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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

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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