Columbia Journalism Rev
One legal case could open a can of worms for defamation suits against writers
Four not-so-simple wordsdeemed to have receivedmight determine the future of defamation suits against journalists in the United States. On April 9, journalist (and former Gawker freelancer) Ryan Goldberg appeared at a one-day bench trial at the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York while lawyers tossed around the phrase until it lost []
Apr 23 6:46PM Columbia Journalism Review

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back
IN THIS WEEK'S LOWERCASE Come on @nytimes! You should be better than this. #proofreading pic.twitter.
Apr 23 4:22PM Columbia Journalism Review

Sean Hannity in the spotlight
Coverage of the Trump presidency has continuously focused on palace intrigue and controversies surrounding aides and cabinet members, turning people in positions that don't traditionally draw much attention into household names. But the past week has seen the lens turn to a Trump advisor outside the White House who needs no introduction. .
Apr 23 11:54AM Columbia Journalism Review

After Hurricane Maria, AM radio makes a comeback in Puerto Rico
On September 19, 2017the day before Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Ricothe evening news team at WORA-TV in the coastal city of Mayagez broadcast its final program before shutting down the station ahead of the storm. If Maria was going to be the monster everyone was predicting, says Carolina Rodriguez Plaza, the news team's []
Apr 23 10:55AM Columbia Journalism Review

Economic Hardship Reporting Project to fund work by laid-off Denver Post staffers
AFTER 21 YEARS at The Denver Post, Jason Blevins, the paper's one-man mountain bureau, is now pitching stories as an independent journalist without the assurances of a full-time paycheck. In the past three weeks or a month I have been schooled in the realities of freelance, and it's a hard gig, says Blevins, who covered the []
Apr 20 6:05PM Columbia Journalism Review

Meet the journalism student who found out she won a Pulitzer in class
On Monday afternoon, Mariel Padilla, a master's student at Columbia Journalism School, sat around a table with classmates, listening to Professor Giannina Segnini lead a discussion about email encryption for reporting across borders. A couple floors below, journalism bigwigs and other members of the press crowded into the World Room, an ornate, high-ceilinged chamber reserved []
Apr 20 4:47PM Columbia Journalism Review

A new manual for writers and journalists experiencing harassment online
Novelist and editor Stephanie Feldman was at work when she first learned that her identity had been stolen. Except in her case, it wasn't a Social Security number or banking information the culprit was afterit was her livelihood. With nothing but a Twitter login and a headshot swiped from Stephanie's professional website, an anonymous figure []
Apr 20 3:13PM Columbia Journalism Review

An election in Hungary sounds a death knell for the free press
Nearly two weeks ago, Hungary's far-right governing party, Fidesz, won a crushing victory in national elections, further strengthening Prime Minister Viktor Orbn's tight grip on power. Orbn has gradually eroded Hungary's independent press since he took office in 2010. His latest win is all but a death knell.
Apr 20 12:03PM Columbia Journalism Review

Iowa newspaper uses an escape room to solve the profit puzzle
DAN BELLOWS IS JUST A GUY in Iowa who loves a good puzzle. He enjoys crosswords and riddles, and even likes to hide his kids' Christmas presents and leave them clues for finding them. But the puzzle that's occupying most of his time recently is the one facing local journalism: how to make money.
Apr 20 11:10AM Columbia Journalism Review

At Agence France-Presse, the French state plays a heavy hand
Emmanuel Hoog was hoping to secure a fresh term as the head of Agence France-Presse last Wednesday. Then he received an unwelcome phone call. Hoog, who'd served as AFP's chairman and CEO since 2010, was about to go up against challenger Fabrice Fries in a board of directors vote when the French government calledhours before []
Apr 19 7:21PM Columbia Journalism Review

Study: Chinese-American immigrants fall prey to WeChat's misinformation problem
If you Google Haissam Massalkhy, you'll find a handful of unremarkable news stories about a fatal traffic collision where the Lebanese motorist struck a Chinese jogger in Walnut, California. On WeChat, however, it was a different story altogether. Within Chinese-language narratives on the mobile messaging app, the jogger's death rallied cries of injustice.
Apr 19 3:14PM Columbia Journalism Review

WeChatting American Politics: Misinformation, Polarization, and Immigrant Chinese Media
This research was generously funded by the Knight Foundation. Executive Summary As the discussion surrounding misinformation and polarization takes center stage, one space that has been largely overlooked is the Chinese media sphere within the United States, where questionable content has garnered a loyal following among Chinese-speaking immigrants. While headlines with false claims such as []
Apr 19 3:13PM Columbia Journalism Review

Breathing new life into a murdered journalist's work
In October 2017, the Maltese blogger and investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia needed to go to the bank. Her account had been blocked after a government minister filed a defamation charge against her. She left her house, got into her cara Peugeot 108and set off.
Apr 19 12:00PM Columbia Journalism Review

Charlottesville got trolled. Reporters didn't cover it.
THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE launched an online survey in March to solicit new names for Emancipation and Justice Parks. Until recently, the two public spaces bore the names of Confederate generals, whose recently unshrouded statues still stand in their respective parks as gifts of the Jim Crow era. Emancipation Park was the site of the August []
Apr 19 11:12AM Columbia Journalism Review

Facebook struggles to promote 'meaningful interactions' for local publishers, data shows
Interactions on some local publishers' Facebook posts are down by as much as 56 percent compared to the two years prior, despite an algorithm change that Mark Zuckerberg says was deliberately designed to promote news from local sources on the platform. Analysis by the Tow Center finds that 11 out of 13 regional metros averaged []
Apr 18 7:22PM Columbia Journalism Review

Q&A: Lawyer behind Hannity revelation at Cohen hearing speaks
Rob Balin, a media lawyer at Davis Wright Tremaine, is the reason we know that Sean Hannity was Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's secret client. Balin attended the Monday hearing in Southern District Court in Manhattan, following the raid of Cohen's offices, to represent the interests of several news organizations, including ABC, The New York Times, []
Apr 18 3:32PM Columbia Journalism Review

'TL;DR': a new column from CJR and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism
The news cycle likes to bury long reads and technical research, and, let's face it, you just don't have time to read everything. . In a new column for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, which I'm calling TL;DR, but which could also be called ICYMI (or, occasionally, wtf), I plan to rescue the underappreciated research and reported stories that will give you an edge in understanding (and reporting on) the complexities of the digital world.
Apr 18 11:55AM Columbia Journalism Review

How a tiny paper in the Marshall Islands has given voice to victims of nuclear testing
Putting out a national newspaper is tough in any corner of the world. But being a newspaperman in one of the world's most isolated nations offers unique challenges. We've got a 60-year-old [printing] press and, believe me, you can't walk down to the corner hardware store to get a replacement part when you're in the []
Apr 18 10:55AM Columbia Journalism Review

Forget Comey and McCabe. Support FBI whistleblower Terry Albury
For the past three weeks, two former FBI officialsAndrew McCabe and James Comeyhave received wall-to-wall media coverage and substantial monetary support from people across the United States in the form of donations and books sales following their feuds with President Trump. But it's a third former FBI official, unknown to virtually anyoneTerry Alburywho faces actual []
Apr 17 7:02PM Columbia Journalism Review

A visit to LA Weekly, the most turbulent newsroom in America
Newish LA Weekly editor Darrick Rainey and publisher Brian Calle run what is perhaps the most on-edge paper at this moment in American journalism. In December of last year, Calleformerly the head of the libertarian op-ed pages for the Orange County Registerand a group of investors under the name Semanal Media bought the august alt-weekly, []
Apr 17 3:53PM Columbia Journalism Review