Columbia Journalism Review
The Apprentice: Donald Trump and Joe McCarthy
March 27th, 2017, 04:10 PM
Donald Trump was four years old when the word “McCarthyism” first appeared in print as shorthand to describe Senator Joe McCarthy’s penchant for lying, bullying, and trying to stifle dissent. A review of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the ways in which the senator battled important media of his day shows how closely Trump has hewed to […]
Stylebooks finally embrace the single ‘they’
March 27th, 2017, 04:10 PM
They is here. Two major style manuals are now allowing the singular use of “they” in certain circumstances. While this is a victory for common sense, the paths taken are unusual in the evolution of usage. Both manuals, the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style, emphasize that “they” cannot be used with […]
‘I thought I’d give it a shot’: Two sportswriters find success crowdfunding
March 27th, 2017, 04:10 PM
It’s a heady time for publishers of subscription-supported news. The New York Times added more than half a million paying online readers in 2016, and its digital subscription revenue was up 17 percent from the year before. The Washington Post says it doubled its digital subscription revenue in 2016, and The Wall Street Journal also […]
How local news sounded the alarm over the GOP’s defeated health plan
March 24th, 2017, 04:10 PM
The GOP’s decision to pull the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed most of the major provisions of Obamacare, reflects in no small measure the groundswell of opposition from local news outlets. The bill would have substantially increased the number of uninsured, including the 13 million or so that gained coverage under Obamacare’s […]
Cleveland.com resets its politics coverage with ‘Ohio Matters’
March 24th, 2017, 04:10 PM
A FEW WEEKS AFTER DONALD TRUMP’S decisive victory in Ohio, Chris Quinn—the president and editor of Advance Ohio, which publishes Cleveland.com—recounted his politics team’s “miscalculation” on the news site. “I made the call early to focus on Cuyahoga County, where the size of the Democratic margin of victory decided the previous elections,” wrote Quinn. As a […]
In quest for homepage engagement, newsrooms turn to dreaded ‘A’ word
March 24th, 2017, 04:10 PM
Leave it to the Scandinavians to be open to change and innovation, even in the ever-traditional world of newspaper journalism. I often mention my client, Aftenposten, of Norway, and a part of the Schibsted Group, as a newsroom where the laboratory of change and innovation is always open. Many media critics pronounced Sweden’s  Svenska Dagbladet […]
One question that turns courageous journalists into cowards
March 24th, 2017, 04:10 PM
There are many ways to cover politics—data, field reporting, expert analysis—but all of them require a sense of not just what to seek and include, but what to exclude. So when I was verbally sexually harassed by a Trump supporter after an interview, that didn’t make my coverage. It wasn’t germane to the story I […]
How two Marshall Project collaborations shined a light on prison payments
March 23rd, 2017, 04:10 PM
The Washington Post this month published a story by Eli Hager, a staff writer for the nonprofit investigative outfit The Marshall Project. Hager’s reporting showed how some states and counties place a hefty financial burden on the low-income families of juvenile offenders by charging them for their children’s incarceration. Though Hager surveyed all 50 states for […]
Podcast: Trump strains the news/opinion divide
March 23rd, 2017, 04:10 PM
ON THE KICKER THIS WEEK, I’m joined by CJR’s David Uberti, Nausicaa Renner, and Carlett Spike to discuss The Wall Street Journal’s scathing editorial attacking President Trump’s credibility. We also cover the divide between newsrooms and editorials, and question whether readers understand the distinction. Then, we turn to homepages, where algorithms are taking over. Finally, we […]
Magazines find there’s little time to fact-check online
March 23rd, 2017, 04:10 PM
Days after Kellyanne Conway uttered the now-infamous phrase “alternative facts” during a TV interview, Mother Jones magazine launched a new product in its online store: a T-shirt bearing that phrase, but with “alternative” boldly struck out in red, celebrating the magazine’s commitment to publishing only real facts. Most great magazines share that commitment; the medium […]