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The case for Huffington Post’s crowdfunded reporting job

Let the people pay

When the Huffington Post announced it would crowdfund a one-year reporting fellowship to cover the aftermath of teenager Michael Brown's... More

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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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