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4 ways newsrooms can address a lack of diversity

June 16, 2016 - 12:58pm
When John Henry joined the New York Daily News four decades ago, he worked in a bubble. Women were few in the newsroom, and journalists of color were even fewer. The staff was dominated by an overwhelming majority of white men, and diversity was the least of anyone’s worries.  “It was a period of declining circulation, and I think [the...

The shadowy war on the press: How the rich silence journalists

June 16, 2016 - 6:50am
When Gawker Media was sentenced to pay Hulk Hogan $140 million in damages for publishing his sex tape, it was seen as a victory over snarky New York media. Now, with the revelation that the lawsuit was secretly bankrolled by Silicon Valley Billionaire Peter Thiel in retaliation for an article that outed him as gay, the case has become a...

Why the news isn't what it used to be

June 15, 2016 - 10:22am
What kind of news environment is being shaped by digital fragmentation? And what impact is it having on journalism? This three-minute animation summarizes research recently conducted on how fragmentation is impacting our polarized society and media literacy. It was screened at the World Editors Forum in Cartagena. The full study will be published soon.

New Jersey paper shows how not to use the police scanner

June 15, 2016 - 6:50am
At 10:49pm last Wednesday, The Jersey Journal reported on that at least one person “was believed to be grazed with a bullet” in a shooting in Jersey City, a midsized metropolis just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, earlier that evening. “Police were also investigating reports” that a second man was shot at a separate location a few blocks...

The fundamental dilemma of covering the Orlando shooting

June 14, 2016 - 2:35pm
In the immediate aftermath of Sunday morning’s massacre at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, newsrooms across the country grappled with familiar questions, beginning with the four W’s: Who was the shooter? Who were the victims? When did it start? When will it end? What happened during a three-hour standoff between police and the shooter, between the hours of...

Why you shouldn't mix up your schemes

June 13, 2016 - 10:55am
The so-called Panama Papers showed how some wealthy people around the world, among them prominent politicians, celebrities, and others, hid their wealth. Many journalists writing about the kinds of tax-avoidance practices outlined in the Panama Papers used words to indicate that the practices may not have been entirely legal. Among the most common words used in that context was “scheme.”...

How a Chicago reporter 'explodes stereotypes' with unexpected stories about the city

June 13, 2016 - 6:50am
In early 2015, the Chicago Tribune reported on a spike in shootings in the nation’s third-largest city--the start of more than a year of grim news about crime and policing. Much of the violence and the subsequent coverage was concentrated in the predominantly African-American south and west sides of the city, including the Englewood neighborhood, one of Chicago’s most dangerous....