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May 2014

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Thousands of journalists withhold a mistakenly released CIA agent name

A recent White House blunder highlights issues of secrecy and public interest

Last Saturday, the White House accidentally revealed the identity of the CIA's most senior operative in Kabul by accidentally including... More

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Must-reads of the week

College journalism, Hillary Clinton and local people with their arms crossed

Culled from CJR's frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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The Des Moines Register’s dissent

Iowa’s largest paper tries to shift the state’s culture toward transparency

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — In its own polite, Midwestern fashion, The Des Moines Register is mad as heck and is not going... More

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Chaos at The Wire?

Without an editor in chief, The Atlantic’s army of young aggregators is directionless

Back in November, things seemed promising at The Wire. In four years since launch the site's easily digestible breaking news... More

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Hashtag journalism

The pros and cons to covering Twitter’s trending topics

A hashtag made headlines again this week. #YesAllWomen was created in the wake of the Isla Vista shootings as a... More

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A coal magnate’s latest lawsuit was tossed—but Ohio can do more to defend free expression

Anti-SLAPP statute could offer greater protections to journalists and commentators

Michael Stark, a contributor to The Huffington Post. Ken Ward, a reporter for The Charleston Gazette. Margaret Newkirk, a former... More

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Stories I’d like to see

A follow-up on Dasani, fitting Credit Suisse punishments, when Hollywood meets Beijing

This piece, an occasional feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. What happened to Dasani? Remember Dasani Coates? She's the... More

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Reader revenue and the great newspaper ad bubble

Four decades of artificially high advertising goes pop

Newspaper advertising will almost surely fall to the lowest level on record this year, as ads continue to migrate to... More

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The Atlantic’s Coates discusses his epic reparations cover story

BuzzFeed Deputy Editor in Chief Shani Hilton interviewed Coates on Tuesday morning

Ta-Nehisi Coates believes America owes reparations to African Americans. Not for slavery, though the problem stems from that. But from... More

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Reporting from Sudan’s hidden frontline

Nuba Reports shines a light on the undercovered conflict in the Nuba Mountains

There is a war being fought in Sudan, and it's happening almost out of sight. In 2011, South Sudan became... More

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Squirreling away the eggcorns

A collection of misleading phrases

We've discussed "eggcorns," phrases so tantalizingly close to idioms or common expressions that they actually make some sense, twisted though... More

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Must-reads of the week

Why journalists struggle as newsroom leaders and the Pentagon’s zombie defense plan

Culled from CJR's frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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America’s ‘most poli-sci friendly reporter’ delivered a classic—and readers responded

Craig Gilbert’s epic series showed how wonky political reporting can prosper on the Web

DETROIT, MI — An average time-on-page of nearly 17 minutes. Nearly 50,000 users and 100,000 pageviews, with more than 50... More

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We’re all aggregators now

So we should be ethical about it

Most of my nonfiction reading happens on Instapaper these days. As I'm going about my business on the internet, I'm... More

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The Atlantic goes all out for its new cover story

Behind the scenes of the marketing campaign for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations”

On Wednesday night, The Atlantic posted the cover story for its June 2014 print issue: Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for... More

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The New York Times’ digital limbo

An author says the paper’s digital efforts are stuck in 2010

The New York Times innovation report provides an inside look at the paper of record in the US—and fanned the... More

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Video: How net neutrality shifts may impact diversity online

“Keep the playing field free and clear for everybody”

Will the FCC's proposed new rules governing internet traffic further hurt those whose views and voices are already underrepresented in... More

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AG whose office tried to force student to unpublish records had a rep as FOI hero

Controversial motion was withdrawn, but broader fight over university records continues

Two years ago, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens was widely hailed when he fulfilled his campaign promise to strengthen the state’s open records law,... More

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National security journalists say it’s only getting harder to report on intelligence agencies

Anti-Leaks directives formalize post-Snowden secrecy

This spring, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued new policies requiring that all public writings and remarks--even... More

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When twin disasters hit a Florida city, the local paper rallied to cover them

Creative accountability journalism in the midst of a crisis at the Pensacola News Journal

MIAMI, FL — First came the rain, a staggering 27 inches in 30 hours in the Pensacola region of the... More

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How algorithms decide the news you see

Past clicks affect future ones

Homepage traffic for news sites continues to decrease. This trend is the result of an "if the news is important,... More

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‘News on Demand’ caters to reader attention spans

A new project curates news based on how much and how long users wish to read

Readers are busier than ever and their time is at a premium. Which is why journalist Marie-Catherine Beuth is developing... More

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Finishing school

Words associated with graduation

It's graduation season, a good time to look at some of the words and ceremonies associated with this rite of... More

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The People shows how little opinion mags have changed in a century

Journalists starred in a reading of the 1917 play Sunday night at Joe’s Pub

Reihan Salam, Henrik Hertzberg, and David Brooks at the Public Forum Drama Club: The People at Joe’s Pub at The Public on... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How to answer the Jill Abramson equal pay question

This story was originally published on Reuters.com. With the firing of New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson last week,... More

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Why did Sulzberger hire Abramson?

Her style never suited him. He got exactly what was advertised.

As the fallout from Jill Abramson's abrupt dismissal as executive editor of The New York Times on Wednesday continues to... More

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Must-reads of the week

Celebrity profiles, unpaid internships, Dean Baquet

Culled from CJR's frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Post Abramson, women in journalism push for pay transparency

A firing leads to an industry discussion

Part of what reportedly led to Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of The New York Times, being fired... More

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How the First Amendment challenge to lethal-injection secrecy came together

Media organizations take the transparency fight to court in Missouri

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — Missouri’s death-penalty regime took two shots across the bow on Thursday, as dual lawsuits were filed... More

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Monica Lewinsky: The cosmo shot

How the infamous intern chose to introduce herself to the world

I first heard the news of the presidential affair in a small luncheonette in West Virginia, as I was... More

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His boss helped start SC’s biggest political scandal. Now, this reporter is covering it

The Nerve’s investigative reporter Rick Brundrett writes with rage—but plays it straight

COLUMBIA, SC — Tuesday, May 13 was what you might call a busy news day for Statehouse reporters in South... More

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New York launches social science vertical

“Like a Jehovah’s witness, if you show up at their door and say, ‘Can I interest you in some behavioral economics,’ they’ll say no”

When news broke this January that New York magazine was expanding its trademark brand of psychology-backed cultural analysis--played out in... More

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Baquet’s big job

The Times’ new editor must navigate business-side challenges, and still match the great journalism that Abramson produced

Dean Baquet faces a different set of challenges than Jill Abramson faced when she took over as editor of The... More

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Glenn Greenwald against the world

Snowden is deified, the media are demonized, but in between is an important story of journalism in the 21st century

In December 2012, Edward Snowden, a former hacker for the National Security Agency and the CIA, emailed journalist Glenn... More

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Jill Abramson is out at The New York Times

And the race to figure out what really happened is well underway

Update, 5/15: The most intriguing accounts to emerge since yesterday afternoon have focused on a reported conflict between Abramson and... More

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Nigerian journalists are struggling to cover #BringBackOurGirls

The challenges of reporting on Boko Haram

On Monday, Boko Haram, the terrorist group that abducted more than 200 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria last... More

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In Brooklyn, decades of high crime and low coverage bear sour fruit

The borough is full of mommy blogs, but it still lacks sufficient news coverage

Brooklyn these days may be the land of celebrities and high-priced real estate, but the borough is also reckoning with... More

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Alaska’s digital startup takes over the daily

Promise, and potential pitfalls, as Alaska Dispatch and the Anchorage Daily News merge

One of the more fascinating local media experiments in America is playing out in Anchorage, AK, where, last week, the... More

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In Ukrainian media, an uncivil war of words

Local media increasingly use the word “terrorist” to describe Eastern rebels

KIEV—It's too early to call the Ukrainian conflict a civil war, but fierce verbal fighting has already started between newsrooms... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Streamlining the Postal Service, when a merger fails and ‘Who lost Ukraine?’

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Postal Service blues: Last week's report that the US... More

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That BBC link on Slate is really an ad

What you’re not told about apparently curated links

The big paradox for journalism on the internet is that the medium offers so many technical advantages—infinite space, malleable design,... More

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Effusive suffixes

Adding -age to a word may sound fancy, but it’s usually unnecessary

A marketing website offered a course called "Storytelling Through Reportage Video Production." "Reportage is defined as the act of reporting... More

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The First Amendment argument against lethal-injection secrecy laws

It’s stronger than you might think

Update, 5/15: A media consortium consisting of The Associated Press, Guardian US, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Kansas City Star,... More

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The ‘new feminists’ of Joanna Coles’ Cosmopolitan

“We’re not a magazine that tells you to spend $4,000 on a bag”

When Cosmopolitan took home a National Magazine Award for public service journalism--the first ASME recognition in the magazine's almost 50-year... More

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Must-reads of the week

Lupita Nyong’o, Lara Logan, Barbara Walters, Dirtbag Shakespeare

Culled from CJR's frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Denmark’s unprecedented media scandal

A gossip mag takes a page from News of the World’s playbook

After managing to keep their honeymoon destination secret throughout their 2008 wedding preparations, Denmark's Prince Joachim and his bride Marie... More

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Sorry, Congressman: Obamacare hasn’t made more people uninsured

A factcheck from Washington makes its way into the Kansas media

A little press tale that blew out of the Kansas plains a couple weeks ago shows the value that media... More

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A site that meets all your news needs

The winners of the explanatory news site game will be the ones who design them well

The launch of Vox.com last month shined a spotlight on explanatory journalism--that is, journalism that seeks to contextualize the news... More

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Martha Stewart, Founder, Martha Stewart Living

Full video of Martha Stewart’s conversation at the Delacorte Lecture series

Streamed live on May 8, 2014 — Martha Stewart talks with Victor Navasky. To view this video on mobile... More

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Risks of personal-brand journalism

News organizations have no idea how to manage journalists who have followers of their own

In New York magazine's exhaustive feature this week about broadcast journalist Lara Logan's rise to 60 Minutes fame, and her... More

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Media companies challenge FAA drone ban

The prohibition is a First Amendment issue, the companies say

The battle over domestic drone use just got a little hotter. This week, a number of media companies, including The... More

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Uh oh, newspapers are looking like attractive investments again

Mostly smaller ones; good news and (mostly) bad news

The consolidation boom in the media business may soon extend, albeit on a vastly smaller scale, to newspapers, especially the... More

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Majority of top editors quit Le Monde

Seven of the paper’s senior editors resigned

Seven of the 11 senior editors at Le Monde, one of France's newspapers of record, resigned en masse on Tuesday... More

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Private schools

As public university boards become increasingly opaque, reporters try to fight back

DETROIT, MI — In Ohio, Kent State University recently conducted a presidential search that was so secretive that search committee... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Value of big data, news on Newsweek, White House Correspondents Dinner’s costs

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. What's the real value of big data? The Obama... More

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It’s campaign season! Time to start searching for hidden spending in FCC files (UPDATED)

The records are cumbersome but can be a valuable tool, especially in smaller markets

This post has been updated to reflect an amended FEC filing. MIAMI, FL — Last month The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported... More

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Avoid ‘venue’ and ‘facility’

When naming buildings in a story, specificity is key

In the 1964 printing of Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language, College Edition, "facility" has four definitions, only... More

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Q&A with Conrad Quilty-Harper, Ampp3d data journalist

The British site Ampp3d specializes in data journalism with a tabloid twist

Conrad Quilty-Harper, 26, is a wunderkind of the British data journalism scene, lauded by The Guardian on its "30 under... More

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Oregon reporters missed the story of a failing health exchange—until they didn’t

After a slow start, the state press corps recovers with a bang

Behind Oregon's failed health insurance exchange is a story of spin that in some ways mirrors federal officials' management of... More

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On World Press Freedom Day, little press freedom to speak of

Reports released by multiple organization are calling this the most dangerous conditions for journalists in decades

Last Saturday, May 3, was annual World Press Freedom Day. This year, the state of press freedom is especially grim;... More

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2 NOLA journos are being forced to testify in a federal criminal case

Would a shield law have made a difference?

At the end of this month, two reporters will have to take the witness stand in the trial of an... More

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Must-reads of the week

Tina Brown, Janet Mock, and Twitter

Culled from CJR's frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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A laurel to ProPublica

A superlative investigative piece examines the resegregation of America’s schools

Sixty years after the US Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" had no place in America's schools, a mammoth... More

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Post-Dispatch disparities

While execs at parent company Lee Enterprises get bonuses, newsrooms in St. Louis and elsewhere are “simmering the furniture”

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- Scott Bujnak might be the first carpenter to obtain “folk hero” status in a newsroom. Bujnak,... More

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Opening Shot

Just because the media says you’re the front-runner, does that make it so?

At a public appearance in April, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman asked Hillary Clinton if she was interested... More

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Drones and the free press

Somehow, the FAA became an arbiter of the First Amendment

The next great revolution in journalism might just be found at the Amazon store. It is called a drone,... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our March/April issue

Say it ain't so Thank you for the article "Who cares if it's true?" in the March/April edition. During my... More

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Eye in the sky

Drones are cheap, simple, and potential game changers for newsrooms

On the morning of February 1, Pedro Rivera was lying in bed, listening to the crackle of the police... More

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Part of the club

Voice of San Diego’s membership model has once again earned the organization a place in the national spotlight. If the model succeeds in San Diego, can it succeed elsewhere?

All join in In return for their membership in Voice of San Diego, local residents are invited to attend... More

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The king of content

How Upworthy aims to alter the Web, and could end up altering the world

In the summer of 2010, a conservative talk show host named Michael Graham scheduled a pit stop on his tour... More

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Bloomberg’s folly

The backstory is about to be told

For foreign correspondents in China, breaking stories that the censored Chinese press can't touch has long been a core... More

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Open Bar

Albuquerque Press Club

Albuquerque Press Club Albuquerque, NM Year opened The APC didn't have an official home until 1973, when it bought a... More

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Social media blast

New reporting tools

For most news outlets, it's been a given that a social media presence is becoming more than a promotional tool.... More

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On the job

Deported lives

  Every year, the United States deports hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants back to Mexico. Since 2008, David... More

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What’s in my bag?

Gear of war

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Viral Wisdom

To Gwyneth, with love

When New York Post contributing editor Mackenzie Dawson penned "A Working Mom's Open Letter to Gwyneth," a witty piece addressed... More

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Immersive Experience

Passing the stunt journalism torch to a new generation

May 5 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Jane Cochran, better known as undercover journalist Nellie... More

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Darts & Laurels

Flight 370 and Fox’s spelling ‘be’

DART to Newsweek for its Bitcoin debacle. The magazine blazed back into print with "The Face Behind Bitcoin," a cover... More

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Awards

And the winner is…

Many people have a nagging sense that journalism awards are about journalists' vanity. No doubt, they have a point. The... More

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Who’s running The Miami Herald?

Three Hispanics and one African-American, all of them women

When I graduated from college in Florida in 1986 and began looking for jobs, several people told me not... More

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Language Corner

Unbalanced

Not only does grammar like order, it likes balance. And that first sentence is unbalanced. Just as either needs or,... More

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Hard Numbers

Drone edition

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Gaming

Puzzle me this!

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The Lower Case

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The danger of fair and balanced

As the science grew more convincing about man’s effect on climate change, it’s as if the journalists were stuck in time

  On a sweltering June day in 1988, James E. Hansen, then the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for... More

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The fixer, the flacks, and the dictator’s son

Ken Silverstein delves deep into the clandestine world of oil

For over a decade, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue lived like a prince. He paid $30 million in cash for a... More

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A fierce hunt for justice

Corruption, sexual assaults, and the cops who did it

They're a reporting duo who turned an acclaimed newspaper series into a new book, so the Woodward and Bernstein comparisons... More

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Brief encounters

Short reviews of Journalism and Memory and Protest and Propaganda: W.E.B. Du Bois, The Crisis, and American History

Journalism and Memory Edited by Barbie Zelizer and Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt Palgrave Macmillan 282 pages, $95; $28 paperback Journalism and Memory... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

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