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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

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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