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One mystery solved in 'D.B. Cooper' skyjacking fiasco

July 22, 2016 - 6:50am
One of the many unanswered questions surrounding the unsolved D.B. Cooper case appears to have been solved. A CJR story on Monday attempted to explain how Clyde Jabin, a United Press International reporter in Portland, Oregon, came to identify one of the most famous American criminals as “D.B. Cooper” on Nov. 24, 1971. That was the day an unidentified man...

‘Oh, here we go again’: An investigative reporter in Kansas is laid off for the third time

July 21, 2016 - 2:08pm
When Karen Dillon found out on Monday afternoon that her job at the Lawrence Journal-World was being eliminated, it was not a shock—it was déjà vu. “It was like, oh, here we go again,” she says. Dillon is a celebrated, veteran investigative journalist whose career highlights range from breaking the Pee-Wee Herman porn-theater bust in Florida to winning a Goldsmith...

Watching the press at the RNC

July 21, 2016 - 1:45pm
he credentialed press awaited Donald Trump's "official" arrival in Cleveland by helicopter on a field by the Great Lakes Science Center, where he greeted his running mate Mike Pence. The photo op was constructed so that Trump's plane would first make a pass, but many press members missed the shot because the sound of the plane was drowned out by...

What's the story in Cleveland? Don't ask national media covering the RNC

July 21, 2016 - 12:18pm
Cleveland, as David Giffels describes it, has often felt like Charlie Brown when Lucy pulls the football away: He whiffs on his kick, hurtles through the air, and lands on his back in a pile of dust. “That’s something that we’ve always identified with,” adds the author and University of Akron professor, who’s covering the Republican National Convention for the...

TV networks have eyes everywhere at RNC

July 21, 2016 - 6:50am
Signs throughout the Republican National Convention hall this week announce “You are being recorded”--a warning about the throngs of news cameras capturing every move. But the same signs could well appear all over downtown Cleveland, wherever RNC delegates and protesters roam. Dozens of unmanned cameras perched high on buildings, hotels, and billboards, trained on public and protest areas, are streaming...

None of Florida’s newspapers are unionized. That could change soon

July 20, 2016 - 3:37pm
The list of digital newsrooms moving to unionize has grown steadily since the start of 2015: Gawker, Vice, Huffington Post, Salon, and more. But the media’s new interest in organizing isn’t only for digital startups. Journalists at The Ledger, a local newspaper in Lakeland, Florida, that dates to 1924, announced this week that they have taken steps to unionize. If...

Watching the press at the RNC

July 20, 2016 - 1:27pm
n 1969, the photographer Garry Winogrand set out across the United States to document  "the effect of media" on events. His work, funded by a Guggenheim fellowship, was published as the book Public Relations. With a wide-angle lens, he documented in black and white an emerging culture dependent on the act of being seen. "For Winogrand these events all shared...

Rape in India: Is the English-language press falling back on stereotypes?

July 20, 2016 - 12:16pm
The gang rape last week of a northern Indian woman from the untouchable caste made headlines in India’s influential English-language press. The case was striking because the woman had been raped before by the same group of men; the latest attack being seen as an attempt to prevent her from testifying in court. But after a brief flurry of articles,...

Black media has a plan to stay relevant as mainstream journalists encroach

July 20, 2016 - 10:52am
Jet magazine’s decision to publish photos in 1955 of the disfigured body of 14-year-old Emmett Till in an open casket was radical for its time. Till was lynched in Mississippi after talking with a white woman in a grocery store. The moment marked the beginning of a period in which “evidence” such as those photos shined light on the mistreatment...

The biggest tool at the conventions

July 19, 2016 - 4:16pm
Last time the Republican and Democratic National Conventions rolled around in 2012, live video coverage was almost exclusively the domain of news organizations. YouTube was the official digital live-streaming partner of the 2012 conventions, but neither Facebook nor Snapchat were doing video and Periscope didn’t even exist. The big innovation of the year was how digital and print outlets were...

How Chalkbeat is trying to build a bigger audience for education news

July 19, 2016 - 2:11pm
In the one-woman newsroom of Chalkbeat Detroit, Erin Einhorn spends her time making calls, reaching out to principals, attending parent meet-ups, and arranging classroom visits, documenting the efforts to respond to the decades-long deterioration of the city’s school system. Public schools in Detroit are among the most troubled in the country: Schools are bleeding enrollment, frequent closures mean some students...

Carson, Fiorina failed to leverage social media as their campaigns peaked

July 19, 2016 - 10:46am
As the 2016 Republican presidential primary draws to a close, it is worth noting that part of Donald Trump’s popularity can be attributed to his use of social media. From his late night Twitter rants to the official announcement Friday of his vice-presidential running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Trump has done a superb job of using social media to...

The great GIF debate

July 18, 2016 - 12:47pm
“You say EE-ther, and I say EYE-ther,” Fred Astaire sang to Ginger Rogers. One modern equivalent is “You say JIF and I say GIF.”  And even though one developer of the GIF has weighed in on the pronunciation, no one, it seems, wants to call the whole thing off. GIF, of course, is an acronym for Graphics Interchange Format, a...

A reporter’s role in the notorious unsolved mystery of ‘D.B. Cooper’

July 18, 2016 - 6:50am
On November 24, 1971, a United Press International reporter named Clyde Jabin pulled the evening shift at the wire service’s bureau in Portland, Oregon. From his home in the Hollywood District to his downtown office, it was about a half-hour drive. He got there about 3pm, settled in, and began making his calls. Jabin, a 43-year-old married father of four,...

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