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Covering teams in untraditional ways pays off

Among the 309 blogs on the SB Nation sports blog network, "Sonics Risings" is unusual in that it's dedicated to covering a team that does not exist. The Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 and, with nothing but memories and an idea to root for, the unpaid bloggers now write about Seattle's increasingly desperate quest to secure a...

Disguising ads as stories

Last month, when Conde Nast announced the launch of 23 Stories, its branded content studio that gives marketers "unparalleled access" to its "editorial assets," the company made its narrative expertise a central part of the sales pitch. Show More Summary

Meet the first two African American women in the White House press corps

Alice Dunnigan and Ethel Payne were the first two African American women to hold White House press passes. They fought their way in to cover some of the biggest events of their times despite the one-two punch of sexism and racism that pervaded the corps, and society at large. Though much has changed since Dunnigan first obtained her pass...

Why five police officers can sue the Chicago Sun-Times

In what could prove to be a consequential decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Friday that the Chicago Sun-Times improperly obtained and disclosed “personal information” from motor vehicle records, and that the paper’s actions were not protected by the First Amendment. Show More Summary

Confused on conflated?

When Brian Williams said he had "conflated" his memories of what happened with his helicopter in Iraq in 2003, it sent "conflate" to the top of the list of words looked up at That dictionary's definition of "conflate" is "to bring together" (as in "fuse") and "confuse," or "to combine (as two readings of a text) into a composite...

Journalists debate The State's decision to identify USC shooting victim

A digital alert of shots fired in a university building. A campus on lockdown as media scramble to find out what happened. Social media and blogs blowing up with unconfirmed reports about a shooter and a victim. An unfortunately all-too-familiar scenario these days in American higher education and media. That's what went down Thursday at the University of South Carolina—my...

How can a colleague investigate Brian Williams?

NBC investigative reporter Richard Esposito has a daunting assignment as he embarks on "journalistic fact-checking" of the integrity of colleague Brian Williams. That's because his focus can't be on Williams alone. To do this right, he must examine the infrastructure of his whole organization, especially its leadership. Show More Summary

Hungary's RTL faces tough taxes

Best known for reality shows like Jungle Camp and Big Brother, RTL, which bills itself as "Europe's leading entertainment network," has never been known for a quality news department in any of the 10 countries where it operates. For the last seven months, though, its Hungarian station has become a popular investigative news operation. What changed was an advertising tax...

Robbie Myers, editor in chief of Elle

Streamed live on February 6, 2015 — Calvin Trillin talks with Victor Navasky. To view this video on mobile phones, click here.

Why the secret criminal investigation of WikiLeaks is troubling for journalists

Prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia began investigating WikiLeaks in 2010 after the site posted some of the quarter-million State Department cables leaked by Chelsea Manning. Last month, an official from the Department of Justice publicly confirmed the investigation is still ongoing. Show More Summary

Inside the newspaper that broke the Brian Williams news

The scandal erupting around NBC anchor Brian Williams began with a screenshot. On Tuesday afternoon, Stars and Stripes Editor Terry Leonard was emailed an image of a Facebook thread in which users disputed Williams’ long-told story of experiencing an RPG attack in the Iraq war. One of the commenters had the same name of a source in the newspaper’s...

How reporters can improve coverage of medical errors

How safe are patients in America's hospitals? For healthcare reporters, tackling this critical question has always represented a significant challenge. A staggering number of people in this country are killed each year by medical errors--more than car crashes or breast cancer or drug overdoses. Show More Summary

The New Republic relaunch features... The New Republic

The first New Republic issue since most of its staff left doesn’t hit newsstands until Monday, but some stories began to appear online this week, starting with two pieces that have in common a prominent self-referential bent. The cover story, released last Thursday, surveyed 100 years of the liberal magazine’s at-times ugly history of racism, a public reckoning for the...

What reporters can learn from the Partners Healthcare ruling

Last week, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge ended the efforts of Partners Healthcare, the state's gigantic health system, to acquire three community hospitals. Judge Janet Sanders ruled that Partners' grand acquisition strategy--...Show More Summary

Is hiring journalists such a good idea for Instagram?

This week, Instagram announced that it will be expanding its editorial team--hiring reporters to cover its community--an expansion of the coverage of Instagram stars already featured by staffers on the company blog. One recent story,...Show More Summary

How reporters are experiencing censorship on social media

(Photo: Associated Press) In mid-January, a number of journalists were notified by Twitter that a Turkish court had issued an order for their tweets to be removed after a judge's complaint called the tweets defamatory. Many of the tweets...Show More Summary

Could U-T San Diego become the first 'community-owned' major metro paper?

It’s a buyers’ market for newspapers. The long, secular decline in advertising revenue has brought an even sharper decline in newspaper valuations. And now, it’s bringing interest in new ownership models. In San Diego, Malin Burnham, an 87-year-old retired real estate mogul, confirmed last fall that he was pursuing a plan to bring U-T San Diego, the city’s daily,...

Journalism and clichés

We did a Twitter chat last week in which the most spirited discussion, started by Samantha Grossman, was about which overworked journalism words people hated the most. "Arguably," Clive Griffin said. We covered that a few years ago,Show More Summary

Meet the 22-year-old journalism prodigy shaking up Missouri political reporting

It’s not easy to steal a few minutes with PoliticMo’s Eli Yokley. His startup political news site, which has covered statehouse politics in Missouri since 2010, is a one-man operation that demands much of his time. But he also serves as statehouse correspondent for both The Joplin Globe and KY3, a TV station based in Springfield, MO. He runs...

Why western media overlooked a massacre in Nigeria

When gunmen murdered 17 people in Paris earlier this month, it seized the world's attention. When Boko Haram militants killed hundreds in and around the Nigerian town of Baga the same week, the mass killing scarcely garnered a mention in the Western media. The contrast between the spotlight in Paris and the blackout in Nigeria resulted in a barrage of...

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