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The age of the cyborg

You’ve probably heard that news organizations such as AP, Reuters, and many others are now turning out thousands of automated stories a month. It’s a dramatic development, but today’s story-writing bots are little more than Mad Libs, filling out stock phrases with numbers from earnings reports or box scores. Show More Summary

Election Day mobile notifications offer peek into future of news delivery

More Americans than ever this year learned about Election Day results from their phones, including via mobile push notifications news organizations deployed in brand-new ways. According to data collected by the Tow Center for Digital...Show More Summary

5 takeaways from the Rolling Stone defamation verdict

The verdict came down in the first defamation case stemming from Rolling Stone's famously flawed investigation about college rape on the Friday before Election Day. Now that the electoral shock has ebbed, it's time to give the results a second look. In this case, a former associate dean at the University of Virginia, Nicole Eramo, charged that the magazine and...

The glamorous restaurateur, and other anomalies

English is fun. Let’s prove it: A “restaurant” can be full of “glamour.” But the “restaurateur” is “glamorous.” Note the difference? Each drops a letter when it gains a suffix. This is not the kind of letter-dropping that occurs with words like “fire/firing,” where the letter that’s dropped is at the end of the original word. No, “restaurant” and “glamour”...

Revolution at The Washington Post

Is it an underhanded compliment to be called the most innovative company in the newspaper business? The Washington Post will happily take it. In the three years since Amazon’s Jeff Bezos bought the Post for $250 million—now seen as a steal for one of the great brands in publishing—the Post has reinvented itself with digital speed. Its Web traffic has...

Five lessons on covering trauma from the campaign trail

Of the many crises unleashed by America’s recent election, that faced by journalism is high on the list. Combine the fact that so much campaign reporting simply got this election wrong with the escalating hostility, harassment, and threats directed at news professionals and media companies, and you have a grimly astringent moment of reckoning. Show More Summary

The Times responds to discrepancy between Trump transcript and news coverage

Lost amid the print media back-slapping last week after The New York Times’ on-the-record meeting with Donald Trump was confusion over how the newspaper covered its own sit-down with the president-elect. At issue: a potential Trump U-turn on torture that would eventually be picked up by numerous other outlets around the country and world. Show More Summary

Q&A: Photojournalist on documenting Cuba, challenging country's stereotypes

Despite the American fascination with Cuba, life there continues to be a mystery to many outsiders--helped little by media coverage of the island. Now, the death of Fidel Castro offers the opportunity to move beyond the tired themes, from communism to old cars, and toward a better understanding of a nation that has had such an outsized influence on US...

The tech/editorial culture clash

At this year’s annual meeting of the Online News Association in Denver, many of the 2,000 attendees and delegates crowded into the opening keynote address. In the middle of the most charged US election in living memory, at a time when the relevance and role of the news media were under intense scrutiny, the assembled newsroom operatives were not coming...

A note from the editor

We began work on this issue with the belief that the conventional wisdom about journalism is almost certainly wrong. You know the litany: Newspapers are dying; young people are abandoning mainstream news sources for Snapchat and Twitter;...Show More Summary

A TV station taps viewers to help ‘truth-test’ the news

Broadcast chain Tegna about a year ago assigned reporter David Schechter the task of finding an innovative way to “truth-test” the news. Schechter, who works at the Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, knew what he wanted to avoid: a reporter talking at the screen, delivering his verdict on the truth, with only a handful of graphics to break up the visual...

Canadian journalists who covered Rob Ford offer tips on Trump

Americans would agree the US has never seen a politician quite like Donald Trump. Constant falsehoods, attacks on newspapers, over-the-top insults directed at individual reporters--these are things many in the US media haven’t had to deal with before. Show More Summary

Podcast: What we're thankful for in journalism this Thanksgiving

The holiday weekend is as good a chance as any to reflect on what's going right in journalism, even after an election that left many of us flummoxed. On The Kicker this week, I'm joined by Associate Editor Nausicaa Renner and Delacorte Fellow Pete Vernon in discussing what we're thankful for in 2016, trolls' effect on journalism, and CJR's massive...

A new normal in journalism for the age of Trump

President-elect Donald Trump’s latest attempt to humiliate a media still licking post-election wounds came with a Twitter salvo beginning at 5:16 a.m. on Tuesday. “I cancelled today's meeting with the failing [New York Times] when the...Show More Summary

Reporting on press threats? Keep these 4 ideas in mind

Media reporter Joe Concha, of The Hill, published a story last week quoting an “exclusive statement” from Breitbart News in which the far-right website said it was “preparing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a major media company for claiming that Breitbart News is a ‘white nationalist’” outlet. Show More Summary

10 photos that capture dawning reality of a new Trump era

Donald Trump’s election has roiled the country and turned the journalism world on its head. As the Trump administration and this new, unpredictable era unfolds, I plan to follow it visually for CJR, examining and analyzing key pictures. Trump’s upset and his rejection of the status quo spur many questions, such as: How is the media using photography to frame...

Maneuvering a new reality for US journalism

Dear friends in American journalism, Ordinarily, it is you who offer the rest of the world advice about press freedom, and the accountability architecture of democratic societies, so I understand that it may be strange to hear it coming back at you, but this will not be the last inversion that the election of Donald Trump delivers. You have some...

Did Trump's scorched-earth tactics mortally wound the media?

The 2016 presidential election took a heavy toll on the vast army of journalists assigned to cover it, grinding down shoe leather, fingertips, and nerve-endings in equal measure. But for one reporter, Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star, the race for the White House was singularly burdensome, turning him into a night owl. At the end of each long day...

Covering Trump: An oral history of an unforgettable campaign

he election of Donald Trump has upended much of America -- not least the establishment press. Reporters, their editors, and the owners of the outlets that hired them have spent the last two weeks in an unprecedented bout of hand-wringing, trying to understand how they so misread the American electorate and how they should cover a US president who has...

In Trump territory, local press tries to distance itself from national media

About a month before the election, a radio station in Fairfield, Illinois, stopped taking calls to its popular morning talk show. It was the first time in 25 years that news director Len Wells remembers ever having to shut off the phones. “It was awful,” Wells says of the comments about the presidential race. “We had people calling and saying incredibly...

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