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Hacks vs. flacks

Do public affairs offices get in the way?

On Monday night, a panel of journalists and public relations experts gathered at the National Press Club in Washington DC... More

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When tycoons own the media

To suss out what can result from big-business ownership, see Europe

In 2010, the German media conglomerate WAZ sold its Bulgarian Media Group to two millionaire tycoons: Ognian I. Bonev, chairman... More

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NPR dismisses an ombudsman report

Executives disagree with a sharp critique of an award-winning series

An internal review found serious problems with an award-winning NPR investigation. This past Friday, NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos released an... More

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Patch delays layoffs

Hyperlocal hopes to match least profitable sites with local partners

Since Wednesday, Patch employees have been waiting for news of layoffs rumored to come coupled with the announcement of a... More

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Suddenly, a ray of hope for the Post

Bezos purchase may be a last chance for newsrooms to become “nerve centers for the Internet”

Twenty-one years ago, in 1992, former Washington Post managing editor Robert Kaiser typed out a famously prescient memo describing his... More

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Q&A: Steve Coll on the WaPo purchase

The new dean of Columbia’s Journalism School worked at the Washington Post for two decades

Steve Coll, the new dean of Columbia's Journalism School, spent 20 years as a reporter and editor at The Washington... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How the Guardian protects state secrets, and weak reporting at Ad Age

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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Shock, sorrow, and snark at the WaPo sale

Reactions to the Washington Post’s surprise sale

The Web is still reeling from the news that The Washington Post is being sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos... More

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A print mag just for interns

A magazine project on Kickstarter aims to be a forum for otherwise-unpaid creative types

The morality of unpaid internships have been getting quite a bit of airtime, be it the lawsuit of the Fox... More

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Q&A: Nicholas Jackson, founder of The First Bound

New website provides an “off the record” style chat about media with writers and editors

As a young writer Pacific Standard digital director Nicholas Jackson built his career through a time-honored tradition: cold-emailing editors. "I... More

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Manning verdict not a win for journalism

Bradley Manning’s “aiding the enemy” acquittal does little to mitigate the risk that future whistleblowers might be similarly charged for leaks to the press

Despite Tuesday's acquittal of Pfc. Bradley Manning on the charge of "aiding the enemy" by sharing hundreds of thousands of... More

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Q&A: Ruby Cramer, political reporter at BuzzFeed

“The consistency with which Anthony Weiner walks around the city with a guy holding his name up behind him is impressive”

There's an audible sense of panic in Ruby Cramer's voice when she answers the phone at our scheduled interview time.... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The cushy world of academia, surveillance 2.0 and $200 million to tear down a building

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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Freedom of speech in Cambodia, but only in English

After 20 years of ‘democracy,’ Khmer-language journalism is still under assault

He's back. After four years in self-imposed exile, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy landed in Phnom Penh last Friday to... More

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In Azerbaijan, a journalist under siege

Khadija Ismayilova’s fight against wrongdoings, “wherever they are”

It was supposed to be a punishment--220 hours plucking garbage off the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan. Instead, journalist Khadija Ismayilova... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

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’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Bloggingheads

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

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