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Mic looking for investors amid cash woes
Mic.com, the one-time digital media star, has recently held two board meetings, including one last week, to discuss the need to find a strategic investor amid an urgent cash crash at the company, according to multiple people familiar with the conversations who say the possibility of a shutdown was part of the discussions. In an []
Sep 21 4:26PM Columbia Journalism Review

The daily White House press briefing is dead. Does it matter?
Under Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House briefings have become scarce. Over June, July, and August, Sanders held just 13. When she does speak to the press, she is adept at deflecting without losing her cool, and consistently fails to provide transparent, honest explanations for administration policiesaccording to ABC News, this summer she spent fewer than four hours fielding reporters' questions.
Sep 21 12:00PM Columbia Journalism Review

Wary Myanmar journalists adapt to Reuters verdict
In a dilapidated, colonial courthouse, two Reuters reporters who exposed a military massacre of 10 Rohingya civilians sat handcuffed as they listened to a judge rattle off his reasons for convicting them under Myanmar's Official Secrets Act. In phones and notebooks belonging to Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, and Wa Lone, 32, police had found a []
Sep 21 10:55AM Columbia Journalism Review

Is the podcast bubble bursting?
Podcasting was supposed to be one of the saviors of digital mediainexpensive, addicting, profitable, and popular. But now its like the old line from baseball legend Yogi Berra: That place is so popular, no one goes there any more. Panoply, the podcasting unit set up by Slate magazine, recently laid off most of its staff []
Sep 20 7:48PM Columbia Journalism Review

Podcast: On fallen men and the mystery of Tucker Carlson
On this week's episode, Pete talks with CJR Digital Editor Nausicaa Renner about the recent decision by both Harper's and The New York Review of Books to publish first-person accounts written by men accused of sexual assault and harassment. (Note: The podcast was recorded before news broke that Ian Buruma was out at NYRB.) Then []
Sep 20 6:45PM Columbia Journalism Review

How not to tackle the attempted returns of disgraced men
That some of the men accused of harassment and abuse would eventually return to the public eye was never in doubt. Months ago, Katie J.M.
Sep 20 11:45AM Columbia Journalism Review

New podcast delves into controversial Chicago police shooting
16 Shots, WBEZ's new podcast with the Chicago Tribune about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, launched on August 29. That day, the Tribune also published a story from a selective and controlled 40-minute interview with Jason Van Dyke, the police officer charged with murdering McDonald, who was later threatened with contempt for speaking []
Sep 20 11:05AM Columbia Journalism Review

Silicon Valley won't promise to protect journalists. Lawmakers, you're up.
Will I go to prison for violating the terms of service? This is the question journalists must ask themselves, now, when writing data stories based on public information collected from a website, such as Facebook or Twitter. Violating a terms of service that prohibits scraping can carry with it possible criminal liability under the Computer []
Sep 19 3:57PM Columbia Journalism Review

Data Journalism and the Law
Introduction In 1961, legal scholar Alexander Meiklejohn famously wrote that the rationale for the First Amendment depended on citizens' ability to receive and use information relevant to democratic self-governance.1 The crux of his statement was this: knowledge is power. Fifteen years later, scholar Thomas Emerson would rely on Meiklejohn's work to famously highlight the vital []
Sep 19 3:55PM Columbia Journalism Review

YouTube's secret life as an engine for right-wing radicalization
For many casual YouTube users, the Google-owned video service is a harmless way to waste time, listen to music, or maybe even learn how to install a new appliance. But if you dig below the surface, as the non-profit research institute Data & Society does in a new report, you quickly start to see odd or even disturbing links to right-wing pundits and conspiracy theories. This is YouTubes alter ego, what sociologist Zeynep Tufekci has called one of the most powerful radicalizing instruments of the 21st century.
Sep 19 11:55AM Columbia Journalism Review

New study gives State of the Union on science fact-checking
Last October, at a Palo Alto workshop held in advance of the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists, Deborah Blum faced a roomful of science editors and asked a relatively simple question: How many of them worked regularly with fact-checkers? There were 25 editors from across the industry in attendance; only six or so hands []
Sep 19 10:50AM Columbia Journalism Review

Time EIC Edward Felsenthal thinks everything is awesome
On Sunday, news broke that Marc Benioff, co-founder of Salesforce, and his wife Lynne will purchase Time magazine. Their $190 million acquisition comes less than one year after Time Inc. and its subsidiary publications were acquired by the Meredith Corporation.
Sep 18 9:06PM Columbia Journalism Review

The Weekly Standard and the flaws in Facebook's fact-checking program
When Facebook announced in 2016 its plans to outsource fact-checking to a group of third-party specialists, even some critics gave the company credit for trying to help solve the misinformation or fake news problem. But in its efforts to appear as politically neutral as possible, Facebook set a trap for itself, and that trap was []
Sep 18 7:38PM Columbia Journalism Review

Print magazines get away with ads that Instagrammers can't
Celebrities get lots of free stuff. For big red carpet events like the Emmys, they are given loaner gowns, and the Federal Trade Commission does not demand that each time Ryan Seacrest asks, Who are you wearing? he follows up with, This is an ad, folks. Magazines work the same way, with a set of []
Sep 18 3:08PM Columbia Journalism Review

Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh, and a nomination in limbo
Over the course of 48 hours, Brett Kavanaugh's smooth path to confirmation to the Supreme Court has veered onto rocky ground. A committee vote scheduled for Thursday is off. Instead, both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the California psychology professor who has accused him of sexual assault when they were both high school students, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.
Sep 18 11:50AM Columbia Journalism Review

On the confessions of fallen men
Let's put aside content for the moment, and talk about form. In the past week, at least five pieces of journalism have been published as residue of the #MeToo movement. There were three with men's accounts (John Hockenberry, a former Takeaway host, in Harper's; Jian Ghomeshi, a former CBC host, in The New York Review []
Sep 18 10:55AM Columbia Journalism Review

Ten years after the financial crisis, business journalism awaits its reckoning
Ten years ago, Lehman Brothers, the venerable Wall Street firm, shut down after a failed rescue effort by the US Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve. Panic spread, along with rumors that other Wall Street banks were next. Stock markets plummeted as regulators and central bankers scrambled to save one big financial institution after another.
Sep 17 7:41PM Columbia Journalism Review

Hodgepodge, ladder up, and hurtling over hurdles
This column is a hodgepodge of items. First up is ladder up, a relatively new verb form. A report of a new content management platform said it allowed users to Organize everything needed to complete the campaign in one placeincluding all sub-campaigns that ladder up to the broader initiative.
Sep 17 3:17PM Columbia Journalism Review

A new moment for Time
Time has finally found a buyer. The 95-year-old magazine will be purchased by Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne. Meredith Corp.
Sep 17 11:47AM Columbia Journalism Review

How a local reporter got a priest to confess to sexual abuse
In February, a retired priest confessed to Buffalo News reporter Jay Tokasz that he had sexually abused dozens of teenage boys decades ago. The admission shook Buffalo, a deeply Catholic city, and several victims have come forward with stories of abuse by priests in the local diocese. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood's statewide clergy []
Sep 17 10:55AM Columbia Journalism Review