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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

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Maura Johnston’s new song

The former Village Voice music editor is back with a magazine app

After Maura Johnston was let go from the Village Voice in September, she decided that, after six years as a... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Medicare meddling, the guns of Westchester, and Al Gore’s payday

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 Muhammad movie: look who fanned the flames

Despite what Western media reported it was not Islamist outlets that stirred things up

Back on September 11, protestors gathered outside the US embassy near downtown Cairo, furious over reports of a video said... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How far can the Chinese firewall stretch?

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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Must-reads of 2012: UK media’s craziest year

Phone hacking, alleged child molestation, and—right—the Diamond Jubilee

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond... More

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USPS may start selling mag subscriptions

The Postal Service wants people to keep checking their mailboxes

Your next magazine subscription may well be purchased at the post office—the Postal Service could begin selling magazines directly to... More

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‘Lost and found’ follow-up

Our writer responds to his critics

Editors’ note: It has come to our attention that Marcy, the subject of Bruce Porter’s article, “Lost and found,”... More

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Nielsen, Twitter partner for TV ratings

The metric aims to measure social impact for advertisers

No longer content to measure the size of the tv-watching audience, Nielsen TV ratings is planning a joint venture with... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The NRA playbook, Obama’s pot dilemma, and HSBC’s money laundering

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

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Big kingdom, small window

Adventures with the Ministry of Information
in Saudi Arabia

Saudi medical students meet the press. Photo by Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor During the eight years I... More

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2012: the year in review, according to your Google searches

“A blend of guilty pleasures and higher pursuits”

Google jazzed up its twelfth end-of-year list, released last Thursday, with an interactive map that showed the global distribution of... More

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Online story comments affect news perception

Buttressed by editorial oversight and streamlined by redesign, online comment sections may now, more than ever, color reading of the news

Last month, after Hurricane Sandy struck, I published a story about climate science. Divisive issues swirling around global warming tend... More

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I am a journalist; ask me anything

Media figures are flocking to Reddit to converse with fans

On Wednesday, Chris Anderson, the ex-EIC of Wired, went on Reddit and told users to ask him anything. On Monday,... More

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Europe’s newspapers are dying too

The implosion of the newspaper industry, long a dreaded topic in the US, has finally hit the continent

The staff of Financial Times Deutschland appeared on the back page of the newspaper on Friday, in a deep bow.... 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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