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Thompson has digital cred but faces challenges at NYT

The former BBC director general was hired to guide the Times to a cross-platform future

On Tuesday, The New York Times named Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC, as its new chief... More

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Straight news from the citizens of Syria

How reporters sort, organize—and verify—a flood of information from a chaotic civil war

On June 5th, the never-ending Twitter discussion on #Syria moved in a shocking new direction. According to numerous accounts, violence... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Questions for Ryan, working for welfare, updates on Olbermann and Facebook

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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Egyptian journos wary of recent government actions

Newly appointed editors at state-owned publications and a court-ordered newspaper confiscation have journalists worried about press freedoms

Egyptian journalists are outraged over a pair of government decisions last week which they say curb media freedom and independence.... More

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HuffPost Live Launches

It’s about conversations rather than citizen journalism, says founding editor Roy Sekoff

When Huffington Post Live launched on Monday morning, its founding editor, Roy Sekoff, quickly found reasons to be proud of... More

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Media restrictions tighten in Ethiopia

One of the last remaining independent newspapers was recently shuttered by the government

Government charges against one of Ethiopia’s last remaining independent newspaper editors on Friday and a recent forced shutdown of that... More

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Covering the Sinai Peninsula

As the need for information grows, so do the reporting risks

Armed assailants killed 16 Egyptian soldiers waiting to break the day’s Ramadan fast in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday. The... More

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A tale of two Finkes

Deadline Hollywood doyenne Nikki Finke is not amused by the fake Twitter account in her name

The real Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) is the founder and editor in chief of Deadline Hollywood, a website that has become,... More

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I tweet therefore I can

Whose job is it to make sure tweeters stay within the law?

Twitter now boasts 140 million active users, many of whom have used the social messaging service in the last two... More

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‘Open’ in the age of live tweeting

How UNITY 2012’s student newsroom taught NAHJ a lesson about social media

A routine board meeting became the biggest story of last week's UNITY convention after the National Association of Hispanic Journalists... More

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Breaking news: This minority group is different

There are many times that journalists can cover non-mainstream communities, not just during a crisis

One thing evident about the coverage of the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin on Sunday that left seven dead, including... More

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The AP’s North Korea bureau

Yep, they’ve had one, based in the country’s capital, for seven months

North Korea was just two weeks out of a national period of mourning the death of Kim Jong-il in January... More

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Daily News front page splash ‘flat wrong,’ says NBC

Reports that Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb was being flown into London to boost ratings are false, the network claims

The New York Daily News was quick to splash Tuesday’s front page with news that NBC’s Hoda Kotb was being... More

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The British media after Leveson

Editors say more regulation could cripple the UK press

If public outcry against alleged phone hacking sparked the Leveson Inquiry, the government-led investigation into ethics in the British press,... More

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New Orleans gets a new Reporter

NewOrleansReporter.org is one of several news initiatives that will pick up the slack in a post-daily Picayune world

News-hungry New Orleanians, take heart: The hole in the city's news scene the cuts to the Times-Picayune's newsroom and print... 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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