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Silver linings newscasts

Down with forced positivity in TV news coverage of Moore, OK

Like everyone else this week, I was transfixed by the tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma. The devastation was quick and, in... More

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‘We are all journalists now’

140 Journos and Turkey’s “counter-media” movement

In a 2011 court case in Diyarbakır, Turkey, a student is on trial for membership in a terrorist organization. The... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The commencement speech market, Obamacare job bonanza, and recess appointment gridlock

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 Plain Dealer columnist who knew Amanda Berry’s mother

“Imagine the worst day of your life and then repeat it every day for three years. That’s how she lived. Until she died.”

Needless to say, the kidnapping case in Cleveland has garnered a ton of media attention now that the three women... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The compensation racket, Al Jazeera’s plans, and Boston health costs

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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Finding James Foley

GlobalPost tracked down its missing reporter in Syria—now to bring him home

After 162 days with no information about his whereabouts, GlobalPost announced Friday that James Foley, an American journalist who went... More

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Inside the Indonesian Newsroom:
the good, the bad, the hopeful

A survey provides a new snapshot

Indonesia remains a nation in flux. So, too, its journalism. Fifteen years after the country's long-time strongman and president,... More

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In the Egypt Independent’s closure, an end of a beginning

The paper was a symbol of Egypt’s new freedom of the press, which appears to be diminishing

Like many things in Egypt these days, the fight to save the Egypt Independent from termination went viral almost instantly.... More

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After Sandy Hook

A daylong symposium addressed covering trauma, from breaking news through its aftermath

Longtime Hartford Courant reporter Bill Leukhardt lives in Danbury, the town adjacent to Newtown, CT. So on December 14, when... More

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Exit Interview: Matthew Keys

What’s next for Reuters’s indicted former deputy social media editor?

It's been a rough month and a half for Matthew Keys. In March, Reuters's now-former deputy social media editor was... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Lawsuits from tragedy, ubiquitous security cameras, and IRS torpor

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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In defense of scoops

Their reputation took a beating in Boston, but there are reasons to value the news scoop, and they go beyond ego and institutional pride

The press services standardize the main events; it is only once in a while that a great scoop is... More

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Localore’s ‘new media life-forms’

The latest results of AIR’s initiative to show public broadcasters what’s possible

Since 2007, the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), a 25-year-old professional networking group, has been trying to figure out... More

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Boston cops: Don’t reveal our tactics, please

Most journalists comply with ‘war zone’ request

At 8:52am today, the official Boston Police Twitter feed posted this message: "#MediaAlert: WARNING: Do Not Compromise Officer Safety by... More

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As Boston bombing story unfolds, a stellar showing from local TV

WBZ, WHDH deliver balanced, nuanced, comprehensive reporting amid a crisis

BOSTON, MA -- Last night was possibly the biggest, most confusing news night in Boston history. Around 5:15pm, the FBI... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

Bloggingheads

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

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