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Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods

Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

Last week the Daily Beast trolled the entire internet with an article claiming, absurdly, that "the Upper East Side is... More

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The Onion goes social

“America’s finest news source” just launched ClickHole, a viral parody site

If the future of the internet belongs to creators of clickbait--that oversexed, underreported detritus filling your Facebook feed that you... More

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The People shows how little opinion mags have changed in a century

Journalists starred in a reading of the 1917 play Sunday night at Joe’s Pub

Reihan Salam, Henrik Hertzberg, and David Brooks at the Public Forum Drama Club: The People at Joe’s Pub at The Public on... More

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The rise of internet video news

More and more young people get their news from online video, which is not necessarily a bad thing

Most of the discussion of youth news consumption and news literacy--including that of yours truly--focuses on articles and written content.... More

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Falling for internet hoaxes

Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

There is a certain language that accompanies sharing News of the Weird. Popping into my Facebook feed with some regularity... More

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News literacy goes global

Created in reaction to a distinctly American news media, the discipline is nonetheless gaining steam overseas

News literacy--the discipline that teaches students how to critically engage with the news they consume--grew specifically out of the contemporary... More

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Sources and secrets

An event at the Times Center discussed whether journalists reporting on government secrets are more prosecuted than in eras past

Has the War on Terror turned into a War on Journalists? Yes, according to speakers from some of the most... More

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Tabloids in the age of social media

It’s harder to gauge an outlet’s quality in a tweet

Last month the National Enquirer dropped a bombshell report that playwright David Bar Katz, a close friend of the recently... More

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News literacy declines with socioeconomic status

Students from families with a lower socioeconomic status tend to be less confident and capable in navigating the Web to find credible information

Remember the digital divide? It was the next big problem circa 1995. Rich people had computers and Internet access, and... More

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When old stories go viral

The onus is on readers to double check the timestamp on things they share

Earlier this month, many internet users were sharing a year-old Gawker item suggesting New York City might get 30 inches... More

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News literacy teaches about the internet; now those lessons will actually be available there

The News Literacy Project is bringing its curriculum online

In the fall of 2011, the start of its third academic year of existence, the News Literacy Project created a... More

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Trusting Twitter

News literacy experts say journalists should remain professional on Twitter—but that readers should still be skeptical of everything they read on the platform

Few things feel more personal than my Twitter feed. I tweet without the meddling of an editor. I use it... More

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A movement’s moment?

Common Core opens the door for news literacy to expand in the classroom

The news-literacy movement was born in the middle of the last decade, in response to the challenges news consumers face... More

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Streams of consciousness

Millennials expect a steady diet of quick-hit, social-media-mediated bits and bytes. What does that mean for journalism?

My first encounters with journalism were the same as most American males: through the sports pages. Sometime in middle... More

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Piecemeal existence

For today’s young freelancers, what will traffic bear?

In 2009, an editor for a new website called The Faster Times, which sought to be “an edgier Huffington Post,”... More

The Right-Wing Media’s Discipline Machine

Talk radio and Fox News bully the GOP candidates into line—and, in the process, offer a narrow vision of conservatism

When Mitt Romney was asked at a New Hampshire town hall in June 2011 about climate change, he probably did... More

Park Slope Pundits Get the Story Wrong

Why lifestyle pieces need context

I grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, so a headline on The New Yorker's homepage Monday, declaring "Park Slope is... More

A Trail of Unexpected Costs on the Campaign Trail

Price-gouging in the primary states

My first visit to New Hampshire in this election cycle came just days before the Iowa caucuses. With most political... More

Reporting from the Right

Heritage Foundation aims to fill left-right coverage gap

In the domestic Cold War a reporting gap has developed: a number of left-leaning web sites such as The Huffington... More

The Problem with Covering Polls

Daily Caller mistakes opinion for fact

Thursday afternoon, Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson tweeted the link to a story on his website, saying "and the poor... 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


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

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

Bloggingheads

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

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