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Blendle reaches 1 million users, but is it here to stay?

August 12, 2016 - 1:00pm
When it comes to news, readers want quality journalism. But they don’t want to search for it--even if they do in theory, they likely won’t in practice. They want it fast, they want it easy, and they want it to be great. If they can get all of that, then some readers are willing to pay for it. That’s the...

A compulsive audience and a complicit news media

August 12, 2016 - 6:50am
n 2007, two years after the launch of The Huffington Post and two weeks before the incorporation of Twitter, Arianna Huffington collapsed in her office from fatigue. She regained consciousness in a pool of blood with a broken cheekbone and an epiphany about the internet. Her exhaustion was symptomatic of a public health crisis, she declared: Our addiction to modern...

‘We wanted to come home’: Ron Fournier on making the move from DC to Detroit

August 11, 2016 - 4:12pm
Ron Fournier, the national political journalist, made headlines of his own this week when he announced that he was leaving Washington, DC, for his hometown of Detroit.  During his 25 years in the capital, Fournier served as bureau chief for The Associated Press, editor-in-chief of National Journal, and, most recently, as political columnist for National Journal . But in September,...

A tragic photo inspired a huge CNET project on the refugee crisis

August 11, 2016 - 1:05pm
The technology website CNET this summer sent about a dozen journalists to report on the refugee crisis from 10 countries around the globe. They’re producing in excess of 60 stories exploring the ways technology helps refugees navigate the long journey from their home countries to asylum abroad. The stories range from in-depth, long-form feature articles and opinion pieces, to photo...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

August 11, 2016 - 10:47am
This week, we have two hilarious headlines from our archives. The Wichita Eagle-Beacon, 9/10/86 Arkansas Democrat, 9/29/83

Why Donald Trump can kinda, sorta say anything he wants

August 10, 2016 - 5:10pm
Soon after Donald Trump kinda, sorta implied on Tuesday that “Second Amendment people” could take up arms against Hillary Clinton, former CIA Director Michael Hayden slammed the GOP nominee’s remarks in memorable fashion on CNN: “You get to a certain point in this business, and you’re not just responsible for what you say. You’re responsible for what people hear.”  Trump...

What to do when your boss behaves badly

August 10, 2016 - 1:19pm
Vanessa Gezari, CJR interim editor in chief: Jill: Each new revelation from New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, who has owned this story, reminds us how difficult it can be to speak truth to power. It’s especially daunting when that power is at the absolute top of the food chain and creates a culture where aberrant behavior is normal and those who...

South Korean journalists reporting tirade breach off-the-record tradition

August 10, 2016 - 11:50am
It was a night of racism and class snobbery at a private dinner between journalists and a top education policy maker. After one too many drinks in Seoul’s government district, an elite bureaucrat, Na Hyang-wook, lambasted “99 percent” of his countrymen for being “like dogs and pigs” who only need to be fed and kept alive, compared them to “blacks...