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Last week, the Guardian reported, "The United Nations has warned that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in Iraq and Syria on 'an unprecedented scale' and from countries that had not previously contributed combatants to global terrorism." "A report by the U.N. Show More Summary

The anti-NSA case that's pushed farthest through the system is back in court today

Larry Klayman is as litigious as Barack Obama is American. Indeed, he was the tea-partier who challenged the validity of the president's birth certificate in court. Taking on presidents is nothing new for the lawyer--he filed 18 lawsuits against the Clinton Administration. Show More Summary

Alt-weekly publisher pens 2,500-word note explaining why he tried to embarrass a congressman with a chicken costume

When some news executives find themselves on the receiving end of reportorial scrutiny, they don't really seem to want to explain what got them there. Exhibit A would be the Northeast Ohio Media Group, whose top brass have clammed up in the wake of a much-publicized controversy over why they yanked a video interview of a candidate off their news...

The good and bad of 2014 election coverage

Tuesday's midterm elections remove the last procedural barrier between a hungry political press and the presidential feast it craves in two years. Congressional and gubernatorial races don’t typically drum up the same dramatic, us-vs.-them narrative as do national contests. Show More Summary

Misleading Jack Schron ad prompts Cleveland's Scene to review policy

DETROIT, MI — This is the image on the front of the latest issue of Scene, the alt-weekly in Cleveland: The gentleman in the studied black-and-white portrait beneath the publication’s name is Jack Schron, the Republican nominee for Cuyahoga County executive. Show More Summary

Why a campaign-finance loophole in Kansas needs more media attention

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — This has been an unexpectedly busy and competitive campaign season in Kansas, and all eyes are on whether a pair of embattled Republicans, Gov. Sam Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts, can pull out their re-election bids on Tuesday. So maybe it’s not surprising that a campaign-finance story broken by an out-of-state reporter last week hasn’t seen...

News executives needs to explain why an Ohio campaign video disappeared

The higher-ups at the Northeast Ohio Media Group aren’t talking. Again. You may have heard about this one: NEOMG, the digital cousin of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, invited Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates in for a joint editorial board interview on Oct. Show More Summary

As long as the NCAA refuses to pay players, journalists need to cover it more critically

University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley, once a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, was suspended by the NCAA for four games for the offense of being paid "more than $3,000" for signing his autograph to football memorabilia over the past two years. When this purported scandal broke, two leading sports news websites covered the story by writing about why the story...

A digital transformation for Science

You might call it a scientific experiment. One hundred and thirty-five years after its launch, Science is going from print-centric to digital-first. The new normal at the leading journal of scientific news and research and its sister...Show More Summary

What does mean to be news literate and who gets to decide?

The goal of news literacy is, broadly put, to teach people how to consume news critically so they know when information is trustworthy--and when it isn't. But in this growing field, there is little consensus on what type of training works best or how to measure whether someone is "news literate." This is due, in part, to fundamental disagreement on...

Ferguson before #Ferguson

T he idea was to have difficult conversations. It was 2011, and I had sold my bosses at WYPR, Baltimore's NPR station, on a yearlong series about the region's race and class divides. It would air on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast, the interview program where I served as senior producer. At the time, I felt comparatively well prepared to...

When scams make headlines

n September 15, 2011, executives of Arevenca, an Aruba-based oil company, and Avic Xac, a Chinese state aircraft company, signed the biggest oil deal in history in Madrid. The agreement promised $200 billion a year in trade over 10 years at a total value of $2 trillion. Francisco Javier González, the president of Arevenca, spoke at the signing about plans...

Who cares who's a journalist?

B y next year, Coca-Cola hopes to have killed the press release. It believes the corporate website is dead, and it's shifting its money away from television advertising. It has little use for journalists who aren't interested in stories Coke wants to tell. Instead, it's decided that producing its own content is better than relying on others. To that end,...

Letters to the editor

For the love of science The title of Andrew's FB page ("I Fucking Love Science") and growing online empire is the first clue that the whole enterprise has something rotten at the core ("Do you know Elise Andrew?" September/October). The in-your-face F-bomb is a declaration that she holds to no tradition of civility, but instead marches under the most prominent...

Embedding with a homeless family

E very morning, Peggy Monroe scours the skin of her six children for bedbugs. When she finds one, she pinches it until it bursts. The King's Inn--a cheap motel off East Colfax Avenue in Aurora, CO, where the family has lived for about a year--is infested with the bloodsucking insects. At night, the four oldest children sleep on the floor...

Mana Neyestani reflects in 'An Iranian Metamorphosis'

I n the tradition of comic-book artists, Mana Neyestani signs the inside cover of An Iranian Metamorphosis not just with an autograph, but with a sketch. In front of a fan at New York's Brooklyn Book Festival in September, he traced a precariously balanced trapeze artist, hunched over with pen in hand, drawing the tightrope as he walks along it....

War and conspiracy

When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II By Molly Guptill Manning Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $25, e-book ur household boasts a soiled copy of Meyer Berger's The Eight Million: Journal of a New York Correspondent, a collection published in 1942 of the work of a well-remembered New York Times reporter. But this is not...

Chuck Todd's Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president

hat makes the president tick is the question that preoccupies every White House correspondent. What makes this president tick has become the political question of our age. Distant, disdainful of Washington, somewhat depressive, and famously...Show More Summary

Who's hosted Meet the Press?

n September, Chuck Todd became the 12th full-time moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, the longest-running show on network TV. A look at some of his predecessors helps trace the highs and lows of the program's 67-year history. Martha Rountree...Show More Summary

6 ways reporters can cover Obamacare open enrollment

As we head into the second Obamacare open enrollment season, the media have a chance to redeem themselves from last fall, when skepticism was sometimes left at the door and coverage was dominated by website screw-ups, cancelled policies, presidential false promises, and anecdotes that blew up under scrutiny. All of this noise drowned out the crucial point: what do people...

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