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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

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Obama’s broken promises on transparency

The Committee to Protect Journalists released its first comprehensive report on US press freedom

Since 2009, the Obama administration has prosecuted more people as whistleblowers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all former presidents... More

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Immersion journalists discuss their craft

And like in their work, they do so by showing, not telling

The New Yorker Festival featured a four-panelist discussion called "Immersion Journalism" on Saturday, which was decidedly barren of one key... More

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Ken Auletta questions Jill Abramson

The New York Times’ executive editor answered questions during the New Yorker Festival

Two years ago, Ken Auletta took the subway with Jill Abramson on her first day of work as editor of... More

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The New York Times expands its international opinion section

The Gray Lady is adding more than two dozen international opinion writers

On the eve of relaunching the International Herald Tribune as The International New York Times next week, the Times is... More

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The Daily Mail inflames British debate over press regulation

The tabloid picked the wrong time to start squabbling with politicians

On the eve of a crucial meeting of Members of Parliament (MPs) to discuss press regulation, The Daily Mail has... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How Obamacare burns smokers, the Economist’s anonymous staff, and New York City’s bike-sharing program

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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New Yorker war reporters on what it’s like

Dexter Filkins and Jon Lee Anderson spoke on a war reporting panel at the New Yorker Festival

One does not spend decades reporting from the most violence-wracked places on Earth and come out unscathed. Veteran war reporters... More

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Why journalists can still trust Tor

Despite the Silk Road bust, the Freedom Hosting attack, and even the latest Snowden scoop, it’s still one of the most reliable tools for anonymity online

I'm not going to bury the lede. Yes, Tor is still the recommended method for journalists and others who need... More

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Radio watchdogs

A look (and listen) at Reveal, public radio’s first investigative reporting show

On Saturday, the Public Radio Exchange and the Center for Investigative Reporting launched the pilot episode of Reveal, public radio's... More

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Free speech threats in the US and UK

It’s time to make a stand for freedom of expression and the freedom of the press with no ifs or buts

Everybody in public life in the US and UK claims to believe in freedom of expression and a free press.... More

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Google France’s $81 million media boost

In response to threatened copyright legislation, Google and a media group formed a fund to help fund digital innovation

After seven months of closed-door negotiations, Google France and a French media association announced the details of a 60 million... More

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Q&A: Andrew Kueneman and Steve Duenes, NYT graphic and Web designers

Behind the scenes of “Tomato Can Blues,” the Times’ latest multimedia project

The New York Times celebrated its 162nd birthday in style last week with the launch of "Tomato Can Blues," a... More

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In Egypt, an anti-Brotherhood media crackdown

The current censorship exceeds the crackdown of ousted president Mohamed Morsi

CAIRO--The screens went black around 9pm. It was night of July 3, and Egypt's military chief, General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, announced... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Default scenarios, Yankees’ doctors, and why internet companies backpedaled on privacy

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