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The secret whistleblowers, revisited

The new documentary 1971, which premiered on Friday, reveals how a group of activists exposed the secrets of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

In March 1971, eight burglars broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Media, PA, and stole hundreds of... More

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WNYC is beefing up its data journalism

New York’s public radio station is expanding its data reporting

WNYC's data team has tracked a lot over the years: cicadas, flood zones, and even wireless internet access on the... More

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ONA prepares a DIY ethics code

The Online News Association is working on a crowdsourced ethics code project

The Online News Association is working on "Build Your Own Ethics Code," a toolkit to help news outlets, bloggers, and... More

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One in three Americans view online news videos

This year’s State of the News Media report was released on Wednesday

More American adults are watching news videos online than ever before. According to the 2014 State of the News Media... More

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Age has less impact on news consumption

A study by the Media Insight Project tracks how Americans follow news stories across time and media platforms

Contrary to general wisdom that media consumption differs by age--older people read print newspapers; teenagers watch online videos--a study released... More

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Digital media hiring diversity under the microscope

As Nate Silver and Ezra Klein were being criticized for their homogenous hires, suggestions for diversification came to the fore

On Wednesday, Emily Bell, director of Columbia Journalism School's Tow Center and a member of CJR's board of overseers, wrote... More

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The future of data journalism at the Washington Post

Life after Ezra Klein

When blogger and commentator Ezra Klein joined the Washington Post in 2009, he was 25 years old and barely known... More

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Darts & Laurels

Too many hoaxes and anonymous sources

DART to The Daily Mail, Gawker, and NBC, among others, for gleefully reprinting a story about North Korean leader Kim... More

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Venezuela revokes CNN press credentials (Updated)

The president of Venezuela disapproved of the network’s coverage of protests

(Update, February 22, 2:30pm): After initially announcing CNN no longer had permission to report in Venezuela, the government told the... More

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Women still underrepresented in US media

This year’s Status of Women in US Media report was released on Wednesday

American media is nowhere near achieving gender parity when it comes to who gets hired. According to the Women's Media... More

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Bill Keller moves to the Marshall Project

The former NYT editor takes the helm at a new nonprofit specializing in criminal justice reporting

Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times, will leave the paper to become editor in chief of... More

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A new podcast network will focus on story-driven radio shows

Radiotopia seeks to “flip the model” of broadcast-to-internet

PRX, an online marketplace for public media, launched a new podcast network on Tuesday to help promote digital-first audio programming.... More

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How I got that story

The growing problem of forced marriages in the US

In September 2013, Sarah Fournier, then a journalism master's student at New York University, was looking for a subject to... More

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The Daily Telegraph fires its editor

Tony Gallagher has left the paper amid its shift to a digitally focused strategy

The Daily Telegraph, one of the UK's papers of record, sacked its editor, Tony Gallagher, on Tuesday, according to multiple... More

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Ezra Klein’s WaPo departure

Reactions to the media wunderkind leaving the Post to start his own news organization

After five years, news broke Tuesday morning that Ezra Klein, pundit and Wonkblogger extraordinaire, is leaving The Washington Post. It's... More

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Contrarian critic

Armond White’s expulsion from the New York Film Critics Circle is unfortunate, but not unexpected

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Circle voted to expel Armond White from its ranks, the first such decision... More

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Knight News Challenge: Health winners announced

Projects use data and information to improve community health

Free crisis counselling via text message, environmental health monitoring with low-cost tools, and a database that aggregates information on health... More

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The Record: Christie’s administration may have violated public records law

An email released on Wednesday perhaps should have been available to the paper sooner

Among the documents made public after the New Jersey State Assembly Democrats obtained them via subpoena, seeking more information about... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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