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SF Chronicle icon Jon Carroll reflects on life after the daily deadline

After 33 years and roughly 8,700 deadlines, the San Francisco Chronicle daily columnist Jon Carroll bid his readers farewell in the days before Thanksgiving. The 72-year-old occupied a role that’s receding from regional newspapers. Published...Show More Summary

How the times have changed for The Washington Post

The Washington Post is pumping its fist after a year of gushing accolades and record online growth, surpassing The New York Times’ number of monthly visitors for the first time this October. The triumph comes as competition for audience and influence is heating up between the two storied publications. But the 140-year-old Post is fighting as a website, not a...

At the Paris climate talks, media coverage takes a turn

"Never have the stakes been so high because this is about the future of the planet, the future of life. And yet two weeks ago, here in Paris itself, a group of fanatics was sowing the seeds of death in the streets." —French President François Hollande "What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our...

Examining a journalist's right of access to college and university campuses

College campuses are alive with activism. Recent weeks have seen students assemble on quads and in academic buildings to condemn racism, debate free-expression principles, make demands of administrators—and, in many cases, try to place restrictions on journalists trying to document these protests, or turn them away entirely. Show More Summary

NPR stations are collaborating more, and that’s a good thing

The day after the Paris attacks, the governor of Michigan suspended the state’s program for resettling Syrian refugees, citing security risks. Within a week, 31 states had refused entry to Syrian refugees, halted existing resettlement programs, or called for tighter controls, accompanied by increasingly strident language. Show More Summary

When jargon breaks free

We’ve frequently mentioned how often journalists use the jargon of their sources, particularly police jargon, like “perp” and “high-speed pursuit.” We’ve included “shooter” in that lineup, but things change. When a phrase that sounds like jargon becomes so common that everyone understands it, it’s no longer jargon. Show More Summary

The man who transformed how the New York Times covers the gay community

Midway through June of 1982, I was summoned from my usual post in the Connecticut bureau of The New York Times to spend two weeks doing a night shift in the legendary newsroom on West 43rd Street in Manhattan. I was 26 and less than a year into my dream job, one I had coveted since first visiting the Times...

How Chicago newsrooms decided how to handle the Laquan McDonald video

On Tuesday, in the hours before Chicago officials released video of a city police officer shooting a teenager 16 times, news directors and editors around the city were wrestling with how much of the footage they might show. In October 2014, veteran police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald, 17. Police tried to withhold dash-cam footage of the...

How a little-known, Uber-driving freelancer brought the lawsuit that forced Chicago to release a police shooting video

It was the moment Brandon Smith and legions of media had been waiting for: the city of Chicago’s release of a damning video that showed a white police officer shooting a black teen 16 times as the young man walked away. By any account, Smith, a 29-year-old, little-known independent journalist, deserved a front row seat to the city’s hastily called...

Why are the insurance co-ops failing? This article provides the best answer yet

As a media critic and healthcare reporter, I read a lot about health policy in general and the Affordable Care Act in particular, from plenty of different sources. But earlier this month, I came across one of the best Obamacare stories I’ve seen since the debate on the law began—and it was in a trade publication that I have to...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

Happy pre-Thanksgiving! To celebrate the short week, we bring you an extra-long Lower case filled with favorites from our archives. Lewiston (Me.) Daily Sun, 4/2/79 San Francisco Chronicle, 12/15/82 The Buffalo News, 4/6/83 Morning News and Evening Journal (Wilmington, Del.), 9/29/83 Hamilton, Ont., Spectator, 6/8/85

Why Nigeria’s Freedom of Information Act is even less effective than ours

Intended as a boon for journalism in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria’s Freedom of Information Act took more than a decade to implement. When it was finally passed in 2011, it established the right to access or request information from a public official, agency, or institution. Show More Summary

Syria’s media war

The driver stops on a crowded, dusty road lined with cars. Used SUVs and sedans are parked two deep in front of tired warehouses bearing sun-bleached signs for a shipping company and a tire store. “Is it here?” I credulously ask the chauffeur who was dispatched to bring me to this desolate stretch of road. “Yes, wait,” he says, pointing...

What improv could teach newsrooms

The critical success of Spotlight, the new film about the Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic sex abuse scandal, has prompted a lot of discussion about cinematic portrayals of journalism. But there’s another way to look at...Show More Summary

Where do science journalists draw the line?

The annual meeting for the National Association of Science Writers got off to a heated start last October in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The first session centered on the knotty issue of ethics. According to several reporters in attendance, many in the audience voiced concerns about whether it is ethical for a reporter to take money from outside interests for travel, hotel...

Why some SPJ leaders are engaging Gamergate

Michael Koretzky saw an opportunity—that’s what he would call it, anyway. It was early May, and the Society of Professional Journalists had abandoned its Ethics Week Twitter discussion after it was overrun by numerous posts tagged with #Gamergate. Show More Summary

Let's not 'talk turkey'

It’s the most clichéd time of the year. More than 100 times in the last month, readers have been urged to “talk turkey” or some variation, according to Nexis. There were nearly 1,000 occurrences of the phrase “all the trimmings” in news reports by the time Thanksgiving was a week away. The overstuffed day will trigger the mother lode of...

Could Facebook become a state?

As the debate about Facebook’s use of Safety Check in Paris, but not in Beirut, saturated social media this past weekend, one could not help but notice that in the past, this kind of service-- connecting victims of a terrorist attack with loved ones--might have been administered by an element of the state, specifically by those working in public health...

After Twitter falls for a URL trick, Gannett fixes a company-wide glitch

How long does it take a major newspaper chain to fix a very public glitch in its CMS? About a day and a half, apparently—at least, based on what we saw from the Gannett websites this week. On Wednesday, The Tennessean, a Gannett paper, published a story about a top state Republican lawmaker suggesting that the National Guard round up...

Paid to vote: Why a nonprofit news outlet gave away $10,000 in a lottery

Bridget Conroy-Varnis, a school crossing guard, voted this month in Philadelphia’s mayoral election—and won $10,000 for her trouble. Conroy-Varnis was the randomly selected winner in a voting lottery run by The Philadelphia Citizen, a nonprofit news start-up that launched in full force, after a long gestation period, in September. Show More Summary

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