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Handling Facebook’s fickle functionality

How news outlets choose to promote work when the formula keeps changing

Facebook's promoted posts feature sparked privacy concerns for individuals last week, when the company debuted a feature allowing individual users... More

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‘47 percent’ story wins a Polk Award

Mother Jones earns a political reporting prize

Mother Jones is one of the winners at this year's George Polk Awards, Long Island University announced Monday. Mother Jones... More

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What’s new @Twitter?

Mark Luckie leads a panel at Social Media Weekend

It's maybe not how most people would choose to spend their birthday, but Twitter's manager of journalism and news, Mark... More

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How to use social media in investigations

ProPublica explains at Social Media Weekend

Investigative reporting used to be a secretive business--think Woodward and Bernstein meeting anonymous sources in parking garages. But according to... More

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Pew identifies four profitable newspapers

The papers buck national trends with four different emphases

Contrary to prevailing trends, it's not all doom and gloom in the newspaper industry -- at least, not for the... More

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Public Radio Player relaunches

With an alarm feature, download options, and new ways to donate

A new public radio streaming app relaunches this week, giving listeners mobile access to hundreds of public radio stations and... More

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How the Seattle Times got its Starbucks in India story

Some travel funds, some grant money, and a whole lot of of legwork

Like many good stories, the Seattle Times's special feature on coffee growers and Starbucks in India, that ran on two... More

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The Forward relaunches its Yiddish site

The paper goes digital-first in February

The 116-year-old, Yiddish-language edition of The Forward is scaling back its print operations from weekly to biweekly to redirect resources... More

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ChinaFile launches in February

A new online magazine seeks to give “texture” to China coverage

A new online magazine focusing on China is launching on February 5. ChinaFile, currently available in beta, was founded by... More

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Should Center Square Journal shut down?

A hyperlocal site editor is holding a community meeting to decide its fate

The editor of a hyperlocal news site in Chicago is organizing a community meeting to decide whether or not to... More

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Local California news site sues county sheriff

Lake County News believes it is suffering discrimination

A local news site in Lake County, CA, is suing the sheriff there for discrimination. Elizabeth Larson and John Jensen,... More

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Must-reads of 2012: UK media’s craziest year

Phone hacking, alleged child molestation, and—right—the Diamond Jubilee

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond... More

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Must-reads of 2012: music

Singing in the new year

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Grizzly Bear Members Are... More

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Nielsen, Twitter partner for TV ratings

The metric aims to measure social impact for advertisers

No longer content to measure the size of the tv-watching audience, Nielsen TV ratings is planning a joint venture with... More

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The Boston Globe names new editor

Brian McGrory to begin in the role immediately

The Boston Globe has announced that Brian McGrory, a 23-year veteran journalist at the paper, is its new editor. McGrory,... More

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2012: the year in review, according to your Google searches

“A blend of guilty pleasures and higher pursuits”

Google jazzed up its twelfth end-of-year list, released last Thursday, with an interactive map that showed the global distribution of... More

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Letter from a Londoner

The BBC is in crisis. Should you care?

This week, the BBC celebrates its 90th birthday. As birthdays go, it’s a rather unhappy one. In the last month,... More

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Two music journos plan a longform site

The duo is running a Kickstarter campaign to finance UNCOOL

Two music journalists from Los Angeles have launched a Kickstarter to fund a reader-supported, ad-free longform site. David Greenwald... More

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Now This News launches an app to grow its global audience

A new mobile and social news service for millennials is evolving

Things have been going well for Now This News since a spate of stories in September announced that the video... More

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Letter from a Londoner

Mark Thompson must sink his teeth into the Times

Journalists at The New York Times are suddenly not feeling so confident about their new chief executive. In the last... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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