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Santa Barbara is getting a nonprofit investigative newsroom

A Knight grant is funding the launch of a new journalism initiative

A few years ago, a small team of journalists based in Santa Barbara, CA, starting sharing ideas on how address... More

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MSN.com launches news service

MSN News is built for Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10

It’s only three months since Microsoft sold its stake in MSNBC.com, the news site it produced for 16 years in... More

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LinkedIn launches a new blogging platform

Contributors include Obama, Romney, and Arianna Huffington

LinkedIn has expanded beyond its roots as a professional connections network to include a blogging platform for 150 influential thinkers,... More

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Google exec, AllThingsD team discuss journalism’s future

The trio spoke at a 92Y event

Apparently, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt does an impressive “Gangnam Style” dance but, he said from 92nd Street Y’s stage on... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Hiding the debate rules, a tin cup for wounded vets, and the Bear Stearns legacy

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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U-T San Diego CEO accused of threatening city official over vote

Voice of San Diego reports on the daily paper’s “uncomfortably strident stance”

This article has been changed to clarify that an August 9 email was first obtained by KPBS/Investigative NewSource. The investigative... More

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Newsweek’s latest blunder

“Transcription error” mars special commemorative issue

It seems like only yesterday that we were paying tribute to Newsweek with our July/August magazine cover. Alas, in the... More

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Social media fails the ‘47 percent’ video taper

Did the anonymous source need Mother Jones?

When Mother Jones premiered the now-infamous 47 percent video on September 17, it received two million views in 24 hours... More

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Covering Occupy and the Tea Party

Dig in and dive deep, Todd Gitlin says

With the nation’s political media gripped by electoral fever in the run up to the presidential election, perhaps now is... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Tales of a TARP built to benefit bankers, and waiting for CEOs to pay the price

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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Tributes pour in for Sulzberger

Here are places to read about the former New York Times publisher, whose death was announced last weekend

The New York Times announced the death of Arthur “Punch” Sulzberger, chairman and chief executive of the company for 34... More

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Journalistic firebombs in the Middle East

Is our job to inform or inflame?

The pen is mightier than the sword, but it is also far more lethal when manipulated irresponsibly. Consider Charb. There... More

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Leaving the news

A news editor is moving on, but his nerves may not be

A couple of weeks ago my phone rang—12:25 a.m. The assignment editor, Molly Hunter, was on the line. “This Benghazi... More

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First impressions of Quartz

Atlantic Media’s mobile-first business site looks great, acts “janky”

Quartz, Atlantic Media’s mobile-first business site, launched on Monday afternoon following much fanfare this summer. Straight off, users responded to... More

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Stories I’d like to see

ProPublica’s prize-winning ways, and more questions about Ryan’s role

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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