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Ready, set for an interactive Olympics

Outlets strike deals to bump viewer engagement during the games

The London Olympics officially open in two weeks, which means media outlets are gearing up to cover them. That requires... More

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In Egypt, new newspapers and old problems

Citizens need good journalism to explain confusing times, but many Egyptians don’t trust their media

CAIRO, EGYPT — Egyptian newsstands today offer a lively range of options, including three government-owned papers, papers affiliated with political... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Soaring college costs and the Penn State private plane

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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Plagiarism and a resignation at Journatic

So why is the Chicago Tribune still involved?

When CJR wrote about local news outsourcing company Journatic 10 days ago, its CEO, Brian Timpone, called the use of... More

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New NYT public editor brings experience, online savvy

Margaret M. Sullivan is looking forward to having “an ongoing conversation with readers” both in print and online

On Monday, The New York Times announced that its search for a new public editor had ended with the appointment... More

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Do they get that it’s wrong?

Journalism students can be “truly baffled” when confronted for plagiarism

Perhaps Liane Membis, the Wall Street Journal intern fired recently for inventing quotes, started out with noble intentions. As Miss... More

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Media reactions to the Freeh Report

Revelations force turnarounds from journalists

Media coverage of the 267-page Freeh Report on the Penn State child abuse coverup hasn’t stopped since it was released... More

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The heatwave debate

How the science of probability affects science coverage

We can all agree that the weather has been unseasonably warm this summer. But fewer people, including media types, agree... More

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Saving Auntie: Meet the BBC’s new boss

Who is George Entwistle and what challenges does he face?

Last Wednesday, the BBC announced the appointment of longtime employee George Entwistle to the corporation’s top post of director general.... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Digging deeper on the effects of Obamacare

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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Journatic busted for using fake bylines

CEO Brian Timpone says “we made a mistake”

In May, CJR invited Brian Farnham, the founding editor of Patch, to write about a digital news service called Journatic,... More

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Gawker’s new comment system

Will it help or hurt the site’s young writers?

Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton recently introduced a new commenting system, called Kinja, on his network of websites. Rather than... More

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The MSM overlooks a Supreme Court scoop

CBS’s Jan Crawford says Roberts flip-flopped on healthcare reform; why aren’t other outlets biting?

There was some pretty spectacular misreporting last week by the likes of CNN and Fox News on the Supreme Court’s... More

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Stories I’d like to see

A new narrative for Fast and Furious, ICANN’s domain name jackpot

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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Seven lessons Scandinavian media can teach us

On topics ranging from job training to self-regulation

Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark are consistently ranked highest in the world for both freedom of the press and participatory... 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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