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The backstory on native advertising

Why the ad technology revolution that was supposed to help publishers actually devastated so many of them

Back in antiquity (five years ago), when I ran a popular Web 1.0 content site called Beliefnet, we used to... More

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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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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