Report for America:

NYTimes has reported on a new program to send reporters to news deserts–communities that have no, or too little, coverage. Report for America is set to send 1,100 journalists to locations around the country by 2022, the report says, at annual salaries of about $40,000. It’s funded by news organizations and Google (Facebook has been…

“Elements of Journalism” still speaks truth!

Over the years, I’d probably read only 40 percent of the book, which I knew was wrong, and I’m embarrassed even now to admit that. Still, every chapter or section that I’d read had a nugget–more like a vein of ore–to chase and then refine in my mind.

New Voices Failing, Disturbing

This is a disturbing trend, given that the reasons cited to kill the bills have largely been based on scant data or just silly reasoning: students’ brains aren’t developed enough for them to have Constitutional rights.

ICFJ Reports: Journalism Behind in Tech

I’d be interested in whether they were looking at the news that those organizations produce and the news that they wish to produce. Do newsrooms see a problem if they cannot create data-driven visuals?

You Have to Do a Dirty Job Yourself

So we’re clear: pulling anyone’s hair out, not just Clinton’s, is illegal; you will get in trouble, but saying crazy stuff is totally legal, so long people get the joke or so long no one is threatened.

Power of Journalism

The story of William Aitcheson at first looks like a story of a penitent man redeemed, but might be more of a penitent man caught by a journalist.

Recording at Schools May Be OK

Many states allow the recording of individuals in private settings only with the consent of all parties involved. Maryland is such a state: if you want to record a private telephone call, or use a camera or audio recorder in your office, you want to let people know that’s what you’re doing. This has rarely…

The Press Exists to Hold Power in Check

The Times does a great job of explaining that Comey is a careful note-taker and even that FBI officer’s notes are used as evidence in trials. However, I really hope we see the proof soon.

Reuters Launches Backstory: Great Idea, Implementation Needs Work

The discussion here should focus on the “why”–why did they keep pressing? What in their Trust Principles or in the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics made them push? Also, where were the holes in the first set of data? That is, what was in that data that said to them, “There’s still something missing.”

Steve Thurston American/Journalist

#nottheenemy @milbank @onthemedia Every journalist and journalism educator in America should take Dana Milbank’s lead: tell your personal story or the story of a journo you know.