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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

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.

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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Questions and exercises for journalism students.