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Visualizing the Iraq War Logs

How The New York Times and The Guardian did it

When WikiLeaks gave seven news organizations access to 400,000 previously classified military documents pertaining to the Iraq war, one of... More

CNN Stoops to Tabloid Nonsense in Assange Interview

CNN reporter Atika Shubert sat down for an interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange this weekend, and it did not... More

U.S. Corporate Interest and the Chamber of Secrets

The New York Times has a front page story today about some sizable corporate donations to the U.S. Chamber of... More

What to Do When Commenters Attack?

On the occasion of the Portland Press Herald debacle (about which more here), Poynter’s Damon Kiesow has a great roundup... More

How to Use ProPublica’s “Dollars for Docs” Database

Tips for reporters and editors

Investigative innovator ProPublica launched a new project this week, a national database of doctors and the money they have received... More

AP’s Sequera Wins Prize for Chile Exclusives

Among the thousand-plus journalists who descended on Chile’s “Camp Hope” for the miners’ rescue were thirty-three journalists from the Associated... More

Community News: “Where’s the Money?”

Medill’s series on business models for news sites

Students at Northwestern University’s Medill School have been following up on last month’s Block by Block Community News Summit with... More

The Guardian Makes Budget Cuts Fun

Well, not really. But a new online tool from The Guardian makes it fun to learn just how hard it... More

The Strange Case of Kachingle v. The NYT

In which the Times orders the micropayment site to cease and desist

Last month I wrote a piece about Kachingle, a micropayment service for news websites that launched last year; although some... More

Q & A: Paul Bradshaw, Founder of Help Me Investigate

Collaborative investigations at the local level

Paul Bradshaw is an investigative journalist and author based in Birmingham, U.K., who teaches online journalism at Birmingham City University... More

Celebs Are Loud, But Hard News Pays

Perfect Market, a marketing firm for publishers, launched its Vault Index today, revealing the most “valuable” topics in online news... More

This Headline May Be A Work of Art

A review of “The Last Newspaper” exhibit at The New Museum

The New Museum’s latest exhibit “The Last Newspaper” is a misnomer, a slightly disjointed jumble of artworks that appropriate newsprint... More

The AP Goes “Platform-Neutral”

A memo went out today from Tom Kent, deputy managing editor for standards and production at the Associated Press, to... More

Instapaper’s Fix for Your Unhealthy Media Diet

Instapaper is an e-reading app that’s gotten a lot of press lately for the way it strips online content of... More

Data Visualization for Beginners

Notes from Geoff McGhee’s Knight Fellowship report

Thanks to Mark Coddington and his weekly roundup on Nieman Lab for linking to this beautiful video series, “Journalism in... More

A Cringe-worthy Correction

A blog post by Amanda Hess on TBD the other day included a very unfortunate typo on a story about... More

Google’s Free Election Tools

More embeddable maps and forums for news sites this November

In a previous post I highlighted Google’s map of political poll results and invited news sites everywhere to get it... More

Groupon’s Style Guide to Humor Writing

Groupon is a deal-of-the-day subscription service that’s been getting attention for its power to sell anything from yoga classes to... More

On Face Time and Free Labor

How two local news sites train and retain volunteer contributors

As I’ve written in previous posts about last month’s Block by Block Community News Summit, many local news publishers were... More

A “Virtual Neighborhood Watch”

The L.A.Times’s new interactive crime map

One of the more lively debates at last month’s Block by Block Community News Summit concerned publications’ treatment of crime... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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