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NewsOne

Original and aggregated national news for black America

NEW YORK, NEW YORK— In July 2011, New York City's beaches and rivers were closed to recreational use for five... More

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Aspen Journalism

Collaborative investigations for a Colorado ski town

ASPEN, COLORADO — Aspen is one of the few small cities in America that has competing daily newspapers--the Aspen Daily... More

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ClearHealthCosts.com

Guiding consumers through the health care marketplace

PELHAM, NEW YORK — Jeanne Pinder had a storied career in print journalism: she was born into a newspaper family... More

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Innovation Trail

Public radio takes to the web to cover upstate New York’s transitioning economy

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — Fifty years ago the economy of upstate New York was rooted in industry and manufacturing, but... More

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E&E Publishing

High-cost subscription coverage of environment and energy policy and markets

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Launched in 1998, E&E Publishing started with six employees producing high-priced subscription energy policy coverage... More

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HealthNewsReview.org

A watchdog for health care journalism

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — The job of a health care reporter is to provide accurate, objective coverage of the health... More

Two Years Later, Haitian Earthquake Death Toll in Dispute

Journalists can do a better job reporting controversial numbers in disaster zones

Fifteen miles north of the National Palace in Port au Prince, along Haiti’s azure coastline, is a place called Titanyen.... More

COIN Stars

Counterinsurgency bloggers help set the Afghanistan agenda

When Erik Smith accepted a one-year posting to Afghanistan as a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) official working... More

Haiti Coverage and “Disaster Porn”

Cholera epidemic offers convenient B-roll for nightly newscasts

Last month I was reporting a story on the opening of a mango warehouse in Haiti’s countryside when a fellow... More

Yellow Card for South African Media

Papers have offered little critical coverage of the World Cup and its ramifications

In terms of its emotional, psychological, and spiritual impact on South Africans, the World Cup has been repeatedly compared in... More

“And Then They Came for Me”

Journalism under the gun in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, violence is so endemic that it begins to feel routine. Since I arrived here four months ago... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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

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