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Why hiring Benny Johnson is a smart play for National Review

The serial plagiarist could help the rightwing magazine go viral in a crowded conservative market

It comes as no surprise that National Review hired Benny Johnson, BuzzFeed’s former viral politics editor who was fired in... More

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What embedding the Ray Rice video reveals about news judgment

Some media outlets run graphic images of domestic violence

That there is no Golden Rule guiding editors who must decide whether to publish graphic images has never been more... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How much money is raised and spent in fighting cancer?

1. Cancer money: The Stand Up to Cancer telethon -- simulcast Friday night on all four major broadcast networks and... More

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What America looks like in the media abroad

One organization is aggregating and translating foreign news about the US trying to make Americans care what the rest of the world thinks

During the crisis in Ferguson, Vox wondered how the US media would cover the events if they were happening in another country,... More

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How Al Jazeera is making sure its jailed journalists in Egypt aren’t forgotten

The network is holding discussions around the globe to broach press freedom

Perhaps it is fitting that the day Al Jazeera Media Network called a roundtable with media and human rights experts... More

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Who is Fred Ryan?

Bezos’s choice for Washington Post publisher is notable for what he can bring to the paper, and also what he cannot

On October 1, Politico co-founder and former Reagan administration official Frederick Ryan, Jr. will take over as publisher of The... More

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How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story

Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

On August 26, Fox’s Megyn Kelly aired a four-minute segment on an Indiana University project called Truthy, declaring sarcastically, “Some... More

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The Boston Globe launches Crux to draw a global, Catholic audience

With 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, the metro newspaper hopes a single-issue Catholicism site will help it reach the promised land

The religion of journalism has always found believers in Boston. The same goes for Catholicism. No small wonder, then, why... More

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Ukraine Today aims to clarify Russian media misinformation

Media mogul Igor Kolomoisky has his sights set high for the 24-hour news channel

It broadcasts everything from Ukrainian athletes competing at a track and field event in China to the capture of 10... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The cost of unlawful convictions, cable news’ sharp focus and reporting on kidnapped journalists

1. Becoming a millionaire the hard way: Last week, The New York Times published this article about a man receiving... More

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News on social media suffers a ‘spiral of silence’: Pew study

What gets us chatting—or shutting up—about the news?

If social media users think their followers don’t share their opinion on the news, they are less likely to post... More

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Why local media struggle covering sports stadium construction

Local news organizations often support the home team, despite huge public costs of keeping them in town

The word of the National Football League commissioner is not law. But the opening line of a 2,300-word piece in... More

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To publish or not: James Foley video spotlights media’s tough call

Remnick, Baquet and other editors discuss their decisions about when to publish disturbing images

The obvious implication of The New York Times' famous motto that its pages contain "All the News That's Fit to... More

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Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say

John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Though he only writes a major story every year or two, for the last decade and a half John Siracusa... 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”

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