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Fighting for press freedom in Ecuador

Janet Hinostroza is one of four international journalists being honored by CPJ at this year’s press freedom awards ceremony

Every year, the Committee to Protect Journalists presents the International Press Freedom Awards to four reporters who have produced outstanding... More

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Hearing (new) voices

An innovative financing model may change the face of public radio

Sue Schardt wants to mess with your mind. Specifically, she wants to mess with how you think about public media.... More

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ProPublica FOIAs for NSA surveillance info

ProPublica’s right-of-access motion in the FISA court last week followed similar filings by the ACLU and Yale

ProPublica's coverage of government surveillance, both before and since The Summer of Snowden, has been thorough and revelatory--and it's far... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Timing the capitol bloviators, the French as the tough guys, and Wal-Mart’s reputation

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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Cub critics

The New York Film Festival’s Critics Academy nurtures the next generation of film critics

It's a Friday night in late September, and the Harvard Club, in midtown Manhattan, is busy. Scores of men and... More

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Teaching j-school students cyber-security

How journalism schools are preparing students for the technical and legal challenges ahead

Back in the dark ages of January, 2012, my colleague Alysia Santo wrote a thoughtful piece about how journalism schools... More

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When a war zone is home

Pakistan has the third-highest casualty rate for journalists, and all of those killed this year were locals

Four or five years ago, long before it occurred to me to visit a war zone, I heard Anderson Cooper... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Finding Obamacare’s authors, assessing J&J’s CEO culpability, and grading Chris Christie

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 the 60 Minutes/Benghazi debacle

Some systems worked, and some didn’t

Two things are true about CBS News' latest embarrassment over the egregious mistake it apologized for last night on its... More

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New mag to cover global women’s issues

Valerie, a digital effort by two Columbia j-school alumnae, launched November 1

In 2010, Daria Solovieva was sitting in a media business class at Columbia's Journalism School, when she thought, 'I could... More

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In Egypt, Bassem Youssef is off air—again

It remains unclear whether the “Egyptian Jon Stewart” will resume his popular show

Last Friday, after the government-imposed curfew emptied the streets of Cairo and other major cities, many Egyptians settled in front... More

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David Miranda challenges his UK detention [UPDATED]

Glenn Greenwald’s partner argued in the first day of a hearing that he should have been protected as a journalist

Update, November 7, 12pm: In the second day of testimony, government lawyers said they used the correct procedures in detaining... More

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Warnings from whistleblowers past

A national tour provides advice for future whistleblowers and the journalists who work with them

Following Edward Snowden's leaks to the press about the scope of NSA surveillance, public opinion polls have posed questions like,... More

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When sources remain anonymous

SecureDrop, a new tool for communicating with unknown sources, could be best described as the digital equivalent of slipping a fat manila envelope under a door

On Tuesday, Forbes became the first media outlet to launch its own version of SecureDrop, an online application designed to... More

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Journalism in the classroom

A weekend workshop at Columbia explored how to help j-school students succeed

Though googling can be a helpful strategy with some difficult life questions, typing "Is journalism school worth it?" into the... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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