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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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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

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Stories I’d like to see

Breaking procurement rules to fix Healthcare.gov, the Red Cross and Sandy, and Westerners choking in China

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 AP was right to fire Bob Lewis

He needed to wait for a response from his piece’s target, and he didn’t

Many journalists are outraged the AP would fire its longtime Virginia capitol reporter over one serious mistake that was retracted... More

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

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

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.

Bloggingheads

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

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