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Ed Koch: under the adulation

A press secretary looks back at Hizzoner and the media

The death of former New York mayor Edward I. Koch last week at age 88 brought forth a flood... More

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Tracking the NYT’s evolving Koch obit

NewsDiffs reveals the newspaper’s multiple revisions, resulting in a surge of traffic

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died in the wee hours of Friday morning, and The New York Times... More

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What region gets the most coverage of its human rights abuses?

Latin America, according to a statistical analysis

When journalists report on human rights abuses, which region do they report on most? Africa, due to the Rwandan genocide,... More

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How the Seattle Times got its Starbucks in India story

Some travel funds, some grant money, and a whole lot of of legwork

Like many good stories, the Seattle Times's special feature on coffee growers and Starbucks in India, that ran on two... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Newt’s new gigs, following the Sandy money, and hedge-fund matchmakers

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

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Good Times

Executive Editor Jill Abramson spoke on the state of the paper

Jill Abramson had a cold. Her throat constantly required water and lozenges, and it was impossible, for someone who never... More

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The Forward relaunches its Yiddish site

The paper goes digital-first in February

The 116-year-old, Yiddish-language edition of The Forward is scaling back its print operations from weekly to biweekly to redirect resources... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The next terrorist attack, Obama’s Medicare cuts, and the gun lobby

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

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Smith-Mundt reform: In with a whimper?

It’s now legal to broadcast Voice of America stateside, but few seem to notice

Last spring, there was a spate of commentary about Congressional efforts to relax the domestic dissemination ban on content produced... More

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ChinaFile launches in February

A new online magazine seeks to give “texture” to China coverage

A new online magazine focusing on China is launching on February 5. ChinaFile, currently available in beta, was founded by... More

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New gun laws restrict press access

In all this debate over the Second Amendment, they may be compromising the First

On Tuesday, New York state governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a gun control bill that includes provisions to keep... More

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German bill would charge for aggregation

The potential law would provide content creators with a portion of the profits search engines make by aggregating them

News aggregators and search engines in Germany will be required to pay publishers a fee for using their content—even snippets,... More

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Gun permit data wasn’t maximized

The choice that faced the Journal News was not simply whether to map gun permit holders’ addresses, but how

In the weeks since the Journal News's publication of a controversial interactive map of gun permit holders' addresses in Westchester... More

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Patch aims for profitability, shifts platforms

The company president spoke of his goals for the year at Street Fight Summit

Patch hopes that all 903 of its hyperlocal news sites will be profitable by the end of 2013, and that... More

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Financial reporting, for pros and the public

A panel of top financial journalists consider their true audience

Do business journalists write for professional traders or for the general public? That was one of the main questions in... 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


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.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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