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Media changes course on Ebola

News outlets finally report clearly on the virus

On October 10, two days after Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person to die from Ebola on US... More

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Hospital turns to PR to fight Ebola

This New York Times story on Thursday outlines the damage done to the reputation of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in... More

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Alex Blumberg’s Startup finds new opportunities in podcast advertising

Advertisers and podcasters may want to tune in as the producer tests potential of experimental advertising

When I meet radio producer Alex Blumberg, he is wearing the tennis shoes that his wife made him change out... More

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After a decade online, Guernica releases a print mag

The digital title aims to publish annual print editions as it increasingly explores funding opportunities

Ten years ago, the founders of Guernica Magazine were ahead of the publishing curve when they released their free, digital-only... More

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Following the mistakes in the Texas Ebola story

1. Ebola and malpractice tort reform: As we all now know, the death of Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan... More

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Western media: Stop ignoring the Central African Republic crisis

When it comes to Africa, there is an empathy gap

With gunfire and mob attacks in the streets of the capital, the Central African Republic is teetering again on the... More

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We still don’t know how to stop misinformation online

But new tools like Emergent could help find the answer

From the beginning the story seemed suspect, but that didn't stop the New York Post's report last month of a... More

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How polling stories show only part of the picture

When covering their own polls, media outlets often favor good headlines over hard data

Scott Clement didn’t believe it. In the midst of the government shutdown last year, the Washington Post polling analyst learned... More

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Will feminist writers save Playboy?

As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand

Many online readers probably think of Jezebel.com and Playboy.com as opposites. But Sara Benincasa, an LA-based comedian and freelance writer,... More

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Don’t treat worst-case scenarios as facts

How to avoid overhyping Ebola projections

On September 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statistical forecast of how far the Ebola virus... More

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Reporters struggle to stay safe covering Ebola

“There is no protocol; people are grasping for information”

Glenna Gordon has worked in West Africa for five years. Visiting Nigerian slums, she knows which streets to avoid. She... More

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PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay

Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

After a sales representative at Harper’s Magazine received a phone call on September 18 from a disgruntled advertiser, the subject... More

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Explanatory news startup aims to build a new type of online community

Dutch website De Correspondent responds to negative comments sections with a new kind of quality engagement

In April 2013, Nieman Lab covered the story of an amazingly successful crowdfunding campaign run by Dutch startup De Correspondent,... More

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Where did the Department of Education’s ‘Race to the Top’ lead?

We are fast approaching the fifth anniversary, on Jan. 10, of when state applications are due to apply for awards... More

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This is how Tehran Bureau covers Iran

Its reporting model, using undercover journalists and distant editors, is one way to cover closed societies

At the turn of this century, I started noticing a torrent of messages from Iranian strangers each time I logged... 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”

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