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Podcast: The New Yorker’s ‘Cat Person’ and ties between journalism and fiction

December 14, 2017 - 1:32pm
This week on The Kicker, Meg speaks with New Yorker Fiction Editor Deborah Treisman about how a short story, “Cat Person” by Kristen Roupenian, went viral, as well as the broader role of fiction in a journalistic setting. Then CJR Senior Staff Writer Alex Neason joins Meg and Pete to discuss the media news of […]

New guide helps whistleblowers and journalists work together

December 14, 2017 - 12:40pm
IF SUNLIGHT TRULY IS “the best of disinfectants,” as Justice Louis D. Brandeis wrote about the importance of transparency, then we need a Costco pallet of sunlight to scrub every surface of the Trump administration. Trump is being sued for violating the emoluments clause. His first national security adviser pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. […]

The media today: Disney buys 21st Century Fox & The worst year on record for press freedom

December 14, 2017 - 6:43am
BREAKING THIS MORNING: Hm, as Disney has reached a deal to purchase most of the assets of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. Rupert Murdoch will retain control of Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, and Fox Sports channels, and Disney will get the Fox movie and TV studios and cable channels including […]

How a local paper built a tool to measure impact

December 14, 2017 - 5:50am
How do you measure impact? Many publishers are looking to outside sources for funding through foundations, investors, and subscriptions. In addition to analyzing interest in their work through pageviews, completion rates, stickiness, and other metrics, companies and newsrooms need to show how much of a difference is being made by their work across channels. The […]

‘This is unprecedented’: Public colleges limiting journalist access

December 13, 2017 - 10:20am
On an assignment in August, freelance journalist Jeff Bachner had no trouble driving onto Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. He parked his car and started taking photos. Soon after, a college security officer said he was trespassing and put him in handcuffs. The officer, Corporal Maurizio Gambino, took Bachner to a campus security office, Bachner […]

The media today: The loss of net neutrality threatens local journalism

December 13, 2017 - 6:15am
The net neutrality clock is ticking down to midnight. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to roll back the neutrality protections the Obama administration put in place in 2015. Those rules prevent cable and telecom companies from charging more for certain kinds of content, or giving favorable treatment to specific sites […]

What managers should be doing to combat sexual harassment

December 13, 2017 - 5:55am
In this month’s edition, CJR Editor Kyle Pope and resident management guru Jill Geisler discuss how newsrooms can improve sexual-harassment training and ensure respect for all those involved while following up on allegations, as well as best practices for handling holiday parties   Kyle: As newsroom leaders deal with sexual misconduct reports—old and new—what should […]

Podcasting is the new personal essay

December 12, 2017 - 11:45am
The personal essay isn’t dead. It’s just found new life. Earlier this year, The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino took a critical look at the once-popular personal essay in a widely read piece, “The Personal Essay Boom is Over”: “There’s a specific sort of ultra-confessional essay, written by a person you’ve never heard of and published […]

The media today: Roy Moore’s anti-media strategy is tested at the polls

December 12, 2017 - 6:43am
He’s been exposed by national outlets and blasted by local editorials. He’s been disavowed by prominent members of his own party and has run the final weeks of his campaign in a media blackout. Tonight, Roy Moore may well become the next US Senator from Alabama. As Alabama voters head to the polls today, Republican […]

‘Just sell the paper and go home’: Sacked LA Weekly writers to new owners

December 12, 2017 - 5:50am
Dozens of laid-off and former LA Weekly staffers, freelancers, and supporters gathered outside the alt-weekly’s headquarters on Sepulveda Boulevard in Culver City on a recent Friday, vowing to take their newspaper back after a faceless holding company purchased it and abruptly fired almost the entire editorial staff a week earlier. Standing on the sidewalk with […]

Journalists aren’t as tied by NDAs as they think

December 11, 2017 - 11:55am
There’s one thing most every woman and man in media who has kept silent about sexual harassment has in common: nondisclosure agreements. While employers—in media and elsewhere—now appear to be taking sexual harassment and abuse more seriously, they’ve given precious little attention to the role NDAs have played in keeping abuse quiet, in some cases […]

Holiday gifts for grammar geeks

December 11, 2017 - 10:57am
In the third and final installment of our series on “language conventions that so many editors and journalists are reticent to release,” we have some gifts for you. But first, as the Wizard of Oz says, we need you to perform a very small task: Let it go. (Okay, so we mixed up lines from […]

The media today: Journalism’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

December 11, 2017 - 6:50am
Last week began with analysis of one embarrassing correction by a major news outlet and ended with President Donald Trump on stage in Florida railing about “all the corrections the media has been making.” Trump’s verbal assaults on the press are nothing new, but after three major mistakes in eight days on the Trump-Russia investigation, […]

What to do (and what not to do) when writing about Dreamers

December 11, 2017 - 5:50am
Editor’s note: This piece is co-published with The Guardian, which has invited a team of Dreamers to guest-edit the US edition for the next three days. In October, Guardian editors met with the team of Dreamers—undocumented immigrants who first came to the US as children—for the first time to discuss commissions for the project. What […]

Podcast: Jezebel’s new EIC on feminist reporting after Weinstein

December 8, 2017 - 3:01pm
This week on The Kicker, Meg talks with Jezebel Editor in Chief Koa Beck about her plans for the feminist website, as well as the site’s influence on recent media coverage of sexual harassment. Then CJR’s Christie Chisholm joins Meg and Pete to discuss WNYC’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against some of its biggest […]

Q&A: Jezebel’s new EIC on its legacy of fearless feminist reporting and what’s next

December 8, 2017 - 2:41pm
Long before investigations into the sexual misconduct appeared in the pages of The New York Times and The New Yorker, Jezebel was on it. The former Gawker property tackled topics like sexual harassment, rape culture, and sexism when more traditional news organizations wouldn’t or couldn’t. Take for example fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Jezebel reported on […]

Top female journalists give advice on how to stay safe in the field

December 8, 2017 - 1:28pm
When the remains of Kim Wall’s body washed ashore in Denmark this summer, the anxieties and fears of female journalists were put into stark, heartbreaking tangibility. Wall had traveled the world as a freelance reporter, ventured into dystopian political terrain and crumbling cities, but it was in Copenhagen, a city not far from the Swedish […]

MSNBC, Cernovich, and journalism’s struggle with new-media antagonists

December 8, 2017 - 11:50am
Efforts to discredit mainstream journalism, whether through undercover videos or bad-faith social media campaigns, have become a facet of life in 2017. But MSNBC’s surprising reversal of a decision earlier this week to fire a contributor shows that news organizations may finally be adapting to a world in which adversaries, particularly on the right, use […]

Q&A: Architect of San Diego news nonprofit on recruiting wealthy contributors

December 8, 2017 - 9:53am
Lorie Hearn has built inewsource, the San Diego investigative reporting nonprofit, into a $1 million-a-year business. Although initially focusing on foundation money, she is now concentrating on attracting individual donors, especially those in the “major donor” category. In an interview, Hearn, executive director and editor of inewsource, described what she’s learned about recruiting wealthy contributors. […]

The media today: MSNBC makes the right call

December 8, 2017 - 6:57am
How does an offhand tweet from 2009 launch a full-blown crisis for a major news network in 2017? The answer lies in the dynamics of a battle that’s raging between traditional mainstream outlets and those who hope to discredit the entire journalism profession. On Thursday, after coming under fire from viewers and journalists who accused […]