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Monica Lewinsky: The cosmo shot

How the infamous intern chose to introduce herself to the world

I first heard the news of the presidential affair in a small luncheonette in West Virginia, as I was... More

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Jill Abramson is out at The New York Times

And the race to figure out what really happened is well underway

Update, 5/15: The most intriguing accounts to emerge since yesterday afternoon have focused on a reported conflict between Abramson and... More

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Nigerian journalists are struggling to cover #BringBackOurGirls

The challenges of reporting on Boko Haram

On Monday, Boko Haram, the terrorist group that abducted more than 200 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria last... More

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In Brooklyn, decades of high crime and low coverage bear sour fruit

The borough is full of mommy blogs, but it still lacks sufficient news coverage

Brooklyn these days may be the land of celebrities and high-priced real estate, but the borough is also reckoning with... More

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In Ukrainian media, an uncivil war of words

Local media increasingly use the word “terrorist” to describe Eastern rebels

KIEV—It's too early to call the Ukrainian conflict a civil war, but fierce verbal fighting has already started between newsrooms... More

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Streamlining the Postal Service, when a merger fails and ‘Who lost Ukraine?’

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Postal Service blues: Last week's report that the US... More

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The ‘new feminists’ of Joanna Coles’ Cosmopolitan

“We’re not a magazine that tells you to spend $4,000 on a bag”

When Cosmopolitan took home a National Magazine Award for public service journalism--the first ASME recognition in the magazine's almost 50-year... More

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Denmark’s unprecedented media scandal

A gossip mag takes a page from News of the World’s playbook

After managing to keep their honeymoon destination secret throughout their 2008 wedding preparations, Denmark's Prince Joachim and his bride Marie... More

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Media companies challenge FAA drone ban

The prohibition is a First Amendment issue, the companies say

The battle over domestic drone use just got a little hotter. This week, a number of media companies, including The... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Value of big data, news on Newsweek, White House Correspondents Dinner’s costs

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. What's the real value of big data? The Obama... More

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On World Press Freedom Day, little press freedom to speak of

Reports released by multiple organization are calling this the most dangerous conditions for journalists in decades

Last Saturday, May 3, was annual World Press Freedom Day. This year, the state of press freedom is especially grim;... More

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2 NOLA journos are being forced to testify in a federal criminal case

Would a shield law have made a difference?

At the end of this month, two reporters will have to take the witness stand in the trial of an... More

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Why can’t SCOTUSblog get a credential?

It’s surprisingly hard to find out—and the journalists making the rules are as open as Chick-fil-A on Sunday

Around the country, credentialing organizations struggle every year to make decisions as journalists and news outlets apply for law-enforcement passes to cross... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Regrouping for Detroit, GM’s bankruptcy evasion and Chinese corporate records

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Kevyn Orr and a Detroit rebound? Last Friday, I... More

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ProPublica plans to grow its ‘Data Store’

“There’s no question that selling data is a rich opportunity for many newsrooms”

In February, ProPublica launched the "Data Store," a site from which journalists from outside of the organization could purchase data... 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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