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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

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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

Bloggingheads

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

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