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Contributing Editor, Columbia Journalism Review, and Reporter, ICIJ — Columbia Journalism Review

reporter for @ICIJorg. contributing editor, @CJR. co-editor, Best Business Writing series: http://tinyurl.com/ohda64s

The Journal Just Loves This Obama Flip-Flop

cjr.org — You know something's up when The Wall Street Journal editorial board gives President Obama "three cheers" for anything. You really know something's up when it praises him for lying to voters during the campaign. But Gigot & Co. are willing to overlook a little cynical manipulation by Democrats-when it works in favor of the the page's globalist/corporatist agenda.

The huge FCC fine against a Virginia station is a sign we need to rethink broadcast indecency rules

cjr.org — "The stroking of an erect penis on a broadcast [news] program is shocking." Count those among the words I didn't expect to type this week. They appear in a written notice released Monday by the FCC.
Mar 26, 2015

RT @jonathanwpeters: FCC: “The stroking of an erect penis on a broadcast news program is shocking.” My take on indecency rules, for @CJR: bit.ly/1Gv19pe

Mar 26, 2015

RT @CJR: The $325K FCC fine against a TV station is a sign we need to rethink broadcast indecency rules cjr.bz/1HQ39GJ pic.twitter.com/qQYoAh8YXv

Mar 26, 2015

RT @CJR: The $325K FCC fine against a TV station is a sign we need to rethink broadcast indecency rules cjr.bz/1HQ39GJ pic.twitter.com/qQYoAh8YXv

Mar 27, 2015

RT @CJR: It’s time for the FCC to treat broadcasters as equals to newspapers and magazines cjr.bz/1H5tbps

Mar 31, 2015

The huge FCC fine against a Virginia TV station is a sign we need to rethink broadcast indecency rules cjr.org/united_states_…

How to cover Medicaid during campaign season

cjr.org — Amid the abundance of presidential campaign coverage, stories that examine what type of a president a candidate might be-what he or she might do, policy-wise-are often hard to come by. The horse race dominates, but there is much more to cover and the super-charged topic of healthcare and the Affordable Care Act is a compelling place to start.

What happens when platforms turn into publishers?

cjr.org — If you're a publisher, Facebook holds a lot of power. The social media giant is already responsible for directing up to 40 percent of some sites' traffic, and 75 percent of BuzzFeed's. Now, according to a report in The New York Times on Tuesday, Facebook is negotiating with a number of publishers to be more than a funnel that directs users to content on news sites.
Mar 24, 2015

What do you call a pre-IPO biz rumored to be valued at $19B? "Unicorn" just doesn't seem fitting. cjr.org/analysis/platf…

Mar 24, 2015

RT @CJR: What happens when platforms like Facebook turn into publishers? cjr.bz/1xeTaKO

Mar 24, 2015

Short term, there's money to be had--but what really happens when @facebook and @Snapchat become publishers. @CJR cjr.org/analysis/platf…

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The New York Times can't abandon print--yet

cjr.org — Everyone in the news business feels a sense of urgency these days, as well they should. But there's urgency, and then there's panic. The Times' innovation report, which made a splash when it was leaked during the controversy surrounding Jill Abramson ouster, at times overstates the precariousness of the Times ' digital position and smacks of the latter.

Why digital media and identity issues are a match

cjr.org — Today's digital outlets have made identity issues-on race, gender, and sexuality-core to their reporting. BuzzFeed has a robust LGBT section, a Latino coverage editor, and hosted a recent Black History Month series. Fusion is a joint venture between Disney-ABC and Spanish language network Univision, which the site says targets a "young, diverse, and inclusive millennial generation," and has a 'justice' vertical focused on these topics.
Mar 18, 2015

RT @CJR: "Even when legacy media attempt to get on board with identity stories, they do it on the Web" cjr.bz/1MOrVZd pic.twitter.com/9PjYkDbr2T

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Failure can be fun

cjr.org — For sports fans, rooting for a team having a bad year is like watching Season 6 of a TV show that hasn't been good since Season 1: After each episode (or game), you shake your head and wonder why you waste your time. For sports reporters, covering such a team can be similarly excruciating.

Print ads go up at The New York Times

cjr.org — The New York Times just had a quarter reminiscent of the days before the Great Newspaper Crash. The Times paywall hit 799,000 subscribers, for one. More importantly, the paper grew ad revenue by 3.4 percent in the first quarter, an increase led, shockingly enough, by print , which was up 3.7 percent from a year ago.

Newspapers continue to sink

cjr.org — The newspaper industry continued to sink last year, shedding 2.6 percent of its revenue on heavy print ad declines, according to the Newspaper Association of America. Dog bites man, you say. But while we've become numb to the collapse of the newspaper industry's fortunes, it's worth stepping back and looking at how bad it's been for what is still far...
Apr 22, 2014

RT @dancow: Newspapers continue to sink: ad revenues now down to 1953 levels cjr.org/the_audit/no_g… via @ryanchittum

Apr 22, 2014

And the year after that? MT @ryanchittum: Probably next year, newspaper ad revenue will fall to the lowest on record cjr.org/the_audit/no_g…

Apr 22, 2014

RT @ryanchittum: Soon, probably next year, newspaper ad revenue will fall to the lowest on record cjr.org/the_audit/no_g…

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Columbia Journalism Review

cjr.org — Columbia's Bill Grueskin tries to explain why the Pulitzer board dismissed The New York Times 's "Invisible Child" series about Dasani Coates, the 11-year-old homeless girl whose life was so vividly captured by Andrea Elliott in December. The Audit (Dean Starkman and I) is among those who were baffled that the series wasn't even a Pulitzer finalist, much less a winner,...
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Sep 04, 2015

I see there's a dumb controversy over now-deleted WSJ "chink in his armor" tweet. As if they did it on purpose mediaite.com/online/wsj-twe…

Sep 04, 2015

Great CJR post on two Ohio reporters whose curiosity and persistence resulted in 100 rape convictions cjr.org/local_news/rap… heroes

Sep 03, 2015

the government takes in around $77M a year from PACER. the cost of that hard-to-get information has to be many many times that.


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