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Storytelling, Writing and Reporting

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Meet the reporter who's covered LeBron James since he was a high school player

Brian Windhorst goes so far back with LeBron James, he actually had to beg his editor at the Akron Beacon Journal to report on his games. In fact, Windhorst wasn’t even sure of the future superstar’s name when he first saw him play as a high school freshman in 1999. “I knew there was a standout player on the team,” … Read More
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Coverage of President Trump dominates the media, and most of it's negative

Donald Trump dominates the elite media's news coverage, with much of the coverage negative, "setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president," according to a new study of the press via Harvard University. The study from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy exhibits a firm if still intriguing grasp of the obvious when … Read More
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4 ways to break through writer's block

Good writing may be magical, but it's not magic. It's a series of actions and decisions that can be observed, learned and repeated. If you find yourself stuck, try these tips. Lower your standards (at first). Drafts hold the promise of the final version. Look for the possibilities in raw copy instead of dismissing the effort as a failure. A … Read More
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How bureaucratic language strangles journalism's accountability

Dissidents “were executed.” Bodies “were later found.” The man was killed in an “officer-involved shooting.” All of these phrases are what writer Colin Dickey would call prime examples of the “bureaucratic voice.” The “bureaucratic voice,” he says “makes use of both active and passive constructions, but its purpose is uniform: to erase and efface any active agent on the … Read More
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With AP Social Newswire, The Associated Press makes a foray into user-generated content

The Associated Press has become the latest news organization to get into the user-generated content game, announcing on Tuesday the launch of a new service called AP Social Newswire. The new service works with the platform SAM to find, vet and verify content generated by users on social media and elsewhere. AP customers will be able to embed … Read More
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Why do America's private affairs explode into scandal? Blame the press

From the founding fathers through John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, American politicians have indulged in extramarital affairs with slaves, movie stars, sisters-in-law and interns. But, in large part because of the press, the American public still reacts to political sex scandals as if they were completely unheard of. Americans remain shocked by these events, I believe, in large part … Read More
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The Weekly Standard's Steve Hayes on rebuilding the public's trust

When Steve Hayes hears a politician spout talking points at a press conference, he has a different reaction than many other journalists in the room. That's because he's a conservative. And, he says, most of his colleagues in the industry aren't. "I think it's good for mainstream publications to employ reporters who are conservatives," Hayes said. "We'll just have different … Read More
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To understand Trump's America better, Reuters has hired a Rust Belt correspondent

After Donald Trump's election, the media whipped itself in public for failing to recognize just how much support he had outside of America's biggest cities. Reuters is trying to fix that disconnect in part by appointing a special correspondent dedicated exclusively to covering the United States beyond the Beltway. Tim Reid, a national affairs writer for Reuters, has been selected … Read More
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A new model for investigative journalism? An offshoot of Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program strikes a deal with Amazon to produce over-the-top video

In 2001, "Frontline" aired a documentary by investigative reporting legend Lowell Bergman. The movie, which chronicled the new cowboys of "Energy Alley," contained never-before-seen interviews with Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling and other players in the energy scandal. It was compelling footage. After Enron imploded, filmmaker Alex Gibney bought the video from PBS and used some of it in … Read More
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Read Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward's remarks to the White House Correspondents' Association

Before comedian Hasan Minhaj got up to poke fun at the assembled White House press corps last night, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein got up to celebrate it. The legendary Watergate duo gave a speech evoking their investigative reporting of the Nixon administration and calling on the current generation of journalists to practice careful, thorough and relentless reporting on … Read More
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As journalists prepare to party, President Trump blasts the press

President Trump wasted no time before skewering the media at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, calling the press "fake news" as journalists less than 200 miles away in Washington, D.C. were putting on ball gowns and bow ties for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. "Media outlets like CNN and MSNBC are fake news. Fake news." Trump … Read More
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New York Times journalists immediately begin subtweeting Bret Stephens' defense of climate change skepticism

Bret Stephens made his debut in the pages of The New York Times opinion section today with a column defending climate change skepticism in the face of scientific surety, a take that didn't sit well with many of his colleagues in the newsroom. Stephens, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winner who joined The Times earlier this year after critiquing … Read More
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Wired changes headline on dude-centric hacker story after backlash

Almost every time a hot Silicon Valley startup finally grits its teeth and releases diversity data, the story's the same. Facebook? Mostly male. Uber? Male-dominated. Google? Same story. It's a problem that's gotten plenty of play in the tech press. In 2014, Wired ran an 1,800-word dissection of Silicon Valley male-ness titled "This is what tech's … Read More
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Why The Daily Beast doesn't publish Trump stories on Sunday mornings

The presidency of Donald Trump is the most important story in the world, said Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon. But it's not the only story. That's why, for the last few weeks, The Daily Beast has decided not to publish Trump-related news on Sunday mornings, opting instead to run longer, in-depth stories that give its readers a look at … Read More
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Meet the journalists who told the inside story of Hillary Clinton's stunning loss

As her email mess was growing, Hillary Clinton scheduled the first national TV interview of her campaign with Brianna Keilar of CNN. It went poorly. But wait. It now turns out that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had meant "Bianna," not "Brianna" when she disclosed her belated intent to a communications aide. She wanted what she figured would be a non-threatening … Read More
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