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Behind the News

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Warnings from whistleblowers past

A national tour provides advice for future whistleblowers and the journalists who work with them

Following Edward Snowden's leaks to the press about the scope of NSA surveillance, public opinion polls have posed questions like,... More

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Many journalists are outraged the AP would fire its longtime Virginia capitol reporter over one serious mistake that was retracted...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

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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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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