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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 trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

Bloggingheads

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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