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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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‘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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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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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

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Will Politico fill a media void in Europe?

A look at how a pan-European outlet might fit into the continent’s news landscape, as Politico branches out

As of Tuesday, it’s official: Following some early predictions, Politico is launching a European edition, a 50-50 joint venture with one of Europe’s... More

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What America looks like in the media abroad

One organization is aggregating and translating foreign news about the US trying to make Americans care what the rest of the world thinks

During the crisis in Ferguson, Vox wondered how the US media would cover the events if they were happening in another country,... More

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Reporters rummage through Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Poor judgment used when covering the tragedy in Ukraine, and the rest of our darts and laurels

DART to the ghoulish journalists who rummaged through the scattered belongings of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was... More

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When quitting goes viral

Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience

It’s the ultimate fantasy of disgruntled journalists everywhere: quitting with a grand, public gesture that leaves bosses fuming and colleagues... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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”

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

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