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In Egypt, an anti-Brotherhood media crackdown

The current censorship exceeds the crackdown of ousted president Mohamed Morsi

CAIRO--The screens went black around 9pm. It was night of July 3, and Egypt's military chief, General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, announced... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Default scenarios, Yankees’ doctors, and why internet companies backpedaled on privacy

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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Paying attention to the shield law’s critics

Journalists shouldn’t blindly support the shield law without taking in the whole picture

When a Senate committee this month approved the "Free Flow of Information Act of 2013," applause was heard from scores... More

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Preparing for combat zones

Global Journalist Security training seeks to approximate real-life scenarios

Inside a bullet-worn airsoft arena in August, I led 15 journalists and activists at gunpoint through a labyrinth of graffitied... More

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Encryption, security basics for journalists

Courtesy of Monday’s Hacks/Hackers meetup in Manhattan

"Should you worry about the NSA? Eh, maybe," was the title of the night's first slide, when the Hacks/Hackers New... More

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How I got that story

An underground market for unwanted children

In February 2012, Megan Twohey was looking at reports on the difficulties with international adoptions when she noticed a gap... More

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Against the Riptide

Rather than simply criticize a report’s omissions, two journalists plan to create their own complementary version

Dear Leaders of Journalism: I cannot recommend highly enough that you start talking to people outside your circles. #riptide #silos—... More

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Questions for President Obama about Syria

Here’s what the press should find out

In a 16-minute address to the nation Tuesday night, President Obama both made the case for military action against Syria... More

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NewsHour Weekend reviewed

A new look for an old show is promising but still contains ongoing weaknesses

These late summer weeks have been prime time for big, splashy media launches. In sports, Fox Sports 1 debuted to... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The cost of attacking Syria, and tell me what to think about fracking

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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Politico publisher acquires Capital New York (UPDATED)

Over 30 to 45 days the website will quadruple staff and hone coverage on state and local politics, according to Jim VandeHei

[UPDATE, 4:06 pm] Jim VandeHei, executive editor of Politico and new president of Capital New York, says the site will... More

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4 Syrian journos: We want Western help

At Columbia last week, four journalists argued for help building a free press in their home country

Before a room of fresh-faced Columbia Journalism School students on Friday, four Syrian journalists asked the budding professionals, and indeed... More

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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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