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Encryption, security basics for journalists

Courtesy of Monday’s Hacks/Hackers meetup in Manhattan

"Should you worry about the NSA? Eh, maybe," was the title of the night's first slide, when the Hacks/Hackers New... More

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Newsmodo and the never-ending tour

An Australian startup connects freelance journalists and news organizations

When I met Rakhal Ebeli in Manhattan for a coffee at 4pm on a late-May Thursday, I asked him how... More

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Turn on, log in, opt out?

Morozov, Lanier, and others consider the future of the Internet

At a tech conference in Lake Tahoe three years ago, Eric Schmidt gave a talk that included a startling statistic.... More

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Collecting Sandy’s stories, one by one

Sandy Storyline is featured in this weekend’s Tribeca Film Festival

Photo Credit: Matt Richter Two men lift a waterlogged piece of furniture up and out of a flooded living... More

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Seven lessons Scandinavian media can teach us

On topics ranging from job training to self-regulation

Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark are consistently ranked highest in the world for both freedom of the press and participatory... More

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Scandinavian public media fight for their right to grow

Potential regulatory changes spell an uncertain future

From cuts to controversies, NPR and PBS haven’t had an easy time of it lately. Indeed, the news last month... More

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Denmark launches new public radio network

Radio24syv hopes to challenge old stalwart DR

On a Friday afternoon in November, Denmark’s latest experiment in public broadcasting had only been up and running for two... More

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Postage due

The USPS is running out of money. Where does that leave magazines?

Early on a February morning, in a glass-walled conference room high up in the Hearst Tower in Manhattan, Postmaster General... More

Self-Regulation Done Right

How Scandinavia’s press councils keep the media accountable

When right-wing militant Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in and around bucolic Oslo last July, the story dominated the... More

Online News Startups Struggle to Break Even in Western Europe

A viable business model remains as elusive overseas as it is in the U.S.

Last year, in a research project titled “The Business of Digital Journalism,” the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism set... More

Teletext Lives On in Scandinavia

The pre-Internet digital news service shuts down in the UK, but survives in Northern Europe

Just about every television in Europe has a “teletext” button. Push the button on your television remote and you’re digitally... More

Best of 2011: Lauren Kirchner

From AOL to HuffPo, Kirchner picks her top CJR stories from the past year

Salon and Slate in the Way-Back Machine: When The Daily launched early this year—to great hype and then to great... More

Trial Begins Tomorrow for Journalists Imprisoned in Ethiopia

Their Swedish colleagues demand justice

Two Swedish journalists who have been imprisoned in Ethiopia for almost four months will face terrorism charges in Addis Ababa... More

Photos from the Nobel Prize Press Pool

Today in Stockholm the Swedish Academy announced the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature: eighty-year-old Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer.... More

Darts and Laurels

Meet Brian Condra, the media’s favorite “everyman”

In late 2008, as the world financial system went into collapse, a shocking self-dealing scandal toppled the Anglo Irish Bank.... More

Absence of Malice (1981)

When bad journalism kills

When I was a student in journalism school, in the beginning of my first semester, one of the professors of... More

John Paton’s Big Bet

Will “Digital First” bring home the bacon?

Update: On July 14, 2011, Journal Register Company announced that it had been purchased by Alden Global Capital for... More

US vs. The Wired World

Comparing per capita broadband adoption

FCC’s new report “The Information Needs of Communities,” released Thursday, surveys the current state of the American media and finds... More

The Media Tourist’s Guide to the World

Traveling to a distant land, and wondering where you’ll get the news in your new spot? Or hear of a... More

Darts & Laurels

The Oregonian and Village Voice Media help to de-sensationalize a story

In early 2009, the FBI organized a nationwide sting operation to rescue victims of sex trafficking and arrest their pimps.... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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