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More questions than answers from DOJ letter about journalist surveillance
The Trump administration has made no secret of its animosity toward leaks and the journalists who publish them. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last August that his department was pursuing more than three times as many leak investigations as were open at the end of the Obama years, and that he was reviewing the Department []
Jul 13 8:02PM Columbia Journalism Review

In Vermont, an unlikely ombudsman spurs review of domestic violence coverage
Over the course of two days, a spokesman for the Vermont State Police spearheaded a public critique of a local paper for what he termed a massive failure of journalism. The Barre Times Argus ultimately pledged to improve its standards for domestic violence coveragethough the paper's editor raised concerns about the spokesman's voluble criticism and []
Jul 13 3:54PM Columbia Journalism Review

Covering Trump's European tour
After two chaotic days at the NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump arrived in England to be feted with a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace. The US President entered the dinner holding hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May, a leader with whom Trump has had a tense relationship. The chummy atmosphere was quickly shattered: In an explosive interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper, Trump blasted May's handling of Brexit and touted her political rival Boris Johnson as a future Prime Minister.
Jul 13 11:44AM Columbia Journalism Review

Photographing America's armed educators
A few months before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I began to seek out schools in America that planned to arm teachers, or already had. When working in the US, my projects largely focus on Texasa state with a long and ingrained relationship with firearms, and the birthplace of []
Jul 13 11:01AM Columbia Journalism Review

Homeland Security photography alert is 'a seed of fear'
Photojournalists, beware: The US Department of Homeland Security has its eyes on you. The agency tweeted Monday: Know the signs! Did you know photography and surveillance could be a sign of terrorism-related suspicious activity? If you notice this, be sure to report it to local authorities. #seesay #protectyoureveryday pic.
Jul 12 5:55PM Columbia Journalism Review

Ecuador's U-turn away from media repression
On March 7, Carlos Ochoa, the former head of the Supercom, Ecuador's feared media regulator, left his office in disgrace, facing an investigation into his tenure as head of the state-run TV outlet GamaTV. The dismissal of Ochoa, once one of the most powerful figures looming over Ecuador's journalists, was a clear sign of a []
Jul 12 4:30PM Columbia Journalism Review

Explaining journalism to Rep. Jim Jordan
Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, facing pressure over reports that he failed to act on knowledge of sexual abuse by the Ohio State wrestling team doctor when Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach, decided Wednesday to take his grievances with the media to the public. Now @CNN is contacting all 100+ of our former staff and interns asking for dirt on me, Jordan tweeted. Getting desperate! How can you ever trust such #fakenews? .
Jul 12 11:57AM Columbia Journalism Review

New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova keeps winning at poker
New Yorker contributing writer Maria Konnikova has made the jump from amateur to full-time poker professional, complete with a sponsorship from the online poker site PokerStars. As PokerNews reported in May, she extended her year-long book leave from the magazine after winning more than $140,000 cash in two major tournaments this year, as well as []
Jul 12 10:50AM Columbia Journalism Review

Gua de recaudacin por participacin de la audiencia
Translation by Deborah Rolph Resumen ejecutivo Este informe est destinado a ayudar tanto a los equipos de las agencias de noticias como los empresarios de medios de comunicacin que desean incrementar su recaudacin por medio de una interaccin ms profunda con sus audiencias. Se fundamenta en centenares de conversaciones y entrevistas con periodistas, gerentes y []
Jul 11 9:02PM Columbia Journalism Review

Elon Musk's predictable transition from hero to zero is almost complete
If you have an anti-Elon Musk take, you should probably publish it soon, because they are piling up. The latest was triggered by his attempt to help rescue a group of young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. A piece at Gizmodo said Musks attempt was a classic example of his empty []
Jul 11 8:34PM Columbia Journalism Review

Graphic memoir illustrates new frontiers in ISIS coverage
In January 2014, Marwan Hisham invested $2,000his earnings from his family's tomato and eggplant harvestin a satellite dish, which he installed on the top of his uncle's caf in Raqqa. Hisham's hometown had just become the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State. Satellite internet could drive business for the caf; however, as foreign []
Jul 11 6:41PM Columbia Journalism Review

New project allows users to identify local media by ZIP code
The New York Times earlier this year profiled a resident of rural Athens County, Ohio. The editors called him The Man Who Knew Too Little because, since November 8, 2016, he had managed to create a bubble around his life into which no external news could enter. Shaken by the election results, he had convinced []
Jul 11 2:54PM Columbia Journalism Review

YouTube finally decides it should care about misinformation
While Facebook has taken the brunt of the criticism over fake news, YouTube has also become a target of late for those who believe the video-sharing site isnt doing enough to stem the flow of misinformation. Sociologist Zeynep Tufekci has called it an engine for radicalization, because the YouTube algorithm continually suggests videos with more and more extreme content, and a former Google engineer who worked on the algorithm agrees, telling CJR this behavior was designed as a way of boosting user engagement. .
Jul 11 11:45AM Columbia Journalism Review

FOIA 'one of the last tools' for clarity on the family separation crisis
The last time journalists inundated the government agency responsible for hiring private contractors to house immigrant families and children was 2014, during the Obama administration. At the time, thousands of children were crossing the border without parents, and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) fielded 1,864 FOIA requests, compared to 244 during its 2017 []
Jul 10 3:53PM Columbia Journalism Review

Twitter's crackdown on fake and automated accounts could backfire
For some time now, Twitter has been accused of being too soft on trolls, spam, and fake accounts. But the service seems to be trying to make up for it in a hurry: According to a report this weekend from The Washington Post, anonymous sources say Twitter has ramped up its suspension of fake accounts: It is now suspending as many as one million []
Jul 10 2:00PM Columbia Journalism Review

Media weighs knowns and unknowns around SCOTUS pick
It was pure theater when President Donald Trump stood up last night and named Judgeslight pause for effectBrett Kavanaugh as his second pick to serve on the Supreme Court. Trump, who revels in made-for-TV moments, played his cards close to his chest in the run-up to the announcement: Politico reported on Sunday that even the president's aides, knowing anything could still happen, had prepped messaging for multiple candidates. .
Jul 10 11:46AM Columbia Journalism Review

Trump sparks debate with usage of the word 'pour'
Poor President Trump. He just can't get a break on Twitter. He tweets a solid defense for his unorthodox capitalization, and is met with an outpouring of people jumping all over him for supposedly misusing a word.
Jul 10 10:40AM Columbia Journalism Review

Dan Rather on Trump, Nixon, and why he never worked in network news again
Dan Rather is as much an emblem of American journalism as any reporter still alive. He covered the Vietnam War in the '60s during the heyday of the foreign correspondent; stood up to Nixon at the height of Watergate; sat at the anchor desk of CBS Evening News at a time when the network news []
Jul 9 6:09PM Columbia Journalism Review

The SCOTUS beat: Reading the tea leaves of the Supreme Court
President Trump is expected to announce this evening his pick to replace Justice Kennedy. Seasoned SCOTUS reporters have spent the weekend pouring over biographical information and preparing their dossiers of the four federal judges said to be in the running. CJR spoke to reporters on the SCOTUS beat about how they cover the notoriously secretive []
Jul 9 4:28PM Columbia Journalism Review

The ongoing difficulty of keeping attention on the border
When President Trump last month caved to public pressure and signed an executive order ending the separation of families at the US-Mexico border, his about-face was seen as a clear result of incessant media coverage of the policy. It was equally clear, however, that the order's execution would demand continued, high-profile scrutiny. That felt like a tough ask for America's news media.
Jul 9 11:49AM Columbia Journalism Review