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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

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Media accelerator gives startups a push

Matter just helped launch six new-media startups

On Tuesday, journalists, investors, and technology enthusiasts gathered at WNYC's Greene Space to meet Matter One: the first graduating class... More

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Q&A: James O’Shea

The former Tribune newsman discusses where the company has been, and where it’s going

James O'Shea, former editor at the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, was close to the center of the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

TV’s campaign ad addiction, Obamacare outsourced to Canada, and a Romney aide’s new role

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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Nate Silver’s next steps

At ESPN, he’s going to build his brand into a staffed site

Nate Silver's move from The New York Times to ESPN is turning the reporter-statistician into the editor in chief of... More

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Chasing New Jersey news

Whether or not a new show on WWOR in NJ is news is a concern of folks from congressmen to the FCC

There is a media battle brewing in New Jersey. WWOR-TV, a channel licensed to the city of Secaucus, has found... More

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New ‘injection secrecy’ law threatens First Amendment rights in Georgia

It deems information about lethal injections state secrets

Update: On Thursday afternoon, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail S. Tusan granted a stay of Hill's execution, concluding, among... More

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Much ado at Maariv

Israel’s overcrowded media market has left many of the nation’s newspapers, including daily paper Maariv, struggling

Maariv, one of Israel's oldest mainstream newspapers, is floundering. Last week, reporters resorted to a "reverse strike" to keep the... More

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Who will bear witness?

Photojournalists share their experiences of covering the Iraq War

Wednesday night at the Brooklyn Brewery, Steve Hindy, former war correspondent for the Associated Press and founder of the microbrewery,... More

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Roll Call goes native

With Boeing-backed defense blog, Beltway outlet makes a foray into sponsored content

For the past year, Roll Call, a newspaper and website that focuses on Capitol Hill politics, has been in a... More

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Forward pushes a reparations investigation

The paper won’t let a group that gives money to needy Holocaust survivors hide past fraud

Paul Berger discovered his latest investigation for The Forward almost by chance, sitting in a nearly empty courtroom in New... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Teflon Tim Geithner, and profiling the Center for Responsive Politics

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... 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


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”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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