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Is Facebook a media company? Some online news consumers think so.

February 9, 2017 - 9:25am
A new Pew Research Center report out today shines new light on how people read and use online information. The report, “How Americans Encounter, Recall, and Act Upon Digital News,” surveyed 2,078 online news consumers twice a day for a week to get a clearer picture of how people get their news, whether they know […]

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

February 9, 2017 - 8:39am
In this week’s lower case…   GenuineSillyHeadlines "Homicide victims rarely talk to police" — Martin Williams (@Martin1Williams) November 2, 2015 Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR. Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower Case archives.

The Times takes a startup approach to its expansion down under

February 8, 2017 - 2:18pm
After posting a link to the news last month that he will be heading The New York Times’s new Australia bureau, Damien Cave caught grief on Twitter for an illustration accompanying the announcement, which depicted a reporter emerging from the pouch of a kangaroo. Weary of the stereotypes outsiders often bring to the country–cue this […]

When Trump outperforms Beyonce

February 8, 2017 - 9:51am
In an alternative universe, last week’s music news would have dominated Twitter and Facebook. The Grammy Awards announced an impressive line-up of performers for this Sunday’s event. News broke that a hologram of deceased heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio would front a live band on tour—a first for the controversial technology. Beyonce revealed she […]

A felonious former Illinois governor’s surprising contribution to journalism

February 8, 2017 - 6:00am
In May 1976, just four months before Otto Kerner’s death from cancer, Chicago news media members organized a testimonial dinner for the former Illinois governor. It was an odd event to some, who called it comparable to “Robert Woodward and Carl Bernstein giving a dinner for Richard Nixon.” After all, the 67-year-old Kerner was able […]

Media critic’s mailbox

February 7, 2017 - 1:07pm
Your humble correspondent—a man young enough he can still be persuaded—solicited thoughts from CJR members last week on whether journalists’ notion of objectivity should change in the face of immoral or arguably un-American acts, even if those acts have popular support. Please keep your questions, comments, and bad jokes coming in: Include your dateline […]

The Obamacare emergency: Can health care reporters rise to the challenge?

February 7, 2017 - 11:33am
Jim Clark, a nurse in Asheville, North Carolina, recently sent a letter to the editor of the Mountain Xpress, a western North Carolina weekly with a circulation of 26,500. In his letter, Clark said he was adding his voice to the chorus that has appealed to the paper for a “more rigorous approach to its […]

News designers worldwide feast on Trump with photos, graphics, and words

February 7, 2017 - 9:27am
If the best journalistic design reflects its subject, then newspaper and magazine designers in the Trump era are appropriately thinking in bold strokes, multi-column headlines, and tons of yellow and orange hues. But one of their biggest challenges is telegraphing which story takes priority, since all of them do. Everything is must-see and must-know: The Trump presidency—with its unorthodox […]

How journalists can avoid a James O’Keefe-style sting

February 6, 2017 - 2:49pm
Undercover videographer and conservative political activist James O’Keefe made a vow on the eve of President Trump’s inauguration: “I’m going after the media next,” he said. “We have your name. We have your number. We are embedded in your institutions. We are inside the newsrooms, and that is our next target.” O’Keefe later claimed he […]

‘Mock’ it up

February 6, 2017 - 12:18pm
Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. Mockingbirds are great at it, able to sound like car alarms and even cats. It is, after all, why they are called “mockingbirds.” We find them amusing. So why then, is it considered an insult when someone “mocks” you? Because the insult got there first. “Mock” […]