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Ukraine Today aims to clarify Russian media misinformation

August 27, 2014 - 12:20pm
It broadcasts everything from Ukrainian athletes competing at a track and field event in China to the capture of 10 Russian soldiers allegedly fighting in central Ukraine--with lively music and weather updates in between. Ukraine Today is the latest salvo fired in the war for hearts and minds between Russia and Ukraine. The station, currently available via satellite and online,...

The Guardian partners with more local news outlets to tell under-reported stories

August 27, 2014 - 11:45am
The digital age may have increased competition between news outlets as the online fight for clicks and eyeballs becomes ever more fierce, but this week goes to show that digital journalism also enables partnerships that once would have seemed unlikely. Before the weekend comes around, The Guardian will feature two digital collaborations with smaller, local news outlets: The last of...

The New York Times' paywall has plenty of room to grow

August 27, 2014 - 6:50am
A year and a half ago, Quartz wrote that "The New York Times paywall has hit a growth wall." Since then, it's grown 23 percent. Now, Re/code writes that "New York Times's Digital Subscription Growth Story May Be Ending." It's true that the Times' paywall growth is slowing considerably after three and a half excellent years, but it's not ending...

The cost battle between insurers and hospitals spills into the press

August 26, 2014 - 2:50pm
It's not often that a nice succinct story about hospital consolidation, high out-of-pocket costs, and limitations on patient choice comes along and clues in the public about the vast changes in healthcare coming their way. Fred Knapp, a reporter/producer for Nebraska Public Radio and Television, did just that in a piece that aired last week. Knapp used a public meeting...

Stories I'd like to see

August 26, 2014 - 11:00am
1. Becoming a millionaire the hard way: Last week, The New York Times published this article about a man receiving a $10 million settlement from New York City after Brooklyn prosecutors' misconduct resulted in his spending 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. This is the latest in a series of recent payments that New York...

News on social media suffers a 'spiral of silence': Pew study

August 26, 2014 - 10:00am
If social media users think their followers don’t share their opinion on the news, they are less likely to post those views on Facebook and Twitter, according to a new Pew Research Center report, released today. It showed Facebook and Twitter users posted less about Edward Snowden and his revelations of government surveillance if they felt their networks would disagree...

Fun with mnemonics

August 25, 2014 - 2:50pm
A friend wrote that she had a great way of remembering a complicated topic. "I created a pneumonic device," she said. And an article discussing the power of rhymes and songs for children said, "They're also handy pnemonic devices--most of us probably first memorized our ABCs by singing that famous song!" Of course, both meant "mnemonic." But since the first...

The New York Times criticized for Michael Brown profile

August 25, 2014 - 2:48pm
  This morning, The New York Times published an A1 profile of Michael Brown to coincide with his burial. Written by John Eligon, the piece angered a lot of people. The paragraph cited most widely as evidence of the story's frivolousness, sensationalism, and racial undertones reads: Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel, with public...

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news

August 25, 2014 - 9:28am
It’s not often that news broadcasters warn audiences of how boring a subject is before jumping into a 13-minute segment on it. John Oliver, of course, isn’t a newsman. But the lead story in a June episode of his HBO political satire program, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, broke down the complex issue of net neutrality as well as...

Why local media struggle covering sports stadium construction

August 25, 2014 - 6:55am
The word of the National Football League commissioner is not law. But the opening line of a 2,300-word piece in the Buffalo News last month might have fooled casual readers: “The question has been on the minds of every Buffalo Bills fan ever since National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said the team needs a new stadium: Where should it be?” ...

Must-reads of the week

August 22, 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: Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag) - A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms....

To publish or not: James Foley video spotlights media's tough call

August 22, 2014 - 2:39pm
The obvious implication of The New York Times' famous motto that its pages contain "All the News That's Fit to Print" is that not all news is fit to print. Of course, a lot has changed since that slogan debuted in 1896. For one thing, the internet has replaced print as the news' primary platform. Even so, the basic responsibility...

Medicare fraud stories ignore larger issues of reform

August 22, 2014 - 11:40am
This has been a summer for Medicare fraud stories. In the past week alone, there were stories from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. The Journal piece explained how Medicare's claims database "reveals that some alleged bad actors have been in the Medicare system for years." The story centered around one Dr. Robert Glazer,...

What the numbers coming out of Ferguson say, and who is saying it best

August 22, 2014 - 6:50am
Troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol stand at the ready in a strip mall along Ferguson's West Florissant Ave. on the evening of August 20 (Credit: Evan Simko-Bednarski) In the week following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, there were few notable data journalism approaches to the story, except for an impressive graphic from The Washington Post...

Journalists in Ferguson: Know your rights

August 21, 2014 - 3:00pm
Reporting on protests is no easy job--just ask the 16 journalists arrested so far while covering the events in Ferguson, MO, following the death of Michael Brown. Amid clashes between protesters and police, those journalists went places where they weren't supposed to go, and they did things they weren't supposed to do. Or so said the police. The situation in...

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say

August 21, 2014 - 11:00am
Though he only write a major story every year or two, for the last decade and a half John Siracusa has built a reputation as one of Apple’s most influential critics. When he does publish a piece, it’s a 25,000-plus word tome, dropped on Ars Technica, a technology site owned by Condé Nast, to ritual fanfare and millions of hits....

Trolls make good clickbait

August 21, 2014 - 6:50am
Trolls have been causing havoc online since the early days of the internet, disrupting online debate and directing offensive language and images at other users. But the problem continues to stymie the media, the public, and tech experts alike. This past week gave plenty of cause to revisit the issue as Jezebel called attention to its problems with porn spam,...

In Ferguson, local news coverage shines

August 20, 2014 - 4:04pm
It has been a stressful, sleep-deprived 11 days for St. Louis journalists, ever since teenager Michael Brown was shot on August 9 by a police officer in the suburb of Ferguson, MO, provoking protests and riots unlike anything the city has ever seen. But in the midst of the chaos, local media has largely risen to the enormity of...

How to establish a media diet

August 20, 2014 - 2:50pm
Earlier this year, I began experimenting with different strategies for stepping outside of the 24-hour news cycle. I was overwhelmed by the continuous streams of information available online, and mainly consuming fleeting tweets and headlines, I felt like I knew a little bit about a lot of things and not a lot about anything specific. So I began reading a...

Third party apps are winning the traffic battle

August 20, 2014 - 12:55pm
In 2011, Bill Keller accused Arianna Huffington's namesake site of doing no less than stealing content, arguing, "There's often a thin line between aggregation and theft." The threat from aggregation prompted lots of whining from the troubled newspaper industry around then, as aggregators were blamed for taking traffic away from mainstream outlets and repurposing content without enough attribution. This war...

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