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Behind the News

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Free speech threats in the US and UK

It’s time to make a stand for freedom of expression and the freedom of the press with no ifs or buts

Everybody in public life in the US and UK claims to believe in freedom of expression and a free press.... More

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Google France’s $81 million media boost

In response to threatened copyright legislation, Google and a media group formed a fund to help fund digital innovation

After seven months of closed-door negotiations, Google France and a French media association announced the details of a 60 million... More

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Q&A: Andrew Kueneman and Steve Duenes, NYT graphic and Web designers

Behind the scenes of “Tomato Can Blues,” the Times’ latest multimedia project

The New York Times celebrated its 162nd birthday in style last week with the launch of "Tomato Can Blues," a... More

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In Egypt, an anti-Brotherhood media crackdown

The current censorship exceeds the crackdown of ousted president Mohamed Morsi

CAIRO--The screens went black around 9pm. It was night of July 3, and Egypt's military chief, General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, announced... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Default scenarios, Yankees’ doctors, and why internet companies backpedaled on privacy

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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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

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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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