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Trump's wish for hacking powers sets up disaster scenario Snowden feared

July 29, 2016 - 1:33pm
Donald Trump shocked a lot of people on Wednesday when he suggested (maybe sarcastically, maybe not?) that he hopes Russia is hacking the emails of Hillary Clinton so they can find the ones she deleted from her private server. There was another phrase, however, he used later in the day that didn’t get the same attention yet was perhaps more...

CJR gets new editor and publisher

July 29, 2016 - 10:00am
We are very pleased to announce that Kyle Pope will become the next editor and publisher of Columbia Journalism Review. Kyle is a wonderful journalist and editorial leader with wide-ranging experience. He spent a decade as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor at The Wall Street Journal before joining Conde Nast’s late Portfolio magazine as deputy editor, where, among other...

In Cincinnati, a local TV station sets out to build a full-fledged digital newsroom

July 29, 2016 - 6:50am
An editorial board. An editor-in-chief. A staff editorial cartoonist and a high school sports beat writer. A revenue stream that combines both advertising dollars and subscribers. Those sound like classic elements of a major metropolitan newspaper. But the description also applies to WCPO, the Scripps-owned television station in Cincinnati that has been experimenting, under the watchful eyes of industry observers,...

Laid-off IBT journalists make news of their own in Twitter protest

July 28, 2016 - 5:52pm
A group of former IBT Media employees had the hashtag “IBTWTF” trending on Twitter Thursday as they protested the terms of their separation from the company. IBT laid off more than 30 editorial staff members on June 30. Employees say the company gave them no notice, offered them meager severance packages (in some cases none at all), and refused to...

Watching the press at the DNC

July 28, 2016 - 4:32pm
onditions at Wells Fargo Center remained tight Wednesday night as attendees awaited the evening lineup, which featured President Barack Obama's speech. In close quarters, reporters vied for space and the frames they knew their organizations would want. The following is a lens on what they saw. These photos will also be featured on CJR’s freshly launched Instagram account. Follow us @columbiajournalismreview....

Is Rolling Stone about to get throttled in court over UVA rape report?

July 28, 2016 - 12:52pm
Three libel cases stemming from Rolling Stone’s now infamous “A Rape on Campus” exposé seem poised to go down in the annals of defamation law. It is hard to think of a story so lurid--including a horrifying account of a brutal gang rape of a first-year student at a fraternity party at the University of Virginia--built on journalistic practices so...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

July 28, 2016 - 11:15am
In this week's Lower Case... BBC News, 7/27/2016

A Politico reporter shows how Obamacare is a national and local story

July 28, 2016 - 6:50am
November marks the beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s fourth open-enrollment season and, soon after, Obamcare’s post-Obama period begins. With these milestones in mind, Politico’s Paul Demko recently took stock of the health care law in a thorough and thoughtful piece, “Obamacare’s sinking safety net,” which reporters around the country can both learn from and build on. Demko examined what...

Watching the press at the DNC

July 27, 2016 - 4:08pm
hifting from the RNC in Cleveland to the DNC in Philadelphia, the press working to cover the Democrats inside the convention hall have to battle for less space, bigger crowds, and a security perimeter so wide, it nearly extends to New Jersey. Absent are the well-marked delegate areas, the ability to move freely up and down the aisles, the sanctuary...

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

July 27, 2016 - 1:54pm
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 wife, made fun of disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, and regularly calls Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary” on Twitter. Despite Trump’s mudslinging style, one...

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

July 27, 2016 - 10:50am
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 the Bernie movement gained so much traction but ultimately came up short?  A review of hundreds of the candidates’ messages on Twitter and Facebook—using data* from...

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

July 26, 2016 - 2:01pm
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 it lacking.” Added Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media mogul who tapped Ailes to lead News Corp.’s foray into cable: “Frankly, all the [other...

Broadcasters stick to official narrative on Thiel speech

July 26, 2016 - 10:31am
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...

A loophole in the Right to Be Forgotten

July 26, 2016 - 10:23am
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. The European Union in 2014 instituted the Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF), which allows EU residents to request that certain...

Dog whistle, dumpster fire

July 25, 2016 - 4:36pm
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. Aside from being a high-pitched communication device, a “dog whistle,” The Oxford English Dictionary says,...

The unexpected life and death of Abdel-Kader Fassouk

July 25, 2016 - 1:41pm
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

July 25, 2016 - 11:24am
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.

July 22, 2016 - 2:25pm
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 Erdoğan might realize what saved him and soften his inclination toward censorship. But Erdoğan quickly shut the door on such...

Watching the press at the RNC

July 22, 2016 - 1:45pm
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.  These photos highlight the view from above, where most of the...

Snowden wants to make smartphones more honest

July 22, 2016 - 12:00pm
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...

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