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The secret whistleblowers

The book The Burglary, released Wednesday, reveals how a group of activists exposed the secrets of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

On the night of March 8, 1971, when almost all eyes and ears were on Muhammad Ali battling Joe Frazier... More

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60 Minutes’ bad run

The ‘cleantech’ report is the latest in a series of missteps

Another day, another 60 Minutes debacle. Last Sunday, the 46-year-old newsmagazine aired "The Cleantech Crash," an unflattering look at the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Marijuana rules of the road, grading the CBO, and hiring journalists in war zones

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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Al Jazeera arrests in Egypt cause concern

The arrests were the latest in a series of incidents highlighting the loss of freedom of expression

CAIRO--Journalists and rights advocates in Egypt are renewing concerns about the contraction of freedom of expression after police arrested four... More

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A diplomat’s arrested; from there, the take varies

The US treatment of Indian official Devyani Khobragade has received very different coverage in the two countries

In the days since the United States arrested Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, 39, for allegedly lying on her Indian housekeeper's... More

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The cute, friendly encryption tool (updated)

Cryptocat will soon be available for iPhone and Android

Update, January 6, 2014: As of the end of December 2013, the Cryptocat app for iPhone had been rejected by... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Profiling John Miller, the Snowden dilemma, and options for national security whistleblowers

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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Covering Sandy Hook, one year later

The town is asking reporters to stay away, but many victims’ families have started speaking out

As the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting approaches, the first selectman of Newtown, CT, Pat Llodra, has... More

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Jana Winter’s victory

And what she lost along the way

On Tuesday, The New York Court of Appeals overturned a subpoena that's been hanging over investigative reporter Jana Winter's head... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Behind a legislative triumph, Mandela memorial security, and a question for Politico

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 future of longform

A conference at the Columbia Journalism School explored the craft’s digital prospects

When readers started moving to the internet, media analysts thought longform journalism was in trouble. Attention spans were going to... More

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How to ditch photo metadata

Or, how to avoid pulling a Vice

Just about everyone has heard by now the cautionary tale of Vice Magazine's accidental outing of a source's location, and... More

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Native ads aren’t as clear as outlets think

Consumers skip over labels, and even when they see them, many don’t understand what they mean

Publishers and marketers believe they are being responsible by distinguishing native advertising--advertising designed to look and feel like journalism--from news... More

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The media’s struggle for survival in Bhutan

The changing media landscape in the tiny Himalayan nation

When Bhutan began its transition into a parliamentary democracy in 2006, its media scene exploded. People in the remote Himalayan... More

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Ukraine’s deep-rooted media problem

As the country is roiled by protest, a Kiev-based journalist looks at a long-standing problem in the media business, where fake, paid-for “news” stories are routine

KIEV—For Ukrainian journalists, "jeans" is not just a pair of denim pants, but also a media piece published for a... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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