Columbia Journalism Review
Flint residents searched for water info before news coverage intensified: Study
April 27th, 2017, 08:20 AM
Before the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, made headlines, residents suspected something was wrong. A new Pew Research Center study using proprietary Google search data shows people in the city searched the web for information related to the water supply before their government and the local media recognized there was a problem. The study shows […]
Stop killing your social stories with bad headlines and images
April 27th, 2017, 08:20 AM
If you were breathing and near a computer or TV earlier this month, you couldn’t escape the story about a passenger violently dragged from an overbooked United Airlines plane. Rather than focusing on the salacious video or the minutiae of airline contracts of carriage, let’s look at a great second-day story: what the PR nightmare meant […]
ESPN cuts 100 staffers as cable subscribers flee
April 26th, 2017, 08:20 AM
In a brutal day for sports media, ESPN announced dozens of staff cuts on Wednesday including highly visible names like NFL reporter Ed Werder and radio host Danny Kanell. The moves come as the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” struggles to adapt to falling subscription revenue, skyrocketing fees for live events, and shifts in the way […]
Teen magazine Brio aims to fill ‘surprisingly absent’ niche
April 26th, 2017, 08:20 AM
A magazine for Christian teenage girls is making a comeback after 19 years in the dark. Published by evangelical nonprofit ministry Focus on the Family, the May 2017 issue of Brio is hitting mailboxes as early as this week. Nine more issues will be released before the end of the year. Colorado Springs-based Focus on […]
Here’s what freelance photographers face
April 26th, 2017, 08:20 AM
From an editor’s point of view, the process is simple: Assign a freelancer, get amazing photos that help tell a story, pay them, repeat. For freelance photojournalists, it is often a different story. Among the frustratingly common challenges they face range from sparse communication after landing assignments, to fishy wording in contracts, to fighting for […]
Podcast: A third generation of ‘conservative’ media?
April 25th, 2017, 08:20 AM
On the latest episode of The Kicker, we run through some of the week’s biggest media stories, including Trump’s 100-day milestone, what didn’t make it into The New York Times‘ James Comey takeout, and the coverage narratives emanating from France. Then, we discuss whether a new, fictionalized portrayal of El Chapo can speak to larger journalistic […]
Watchdog reporting in East St. Louis highlights potential in under-covered areas
April 25th, 2017, 08:20 AM
THE STORY STARTED WITH A TIP from a trusted source in a community that doesn’t much trust reporters. The top elected officials in impoverished East St. Louis Township in southwestern Illinois were “covering up trips to Las Vegas,” the source told George Pawlaczyk, an investigative reporter at the Belleville News-Democrat. In a series that earned Pawlaczyk […]
11 images that show how the Trump administration is failing at photography
April 25th, 2017, 08:20 AM
How much does visual imagery, especially photography, determine the success or failure of a presidency? In the first 100 days, the Trump White House has distinguished itself with largely forgettable imagery, in contrast to the Obama administration’s brilliant orchestration, creation, and curation. The approach to photography under Trump has ranged from haphazard to negligent. In […]
Gender-driven journalism chronicles rise and fall of Thinx founder Miki Agrawal
April 24th, 2017, 08:20 AM
Miki Agrawal has been a media magnet from the moment her trendy startup started making money. The CEO and founder of Thinx, which specializes in period-proof underwear, has romanced journalists with the story of her rise to fame over the past two years. Yet the self-proclaimed feminist CEO seems to have blinded reporters to the […]
Local public radio: America’s last public square
April 24th, 2017, 08:20 AM
A few weeks ago, wildfires ravaged through the Gardiner family’s Kansas ranch and killed a third of the cattle—more than 500 cows. Garth, a fourth-generation farmer and Trump voter, wondered why the president he’d supported hadn’t offered any assistance or even acknowledged the natural disaster devastating his community. A woman in Seattle heard his story […]