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Border Tales

Full version of the Jan/Feb 2011 magazine Q&A with Alfredo Corchado

As drug cartel and gang violence escalates, Mexico is becoming one of the most dangerous places in the world to... More

Best of 2010: Lauren Kirchner

Kirchner picks her top stories from 2010

This Headline May Be A Work of Art The New Museum’s exhibition “The Last Newspaper” featured collage, sculpture, and installations... More

FCC Passes Net Neutrality Policy (Sort Of)

And the press plays all the angles

The Federal Communications Commission voted three to two on Tuesday afternoon to approve a new set of rules governing the... More

A Grim Update on “The Grim Sleeper”

The search for victims continues with the help of the press

The Darts & Laurels feature in our November/December issue recognized the excellent work that L.A. Weekly staff writer Christine Pelisek... More

Columbia J-School Speaks Out Against WikiLeaks Prosecution

In a letter to President Obama and Attorney General Holder, nineteen twenty faculty members of the Columbia University Graduate School... More

Are Online Attacks Civil Disobedience?

And other questions from the PDF symposium on WikiLeaks and Internet freedom

This past Saturday, Personal Democracy Forum hosted a symposium about Internet freedom issues raised by WikiLeaks. (Videos of the gathering... More

Beware the Twitter Echo Chamber

Pew study shows the limits of the Twitter-verse

The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report on Thursday, the result of their study of Twitter demographics.... More

Pakistani Newspapers Fake WikiLeaks “Scoops”

The Guardian reported on Thursday that four major newspapers in Pakistan were publishing stories highly critical of the Indian government,... More

Public Media: “More Local, More Inclusive, More Interactive”

The Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program jointly released a policy paper on Wednesday with recommendations... More

Global Post’s Anti-Hamster Wheel Scheme

A Q&A with executive editor Charles Sennott

Global Post, an international news service for an American audience, with seventy correspondents in fifty countries, is forming a nonprofit... More

MinnPost Wants to Create “the World’s Longest Byline”

How The Intelligencer blog does crowdsourcing, fifteen minutes at a time

ProPublica’s Recovery Tracker, a database of stimulus funds broken down by state and county, makes it easy for anyone with... More

You, Too, Can Own a Piece of The Onion

“America’s Finest News Source” is now franchising out its printing biz

After twenty-two years, The Onion has decided to both get out of the print business and double down on print... More

Why Amazon Caved, and What It Means for the Rest of Us

A Q&A with Ethan Zuckerman

Amazon Web Services dropped WikiLeaks material from its servers on Tuesday, a move that is widely assumed to be a... More

Rumor-mongering Is Wrong…Except When I Do It

Does NPR’s Ken Rudin see the irony here?

As Governor Paterson was embroiled in one scandal after the other this past February, Ken Rudin, the political director for... More

“Sorry About the Inadvertent Promotion”

Chris Smith’s error in NY Mag piece predicts the future

In January, Chris Smith wrote a feature for New York Magazine on the “essential, if appealing, weirdness” of David Paterson.... More

Nicholas Confessore: Greatest Journalist Who Ever Lived?

Making up quotes is fun and easy

Here’s a silly one for you. New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore wrote to Paterson press secretary Marissa Shorenstein in... More

Need Some Help Climbing Out of That Mess?

NY Mag’s Chris Smith’s witty e-mail misfire

On March 1, New York Magazine reporter Chris Smith accidentally sent an e-mail to Paterson press secretary Marissa Shorenstein with... More

Number Cruncher

A new biography vindicates a forgotten innovator

The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer | By Jane Smiley | Doubleday |... More

The Daily for iPad is On Its Way

Rupert Murdoch skips the web, goes straight for the store

Women’s Wear Daily broke the news last week that NewsCorp’s iPad “newspaper,” the Daily, will launch next month in a... More

The Washington Independent Will Close Down

A post on The Washington Independent announced today that the three-year-old online startup will be shutting down as of December... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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