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It is time to stop using the term ‘alt right’

August 14, 2017 - 11:17am
In the age of social media—when cowardly trolls and bigoted bots tend to hurl insults from the safety of anonymous online profiles—the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and racist demonstrators in Charlottesville did not bother to hide their identities. They crossed the University of Virginia campus to demand attention with their heads held high, a horde of […]

The Media Today: Charlottesville (and America) in a single frame

August 14, 2017 - 6:13am
It’s being called “The photo from Charlottesville that will define this moment in American history.” On his last day with The Daily Progress, photographer Ryan Kelly captured the tragedy and tumult stemming from this weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. Kelly spoke with CJR about the harrowing experience behind the photo. In […]

Top journalists reveal the best reporting advice they have received

August 14, 2017 - 5:55am
Journalism as a profession is more art than science. There are few codified rules of the trade, no official list of industry do’s and don’ts. All of which makes the unofficial pipeline of advice—words of wisdom from one journalist to another—more important than ever. CJR reached out to an array of prominent journalists, from veterans […]

Photographer behind graphic Charlottesville image recounts near-death experience

August 13, 2017 - 1:59pm
Ryan Kelly went to downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 for one last assignment before leaving his staff photographer job at The Daily Progress. On that final workday, the 30-year-old captured an image that The Washington Post declared as “The photo from Charlottesville that will define this moment in American history.” Kelly, who had been […]

Podcast: Venezuela in crisis

August 11, 2017 - 11:56am
On the latest episode of The Kicker, Meg interviews New York Times reporter Nick Casey about his experience following the economic-turned-political crisis in Venezuela. Casey covered the country for 10 months before the government barred him from returning in October. Then, we run through the week’s biggest media stories: the latest Fox News controversy, Israel’s […]

Lessons on North Korea from the Cuban Missile Crisis and Cold War

August 11, 2017 - 8:00am
President Donald Trump’s comments about North Korea on Tuesday caught a lot of people off guard, leading to widespread discussion of what could happen if the United States suddenly decided to initiate a nuclear war. For perspective on how reporters covered similar events in the past, what mistakes they can avoid in the future, and […]

The media today: The state of journalism in a country in chaos

August 11, 2017 - 7:07am
As Venezuela tilts toward dictatorship, the conditions on the ground for journalists are deteriorating. Facing international sanctions and continued unrest in the streets, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has tightened his grip on power while forces loyal to his party attempt to curtail the independent press. Yesterday, CJR published a pair of stories that depict the […]

Q&A: Terry Gross explains why she’s terrified of being a reporter

August 11, 2017 - 5:55am
A great interview is one of the journalist’s most powerful tools. It can be informative, entertaining, thoughtful. For the next five weeks, the Columbia Journalism Review and will broadcast conversations with some of the world’s greatest interviewers. Hosted by NPR’s Jesse Thorn, the podcast, called The Turnaround, will examine the science and art of […]

Coral Project guides to audience engagement teach newsrooms how to fish

August 10, 2017 - 2:37pm
What are the legal concerns for newsrooms that host their own comments? What metrics should you be using to measure engagement? How you manage a commenter who repeatedly harasses others? Audience engagement can be a daunting project for newsrooms to tackle on their own—but an important one, especially in an era of declining trust in […]

Q&A: NYT’s Nick Casey on getting barred from Venezuela amid chaos

August 10, 2017 - 10:50am
Democracy is coming to an end in Venezuela. Mass protests and widespread hunger are part of everyday life in the country, as is political violence. More than 120 have died in the last four months as protesters clashed with military. Now, there’s a constitutional crisis. Last week, President Nicolas Maduro (though “dictator” is more appropriate these […]

Beaten, knocked down, dragged: A Venezuelan journalist flees country but not the story

August 10, 2017 - 10:49am
Veteran Venezuelan reporter Elyangélica González’s 20-year career in journalism came to an inflection point in late March, when covering her country’s ongoing crisis unexpectedly turned her into the story. González, a reporter for Univision and Colombia’s Caracol Radio, was covering a protest in Caracas where thousands of students had gathered in front of the Supreme […]

The media today: HuffPost stands by its reporter after Fox host sues

August 10, 2017 - 6:53am
Fox News host Eric Bolling is suing freelance journalist Yashar Ali, who reported last week that Bolling sent lewd text messages to female colleagues. Bolling is seeking $50 million in damages over the story that led to his suspension from the network. Just received a summons. Eric Bolling is suing me for defamation – $50 […]

Behind the story: Carvell Wallace profiles Mahershala Ali for GQ

August 10, 2017 - 5:55am
Carvell Wallace, a contributor to ESPN The Magazine, The Guardian, The New Yorker, and MTV News—where, until recently, he was a music columnist—dips in and out of popular culture and sports journalism with seemingly effortless fluency. He writes about familiar topics and makes them feel new. For instance, here’s his lede about the great bluesman […]

How North Korea news played on front pages around the world

August 9, 2017 - 11:32am
For those of us who still remember the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the drama over North Korea is as close as it gets to that moment when the world feared the worst. It is also a serious news item, and not another “ordinary” day of Trump-related news, tweets, and analysis. North Korea dominated headlines from […]

After North Korea threats, Twitter turns to dark humor

August 9, 2017 - 11:09am
Sometimes we laugh to keep from crying. Thanks to Twitter, we’ll be wiping away our tears with tweets, even as a potential nuclear war looms. Yesterday, Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” should the country continue expanding its nuclear arsenal. His rhetoric caused a stir on […]

The media today: Wake up to your analytics overlords, sheeple

August 9, 2017 - 6:41am
In a revealing piece for The Atlantic, Franklin Foer tells of his time working with Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes at The New Republic. Foer’s account is strikingly confessional, at least for Foer, about the hopes he had for integrating a social media-friendly attitude and his willingness to join Hughes in “idealism.” Hughes suggested their shared […]

California’s Carmel Pine Cone on informing the community and interviewing Clint Eastwood

August 9, 2017 - 5:55am
The city of Carmel-by-the-Sea is full of idiosyncrasies. You need a permit to wear high heels. There are no stop lights or street lights. And there are no house numbers. “My address is a direction,” says Mary Schley, a reporter at the local paper, the Pine Cone. “Try telling FedEx how to get there.” The […]

North Carolina reporter: ‘no consistency’ on Capitol press credentials

August 8, 2017 - 1:47pm
ON FRIDAY, MELISSA BOUGHTON—a journalist for NC Policy Watch, the news arm of the nonprofit North Carolina Justice Center—was barred from a media table where she was covering a legislative hearing about redistricting. The incident, which Boughton publicized on Twitter, highlights the credentialing challenges facing contemporary news organizations that are attached to policy or lobbying […]

Defining common terms used around the courtroom

August 8, 2017 - 9:58am
Grand juries are in the news. Robert Mueller, a special counsel looking into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian attempts to tamper with the 2016 election, is said to have convened at least one grand jury. ABC News and Law Street have posted convenient guides discussing the legal aspect of what grand juries […]

Concerns, political and commercial, over Sinclair’s dominance of local TV

August 8, 2017 - 6:38am
Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation’s largest television broadcaster, is set to expand its reach into nearly three-quarters of American households, a prospect that has elicited concerns both commercial and ideological. Known for pushing “must-run” segments of reliably conservative political commentary, Sinclair’s expansion has raised hackles among media watchdog groups. In May, the Maryland-based Sinclair announced […]