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What game design can do for journalism

Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

From left to right: Cherisse Datu, Kelli Dunlap, and Joyce Rice.   As journalism is increasingly experimenting with innovative... More

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Why a Danish newspaper won’t publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Jyllands-Posten was at the center of a 2005 cartoon crisis. After numerous terror threats, editors chose to play it safe

As media outlets globally have faced the dilemma of whether or not to republish French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s satirical cartoons... More

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Know your audience

How YouGov looks at readership

It's not just journalists whose quirks and interests are being monitored: Profiles of their audiences are now accessible to anyone... More

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The New York Times’ changing racial labels

Using the paper’s Chronicle tool, a linguistics student examines how various words were used in history

Nicholas Subtirelu, a PhD student in linguistics at Georgia State University, was thinking about his own generation's rejection of once-acceptable... More

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Understanding ‘the right to be forgotten’

Here’s a look at what Google did and didn’t remove

In May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that individuals have a right to request that... More

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Building a new storytelling movement

Will a new genre of “restorative narratives” have an impact on journalism?

A couple of months after the Newtown school shooting, Judy Rodgers, founding director of the nonprofit Images and Voices of... More

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Rolling Stone’s omission in UVA article proves problematic (Updated)

It should serve as a warning to journalists who report on rape to be extra cautious

Update, Friday, December 5: Rolling Stone has released a statement apologizing to readers after days of media scrutiny seemingly uncovered... More

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Is this the golden age of podcasts?

Serial, Radiotopia, and Gimlet Media are leading the way in creative audience engagement

The meteoric rise of podcast phenomenon Serial has placed podcasting firmly in the center of internet chatter and media attention,... More

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Medium provides community, feedback for aspiring writer

A writer who lost out on Matter’s fellowship takes matters into his own hands

On Tuesday, Matter announced the six finalists for a new international reporting fellowship. In an experiment with crowdsourcing the fellowship... More

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Why activists increasingly focus on online media strategy

Buzz allows organizations to steer the media narrative without having to convince journalists that it’s a cause worth covering

In July, a video featuring various Lego characters went viral on social media, but the rigors endured by the plastic... More

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Is this the Web’s first blog?

Justin Hall’s 20-year-old website shows how opportunities in online journalism slowly developed

Justin Hall runs a blog that has landed him several jobs in journalism. While that statement doesn’t raise many eyebrows... More

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Lousy judgment, unlikely hero

Darts for Columbia Daily Tribune, The Economist, and SportsCenter with laurels for TMZ and The New York Times

A DART to the Columbia Daily Tribune for running a cartoon of Ferguson protesters holding signs with statements such as,... More

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‘Working’ people have an audience

Breaking down jobs stories

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Studs Terkel's groundbreaking book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All... More

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Inside Evin prison

Maziar Bahari’s experience illuminated in Jon Stewart’s film Rosewater

In this issue of Currents, political cartoonist Mana Neyestani talks about the terrors he experienced inside Iran's Evin prison,... More

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Alex Blumberg’s Startup finds new opportunities in podcast advertising

Advertisers and podcasters may want to tune in as the producer tests potential of experimental advertising

When I meet radio producer Alex Blumberg, he is wearing the tennis shoes that his wife made him change out... More

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After a decade online, Guernica releases a print mag

The digital title aims to publish annual print editions as it increasingly explores funding opportunities

Ten years ago, the founders of Guernica Magazine were ahead of the publishing curve when they released their free, digital-only... More

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Will feminist writers save Playboy?

As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand

Many online readers probably think of Jezebel.com and Playboy.com as opposites. But Sara Benincasa, an LA-based comedian and freelance writer,... More

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Explanatory news startup aims to build a new type of online community

Dutch website De Correspondent responds to negative comments sections with a new kind of quality engagement

In April 2013, Nieman Lab covered the story of an amazingly successful crowdfunding campaign run by Dutch startup De Correspondent,... More

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Good news is good business, but not a cure-all for journalism

Positive news sites are presented as the answer to news fatigue, but solutions journalism practitioners disagree

Most news consumers probably know that the news these days is mostly dire, and that the act of staying informed... More

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Exploring ethics through journalism hotlines

How news associations are keeping up with changing principles

Media ethics are always a hot-button issue in journalism, but there’s reason to pay particular attention at the moment, as... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.