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Simon & Schuster should come clean about discredited Monroe/DiMaggio book

September 23, 2014 - 3:25pm
On Christmas Eve 1983, David Cay Johnston exposed C. David Heymann's Barbara Hutton biography as a fraud on A1 of the Los Angeles Times. Johnston reported that Poor Little Rich Girl contained numerous fabricated sources and pointed to facts that were either invented or so false that they raised grave additional questions about Heymann's credibility. Random House pulped the book,...

Stories I'd like to see

September 23, 2014 - 11:04am
1. Checking the NFL’s numbers: In the wake of the fallout over National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of his players’ domestic violence arrests, there have been multiple reports by journalists, who read the league’s filing of form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service, that Goodell was paid $44 million in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013....

More cops are wearing body cams. When will the footage be a public record?

September 23, 2014 - 6:50am
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Police departments across Colorado, like their counterparts around the country, are rapidly embracing the use of body-mounted cameras worn by officers. While the move is generally applauded as a government-accountability measure, it raises a serious question: When and how will members of the public and the press have access to the footage? Widespread use of the...

Fractured Shakespeare

September 22, 2014 - 3:04pm
Much time has pas’t since Language Corner has revisited Shakespeare, or what passes for Shakespeare these days. A slight refresher might be in order, meant as a gentle push, not a cattle prod. The Bard is still subject to prose much mangled, though some has become so common that, s’truth, it has entered into the realm of s’OK. We will...

The New York Times exposes surprise medical bills

September 22, 2014 - 2:50pm
Elisabeth Rosenthal deserves a CJR laurel for her Sunday New York Times article, the latest installment in her “Paying Till It Hurts” series on why and how the cost of American healthcare is so exorbitant. It’s a standout series, and this may be Rosenthal’s best story so far. In chronicling the troubles of Peter Drier, a 37-year-old New York...

Why it's getting harder to report on Syria

September 22, 2014 - 10:57am
CAIRO -- There has never been a more important, or a more difficult time to report on Syria. Today, the international media has less access to Syria than at any time during more than three years of revolt followed by civil war and chaos. Rebel-held Syria is impossibly risky territory for foreign journalists. The recent murders of American journalists James...

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins

September 22, 2014 - 6:50am
When Michael Persinger decided earlier this month that the Charlotte Observer would join the list of newspapers, magazines, and online publications that no longer print the name of the Washington Redskins, he expected a backlash. He didn't have to wait long. Persinger, the Observer's executive sports editor, estimated that at least 95 percent of the calls and emails he received...

The Washington Post takes on Rand Paul

September 19, 2014 - 4:26pm
On Monday, The Washington Post analyzed the evolution of some of Sen. Rand Paul’s policy positions — flip-flops — in a frontpage story. Among the examples given was his recent support for military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, an about-face from his stance in June. The collective takeaway on the libertarian-leaning Paul, David Fahrenthold reports, is...

Must-reads of the week

September 19, 2014 - 2:45pm
Is the US ‘going to war’ against ISIS? The answer matters (CJR) - A war of words between the Obama administration and the press. Trend Piece (New Yorker) - "Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn't the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people's minds? Read on or you'll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the...

How comics journalism brings stories to life

September 19, 2014 - 11:00am
Darryl Holliday and E.N. Rodriguez of the Illustrated Press, at work. (Illustration by E.N. Rodriguez. Used with permission.) CHICAGO, IL — For much of last year, Darryl Holliday worked the “crime and mayhem” beat at DNAinfo Chicago, documenting the consequences of violence on the city’s South Side. That’s how he stumbled upon the story of Nortasha Stingley, whose daughter, Marissa,...

The good and bad of election prediction data

September 19, 2014 - 6:50am
In the chapter about political predictions in Nate Silver's 2012 book The Signal and the Noise, FiveThirtyEight's founder explains how there are prognosticators who fantasize about making a "daring, audacious, outside-the-box prediction," but that predictions based on consensus, multiple sources with different approaches, tend to be more accurate. Consensus is a major theme in interactive features about how the Senate...

Exploring ethics through journalism hotlines

September 18, 2014 - 3:07pm
Media ethics are always a hot-button issue in journalism, but there’s reason to pay particular attention at the moment, as new initiatives are stirring up old ways of thinking. The Society for Professional Journalists just revised its code of ethics for the first time in 18 years for the digital age, and the Online News Association is crowdsourcing a project...

Investigative reporting is 'still a very white male business'

September 18, 2014 - 11:00am
MIAMI, FL -- Can an innovative college-professional news collaborative, with a $35,000 grant in hand, "change the pipeline for investigative journalism in Georgia?" The Georgia News Lab--a partnership between The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta's ABC affiliate WSB-TV, and four local universities--won support in April from the Online News Association's Challenge Fund to give that goal a go starting this semester. The...

Maps reveal violence against journalists

September 18, 2014 - 6:50am
A group of media rights activists have set out to map free expression violations within the European Union to make a visual statement about how it's increasingly difficult for journalists to do their jobs there. "There are a lot of violations in the EU. People tend to deny it or deny the seriousness in some cases," said Melody Patry,...

Why were Massachusetts reporters slow to probe the health exchange meltdown?

September 17, 2014 - 2:50pm
As Massachusetts goes, so goes the nation--at least when it comes to healthcare. In 2009 and 2010, in the midst of the debate on Obamacare, I wrote a series of 10 posts examining the Bay State's 2006 law that served as the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act. It's time for an update. This is the second of an occasional...


Bill Moyers presents "United States of ALEC," a report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of -- ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.