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When Burning Man is your beat

The Reno Gazette-Journal hires its first reporter to cover the experimental community year-round

This summer will be Jenny Kane’s first trip to Burning Man. No surprise—last year, six out of 10 attendees were... More

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What will happen to The New York Times’ race beat?

It’s uncertain if the newspaper will replace Tanzina Vega, who is moving to the metro desk

The future of race coverage at The New York Times is under scrutiny as Tanzina Vega, the paper’s sole reporter... More

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Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’

But chronology doesn’t reveal everything

On Timeline, a new made-for-mobile app, the news is told chronologically. An orangutan gaining legal rights in Argentina, for... More

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Genius and the splintering of arts journalism

For the future of music criticism, Sasha Frere-Jones’ new company cannot replace his old one

The announcement that Genius, the website best known for crowdsourced explanations of rap lyrics, bagged an A-list music critic was... More

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PR agencies can pay for journalist ‘dossiers’

Some obscure profiles from NewsBios get factchecked

For as little as $200, NewsBios provides "reputation insurance" to PR agencies and corporations preparing for interviews. It compiles dossiers... More

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The hacks we love to hate

Hollywood’s sleazy journalists draw big crowds

Once, Hollywood painted journalists as heroes in films such as Citizen Kane and Deadline, USA. Then, with Network, Hero, and... More

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An old media scoop on pro-ISIS tweeter Shami Witness leads to a new media dox

When anonymity is taken out of the media’s hands

While the UK’s Channel 4 didn’t release the full name of Shami Witness, one of the most prolific tweeters of... More

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Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school

Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

The price of a two-year graduate journalism degree at UC Berkeley is set to rise to $46,600 for in-state students,... More

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The new Pulitzer Prize rules explained

Awards administrator Mike Pride discusses expansion to include magazines and outside partnerships

As the boundaries between newspaper, magazine, and online journalism continue to dissolve, the Pulitzer board announced Monday that it was... More

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Jill Abramson’s flashpoints with the federal government

The former New York Times Executive Editor on her regrets withholding major stories

Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson said Wednesday that she regrets how she handled two high-profile cases where... More

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Longform overload

New narrative journalism startups, like Latterly Magazine, launch as quickly as others fail in a crowded marketplace

Jill Abramson and Steven Brill’s upcoming longform outfit, a still-unnamed collaboration between the former New York Times executive editor and... More

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What it’s like to be a polygamy beat reporter

Salt Lake Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle on an evolving coverage area

Last Tuesday, The New York Times’ frontpage headline read “It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Many Wives.” That Joseph Smith married... More

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Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal

Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

A non-Catholic, casual news consumer might be forgiven for thinking that Pope Francis is pro-same-sex unions, pro-evolution, and anti-capitalism. Since... More

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Mana Neyestani reflects in ‘An Iranian Metamorphosis’

The political cartoonist details his struggles in graphic-novel memoir

In the tradition of comic-book artists, Mana Neyestani signs the inside cover of An Iranian Metamorphosis not just with... More

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Ta-Nehisi Coates defines a new race beat

The Atlantic writer looks to the past to confront contemporary racism

He is the most celebrated journalist writing about race today, and yet Ta-Nehisi Coates' ideas are surprisingly unoriginal. He... More

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Journalism’s new beats

Today’s coverage areas go way beyond cops, courts, and sports.

Media companies old and new are perpetually rethinking their beats, though their motivations may vary. More

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What’s next for Ferguson?

As grand jury decision over Michael Brown’s shooting looms, a Columbia Journalism panel questions early leaks

The story of Ferguson, MO, roils on. On Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published Michael Brown’s leaked autopsy report, and The New... More

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How do we know what we know about #Gamergate?

The media has flocked to cover a largely anonymous movement that has no clear aims, leaders, or organization

Gamergate is “a heated debate over journalistic integrity, the definition of video games, and the identity of those who play... More

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In a new film, once-shunned reporter’s reputation comes full circle

Kill the Messenger as Gary Webb’s final act

Jeremy Renner as San Jose Mercury News investigative reporter Gary Webb in Kill The Messenger (Chuck Zlotnik/Focus Features) When filmgoers see Kill... More

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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

From Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, a relentless summer of international strife is raising the stakes for the United Nations... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

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