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Behind the News

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When sources remain anonymous

SecureDrop, a new tool for communicating with unknown sources, could be best described as the digital equivalent of slipping a fat manila envelope under a door

On Tuesday, Forbes became the first media outlet to launch its own version of SecureDrop, an online application designed to... More

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Journalism in the classroom

A weekend workshop at Columbia explored how to help j-school students succeed

Though googling can be a helpful strategy with some difficult life questions, typing "Is journalism school worth it?" into the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Breaking procurement rules to fix Healthcare.gov, the Red Cross and Sandy, and Westerners choking in China

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

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The AP was right to fire Bob Lewis

He needed to wait for a response from his piece’s target, and he didn’t

Many journalists are outraged the AP would fire its longtime Virginia capitol reporter over one serious mistake that was retracted... More

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Kickstarting coverage of middle America

An NPR veteran hopes to crowdfund coverage of the heartland

"Please God, open the government and start paying people," Celeste Headlee half-joked in a phone conversation earlier this month. Headlee,... More

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Las Vegas newspaperman tilts at windmills

A publisher is fighting his siblings over ending a joint operating agreement with the city’s other paper

The Las Vegas chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held a contentious panel mid-month to examine the latest flap... More

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In Colorado, a small paper looks forward

The Coloradoan’s new, young editor has been trying to reinvent the publication for the digital age—and it’s working

FORT COLLINS, CO--As reporters and editors stream into the newsroom on a Monday morning in September, they glance upward at... More

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New EU data regs may affect reporting

Journalists and publishers warn of a chilling effect

On Monday night, the civil liberties committee of the European Parliament passed one of the strongest data protection regulations in... 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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Stories I’d like to see

A refund for Healthcare.gov, European lobbyists, and A-Rod’s curious supporters

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

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Modern-day newsies

Hundreds of people hawk newspapers in New York City weekday mornings—not a high kick or Disney ballad in sight

He gets up before dawn, ready to work when the rest of us are still rolling out of bed. His... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How Boehner can save his speakership, JPMorgan’s lawyers, and the TV economics of the World Series

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... 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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In Europe, US shutdown gets airtime

Europeans can’t understand the fuss over broadening healthcare coverage

While the government shutdown may seem like a domestic problem, the stalemate between the Republican House and President Barack Obama... More

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Coming to terms with ‘digital footprints’

National security reporters spoke sourcing and encryption at CATO’s conference on the NSA

Almost everyone at The CATO Institute's conference--"NSA Surveillance: What We Know; What to Do About It"--on Wednesday agreed that government... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

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

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