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Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week’s lower case…   GenuineSillyHeadlines "Homicide victims rarely talk to police" pic.twitter.com/F0YBJOX0k4 — Martin Williams (@Martin1Williams) November 2, 2015 Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to editors@cjr.org or tweet it to us @CJR. Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower Case archives.

The Times takes a startup approach to its expansion down under

After posting a link to the news last month that he will be heading The New York Times’s new Australia bureau, Damien Cave caught grief on Twitter for an illustration accompanying the announcement, which depicted a reporter emerging from the pouch of a kangaroo. Weary of the stereotypes outsiders often bring to the country–cue this […]

Jefferson vs. Orwell on the fake news problem

“We can solve the problem of fake news.” This was the proposition brought to a lively panel of six experts Wednesday night for a debate hosted by the Daily News Innovation Lab in collaboration with NYC Media Lab. The conversation managed to breathe new life into an overwrought subject, if only to remind the audience […]

PR flacks may be the media’s secret weapon against Trump

Look past CNN’s posse of pundits for a moment, and its Real News™ branding carries weight. Nevertheless, the font of centrist journalism has become a favorite punching bag for the Trump administration and its right-wing media machine, a universal stand-in for the “crooked media.” And an onslaught this week pushed the network’s PR shop into […]

Wikipedia calls the Daily Mail “generally unreliable,” and bans it as a source in most cases

Following about a month of discussion, Wikipedia editors have decided to prohibit the use of the Daily Mail as a source in most situations, writing: [The] Daily Mail should not be used for determining notability, nor should it be used as a source in articles. An edit filter should be put in place going forward...

People are okay at remembering where they get news online (but still think Facebook’s a news outlet)

Spend a day clicking back and forth between online news and other stuff and it’s not that surprising that you might not remember what you read where. A study out Thursday from the Pew Research Center looks at how Americans get news online; whether they can recall the names of the news sources that they...

With $1.1 million in funding from Knight, OpenNews is becoming an independent organization

When it was founded in 2011 as a partnership of the Mozilla Foundation and the Knight Foundation, the central focus of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews was a fellowship program that embedded developers and technologists into newsrooms to help outlets change their culture while also embracing Mozilla’s ethos of the open web. In the years since then, OpenNews’...

With its new Spotify bundle, The New York Times is chasing a new, younger base of subscribers

As former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale once said, “There are only two ways to make money in business: One is to bundle; the other is unbundle.” Media companies, enterally swinging (or being swung) between the two, may be drifting back into the bundling phase. Tony Haile’s anticipated startup Scroll and Blendle’s new premium product both...

When Trump outperforms Beyonce

In an alternative universe, last week’s music news would have dominated Twitter and Facebook. The Grammy Awards announced an impressive line-up of performers for this Sunday’s event. News broke that a hologram of deceased heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio would front a live band on tour—a first for the controversial technology. Beyonce revealed she […]

Independent Journal Review wants to be recognized (and not just for its impressive traffic numbers)

Before Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to the Supreme Court last week, news organizations were largely reporting that Donald Trump had whittled his original list of potential nominees down to two and was playing reality-show with the nomination process, as both Gorsuch and another prospective nominee, Thomas Hardiman, headed to Washington ahead of the final...

A felonious former Illinois governor’s surprising contribution to journalism

In May 1976, just four months before Otto Kerner’s death from cancer, Chicago news media members organized a testimonial dinner for the former Illinois governor. It was an odd event to some, who called it comparable to “Robert Woodward and Carl Bernstein giving a dinner for Richard Nixon.” After all, the 67-year-old Kerner was able […]

Don’t ask users to tag unemployed friends (and other lessons for newsrooms on Facebook)

You wouldn’t leap into a conversation by asking a stranger to write you an editorial on respect for human life, or name friends who have trouble affording childcare. But news organizations are making some of those same mistakes in attempts to engage readers on Facebook. It’s important to, instead, “interact like a human”: That’s one...

David Brock’s ‘Breitbart Of The Left’ Propaganda Venture Is Not Doing Very Well

David Brock is a Democratic Party political operative and propagandist who started his career as a right-wing propagandist. The first half of his career saw Brock dragging Anita Hill through the mud when, during confirmation hearings,...Show More Summary

Media critic’s mailbox

Your humble correspondent—a man young enough he can still be persuaded—solicited thoughts from CJR members last week on whether journalists’ notion of objectivity should change in the face of immoral or arguably un-American acts, even if those acts have popular support. Please keep your questions, comments, and bad jokes coming in: duberti@cjr.org. Include your dateline […]

The Obamacare emergency: Can health care reporters rise to the challenge?

Jim Clark, a nurse in Asheville, North Carolina, recently sent a letter to the editor of the Mountain Xpress, a western North Carolina weekly with a circulation of 26,500. In his letter, Clark said he was adding his voice to the chorus that has appealed to the paper for a “more rigorous approach to its […]

News designers worldwide feast on Trump with photos, graphics, and words

If the best journalistic design reflects its subject, then newspaper and magazine designers in the Trump era are appropriately thinking in bold strokes, multi-column headlines, and tons of yellow and orange hues. But one of their biggest challenges is telegraphing which story takes priority, since all of them do. Show More Summary

Twitter rolls out three new ways to fight abuse

Twitter has long been criticized for how it handles abuse and trolls on its platform, and on Tuesday the company unveiled its latest attempt to deal with the problem with three new features. Just the beginning, more to come… https://t.co/cpZYUtY6aO — Ed Ho (@mrdonut) February 7, 2017 Twitter said it will prevent previously suspended users...

The true crime show that’s gotten comparisons to Serial is heading for a second season and a new case

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 106, published February 7, 2017. The Serial team forms a new production company, Serial Productions, and drops details on its latest project. This story got tons of pick-up when it was announced last Wednesday — getting write-ups on Variety, Deadline, EW.com, and Vulture, which I wrote...

Follow the Money is both good advice for journalists and an investigative site aiming for 20,000 paying members

There’s a famous scene in the film version of All the President’s Men. Woodward and Bernstein have hit a wall in their reporting. So Woodward, played by Robert Redford, goes to meet his source — Deep Throat — in a parking garage. Deep Throat won’t explicitly tell Woodward what he wants to know, but instead...

How journalists can avoid a James O’Keefe-style sting

Undercover videographer and conservative political activist James O’Keefe made a vow on the eve of President Trump’s inauguration: “I’m going after the media next,” he said. “We have your name. We have your number. We are embedded in your institutions. We are inside the newsrooms, and that is our next target.” O’Keefe later claimed he […]

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