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After 29 years, Freep is ending its high school apprenticeship program

The Detroit Free Press is abruptly ending a 29-year-old high school journalism program within weeks, where high school students were brought into the newsroom to work alongside seasoned professionals. The Gannett-owned newspaper no longer...Show More Summary

Somaly Mam, Nick Kristof, and journalism's hero problem

Heroes are complicated and victims aren't always who we think they are. As journalists, we are storytellers lured by the power of a great narrative. But we are also investigators, and that's the part of our job we must honor first--especially when heroes fall and readers become victims, misled by the stories we write. In recent weeks, the Somaly Mam...

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she's still causing trouble

MIAMI — The Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan is the Grand Dame of statehouse reporters in Florida. Morgan was recently inducted into the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame to honor her nearly half century in the business. But her fame is not just for her longevity. Show More Summary

A silver lining in Pew's statehouse press report?

It was 4pm, nearing the end of a workday for North Carolina's state legislators, political experts, and public relations flacks, and I was a college freshman sitting in class waiting for a call back before 5pm came and all hope was lost. Finally, a source from Raleigh called. I ran out of my introductory journalism class, phone and computer in...

6 Wikipedia edits made from Capitol Hill

Congressional approval ratings are near all-time lows. Policy issues have taken a back seat on the campaign trail, special interests exert disproportionate influence in Washington, and gridlock between parties appears insurmountable....Show More Summary

A quest to ban the 'R-word' from a high-school newspaper nets national attention

Jackson Haines and Gillian McGoldrick say their high-school paper will no longer print the word "Redskin." (Photo credit: Dave Warner) One woman ignited a controversy that has embroiled a suburban Philadelphia high school newspaper staff,...Show More Summary

Stories I'd like to see

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on 1. Google's dilemma: Writing in the Guardian last week, Google general counsel David Drummond described the trouble the European unit of his company is having trying...Show More Summary

In the rise of race beats, echoes of history

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran may owe the Congressional Black Caucus for helping him beat back a tea party challenger in his state's primary last month, but journalists have the Associated Press' Jesse Holland to thank for breaking the news last month in the first place. As a race and ethnicity reporter at the AP, the tale of mostly Democratic black...

Wanton behavior

In the 1700s, Garner's Modern American Usage says, Samuel Johnson declared an end to "wont." But, Garner's continues, "it hangs on today as a slightly whimsical way of expressing customary behavior." It also hangs on as a misuse of "want." "Wont" has to do with habit or custom; "want" has to do with desire. But when something is a habit,...

LeBron's SI announcement was the anti-'Decision'

Last Friday the sports world was astonished by two stories. First, the NBA's best player, LeBron James, was reversing his decision from four years ago to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat. In a surprising but understandable move, James decided to return to the team he played for during his first seven seasons in the league, close to his boyhood...

On the NSA, a White House credibility problem

On Friday, The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration had advance knowledge last year that the British government would force The Guardian to destroy hard drives containing documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Indeed,...Show More Summary

A new course in video games journalism

It has been eight years since Chuck Klosterman lamented in Esquire that there was no “Lester Bangs of video games,” no true arts critic to give voice to one of this generation's unique cultural artifacts. Today, while video games writing has a broad readership on sites like Killscreen and the Vox Media-owned Polygon—as well as in general publications like The...

Must-reads of the week

Culled from CJR’s own stories, plus the frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the internet, here are your can’t-miss must-reads of the...Show More Summary

Newspaper revenue experiment throwdown: crowdfunding vs underwriting

CHARLESTON, SC — Last week, we wrote about a deal between the News & Record in Greensboro, NC, and a local arts group in which the group will give the paper $15,000 to underwrite expanded arts coverage. We raised some concerns about the arrangement—as did several other critics. One of those critics was the News & Record’s former editor, John Robinson, and...

How reporters used data covering the World Cup

With the 2014 World Cup set to end on Sunday, this week's edition of Data Darts and Laurels will focus on how journalists used data to explain everything from what's going on in the games to fan behavior. To start, we're going to pay special attention to FiveThirtyEight, given their position as quantitative storytellers within the ESPN family. A LAUREL...

The Associated Press factchecks a couple 'Mediscare' ads in Kentucky

Bravo to The Associated Press! As soon as dueling ads for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and his challenger in the November election, Alison Lundergan Grimes, went up this week, AP reporters Adam Beam and Calvin Woodward were out of the gate, too. Their coverage quickly and clearly noted the shaky claims on which the “Mediscare” ads rested—and showed that campaign...

Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors

Ten years after a professor told Guernica Magazine founder and editor in chief Michael Archer to open a free magazine and let it fail as an experience, the publication is still up and running. In the past decade, even as online writing outlets have proliferated, Guernica has continued to attract writers and editors to its pages, all working without the...

The Portland Press Herald's longform look at ethnic inequality in Maine

Since late June, The Portland Press Herald has been running daily installments of "Unsettled," a 29-piece series that chronicles the local Passamaquoddy tribe's fight for equal rights in the face of institutionalized racism. It's a startling...Show More Summary

Gawker's so-far successful experiment in making office chats public

Last Monday, Gawker editor Max Read announced that the bloggers and editors on his team were spending too much time chatting on Campfire, one of several group-chat apps that have become popular in newsrooms. Smart ideas aired on Campfire should, in fact, be appearing on the site, he wrote, and there was now a space on Gawker, called Disputations, for...

Daily Caller editor doubles down on Menendez 'scoop'

When Tucker Carlson launched The Daily Caller in 2010, he told CJR that the site would produce serious journalism without fear or partisan favor—and that if it got something wrong, it would correct the mistake. “Our view is that people want reliable information they’re not getting other places,” he said at the time. “If that’s right-wing, the world has turned...

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