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Aereo coverage in a nutshell

April 22, 2014 - 4:00pm
No rational CEO chooses to take a company's business model before the Supreme Court just for the publicity. But for Aereo, which gives the TV-less access to broadcast channels for $8-12 each month, making the legal case for the company's business model has been a bonanza of earned media. The case itself, argued Tuesday before the Supreme Court, pits the...

Crossing over

April 22, 2014 - 3:00pm
Halfway through retracing the journey that thousands of undocumented migrants take from Mexico to the United States each year, Washington farmer Gary Larsen becomes increasingly grim. "Every politician should go on this trip," he says. "They need to see what these people go through." Larsen's journey is part of Borderland, Al Jazeera America's new documentary series, which features six ordinary...

Stories I'd like to see

April 22, 2014 - 11:26am
This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Obama's unaccountable briefers: Here's a key paragraph in Saturday's New York Times report explaining the Obama administration's decision to delay yet again a decision on the Keystone pipeline: 'The Nebraska Supreme Court decision could lead to changes in the pipeline route, and it's important to have that information and...

Newspapers continue to sink

April 22, 2014 - 7:50am
The newspaper industry continued to sink last year, shedding 2.6 percent of its revenue on heavy print ad declines, according to the Newspaper Association of America. Dog bites man, you say. But while we've become numb to the collapse of the newspaper industry's fortunes, it's worth stepping back and looking at how bad it's been for what is still far...

Pakistan's most prominent journalist shot by gunman in Karachi

April 22, 2014 - 6:50am
Pakistan's most famous and influential journalist is recovering in a hospital after being shot by a gunman in the metropolis of Karachi this weekend. The apparent assassination attempt against Hamid Mir sent shockwaves across the Pakistani political landscape. Mir has yet to speak, but his brother took to the airwaves of GEO News, the television channel that employs Mir, and...

Ker-choo!

April 21, 2014 - 3:20pm
In honor of allergy season, here's a riddle: What word's first syllable is pronounced differently than the way it is spelled, is frequently misspelled to match the way it's pronounced, and is useful if you have to sneeze? Answer: "Handkerchief." Whose first syllable is rarely pronounced "hand." American accents can make mincemeat out of many words, and this is one...

For comprehensive coverage of the Florida State case, go to...NYT?

April 21, 2014 - 1:00pm
Last week, the most comprehensive look to date at the flawed investigation into a rape accusation against Jameis Winston, Florida State University's star quarterback, was published. The allegation, stemming from an encounter in December 2012, rocked the college football world--and Tallahassee, FL, home to Florida State--when it became public in November 2013, in the midst of the college's push for...

The rise of internet video news

April 21, 2014 - 11:00am
Most of the discussion of youth news consumption and news literacy--including that of yours truly--focuses on articles and written content. Increasingly, however, young people are consuming their news via online video. The annual State of the Media report from the Pew Research Center found that 36 percent of American adults watch news videos online, a rate that is rising steadily....

The secret whistleblowers, revisited

April 21, 2014 - 6:50am
In March 1971, eight burglars broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Media, PA, and stole hundreds of documents. They sorted through the files--which revealed a massive, illegal campaign by the FBI to crush political dissent--and sent some of them to the press. The documents were sent anonymously and, despite a lengthy FBI investigation, the burglars were never...

Must-reads of the week

April 18, 2014 - 2:50pm
Culled from CJR’s 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: How burrowing owls lead to vomiting anarchists -- Or SF's housing crisis explained The slaughter bench of history -- How war has made the world safer...

How the Detroit Free Press won a Pulitzer for commentary

April 18, 2014 - 11:21am
DETROIT, MI -- This might just be the newsiest city in America--and Stephen Henderson's job is to make sense of all that news. 2013 spun Detroit through a landmark bankruptcy, emergency management, and a soap opera of a mayoral election, and Henderson, the editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press, delivered columns that sharpened the news morass with a...

The ambiguous LA Times/Occidental rift

April 18, 2014 - 6:50am
Last month, the Los Angeles Times dismissed Jason Felch, a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting, in the kind of rare, career-killing public takedown that gives any journalist pause. The Times published an editor's note correcting a December 7 story by Felch about Occidental College's handling of a number of alleged sexual assault cases. The editor's note went on...

Walking the public opinion tightrope

April 17, 2014 - 3:00pm
The first episode of Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime's mammoth documentary series on climate change that premiered Sunday night, is every bit as riveting as its celebrity-laced cast would suggest. In the first hour of the nine-part series, Harrison Ford journeys into an Indonesian jungle, gauging the effects of massive deforestation; Don Cheadle shuttles across Texas narrating the crippling job...

Huffington: 'Virality has become fetishized'

April 17, 2014 - 12:15pm
The Huffington Post's South Korean edition--the site's 11th international incarnation--launched in February with a reporting focus on burnout and technology addiction, two themes that HuffPost will also cover globally. Arianna Huffington spoke about the importance of covering those topics at a journalism forum at Tufts University on Wednesday, where she also expressed some of her general opinions about digital journalism...

In defense of 'Dasani'

April 17, 2014 - 6:50am
Columbia's Bill Grueskin tries to explain why the Pulitzer board dismissed The New York Times's "Invisible Child" series about Dasani Coates, the 11-year-old homeless girl whose life was so vividly captured by Andrea Elliott in December. The Audit (Dean Starkman and I) is among those who were baffled that the series wasn't even a Pulitzer finalist, much less a winner,...

What law did the Toledo Blade break? The Army won't say

April 16, 2014 - 3:22pm
After military police detained two journalists last month outside a military manufacturing plant, an Army spokesman said the journalists had violated "Federal law and Army Regulations" by photographing the facility. But which law, and which regulations? The Army didn't say at the time--and it won't say now. We have a pretty good idea, though, of one federal law the government...

Another Pulitzer for reporting classified info

April 16, 2014 - 11:35am
The Pulitzer committee's decision to give its public service award this year to the Washington Post and the Guardian for their stories on government surveillance has elicited a few predictable reactions from those who believe that the source of the National Security Agency material--former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden--is not a whistleblower, but a criminal. US Rep. Peter King of New...

3 signs you're in a bad relationship with your editor

April 16, 2014 - 6:50am
Just like any successful romance, a good editorial relationship starts with two people, a mutual attraction, and the hope that they can build something special and lasting together. While staff writers tend to settle down with one or two people, freelancers have a harder time committing: We juggle one-piece stands, steady dates, and editorial partners that are always up for...

Why was 'Dasani' shut out of the Pulitzers?

April 16, 2014 - 6:50am
On Monday afternoon, the Pulitzer board awarded the local news reporting prize to an impressive, powerfully written series of stories about the homeless. Each article, each photograph, in this series brought home the incompetence and neglect with which we treat those at the bottom rungs of society's ladder. But, for many of us, the surprise in the prize was this:...

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does the Medicaid story we've been looking for

April 15, 2014 - 3:05pm
Not long ago, we faulted press coverage of the Medicaid expansion debate for overlooking the personal experiences and struggles of people caught in the coverage "gap"--earning too much to qualify for Medicaid in states that turned down federal funds to expand that program, and too little to receive subsidies to buy insurance on the new exchanges. So it's only fair...

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