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Frontline Freelance Register aims to keep conflict freelancers safer

The US arm of a new group to protect warzone freelancers launched Wednesday

Being a warzone freelancer is risky: They are underpaid; insurance is unaffordable; there's no support for reporters who get kidnapped... More

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EBU moves from assistance to defiance

A key player in the saga of Greece’s public broadcaster usually sticks to support rather than activism. Not this time

Tuesday night, many devoted Greek soccer fans were glued to their computers instead of slouching in front of the TV... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The mysterious farm bill, sequestration’s virtues, and the death of airport newsstands

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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When some Maine papers call the capitol, there’s no comment

The governor’s office thinks the state’s largest media company does unfair coverage, so officials there will no longer respond to its reporters

The office of Maine Governor Paul LePage will no longer respond to queries from the state's largest media company, announced... More

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Greek judge rules ERT should remain on air

But it hasn’t happened yet

A Greek court ruled Monday that the country's public broadcasting network, known as ERT, should remain on air until it... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Vetting the Syrian rebels, stock gyrations, A-Rod’s return

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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Consensus was that ERT needed reforming

“Of course there is corruption at ERT, but that is the fault of the politicians, not the journalists”

While journalists and advocates continue expressing outrage over the way Greek public broadcaster ERT was closed--it went dark with little... More

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Greece closes its public broadcaster

ERT employees are refusing to leave the station and are broadcasting online

Journalists and civil society groups across Europe expressed outrage over the Greek government's abrupt closure of its public broadcasting system... More

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Extreme weather porn

How much tv weather reporting is news, and how much is just non-contextualized drama?

On ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on June 3, she asked a question that many of us are wondering:... More

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The Iran coverage conundrum

As another election approaches, journalists should figure out how to overcome access obstacles to cover the country in greater detail

Iran is holding a presidential election on Friday. And in Iran, elections have consequences. In 1997, a presidential election ushered... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Booz Allen’s liability, Europe and the NSA, and Obamacare as stimulus

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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Social media in smaller markets

How three social media managers deal with smaller markets and more local coverage.

Rob Fishman's announcement that "the social media editor is dead," prompted plenty of responses, from Adweek to Zombie Journalism and... More

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Pew report: digital nonprofits optimistic

The numbers are discouraging, but journalists maintain that their outlets will succeed

Despite rather grim numbers, staffers at digital news nonprofits are optimistic about the future of their outlets, according to a... More

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A rally for laid-off Sun-Times photogs

A protest Thursday morning drew about 150 picketers to the newspaper’s headquarters

CHICAGO, IL--Pulitzer Prize winner John H. White doesn't think too much of the iPhone as a replacement for him and... More

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Newsmodo and the never-ending tour

An Australian startup connects freelance journalists and news organizations

When I met Rakhal Ebeli in Manhattan for a coffee at 4pm on a late-May Thursday, I asked him how... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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