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Enforcing digital privacy might be tough

Journalists need to be aware of potential changes

Freedom from surveillance is shaping up to be a major human rights issue in the post-Snowden era. The UN human... More

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Rolling Stone’s omission in UVA article proves problematic (Updated)

It should serve as a warning to journalists who report on rape to be extra cautious

Update, Friday, December 5: Rolling Stone has released a statement apologizing to readers after days of media scrutiny seemingly uncovered... More

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How successful media startups manage growth

Legacy publications can learn a few things from Upworthy and Storyful

Illustrations by Roxanne Palmer It's an established fact that newsrooms must rapidly change in order to survive in the... More

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Longform overload

New narrative journalism startups, like Latterly Magazine, launch as quickly as others fail in a crowded marketplace

Jill Abramson and Steven Brill’s upcoming longform outfit, a still-unnamed collaboration between the former New York Times executive editor and... More

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In Rehtaeh Parsons’ case, it’s press vs. Canadian law

The Chronicle Herald became the first major paper in the country to publish her name

Leah Parsons was only 13 years old when she invented the name that would echo across Canada years later. Her... More

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Eric Holder’s lasting damage to press freedom

The attorney general’s rocky relationship with the media

The fact that outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has prosecuted more people under the Espionage Act than all previous attorneys... More

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Press subpoenas are a bigger problem than you’d think

The Obama administration continues to strong-arm journalists into revealing sources

By now, everyone knows the feds have been handing out record numbers of subpoenas to journalists hoping to scare... More

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Is this the golden age of podcasts?

Serial, Radiotopia, and Gimlet Media are leading the way in creative audience engagement

The meteoric rise of podcast phenomenon Serial has placed podcasting firmly in the center of internet chatter and media attention,... More

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The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations

Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Photo credit: Associated Press It is a remarkable thing to see: The collapsing reputation of a star who has... More

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Approach ISIS tweets with caution

“It’s clear that that they’ve gotten some pretty sophisticated media strategists and social media tacticians on their team”

CAIRO--When it seized huge parts of Syria and Iraq this year, the self-proclaimed Islamic State--and the geopolitical chaos surrounding it--became... More

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Mathias Döpfner, digital counterrevolutionary

Axel Springer chief predicts US will eventually join Europe in the fight against the dominance of Google, Facebook, and other tech titans

The digital counterrevolution is underway in Europe, where national governments and bureaucrats in Brussels are enacting measures to curtail the... More

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Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed

New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

This American Life's popular Serial podcast bills itself as "one story, told week-by-week." For the uninitiated, it's the story of... More

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Virtual reality is journalism’s next frontier

Why newsrooms need to consider telling stories in a different way

Gannett Digital/Des Moines Register Virtual reality is ascendant, and it's time for media outlets to take notice. Why? Consumer access... More

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Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect

Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical gray areas

Some of Fareed Zakaria’s past and present publications are finally facing the music, even though they won’t acknowledge what... More

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What it’s like to be a polygamy beat reporter

Salt Lake Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle on an evolving coverage area

Last Tuesday, The New York Times’ frontpage headline read “It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Many Wives.” That Joseph Smith married... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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