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The toy department shall lead us

Why sports media have always been newsroom innovators

When Ezra Klein left the Washington Post in January to start his own website at Vox Media, a big... More

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Alaska’s digital startup takes over the daily

Promise, and potential pitfalls, as Alaska Dispatch and the Anchorage Daily News merge

One of the more fascinating local media experiments in America is playing out in Anchorage, AK, where, last week, the... More

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On World Press Freedom Day, little press freedom to speak of

Reports released by multiple organization are calling this the most dangerous conditions for journalists in decades

Last Saturday, May 3, was annual World Press Freedom Day. This year, the state of press freedom is especially grim;... More

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IBT Media is allegedly breaking labor law

Newsweek’s parent company only pays employees once a month despite laws mandating twice monthly, according to multiple former and current staffers

IBT Media, the parent company of International Business Times and Newsweek, has been violating New York labor law for years... More

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In Alaska, journalists see a conflict over oil taxes—but their business side doesn’t

Appointment of public media CFO to state board prompts concerns in the newsroom

In Alaska, oil is king. A third of the state's jobs are tied to the industry. Political campaigns have been... More

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The photo that cried wolf

A photo of a young Syrian refugee went viral with an inaccurate narrative attached

A few days ago, a four-year-old boy was photographed in the middle of the desert as he walked from Syria... More

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Hard numbers

All the news that’s fit to fake

1.4 million average viewers of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ages 18-49 1.1 million average viewers of The Colbert... More

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Eye’s up

Ian Hislop explains why Private Eye’s blend of humor and investigative journalism wouldn’t work in the US

Britain's bestselling current-affairs magazine, Private Eye, has been producing its biweekly and decidedly English mix of satire, industry gossip, cartoons,... More

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Social media in smaller markets

How three social media managers deal with smaller markets and more local coverage.

Rob Fishman's announcement that "the social media editor is dead," prompted plenty of responses, from Adweek to Zombie Journalism and... More

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ProPublica kickstarts its internship investigation

Investigative journalism site experiments with crowdsourcing and crowdfunding

On May 28, David Dennis wrote in the Guardian that the prevalence of unpaid internships and their increasing role as... More

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Civil Beat says aloha to Huffington Post

Outlets team up to create new HuffPost Hawaii vertical

The Huffington Post and Honolulu Civil Beat are teaming up to create a HuffPost Hawaii vertical, the new partners announced... More

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Pass the #popcorn

ICYMI: “Snow Fall” creates an avalanche of copyright questions

According to a recent Pew study, 16 percent of adults online use Twitter -- 8 percent daily. I'm pretty sure... More

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Pass the #popcorn

ICYMI: Mickey Kaus takes on BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith and his Koch-funded immigration summit

According to a recent Pew study, 16 percent of adults online use Twitter -- 8 percent daily. I'm pretty sure... More

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The Plain Dealer columnist who knew Amanda Berry’s mother

“Imagine the worst day of your life and then repeat it every day for three years. That’s how she lived. Until she died.”

Needless to say, the kidnapping case in Cleveland has garnered a ton of media attention now that the three women... More

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CPJ’s Impunity Index updates

Iraq tops the list of countries where murders of journalists have gone unsolved

The Committee to Protect Journalists updated its Impunity Index last week. The Index calculates the number of unsolved murders of... More

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More of Jessica Lum’s work

Jessica Lum’s life and career were cut short, but she left a lot behind

Jessica Lum's life and career were cut short, but she left a lot behind. Here's a sampling of some of... More

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‘See you on the other side’

Meet Jessica Lum, a terminally ill 25-year-old who chose to spend what little time she had practicing journalism

On September 22, 2012, Jessica Ann Lum took the stage to accept her award for Best Feature in the... More

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Exit Interview: Matthew Keys

What’s next for Reuters’s indicted former deputy social media editor?

It's been a rough month and a half for Matthew Keys. In March, Reuters's now-former deputy social media editor was... More

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Pass the #popcorn [Updated]

ICYMI: Reuters social media editors spar

According to a recent Pew study, 16 percent of adults online use Twitter -- 8 percent daily. I'm pretty sure... More

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Localore’s ‘new media life-forms’

The latest results of AIR’s initiative to show public broadcasters what’s possible

Since 2007, the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), a 25-year-old professional networking group, has been trying to figure out... 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


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

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

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