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Connecting dissidents and journalists

Movements.org is shifting focus and already seeing results

One of the greatest obstacles to understanding authoritarian societies is that the dissidents within them have few outlets through which... More

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Must-reads of the week

Questions Bill Cosby is not asked, how the media frames Pope Francis, and tips on running a successful newsroom

Culled from CJR's own stories, plus the frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best... More

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How to run a successful newsroom

Tips for media managers looking to create a positive work culture

Liz Spayd: The highly-touted First Look Media seems to be thrashing in choppy waters lately. The most recent evidence... More

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Why ISIS coverage sounds familiar

The evolving narrative about a new terrorist threat is reminiscent of the Iraq War

In the months since ISIS beheaded two American journalists and released the video tapes for all the world to... More

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Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal

Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

A non-Catholic, casual news consumer might be forgiven for thinking that Pope Francis is pro-same-sex unions, pro-evolution, and anti-capitalism. Since... More

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Medium provides community, feedback for aspiring writer

A writer who lost out on Matter’s fellowship takes matters into his own hands

On Tuesday, Matter announced the six finalists for a new international reporting fellowship. In an experiment with crowdsourcing the fellowship... More

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Why activists increasingly focus on online media strategy

Buzz allows organizations to steer the media narrative without having to convince journalists that it’s a cause worth covering

In July, a video featuring various Lego characters went viral on social media, but the rigors endured by the plastic... More

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European Union journalists cross borders for story collaboration

Reporters are taking continent-wide investigations one step further

When Brigitte Alfter was the European Union correspondent in Brussels for a Danish newspaper a decade ago, the stories she... More

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Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions?

Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Photo credit: Associated Press You'd think that, in this TMZ-fueled age, movie and pop stars could do little that... More

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A look inside Guant√°namo Bay by Vice

The project is the first installation in a new series on prisons around the world

Since the first detainees were shipped to Guantánamo Bay in January 2002, media coverage of the US military prison... More

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Why did Iran imprison Jason Rezaian?

The Washington Post reporter has been inside Evin prison for more than three months

Everywhere he traveled in the world, Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian invited people to visit Iran, where he has lived... More

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How journalists can protect their digital information

Avoid risk by securing electronic devices

In the upcoming movie Rosewater, which tells the story of the 2009 arrest journalist Maziar Bahari, a laptop sits... More

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Gun Crisis Reporting Project and Homicide Watch DC stop service

Two startups aimed at reducing gun violence close

Between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in Philadelphia, seven people were shot and one man was killed. But with... More

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How polling data can be dangerous for political journalists

It’s often not as accurate as you’d think

The major political storyline emerging in the aftermath of Tuesday’s elections wasn’t that Republicans took control of the Senate... More

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How one group is making it easier to use social media in Afghanistan

Impassion Afghanistan hosted a summit explaining Web tools to journalists

KABUL--The invitation for the second annual Afghan Social Media Summit in Kabul arrived with all the pertinent details except one--the... 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


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

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.

Bloggingheads

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

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