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Columbia Spec’s smart switch to digital

As some trustees cry foul over Spec being the first Ivy-League daily to cut print, one says the students could teach their elders a thing or two

When the alumni advisory board of the Columbia Daily Spectator gathered recently to consider a student proposal to curtail the... More

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5 ideas for a modern internet policy

As the ‘Open Internet’ becomes vulnerable, it’s time to look at other public interest solutions

It's been a bad few months for the principle that the internet should remain a neutral platform on which all... More

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Nonprofit angel wings

Sometimes, contra Jeff Jarvis, philanthropy is the answer to journalism’s problems

Digital professor and provocateur Jeff Jarvis recently tweeted, "Every time a rich person gives to a nonprofit, a journalism startup... More

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About those ‘Glory Days of American Journalism’

Matthew Yglesias retreats from his argument, but not far enough. He forgot state and local reporting.

Matt Yglesias has more or less conceded that there is a flaw in his argument--that we are living in the... More

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How to fix the media ownership debate

A modest proposal for harnessing mergers
to boost local reporting

The debate over “who owns the media” is heating up again, and has already become stuck in a bit of... More

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Sources for the information in Support Reporting video

Click the following links to explore the sources behind the information presented in the Support Reporting video. Note: The FCC... More

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What You Can Do

For several years, media practitioners have debated the best ways to protect, sustain, and nourish healthy journalism. Advice aplenty has... More

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New rules on political ads: how to mine them

Finding gold may require a group effort

A gold mine of data will soon be available to help make our political system more transparent, thanks to the... More

News Organizations That Lobby Against Their Own Reporters’ Interests

Media companies are fighting political transparency while their reporters demand it

The battle playing out over a new government transparency proposal has taken a turn that should concern journalists. Many of... More

Local TV Stations Rally to Oppose Media Transparency

What exactly are their “public interest obligations”?

Local television stations have now rallied against the key elements of the Federal Communications Commission’s media transparency proposal, which would... More

Local TV Stations Rally to Oppose Media Transparency

What exactly are their “public interest obligations”?

Local television stations have now rallied in opposition to the Federal Communications Commission’s media transparency proposal, which would require broadcasters... More

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Shouldn’t TV news outlets be clearer about offering pay-for-play?

One of the most disturbing trends in local TV news is the persistence of “pay for play”—when local TV newscasts... More

Local TV News, Meet the Internet

Why are broadcasters trying to block political campaign transparency?

The FCC has proposed an important rule change that could make the political system more transparent. Amazingly, the trade associations... More

Will the IRS Derail Nonprofit Journalism?

At a crucial moment, the taxman drags his feet on granting tax-exempt status

In an era of newspaper closings and reporter layoffs, there has been one significant bright spot: an explosion of local,... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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