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Why moving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial won’t nullify pretrial media coverage

Live and digital coverage of the Boston Marathon makes pretrial publicity almost inescapable

As jury selection in the alleged Boston Marathon bomber’s trial entered its final stages last week, defense attorneys filed a... More

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Should journalists care about the State of the Union address?

The annual speech no longer packs a punch, and the media is starting to notice

The State of the Union is antique. That’s not what President Barack Obama will tell a joint session of... More

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Why we’ll have to wait for CNN’s news drones

The news organization faces several hurdles before it can use the machines for broadcast

CNN’s research program for drone journalism has been cleared for takeoff, but don’t expect Anderson Cooper-narrated live aerial shots... More

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Reported.ly tested immediately with Charlie Hebdo tragedy

Andy Carvin’s global, social-media news operation is the latest experiment from First Look Media

It was, as Andy Carvin later described it, a baptism by fire. Less than 48 hours after the launch of... More

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The looming threat of newsroom cyber attacks

Recent attacks on the Albuquerque Journal and WBOC reveal the importance of digital security

Around 11am on Tuesday, journalists at the Maryland CBS affiliate WBOC noticed that their Twitter password had been changed. Employees... More

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Fox News’ open-door policy

The cable giant lets some of its contributors leave and return for the sake of politics

Cable-news channels often provide soft landings for former or wanna-be elected officials, typically featuring them as political analysts. But just... More

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Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters

Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

In Detroit, the American Dream has become an American Paradox: Corporate-backed revitalization downtown belies the continued deterioration of sprawling... More

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If it’s weed, it leads

High times for cable news

Cable news is doing drugs. On November 30, MSNBC began airing a six-part documentary series on the fledgling weed... More

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How New York protects police records from public view

Newspapers, open-government agency, fight law that shields police-misconduct records

As the national conversation about police-community relations intensified in recent months, open-government advocates in New York State escalated their... More

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The worst journalism of 2014

A recap of this year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

News blunders tend to have short lifespans. They’re outed by watchful eyes, social media erupts, and the gears of... More

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What the Sony hacks reveal about the news industry

Writers gave consumers exactly what they wanted

Along with employee salaries, Channing Tatum’s penchant for all-caps, and executives’ racially charged jokes about President Obama, the Sony... More

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Senate torture report details CIA’s media strategy

How the spy agency manipulated press coverage of secret programs

The Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture of terrorism suspects not only reignited a national debate over the former... More

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How political campaigns use Twitter to shape media coverage

The Romney and Obama teams used social media to manipulate media narratives during 2012 debates

A month before the first 2012 presidential debate, widely considered a decisive victory for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, GOP... More

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Media raises criticism in Eric Garner case

News outlets from across the spectrum question a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo

The media can’t breathe. That was the reaction of many journalists to news yesterday that New York City Police... More

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Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect

Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical gray areas

Some of Fareed Zakaria’s past and present publications are finally facing the music, even though they won’t acknowledge what... More

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A look inside Guant√°namo Bay by Vice

The project is the first installation in a new series on prisons around the world

Since the first detainees were shipped to Guantánamo Bay in January 2002, media coverage of the US military prison... More

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How polling data can be dangerous for political journalists

It’s often not as accurate as you’d think

The major political storyline emerging in the aftermath of Tuesday’s elections wasn’t that Republicans took control of the Senate... More

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Storyhunter unveils virtual marketplace for freelance foreign correspondents

Startup’s platform connects news organizations with network of professional journalists

With most foreign news bureaus sapped of manpower, the demand for freelance correspondents is high. But finding a reliable... More

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The good and bad of 2014 election coverage

Sampling the campaign season’s cringeworthy and praiseworthy media moments

Tuesday's midterm elections remove the last procedural barrier between a hungry political press and the presidential feast it craves in... More

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Who’s hosted Meet the Press?

Meet some anchors who sat in the iconic desk

In September, Chuck Todd became the 12th full-time moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, the longest-running show on network TV.... 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


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.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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