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A Tale of Two Papers

P-I offers reporting, San Francisco Chronicle offers flackery

The starkly different ways in which two Hearst properties—the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the San Francisco Chronicle—have been informing readers of... More

A Great City Forced to Read Flackery

Is the San Francisco Chronicle a news organization or a publicity service?

The number-two story on the front page of SFGate.com Tuesday night, and evidently given prominent play in Wednesday's print version... More

Who’s Undercutting Obama?

For the moment, at least, it’s his press office

It’s 3 p.m. and the phone in the White House press secretary’s office is ringing. It rings and rings and... More

Attitude Adjustment

How the Internet could usher in a new golden age of consumer journalism

Like the air that sustains life, facts that would help hard-pressed consumers are all around us. Instead of gathering and... More

My Facts, Your Facts

America and the pursuit of willful delusion

Reader comments posted on digital news sites are often heavy on invective, hurled from noms d’Internet that allow people to... 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


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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