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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

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In Syria, freelancer demand amidst increasing restrictions

New outlets are happy to reap the rewards of dangerous reporting, so long as freelancers shoulder all responsibility

News organizations are desperate for Damascus-based reporters, so they are calling on freelancers, stretching their own rules against doing so.... More

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Even more interactive news

PolicyMic is making user contributions just as important as a writer’s original content

Clickable. Shareable. Likeable. Social media increasingly drives more web traffic than search engine optimization, and a clever headline now outweighs... More

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Altweekly gets a sober judgment

A South Carolina university keeps alcohol, and an altweekly, at bay

Attention Coastal Carolina University students: Readling a local altweekly might drive you to drink. Authorities at Coastal Carolina University, in... More

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Stories I’d like to see

MTV’s Miley Cyrus mess, Donald Trump and the law, and who benefits from federal fines

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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On civil rights coverage, a look back

Some newspapers have apologized for ignoring black voices before and during the civil rights era. More papers should.

For the last several months, I've worked alongside law students in the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern... More

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Libya, a country under-covered

English-language coverage of Libya has diminished since the death of Muammar al-Gaddafi

Starting in February 2011, as protests in Benghazi evolved into a nationwide insurrection and civil war, both staff and freelance... More

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

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

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