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Good Times

Executive Editor Jill Abramson spoke on the state of the paper

Jill Abramson had a cold. Her throat constantly required water and lozenges, and it was impossible, for someone who never... More

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The Forward relaunches its Yiddish site

The paper goes digital-first in February

The 116-year-old, Yiddish-language edition of The Forward is scaling back its print operations from weekly to biweekly to redirect resources... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The next terrorist attack, Obama’s Medicare cuts, and the gun lobby

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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Smith-Mundt reform: In with a whimper?

It’s now legal to broadcast Voice of America stateside, but few seem to notice

Last spring, there was a spate of commentary about Congressional efforts to relax the domestic dissemination ban on content produced... More

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ChinaFile launches in February

A new online magazine seeks to give “texture” to China coverage

A new online magazine focusing on China is launching on February 5. ChinaFile, currently available in beta, was founded by... More

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New gun laws restrict press access

In all this debate over the Second Amendment, they may be compromising the First

On Tuesday, New York state governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a gun control bill that includes provisions to keep... More

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German bill would charge for aggregation

The potential law would provide content creators with a portion of the profits search engines make by aggregating them

News aggregators and search engines in Germany will be required to pay publishers a fee for using their content—even snippets,... More

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Gun permit data wasn’t maximized

The choice that faced the Journal News was not simply whether to map gun permit holders’ addresses, but how

In the weeks since the Journal News's publication of a controversial interactive map of gun permit holders' addresses in Westchester... More

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Patch aims for profitability, shifts platforms

The company president spoke of his goals for the year at Street Fight Summit

Patch hopes that all 903 of its hyperlocal news sites will be profitable by the end of 2013, and that... More

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Financial reporting, for pros and the public

A panel of top financial journalists consider their true audience

Do business journalists write for professional traders or for the general public? That was one of the main questions in... More

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In hyperlocal, ‘success’ is subjective

A Street Fight Summit panel of digital journalists dished about their triumphs and concerns

The panel just before lunch at Tuesday’s Street Fight Summit, a two-day conference dedicated to all things hyperlocal, was on... More

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Stories I’d like to see

A working legislature, post informant life and Wal-Mart’s guns

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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Local California news site sues county sheriff

Lake County News believes it is suffering discrimination

A local news site in Lake County, CA, is suing the sheriff there for discrimination. Elizabeth Larson and John Jensen,... More

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AP turns to Twitter and restaurant receipts

Unconventional revenue strategies in the wake of new year’s member losses

The AP rolled out two unconventional money-generating strategies this week: It sold advertising in its Twitter feed and cut a... More

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Al Jazeera in America

With its purchase of Current TV, the broadcaster has wide access to the American market for the first time. But will audiences come?

Al Jazeera Media Network, the Qatar-based channel once described by the George W. Bush administration as a “terror network,” announced... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

Bloggingheads

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

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