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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

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Pulitzer surprise: the Sun Sentinel’s rise to a gold medal

How a dark-horse series on police speeding won for public service

In this year's American Society of News Editors, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and Scripps Howard competitions, Fort Lauderdale's Sun Sentinel... More

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Stories I’d like to see

A New York Times home run, piggyback journalism, and hospital TV ads

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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In Boston coverage, avoid the ‘t’ word

Some media outlets have been too quick to deem the marathon explosions “terrorism”

The twin blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday--which killed at least three people and injured dozens of others--were... More

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New from NYT R&D: Quips

Now you can highlight and mark up an online New York Times article just like you would a book

Those who have walked through the New York Times lobby have no doubt seen Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin's data-art... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The revealing Rutgers report, job number revisions, and Trayvon, Inc

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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Next FCC chairman will impact journalism

Why journalists should care who succeeds Julius Genachowski

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced last month that he was stepping down, and journalism advocates have since been... More

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To avoid sexism, follow AP style

The New York Times would have dodged a headache in its Yvonne Brill obituary

If the New York Times journalists behind the much-criticized obituary--that originally led with pioneering scientist Yvonne Brill's fab "beef stroganoff"... More

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No more ‘illegal immigrants’ in AP stories

The AP hopes the change will lead to more accurate immigration coverage

On Tuesday, the AP announced that it will no longer use the term "illegal immigrant." In a blog post, Kathleen... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Steve Cohen’s frustrated PR machine; unlikely lobbyists; and the $600 million train station

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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Reporting on trauma

It’s a necessary beat—one that should be done with care

In the wake of widespread criticism of the media's reporting on rapes in Steubenville, OH, and Torrington, CT, it could... More

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Kenya: a public editor learns her value

In developing nations, ombudsmen are on the rise. An American in Nairobi finds out why

Shortly after I became the Kenya Star's public editor in early 2011, the paper published a story under the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Obamacare and hospital costs, sourcing Leno stories, and firing civil servants

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... 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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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