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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

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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

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


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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