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The Review-Journal is looking to hire, and transparency about its ownership is part of the pitch

January 27, 2016 - 10:55am
Late last year, the Las Vegas Review-Journal was engulfed in an ownership controversy so bizarre, worrying, and unprecedented that it seemed media observers would run out of superlatives to describe it. Even now, more than a month after it became clear that the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson bought the paper at an inflated price, some questions linger. But as Nevada’s...

Stop comparing your new media venture to Vice

January 26, 2016 - 3:40pm
It sounds like a bad joke. Hearst and Verizon, two from the old guard, are teaming up to launch a mobile video channel that will act as a “Vice for the red states.” The Wall Street Journal reports that the project aims to produce “heartland-focused content” for—skip the drum roll—millennials. Is there any other target audience these days? Vice Media...

Are DC bureaus worth saving?

January 26, 2016 - 1:55pm
For many, the decline in Washington reporting by local newspapers is another symptom of the crisis plaguing traditional media. Cuts to Washington bureaus have been met with alarm about the death of watchdog journalism, raising concerns that journalists might no longer patrol the halls of Congress, rooting out corruption and keeping local representatives on task. There are now 33 states...

ESPN's Van Gundy lashes out at sports media 'quid pro quo'

January 26, 2016 - 1:30pm
With seven minutes remaining in the second quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, ESPN color commentator Jeff Van Gundy began his broadside attack on investigative basketball journalists. LeBron James of the Cavaliers scored a layup, with 5:27 left on the clock, when Van Gundy finished. For this uninterrupted 90 seconds of a primetime matchup,...

In a French refugee camp, reporters are telling the wrong story

January 25, 2016 - 2:40pm
No one will say it out loud but violence, not refugees, is what the press is usually covering in Calais, France, the newest front in Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis. Earlier this month, authorities in the English Channel port announced plans to begin bulldozing a migrant camp, called the Jungle, where between 4,000 and 6,000 people have lived for the past...

Food for thought

January 25, 2016 - 12:20pm
Last week, after writing about a few regional language variations, we heard from a lot of readers with their own favorites. The funniest one may have been from Michael Pollak, an editor at The New York Times, who tweeted: @meperl And if you date a British guy and he says he'll knock you up about 7, don't be alarmed. —...

Florida appeals court reverses order to 'unpublish' information

January 25, 2016 - 11:05am
A Florida appeals court has issued a brief but pointed rebuke to a Palm Beach County judge who believed he was within his rights to order a newspaper to “unpublish” information it had legally obtained—a clear win for the First Amendment that came with a stylistic flourish. I wrote for CJR back in early December about an order by Circuit...