, was an essential step in building trust in the new regional journalism collaboration. Spanning Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia,...

An Illinois PAC decides to get into local news--just in time for the primary

When reports first surfaced that a Republican PAC was spending money on his behalf, Chris Harris wasn’t happy. Harris, a Democrat running to unseat an incumbent in today’s primary for a state legislative district just west of Chicago, put out a statement disavowing the support and distancing himself from Bruce Rauner, the state’s Republican governor, who has backed the PAC....

What digital metrics can (and can’t) say about the presidential campaign

Look past the 2016 campaign’s gaudier elements, and you’ll notice a less sexy development across political media: Digital behavior is being quantified. The Associated Press has launched a real-time dashboard charting out political conversation and searches on Twitter and Google, while USA Today has partnered on a similar venture with Facebook. Show More Summary

Examining the state of rest

We were prepared to write a column about how many news outlets incorrectly described the public viewing of the bodies of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former first lady Nancy Reagan as “lying in state.” Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, almost no one did. Most reports, in broadcast and print, said that Mrs. Reagan, the widow of President...

In human rights reporting, the perils of too much information

Last month, the human rights organization Amnesty International revealed the exact location of a mass burial site on the outskirts of Bujumbura, Burundi. It allegedly held the bodies of at least 50 people who died from political violence in December of last year. International media outlets like The New York Times, Reuters, and Foreign Policy were quick to report on...

Why journalists should be afraid of Trump's media strategy

As someone who fights for the rights of journalists, I’ve been following the US presidential campaign with a particular concern. What strikes me is how the candidates use both traditional and social media to generate attention. The Trump campaign, in particular, is making me apprehensive about the safety of journalists around the world. Let me explain why. Trump entered the...

The best job in journalism? Sorry, it's already filled by Jim Dwyer

The title "newspaper columnist" once carried a certain brassy prestige. For much of the past century, columnists--from marquee sportswriters and political commentators to cultural critics and regional, all-purpose powerhouses like Mike Royko, Molly Ivins, and Pete Dexter--were newspaper royalty. Show More Summary

Political journalists on why they do—or don't—vote in the primaries

More than 2.5 million people voted in the Michigan presidential primary on Tuesday, breaking the record set in 1972, when the voting age was first lowered from 21 to 18. A similarly large turnout is expected in the high-stakes primary in neighboring Ohio on March 15. But some of the most well-informed people in both states are not casting ballots...

Why Greil Marcus's column has lasted 30 years

The Real Life Rock Top Ten, written by noted music critic Greil Marcus, just marked its 30th birthday by moving to Pitchfork, the once hipster, now Conde Nast-owned online music magazine. Real Life, released more or less monthly, does mostly what its name implies: itemizes and pithily critiques 10 cultural artifacts of note--which to Marcus can mean anything from an...

A New York Times columnist on tackling poverty--and pushback

There aren’t many reporters on the poverty beat these days, or even journalists who look with any regularity at how those on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder live. Eduardo Porter’s weekly New York Times column, “Economic Scene,” is one space where poverty continues to receive regular, thoughtful consideration. Show More Summary

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... The Royal Gazette (Bermuda), 5/9/85 The Asheville (N.C.) Times, 3/21/84 Reading (P.A.) Eagle, 5/23/82

A plan for a new statewide paper has some observers asking: 'Is this for real?'

As Neal Robbins tells it, when he was making plans for a statewide news outlet he wanted to launch in North Carolina, he consulted with a bunch of other journalism entrepreneurs. “They all said, you’ve got to do a website,” recalled Robbins, an attorney who worked in politics and government before moving to publishing. “And I said ‘OK, that sounds...

Using video, The New Yorker abandons its mystique in hopes of attracting a larger audience

The latest episode of The New Yorker’s playful online video series The Cartoon Lounge offers a look at how an illustration makes it into the country’s most storied magazine. In the clip, artists pitch their work, often in vain, to cartoon editor Bob Mankoff. One piece, lacking a caption, depicts a wooden Trojan cat attempting to infiltrate a doghouse. “It’s...

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