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Easy email encryption

LEAP hopes its open-source, encrypted email will be useful for journalists and newsrooms

Email, that daily workflow staple, is becoming a real problem in this post-Snowden era. Or rather, it always has been... More

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The secret whistleblowers

The book The Burglary, released Wednesday, reveals how a group of activists exposed the secrets of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

On the night of March 8, 1971, when almost all eyes and ears were on Muhammad Ali battling Joe Frazier... More

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60 Minutes’ bad run

The ‘cleantech’ report is the latest in a series of missteps

Another day, another 60 Minutes debacle. Last Sunday, the 46-year-old newsmagazine aired "The Cleantech Crash," an unflattering look at the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Marijuana rules of the road, grading the CBO, and hiring journalists in war zones

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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Al Jazeera arrests in Egypt cause concern

The arrests were the latest in a series of incidents highlighting the loss of freedom of expression

CAIRO--Journalists and rights advocates in Egypt are renewing concerns about the contraction of freedom of expression after police arrested four... More

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A diplomat’s arrested; from there, the take varies

The US treatment of Indian official Devyani Khobragade has received very different coverage in the two countries

In the days since the United States arrested Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, 39, for allegedly lying on her Indian housekeeper's... More

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The cute, friendly encryption tool (updated)

Cryptocat will soon be available for iPhone and Android

Update, January 6, 2014: As of the end of December 2013, the Cryptocat app for iPhone had been rejected by... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Profiling John Miller, the Snowden dilemma, and options for national security whistleblowers

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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Covering Sandy Hook, one year later

The town is asking reporters to stay away, but many victims’ families have started speaking out

As the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting approaches, the first selectman of Newtown, CT, Pat Llodra, has... More

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Jana Winter’s victory

And what she lost along the way

On Tuesday, The New York Court of Appeals overturned a subpoena that's been hanging over investigative reporter Jana Winter's head... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Behind a legislative triumph, Mandela memorial security, and a question for Politico

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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The future of longform

A conference at the Columbia Journalism School explored the craft’s digital prospects

When readers started moving to the internet, media analysts thought longform journalism was in trouble. Attention spans were going to... More

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How to ditch photo metadata

Or, how to avoid pulling a Vice

Just about everyone has heard by now the cautionary tale of Vice Magazine's accidental outing of a source's location, and... More

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Native ads aren’t as clear as outlets think

Consumers skip over labels, and even when they see them, many don’t understand what they mean

Publishers and marketers believe they are being responsible by distinguishing native advertising--advertising designed to look and feel like journalism--from news... More

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The media’s struggle for survival in Bhutan

The changing media landscape in the tiny Himalayan nation

When Bhutan began its transition into a parliamentary democracy in 2006, its media scene exploded. People in the remote Himalayan... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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