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Stories I’d like to see

A refund for Healthcare.gov, European lobbyists, and A-Rod’s curious supporters

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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Modern-day newsies

Hundreds of people hawk newspapers in New York City weekday mornings—not a high kick or Disney ballad in sight

He gets up before dawn, ready to work when the rest of us are still rolling out of bed. His... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How Boehner can save his speakership, JPMorgan’s lawyers, and the TV economics of the World Series

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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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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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