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Paying attention to the shield law’s critics

Journalists shouldn’t blindly support the shield law without taking in the whole picture

When a Senate committee this month approved the "Free Flow of Information Act of 2013," applause was heard from scores... More

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Preparing for combat zones

Global Journalist Security training seeks to approximate real-life scenarios

Inside a bullet-worn airsoft arena in August, I led 15 journalists and activists at gunpoint through a labyrinth of graffitied... More

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Encryption, security basics for journalists

Courtesy of Monday’s Hacks/Hackers meetup in Manhattan

"Should you worry about the NSA? Eh, maybe," was the title of the night's first slide, when the Hacks/Hackers New... More

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How I got that story

An underground market for unwanted children

In February 2012, Megan Twohey was looking at reports on the difficulties with international adoptions when she noticed a gap... More

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Against the Riptide

Rather than simply criticize a report’s omissions, two journalists plan to create their own complementary version

Dear Leaders of Journalism: I cannot recommend highly enough that you start talking to people outside your circles. #riptide #silos—... More

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Questions for President Obama about Syria

Here’s what the press should find out

In a 16-minute address to the nation Tuesday night, President Obama both made the case for military action against Syria... More

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NewsHour Weekend reviewed

A new look for an old show is promising but still contains ongoing weaknesses

These late summer weeks have been prime time for big, splashy media launches. In sports, Fox Sports 1 debuted to... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The cost of attacking Syria, and tell me what to think about fracking

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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Politico publisher acquires Capital New York (UPDATED)

Over 30 to 45 days the website will quadruple staff and hone coverage on state and local politics, according to Jim VandeHei

[UPDATE, 4:06 pm] Jim VandeHei, executive editor of Politico and new president of Capital New York, says the site will... More

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4 Syrian journos: We want Western help

At Columbia last week, four journalists argued for help building a free press in their home country

Before a room of fresh-faced Columbia Journalism School students on Friday, four Syrian journalists asked the budding professionals, and indeed... More

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In Syria, freelancer demand amidst increasing restrictions

New outlets are happy to reap the rewards of dangerous reporting, so long as freelancers shoulder all responsibility

News organizations are desperate for Damascus-based reporters, so they are calling on freelancers, stretching their own rules against doing so.... More

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Even more interactive news

PolicyMic is making user contributions just as important as a writer’s original content

Clickable. Shareable. Likeable. Social media increasingly drives more web traffic than search engine optimization, and a clever headline now outweighs... More

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Altweekly gets a sober judgment

A South Carolina university keeps alcohol, and an altweekly, at bay

Attention Coastal Carolina University students: Readling a local altweekly might drive you to drink. Authorities at Coastal Carolina University, in... More

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Stories I’d like to see

MTV’s Miley Cyrus mess, Donald Trump and the law, and who benefits from federal fines

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 civil rights coverage, a look back

Some newspapers have apologized for ignoring black voices before and during the civil rights era. More papers should.

For the last several months, I've worked alongside law students in the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern... 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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