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Facebook is eating the world

Something really dramatic is happening to our media landscape, the public sphere, and our journalism industry, almost without us noticing and certainly without the level of public examination and debate it deserves. Our news ecosystem has changed more dramatically in the past five years than perhaps at any time in the past five hundred. We are seeing huge leaps in...

How drug reporting is changing

Journalism has a drug problem. It’s festered for years, from the panic-stricken coverage of marijuana in the 1930s, through the War on Drugs, to the spike in heroin use today. At issue is reporting that is frenzied, frightened, and too often shaped and spun by law enforcement. At risk is a misinformed public. But what if a news outlet were...

How the Melissa Click case highlights tensions around police body-cam footage

It was two snippets of video that ended up costing Melissa Click her job last week. Click shot from obscurity to infamy in November when, while employed as an assistant professor of communications at the University of Missouri in Columbia, she was caught on tape calling for “some muscle” to remove a student videographer from a public space during a...

Can you make something off the record once you've said it on the record?

I never took a lesson in journalism ethics at The New York Times—really, I learned in a tribal way, as did we all once upon a time: helpful copy editors telling me as a new copy boy what you could or couldn’t say. In that same way, we learned that “off the record” meant you didn’t quote the person, and...

Why are horoscopes and media a match?

Welcome to 2016, where you can get your daily horoscope on Snapchat, as a meme, or with a side of GIF. (GIF: The Cut / Kelly Chill; Photos: Naoyuki Noda / Getty Images) In this era of self-reflection (or, self-obsession), horoscopes fit right in. But there is something curious about them. How have horoscopes aged so well? Old media...

How to manage a newsroom shutdown

Jill Geisler teaches and coaches managers worldwide and is affiliated with the Poynter Institute. She’s the author of the book, podcasts on iTunes U. CJR editor Liz Spayd asks her questions each month on media leadership issues. Liz: Al Jazeera America is in the process of shutting down the first major cable news launch since Fox News in 1996. As you know,...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... Tri-City Herald (Pasco, Wash.), 12/16/80 The Salt Lake Tribune, 8/27/81 International Herald Tribune, 9/10/86 The Atlanta Constitution, 8/16/85

Bahari and Abbas unite to tell the story of a revolution

The photo has since become an iconic emblem of the Iranian Revolution. In it, a woman runs through a street, chased by an angry crowd of men; several have grabbed the sleeves of her jacket and are brandishing sticks and umbrellas. The woman is an assumed supporter of Iran’s recently overthrown leader, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi; the men are...

After a hospital reportedly pulls ads, Georgia paper says it won't back down

When a small Georgia daily pointed out recently that a local hospital board was apparently violating the state’s open-meetings law, the paper was hoping the board might swiftly change its ways. Instead, the hospital reportedly decided...Show More Summary

The world according to Russ Baker

You meet Russ Baker at The Smith, a busy watering hole in the East Village with bustling waitresses and rattling dishes. It looks nothing like a newsroom, though news is Baker’s business. Baker doesn’t do his work at this particularShow More Summary

What reporters need to understand when covering communities in transition

If you read The New York Times’ story on Asbury Park earlier this month, you might think the downtrodden Jersey Shore city is at the dawn of a revitalization. The piece, published in the real estate section, describes how a new hotel could mark the first major step forward on the waterfront, where previous efforts have yielded “few lasting or...

Why private-college police forces are a new front in the fight over public records

In 2014, Paula Lavigne, a reporter for ESPN’s Outside the Lines program, began investigating college athletes and the justice system. Lavigne wanted to know whether prominent athletes receive preferential treatment during criminal inquiries,...Show More Summary

'Eruption' vs. 'irruption'

The columnist Russ Douthat wrote recently in The New York Times that “Trumpism is also a creature of the late Obama era, irrupting after eight years when a charismatic liberal president has dominated the cultural landscape.” It’s too...Show More Summary

As staff shrinks, Denver Post cuts back on editorials

On Monday of this week, something was missing from Colorado's largest daily newspaper: For the first time in memory, no house editorial appeared in the pages of The Denver Post. It wasn't a glitch or a printing malfunction, just the latest small sign of retrenchment in the newspaper business. One of the Post’s editorial writers, Jeremy Meyer, left a few...

Where Were Boston's TV Stations During the Church Sex Abuse Scandal?

One of the best things about Spotlight, Tom McCarthy's acclaimed film about The Boston Globe's investigation of the city’s clerical sex abuse scandal, is its integrity. Vying for six Academy Awards in Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, the film chronicles The Globe's crucial role in bringing the issue of abuse to light and exposing Cardinal Bernard Law's part in the cover-up....

In Poland, a media grab signals rising power of nationalists

Earlier this month, a conservative weekly in Poland published a cover photo depicting six disembodied, olive-hued hands groping a white woman dressed in a European Union flag. “The Islamic Rape of Europe,” ran the headline. The cover...Show More Summary

Meet the woman fighting behind the scenes to defend open government in Florida

Barbara Petersen has been fighting back efforts to make Florida’s government less transparent for more than 20 years. There haven’t been many battles more consequential than the one she’s waging right now. Over the last few years, there have been reports about a handful of people or firms using the state’s strong public records law in gotcha-style stings, essentially to...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... National Post, 2/24/16 Submitted by a reader in Fairfax, Northern California

Cruz-Rubio flap spotlights big spending by UPenn paper

On Monday, Ted Cruz fired his communications director for tweeting an erroneous article by student journalists describing Marco Rubio mocking the Bible. The quip in question occurred Saturday morning at a Hampton Inn in Columbia, South Carolina, where seven Daily Pennsylvanian staffers also happened to be staying. Show More Summary

David Halberstam’s Mississippi apprenticeship

David Halberstam rolled into a northeast Mississippi town called West Point in July 1955, driving a ’46 Chevrolet packed with clothes, a hi-fi player, and vinyl records. According to a piece he later wrote in Esquire, he was looking for the offices of The Daily Times Leader, the local newspaper. Less than three weeks earlier, he had crossed a stage...

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