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Darts and Laurels

A Lincoln Journal Star series digs through the paper’s archives and finds treasure

In an effort to fill the Monday edition, traditionally a thin news day everywhere, city editor Peter Salter has tried... More

Darts and Laurels

The diamond thief’s tale sounded too good to be true. Turns out it was.

On Valentine’s Day weekend in 2003, a gang of Italian thieves, led by a man named Leonardo Notarbartolo, broke into... More

Twitter + Diplomacy = Danger: Stray Voltage!

Two State Department staff members leading a delegation of Silicon Valley executives to Syria have learned that social media and... More

2010 Knight News Challenge Winners Announced

Some clever ideas in the Sisyphean struggle to Save Journalism

The latest Knight News Challenge has been closed and the winners are in, just announced earlier today. First, the bad... More

All Talk and No Oil Cap Makes Barack A Dull Boy

A roundup of press coverage of and reaction to Obama’s Oval Office address on the Gulf oil spill

Eight weeks into the biggest oil spill disaster in American history and beset by criticism of the federal reaction to... More

The Man on the Street

So a citizen journalist walks into a journalism school …

Lots of people walk through the doors of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism every day. Just this past month,... More

How Blogs and Social Media Agendas Relate To Traditional, Oh To Hell With It

Yesterday, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism released another of their comprehensive and fascinating research reports on... More

Excuse Me, Miss. Your Sue Grafton Novel is Jamming the Plane’s Electronic Signals

Sometimes iPads, Kindles and Nooks just don't fly. As reported by a friend, the following is an actual announcement made... More

Neither Taylor Momsen Nor David Carr Wrote This Headline

David Carr's Media Equation column in today's New York Times discusses the death of the witty headline and explores the... More

Huffington Post and the Art of the Headline

Everyone’s heard The Huffington Post described as the Drudge Report of the left, but someone once told me that they... More

Darts and Laurels

An LAT reporter did strong work on the Toyota story. But where was the rest of the auto press?

Complaints about Toyota and Lexus cars suddenly accelerating out of control began surfacing about a decade ago, and a series... More

Ethics for the Investigators

A new report seeks standards for nonprofit newsrooms

Today, the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Journalism Ethics, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (a nonprofit... More

Face, Meet Post

Reader ire draws changes to WaPo social media effort

On Wednesday afternoon, visitors to The Washington Post’s Web site were greeted with a new feature on the home page.... More

You Pick It, You Report It

The Faster Times plots a new pro-am collaboration

The Faster Times, an online newspaper launched in July 2009 (tagline: “A new type of newspaper for a new type... More

All Together Now: Ayva-Fiat-Yogurt-Merkel!

It's been about a week since that Icelandic volcano whateveritscalled has been busy shutting down European airspace and bringing us... 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

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