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A local paper’s dogged search for details about Alexandria shooter

June 15, 2017 - 10:56am
Reporter Joseph Bustos ran into the Belleville News-Democrat newsroom yesterday, nearly plowing into the sports editor. He had been home watching news coverage of the Virginia shooting at a congressional baseball practice when he heard a report that the alleged gunman was from Belleville. He was getting dressed and brushing his teeth when his editor […]

9 podcasts for keeping up with Trump

June 15, 2017 - 5:55am
The political axis, and much our nation’s news, tilts on the actions and statements of Donald Trump. From his New York celebrity life to his divisive campaign and the chaos of his first months in office, media coverage has propelled Trump to a position where it’s reasonable to argue he is the most famous person […]

Behind the story: Rahawa Haile on ‘going it alone’ on the Appalachian Trail

June 14, 2017 - 3:16pm
The first time I read “Going It Alone,” Rahawa Haile’s memoir of her Appalachian Trail thru-hike for Outside, I was surprised the piece was so much more about race than nature. The second time I read it, I realized how stupid I’d been to be surprised. When Bill Bryson hiked the trail for what would […]

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

June 14, 2017 - 11:36am
In this week’s Lower Case… via list25 Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR. Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower Case archives. ICYMI: The New York Times reporter who tweets like it’s going out of style

What does it mean for a journalist today to be a Serious Reader?

June 14, 2017 - 5:55am
Before the books arrived, Adam Gopnik, in an effort to be polite, almost contradicted the essential insight of his life. An essayist, critic, and reporter at The New Yorker for the last 31 years, he was asked whether there is an imperative for busy, ambitious journalists to read books seriously—especially with journalism, and not just White […]

Megyn Kelly fiasco is one more instance of far right outmaneuvering media

June 13, 2017 - 1:57pm
In January, when the story of four Chicago teens using Facebook Live to film themselves torturing a mentally disabled man was receiving widespread media attention, alt-right media personality Mike Cernovich and his followers decided—falsely—to link the kidnappers to Black Lives Matter, a movement for racial justice. Using bots and fake accounts, Cernovich and his followers […]

What a hyperlocal investigative powerhouse looks like

June 13, 2017 - 12:09pm
SINCE JEFF EGBERT STARTED PUBLISHING the Pinckneyville Press eight years ago, the southern Illinois weekly has exposed a police coverup involving a mayor’s son, discovered high school teachers hauling off air conditioners and desks that were intended for public auction, and caught an employee from the county assessor’s office stealing gas and hiding the cans behind […]

8 publishers to follow on Snapchat Discover

June 13, 2017 - 5:55am
Snapchat is a mystery to most older folks and a daily habit of many younger ones. Ridiculed in its early days as a teen app for sexting, news publishers have flocked to Snapchat’s digital newsstand, Discover, which was launched in 2015, in hopes of capturing a sought-after audience. Audience data shows Snapchat has 158 million […]

Canada’s largest newspaper chain is in trouble

June 12, 2017 - 3:05pm
Anne Marie Owens couldn’t believe her luck when she landed a job as a general assignment reporter at the soon-to-open National Post in Toronto in 1998. Then a columnist at the St. Catharines Standard, a small southern Ontario newspaper, she had heard the media baron Conrad Black was starting a national broadsheet, and she wanted […]

The phrase you’re three times more likely to write wrong

June 12, 2017 - 11:27am
If you have some money to invest and are looking for a professional firm to help you manage it, you probably want someone who can help your money grow but doesn’t charge you a lot. Charles Schwab runs a commercial that discusses its charges. As a banner unfurls on a building, two brokers for an […]

Time for equal media treatment of ‘political correctness’

June 12, 2017 - 5:55am
Last month, I gave my “Intro to Journalism” class a lecture on free speech. We talked about our rights, power, and responsibilities as members of a free and independent press. The lecture ended with a lively discussion, but the part that sparked the most engagement involved the term “political correctness.” The class came to define […]

Will the Japanese media stand up for press freedom?

June 9, 2017 - 12:42pm
At a time when democratic values are under siege around the world—most notably in the United States—Japan’s leadership is vital. But Japan can’t lead if press freedom, a central pillar of its democracy, continues to be eroded. Japanese media organizations don’t live for scoops. They value institutional loyalty and celebrate access. This structure had made […]