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Social media blast

New reporting tools

For most news outlets, it's been a given that a social media presence is becoming more than a promotional tool.... More

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Hard Numbers

Drone edition

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How an algorithm helped the LAT scoop Monday’s quake

Everyone, that is, except those desk-diving anchors

On Monday morning, Ken Schwencke, a programmer and data reporter at the Los Angeles Times, was jolted awake at his... More

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In the CAR, journalism hangs by a thread

One local radio station surviving in the midst of conflict has international support

The past year's religious violence and revenge killings in the Central African Republic are not only causing a humanitarian crisis;... More

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Q&A: Radio Free Europe’s Ukrainian director

Maryana Drach on her staff’s experiences reporting on the conflict

For journalists in Ukraine, safety has become a leading concern. Radio Svoboda, the Ukrainian branch of Radio Free Europe, had... More

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The ups and downs to covering Ukraine

Panelists at Columbia’s J-school discussed how protests both encourage journalism and harm journalists

Violent protests around the world may attract media attention and political change, but that attention comes at a price, according... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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