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Journalistic firebombs in the Middle East

Is our job to inform or inflame?

The pen is mightier than the sword, but it is also far more lethal when manipulated irresponsibly. Consider Charb. There... More

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Leaving the news

A news editor is moving on, but his nerves may not be

A couple of weeks ago my phone rang—12:25 a.m. The assignment editor, Molly Hunter, was on the line. “This Benghazi... More

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First impressions of Quartz

Atlantic Media’s mobile-first business site looks great, acts “janky”

Quartz, Atlantic Media’s mobile-first business site, launched on Monday afternoon following much fanfare this summer. Straight off, users responded to... More

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Stories I’d like to see

ProPublica’s prize-winning ways, and more questions about Ryan’s role

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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Patch launches its redesign on five sites

Its emphasis veers toward Facebook-like “groups” and away from news

Patch’s redesign went live Sunday night in five Long Island towns, about three months after CJR posted a story on... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The beef against ABC, and Romney as a debater

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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Village Voice shifts to ‘generic’ editorial strategy after fresh layoffs

Ex-editor in chief drove readers away, former staffer says

The future of the Village Voice looks uncertain after two big losses—its editor in chief and its music critic—were announced... More

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James Brown estate case reporter slapped with subpoenas

The 60-year-old journalist believes South Carolina is attempting to hush her

When the judges responsible for distributing the estate of the late musician James Brown started refusing freedom of information requests... More

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Open letter to John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media

In the wake of the Journal Register’s second Chapter 11 filing, Bill Grueskin writes a “Dear John” letter about its failed digital strategy

Dear John, You and I have never met, but we have corresponded—a bit testily at times (more on that later).... More

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Homicide Watch revs back up

Kickstarter cash in hand, the site will restart this fall as a student-reporting project

College students who want to learn crime reporting, 21st-century style, from two pioneers of the genre should get their résumés... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Tracking the battleground wars

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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What I saw on 9/11

“I wanted to record everything”

On September 11, 2001, Nicholas Spangler was a journalism student covering a primary election in downtown New York. He heard... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Polling the power of campaign lies, security ideas for 9/11′s 11th, stimulus stories

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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How journalists helped stabilize a new Colombia

Overcoming mountains and militias

BOGOTA, Colombia—Here are two headlines from two decades apart: A headline 20 years ago in the Milwaukee Journal—Who’s in charge:... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How would a woman “prove” rape to qualify for Romney’s abortion exception?

In the wake of the Todd Akin firestorm, Mitt Romney and a flip-flopping Paul Ryan have emphasized that their anti-choice... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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