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“Don’t Call it a Paywall”

A panel discussion with NYT’s Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. and Janet Robinson

On Tuesday night, New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. and New York Times Company president and CEO Janet Robinson... More

The Climate Context in Japan

A discussion with a NYT photographer kidnapped in Libya

At an event on Thursday at Columbia University with the four New York Times journalists captured by Qaddafi loyalists in... More

“The Risks are Worth Taking as Long as Nothing Happens”

Four NYT journalists captured in Libya speak at Columbia

On Thursday evening, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the SPJ hosted photojournalists Lynsey Addario and Tyler Hicks, reporter... More

The Downsides of Crowd-Funding

Wired shows potential limitations of Kickstarter, Emphas.is

The March issue of Wired features a lengthy profile of the folks who founded Kickstarter, a site launched in 2009... More

Eighteen Peabody Awards Granted to Public Media Outlets

The 70th Annual Peabody Awards were announced on Thursday morning, and out of thirty-nine Peabody awards given, eighteen went to... More

Last Night’s Shorty Awards #Winners

On Monday night, The Times Center in New York hosted the third annual Shorty Awards, a very silly ceremony “honoring... More

When Corporate Policies Trump Online Rights

U.S. technology companies can no longer be neutral

Last winter, Amazon Web Services received some negative attention after it dropped WikiLeaks materials from its servers, and WikiLeaks associates... More

Darts & Laurels

The Portland Press Herald blurred an important line with its donation of ads during an election

The importance of a daily newspaper’s role in local politics is undeniable. Ideally, it reports the issues impartially, then makes... More

Instapaper and Readability Come Out of Their Shells

The New York Times’s Gadgetwise blog notes today that the online reading services Readability and Instapaper are both undergoing curious... More

Arab Spring: A Guardian Interactive Timeline

On Tuesday, The Guardian posted an excellent infographic, ”The path of protest,” which promises to make the popular uprisings sweeping... More

Detecting Fake Photos with Digital Forensics

A Q&A with Hany Farid on photo forensics

As photography has gone digital, it has become ever easier to manipulate images with Photoshop and other technology. Digital photographs... More

“Information Wants to Be Free”; The NYT Does Not

Paywall reactions and misunderstandings

The New York Times has announced that its metered paywall will go into effect on March 28, costing readers $15... More

The Newspaper Guild Calls for HuffPo Boycott

The Newspaper Guild of America, which represents 26,000 media workers across the country, has called for a strike of unpaid... More

NYT Announces Paywall Details, In Effect March 28

After months of speculation and anticipation from all sides of the industry, The New York Times revealed Thursday morning the... More

The Internet’s Least Helpful Webpages

How content farms do Japan

Taking to Google with your questions about the fast-breaking situation in Japan can lead down some pretty strange paths—paths to... More

Native News from Nippon

A sampling of English-language Japanese news outlets online

When disaster strikes in one part of the world, the rest of the world struggles to get as close as... More

Walking Out on 60 Minutes: A Time-Honored Tradition

This past weekend, 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was interviewing “Curve Ball,” the notorious Iraq defector whose fabrications about his... More

“The News Industry Is No Longer In Control Of Its Destiny”

And other findings of the Pew State of the Media Report

Today the Pew Research Center for Excellence in Journalism released its annual “State of the Media” report, and it’s a... More

Imagining a Digital Public Library of America

A Q&A with Berkman Center fellow Maura Marx

For at least a decade, librarians, technologists, and academics have been discussing an idea that seems as inevitable as it... More

Improving News, Improving Community

“Write for Arkansas” funds reporters in small newsrooms for two years

On the future-of-news beat, it’s easy to see which projects and innovations get the most attention. From automation to augmented-reality,... 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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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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