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Gender-driven journalism chronicles rise and fall of Thinx founder Miki Agrawal

April 24, 2017 - 12:03pm
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 24, 2017 - 9:57am
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 […]

Is forwards grammatical, or is it backward?

April 24, 2017 - 5:55am
Is it “toward” or “towards”? “Backward” or “backwards”? “Afterward” or “afterwards”? Yes. Some of you may remember the commercials for 1-800-Mattress. “Leave off the last ‘s’— for savings,” its tagline went. Well, you can leave off the last “s” for saving face in “toward,” “backward,” and “afterward,” at least in American English. Conversationally, it doesn’t […]

Letters from our readers: Covering Trump, WSJ, Amal Clooney, and the Oxford comma

April 21, 2017 - 2:03pm
Here is a selection of emails and Facebook comments we’ve received since March 1. Please send correspondence to, along with your name, address, and any relevant affiliation. “White House reporting through the Gateway Pundit looking glass” I was dismayed by the overall tone of the piece by David Uberti on the panel I participated […]

After ‘crisis of conscience,’ ex-Cigna exec hopes to set the record straight on health care

April 21, 2017 - 12:25pm
THIS SUMMER, A NEWS SITE CALLED TARBELL will make its debut and join a growing number of health-journalism startups. Named for the famous early 20th century muckraker Ida Tarbell, whose landmark expose of Standard Oil led to the breakup of the company, will strive to produce similarly consequential investigative journalism, and pledges to “uncover how […]

Journalists and screenwriters team up for a new TV series inspired by El Chapo

April 21, 2017 - 9:25am
In September 2013, Univision investigative journalist Gerardo Reyes turned down an interview with a source he had been chasing for years. The notorious Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera, widely known as “El Chapo,” had agreed to an interview with Reyes—with the caveat that he wanted approval on the final product. Reyes declined. “We don’t […]

Price of ‘independent’: Can this weekly paper stay critical of its new owner?

April 21, 2017 - 5:55am
THE MISSOULA INDEPENDENT, the decades-old western Montana alt-weekly, was acquired last week by Lee Enterprises, the state’s largest newspaper chain. Around the time Indy staffers were filling out their new W4 forms, The Missoulian—the city’s daily paper, a Lee publication whose offices are just blocks from the Indy headquarters—published an online story about the deal. […]

A Facebook bot purge clobbered USA Today, and no one knows why

April 20, 2017 - 11:23am
USA Today last week reported that Facebook was breaking up an “extensive fake account scam” targeting publisher pages with false “likes.” The ruse apparently was intended to yield the scammers more friends they could later spam, and USA Today added that it was “among the publishers impacted.” Not included in its report was the fact […]

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

April 20, 2017 - 10:37am
(left) — Pat Kiernan (@patkiernan) April 18, 2017       View post on Bad headline: — Andrew Ozaki KETV (@ketvlincoln) April 6, 2017 Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR. Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower […]

Podcast: Facebook’s worst-case scenario

April 20, 2017 - 6:04am
On The Kicker, we run through the week’s biggest stories, including Bill O’Reilly, White House transparency, and the special election in Georgia’s sixth district. Then, staff writer David Uberti talks with CJR correspondent Corey Hutchins about the recent layoffs at Berkshire Hathaway-owned papers and what they mean for local news. Finally, Dave is joined by Emily […]

Letters: Was United passenger’s past relevant to his removal? Readers weigh in.

April 19, 2017 - 4:03pm
Last week, staff writer David Uberti covered the United Airline debacle by critiquing the Louisville Courier-Journal’s decision to publish details on passenger David Dao’s criminal history. The following week Uberti revisited the topic in our member’s newsletter. Many CJR readers have weighed in with letters. Here’s a selection: I disagree with your notion that the […]

A delicate dance for movie critics and filmmakers on Twitter

April 19, 2017 - 10:30am
In a world where Twitter is a film critic’s office, playground, news source. A mysterious force spreads from coast to coast—into cubicles and coffee shops. A director follows them. An actor lobs an insult. A screenwriter lists his favorite Spike Lee films. A choice must be made. For film critics, the boundaries of cordiality and professionalism are being […]

Town hall crowds want clarity on GOP health plans. Can reporters provide it?

April 19, 2017 - 5:55am
FOR THIS MONTH’S CONGRESSIONAL RECESS, Rep. Greg Walden returned to his far-flung district and hosted six town hall meetings, attended by thousands of his constituents—many of them seeking clarity on the future of GOP-led efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Walden, the lone Republican who represents Oregon in Congress, currently heads the […]

City magazines, dependent on print, face uncertain future amid wave of deals

April 18, 2017 - 9:45am
On my first day of work, at my first job in city magazines, Champagne was served in the lobby. I was in the Indianapolis headquarters of Emmis Communications, home of my new employer, Indianapolis Monthly magazine. Emmis, which was predominantly a radio company, had just been named to a Best Places to Work list. But […]

The Boston Globe is trying to reinvent the metro newspaper

April 18, 2017 - 8:58am
Talk is cheap in an industry where plans to build “next generation media companies” through the “ambitious restructuring” of newspapers lend a Pollyannish glow to draconian measures. At The Boston Globe, however, Editor Brian McGrory is refreshingly frank. “Let’s accept upfront that this will be a disruptive stretch, pretty much starting right now, despite all […]

Filmmakers hope to ride wave of newspaper nostalgia to fund documentary

April 18, 2017 - 5:55am
David Layton and Mike Nicholson have been working for four years on their documentary about the great newspaper editor Gene Roberts. But as they approach the finishing kick for their labor of love, it seems that the long wait has a silver lining. The emergence of Donald Trump, known for his hostility to the press […]

Misleading political ad in Georgia makes ‘boogeyman’ of a surprising media target

April 17, 2017 - 3:03pm
MILLIONS HAVE FLOWED INTO GEORGIA’S 6th Congressional District in the weeks approaching Tuesday’s special election to fill Tom Price’s seat, as the race becomes a clue to how post-Trump midterm elections might go next year. The biggest draw for that money has been Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old Democrat who is attempting to turn the district blue […]

A whole lot of reformation

April 17, 2017 - 10:28am
Politicians love to talk about “reform.” “I think that Governor Bush has articulated a vision that trusts people on all of the key issues, on Social Security reform, on tax reform, on education reform,” Catherine Hanaway of the George W. Bush campaign in Missouri said on CNN in 2000. “The ethics reform bill we passed […]

Q&A: The amateur spies and analog story behind the Snowden leak

April 17, 2017 - 9:57am
The US government was rocked in 2013 by a series of stories detailing the extent of the surveillance state. Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor who was the source behind those stories, has become famous for his role in leaking information that would eventually be published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, and The […]

‘No one else is going to speak for us’: LGBTQ media rise in age of Trump

April 17, 2017 - 5:55am
Everything was quiet in New York City the day after the 2016 election. The city was stunned into silence. Matthew Breen remembers people crying randomly on the street, comforted by friends and strangers. “We were totally blindsided,” Breen says. “People were trying to look kindly on one another. It was such a raw and fragile […]