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Matter shows a Kickstarter risk—the project you back may not be what ultimately emerges

As Kickstarter gives more prominence to journalism projects, one crowdsourcing success story has disillusioned its funders

When the online magazine Matter launched its Kickstarter campaign in February of 2012, the two founders, Bobbie Johnson and Jim... More

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Pressure, potential for a federal shield law

Journalism activists say protection for reporters is long overdue

Though last week the Supreme Court refused New York Times journalist James Risen's appeal that he should not be made... More

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Media for millennials

Media outlets led by millennials, targeted to millennials, and writing stories about the issues millennials care about are getting not only traffic, but the money to continue growing it

Three years ago, PolicyMic was being run from what CEO Chris Altchek calls "this pretty gross couch." Then last October,... More

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In Eastern Ukraine, one journalist turns on another

A German reporter is forced to flee after a Russian counterpart denounces him on social media

Paul Ronzheimer has covered the violent protests in Tahrir Square, Istanbul's Taksim Square last year, and the worst of the... More

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Press crackdown—and pushback—in Hungary

An editor’s ouster and a new media tax draw street protests and an unusual news blackout

Hungarian press freedoms have been under pressure for a while as the right-of-center government has come under fire for ham-fisted... More

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The ghosts of Iraq

In the wake of the Iraq WMD debacle, the press has been hesitant to report decisively on violence in Syria

  Coverage of chemical weapons in Syria is in some ways a story of redemption. For major news organizations,... More

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Yemen kicks out foreign correspondents

Can western media work with local journalists to fill the gap?

Journalist Adam Baron was deported from Yemen in early May, after being told that he was no longer welcome in... More

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Stories I’d like to see

More questions for Snowden and the GOP establishment takes on the 2016 primaries

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Snowden questions NBC missed: In his interview with NBC's... More

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Thousands of journalists withhold a mistakenly released CIA agent name

A recent White House blunder highlights issues of secrecy and public interest

Last Saturday, the White House accidentally revealed the identity of the CIA's most senior operative in Kabul by accidentally including... More

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Chaos at The Wire?

Without an editor in chief, The Atlantic’s army of young aggregators is directionless

Back in November, things seemed promising at The Wire. In four years since launch the site's easily digestible breaking news... More

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Stories I’d like to see

A follow-up on Dasani, fitting Credit Suisse punishments, when Hollywood meets Beijing

This piece, an occasional feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. What happened to Dasani? Remember Dasani Coates? She's the... More

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Reporting from Sudan’s hidden frontline

Nuba Reports shines a light on the undercovered conflict in the Nuba Mountains

There is a war being fought in Sudan, and it's happening almost out of sight. In 2011, South Sudan became... More

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The Atlantic goes all out for its new cover story

Behind the scenes of the marketing campaign for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations”

On Wednesday night, The Atlantic posted the cover story for its June 2014 print issue: Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for... More

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Video: How net neutrality shifts may impact diversity online

“Keep the playing field free and clear for everybody”

Will the FCC's proposed new rules governing internet traffic further hurt those whose views and voices are already underrepresented in... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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