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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 grey 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

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Journalism says goodbye to Redskins

A list of news organizations that no longer use the team name

The debate over the Washington Redskins' nickname intensified this year when the US Patent and Trademark Office canceled the... More

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The New York Times recreates ISIS captivity of Foley, Sotloff [UPDATED]

Blockbuster story details the imprisonment and torture of Western hostages

For the past two months, most of what was known of the horrors faced by kidnapped journalists James Foley... More

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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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