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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

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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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