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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

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

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


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.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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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Questions and exercises for journalism students.