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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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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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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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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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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

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Media, policy, and conflict in Pakistan

Policymakers see media’s impact as powerful but not always positive

Pakistan's raucous and increasingly lethal media sector is exerting a powerful effect on decision-making in the country, even though journalists... More

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France 24’s trusted volunteer corps

The station has a global network of unpaid, verified contributors that help find and factcheck stories

When a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire in 2010, igniting the Arab Spring, France 24 interviewed a man... More

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FOIA win against government on drones

Will it lead to more or less disclosure in the future?

The enormous increase in public attention to the drone war in the past year arguably began with the leak of... More

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Obama’s unaccountable briefers, pipeline bribery, and economic woes at Yankee Stadium

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Obama's unaccountable briefers: Here's a key paragraph in Saturday's... More

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Pakistan’s most prominent journalist shot by gunman in Karachi

An apparent assassination attempt on Hamid Mir illustrates the price that comes with the higher profile and influence of the news media in Pakistan

Pakistan's most famous and influential journalist is recovering in a hospital after being shot by a gunman in the metropolis... More

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The ambiguous LA Times/Occidental rift

It’s in many ways a “they said, he said” story with no easy answers

Last month, the Los Angeles Times dismissed Jason Felch, a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting, in the kind... More

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Another Pulitzer for reporting classified info

The prize’s board has “rewarded” coverage of leaked material before

The Pulitzer committee's decision to give its public service award this year to the Washington Post and the Guardian for... More

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Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers?

5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

On Monday afternoon, the Pulitzer board awarded the local news reporting prize to an impressive, powerfully written series of stories... More

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Sealing deadly court files, and Obama and his Cabinet

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Sealing deadly court files: In the wake of continuing... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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