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A primer on Earth Day coverage that doesn’t suck

When The New York Times took note of the first Earth Day in 1970, it made the Times’ front page in an above-the-fold feature photo and a six-column headline pronouncing that “Millions Join Earth Day Observances Across the Nation.” Now, 45 years later, Earth Day itself—and the ensuing media coverage—is a more modest affair. Recent reports have veered toward the...

The ICIJ’s latest target: the World Bank

If your target is a mammoth, global institution like the World Bank, it helps to have a global network of muckrakers to hold it accountable. It’s a role uniquely suited to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who...Show More Summary

Florida railroad project opponents largely ignored by Miami Herald

MIAMI, FL — A planned expansion of passenger rail in south and central Florida could be a big deal for the region, but coverage has been decidedly hyperlocal—and not in a good way. The project, All Aboard Florida, is being touted as a privately funded project to offer express passenger service between downtown Miami and the Orlando airport, with stops...

Gaining ground, or just treading water?

Is nonprofit news sustainable? Last week the Knight Foundation laid out the case for optimism in its third report on nonprofit news: “Gaining Ground: How Non-Profit News Ventures Seek Sustainability.” If the report were a weather forecast, the prediction for nonprofits would be partly cloudy with a chance of sun. Show More Summary

Reuters' Baghdad bureau chief on why he fled Iraq

Once Ned Parker saw his face plastered across an Iraqi television channel, he knew he had to flee. On April 3, Reuters’ Baghdad bureau chief helped chronicle in gruesome detail the lynching of ISIS captives by government and paramilitary forces. Within days, a social media campaign began demanding his expulsion from the country, with some commenters calling for his murder....

How to bring clarity and urgency to Social Security reporting

Social Security is looming as a major campaign issue--should it be cut or expanded? And that, of course, calls for reporters who understand what the system does and how various proposals would change it, and who can clearly explain what’s at stake for both current and future retirees. I asked Teresa Ghilarducci--an economics professor who heads the Schwartz Center for...

BuzzFeed's censorship problem

Earlier this week, Gawker broke the news that BuzzFeed Beauty Editor Arabelle Sicardi has resigned from the site. She wrote a piece last week criticizing a Dove soap advertising campaign that BuzzFeed deleted and later republished at the direction of Editor in Chief Ben Smith. Her resignation is the latest chapter in the evolving “DoveGate” scandal. It all began on...

Capital New York is rebranded as Politico expands its reach

Politico marched forward with its worldwide expansion on Wednesday, as the company’s soon-to-be-launched European outfit announced a spate of new hires and bureaus, and its Washington-based mothership unveiled a plan to create state-focused satellite publications across the country. Show More Summary

Have a wacky opinion on the internet? In Texas, you could make the nightly news

Scene: An Emmy-winning local TV news reporter in North Texas is on the hunt for his next story. He sees a woman from Dallas has posted something on Facebook that is, shall we say, controversial. “A female shouldn’t be President,” the woman has written, and she explains that if that event should come to pass, well, she will be moving...

Pork, bullets, and the dismal state of journalism in Thailand

On an unbearably hot afternoon in January 2014, my editor at the Bangkok Post told me to hit the streets and figure out why the masses downtown were suddenly donning homemade body armor. For months, street protests had roiled the Thai capital, spurred by entrenched economic inequality and anger at an amnesty bill that would allow political exiles back into...

4 things sports writers can learn from Eduardo Galeano

Legendary writer Eduardo Galeano of Uruguay died of cancer on Monday at age 74. While he is most well known for his critical books on Latin American colonial history, he also wrote one of the signature books in all of sports literature: Soccer in Sun and Shadow. First published in 1998, it traces the history of soccer as a sport...

How Bit + Grain covers North Carolina's culture

To look at its reader engagement on social media — particularly on image-sharing app Instagram — you wouldn’t know that Bit + Grain, a magazine focused on stories about North Carolina, launched just four weeks ago. It has engagement that would make more established local outlets salivate. Show More Summary

Montana paper sued by city over open-records request wins in court—and gets its story

In January, we brought you the story of The Billings Gazette, which got a tip about potential mishandling of public money at a Montana landfill, followed up by filing a public records request—and found itself sued by the city. Suing a newspaper simply for asking questions was a notable legal maneuver, but it was also in some sense a nuanced...

Try to clamor a bit less

What’s the image that comes into your head when you read the italicized word in the following sentence, which appeared recently on the OptionsMonster blog: “ICICI Bank is lighting up our scanners as investors clamber for exposure toShow More Summary

Beware of keylogging

In late February, the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung, known by its shortened name 'taz', published a chronology on its website detailing the discovery of a keylogger that was used to steal data from newsroom computers. KeyloggersShow More Summary

The most concerning element of Facebook’s potential new power

“Facebook has more power in determining who can speak and who can be heard around the globe than any Supreme Court justice, any king or any president.” Those prescient words came from law professor Jeffrey Rosen way back in 2010. Five years later, the Times is willingly handing its censorship keys over to that king of kings. Much has been...

Remembering David Laventhol, 1933-2015

Connoisseur of newspapers that he was, I suspect David Laventhol would get a kick out of the opening sentences of his obituaries this past week, as the big dailies honored his achievements each from its own perspective. The Washington Post remembered that Laventhol helped create its famous Style section. Newsday, where he was editor and then publisher in his thirties,...

A more personal approach to hard news

“In Iran, nothing is what it seems.” That refrain, repeated by reporter Thomas Erdbrink in The New York Times’ video series, “Our Man in Tehran,” neatly sums up the thinking behind the Web program. It’s also “one of the reasons why being a journalist here is not always easy,” Erdbrink says in his opening video dispatch, posted on March 24....

Why it’s tense between Tennessee lawmakers and statehouse press

What better way for lawmakers to welcome the NRA's national convention in Nashville this weekend than with a public spat with members of the state press corps over a bill to allow permitted guns in parks? During a testy news conference last week, GOP leaders in the Tennessee House accused statehouse reporters of advocating against the gun measure, debating rather...

Why Larry Flynt’s latest court victory is good for the media

The legal fight over death-penalty secrecy in Missouri has a surprising new player: Larry Flynt, the quirky and bellicose publisher of Hustler magazine. And he’s received help from what some might see as a surprising source: the traditional news media. Show More Summary

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