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Through the Obamagate

Through the Obamagate

The voice of journalismMay 29, 2020ICYMI:Do we all have to use the word "Obamagate" because the president tweeted this word a bunch of times with no explanation? It doesn't seem like that's a rule.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8)  NEW:Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by .David Roth was an editor at Deadspin. He’s from New Jersey and lives in New York.With the world’s attention glued to the coronavirus pandemic, news about anything else has been slipping farther and farther down the proverbial front page. But that doesn’t mean nothing’s been going on. Whether by design...

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Covering anti-lockdown protests: ‘Time, distance, and shielding’

Covering anti-lockdown protests: ‘Time, distance, and shielding’

The voice of journalismMay 15, 2020THE MEDIA TODAY:NEW:Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by .Judith Matloff teaches conflict reporting at Columbia. Her latest book, How To Drag a Body and Other Safety Tips You Hope to Never Need, publishes May 19.In early January, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism published my report, “Media Mecca or News Desert?” Covering Local News in New York City,” which examined how citywide and hyperlocal news organizations allocate diminishing editorial resources, and the challenges they...

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The last days of the Cleveland Plain Dealer newsroom

The last days of the Cleveland Plain Dealer newsroom

The voice of journalismMay 13, 2020.Many Guild members gather for a photo in late 2018. Photo used with permission. Employees ask year after year, How much more can they cut? But then I got it. It doesn’t end.The Plain Dealer newsroom in 2013, before print staff was separated from Cleveland.com staff. Photo used with permission. “The layoff may have ended my thankful time in newspapers, but it did not end my dedication to story telling,” Branson Wright, a longtime Plain Dealer sports reporter, wrote in a Facebook . Music critic Chuck Yarborough the column he was never able to publish. Grant...

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Ronan Farrow, Ben Smith, and the problem of the superstar journalist

Ronan Farrow, Ben Smith, and the problem of the superstar journalist

The voice of journalismMay 19, 2020“Is Ronan Farrow too good to be true?” With that question—which, let’s be honest, we’ve all thought at one point or another—Ben Smith, the New York Times media columnist, made the case that the answer is “yes,” and launched a New York media spat for the ages. , Smith allowed that he’d long “marveled” over Farrow’s ability “to shine a light on some of the defining stories of our time,” but that “some aspects of his work made me wonder if Mr. Farrow didn’t, at times, fly a little too close to the sun.” He then proceeded to comb through Farrow’s back...

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The good-news trend: Uplifting? Delusional? Both?

The good-news trend: Uplifting? Delusional? Both?

The voice of journalismApril 21, 2020ICYMI:  Other notable storiesICYMI: Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by .Mathew Ingram is CJR’s chief digital writer. Previously, he was a senior writer with Fortune magazine. He has written about the intersection between media and technology since the earliest days of the commercial internet. His writing has been published in the Washington Post and the Financial Times as well as by Reuters and Bloomberg.A viral pandemic isn’t the same thing as a war. But as I’ve tried to work and lead a semblance of normal life in New...

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The Ethics of Predictive Journalism

The Ethics of Predictive Journalism

The voice of journalismApril 15, 2020, the first general-purpose digital computer, was put into production in 1951. By 1952 journalists at CBS were already using it to predict the outcome of the presidential election based on early vote returns. They even featured it live on air:Almost seventy years later, journalists are still at it.In the past decade the early successes of Nate Silver and his site FiveThirtyEight have helped solidify data-driven election prediction as an important—even expected—product from major newsrooms. We’ve also seen predictive data journalism applied to a growing...

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No, journalism can’t wait until ‘after this war is over’

No, journalism can’t wait until ‘after this war is over’

The voice of journalismMarch 30, 2020Yesterday morning, the homepage of the New York Times made for grim reading. “NYC’s 911 system is overwhelmed,” one headline read. “Who should be saved first?” another asked, “Experts offer ethical guidance.” Amid the coverage of the present, horrifying state of things, , at the period between late January and early March. It did not offer readers any respite; rather, it traced the current problems to a “lost month” during which officials’ failure to test widely for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, “blinded the US” to its advance. Six...

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How the COVID Tracking Project fills the public health data gap

How the COVID Tracking Project fills the public health data gap

The voice of journalismMarch 24, 2020READ:Before our update, we wanted to show you why we do this. Tracking testing data in the U.S. has been a challenge. The CDC is currently publishing incomplete data that lags several days behind state reports. We collect and clean the state data. Here’s how the two datasets differ:— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) If we can help states clean up their data, understand what people need to know, and maybe keep their websites from falling over, that’s a piece we definitely want to be doing.THE MEDIA TODAY:Has America ever needed a media...

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Hundreds of ‘pink slime’ local news outlets are distributing algorithmic stories and conservative talking points

Hundreds of ‘pink slime’ local news outlets are distributing algorithmic stories and conservative talking points

December 18, 2019n increasingly popular tactic challenges Figure 1: Breakdown of sites across networks, including the sites for multiple corporate entities or parent organizations (“Organizations”) such as LGIS, Franklin Archer, Metro Business Network, or Dan Proft’s PAC Liberty Principles. Figure 2: Network graph of shared IP addresses; each different edge colour represents a different IP address Figure 3: Network graph of shared Google Analytics IDs; each different edge colour represents a different Google Analytics ID Figure 4: Network graph of the single shared NewRelic IDFigure 5:...

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The death of Hungary’s democracy is a worldwide press-freedom warning

The death of Hungary’s democracy is a worldwide press-freedom warning

The voice of journalismApril 1, 2020On Friday—as concern spread internationally about Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister, using the cover of the coronavirus to consolidate his personal power— in which Judit Varga, Orbán’s justice minister, lashed out at the country’s critics. “False claims about a power grab in Hungary are spreading as quickly as the coronavirus,” Varga wrote; Orbán’s government, she argued, is being slandered by “Western European thinkers” who don’t like its “coherent, Christian-Conservative policy,” and by a “leftist-liberal media” that doesn’t like its...

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In coronavirus coverage, a tricky balance between scrutiny and amplification

In coronavirus coverage, a tricky balance between scrutiny and amplification

The voice of journalismMarch 23, 2020Remember when the Sunday shows were filled with , or ? In recent weeks, as the coronavirus crisis has taken hold and relegated recent huge stories to the realm of distant memory, administration officials—Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and others—have (often virtually) made the rounds. Yesterday, it was the turn of Peter Gaynor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, who appeared on ABC, NBC, and CNN. On the latter network, Jake Tapper tried to pin Gaynor down on the number of protective masks the federal...

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How journalists around the world are covering the coronavirus

How journalists around the world are covering the coronavirus

The voice of journalismMarch 17, 2020The coronavirus is shaping up to be a multifaceted crisis for US journalism. ——have muddied the picture we’ve tried to present to readers and viewers. Public-health restrictions, including newsroom closures, , and—along with the worsening economic picture—. The US media is not alone in facing such problems; as with the virus itself, these challenges are global, but subject to important local variation. This morning, I looked into the media response in four other countries: the UK, Italy, France, and South Korea.Last week, reports circulated that the UK...

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Under Trump, media companies are emboldened against employee unionizing

Under Trump, media companies are emboldened against employee unionizing

The voice of journalismJanuary 30, 2020ICYMI:RELATED:Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by .Jessica Meiselman Jessica Meiselman is a lawyer and writer in Brooklyn. She has been published in Vice, Pitchfork, Vanity Fair, Artsy, and Billboard.Yesterday morning I woke up, realized I was low on espresso, and went to the supermarket down the street to stock up. As I drank my coffee on the balcony of my apartment, in Milan, I listened to trams rumble...

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Felicia Sonmez and the tyranny of the social-media policy

Felicia Sonmez and the tyranny of the social-media policy

The voice of journalismJanuary 29, 2020This article was also published by.On Sunday——many people on Twitter stressed that we should also remember the time he was credibly accused of raping a hotel worker in Colorado. (Bryant denied the claim, but later settled with the woman, and said he understood “how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”) One such tweeter was Felicia Sonmez, a politics reporter at the Washington Post. Sonmez has consistently been vocal on issues of sexual assault; in 2018, , who then worked for the LA Times. (Another woman made a similar claim; Kaiman,...

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Op-ed: What ‘Death of the Newspaper’ stories leave out

Op-ed: What ‘Death of the Newspaper’ stories leave out

The voice of journalismMarch 11, 2020ARCHIVES:Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by .Ryan Binkley and Francis Wick are the authors. Binkley is the CEO of Anchorage Daily News. He and his siblings brought the paper out of bankruptcy in 2017 and today publish one daily and four weekly papers around Alaska. Wick is the third generation CEO of Wick Communications, a 95-year-old family business based in Sierra Vista Arizona, which publishes 10 daily and 14 weekly papers across 11 states.Yesterday morning I woke up, realized I was low on espresso, and went to the...

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Washington Post public editor: how DC came to dominate media reporting

Washington Post public editor: how DC came to dominate media reporting

The voice of journalismMarch 6, 2020Ten years ago we had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope, Johnny Cash—and also Gawker, the New York Observer, David Carr, and Fishbowl NY. In other words, we had a ton of granular, day-to-day media reporting in New York City, which meant that the media news cycle was anchored by what was happening at New York media companies. Many of those outlets have since faded away. Today, one of the biggest employers of media reporters and critics in America is… the Washington Post. Has the center of media writing shifted from Gotham to DC?I admit that this is a niche topic for...

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Freelancers resist precarity by sharing rates and organizing

Freelancers resist precarity by sharing rates and organizing

February 25, 2020If you ever have questions about my experience or rate with an outlet (especially if you are a woman or POC), please DM or email me! I think talking about money is important to our liberation as working people, and I want to lead by example.— Taylor Moore (@taylormundo)Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by .Elizabeth King is a freelance journalist in Chicago.    

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The misshapen pieces of Google’s disinformation magazine

The misshapen pieces of Google’s disinformation magazine

The voice of journalismFebruary 21, 2020Jigsaw, a unit of Google previously known as, recently launched a digital magazine called The Current, which aims to “explore today’s digital threats and solutions.” There isn’t much exploring to be found , however. It’s mostly a cursory overview of disinformation, alongside brief descriptions of some tools that Google has used to combat the problem, gussied up with a coat of digital paint. There are two contemporary art pieces that seem only loosely relevant. Plus, an interactive map. It’s a magazine best not read too closely. But I did anyway.It’s...

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Coverage of Bernie Sanders suffers from a lack of imagination

Coverage of Bernie Sanders suffers from a lack of imagination

The voice of journalismFebruary 11, 2020Bernie Sanders is on a roll. Following his strong showing in Iowa—where he won the most votes and the second most delegates ( )— today’s primary in New Hampshire, which would establish him, surely, as the Democratic frontrunner. Yesterday, showed Sanders leading the field nationally, eight points ahead of Joe Biden, who led the last national poll that Quinnipiac released. The data site FiveThirtyEight as a 2 in 5 bet to win the nomination outright. Second favorite, at 3 in 10, is No One.The usual caveats about polls, probabilities, and apply here, of...

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Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

The voice of journalismFebruary 17, 2020ICYMI:FROM THE ARCHIVES:Proceeds from this article were donated by the author to the charity Privacy International.Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? Help us by .Ahana Datta is the head of IT risk and cyber security at the Financial Times, prior to which she served in the UK government for a number of years. She can be reached at ahana.datta@ft.com.The proposed path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline snakes 600 miles through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. Construction of the 42-inch-wide natural gas pipeline was halted...

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