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When Burning Man is your beat

The Reno Gazette-Journal hires its first reporter to cover the experimental community year-round

This summer will be Jenny Kane’s first trip to Burning Man. No surprise—last year, six out of 10 attendees were... More

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The ethics of saying ‘sorry’

Should journalists apologize when their stories take off without them?

Last month, Slate published a Year in Outrage calendar, which chronicled the stories that enraged the general public each... More

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Snapchat ventures into news territory

But stories will not drive traffic to websites

The app used by millions as a creative outlet for duck-face selfies, fleeting nude photos, and covert humiliation of unknowing... More

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What will happen to The New York Times’ race beat?

It’s uncertain if the newspaper will replace Tanzina Vega, who is moving to the metro desk

The future of race coverage at The New York Times is under scrutiny as Tanzina Vega, the paper’s sole reporter... More

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Here’s how you run a newspaper that’s under attack

Step 1: Be strategic

In the early hours of a November morning in 2011, a car pulled in front of the offices of... More

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Why moving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial won’t nullify pretrial media coverage

Live and digital coverage of the Boston Marathon makes pretrial publicity almost inescapable

As jury selection in the alleged Boston Marathon bomber’s trial entered its final stages last week, defense attorneys filed a... More

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How hacking confusion threatens tech reporters

Barrett Brown’s case highlights the need to hire experts to dissect digital scenarios

Not everyone agrees on what to call Barrett Brown. He has been dubbed a journalist, a hacktivist, a criminal, and... More

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How media managers should share bad news

Communication is key during layoffs

Liz Spayd: It's hard to find a newsroom, with a few exceptions like maybe BuzzFeed, that don't have financial... More

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The end of Modern Farmer?

An award-winning magazine struggles to connect with readers

Modern Farmer, the stylish quarterly that tried to mix cosmopolitan glamour with a back-to-the-land ethos, is ceasing publication one month... More

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Pro-regime journalists are shaping public opinion in Egypt

The Egyptian press is made up in large part by those who are under the control of the authorities

One of Egypt's most visible journalists at the moment is Mona Iraqi, a television personality who claimed to have tipped... More

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BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America

A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

When BBC Pop-Up journalists Matt Danzico and Benjamin Zand drove into Sioux Falls, S.D., they started hunting for stories... More

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What game design can do for journalism

Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

From left to right: Cherisse Datu, Kelli Dunlap, and Joyce Rice.   As journalism is increasingly experimenting with innovative... More

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Should journalists care about the State of the Union address?

The annual speech no longer packs a punch, and the media is starting to notice

The State of the Union is antique. That’s not what President Barack Obama will tell a joint session of... More

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Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’

But chronology doesn’t reveal everything

On Timeline, a new made-for-mobile app, the news is told chronologically. An orangutan gaining legal rights in Argentina, for... More

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How the media can help Dr. Oz—and his fans

TV doctors have a lot of influence. Rather just than bash their miracle-diet advice, let’s push them to talk about real health solutions

Two thousand fourteen was a tough year for Dr. Oz. In June, he appeared before a congressional committee to sullenly... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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