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TBD

D.C. arts, culture, and events listings from a once-anointed champion of the local web

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — When Washington, DC-area website TBD launched in August of 2010, it was supposed to shake up the... More

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Twin Cities Daily Planet

Citizen-powered local news for Minneapolis and St. Paul

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — The Twin Cities Daily Planet focuses on a combination of neighborhood-level news and coverage of progressive, social... More

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The Beachwood Reporter

A belligerently informed take on Chicago media, sports, and culture

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In 2006, after fifteen years as a print journalist, including six years as a political reporter with... More

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FailedMessiah.com

News and investigations from within ultra-orthodox Judaism

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — A few days after a team of Navy SEALS killed Al Qaeda mastermind Osama Bin Laden,... More

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Journal Watchdog

A print startup’s bold online muckracking operation

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA — The purpose of Journal Watchdog, an online news site launched in January of 2009 and based... More

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Front Porch Forum

Social networking and citizen journalism in northern Vermont

BURLINGTON, VERMONT — Vermont-based social networking site Front Porch Forum has earned an intense regional following, partly thanks to its... More

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Gapers Block

Chicago’s first city-wide news and culture blog

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Today, Gapers Block is a smartly designed Chicago blog with everything you'd expect to see on a... More

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Gothamist

A pioneer of the city blog format

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In an over-saturated New York media market, there are few news sources that can claim... More

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Inner City Press

A one-man show reporting on the United Nations

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Every weekday at noon, a spokesperson for the United Nations briefs the media in the... More

Conflict in the Congo, Part II

Congo war finally hits Times’s front page, but more coverage is needed

About a month ago, I wrote that the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was an A1-worthy story... More

The Conflict in the Congo

It belongs on Page One

The ethnic and political free-for-all in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has raged for over a decade, and has... More

Get Schooled

Malia and Sasha choose a school, the media wonder what it all means

For the private secondary schools of Washington, D.C., the Obama sweepstakes have officially begun, with archrivals Sidwell Friends and Georgetown... More

Journalism vs. the UN Security Council: Round 1?

There are currently thirty-eight active armed conflicts in the world. But when Japanese UN ambassador and Security Council president Yukio... 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


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”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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