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The Iran coverage conundrum

As another election approaches, journalists should figure out how to overcome access obstacles to cover the country in greater detail

Iran is holding a presidential election on Friday. And in Iran, elections have consequences. In 1997, a presidential election ushered... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Booz Allen’s liability, Europe and the NSA, and Obamacare as stimulus

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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Social media in smaller markets

How three social media managers deal with smaller markets and more local coverage.

Rob Fishman's announcement that "the social media editor is dead," prompted plenty of responses, from Adweek to Zombie Journalism and... More

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Pew report: digital nonprofits optimistic

The numbers are discouraging, but journalists maintain that their outlets will succeed

Despite rather grim numbers, staffers at digital news nonprofits are optimistic about the future of their outlets, according to a... More

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A rally for laid-off Sun-Times photogs

A protest Thursday morning drew about 150 picketers to the newspaper’s headquarters

CHICAGO, IL--Pulitzer Prize winner John H. White doesn't think too much of the iPhone as a replacement for him and... More

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Newsmodo and the never-ending tour

An Australian startup connects freelance journalists and news organizations

When I met Rakhal Ebeli in Manhattan for a coffee at 4pm on a late-May Thursday, I asked him how... More

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Stories I’d like to see

More questions for Bloomberg and Angelina Jolie

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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ProPublica kickstarts its internship investigation

Investigative journalism site experiments with crowdsourcing and crowdfunding

On May 28, David Dennis wrote in the Guardian that the prevalence of unpaid internships and their increasing role as... More

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Notetakers denied Manning trial access

WikiLeaks case officials refuse to release trial transcripts, and crowdfunded stenographers were denied press passes

On the heels of a weekend rally that drew hundreds of supporters to Fort Meade, MD, Pfc. Bradley Manning's trial... More

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In Libya, new media freedom is uncertain

A post-Qaddafi abundance of independent news has been followed by violence against journalists

The post-revolutionary euphoria that followed Libya's 2011 uprising against dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi spawned dozens of new media outlets--at least 69,... More

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Libel convictions face resurgence in Italy

For the second time in the past couple years, Italian journalists have faced jail time for defamation

Three Italian journalists were sentenced to prison terms Friday in Milan for libeling a prosecutor. Andrea Marcenaro and Riccardo Arena... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Justice Department overreach, and a rudderless IRS

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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Silver linings newscasts

Down with forced positivity in TV news coverage of Moore, OK

Like everyone else this week, I was transfixed by the tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma. The devastation was quick and, in... More

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‘We are all journalists now’

140 Journos and Turkey’s “counter-media” movement

In a 2011 court case in Diyarbakır, Turkey, a student is on trial for membership in a terrorist organization. The... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The commencement speech market, Obamacare job bonanza, and recess appointment gridlock

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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