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Who Will Cover Tomorrow’s Crime Stories?

When the NYC websites Gothamist and DNAinfo were shuttered this month, it was a blow to local justice reporting. But it’s also a wakeup call to journalism schools and others to find new ways of filling the coverage gap, writes a NY journalism professor.

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Murder in Your Living Room: Rethinking TV Crime News

Veteran Chicago TV newsman Robert Jordan, Jr. argues in a new book that the media—especially broadcast outlets—too often concentrate on the most violent stories while “sleeping” through more significant developments in American justice. He explains what he means in a chat with TCR.

MT Congressman Accused Reporter of Grabbing Him

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) told police in May that a reporter from The Guardian grabbed his wrist during a physical altercation at his campaign headquarters, blaming the “liberal media” for “trying to make a story,” say documents released in Montana. His statement appears to contradict the apology he later issued to reporter Ben Jacobs, which said that Jacobs “did not initiate any physical contact with me.”

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Cracking the Stonewall on a Nun’s Murder: A Reporter’s Story

The Emmy-nominated Netflix true crime documentary, “The Keepers,” helped break open a 47-year-old story of sexual abuse and murder at a Baltimore Catholic school. But it took stubborn shoe-leather investigative reporting to penetrate official indifference and the refusal to pursue evidence of police misconduct.