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An odd headline from The Washington Post

This week's winning Lower case comes from Jonathan Make in Washington, DC: The Washington Post, 12/10/15

Hits and Misses: The year in sports journalism

Here are some of the biggest Hits and Misses in sports journalism in the last year, in more or less chronological order. Also check out David Uberti’s year-end review, which highlights how coverage of sports leagues as institutions is one of the best developments of 2015. Hits Stuart Scott’s legacy On January 4, the longtime ESPN sportscaster died of...

How a former Denver Post journalist helps everyone in Colorado get public records

This summer, Jeffrey Roberts fielded a call at his office in Denver. A resident of Elbert County, southeast of the capital, had noticed something curious: The county assessor maintained a website where the assessed value of local homes, considered a public record under Colorado law, was readily accessible. Show More Summary

How to set a journalist free from jail

In its new report, released today, the Committee to Protect Journalists tallies the number of journalists imprisoned around the world. It’s not a pretty picture. China is jailing 49 journalists, the highest number ever recorded in that country. Egypt is in second place with 23 and the number of imprisoned journalists in Turkey has doubled since last year and now...

Is Bold ushering in a new generation of right-leaning digital natives?

As publishers move strategically to capture that large and lucrative demographic known as millennials, many will have an ideal reader in mind. That reader may be predominantly male or female, LGBT or minority, or have a preference for cultural fare over sports, but they’re definitely young, and they’re probably liberal. Show More Summary

Typical typos

A new housing community in Minneapolis “will be staffed with a full-time supportive-services manger and 24-hour resident assistants.” That will be interesting to see in July. A new “Investment Manger receives customary management fees.” Payable in frankincense and myrrh as well as gold, no doubt. Show More Summary

Our favorite local journalism from 2015

Correspondents for CJR’s United States Project take in a lot of local journalism in the course of their work. With 2015 drawing to a close, they've selected some favorite examples from the past year: “Did Caroline Small Have to Die?”by The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionand Channel 2 Action News Over the past year, many news organizations have taken hard looks at police...

The history of organized crime in Mexico, told through data

In October 2014, journalist Tania Montalvo walked into an editorial meeting at Mexican news website Animal Político with a document from the country’s Attorney General’s Office. The two-page document she’d obtained through Mexico’s freedom...Show More Summary

In locker room credentialing, the lines are often blurred

There’s an old saw in sports locker rooms, an unwritten code that was sometimes actually written and posted above the door: “What you see here, what you say here, what you do here, let it stay here.” That’s fine, if a bit outdated, for the players and coaches and equipment managers. For journalists, it presents a dilemma. The American appetite...

A 31-year-old reporter is leading the fight for better pay at the Toledo Blade

When you picture the person leading contract negotiations for the Newspaper Guild at a 180-year-old Midwestern publication, Nolan Rosenkrans probably isn’t who comes to mind. Rosenkrans is an accomplished education reporter at the Toledo Blade, the president of the local Guild unit, and the co-chair of the union negotiating team. He is also 31 years old, with a beard that...

Inside the conflict between NJ Advance and Rutgers

In his first day on the job, Rutgers University’s new head football coach lobbed a rarely muttered criticism at the team’s press corps. “I heard all this stuff about the New Jersey media and East Coast media. You guys are tame,” Chris Ash told reporters Monday. “Come on. I'm looking for the hard questions.” The school’s president jumped in with...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case, an ode to weather: San Francisco Chronicle, 5/29/71 Silver City (NM) Daily Press, 12/22/79 Daily Sun/Post (San Clemente, Calif.), 1/17/77

The media’s attitude toward Trump is changing. Finally.

In July, The Huffington Post took the unusual step of announcing that, henceforth, it would classify Donald Trump in the “Entertainment” category, a move emblematic of the broader political press’ mindset back then. But after months of increasingly alarming rhetoric came to a head on Monday, when Trump called for a ban on Muslim travel to the US, Arianna Huffington...

Using #BrusselsLockdown, the press played along with Belgium's Twitter cats

Three days after coordinated attacks in Paris killed 130 people last month, the Belgian police launched operations in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek to locate the suspected planners. They asked residents not to post on social media about the operations. Show More Summary

State coverage gets a boost from local-focused media company

In an era of ever-shrinking statehouse coverage, one small chain of 130 suburban and small town newspapers is taking a few steps in the opposite direction. Since last year, Alabama-based Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. has added five...Show More Summary

Kevin Durant is right: The media should go easier on Kobe

NBA superstar Kevin Durant was mocked last week for lamenting news coverage of Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Laker whose once-in-a-generation talents have deteriorated this year to nearly sub-pro standards. Except Durant’s criticism wasn’t a naive air ball. Show More Summary

The best and worst journalism of 2015

It's been a standout year for journalism—and a disappointing one. CJR discussed the most important media stories and trends of 2015, good and bad, compiled below. The Best Journalism of 2015 Aylan Kurdi Turkish photographer Nilufer Demir’s...Show More Summary

How Linda Ellerbee made ‘Nick News’ into an award-winning program

Mark it as the end of an era. On December 15, “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” will air its hour-long finale, titled “Hello, I Must Be Going.” The Emmy-winning show on Nickelodeon debuted as a newsmagazine on April 8, 1992, though its origins stretch back even further (an earlier incarnation, “Nick News W/5,” was named for its “who, what, where,...

Print is the new 'new media'

Print is beautiful. It can’t notify you when a work email arrives, can’t be tweeted mid-sentence, and won’t die without a charger. Even better, it’s finite. It’s also supposed to be dead. For years, the new media vanguard has preached “digital first” and the death knell has sounded again and again for print, as legendary magazines moved online or ceased...


Language changes, we’re fond of saying. Sometimes it changes before our very eyes, as it has with three sensitive and socially conscious terms dealing with gender. To start with the most visible change, The Washington Post has decided...Show More Summary

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