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Veteran Blogs Cover Occupy Wall Street

The military community takes sides

Veterans Today, an online-only publication, features writing by veterans, for veterans. The site focuses on a whole range of topics,... More

Hard Numbers

Markers in a changing news landscape, from sourcing to salaries to cyberspace

Typewriter sales and service shops in the Manhattan phone book: 341 (1961) 320 (1986) 25 (2011) Computer sales and service... More

Oakland Local Covers Occupy Oakland

Covering the national story in their backyard

When Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen was critically injured last week at Occupy Oakland, the eyes of the news media... More

Citizen Journos Level Up

Racking up points for participation

Video games are one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment. They’re interactive, competitive, social, and have the power... More

New Knight Foundation Report

How local news nonprofits search for sustainability

Quality journalism is not a sound business plan; even if you have a good-size audience and mind-blowing stories, it’s not... More

Q & A with Boston Globe Editor, Marty Baron

On serving online “snackers” and “deep readers,” and Whitey Bulger coverage

The Boston Globe is set to implement its new subscription model, which will cost $3.99 a week for a digital-only... More

Occupy Wall Street’s Media Team

A day in the life

Wednesday, October 5th Among the tarps, pizza boxes, and people tightly squeezed into Zuccotti Park, there are subtly segmented... More

Pulitzer Winners Go Behind the Scenes of Their Stories

Reaching for the high-hanging fruit

Four of this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners visited the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism last night to discuss their... More

Ensuring Independence

How university journalism centers establish boundaries

An office. Desks, chairs, Internet, phone. Maybe even a printer. More and more, universities are providing these organizational basics to... More

The Glass-Half-Full Beat

Exploring the positive news niche

Plenty of people claim that they don’t pay attention to the news because it’s too depressing. The sentiment is certainly... More

Fletch (1985)

Getting the story, one quip at a time

Irwin Fletcher, Fletch to his friends, is an investigative reporter for a Los Angeles newspaper. He writes his columns under... More

SolveClimate Goes Inside

How an environmental news startup found its way to investigative reporting

After experimenting with a variety of quick-hit approaches to environmental coverage, a four-year-old online news startup focused on climate change... More

Haven Bound

A Q&A with Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir

In 2008, Iceland was hit hard by the global financial crisis. Citizen outrage and political unrest followed, sparking a... More

After Irene: How a Hyperlocal Is Helping

In the Catskills, the Watershed Post is coordinating relief efforts

In the Catskills region of upstate New York, where flooding from Hurricane Irene wiped out entire towns, a hyperlocal site... More

Haven Bound

A Q&A with Icelandic Parliamentarian, Birgitta Jónsdóttir

In 2008, Iceland was hit hard by the global financial crisis. Citizen outrage and political unrest followed, sparking a... 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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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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