Columbia Journalism Review
Some of the best opioid coverage is not where you’d expect
October 19th, 2017, 01:04 PM
AUSTIN JONATZKE of Stevensville, Michigan, didn’t live a long life, but his family wants you to know how meaningful it was. He adored his redheaded nieces and nephew. He fished, camped, and cheered for the Dallas Cowboys. He had a kind heart. His family also wants you to know that when he died at age […]
The ad industry is changing—here’s what publishers can expect
October 19th, 2017, 01:04 PM
The advertising landscape is undergoing its most sweeping transformation in years. Apple just released the new version of Safari, which prioritizes user privacy; an updated version of Google’s Chrome, with a new ad filter, comes out in January; and new rules on data protection in the European Union take effect in May. These changes will […]
For local reporters, climate change means covering an ‘existential threat’
October 19th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Read other Survival Stories from around the country. In June 2015, I traveled to Gillette, Wyoming—a gleaming town off Interstate 90 in northeast Wyoming, and the heart of America’s coal country. I was living and teaching in Laramie, the university town in the southeast part of the state. At the time, the school and state […]
The media today: An era ends for magazines, and the looks back begin
October 19th, 2017, 01:04 PM
The obituary of an era is being written in real time. Recent weeks have seen the departure of several top editors from prestige magazine titles, the death of iconic figures like Hugh Hefner and Si Newhouse, and the announcement that Rolling Stone is on the block. Wednesday’s news that Michael Duffy, deputy managing editor of […]
Q&A: Joe Hagan on his explosive biography of Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner
October 19th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Rolling Stone’s legendary cofounder, editor, and publisher Jann Wenner had been fairly quiet, publicly at least, in the few years since Joe Hagan signed on to write his biography. Well, no longer. As Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine nears its October 24 publication date, Wenner has made […]
The Oregonian’s shocking teacher investigation
October 18th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Last August, Bethany Barnes, the lone K-12 education beat reporter at The Oregonian, got a tip. New documents had been unsealed in a lawsuit against a local teacher accused of sexual misconduct. The $650,000 lawsuit alleged that Mitchell Whitehurst, a veteran teacher who was at one point among the highest paid in the city, had […]
Community radio faces dangerous hazards in Mexico
October 18th, 2017, 01:04 PM
In 1999, a group of radio hosts at Neza Radio, a small community station in the Mexican city of Nezahualcoyotl, began transmitting content for about 1 million people living just past Benito Juarez International airport and over the Mexico City line. With little radio experience and virtually no budget, the hosts used transmitters and antennas […]
Viewfinder
October 18th, 2017, 01:04 PM
They couldn’t believe their eyes. It was really happening. There Donald Trump was in the Oval Office, awkwardly shaking hands with his predecessor, a man he’d accused of being born outside the United States. On the back of that myth, the real-estate developer’s star had surged. They couldn’t have been more different, these two men, […]
The media today: Algorithms at City Hall
October 18th, 2017, 01:04 PM
The New York City Council Committee for Technology meeting on Monday was the most attended hearing in the committee’s recent history, recalled Chair James Vacca. The topic? A proposed bill that would require algorithmic transparency among New York City agencies. “Algorithm” is a loose term at best, but in this case it refers to automated […]
‘Cease and desist’: Journalism’s strained relationship with police
October 18th, 2017, 01:04 PM
REPORTERS AT THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES did something recently that most conscientious journalists do when working on something sensitive: they knocked on the doors of those people they intended to write about. In this case, the people behind those doors were police officers. And the Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents most of Chicago’s 12,000 rank-and-file […]