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Behind the News

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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

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Stories I’d like to see

Bezos’ silence, lobbyists and Egypt, and the inner workings of State-owned TV

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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NewsHour at a crossroads

As PBS prepares to launch a weekend edition of the NewsHour, observers doubt the program’s continued viability

After a two-year holding pattern following the gradual retirement of Jim Lehrer from on-air duties, PBS NewsHour is entering a... More

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Little mag, big ideas

The New Inquiry’s revenue model might be the future of little magazines

It's not easy being a little magazine. But The New Inquiry, an online journal and monthly magazine of culture and... More

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The UK government’s investigations of the Guardian and David Miranda are troubling

Governments harassing journalists in the name of national security isn’t new — but it is dangerous

Last year the Turkish government jailed 21 journalists working for the DIHA news agency on trumped up anti-terrorist charges. The... More

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Partner of Glenn Greenwald detained at Heathrow

“A failed attempt at intimidation”

Human rights organizations, freedom of speech groups, and the Brazilian government are among the plethora of groups condemning the detention... More

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Hacks vs. flacks

Do public affairs offices get in the way?

On Monday night, a panel of journalists and public relations experts gathered at the National Press Club in Washington DC... More

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When tycoons own the media

To suss out what can result from big-business ownership, see Europe

In 2010, the German media conglomerate WAZ sold its Bulgarian Media Group to two millionaire tycoons: Ognian I. Bonev, chairman... More

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NPR dismisses an ombudsman report

Executives disagree with a sharp critique of an award-winning series

An internal review found serious problems with an award-winning NPR investigation. This past Friday, NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos released an... More

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Patch delays layoffs

Hyperlocal hopes to match least profitable sites with local partners

Since Wednesday, Patch employees have been waiting for news of layoffs rumored to come coupled with the announcement of a... 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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