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A Grand Year for Free Speech

Gaddafi’s death just one indicator of the global surge in free expression

Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union have so many opponents of free expression quickly fallen from executive power.... More

Dear News Organizations: Stop Being Deadbeats

If you’ve promised to pay your freelancers, do it

If I paid my bills as slowly as many news organizations pay their freelancers, I’d be homeless, have a deactivated... More

What Might an ‘American World Service’ Look Like?

Building on Lee Bollinger’s call for a BBC-like service from the United States

It is time for the US to follow the example of other modern democracies and provide citizens with a government-supported,... More

How to Get Young People Interested in Global News

Why we should emphasize journalism’s role in sparking innovation

For some time newsmakers and educators have stressed things like “civic duty” and being a “global citizen” in trying to... More

Apparently, Global News Orgs Don’t Commit Online Errors

Is that why so many of them lack coherent corrections policies?

Far too many modern news organizations do not have public corrections policies or prominent corrections pages, something that has been... More

Why Journalism Helps Foster Global Innovation

Well-funded, diverse journalism increases innovative thinking

Recent scholarship on innovation suggests that good ideas are often hatched when people are exposed to many different disciplines and... More

The Potential for Medical Journalism in Kenya

A country that’s aching for quality health reporting

NAIROBI, Kenya—Before landing in Kenya, my doctor had me get shots for typhoid, tetanus, cholera, yellow fever, and meningitis. He... More

What’s So Wrong With ‘Parachute Journalism’?

Nothing, if your ruck is packed with research

CAIRO—I’m an avid parachutist, though I’ve never jumped from a plane. A “parachute journalist” is a reporter who drops into... More

International News Sites Cover bin Laden’s Death

At varying decibels

CAIRO—One of the benefits of teaching outside the U.S. is that I get to work with polyglot students. In my... More

Lebanon and the Power of the Press

Media freedoms make nations more stable, not less

BEIRUT—Lebanon spoils the myth that press restrictions are essential to maintaining a delicate security balance. This country was practically structured... More

James Madison on the Muslim Brotherhood

Democracy must tolerate extreme speech and advocacy

CAIRO—James Madison would probably welcome Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. One of the most extraordinary features of democracy is that it tolerates... More

Should News Paywalls Demand Less in Poorer Countries?

The case for variable pricing

CAIRO—Consumers have made peace with the fact that some things cost more in certain places. A cup of black coffee... More

Why Some People Steal Content

Outside U.S., digital piracy not just easy, but often necessary

PHILADELPHIA—Before a business trip to the U.S., I wanted a copy of the film Veronica Guerin, a journalistic biopic starring... More

Been There, Denounced That

Global mobility helps build awareness of human rights abuses

CAIRO—In all the excitement over emerging digital technologies, our increasing physical contact with people from other parts of the world... More

Returning to Egyptian Journalists Their Basic Freedoms

Egypt’s new leadership must prioritize media rights

CAIRO— The revolution in Egypt belongs to brave, stubborn Egyptians who faced down the clubs, gas, and gunfire of Hosni’s... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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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