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Pasadena publisher launches a system for outsourcing local news

“I’m looking for individuals I can pay a lower rate to do a lot of work,” says Journtent founder James Macpherson

A publisher in Pasadena, CA, who said he received death threats when he started hiring workers in India to write... More

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Zenawi’s legacy and the future of free press in Ethiopia

The architect of press-squelching laws is gone, but his policies seem to be thriving

Ethiopia’s new rulers waited just one day after the death of dictator Meles Zenawi was announced to confirm that little... More

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Fake military news site gains traction

The Duffel Blog is becoming a satirical support source for soldiers

When a former Marine started writing Onion-style stories on the satirical military news site he launched in March, he had... More

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Pomp and circumstance: How do Americans see the Brits?

Two American correspondents tell how they explain British idiosyncrasies

It took the Olympics to prove it: Britain might as well be Middle Earth to most Americans. Only that could... More

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The latest on Slatest

Slate’s news aggregation blog’s revamp goes for quality over quantity

There’s a new Slatest in town: the third version of Slatest, Slate's aggregated news blog, launched Monday. Though some Slatest... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Fareed Zakaria’s “mistake”

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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Local news sites form new trade association

“We are the future” says LION chairman Dylan Smith

Next month, at the annual Block by Block conference for local news sites, around 100 independent publishers will celebrate... More

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Profits vs. patients: The Tampa Bay Times complicates a story

The truth in medical disputes can be hard to find

The Tampa Bay Times, formerly known as The St. Petersburg Times, deserves a shout-out for jumping on the local angle... More

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The Red and Black debacle

An alumna of the University of Georgia’s student paper weighs in on the battle between student editors and the board

Mid-week at the University of Georgia at Athens, where I went to undergraduate journalism school, a group of top editors... More

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When hospital profits clash with patient care: an investigation

The Times exposes questionable care at HCA hospitals

This week The New York Times concluded a rare look at the inner workings of the country’s biggest for-profit hospital... More

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Standards and double standards

The New York Times lets some swears slide, but not others

In March 2009, B (who prefers to remain anonymous) found that her social media feeds were inundated with updates from... More

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In NYT’s search for transformation, Thompson a surprising choice

“If Thompson manages more than failure, it will, in some ways, be an astonishing achievement”

Is Mark Thompson the right person to be chief executive of The New York Times? The cynical might note that,... More

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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

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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