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The Portland Press Herald’s longform look at ethnic inequality in Maine

“Unsettled” takes a deep dive into Native American history

Since late June, The Portland Press Herald has been running daily installments of "Unsettled," a 29-piece series that chronicles the... More

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Darts & Laurels [Updated]

Is it okay to use the N-word for effect? Um, no.

DART to the Westview News, a Greenwich Village monthly, for poor judgment in using the N-word, spelled out with all... More

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Infographic: Soccer goes mainstream in the US

A niche sport no more, and media coverage has expanded to match interest

For four solid weeks in the middle of summer, a growing legion of US soccer fans cling to radios, laptops,... More

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Google Glass vs. Google Hoax

Can you tell which of these stories about the gadget are true and which are false?

Everyone's talking about Google Glass. After years of development and exclusive, invitation-only testing, the tech giant finally made its wearable... More

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Exit Interview: Ed O’Keefe

Pop! goes the disruptor

After 12 years at ABC News, working his way up from a desk assistant to executive producer of ABC... More

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A tense reunion

Jill Abramson and Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. posed at the Pulitzers

Group photo ProPublica's Paul Steiger, Arthur Sulzberger, Jill Abramson, and Reuters' Stephen Adler (also a member of CJR's board).... More

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News organizations are the new journalism schools

Politico and Condé Nast will soon be training rookies

Politico and Condé Nast are entering the j-school business. Last week, Politico announced the creation of a 10-day Journalism Institute... More

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Thousands of journalists withhold a mistakenly released CIA agent name

A recent White House blunder highlights issues of secrecy and public interest

Last Saturday, the White House accidentally revealed the identity of the CIA's most senior operative in Kabul by accidentally including... More

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Reporting from Sudan’s hidden frontline

Nuba Reports shines a light on the undercovered conflict in the Nuba Mountains

There is a war being fought in Sudan, and it's happening almost out of sight. In 2011, South Sudan became... More

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The Atlantic goes all out for its new cover story

Behind the scenes of the marketing campaign for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations”

On Wednesday night, The Atlantic posted the cover story for its June 2014 print issue: Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for... More

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‘News on Demand’ caters to reader attention spans

A new project curates news based on how much and how long users wish to read

Readers are busier than ever and their time is at a premium. Which is why journalist Marie-Catherine Beuth is developing... More

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Nigerian journalists are struggling to cover #BringBackOurGirls

The challenges of reporting on Boko Haram

On Monday, Boko Haram, the terrorist group that abducted more than 200 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria last... More

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Majority of top editors quit Le Monde

Seven of the paper’s senior editors resigned

Seven of the 11 senior editors at Le Monde, one of France's newspapers of record, resigned en masse on Tuesday... More

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Q&A with Conrad Quilty-Harper, Ampp3d data journalist

The British site Ampp3d specializes in data journalism with a tabloid twist

Conrad Quilty-Harper, 26, is a wunderkind of the British data journalism scene, lauded by The Guardian on its "30 under... More

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A laurel to ProPublica

A superlative investigative piece examines the resegregation of America’s schools

Sixty years after the US Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" had no place in America's schools, a mammoth... More

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Immersive Experience

Passing the stunt journalism torch to a new generation

May 5 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Jane Cochran, better known as undercover journalist Nellie... More

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Darts & Laurels

Flight 370 and Fox’s spelling ‘be’

DART to Newsweek for its Bitcoin debacle. The magazine blazed back into print with "The Face Behind Bitcoin," a cover... More

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The fixer, the flacks, and the dictator’s son

Ken Silverstein delves deep into the clandestine world of oil

For over a decade, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue lived like a prince. He paid $30 million in cash for a... More

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The New Yorker’s plagiarism blunder

“The problem is the degree to which you are a victim of your own success”

Elizabeth Kolbert's Comment "Rough Forecasts," published in the April 14 issue of The New Yorker, contains this quote from the... More

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Crossing over

Hybrid documentary series Borderland recreates the treacherous journey that actual undocumented immigrants have attempted from Mexico to the US

Halfway through retracing the journey that thousands of undocumented migrants take from Mexico to the United States each year, Washington... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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