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New West

News, analysis, and culture reporting for the Rocky Mountain region

MISSOULA, MONTANA — All over the harsh terrain of the Rocky Mountains, local fears of rampant development burst with the... More

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The Connecticut Mirror

Former Courant staffers step up to fill the state’s hard news gap

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT — A tiny, talented, maybe-a-bit-too-earnest team of ex-Hartford Courant staffers is trying to plug the glaring gaps in... More

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Intersections South Los Angeles

USC students report on their neighboring communities

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — When conservative Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly needs a sparring partner on immigration issues, his producers... More

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Neon Tommy

A student-run news site with a national reputation

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — When swine flu heated up international headlines in 2009, University of Southern California's fledgling news site... More

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Oakland Local

Susan Mernit & co. cover their corner of the Bay

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — Born from the community outrage that followed a local police-on-civilian killing caught on cell phone and spread... More

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voiceofsandiego.org

A nonprofit news innovator in Southern California

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — Exposing the darker side of a sunny beach city, the six-year-old news site Voice of San... More

Five Inconvenient Truths…

Of environmental journalism

In its June issue, Wired dedicated its cover story to the "inconvenient truths about global warming," taking conventionally unconventional looks... More

Garbage Island Diary

Viceland’s alternative model for environmental reporting

Fledgling online video Web site VBS.tv scored an environmental journalism coup this month with "Garbage Island" - a quirky, travelogue-documentary... More

Neuroscience Reporting, Debugged

Flackery and extrapolation plague stories about the brain

Within the last month, Wired magazine's Mark Anderson and author Tom Wolfe, in an interview published in the San Francisco... More

Rock Bottom

Get stoked: the MSM are acting less childish about pot

The strain of “reefer madness” that's been infecting American newsrooms since at least 1911 appears to be abating amid some... More

Notes from Underground

Revisiting the Vietnam-era radical press

Storm clouds threaten downtown San Francisco tonight. The San Francisco Chronicle faces closure. Craigslist and its kind starve the local... More

The Tea Party is timeless - Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story - Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

Do you know Elise Andrew? - The creator of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

Goodbye and good luck to all of us - Dean Starkman on leaving CJR

When quitting goes viral - Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience


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

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.