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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

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Stories I’d like to see

A video game called ‘School Shooting,’ backing the video gaming industry, and a qualified lawyer on hold

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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A misleading image

The New York Times’ lead photo Wednesday sparked debate for what it revealed, but it was a mistake for what it obscured

It was something of a shock to open my parents' New York Times this morning and see, stretching across four... More

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CPJ honors international journalists

At a gala on Tuesday night, the Committee to Protect Journalists honored four at its annual International Press Freedom Awards

Outside the doors of the Waldorf-Astoria on Tuesday night, protesters pause and wait for the next video camera light to... More

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Always an ink-stained wretch

William Kennedy on his life as a journalist

On October 9, William Kennedy delivered the following musing on his career and on journalism today to mark the 40th... More

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Fighting for press freedom in Ecuador

Janet Hinostroza is one of four international journalists being honored by CPJ at this year’s press freedom awards ceremony

Every year, the Committee to Protect Journalists presents the International Press Freedom Awards to four reporters who have produced outstanding... More

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Hearing (new) voices

An innovative financing model may change the face of public radio

Sue Schardt wants to mess with your mind. Specifically, she wants to mess with how you think about public media.... More

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ProPublica FOIAs for NSA surveillance info

ProPublica’s right-of-access motion in the FISA court last week followed similar filings by the ACLU and Yale

ProPublica's coverage of government surveillance, both before and since The Summer of Snowden, has been thorough and revelatory--and it's far... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Timing the capitol bloviators, the French as the tough guys, and Wal-Mart’s reputation

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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Cub critics

The New York Film Festival’s Critics Academy nurtures the next generation of film critics

It's a Friday night in late September, and the Harvard Club, in midtown Manhattan, is busy. Scores of men and... More

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Teaching j-school students cyber-security

How journalism schools are preparing students for the technical and legal challenges ahead

Back in the dark ages of January, 2012, my colleague Alysia Santo wrote a thoughtful piece about how journalism schools... More

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When a war zone is home

Pakistan has the third-highest casualty rate for journalists, and all of those killed this year were locals

Four or five years ago, long before it occurred to me to visit a war zone, I heard Anderson Cooper... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Finding Obamacare’s authors, assessing J&J’s CEO culpability, and grading Chris Christie

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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On the 60 Minutes/Benghazi debacle

Some systems worked, and some didn’t

Two things are true about CBS News' latest embarrassment over the egregious mistake it apologized for last night on its... More

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New mag to cover global women’s issues

Valerie, a digital effort by two Columbia j-school alumnae, launched November 1

In 2010, Daria Solovieva was sitting in a media business class at Columbia's Journalism School, when she thought, 'I could... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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