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Will radio save science journalism?

November 18, 2014 - 5:50am
In hiring a brand-new health journalism staff, WNYC may be one of the only news outlets in the country that is actually expanding its physical offices to accommodate more reporting muscle. The flagship station from New York Public Radio is building out a new health unit to house four reporters, an editor, a community projects manager, and the managing editor...

The role of 'in' vs. 'on' for a popular phrase

November 17, 2014 - 1:50pm
Did you know that there's a difference between acting "on behalf of" something and "in behalf of" something? Didn't think so. But you're in good company if you don't think there really is a difference. For some people, "on behalf of" means you are acting as the agent or representative of something: "On behalf of the mayor, let me welcome...

What it's like to be a polygamy beat reporter

November 17, 2014 - 10:10am
Last Tuesday, The New York Times’ frontpage headline read “It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Many Wives.” That Joseph Smith married as many as 40 women—one of them 14 years old, and others already married to his followers—was a rare story for national news. But it was just another day on the job Nate Carlisle, perhaps the nation’s only polygamy beat...

Connecting dissidents and journalists

November 17, 2014 - 9:00am
One of the greatest obstacles to understanding authoritarian societies is that the dissidents within them have few outlets through which to describe their lives, argue their opinions, and refute official propaganda. The people behind the website Movements.org hope to help change that status quo, using the principles of crowdsourcing to help activists connect with journalists and editors who can tell...

Reporters shouldn't overlook this aspect of Obamacare

November 14, 2014 - 2:12pm
As healthcare reporters begin to focus on Obamacare open enrollment, one major, but overlooked issue comes to mind. That's the messy business of reconciling at tax time what the government paid in health insurance subsidies--based on projected income for the year--with what consumers were actually entitled to. Poor understanding of this aspect of the law may lead to nasty surprises...

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs

November 14, 2014 - 1:51pm
Last month, The Virginian-Pilot announced it was laying off 32 employees, knocking its newsroom back by about a quarter. The cuts would be the deepest the paper has suffered since 2008 and will leave the newsroom “at less than half of its size in 2007,” when it had almost 250 staffers. So it's been a bittersweet time at the 140-year-old paper in...

Must-reads of the week

November 14, 2014 - 1:50pm
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: Why won't journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? (CJR) - "To talk about aspects of famous people other than their publicly...

What's the state of local political news?

November 14, 2014 - 12:30pm
In the wake of last week’s midterm election and some ensuing commentary about the state of local media, CJR associate editor Greg Marx and United States Project correspondent Deron Lee shared thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of local news. A record of the discussion is below.  From: Greg Marx, 11:11pm Nov. 11 Hey Deron, It feels like we’ve had a...

How to run a successful newsroom

November 14, 2014 - 9:40am
Liz Spayd: The highly-touted First Look Media seems to be thrashing in choppy waters lately. The most recent evidence came when top editor John Cook left in quick succession to former Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi. Taibbi's noisy departure came after clashes over management style and other issues. It's pretty clear that First Look and other startups are struggling...

Why ISIS coverage sounds familiar

November 14, 2014 - 5:50am
In the months since ISIS beheaded two American journalists and released the video tapes for all the world to see, there have been reports of shadowy new terrorist cells in Syria, lone wolf attacks in the West, and the progress of the US-led airstrikes. These reports belong to a larger narrative that is changing week to week, sometimes day...

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal

November 13, 2014 - 1:45pm
A non-Catholic, casual news consumer might be forgiven for thinking that Pope Francis is pro-same-sex unions, pro-evolution, and anti-capitalism. Since he became the 267th pope in March 2013, the media have frequently suggested that the head of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church is planted firmly on the left. The latest example was Francis’ speech in late October paying tribute to...

What can Jim Brady's new site do for Philadelphia journalism?

November 13, 2014 - 10:00am
DETROIT, MI  — “Can it last?” That was the question we asked a year ago about AxisPhilly, an ambitious nonprofit journalism outlet in Philadelphia. The answer, sadly, was no. Over the summer, it went the way of Metropolisand NEastPhilly.com, other Philly news sites that started up, ran out of resources, and shut down. Just last week, the Gun Crisis Reporting Project stopped daily...

Medium provides community, feedback for aspiring writer

November 13, 2014 - 5:50am
On Tuesday, Matter announced the six finalists for a new international reporting fellowship. In an experiment with crowdsourcing the fellowship jury, Matter is letting readers vote for their favorite proposal, deciding who takes home $10,000 for the project. Only readers who are logged into their profile on Medium, the platform that publishes Matter, can vote by using Medium’s recommend option,...

What political reporters learned from the Colorado midterm election

November 12, 2014 - 3:30pm
DENVER, CO -- While the midterms are over here in America's favorite swing state, that doesn't mean reporters are taking a breather from political coverage. They're writing stories about what happened: how the Republican wave crashed on the Rockies (Democratic Sen. Mark Udall lost, while incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper held on), how the GOP's ground game, the state's new...

Why activists increasingly focus on online media strategy

November 12, 2014 - 1:50pm
In July, a video featuring various Lego characters went viral on social media, but the rigors endured by the plastic toys suggested this was no promotional video for the brand. In a chilling doomsday scenario, set to a slowed-down version of the theme song from the recent Lego movie, the entire miniature world slowly drowned in oil. The video was...

European Union journalists cross borders for story collaboration

November 12, 2014 - 10:00am
When Brigitte Alfter was the European Union correspondent in Brussels for a Danish newspaper a decade ago, the stories she covered were only relevant to her Danish audience. Her sources came primarily from Nordic countries. But to cover the EU from the viewpoint of one country or region often misses crucial context. "If you want to hold power accountable or...

Why won't journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions?

November 12, 2014 - 5:50am
Photo credit: Associated Press You'd think that, in this TMZ-fueled age, movie and pop stars could do little that isn't salaciously spread across the internet. But if the celebrity press goes overboard, the establishment press does worse: It often lets stars with dubious pasts off the hook completely. Remember Anthony Weiner, the married Democratic congressman who sent an intimate...

A different approach to Veterans Day coverage

November 11, 2014 - 1:31pm
MIAMI, FL -- "A lot of [veterans] I know, especially the younger guys, are kind of tired of the woe is me narrative." This is one reason Howard Altman, military affairs reporter for The Tampa Tribune, told me that he opted for a notably different approach to front-page Veterans Day coverage today. Altman wrote about a retired Navy SEAL who...

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