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Folks without Internet need news access too

US media outlets’ digital push fails the poorest residents

From 2007 to 2009, I lived in Sri Lanka and co-edited a weekly newspaper. It was a simple news outlet,... More

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Firings raise questions at Alabama Public Television

Many fear ‘new direction’ means conservative

In May 2011, the Birmingham Business Journal named Allan Pizzato, the executive director of the recession-tested Alabama Public Television, “nonprofit... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The tax man who could change the 2012 campaign

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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And that’s not the way it is

Former Nightline anchor reviews Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom

HBO and Aaron Sorkin’s new series The Newsroom is all too explicitly about truth, justice and the posited nadir of... More

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Building a multi-platform media for—and by—the public

Commercial broadcasters make for bad trustees. Let’s find another way

At first glance, the new rule approved last month by the Federal Communications Commission requiring local television broadcasters to make... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Votes and dollar signs, cancer cure-rate claims, present at the euro’s creation

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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Q&A: teaching journalism in China

Yuen Ying Chan, a former New York Daily News reporter, on the j-schools she launched in Hong Kong and China

After 23 years working in New York City journalism, including a seven-year stint at the New York Daily News that... More

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Domain suffixes are the latest Web real estate

What will this mean for the media industry?

What do the words mail, love, cloud, and news have in common? They each have seven different entities proposing their... More

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The pen and the pump

Why are nations that rely on selling resources so often free-speech poor?

Doha, Qatar—The rent goes up, the democracy goes down, or so they say. This small Arab Gulf nation is what... More

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The word on the street: insecure

Listening to voters in Omaha’s Old Market

Last week I found myself in Omaha, at the city’s Old Market, hoping to visit with some of the locals... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Spy vs. spy at NYU, troop suicides, NYSE-Nasdaq wars

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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The superintendent’s racy emails

Expos√© or overexposure: Where’s the public-private line?

In early May, Nancy Sebring, the superintendent of the Des Moines public school system, abruptly resigned; her resignation was accepted... More

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What was CNN Money thinking?

A Q&A on retirement issues sows confusion

It’s hard to say what was the point of CNN Money’s latest contribution to the retirement debate. The site's Q&A... More

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A superb expose about an unsafe medical device

The OC Register lays bare a lax approval system that hurts patients

Tony Saavedra and Courtney Perkes, reporters for The Orange County Register, deserve a laurel for their superb piece about harmful... More

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New Orleans and the future of news

Media policy matters, and journalists ought to weigh in

Last week’s announcement that the New Orleans Times-Picayune would be slashing its staff and cutting its print run to just... 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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

Bloggingheads

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

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