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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

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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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.