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The newest tool in teaching about climate change: the weatherman

In March of 2013, CJR awarded a laurel to a meteorologist in the midst of a promising project: Jim Gandy, a weather forecaster at WLTX in Columbia, SC, had been incorporating segments on climate change into the daily forecast. Since 2010 Gandy has been airing the segments, called Climate Matters, using visuals developed by a team at Climate Central to...

Morning Report for July 2, 2014

Mark Katches leaves The Center for Investigative Reporting to become editor of The Oregonian. “His track record of leading teams to produce information of substance that serves readers and communities is extensive,” says the Advance newspaper’s publisher. ( | (@markkatches) Brian Greenspun is now sole owner of the Las Vegas Sun. The paper, … Read More

Hey, Greensboro News & Record, don't sell yourself cheap!

CHARLESTON, SC — Have you heard about the latest innovative funding model that will save journalism? Allow a group that wants more coverage of the fruits of its labor to pay for you to provide it. That's essentially how the News & Record, a paper in Greensboro, NC, and the third-largest daily in the Tar Heel State, is handling an arts group's...

Univision Streaming Video Stops Being Free on Friday

It's going to be harder to watch the World Cup on Univision at your desk come Friday. And if you have Comcast, you're out of luck completely. Univision, which had the most-viewed telecast in its history yesterday, is switching over from...Show More Summary

In New Orleans, a comprehensive schools coverage hiatus

Before hurricane Katrina, New Orleans education reporters covered one big, famously dysfunctional public school board. As the city now becomes the first in the country to shift from a public school system to a mostly charter--albeitShow More Summary

A look at the last nine US reporters who faced the possibility of jail time

Do journalists have a right to protect their sources? The issue is back in the news with the Supreme Court’s refusal in May to hear New York Times reporter James Risen’s appeal. Risen was subpoenaed in 2011 by federal prosecutors who wanted him to name the CIA agent who was a key source for his book, State of War:...

Power shift

In the basement of The Guardian's London offices, under the watchful eye of British intelligence agents, the paper's staff last year was forced to destroy the encrypted computer files that Edward Snowden had leaked to them. It was a bizarre spectacle meant to show the power of the state over the feeble press. Or show it symbolically, anyway, since...

Letters to the editor

Robot vs. Human How many news media drones--or camera and microphone mounted on the end of broomsticks (see last graph of Louise Roug's article "Eye in the Sky," May/June 2014)--should authorities allow at a crash scene, big fire, or...Show More Summary

Infographic: Soccer goes mainstream in the US

For four solid weeks in the middle of summer, a growing legion of US soccer fans cling to radios, laptops, and television screens as the 20th World Cup takes place in Brazil. What was once a niche sport is becoming mainstream--over 24 million Americans watched the last final in 2010--and media coverage has expanded to match in kind....

Darts & Laurels

DART to MSNBC's Way Too Early for its ludicrously insensitive Cinco de Mayo segment, which featured a producer staggering about in a sombrero and chugging tequila straight from a bottle as part of the program's "Mexican heritage celebration." Classy, MSNBC. Show More Summary

Quiz: Google Glass vs. Google Hoax

Everyone's talking about Google Glass. After years of development and exclusive, invitation-only testing, the tech giant finally made its wearable computer available to the public in May, and journalists are still buzzing about it. Some think it's the future of journalism; others have declared it a fascinating failure. Show More Summary

TV station tells FCC that ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Wagon Train’ have important themes

TV station KJWP fought for five years to get permission to move from Wyoming to Delaware. It finally won the battle last year, in part by pledging to offer community affairs programming. “It looked to us like there was a dearth of locally based news coverage in Delaware,” the station’s attorney said. It appears that … Read More

Hard Numbers

60 percent of US journalists in 1982 said they had "almost complete freedom" in selecting their stories 33.6 percent of US journalists in 2013 said they had "almost complete freedom" in selecting their stories 8 number of leak cases in which the Obama administration has brought criminal charges 3 number of leak cases in which the US government brought...

Story Control

Back in February, MIT's Center for Civic Media published a stunning series of graphics tracing press coverage of Trayvon Martin's slaying, from a handful of Tweets to the most-covered story about race in the last five years. It wasn't the first time researchers from the Center have traced a story to its roots using data from Media Cloud, a...

Striking redundant expressions

"Write tighter" is a plea most journalists have heard, probably more than once. One way to do so is to find where you've used two or more words to convey a thought or image that one of those words already does. "She nodded her head," for example, can just be "she nodded." She can't nod any part but her head,...

Crunching the numbers on self-publishing

Amazon, Atavist, Beacon Reader, Byliner, iTunes, Kobo, Medium. There are plenty of online platforms where writers can get longform stories and ebooks published, or even publish the work themselves. But while it's easier than ever to get your work seen, it's not necessarily easy to make real money. CJR asked some writers how much profit they made from their self-publishing...

The toy department shall lead us

When Ezra Klein left the Washington Post in January to start his own website at Vox Media, a big factor in his decision was Vox's custom-built content management system, called Chorus. "They had the technology we thought we were inventing," Klein told The New York Times. As it happens, that technology, which powers Vox's growing media empire, began with...

Rosie the scribbler

Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief of The Washington Post, was sitting in the lobby of a Damascus hotel a couple of years ago, discussing the civil war in Syria with a group of female colleagues, when in walked a male reporter they knew. "What are you doing here?" Sly deadpanned. "This is a woman's job now." It was...

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