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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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