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How the media gets the price of Thanksgiving dinner wrong

cjr.org — ABC, NBC, Tech Times, and The Atlantic run with a press release It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time for the American Farm Bureau Federation's report on the cost of the average Thanksgiving dinner, an annual tradition celebrated by press release rewriters (and media critics) across the land.
Nov 26, 2014

The New York Times in 1932 reported that “Turkey Dinner for Five Planned for $5.42" That’s $94 in today’s money: bit.ly/1yXzuax

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cjr.org — Veteran reporters say the press corps can still sniff out big stories in the Illinois capitol building SPRINGFIELD, IL - Fresh off of his successful run for the Illinois governor's office, Bruce Rauner took a victory lap of sortRes in the state capital last week.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @ruikaneya: Even with fewer full-timers, a vibrant statehouse press corps can still be found in Springfield. My CJR latest: cjr.org/united_states_…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @ruikaneya: Even with fewer full-timers, a vibrant statehouse press corps can still be found in Springfield. My CJR latest: cjr.org/united_states_…

Nov 26, 2014

Even with fewer full-timers, a vibrant statehouse press corps can still be found in Springfield. My CJR latest: cjr.org/united_states_…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @USProjectCJR: Statehouse staffing is down, but it's not all doom and gloom in Springfield cjr.org/united_states_… via @@ruikaneya @cjr

Why Serial is important for journalism

cjr.org — Transparency is key The hit podcast , a journalist's exploration of whether a young man was wrongly convicted of murder, breaks new ground for our field. There are reams of articles and TV "newsmagazines" that expose the killers of the famous-and not so famous-in gruesome detail.
Nov 26, 2014

With @Serial, Sarah Koenig "makes journalism more transparent … adds tremendous credibility," says @icfjoyce in @CJR bit.ly/1riyteg

Nov 26, 2014

RT @CJR: "What makes @serial so special and so meaningful for journalism is reporter Sarah Koenig’s transparency" cjr.bz/1y1cSsp

Nov 25, 2014

RT @ICFJ: For @Serial fans out there: @icfjoyce takes a look at why the hit podcast is so important for journalism j.mp/SerialJournali… via @CJR.

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m.cjr.org — By Joyce Barnathan The hit podcast , a journalist's exploration of whether a young man was wrongly convicted of murder, breaks new ground for our field. There are reams of articles and TV "newsmagazines" that expose the killers of the famous--and not so famous--in gruesome detail.

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m.cjr.org — By Ryan Chittum It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time for the American Farm Bureau Federation's report on the cost of the average Thanksgiving dinner, an annual tradition celebrated by press release rewriters (and media critics) across the land. This year the "news" is that the cost of Thanksgiving dinner will be essentially flat, rising just 0.8 percent.
Nov 26, 2014

Price of Thanksgiving dinner going up? That's an easy story to write, but it's lazy and wrong: nzzl.me/1ygYn2c via @Nuzzel

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cjr.org — The St. Louis County prosecutor criticized both journalists and the public for failing to practice basic news literacy skills When Steve Fox's undergraduate news literacy students attended class Tuesday morning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, they wanted to talk about how much time St.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @deron_lee: McCulloch "disempowering public & press from making sense of the case" then criticizing them for bad reporting. http://t.co/…

Nov 26, 2014

There was something SO weird about this dude’s speech, and now I get it cjr.bz/1xG4Wb1

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cjr.org — The Chronicle Herald became the first major paper in the country to publish her name Leah Parsons was only 13 years old when she invented the name that would echo across Canada years later. Her niece Heather had come over to play, and Parsons started to toy with her name, arranging and rearranging the syllables.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @CJR: Media around the world must now decide whether or not to defy the Canadian ban cjr.bz/1FqVVc0 #YouKnowHerName

Nov 26, 2014

RT @CJR: Media around the world must now decide whether or not to defy the Canadian ban cjr.bz/1FqVVc0 #YouKnowHerName

Nov 25, 2014

A Canadian paper Monday became the first to break the ban there against publishing #RehtaehParsons name cjr.org/behind_the_new…

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cjr.org — The attorney general's rocky relationship with the media The fact that outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has prosecuted more people under the Espionage Act than all previous attorneys general combined is an inescapable legacy of his time in office.

How to use the colon

cjr.org — Understand its usage once and for all The colon is one of the most versatile punctuation marks (and organs). We use it to mark time (he arrived at 3:15 pm), identify the source of biblical passages (Psalms 23:4), in mathematical ratios (the horse is running at 12:1), and, of course, in Web addresses (http://www.cjr.org), among many other places.
Nov 26, 2014

“Just one word of advice for you, Benji: plastics.” How to use the colon. (The punctuation mark. Not the other one.) cjr.org/language_corne…

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How to report the narrow-network story

cjr.org — Unpacking a key issue of the new health insurance landscape Before the second season of open enrollment on the health insurance exchanges began, I suggested six angles for reporters covering the story. As enrollment moves on through the holiday season, it's time to take a closer look at one of those angles: narrow networks.

Is this the golden age of podcasts?

cjr.org — Serial, Radiotopia, and Gimlet Media are leading the way in creative audience engagement The meteoric rise of podcast phenomenon Serial has placed podcasting firmly in the center of internet chatter and media attention, at a time when the media has announced a podcast renaissance and paid increased attention to the medium over the past year.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @CJR: "If you’ve been in the #podcast world the entire time, it feels more like growth rather than explosion" cjr.bz/1zUQij2

Nov 24, 2014

Everyone at brunch yesterday kept talking about @serial so I feel like this is true cjr.bz/1FjsatE

Nov 24, 2014

At least, it's the golden age of stories about a golden age of podcasts RT @CJR Is this the golden age of podcasts? cjr.bz/1FjsatE

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cjr.org — The Obama administration continues to strong-arm journalists into revealing sources Bruce Brown is is executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and has argued numerous First Amendment cases before US courts. By now, everyone knows the feds have been handing out record numbers of subpoenas to journalists hoping to scare them into giving up their sources.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @NPSusa: Press subpoenas are a bigger problem than you'd think | Columbia Jounalism Review | cjr.org/behind_the_new…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @CoreyHutchins: The Obama administration continues to strong-arm journalists into revealing sources: cjr.org/behind_the_new…

My take: The end of an era in Tampa

cjr.org — The Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Tribune say goodbye to talented journalists MIAMI - The sad news out of Tampa just keeps trickling across my Facebook page. This week it was the fact that Tampa Bay Times' Bill Duryea and Michael Kruse were leaving for Politico.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @bethreinhard: Heartbreaker of a tale about Florida newspapers by newswoman @SusannahNesmith cjr.org/united_states_… via @cjr

Nov 25, 2014

Heartbreaker of a tale about Florida newspapers by newswoman @SusannahNesmith cjr.org/united_states_… via @cjr

Nov 25, 2014

RT @craigtimes: DART to @cjr for mistakenly locating the @TB_Times in Tampa, not St. Petersburg. cjr.org/united_states_…

Nov 25, 2014

DART to @cjr for mistakenly locating the @TB_Times in Tampa, not St. Petersburg. cjr.org/united_states_…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @BuzzFeedBen: Tampa seemed like it was defying the grim newspaper industry trends for a while cjr.org/united_states_…

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cjr.org — There's doubling down, there's tripling down, and then there's what KSTP is doing You've heard all about #pointergate. And you've probably read or watched a few of the many, many, many pieces exploring what was wrong with a Nov.
Nov 24, 2014

Can't stop, won't stop. MT @CoreyHutchins: In case you aren't yet sick of #pointergate, I created a timeline: cjr.org/united_states_…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @CoreyHutchins: In case you aren't yet sick of #pointergate, I created a timeline of the TV station's defense of its coverage: cjr.org/united_states_…

Nov 22, 2014

#pointergte Your news engine is in a train wreck, so you go joy riding, get in an accident, then crash your boat. cjr.org/united_states_…

Nov 21, 2014

uh huh. RT @CJR: "It may be an uncomfortable story for some people, but we vetted it very carefully" cjr.bz/1v2MKei #pointergate

Nov 21, 2014

RT @USProjectCJR: "It may be an uncomfortable story for some people, but we vetted it very carefully" cjr.bz/1v2MITU #pointergate

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m.cjr.org — By Jihii Jolly Industry conversation over the best ways to quantify reader engagement on news sites may be reaching fever pitch, with a possible shift afoot from clicks and pageviews to more complex measures of time and attention spent online.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @raju: On trying to measure both reader engagement AND their understanding of what your newsroom produces: m.cjr.org/303546/show/c8…? Via @cjr

Texas reporters fight for access to fracking facts

cjr.org — State regulators put barriers between journalists and scientists, reporters say AUSTIN - Earlier this month, the residents of Denton, Texas-located on one of the country's largest natural gas reserves and home to some 275 gas wells- voted to ban fracking.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @sergenyt: “@CJR: Reporters in Texas say state regulators put barriers btwn journalists & scientists when it comes to #fracking http://t…

Nov 24, 2014

@CJR: Reporters in Texas say state regulators put barriers btwn journalists & scientists when it comes to #fracking cjr.bz/1xUe9BH

Nov 24, 2014

RT @CJR: Reporters in Texas say state regulators put barriers between journalists & scientists when it comes to #fracking http://t.co/R1D2Q…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @CJR: Reporters in Texas say state regulators put barriers between journalists & scientists when it comes to #fracking http://t.co/R1D2Q…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @pamelalauren: Reporters need access to scientists at regulatory agencies. Instead, media relations & policymakers handle qs @CJR http:/…

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The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations

cjr.org — Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him? Photo credit: Associated Press It is a remarkable thing to see: The collapsing reputation of a star who has been part of American life for more than half a century.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @CJR: "The odd thing about Cosby’s downfall is that nothing had changed in the last decade" cjr.bz/1zSaiCT pic.twitter.com/Fz4COgyt1P

Nov 24, 2014

RT @CJR: "The odd thing about Cosby’s downfall is that nothing had changed in the last decade" cjr.bz/1zSaiCT pic.twitter.com/Fz4COgyt1P

Nov 24, 2014

RT @CJR: "The odd thing about Cosby’s downfall is that nothing had changed in the last decade" cjr.bz/1zSaiCT pic.twitter.com/Fz4COgyt1P

Nov 22, 2014

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations fb.me/76UvzirAh

Nov 22, 2014

Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against Bill Cosby? cjr.org/behind_the_new… via @cjr

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