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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

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About those ‘Glory Days of American Journalism’

Matthew Yglesias retreats from his argument, but not far enough. He forgot state and local reporting.

Matt Yglesias has more or less conceded that there is a flaw in his argument--that we are living in the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Presidential aloofness, a patent rush, and disclosing Washington corruption

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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No progress for female bylines

VIDA’s latest byline count shows “gross (& indecent) neglect of female writers’ work”

VIDA's third annual survey of female representation at several prominent print publications -- "The Count" -- was released on March... More

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Boston Phoenix, down in flames

The death of a stellar weekly

On Thursday afternoon, Boston Phoenix publisher Stephen Mindich announced that the 47-year-old alt-weekly would cease publication effective immediately. The past... More

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Fashion critics defend their craft

At a panel Tuesday night, three noted journalists spoke to the importance of covering the fashion industry

Fashion critics encounter naysayers about their beat in every direction. It's not serious; it's elitist; it's a fluffy, feminine topic.... More

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The crime that altered India

In the wake of a brutal rape, a flawed media led a national self-examination

In Delhi, according to the police, a woman is raped every 18 hours, on average. So it is worth... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Congress’s friendly skies, and battle of the dumb lawyers

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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Hiring at Al Jazeera America: 18,000 applicants for 170 jobs

The company’s executive director of international operations gives a peek into the network’s new cred among Americans

Up until a few short years ago, when recruiters with Al Jazeera attended American journalism job fairs, hardly anyone seemed... More

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In Kenya’s election, reporting what’s there, not what’s assumed

Much western coverage has seemed like a cheerleading competition for violent news

During Kenya's post-election crisis in 2007, which saw thousands dead and many more displaced, inflammatory messages sent via SMS and... More

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Stories I’d like to see: crafting ‘A Bitter Pill’

Since this is supposed to be a column about good story ideas, I’ll use it to explain the genesis of my Time cover story in more detail

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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How we hired that reporter

A newspaper, a university, an investigative center, and donors find a new way

It was something like a triple bank shot in billiards, but quite a lot more valuable and satisfying. For the... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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”

Bloggingheads

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

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