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New platform to connect journalists and publishers launches

Contently aggregates work across media outlets

A new platform to help freelance journalists aggregate their work will be launched on Thursday. Contently aims to help journalists... More

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Village Voice shifts to ‘generic’ editorial strategy after fresh layoffs

Ex-editor in chief drove readers away, former staffer says

The future of the Village Voice looks uncertain after two big losses—its editor in chief and its music critic—were announced... More

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James Brown estate case reporter slapped with subpoenas

The 60-year-old journalist believes South Carolina is attempting to hush her

When the judges responsible for distributing the estate of the late musician James Brown started refusing freedom of information requests... More

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Two new surveys shed light on trust and circulation of British press

Digital readership is combined with print numbers for the first time

Two surveys released on Wednesday show the UK newspaper with the highest combined print and online readership is also the... More

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Recommendations from journalism profs

CJR asked eight J-school professors what they wished they’d read and listened to before starting out

The Columbia campus is suddenly flooded with new students, some of them young journalists about to embark on the 10-month... More

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Identity crisis

Journatic’s short-lived editorial director Mike Fourcher weighs in

In July, just 10 weeks after he started work as the editorial director of Journatic, Mike Fourcher announced on... More

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Perks, not paywalls

The Voice of San Diego’s new membership strategy ties funding to “family”

According to its motto, the Voice of San Diego is “irreverent, honest and engaging” in its pursuit of community news.... More

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Instagram on the trail

More media are experimenting with use of the app as a news tool

When AP staff photographer Evan Vucci downloaded Instagram, a photo-sharing app, on his iPhone before the Iowa caucus in January,... More

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Pasadena publisher launches a system for outsourcing local news

“I’m looking for individuals I can pay a lower rate to do a lot of work,” says Journtent founder James Macpherson

A publisher in Pasadena, CA, who said he received death threats when he started hiring workers in India to write... More

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Fake military news site gains traction

The Duffel Blog is becoming a satirical support source for soldiers

When a former Marine started writing Onion-style stories on the satirical military news site he launched in March, he had... More

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Pomp and circumstance: How do Americans see the Brits?

Two American correspondents tell how they explain British idiosyncrasies

It took the Olympics to prove it: Britain might as well be Middle Earth to most Americans. Only that could... More

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Local news sites form new trade association

“We are the future” says LION chairman Dylan Smith

Next month, at the annual Block by Block conference for local news sites, around 100 independent publishers will celebrate... More

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Thompson has digital cred but faces challenges at NYT

The former BBC director general was hired to guide the Times to a cross-platform future

On Tuesday, The New York Times named Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC, as its new chief... More

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HuffPost Live Launches

It’s about conversations rather than citizen journalism, says founding editor Roy Sekoff

When Huffington Post Live launched on Monday morning, its founding editor, Roy Sekoff, quickly found reasons to be proud of... More

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I tweet therefore I can

Whose job is it to make sure tweeters stay within the law?

Twitter now boasts 140 million active users, many of whom have used the social messaging service in the last two... More

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Remembering Judith Crist

In addition to her career as a critic, Crist will be remembered by over half a century’s worth of students

Judith Crist, the influential film critic, died today at her home in Manhattan. She was 90, and known to millions... More

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Required skimming: music

Great reads about great listens

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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The AP’s North Korea bureau

Yep, they’ve had one, based in the country’s capital, for seven months

North Korea was just two weeks out of a national period of mourning the death of Kim Jong-il in January... More

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Daily News front page splash ‘flat wrong,’ says NBC

Reports that Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb was being flown into London to boost ratings are false, the network claims

The New York Daily News was quick to splash Tuesday’s front page with news that NBC’s Hoda Kotb was being... More

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The British media after Leveson

Editors say more regulation could cripple the UK press

If public outcry against alleged phone hacking sparked the Leveson Inquiry, the government-led investigation into ethics in the British press,... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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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