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Western media: Stop ignoring the Central African Republic crisis

When it comes to Africa, there is an empathy gap

With gunfire and mob attacks in the streets of the capital, the Central African Republic is teetering again on the... More

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We still don’t know how to stop misinformation online

But new tools like Emergent could help find the answer

From the beginning the story seemed suspect, but that didn't stop the New York Post's report last month of a... More

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How polling stories show only part of the picture

When covering their own polls, media outlets often favor good headlines over hard data

Scott Clement didn’t believe it. In the midst of the government shutdown last year, the Washington Post polling analyst learned... More

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Will feminist writers save Playboy?

As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand

Many online readers probably think of Jezebel.com and Playboy.com as opposites. But Sara Benincasa, an LA-based comedian and freelance writer,... More

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Don’t treat worst-case scenarios as facts

How to avoid overhyping Ebola projections

On September 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statistical forecast of how far the Ebola virus... More

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Reporters struggle to stay safe covering Ebola

“There is no protocol; people are grasping for information”

Glenna Gordon has worked in West Africa for five years. Visiting Nigerian slums, she knows which streets to avoid. She... More

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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

After a sales representative at Harper’s Magazine received a phone call on September 18 from a disgruntled advertiser, the subject... More

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Explanatory news startup aims to build a new type of online community

Dutch website De Correspondent responds to negative comments sections with a new kind of quality engagement

In April 2013, Nieman Lab covered the story of an amazingly successful crowdfunding campaign run by Dutch startup De Correspondent,... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Where did the Department of Education’s ‘Race to the Top’ lead?

We are fast approaching the fifth anniversary, on Jan. 10, of when state applications are due to apply for awards... More

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This is how Tehran Bureau covers Iran

Its reporting model, using undercover journalists and distant editors, is one way to cover closed societies

At the turn of this century, I started noticing a torrent of messages from Iranian strangers each time I logged... More

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Good news is good business, but not a cure-all for journalism

Positive news sites are presented as the answer to news fatigue, but solutions journalism practitioners disagree

Most news consumers probably know that the news these days is mostly dire, and that the act of staying informed... More

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How tech reporters can deepen their beat

Hint: learn technical language

Ask a tech journalist about the latest cool features from the likes of Google Maps or Spotify, and they are... More

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Reporters jump the gun on Eric Holder replacement speculation

After news broke of the attorney general’s resignation, journalists got ahead of themselves

Hours before Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation Thursday afternoon, speculation among reporters about his replacement had already... More

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How news outlets can cover the war on ISIS with social media

With few journalists on the ground in Iraq and Syria, news organizations turn to social media

It began, as so many things do nowadays, with a tweet. Breaking: Huge explosions shook the city in what might... More

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Startup site manifestos are press criticism

They all have mission statements speaking to what is missing from news and how they plan to fix it

On the first day of The New York Times' existence, back in 1851, an editorial titled "A Word About Ourselves"... 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


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”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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