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Michelle Obama's 'pitch-perfect' speech gives media the freedom to gush

Donald Trump has relied on an unusually nasty rhetorical style to steamroll opponents and even some potential allies this election season. He assailed war hero and fellow Republican John McCain, mocked Republican candidate Ted Cruz’s...Show More Summary

Did Sanders have the right priorities on social media before Clinton clinched?

Bernie Sanders rode a wave of populist support that nearly upended former shoo-in Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. Are there lessons to learn from his campaign’s social-media strategy that explain why theShow More Summary

Ailes’s Fox dominates conservative media. A Trump presidency could challenge that.

In January 1996, when longtime GOP media consultant Roger Ailes was named chief executive of the soon-to-be-launched Fox News Channel, he claimed at a press conference that the network “would like to restore objectivity where we find...Show More Summary

A loophole in the Right to Be Forgotten

A new study suggests the European Union’s popular Right to Be Forgotten law—which allows EU residents to request that certain articles be delisted from Google and other search engines—may not prove effective, thanks to links that savvy searchers can uncover. Show More Summary

Broadcasters stick to official narrative on Thiel speech

If you were one of the estimated 30.3 million people who watched broadcast coverage of Peter Thiel’s speech at the Republican National Convention last week, you would have learned that Thiel is openly gay, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a Republican. You would not have heard about Thiel’s moves to secretly bankroll a lawsuit that put the news site Gawker...

Dog whistle, dumpster fire

As we stagger from one political convention into the next, it seems appropriate to discuss two common Twitter memes arising from the Republican convention in Cleveland: “dog whistle” and “dumpster fire.” Neither expression is new, but this seems to be the year for them both. Show More Summary

The unexpected life and death of Abdel-Kader Fassouk

The killing of a young Libyan photojournalist named Abdel-Kader Fassouk, on July 21, 2016, in Sirte, Libya, will likely never be more than a footnote to what increasingly seems like a widespread war on journalists. Fassouk wasn’t famous, and the number of journalists killed in conflict zones is so staggering that another one seems sadly commonplace. Yet Fassouk’s death is...

How some recent FOIA news could help--and limit--access to government records

If nothing worth having comes easy, then freedom of information must be worth a lot. A recent FOIA reform promises to improve access to public records, and a federal appeals court decision this month made clear that agencies cannot shield their records from disclosure by storing them in a private email account—each a sign of progress. But other recent developments...

The internet saved Turkey’s president from a coup. Now he’s doubling down on censorship.

Turkey’s president would not be in power today had he succeeded more fully in his efforts to curtail critical media and control online speech. That fact gave a ray of hope to some of his critics that President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an might realize what saved him and soften his inclination toward censorship. But Erdo?an quickly shut the door on such...

Watching the press at the RNC

n the final night of the Republican National Convention, photographers started hustling to mark their spots on the floor five hours before Presidential Nominee Donald Trump's acceptance speech. An important decision for news organizations covering the event is where to situate their staffers and, therefore, which angle to show. Show More Summary

Snowden wants to make smartphones more honest

On Thursday morning, Edward Snowden and hardware developer Andrew “bunnie” Huang unveiled a plan at MIT Media Lab to provide an open source tool that allows journalists to know when their phones are revealing their location. While Snowden has been a constant advocate for freedom of the press since his revelations in 2013, this is the first piece of hardware...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower Case... The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, 7/7/2016 Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower Case archives.

One mystery solved in 'D.B. Cooper' skyjacking fiasco

One of the many unanswered questions surrounding the unsolved D.B. Cooper case appears to have been solved. A CJR story on Monday attempted to explain how Clyde Jabin, a United Press International reporter in Portland, Oregon, came to identify one of the most famous American criminals as “D.B. Cooper” on Nov. 24, 1971. That was the day an unidentified man...

‘Oh, here we go again’: An investigative reporter in Kansas is laid off for the third time

When Karen Dillon found out on Monday afternoon that her job at the Lawrence Journal-World was being eliminated, it was not a shock—it was déjà vu. “It was like, oh, here we go again,” she says. Dillon is a celebrated, veteran investigative journalist whose career highlights range from breaking the Pee-Wee Herman porn-theater bust in Florida to winning a Goldsmith...

Watching the press at the RNC

he credentialed press awaited Donald Trump's "official" arrival in Cleveland by helicopter on a field by the Great Lakes Science Center, where he greeted his running mate Mike Pence. The photo op was constructed so that Trump's plane would first make a pass, but many press members missed the shot because the sound of the plane was drowned out by...

What's the story in Cleveland? Don't ask national media covering the RNC

Cleveland, as David Giffels describes it, has often felt like Charlie Brown when Lucy pulls the football away: He whiffs on his kick, hurtles through the air, and lands on his back in a pile of dust. “That’s something that we’ve always identified with,” adds the author and University of Akron professor, who’s covering the Republican National Convention for the...

TV networks have eyes everywhere at RNC

Signs throughout the Republican National Convention hall this week announce “You are being recorded”--a warning about the throngs of news cameras capturing every move. But the same signs could well appear all over downtown Cleveland, wherever RNC delegates and protesters roam. Show More Summary

None of Florida’s newspapers are unionized. That could change soon

The list of digital newsrooms moving to unionize has grown steadily since the start of 2015: Gawker, Vice, Huffington Post, Salon, and more. But the media’s new interest in organizing isn’t only for digital startups. Journalists at The Ledger, a local newspaper in Lakeland, Florida, that dates to 1924, announced this week that they have taken steps to unionize. If...

Photos: Watching the press at the RNC

n 1969, the photographer Gary Winogrand set out across the United States to document "the effect of media" on events. His work, funded by a Guggenheim fellowship, was published as the book Public Relations. With a wide-angle lens, he documented in black and white an emerging culture dependent on the act of being seen. "For Winogrand these events all shared...

Rape in India: Is the English-language press falling back on stereotypes?

The gang rape last week of a northern Indian woman from the untouchable caste made headlines in India’s influential English-language press. The case was striking because the woman had been raped before by the same group of men; the latest attack being seen as an attempt to prevent her from testifying in court. But after a brief flurry of articles,...

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