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Reporters rummage through Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

18 hours 54 min ago
DART to the ghoulish journalists who rummaged through the scattered belongings of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine, while investigators fretted that the site was being contaminated. That includes Sky News reporter Colin Brazier, who was reporting live from the site on July 20 when he picked up a toothbrush,...

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

18 hours 54 min ago
(The Herald-Times, 6/12/14) (The Daily News, Newburyport, 7/3/14)

Giving female journalists a voice in developing nations

18 hours 54 min ago
lobal Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a collaboration between Truthdig and the International Women’s Media Foundation, launched in June with a piece by Pakistani journalist Zubeida Mustafa that complicates the picture of her country, as portrayed in the Western media, as a place where women are only victims of oppression and violence. Without minimizing the challenges Pakistani women face, she tells...

Marijuana in the media

18 hours 54 min ago
21 states (including DC) that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana 16  writers at The Cannabist, The Denver Post’s marijuana site 15-20  expected enrollment at Central Washington University’s “Marijuana Business Reporting” class this winter quarter $25  price of a fine the Washington City Paper has vowed to pay for the first five readers to get a pot possession citation after its...

When quitting goes viral

18 hours 54 min ago
t’s the ultimate fantasy of disgruntled journalists everywhere: quitting with a grand, public gesture that leaves bosses fuming and colleagues cheering. In recent years, there has been a boomlet of elaborate and very public resignations. And since everything is shareable, aggregatable, and desperately seeking virality, these mad-as-hell moments still echo through the caverns of social media.  Reimy Chavez Perche quit...

Must-reads of the week

August 29, 2014 - 2:45pm
Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz) - The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists' knowledge Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy (CJR) - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes Why local media...

Colorado campaign ad spending is still tough to track

August 29, 2014 - 11:00am
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- On a recent Thursday, journalist Sandra Fish was on the campus of Colorado State University in Pueblo giving a talk she's been presenting around the state. Its title: "Tools for Journalists: Following the Colorado Money." There's a lot of money in politics to follow here, and during the campaign season, those dollars fund a lot of...

Earthquake 'data' doesn't add up

August 29, 2014 - 6:50am
On Sunday, the San Jose Mercury-News unveiled the first in a series of stories about how California's foster children are receiving untested behavioral drugs at a way higher rate than children nationwide. The introductory 5,000-word piece -- based on a year of reporting and accompanied by a number of photos, videos, and infographics explaining the issue -- lays the groundwork...

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races

August 28, 2014 - 2:50pm
DETROIT, MI--Deceptive political ads are one thing. But how about deceptive ads that trade on the credibility of journalism? That's what a Republican political group is trying out. This month, the National Republican Congressional Committee debuted at least 20 websites in key congressional districts--from Central Valley, California, to Augusta, Georgia--that are designed, albeit amateurishly, to look like news sites. One...

Facebook's war on clickbait unlikely to do much good

August 28, 2014 - 11:07am
In May, Mike Hudack, posted a self-described rant on Facebook about the dismal state of the media, focused as it is so often these days on lowest-common-denominator clickbait. [W]e turn to the Internet for our salvation. We could have gotten it in The Huffington Post but we didn't. We could have gotten it in BuzzFeed, but it turns out that...

New York Times story questions Obamacare's nursing-home ratings

August 28, 2014 - 11:07am
Katie Thomas' piece in Monday's New York Times undermined what has become a pillar of the standard nursing-home story of late: the government's five-star rating system that supposedly helps consumers separate the good facilities from the bad. Thomas' analysis of government data suggests that the system may be flawed, offering a false sense of security to anyone who relies on...

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy

August 28, 2014 - 6:50am
Since Michael Brown's fatal shooting on August 9, news coverage of the event and its aftermath has been followed by a second wave of analyses scrutinizing those initial stories for racial bias. When news outlets ran a particularly ominous photograph of Brown, wearing a red jersey, fingers splayed in possible gang signal (friends say it was his characteristic peace sign),...

Florida news outlet sees more success with print than digital

August 27, 2014 - 2:50pm
When Mary Kate Leming found herself among the 300 Palm Beach Post employees who lost their jobs in a sweeping downsizing in 2008, she enacted an unlikely Plan B, taking out a home equity credit line to start a print newspaper. After 22 years at the Post, she didn't want to leave journalism yet, and she and her husband,...

Ukraine Today aims to clarify Russian media misinformation

August 27, 2014 - 12:20pm
It broadcasts everything from Ukrainian athletes competing at a track and field event in China to the capture of 10 Russian soldiers allegedly fighting in central Ukraine--with lively music and weather updates in between. Ukraine Today is the latest salvo fired in the war for hearts and minds between Russia and Ukraine. The station, currently available via satellite and online,...

The Guardian partners with more local news outlets to tell under-reported stories

August 27, 2014 - 11:45am
The digital age may have increased competition between news outlets as the online fight for clicks and eyeballs becomes ever more fierce, but this week goes to show that digital journalism also enables partnerships that once would have seemed unlikely. Before the weekend comes around, The Guardian will feature two digital collaborations with smaller, local news outlets: The last of...

The New York Times' paywall has plenty of room to grow

August 27, 2014 - 6:50am
A year and a half ago, Quartz wrote that "The New York Times paywall has hit a growth wall." Since then, it's grown 23 percent. Now, Re/code writes that "New York Times's Digital Subscription Growth Story May Be Ending." It's true that the Times' paywall growth is slowing considerably after three and a half excellent years, but it's not ending...

The cost battle between insurers and hospitals spills into the press

August 26, 2014 - 2:50pm
It's not often that a nice succinct story about hospital consolidation, high out-of-pocket costs, and limitations on patient choice comes along and clues in the public about the vast changes in healthcare coming their way. Fred Knapp, a reporter/producer for Nebraska Public Radio and Television, did just that in a piece that aired last week. Knapp used a public meeting...

Stories I'd like to see

August 26, 2014 - 11:00am
1. Becoming a millionaire the hard way: Last week, The New York Times published this article about a man receiving a $10 million settlement from New York City after Brooklyn prosecutors' misconduct resulted in his spending 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. This is the latest in a series of recent payments that New York...

News on social media suffers a 'spiral of silence': Pew study

August 26, 2014 - 10:00am
If social media users think their followers don’t share their opinion on the news, they are less likely to post those views on Facebook and Twitter, according to a new Pew Research Center report, released today. It showed Facebook and Twitter users posted less about Edward Snowden and his revelations of government surveillance if they felt their networks would disagree...

Fun with mnemonics

August 25, 2014 - 2:50pm
A friend wrote that she had a great way of remembering a complicated topic. "I created a pneumonic device," she said. And an article discussing the power of rhymes and songs for children said, "They're also handy pnemonic devices--most of us probably first memorized our ABCs by singing that famous song!" Of course, both meant "mnemonic." But since the first...


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.