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A Clinton alternative, more ABC legal woes and where’s A-Rod?

This story, a regular column, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. The Hillary alternatives: Can it really be such a... More

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What the SCOTUSblog credential ruling gets wrong

Beneath the committee’s decisions, an apparent preference for traditional media

The Senate Daily Press Gallery announced yesterday that it did not err in April by rejecting SCOTUSblog’s application for press... More

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In Egypt, a Kafkaesque trial concludes with a victory for censorship

Three Al Jazeera journalists, arrested in December, were sentenced to lengthy prison terms based on questionable evidence

It began with murmuring. Someone sobbed. Then the courtroom melted into a chaos of shouting and people climbing over the... More

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Why you should pay attention to Upworthy measuring engagement in ‘attention minutes’

It goes beyond the click

On Monday, Upworthy released the source code for the system it uses to measure user-engagement, focused around attention minutes. Upworthy... More

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The Onion goes social

“America’s finest news source” just launched ClickHole, a viral parody site

If the future of the internet belongs to creators of clickbait--that oversexed, underreported detritus filling your Facebook feed that you... 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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Stories I’d like to see

Whither Cantor and setting the price on a cure

This column, an occasional feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. An Eric Cantor sweepstakes: Who's going to hire the... More

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News organizations are the new journalism schools

Politico and Condé Nast will soon be training rookies

Politico and Condé Nast are entering the j-school business. Last week, Politico announced the creation of a 10-day Journalism Institute... More

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The case against Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt has its 12th session

A verdict is expected on June 23

CAIRO - At the close of his four-month trial in Egypt on charges of broadcasting false news and aiding terrorists,... More

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Matter shows a Kickstarter risk—the project you back may not be what ultimately emerges

As Kickstarter gives more prominence to journalism projects, one crowdsourcing success story has disillusioned its funders

When the online magazine Matter launched its Kickstarter campaign in February of 2012, the two founders, Bobbie Johnson and Jim... More

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Pressure, potential for a federal shield law

Journalism activists say protection for reporters is long overdue

Though last week the Supreme Court refused New York Times journalist James Risen's appeal that he should not be made... More

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Media for millennials

Media outlets led by millennials, targeted to millennials, and writing stories about the issues millennials care about are getting not only traffic, but the money to continue growing it

Three years ago, PolicyMic was being run from what CEO Chris Altchek calls "this pretty gross couch." Then last October,... More

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In Eastern Ukraine, one journalist turns on another

A German reporter is forced to flee after a Russian counterpart denounces him on social media

Paul Ronzheimer has covered the violent protests in Tahrir Square, Istanbul's Taksim Square last year, and the worst of the... More

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Press crackdown—and pushback—in Hungary

An editor’s ouster and a new media tax draw street protests and an unusual news blackout

Hungarian press freedoms have been under pressure for a while as the right-of-center government has come under fire for ham-fisted... More

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The ghosts of Iraq

In the wake of the Iraq WMD debacle, the press has been hesitant to report decisively on violence in Syria

  Coverage of chemical weapons in Syria is in some ways a story of redemption. For major news organizations,... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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