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A new Patch?

AOL’s hyperlocal startup is building something new, but the details remain closely guarded

At AOL’s second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, CEO Tim Armstrong hinted that changes are afoot for Patch, the hyperlocal news... More

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A big week for the British press

Rupert Murdoch resigns, Leveson Inquiry closes, UK journalists charged

Rupert Murdoch’s recent resignation from the boards of his UK newspapers seems, at first glance, like a dramatic move to... More

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s post-uprising TV station

New since the regime change last year, Misr25 is navigating the line between coverage and advocacy

CAIRO, EGYPT — The Muslim Brotherhood’s year-old television station, Misr25, broadcasts from a building in Egypt’s Media Production City, a... More

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Are journalists being too harsh to Tablet?

The Jewish online magazine made a mistake. Should that overshadow everything else it’s accomplished?

In the TV series Breaking Bad, a science teacher’s terminal cancer diagnosis prompts him to cook meth to make as... More

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National Geographic launches a ‘ballsy’ online project

A community storytelling venture hopes to supplement good journalism

When Aaron Huey started photographing the lives of Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, he... More

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Reactions to the Aurora shooting: the wrong, the sad, the irrelevant

How one tragedy led to many premature conclusions

It doesn’t take long for news to travel about a tragedy like Friday’s midnight shooting at a screening of “The... More

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How to worry about a clicks-driven Times-Picayune

A departing reporter’s worst-case fears

If clicks drove coverage at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans —a more realistic prospect than it’s ever been—what kind of... More

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Copyright and punishment

A panel of Internet entrepreneurs tackle property rights in the digital age

“I’m a copyright moderate, but I get painted as a radical!” moaned the author Rob Reid to a woman clutching... More

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Our gullible press

Ryan Holiday explains how the singular pursuit of traffic makes online media suckers for fake news

One thing has been conspicuously absent from all criticism of online media and the future of news: an understanding of... More

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Ready, set for an interactive Olympics

Outlets strike deals to bump viewer engagement during the games

The London Olympics officially open in two weeks, which means media outlets are gearing up to cover them. That requires... More

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In Egypt, new newspapers and old problems

Citizens need good journalism to explain confusing times, but many Egyptians don’t trust their media

CAIRO, EGYPT — Egyptian newsstands today offer a lively range of options, including three government-owned papers, papers affiliated with political... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Soaring college costs and the Penn State private plane

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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Plagiarism and a resignation at Journatic

So why is the Chicago Tribune still involved?

When CJR wrote about local news outsourcing company Journatic 10 days ago, its CEO, Brian Timpone, called the use of... More

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New NYT public editor brings experience, online savvy

Margaret M. Sullivan is looking forward to having “an ongoing conversation with readers” both in print and online

On Monday, The New York Times announced that its search for a new public editor had ended with the appointment... More

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Do they get that it’s wrong?

Journalism students can be “truly baffled” when confronted for plagiarism

Perhaps Liane Membis, the Wall Street Journal intern fired recently for inventing quotes, started out with noble intentions. As Miss... 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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