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Wide media reaction to NSA speech

Reactions ranged from cautious optimism, to frustrated disappointment, to a what-did-you-expect kind of resigned acceptance

Before it got overshadowed by David Remnick's epic New Yorker profile of President Obama, the big news involving the White... More

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Der Spiegel scales back its English edition

The coverage has provided a non-US alternative for Wikileaks and NSA reporting

In late December, the German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel published a story covering the latest slew of revelations about surveillance... More

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FOIA fight for NSA documents continues

The government has released some heavily-redacted legal opinions, but ProPublica, the ACLU, and others say that’s not enough

This past November, ProPublica attempted to open up "the smallest nesting doll" of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's legal opinions... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Bezos and the Post, America’s worst-run agency, and who’s paying Dennis Rodman?

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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The Record: Christie’s administration may have violated public records law

An email released on Wednesday perhaps should have been available to the paper sooner

Among the documents made public after the New Jersey State Assembly Democrats obtained them via subpoena, seeking more information about... More

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Too many feelings

The Guardian pulls Emma Keller’s controversial post critiquing a cancer patient’s tweeting a few hours after The New York Times published a similar piece by her husband

Before last Wednesday you probably hadn't heard of Lisa Bonchek Adams, a Connecticut mother of three who has been tweeting... More

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Easy email encryption

LEAP hopes its open-source, encrypted email will be useful for journalists and newsrooms

Email, that daily workflow staple, is becoming a real problem in this post-Snowden era. Or rather, it always has been... More

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The secret whistleblowers

The book The Burglary, released Wednesday, reveals how a group of activists exposed the secrets of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

On the night of March 8, 1971, when almost all eyes and ears were on Muhammad Ali battling Joe Frazier... More

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60 Minutes’ bad run

The ‘cleantech’ report is the latest in a series of missteps

Another day, another 60 Minutes debacle. Last Sunday, the 46-year-old newsmagazine aired "The Cleantech Crash," an unflattering look at the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Marijuana rules of the road, grading the CBO, and hiring journalists in war zones

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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Al Jazeera arrests in Egypt cause concern

The arrests were the latest in a series of incidents highlighting the loss of freedom of expression

CAIRO--Journalists and rights advocates in Egypt are renewing concerns about the contraction of freedom of expression after police arrested four... More

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A diplomat’s arrested; from there, the take varies

The US treatment of Indian official Devyani Khobragade has received very different coverage in the two countries

In the days since the United States arrested Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, 39, for allegedly lying on her Indian housekeeper's... More

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The cute, friendly encryption tool (updated)

Cryptocat will soon be available for iPhone and Android

Update, January 6, 2014: As of the end of December 2013, the Cryptocat app for iPhone had been rejected by... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Profiling John Miller, the Snowden dilemma, and options for national security whistleblowers

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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Covering Sandy Hook, one year later

The town is asking reporters to stay away, but many victims’ families have started speaking out

As the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting approaches, the first selectman of Newtown, CT, Pat Llodra, has... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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