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The Washington Post takes on Rand Paul

September 19, 2014 - 4:26pm
On Monday, The Washington Post analyzed the evolution of some of Sen. Rand Paul’s policy positions — flip-flops — in a frontpage story. Among the examples given was his recent support for military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, an about-face from his stance in June. The collective takeaway on the libertarian-leaning Paul, David Fahrenthold reports, is...

Must-reads of the week

September 19, 2014 - 2:45pm
Is the US ‘going to war’ against ISIS? The answer matters (CJR) - A war of words between the Obama administration and the press. Trend Piece (New Yorker) - "Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn't the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people's minds? Read on or you'll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the...

How comics journalism brings stories to life

September 19, 2014 - 11:00am
Darryl Holliday and E.N. Rodriguez of the Illustrated Press, at work. (Illustration by E.N. Rodriguez. Used with permission.) CHICAGO, IL — For much of last year, Darryl Holliday worked the “crime and mayhem” beat at DNAinfo Chicago, documenting the consequences of violence on the city’s South Side. That’s how he stumbled upon the story of Nortasha Stingley, whose daughter, Marissa,...

The good and bad of election prediction data

September 19, 2014 - 6:50am
In the chapter about political predictions in Nate Silver's 2012 book The Signal and the Noise, FiveThirtyEight's founder explains how there are prognosticators who fantasize about making a "daring, audacious, outside-the-box prediction," but that predictions based on consensus, multiple sources with different approaches, tend to be more accurate. Consensus is a major theme in interactive features about how the Senate...

Exploring ethics through journalism hotlines

September 18, 2014 - 3:07pm
Media ethics are always a hot-button issue in journalism, but there’s reason to pay particular attention at the moment, as new initiatives are stirring up old ways of thinking. The Society for Professional Journalists just revised its code of ethics for the first time in 18 years for the digital age, and the Online News Association is crowdsourcing a project...

Investigative reporting is 'still a very white male business'

September 18, 2014 - 11:00am
MIAMI, FL -- Can an innovative college-professional news collaborative, with a $35,000 grant in hand, "change the pipeline for investigative journalism in Georgia?" The Georgia News Lab--a partnership between The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta's ABC affiliate WSB-TV, and four local universities--won support in April from the Online News Association's Challenge Fund to give that goal a go starting this semester. The...

Maps reveal violence against journalists

September 18, 2014 - 6:50am
A group of media rights activists have set out to map free expression violations within the European Union to make a visual statement about how it's increasingly difficult for journalists to do their jobs there. "There are a lot of violations in the EU. People tend to deny it or deny the seriousness in some cases," said Melody Patry,...

Why were Massachusetts reporters slow to probe the health exchange meltdown?

September 17, 2014 - 2:50pm
As Massachusetts goes, so goes the nation--at least when it comes to healthcare. In 2009 and 2010, in the midst of the debate on Obamacare, I wrote a series of 10 posts examining the Bay State's 2006 law that served as the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act. It's time for an update. This is the second of an occasional...

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group?

September 17, 2014 - 11:00am
The idea that the press has not done a good job of explaining the role of religion in Islamic extremism is not by itself controversial. Murtaza Hussain, a writer at The Intercept, spoke for journalists and scholars of otherwise radically divergent worldviews when he told me, "The media doesn't know how to cover this issue." But ask those same journalists...

How to teach news literacy when the government is watching

September 17, 2014 - 6:50am
Two years ago, Vietnamese journalist and lecturer Huyen Nguyen went with some colleagues to a news literacy workshop in neighboring Cambodia after applying, practically on a whim, through an invitation she found in her department's mailbox. Having spent her career in a country where state propaganda is an official part of the journalistic mission, the workshop, sponsored by Stony Brook...

Is the US 'going to war' against ISIS? The answer matters

September 16, 2014 - 4:18pm
The media didn’t buy the terminology President Barack Obama was selling Wednesday night, when he outlined a “comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy” to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. A number of news organizations instead began calling it “war,” a word noticeably absent from the president’s plan. Administration officials pushed back on that media...

Stories I'd like to see

September 16, 2014 - 10:55am
1. What's the matter with Andrew Cuomo? By now I assume New Yorker editor David Remnick has assigned someone to do a profile of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is fast becoming the Howard Hughes of big-time politicians. But just in case he hasn't, here's a reminder for him or any other smart editor why it's time to take...

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists

September 16, 2014 - 6:50am
Fair warning, all ye who interfere with newsgathering: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is getting ready to sue you. The organization has hired its first litigation director, Katie Townsend, to bring lawsuits around the country in cases that affect access to information for the press and public. Although the RCFP has provided legal assistance to journalists for...

A fancy word for 'custom'

September 15, 2014 - 2:50pm
An article labeled as news fawned last week over the new Jaguar XE, which was introduced in London in a manner fit for James Bond, dangling from helicopter and crossing the Thames on a speedboat. Repeating the company's press materials almost verbatim, the article said the "fine-grain leathers and details such as contrasting twin-needle stitching give the cabin a bespoke...

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal

September 15, 2014 - 11:00am
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — “Had the World-Herald not broken the story, nothing would have happened.” So said Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers at a dramatic Sept. 4 hearing on a scandal that has rocked the state’s Department of Corrections, spurred litigation and criminal investigations against state officials, become a political football in the governor’s race, and disrupted the lives of...

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules

September 15, 2014 - 6:45am
From Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, a relentless summer of international strife is raising the stakes for the United Nations on the eve of its General Assembly session this week. In a rare move, President Barack Obama is personally chairing the Security Council to build support against terrorist groups like ISIS, all but guaranteeing the media spotlight and underscoring the...

Must-reads of the week

September 12, 2014 - 2:50pm
Culled from CJR's own stories, plus the frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the internet, here are your can't-miss must-reads of the past week: Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical) - The coverage of Ray Rice's punch is not translating into offering information on domestic...

Will Politico fill a media void in Europe?

September 12, 2014 - 6:50am
As of Tuesday, it’s official: Following some early predictions, Politico is launching a European edition, a 50-50 joint venture with one of Europe’s largest publishing houses, Berlin-based Axel Springer. The new media company is setting out to cover  “not just Brussels but European politics and policy more broadly,” according to a staff memo sent out Tuesday from Politico CEO Jim VandeHei and Editor in Chief...

Visualizing the Ebola outbreak

September 11, 2014 - 2:50pm
In August when the recent Ebola outbreak was still in its infancy, we briefly looked at how news organizations successfully and unsuccessfully displayed and analyzed related data. The outbreak hasn't ended--and the data continues to change--so we're going to take a deeper look at how journalists are approaching the data about a virus that has killed about 2,300 people this...

Texas reporters fight for access, public records

September 11, 2014 - 11:00am
AUSTIN, TX — Over the summer months, Texas became a hothouse of media access issues surrounding some high profile stories—from Gov. Rick Perry’s travel records, to access to court proceedings and records of chemical stockpiles, to the right to visually record police activity. From the media’s perspective, some of these battles ended in victories, some in losses, and others are...

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