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Snapchat ventures into news territory

January 28, 2015 - 2:54pm
The app used by millions as a creative outlet for duck-face selfies, fleeting nude photos, and covert humiliation of unknowing passersby is the latest third-party platform to host news coverage. On Tuesday, Snapchat unveiled Discover, a new section within the app that features content from 11 different media partners, including CNN, ESPN, National Geographic, and Vice, among others. The messaging...

What will happen to The New York Times' race beat?

January 28, 2015 - 1:33pm
The future of race coverage at The New York Times is under scrutiny as Tanzina Vega, the paper’s sole reporter on a national race and ethnicity beat that she created one year ago, is moved this week to the metro desk to cover the Bronx courthouse. “In recent months Tanzina Vega showed how varied and powerful a national beat focusing...

Covering the Knicks? Good luck

January 28, 2015 - 10:10am
New York Knicks basketball player Carmelo Anthony talks to reporters after practice. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) "The only thing worse than being a bad team is being a boring team," Frank Isola of The New York Daily News told me in a phone interview. We were discussing the 2014-15 New York Knicks; not only are they tied for the worst...

Is national media ignoring local science fraud?

January 28, 2015 - 5:50am
In a rare case, a former Iowa State University scientist was prosecuted by a federal attorney last summer for faking the results of his AIDS vaccine research. The university repaid nearly a half-million dollars to the federal government, covering several years of the researcher's salary. An additional $1.4 million in grant money, which had not yet been paid, was canceled....

In between 'before' and 'after'

January 27, 2015 - 1:50pm
Today, we're going to discuss "prior to" and "following," in the hopes that some people will realize they are not always good replacements for "before" and "after." "Prior to," as Garner's Modern American Usage notes, is "one of the most easily detectable symptoms of bureaucratese, commercialese, and legalese," and "is terribly overworked to boot." When was the last time you...

It's still early, but the Sun Times Network does not look very good

January 27, 2015 - 9:57am
CHICAGO, IL — When Wrapports LLC, the publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, announced in October that it was launching a project called the Sun Times Network, the initial reaction here was mostly skeptical. Few media observers in Chicago had seen it coming, and much of the discussion on Twitter and comment threads revolved around the question: What is this thing?...

Here's how you run a newspaper that's under attack

January 27, 2015 - 5:50am
In the early hours of a November morning in 2011, a car pulled in front of the offices of El Siglo de Torrón, a newspaper based in the north-central Mexican city of Comarca Lagunera. The driver got out, lugging a vat of gasoline. He poured it over the car and lit a fuse. While the vehicle burned, he turned...

Why moving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial won't nullify pretrial media coverage

January 26, 2015 - 2:01pm
As jury selection in the alleged Boston Marathon bomber’s trial entered its final stages last week, defense attorneys filed a third motion to move the proceedings to a new location. Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued that various factors, including “unrelenting” media coverage, had helped create bias among potential jurors in Boston. The defense’s argument echoes one it made in August,...

How hacking confusion threatens tech reporters

January 26, 2015 - 12:40pm
Not everyone agrees on what to call Barrett Brown. He has been dubbed a journalist, a hacktivist, a criminal, and a spokesman for Anonymous. His writing career predates his association with the hacking collective, but he admits to becoming a general advocate for Anonymous and a limited participant in some specific operations. "All in all, I served a very ambiguous...

How the Houston Chronicle is catching up to a changing city

January 26, 2015 - 9:50am
HOUSTON, TX -- The biggest city in Texas isn’t just big. Houston is vast, growing, and changing--fast.  The city proper is the fourth largest in the country, and the population of the sprawling metropolitan area is now greater than Philadelphia’s. By at least one account, it’s the most ethnically diverse city in America, too--the home of Urban Cowboy and Billy...

How media managers should share bad news

January 26, 2015 - 5:50am
Liz Spayd: It's hard to find a newsroom, with a few exceptions like maybe BuzzFeed, that don't have financial challenges to weather. The buyouts at The New York Times are among the latest. Do you think management does a good enough job of revealing information to its employees about how the business is doing and how it could impact...

The end of Modern Farmer?

January 23, 2015 - 4:26pm
Modern Farmer, the stylish quarterly that tried to mix cosmopolitan glamour with a back-to-the-land ethos, is ceasing publication one month after its founding editor quit and months after it won a National Magazine Award. As of Friday, the magazine has no editorial staff or leader. But there has also been no formal statement about it closing permanently, leaving some glimmer...

Must-reads of the week

January 23, 2015 - 2:36pm
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: Journalists, satirists, and other media workers say their employers enforce constantly-shifting “red lines” barring criticism of the military, police, and the new...

New law threatens reporter-source relationship

January 23, 2015 - 11:25am
DETROIT, MI — Why should journalists care about a new Pennsylvania law that limits the speech of people convicted of violent crimes? Because it could discourage valuable sources from talking to reporters—and might even block or penalize journalists for doing their work. That’s the case made by a lawsuit filed this month by a coalition of advocacy groups, inmates, journalists,...

Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors

January 23, 2015 - 5:50am
Last September, the federal government rolled out a website that offered a searchable database of the $3.5 billion in payments that drug and device companies provided to physicians and teaching hospitals in the last half of 2013. Data for 2104 is still being accumulated, but the breadth of information already completed has given unprecedented insight into a medical economy that...

Paper files public records request--and city's response is a lawsuit

January 22, 2015 - 2:20pm
When a newspaper requests information, there are plenty of ways government bodies can try to avoid releasing it. But the city of Billings, MT, has come up with a novel tactic: Sue the paper simply for asking. Now, because of the lawsuit, a state judge is currently deciding how to weigh the public's right to know against an individual's right...

Pro-regime journalists are shaping public opinion in Egypt

January 22, 2015 - 10:15am
One of Egypt's most visible journalists at the moment is Mona Iraqi, a television personality who claimed to have tipped police off to the existence of a Cairo bathhouse where gay men were said to congregate then filmed the ensuing raid, one of several in an ongoing state crackdown on LGBT people. An Egyptian court acquitted all 26 people who...

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America

January 22, 2015 - 5:50am
When BBC Pop-Up journalists Matt Danzico and Benjamin Zand drove into Sioux Falls, S.D., they started hunting for stories in the way they always do—by going wherever people are hanging out. In the winter in Sioux Falls, that’s at the local supermarket. They pulled into the parking lot of the Empire Mall Hy-Vee, unloaded their banner from their car,...

What game design can do for journalism

January 21, 2015 - 3:25pm
From left to right: Cherisse Datu, Kelli Dunlap, and Joyce Rice.   As journalism is increasingly experimenting with innovative platforms and tools, some news media have started noticing the potential of computer games to tackle real-life issues in an engaging way. The New York Times and ProPublica are already designing digital games that integrate journalistic reporting. To explore this...

Is it now-defunct or now defunct?

January 21, 2015 - 10:00am
The new general manager of the New York Jets "was a league scout in the American offices of the now-defunct World League of American Football," one news report said. Another told of the sale of a "now defunct university's" campus. Yes, it's our old friend the hyphen, far from defunct, but not always needed. The phrase "now defunct" is another...

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