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Stories I’d like to see

Congress’s friendly skies, and battle of the dumb lawyers

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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Hiring at Al Jazeera America: 18,000 applicants for 170 jobs

The company’s executive director of international operations gives a peek into the network’s new cred among Americans

Up until a few short years ago, when recruiters with Al Jazeera attended American journalism job fairs, hardly anyone seemed... More

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In Kenya’s election, reporting what’s there, not what’s assumed

Much western coverage has seemed like a cheerleading competition for violent news

During Kenya's post-election crisis in 2007, which saw thousands dead and many more displaced, inflammatory messages sent via SMS and... More

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Stories I’d like to see: crafting ‘A Bitter Pill’

Since this is supposed to be a column about good story ideas, I’ll use it to explain the genesis of my Time cover story in more detail

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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How we hired that reporter

A newspaper, a university, an investigative center, and donors find a new way

It was something like a triple bank shot in billiards, but quite a lot more valuable and satisfying. For the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

America’s lobbying abroad, and following a wonder drug’s money trail

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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Handling Facebook’s fickle functionality

How news outlets choose to promote work when the formula keeps changing

Facebook's promoted posts feature sparked privacy concerns for individuals last week, when the company debuted a feature allowing individual users... More

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From women’s page to style section

Women still need a place to have a voice in the absence of mainstream media equality

When the Washington Post decided, in January of 2013, to run a story about feminists' disputes over Michelle Obama's time... More

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Homicide coverage is about people, not just stats

Stories about Hadiya Pendleton’s death should be a guide for journalists in future crime reporting

On Friday, President Obama spoke in Chicago as a part of his post-State of the Union tour, pitching, among many... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Hagel’s ignorance, Big Oil in the rain forest, and a drone story

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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Stories I’d like to see

Lying to the SEC, A-Rod’s contract, everybody gets hacked

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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Ed Koch: under the adulation

A press secretary looks back at Hizzoner and the media

The death of former New York mayor Edward I. Koch last week at age 88 brought forth a flood... More

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Tracking the NYT’s evolving Koch obit

NewsDiffs reveals the newspaper’s multiple revisions, resulting in a surge of traffic

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died in the wee hours of Friday morning, and The New York Times... More

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What region gets the most coverage of its human rights abuses?

Latin America, according to a statistical analysis

When journalists report on human rights abuses, which region do they report on most? Africa, due to the Rwandan genocide,... More

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How the Seattle Times got its Starbucks in India story

Some travel funds, some grant money, and a whole lot of of legwork

Like many good stories, the Seattle Times's special feature on coffee growers and Starbucks in India, that ran on two... 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


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

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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