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Is communications security for reporters improving?

A new tool makes encrypted phone calls easy; no one can keep information safe

In the year since Edward Snowden's leaks revealed the extent of the National Security Agency's snooping, American journalists have shored... More

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The secretive business of fighting content piracy

Private automated systems are sweeping the internet for illegal content—but they sometimes catch legitimate media coverage, too

Nate Glass fell into the takedown business almost by accident. Back in 2008, as a sales and marketing guy in... More

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Matter shows a Kickstarter risk—the project you back may not be what ultimately emerges

As Kickstarter gives more prominence to journalism projects, one crowdsourcing success story has disillusioned its funders

When the online magazine Matter launched its Kickstarter campaign in February of 2012, the two founders, Bobbie Johnson and Jim... More

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Media for millennials

Media outlets led by millennials, targeted to millennials, and writing stories about the issues millennials care about are getting not only traffic, but the money to continue growing it

Three years ago, PolicyMic was being run from what CEO Chris Altchek calls "this pretty gross couch." Then last October,... More

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Aereo coverage in a nutshell

Of all the angles on Aereo, the most important one is the worst for the company

No rational CEO chooses to take a company's business model before the Supreme Court just for the publicity. But for... More

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3 signs you’re in a bad relationship with your editor

What happens if, somewhere between first draft and publication, the editor-writer relationship goes south?

Just like any successful romance, a good editorial relationship starts with two people, a mutual attraction, and the hope that... More

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In search of the ur-quiz

One of BuzzFeed’s most popular features, quizzes’ origins in the popular media are surprisingly murky

If you ever doubt that journalism is a glorious line of work, just remember that we reporters can justify what... More

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Saving orphan photos

On the internet, photos are separated from their owners—often on purpose

Say you're writing a blog post, and you're pulling from a bunch of different sources around the Web. Say one... More

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The Olympics are the closest to coverage parity female athletes get

Normally, the US sports media spends—if we’re being generous—less than 5 percent of its time covering women in sports

For every Olympics since 1994's Lillehammer Games, Andy Billings has broken down how much time the primetime broadcast spends covering... More

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Meet the 6-year-old mag that just took the internet by storm

Pacific Standard is upping its Web game to “get the magazine in front of more eyeballs”

Pacific Standard has had an exciting January. It's been the magazine's biggest traffic month ever, on track to hit 1.25... More

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Covering Sandy Hook, one year later

The town is asking reporters to stay away, but many victims’ families have started speaking out

As the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting approaches, the first selectman of Newtown, CT, Pat Llodra, has... More

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Creative Commons: Ur doing it wrong

Give credit where it’s due and, under new rules, take credit for changes you make

Creative Commons--an incredibly powerful legal tool that many media outlets take for granted, and without which the internet would be... More

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Bending copyright rules

In the scramble to find photos when news breaks, newsrooms may break copyright laws, and this move just cost AFP $1.2 million

In January of 2010, Daniel Morel, a professional photojournalist, was in Haiti when an earthquake struck. Within a few hours,... More

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Document drop

Wikileaks drums up coverage of a secretive trade agreement

Last week, The New York Times got flack for its editorial on the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement--a multinational, free-trade agreement... More

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Paying for pin-ups

Why Getty Images is partnering with Pinterest

Say you come across a gorgeous picture of Michelle Obama's latest dress, and you want to remember it next time... More

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Fair use in the newsroom

At ONA, two lawyers demystified the law

"Can you fair use it?"  That was the defining question of the Online News Association's copyright class last week. This... More

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SCOTUS could change how you watch TV

But you wouldn’t know it; most publications gave this digital-age story analog-era treatment

There's nothing like Twitter to remind a reporter that, in the age of BuzzFeed, an exclusive does not necessarily command... More

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Book ‘em

Piracy.lab is gathering data on digital book sharing

In anticipation of Congress' next big fight over copyright, legal academics are working to gather data and learn how copyright... More

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Two stories, one press release

In MPAA vs. Hotfile, coverage based on one press release went in two very different directions

Here's a story of what happens when busy reporters have only one main source for a story--and that source is... 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”

Bloggingheads

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