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Collateral damage: news organizations, free speech, and the Internet

This is the text of this year’s Hearst New Media Lecture, given April 19 at the Columbia Journalism School

How many more years will need to pass before we can stop calling digitally networked media “new”? After all, this... More

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3 things big media can do to save independent journalism

This is adapted from Rebecca MacKinnon’s 2012 Hearst New Media Lecture, given at Columbia’s J-school on April 19

By advocating Internet access that is open, interconnected, and neutral—which is not what's happening now—Rebecca MacKinnon argues that big media... More

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Fewer journo arrests at latest OWS push

But some reporters at the nationwide May 1 Occupy protests were targeted by protestors

Journalists covering the May 1 Occupy demonstrations across the country encountered some police obstruction, including a few arrests, and an... More

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The Bo scandal: how we got that story

Thanks to the Web, you can follow the money online—even in China

The scandal surrounding the recently purged Chinese Communist Party official Bo Xilai has all the elements of Shakespearean drama: the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Military movers, insuring a pitcher’s arm, and lobbyists against federal travel caps

1. The $5 billion moving bill: Reports last week that the US had agreed with Japan to transfer 9,000 of... More

On the Media silent on NPR retraction

The show should address This American Life’s disavowal of its Mike Daisey story

I rarely miss an episode of NPR’s On the Media, which is essential listening for information on media trends and... More

Murdoch takes a bow

If the Leveson Inquiries revealed anything, it was that the News Corp. chief’s self perceptions make entertaining viewing

Rupert Murdoch finished his two-day testimony before the Leveson Inquiry on Thursday, convened to address the phone-hacking scandal that emanated... More

Reporting that changed history

A journalist mines the past to inform the future

The Pulitzer season is a time for inspiration and reflection. Inspiration because those and other awards each year remind us... More

Pulitzer winners donate their prize to their peers

The $10,000 prize for investigative reporting will teach more Seattle Times reporters how to uncover stories

Instead of keeping the $10,000 that accompanied their recent Pulitzer for investigative reporting, Ken Armstrong and Michael Berens decided to... More

Stories I’d like to see

The rebuff to Citi’s board, boxing’s decline, and GSA follow-ups

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

A picture is worth a thousand memes

Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Matt Wuerker responds to Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo thinks political cartoons are stale, stupid, and unfunny—or so he argued in Slate last week, saying that, instead... More

Loneliness at the Foreign ‘Bureau’

News organizations exaggerate the size of their overseas newsrooms

The Washington Post has 16 foreign “bureaus,” and 12 of them consist of just a single reporter, according to the... More

The Forward sits down with a Hamas official

It’s a first for the 115-year-old Jewish newspaper, but audiences are slow to respond

Late Thursday night, the Jewish Forward, a 115-year-old paper that was published entirely in Yiddish until 1983, posted online a... More

Looking beyond Kony

Coverage of Africa needs to go beyond the sensationalistic, three experts said at a panel talk on Thursday

In Kenya in early March, a grenade blast linked to the terrorist group Al-Shabaab killed six people and injured 63.... 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


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”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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