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Is communications security for reporters improving?

A new tool makes encrypted phone calls easy; no one can keep information safe

In the year since Edward Snowden's leaks revealed the extent of the National Security Agency's snooping, American journalists have shored... More

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Did a spy agency screw The Intercept?

For better and for worse, trust is key to coverage of the national security beat

Predicated on mutual trust, the relationship between reporters and the intelligence community has become increasingly fraught in recent years. The... More

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How a new Washington stifles a new political press

As political PR machines become more sophisticated and aggressive, journalists need to rethink how they cover government

The video featured all the trappings of a heartwarming human interest piece: uplifting piano music, a hometown angle, and a... More

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Bill Keller-led Marshall Project gives readers a ‘sneak preview’

The criminal justice nonprofit cross-published its first story in The Washington Post on Monday

The Marshall Project published its first piece Monday, revisiting the story of a 2004 Texas execution that The New Yorker... More

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SI, Drew Brees, and TRX

Upstart exercise company gets priceless plug in the venerable sports-journalism brand

The opening photo of a July 28 Sports Illustrated "exclusive" on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' off-season training is... More

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Stories I’d like to see

What we don’t know about Qatar and what we don’t know about key Senate races

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Inside Qatar: The terrorists' benefactor and America's friend As... More

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Animated news site gives US expansion a second try

Next Media Animation, maker of zany news shorts, is aiming for a presence in 10 cities

Three years after abruptly clearing out of New York City, Next Media Animation is back for another shot at the... More

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Jobs day is a party on Twitter

Financial journalists on Twitter have a monthly feeding frenzy when the government releases its jobs report

Look no further than Twitter around 8:30 am on the first Friday of each month to watch the media echo... More

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With launch of i100, viral sites continue to spread

As the BuzzFeed model proliferates, even legacy media like The Independent want a piece of the pie

i100 looks very familiar. The new website from UK newspaper The Independent has “curiosity gap” headlines (“The most uplifting body... More

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Contently launches an investigative nonprofit and a foundation

The details are still vague, but the organization seeks to fund and promote longform investigations

Contently, a self-described "storytelling platform," launched an investigative reporting publication Wednesday along with a center that the three-year-old outlet plans... More

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Notes from Chilecon Valley

In Latin America, the money may be in the media startups

When the news blows up in Mexico City, Dulce Ramos is on the case. She is editor in chief of... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The Russian sanctions information gap

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. There are so many gaps in the reporting about the... More

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In a tabloidized world, tabloids struggle

With dwindling newsstand sales and fierce competition for viral stories online, the New York tabloids are forced to recalibrate

Pranksters’ mysterious swap of American flags for white banners on the Brooklyn Bridge last week seemed made for tabloid glory.... More

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The Guardian experiments with crowdsourcing translations

Users are invited to translate a new multimedia project on World War I

Speakers of English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, or Arabic can explore the Guardian's new multimedia project on World War... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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