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Magazine: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Readers sound off on the new-look Washington Post, sports coverage, the trauma of covering Gaza, and more

Brick by Bezos Which Bezos? Commenting on your article about Jeff Bezos taking over The Washington Post (“Brick by brick,”... More

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Magazine: Feature

Can news literacy grow up?

After a decade, the movement tries to prove its worth

Pioneers Stony Brook's Howard Schneider, seen here with Christiane Amanpour, developed the first news-literacy course after realizing how confused... More

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Magazine: Q and A

Carol J. Loomis reflects on 60 years at Fortune

“It’s pretty amazing I’ve worked this long!”

Carol J. Loomis retired in July after 60 years at Fortune, where she became, indisputably, a giant of business... More

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Magazine: Review

Lincoln teams up with journalists

Quick reviews of Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion and The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public OpinionBy Harold HolzerSimon & Schuster768 pages; $35 The Lincoln... More

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Magazine: Review

Uncle Sam wants (to kill) you

A political screed misses the true threat to war correspondents

War Reporters Under Threat: The United States and Media Freedom I traveled to Iraq for the first time in... More

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Magazine: Review

Matt Bai seeks a larger truth

A new book examines how Gary Hart’s fall turned political reporters into character cops

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went TabloidBy Matt BaiAlfred A. Knopf288 pagesHardcover; $26.95 att Bai’s elegant... More

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Magazine: Feature

Kyiv Post’s unlikely success

An editor from Minnesota and a Pakistani billionaire are riding the story of their lives as Ukraine unravels

Dose of reality When Zahoor fired Bonner, above, the newsroom went on strike and Zahoor was forced to rehire... More

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Magazine: Feature

Qaddafi couldn’t stop this reporter

Abdullah Aboathba risks his life to be a journalist in Libya

In January, Abdullah Ali Aboathba, a Libyan television journalist in the southwestern desert city of Sabha, heard from his... More

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Magazine: Feature

Bowe Bergdahl, Pat Tillman, and the media’s problem with simplifying soldiers

Why it’s problematic for the press to define heroes or traitors

Little girl Rambo Jessica Lynch told Congress, 'I am still confused as to why they chose to lie and... More

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Magazine: Feature

Can newsrooms boost traffic without spoiling their brand?

The search for a perfect contributor model

hey don’t make bylines like they used to. In July, I read a story on Forbes.com by someone named Rick... More

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The Observatory

Has climate change become a business story?

The cost of brushing science aside

Where it hurts Tidal surges from big, climate-change-driven storms are eroding valuable waterfront property in Miami Beach. (Seth Resnick... More

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Magazine: Currents

Meet the robots that factcheck

Are these companies making it easier to get the details right?

actchecking has been going out of style for years, as magazines and other publications embrace the feckless creed of modern... More

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Magazine: Currents

How robots consumed journalism

A look back in time reveals machines have long been after news jobs

1770sSwiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz builds “The Writer,” a 6,000-part automated doll that could be mechanically programmed to write with a... More

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Language Corner

Hyphen use disappearing

Is the web to blame for quick changes to language?

anguage evolution is happening right in plain sight. “Off-site” and “on-site” are in the process of becoming “offsite” and “onsite.”... More

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Darts and Laurels

Reporters rummage through Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Poor judgment used when covering the tragedy in Ukraine, and the rest of our darts and laurels

DART to the ghoulish journalists who rummaged through the scattered belongings of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was... More

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Magazine: Currents

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Need a lesson in copy editing? Look no further

(The Herald-Times, 6/12/14) (The Daily News, Newburyport, 7/3/14) More

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Magazine: Currents

Giving female journalists a voice in developing nations

Zubeida Mustafa helps illuminate the lives of women in Pakistan

lobal Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a collaboration between Truthdig and the International Women’s Media Foundation, launched in June with a... More

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Magazine: Currents

Marijuana in the media

Take a look at the plant’s roots in journalism

21 states (including DC) that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana 16  writers at The Cannabist, The Denver Post’s marijuana site... More

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Magazine: Currents

When quitting goes viral

Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience

t’s the ultimate fantasy of disgruntled journalists everywhere: quitting with a grand, public gesture that leaves bosses fuming and colleagues... More

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Magazine: Editorial

Newsrooms struggle with free-content strategy

How to bring the traffic without tarnishing the brand

ost of the media industry’s problems can be boiled down to simple math—or is it physics? Whichever it is,... More

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Magazine: Opening Shot

Concussion controversy

Media coverage of the consequences in high-impact sports highlights problems athletes face

In 2014, the efforts to make organized sports safer and more just had a run of significant victories. In... More

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The Kicker

Must-reads of the week

McDonald’s in Ferguson, rooting for the home team in Buffalo, and The Guardian goes local

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz) - The company will possess log-in information and will be... More

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United States Project

Colorado campaign ad spending is still tough to track

New disclosure laws help, but it remains hard to see the full picture of Rocky Mountain buys

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- On a recent Thursday, journalist Sandra Fish was on the campus of Colorado State University in... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.