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16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits

A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Even casual consumers of media news have heard of Ezra Klein and Nate Silver, two names that are now synonymous... More

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Dear reader

For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Recently NYU professor Jay Rosen offered some advice to entry-level journalists: Start in a niche. Choose a topic where there... More

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Why j-schoolers are depressed

…and why they’re wrong about their job prospects

I spent several days last week talking to classes at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. This is the... More

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The new dream job

And the end of old-media prestige

For years, even as most print-centric publications downsized, they maintained their status as the crème de la crème. The journalistic... More

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Going viral

How to make content sharable

"What makes something go viral?" That has become the $64,000 question among journalists. Ask 10 different publishers and you'll get... More

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The next generation of diversity

Why aren’t we studying the digital pipeline?

This week the Women's Media Center released its annual report on the gender and racial diversity of US media. Drawing... More

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Be the next Ezra Klein!

A formula for becoming a new-media mogul

You can't swing a dead LOLcat these days without hitting an enterprising journalist who's striking out to create a new-media... More

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7 hard truths about digital-era journalism

Not included: the fact that most publications haven’t found a way to monetize it

1. Your redesign will take twice as long as expected. And probably cost twice as much, too. You can use... More

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Crowdfunding, story by story

When fundraising for a specific reporting project, what are the rules?

Last year, crowdfunding was hailed as a great new hope for journalism. A handful of media startups--including a single-issue magazine... More

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Viral done right

Not all shareable content is empty clickbait

First the Wall Street Journal profiled Gawker traffic powerhouse Neetzan Zimmerman. Then came the news that, thanks largely to social... More

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BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section

It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.

Last week, BuzzFeed's new books editor, Isaac Fitzgerald, said something outrageous: He would not be publishing negative reviews. "Why waste... More

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‘Ethnic media’ in today’s journalism environment

A new joint effort from ABC News and Univision raises some good questions.

A few weeks ago, my friend Jorge Rivas and I found ourselves whining to each other about PR flaks. My... More

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Journalism and customer service

Do we serve democracy or consumers?

Let's face it: The bulk of journalism produced is inessential. This isn't to say it's not valuable, just that the... More

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Awareness weak

Why manufactured public-health events don’t make for good news

You know it's October because of the pink. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has become inescapable, making the rare leap from... More

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Email dos and don’ts

Unwanted pitches, email reporting, and inbox lockdown

This week, for the first time in ages, I cleared my email backlog. Much of the correspondence in the queue... More

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War reporting for amateurs

Should you just take off for a foreign country and hope to sell your work later?

I confess that I've been watching all the coverage of Amanda Lindhout's book with a bit of chagrin. Lindhout, who... More

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The women’s pages

The upsides and downsides of starting your career in gender-specific digital media

Last week, when entrepreneur Bryan Goldberg announced he'd scored $6.5 million in capital to "completely transform women's publishing," he was... More

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Translating the newsroom into tech jargon

In case you suddenly have a new boss from that world, or something

Let's say you've suddenly found yourself working for a boss who's more steeped in tech culture than in journalism. As... More

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Email newsletter etiquette for journalists

How to insert yourself in readers’ inboxes—without annoying them

One of the disadvantages of being a freelance writer is that there's no larger platform promoting all of your work.... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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