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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

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

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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Questions and exercises for journalism students.