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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

On May 28, Columbia University photographer Eileen Barroso captured a historic, if uncomfortable New York Times moment at the... 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

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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