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In the rise of race beats, echoes of history

Reporters devoted to covering race and ethnicity find stories most others miss

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran may owe the Congressional Black Caucus for helping him beat back a tea party challenger in... More

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Online publishers still aren’t usually liable for user-generated content

A federal court this week reversed a lower court ruling that would’ve upended that precedent

A federal appeals court judge decided earlier this week that a gossip site is not liable for content it invites... More

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As newspapers cut their opinion sections, African American voices take a disproportionate hit

Since 2008, newspapers have laid off, reassigned, or retired at least 21 black opinion writers

This week the city of Memphis, TN, lost its only female, African American metro columnist. The editor in chief of... More

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The demise of NPR’s Tell Me More can be traced to member stations

Shows won’t succeed if affiliates won’t run them

The National Black Church Initiative, a coalition of 34,000 churches, asked members and parishioners late last month to refrain from... More

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Video: How net neutrality shifts may impact diversity online

“Keep the playing field free and clear for everybody”

Will the FCC's proposed new rules governing internet traffic further hurt those whose views and voices are already underrepresented in... More

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Broadcast partnership limits in the crosshairs

The National Association of Broadcasters and Congressional Republicans are both trying to stymie new FCC rules against broadcast conglomerates

Update, May 12, 2014: The National Association of Broadcasters announced that it did indeed file a suit in the US... More

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How not to be sexist when covering female candidates

There are dos and don’ts for journalists reporting on political races

Let's face it: Maybe with the exception of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, news media focus more on appearance for... More

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Native ads aren’t as clear as outlets think

Consumers skip over labels, and even when they see them, many don’t understand what they mean

Publishers and marketers believe they are being responsible by distinguishing native advertising--advertising designed to look and feel like journalism--from news... More

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This is Don Lemon

The CNN anchor’s commentaries are increasingly controversial

On Election Day, when New Yorkers were voting for mayor, CNN anchor Don Lemon appeared to have endorsed, or to... More

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At HBCUs, student journos get little leeway

Administrators at historically black colleges and universities have long cracked down on student press freedoms, something the National Association of Black Journalists hopes to shift

This is homecoming week at Grambling State University: Students are celebrating with a gospel music concert, a halloween party, career... More

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NAHJ leaves its umbrella diversity group

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is the second group to leave UNITY since 2011, raising questions about whether it can survive

When Yvonne Latty joined the UNITY board two years ago, she had one mission: Bring the National Association of Black... More

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At Grambling, even the newspaper is news

The student newspaper at a state university in Louisiana is facing criticism for alleged faculty control

As Louisiana's Grambling State University made national news the past couple weeks for student protests over deteriorating facilities and a... More

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Some news sites suffer from an online mugshot crackdown

News sites that publish mugshots as a service or to attract traffic are being affected by a Google tweak that keeps the photos from the top of search results

Google and payment processing companies are going after for-profit websites that post publicly available arrest photographs and then (in many... More

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UNITY at a crossroads

With a new (white) president and disgruntled membership, the diversity group needs to assess how to move forward

With the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) already gone, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) halfway out... More

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Next FCC chairman will impact journalism

Why journalists should care who succeeds Julius Genachowski

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced last month that he was stepping down, and journalism advocates have since been... More

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For mugshots, privacy v. public interest

Reporters are fighting recent restrictions on releasing federal mugshots

Open records advocates, including the nonprofit Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, are working to get congressional support to... More

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Hiring at Al Jazeera America: 18,000 applicants for 170 jobs

The company’s executive director of international operations gives a peek into the network’s new cred among Americans

Up until a few short years ago, when recruiters with Al Jazeera attended American journalism job fairs, hardly anyone seemed... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

Bloggingheads

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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