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Ozarks Unbound

One man (and three contributors) in the wide world of northwest Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS — The challenges have been twofold for Christopher Spencer, the veteran reporter who founded Ozarks Unbound after he... More

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Fayetteville Flyer

A music site that made the leap to general news

FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS — Not long ago Todd Gill and Dustin Bartholomew were part-time musicians working in advertising. In late 2007... More

China’s Potemkin Olympics

Finally, a narrative (in the print press, at least) beyond Michael Phelps-as-Aquaman

The swell of sour press about the Olympics may have begun with a couple of crooked teeth. It was clear... More

Grantland Rises

An initial review of Bill Simmons’s sports site

As a journalist it’s impossible not to root for Grantland, the long-form ESPN spinoff site captained by logorrheic NBA junkie... More

Memoirs of an Accidental Sportswriter

Robert Lipsyte’s new memoir recounts fifty years on the sports pages

An Accidental Sportswriter | by Robert Lipsyte | Ecco | 256 pages, $25.99 Robert Lipsyte’s An Accidental Sportswriter doesn’t leave... More

The Undercovered Country

Haiti as journalists have known it

Just when cable’s mournful drumbeat led us to think we were of one mind on the tragedy of the Haitian... More

I Heard It While in Grapevine

Stories abound at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

It was 3:24 a.m. in room 617 at the Hilton in Grapevine, Texas, the sort of cushy, two-pooled joint that... 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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