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Ethiopia reportedly fires 18 journalists from a state-run outlet

The quiet dismissal of some 10 percent of the station’s journalists underscores the country’s further descent into total media blackout

On June 25, when 18 journalists from Ethiopia's state-run Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) arrived to start their scheduled... More

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Stories I’d like to see

A Clinton alternative, more ABC legal woes and where’s A-Rod?

This story, a regular column, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. The Hillary alternatives: Can it really be such a... More

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What the SCOTUSblog credential ruling gets wrong

Beneath the committee’s decisions, an apparent preference for traditional media

The Senate Daily Press Gallery announced yesterday that it did not err in April by rejecting SCOTUSblog’s application for press... More

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In Egypt, a Kafkaesque trial concludes with a victory for censorship

Three Al Jazeera journalists, arrested in December, were sentenced to lengthy prison terms based on questionable evidence

It began with murmuring. Someone sobbed. Then the courtroom melted into a chaos of shouting and people climbing over the... More

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Why you should pay attention to Upworthy measuring engagement in ‘attention minutes’

It goes beyond the click

On Monday, Upworthy released the source code for the system it uses to measure user-engagement, focused around attention minutes. Upworthy... More

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The Onion goes social

“America’s finest news source” just launched ClickHole, a viral parody site

If the future of the internet belongs to creators of clickbait--that oversexed, underreported detritus filling your Facebook feed that you... More

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Online publishers still aren’t usually liable for user-generated content

A federal court this week reversed a lower court ruling that would’ve upended that precedent

A federal appeals court judge decided earlier this week that a gossip site is not liable for content it invites... More

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Whither Cantor and setting the price on a cure

This column, an occasional feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. An Eric Cantor sweepstakes: Who's going to hire the... More

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News organizations are the new journalism schools

Politico and Condé Nast will soon be training rookies

Politico and Condé Nast are entering the j-school business. Last week, Politico announced the creation of a 10-day Journalism Institute... More

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The case against Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt has its 12th session

A verdict is expected on June 23

CAIRO - At the close of his four-month trial in Egypt on charges of broadcasting false news and aiding terrorists,... More

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Matter shows a Kickstarter risk—the project you back may not be what ultimately emerges

As Kickstarter gives more prominence to journalism projects, one crowdsourcing success story has disillusioned its funders

When the online magazine Matter launched its Kickstarter campaign in February of 2012, the two founders, Bobbie Johnson and Jim... More

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Pressure, potential for a federal shield law

Journalism activists say protection for reporters is long overdue

Though last week the Supreme Court refused New York Times journalist James Risen's appeal that he should not be made... More

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Media for millennials

Media outlets led by millennials, targeted to millennials, and writing stories about the issues millennials care about are getting not only traffic, but the money to continue growing it

Three years ago, PolicyMic was being run from what CEO Chris Altchek calls "this pretty gross couch." Then last October,... More

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In Eastern Ukraine, one journalist turns on another

A German reporter is forced to flee after a Russian counterpart denounces him on social media

Paul Ronzheimer has covered the violent protests in Tahrir Square, Istanbul's Taksim Square last year, and the worst of the... More

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Press crackdown—and pushback—in Hungary

An editor’s ouster and a new media tax draw street protests and an unusual news blackout

Hungarian press freedoms have been under pressure for a while as the right-of-center government has come under fire for ham-fisted... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

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

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

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

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