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What’s next for Ferguson?

As grand jury decision over Michael Brown’s shooting looms, a Columbia Journalism panel questions early leaks

The story of Ferguson, MO, roils on. On Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published Michael Brown’s leaked autopsy report, and The New... More

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James Risen on secret sources, joining Twitter, and going undercover

The New York Times reporter and author discusses his new book, Pay Any Price

For more than seven years, James Risen has been locked in a legal battle with the US Justice Department,... More

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How do we know what we know about #Gamergate?

The media has flocked to cover a largely anonymous movement that has no clear aims, leaders, or organization

Gamergate is “a heated debate over journalistic integrity, the definition of video games, and the identity of those who play... More

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Ben Bradlee, through the years

Must-read flashpoints in the life of the Washington Post editor

Ben Bradlee had, by all accounts, an eventful life at the helm of The Washington Post, and as a result... More

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4 lessons on how Americans consume political news

Pew report shows how polarization affects media choice and trust

The political information reaching voters becomes all the more important as midterm elections loom. At the same time, news organizations... More

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A different take on Syria

Jihad Yazigi discusses why The Syria Report sticks to covering the economy

In weekly dispatches, readers of The Syria Report have been tracking the implosion of the war-torn country by the numbers:... More

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How xenophobia is driving the Ebola narrative

If illness is a metaphor, what does Ebola mean?

A recent Newsweek cover story showed a photograph of a gorilla accompanied by an inaccurate headline that contaminated bushmeat could... More

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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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Stories I’d like to see

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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Stories I’d like to see

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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


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.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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