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Plunderbund

Ohio state politics from a progressive point of view

HAMILTON, OHIO — Like many political news sites, Plunderbund was born out of frustration. Ohio-based writer Eric Vessels had been... More

InsideClimate News

Environment news and investigations

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — After experimenting with a variety of quick-hit approaches to environmental coverage, a four-year-old online news startup... More

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Cell coverage

How a convicted murderer found his true calling as a jailhouse reporter and prisoners’ rights crusader

Paul Wright began his journalism career behind bars. When he was 21, Wright killed a man in Federal Way,... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Recycling old interviews, questioning the American dream, and Catholic parents head to Burning Man

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

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Reporting from the battlefield, uninsured

Freelancers on the frontlines operate with little to no institutional support

While covering the uprising against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, photojournalist Anton Hammerl was shot and killed in an... More

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Domain suffixes are the latest Web real estate

What will this mean for the media industry?

What do the words mail, love, cloud, and news have in common? They each have seven different entities proposing their... More

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Learning from others’ Kickstarter mistakes

Infographic compares successful projects with those that failed

Journalism professionals, professors, and students are taking their reporting proposals to Kickstarter, and for the past few months I’ve rounded... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Education in America, My Little Pony’s bronies, and paranormal investigations

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

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GOOD Mag to be ‘a Reddit for social good’ (updated)

Ex-staffers at work on a new publication

GOOD magazine fired six of its nine-person editorial staff on Friday—and two others accepted buyouts—as part of a move from... More

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Turning users into supporters

Online startups need better ways to measure engagement efforts

Building an actively involved audience ranks high on the priority list for news organizations, but as outlets around the country... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Community radio, burning-man culture, and a crowd-funded movie about crowdfunding

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

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Chicago police respect public’s right to record

Despite Illinois’s draconian wiretapping law

When it comes to preventing citizens from recording police, Illinois has the most severe restrictions in the US. State law... More

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You have a right to remain recording

Carlos Miller’s crusade for freedom of photography

On January 31, officers from the Miami-Dade and City of Miami Police Departments donned riot gear and headed to Government... More

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Seattle news site PubliCola is out of business

But its writers are moving to another Seattle site: Crosscut.com

The Seattle-based political news site PubliCola is closing, despite strong readership. As founder Josh Feit describes in a post, the... More

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OffTheBus takes a ‘breather’

New technologies and partnerships in the works

OffTheBus, The Huffington Post’s citizen journalism program for campaign coverage, hasn’t posted new content in almost a month. But the... More

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Staying Safe

CPJ’s “Journalist Security Guide” is a must-read

The Committee to Protect Journalists just released its “Journalist Security Guide,” a 68-page manual for reporters that has tips on... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

Bloggingheads

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

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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.