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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

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Stories I’d like to see

MTV’s Miley Cyrus mess, Donald Trump and the law, and who benefits from federal fines

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 civil rights coverage, a look back

Some newspapers have apologized for ignoring black voices before and during the civil rights era. More papers should.

For the last several months, I've worked alongside law students in the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern... More

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Libya, a country under-covered

English-language coverage of Libya has diminished since the death of Muammar al-Gaddafi

Starting in February 2011, as protests in Benghazi evolved into a nationwide insurrection and civil war, both staff and freelance... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Bezos’ silence, lobbyists and Egypt, and the inner workings of State-owned TV

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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NewsHour at a crossroads

As PBS prepares to launch a weekend edition of the NewsHour, observers doubt the program’s continued viability

After a two-year holding pattern following the gradual retirement of Jim Lehrer from on-air duties, PBS NewsHour is entering a... More

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Little mag, big ideas

The New Inquiry’s revenue model might be the future of little magazines

It's not easy being a little magazine. But The New Inquiry, an online journal and monthly magazine of culture and... More

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The UK government’s investigations of the Guardian and David Miranda are troubling

Governments harassing journalists in the name of national security isn’t new — but it is dangerous

Last year the Turkish government jailed 21 journalists working for the DIHA news agency on trumped up anti-terrorist charges. The... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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