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The light in Beirut

Up against a wall, waiting to die on a late afternoon in August 1982, a journalist’s life stops and then starts over

This story is being co-published by CJR and by The Big Roundtable, a new digital home for narrative journalism.... More

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Where truth is a hard cell

Although seen as modern and West-leaning, Turkey leads the world in jailing journalists

Award-winning investigative reporter Ahmet Sik is no stranger to danger. In 1998, he was hospitalized after a pro-police mob,... More

Sunrise on the Nile

Egypt’s news media enter a new era

As Egyptians tried to shake loose nearly thirty years of darkness, the Egyptian press stumbled toward the sunlight, too. The... More

The Rage Will Be Televised

Al Jazeera and its imitators cover Gaza like no one else—but at what cost?

The scenes of gore are suffocating. On the floor of a Gaza hospital, an open-eyed youngster who looks no older... More

The Hunger

Egypt’s bloggers want to be journalists

Sandmonkey was determined to quit his blog. Sniping away at life and politics in Egypt had become too risky, he... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

Bloggingheads

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

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