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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

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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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