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Inside the Sun Sentinel's investigation on Cuban criminals

MIAMI — Last year, reporters at the South Florida Sun Sentinel set out to prove a dirty little secret: Cuban criminals are exploiting the extraordinarily broad immigration privileges that apply to their nation to run elaborate fraud schemes in the US and then escape back to the island. After cracking a pair of key databases, reporters at the paper were...

What journalists can learn from the faux CNN threat

While Glenn Greenwald was busy lambasting mainstream news publications for a lack of skepticism in the face of the US government's claims about who orchestrated the Sony hack, a strange offshoot of the story was playing out within his own publication. A digital security scoop turned viral hit--which was then uncovered as an internet prank--the story is an example of...

The history of 'nightmare'

People awakening from a "nightmare" often have the sensation that they can't breathe. Not surprising: That's where the word "nightmare" comes from. The Oxford English Dictionary traces the first used of "nightmare" in English to around 1300, as "a female spirit or monster supposed to settle on and produce a feeling of suffocation in a sleeping person or animal." Other...

How a Cleveland news outlet obtained key video in Tamir Rice shooting

DETROIT, MI — The story just gets worse. Video released more than a month ago showed a white cop in Cleveland shooting Tamir Rice, an African American 12-year-old playing with a pellet gun, within seconds of approaching him. Last week, extended video obtained by the Northeast Ohio Media Group showed what happened afterward: Two police officers stood by without offering...

Watch out for Bellingcat

In November 2013, The New Yorker’s Patrick Radden Keefe called Eliot Higgins, an unemployed man from Leicester, England, “perhaps the foremost expert on the munitions used in the war” in Syria. As leading authorities go, Higgins, who used to blog under the pseudonym Brown Moses, is an unlikely one. He has never been to Syria or any other war zone.... tested immediately with Charlie Hebdo tragedy

It was, as Andy Carvin later described it, a baptism by fire. Less than 48 hours after the launch of, Carvin’s social news startup within First Look Media, the outfit began seeing reports of an attack on the Paris office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. It was the type of story for which was built, one playing out...

A 40-year statehouse reporter's exit interview

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — As the Missouri legislature reconvened this week, there was a conspicuous absence in the Jefferson City press corps. Bob Priddy of Missourinet retired last month after a celebrated 40-year career covering the Show-Me statehouse for the radio network’s 60 affiliates. Priddy has made his mark in Missouri not only as a journalist but also as a...

Why a Danish newspaper won't publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

As media outlets globally have faced the dilemma of whether or not to republish French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s satirical cartoons on the day after the magazine was attacked and 12 of its staffers killed, one such decision is worth special notice. Show More Summary

The missing Charlie Hebdo cartoons

ednesday was not the first time the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo was punished for making fun of Islam and Islamic extremists. In 2006, amid a famous cartoon controversy that sparked riots around the world, Charlie Hebdo reprinted...Show More Summary

The looming threat of newsroom cyber attacks

Around 11am on Tuesday, journalists at the Maryland CBS affiliate WBOC noticed that their Twitter password had been changed. Employees watched, powerless, as a string of militant tweets were blasted to the station’s 18,000 followers....Show More Summary

A closer look at the safety and efficacy of 'FDA approved' drugs

John Fauber's latest stories in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are must-reads for anyone who uses medications and wants to know if the drugs they're taking are safe, effective, and worth the money spent on them. These recent pieces in Fauber's growing body of excellent work stand out not only because they examine some commonly prescribed drugs for some common illnesses,...

Will Upworthy soon publish original content?

Last Spring, in the midst of reporting a feature on the idealistic hit-maker UpWorthy, I asked site co-founder Peter Koechley when we could expect the company, which repackages existing online content with viral potential, to start making its own. Koechley deflected my question, but he didn't rule it out. He compared UpWorthy to Netflix: "We've spent some time looking at...

A glut of spates and slews

In just a week, The New York Times discussed how "Indonesia has seen a spate of deadly attacks by Muslim militants," a "spate of deadly terror attacks" in Israel and Gaza," an "oncoming spate of opulent pads" coming on to the New York City real estate market, a "recent spate of accusations" against the comedian Bill Cosby, and "the recent...

Gannett shakeup leads to new competition in Vermont statehouse coverage

BURLINGTON, VT — As Vermont’s largest daily, the Burlington Free Press, assembles its version of Gannett’s “newsroom of the future,” its top editor vows that it will keep covering state government. That means the paper will be fighting for news on an increasingly competitive beat—and even going up against its own former staff. The Free Press recently lost two of...

These investigations by Florida papers deserve another look

MIAMI — The year 2014 is now behind us, but a few efforts by Florida newspapers over the past 12 months should not be forgotten. I’ve already written about some of the most creative, enterprising, and dogged investigative journalism I came across in the Sunshine State. Show More Summary

PR agencies can pay for journalist 'dossiers'

or as little as $200, NewsBios provides "reputation insurance" to PR agencies and corporations preparing for interviews. It compiles dossiers on journalists, scouring obituaries, social media, real-estate records, and past stories, and claims to turn up worldview-shaping experiences. Show More Summary

Know your audience

t's not just journalists whose quirks and interests are being monitored: Profiles of their audiences are now accessible to anyone with an internet connection. In November, online-market-research firm YouGov launched a new app that profiles the target audiences of everything from Facebook to the Bible. Show More Summary

Fox News' open-door policy

able-news channels often provide soft landings for former or wanna-be elected officials, typically featuring them as political analysts. But just a few contributors have left a station to seek elected office, only to return to that same outlet after striking out. Pat Buchanan marched away from, and then retreated to, CNN's Crossfire not once but twice, when he ran for...

Why is 'burgeoning' used in so many news articles?

ould you tell a friend something like, "I'd really like to get into the burgeoning pot business"? Probably not, we'd bet. If you wanted to get into that business, you'd probably call it "flourishing," "expanding," or even "growing" (though that last could lead to misunderstandings about what you meant). Yet nearly every month, more than a thousand "burgeonings" bloom in...

The New York Times' changing racial labels

icholas Subtirelu, a PhD student in linguistics at Georgia State University, was thinking about his own generation's rejection of once-acceptable racial labels when he decided to study the changing use of those labels in journalism.Show More Summary

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