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James Risen on secret sources, joining Twitter, and going undercover

The New York Times reporter and author discusses his new book, Pay Any Price

For more than seven years, James Risen has been locked in a legal battle with the US Justice Department,... More

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4 lessons on how Americans consume political news

Pew report shows how polarization affects media choice and trust

The political information reaching voters becomes all the more important as midterm elections loom. At the same time, news organizations... More

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Media changes course on Ebola

News outlets finally report clearly on the virus

On October 10, two days after Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person to die from Ebola on US... More

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Political coverage falls short in Kentucky senate debate

National reporters fail to examine Mitch McConnell’s unusual statement

All politics is local, as the old saying goes. But if Monday’s Kentucky Senate debate is any indication, the... More

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How polling stories show only part of the picture

When covering their own polls, media outlets often favor good headlines over hard data

Scott Clement didn’t believe it. In the midst of the government shutdown last year, the Washington Post polling analyst learned... More

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PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay

Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

After a sales representative at Harper’s Magazine received a phone call on September 18 from a disgruntled advertiser, the subject... More

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Reporters jump the gun on Eric Holder replacement speculation

After news broke of the attorney general’s resignation, journalists got ahead of themselves

Hours before Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation Thursday afternoon, speculation among reporters about his replacement had already... More

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How news outlets can cover the war on ISIS with social media

With few journalists on the ground in Iraq and Syria, news organizations turn to social media

It began, as so many things do nowadays, with a tweet. Breaking: Huge explosions shook the city in what might... More

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The Washington Post takes on Rand Paul

How the newspaper pushed back on a senator’s criticism

On Monday, The Washington Post analyzed the evolution of some of Sen. Rand Paul’s policy positions — flip-flops — in... More

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Is the US ‘going to war’ against ISIS? The answer matters

A war of words between the Obama administration and the press

The media didn’t buy the terminology President Barack Obama was selling Wednesday night, when he outlined a “comprehensive and... More

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After James Foley: News leaders divided on how to handle kidnapped reporters

Split on full display at Columbia Journalism School panel discussion

The murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff ignited fierce debate over how to react when a reporter is kidnapped.... More

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Why hiring Benny Johnson is a smart play for National Review

The serial plagiarist could help the rightwing magazine go viral in a crowded conservative market

It comes as no surprise that National Review hired Benny Johnson, BuzzFeed’s former viral politics editor who was fired in... More

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Must-reads of the week

“I Fucking Love Science,” a reporter who got close to the CIA, and the rekindled rivalry between two newspaper giants

It was a busy week in the media world. Journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by an ISIS captor, making him... More

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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

On August 26, Fox’s Megyn Kelly aired a four-minute segment on an Indiana University project called Truthy, declaring sarcastically, “Some... More

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The Boston Globe launches Crux to draw a global, Catholic audience

With 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, the metro newspaper hopes a single-issue Catholicism site will help it reach the promised land

The religion of journalism has always found believers in Boston. The same goes for Catholicism. No small wonder, then, why... More

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How robots consumed journalism

A look back in time reveals machines have long been after news jobs

1770s Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz builds “The Writer,” a 6,000-part automated doll that could be mechanically programmed to write with... More

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4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news

The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

It’s not often that news broadcasters warn audiences of how boring a subject is before jumping into a 13-minute segment... More

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Why local media struggle covering sports stadium construction

Local news organizations often support the home team, despite huge public costs of keeping them in town

The word of the National Football League commissioner is not law. But the opening line of a 2,300-word piece in... More

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Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical

Obama defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

In a news conference Thursday addressing the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and resulting unrest in Ferguson, MO, President Barack... More

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Did a spy agency screw The Intercept?

For better and for worse, trust is key to coverage of the national security beat

Predicated on mutual trust, the relationship between reporters and the intelligence community has become increasingly fraught in recent years. The... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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