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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

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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