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An Occupy Sandy photo faux pas

A storm relief image that went viral with incorrect context serves as a social media lesson

A photo depicting a cluster of men in military uniform listening attentively to a woman with a plastic “OCCUPY” armband... More

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What’s the MATTER?

A Kickstarter-funded longform narrative science journalism site launches

MATTER, a Kickstarter-funded longform science journalism project, launched on Wednesday with its first article, written by prominent science writer Anil... More

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Letter from a Londoner

The BBC is in crisis. Should you care?

This week, the BBC celebrates its 90th birthday. As birthdays go, it’s a rather unhappy one. In the last month,... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The clown-show economics of storm-hit utilities, and in search of open primaries

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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What’s happening at the BBC

The Corporation is facing a serious challenge to its future and to its independence

“To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” —Oscar Wilde, The... More

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Now This News launches an app to grow its global audience

A new mobile and social news service for millennials is evolving

Things have been going well for Now This News since a spate of stories in September announced that the video... More

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Letter from a Londoner

Mark Thompson must sink his teeth into the Times

Journalists at The New York Times are suddenly not feeling so confident about their new chief executive. In the last... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Keeping tabs on the Red Cross; Romney’s transition plans; Obama’s next book

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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Embeddable Sandy content

Google and WNYC created free, shareable media

One of the most useful bits of embeddable content being passed around in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is this... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Hurricanes and utilities, keeping Time, and delving into the bureaucracy

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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Newsrooms’ digital Sandy coverage

Outlets are pulling out all the stops

Several big news services have put public service ahead of profit by doing away with their paywalls for the duration... More

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CNN says women vote with their hormones

The Twitterverse goes mental

It took seven hours of Internet backlash on Wednesday night for the Internet to convince CNN that an article it... More

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Appending Larry

Google’s “premature release” spins off another viral meme — and an ethical question

A recent Reuters article on Google's prematurely released earnings report noted that a Twitter parody account was created to mock... More

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The universality of health reporting

Lessons from five European journalists

Last week 112 journalists and academics from 12 countries met in Athens to talk about health reporting—the nitty-gritty of engaging... More

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Journalism ethics in a digital age

A Poynter conference this week provoked good discussion but presupposed an old definition of journalism

On Tuesday, in the midst of wonky Poynter conference dialogue about how to reimagine journalism ethics for a digital age,... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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