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On World Press Freedom Day, little press freedom to speak of

Reports released by multiple organization are calling this the most dangerous conditions for journalists in decades

Last Saturday, May 3, was annual World Press Freedom Day. This year, the state of press freedom is especially grim;... More

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Why can’t SCOTUSblog get a credential?

It’s surprisingly hard to find out—and the journalists making the rules are as open as Chick-fil-A on Sunday

Around the country, credentialing organizations struggle every year to make decisions as journalists and news outlets apply for law-enforcement passes to cross... More

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Regrouping for Detroit, GM’s bankruptcy evasion and Chinese corporate records

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Kevyn Orr and a Detroit rebound? Last Friday, I... More

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ProPublica plans to grow its ‘Data Store’

“There’s no question that selling data is a rich opportunity for many newsrooms”

In February, ProPublica launched the "Data Store," a site from which journalists from outside of the organization could purchase data... More

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Media, policy, and conflict in Pakistan

Policymakers see media’s impact as powerful but not always positive

Pakistan's raucous and increasingly lethal media sector is exerting a powerful effect on decision-making in the country, even though journalists... More

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France 24’s trusted volunteer corps

The station has a global network of unpaid, verified contributors that help find and factcheck stories

When a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire in 2010, igniting the Arab Spring, France 24 interviewed a man... More

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FOIA win against government on drones

Will it lead to more or less disclosure in the future?

The enormous increase in public attention to the drone war in the past year arguably began with the leak of... More

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Obama’s unaccountable briefers, pipeline bribery, and economic woes at Yankee Stadium

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Obama's unaccountable briefers: Here's a key paragraph in Saturday's... More

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Pakistan’s most prominent journalist shot by gunman in Karachi

An apparent assassination attempt on Hamid Mir illustrates the price that comes with the higher profile and influence of the news media in Pakistan

Pakistan's most famous and influential journalist is recovering in a hospital after being shot by a gunman in the metropolis... More

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The ambiguous LA Times/Occidental rift

It’s in many ways a “they said, he said” story with no easy answers

Last month, the Los Angeles Times dismissed Jason Felch, a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting, in the kind... More

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Another Pulitzer for reporting classified info

The prize’s board has “rewarded” coverage of leaked material before

The Pulitzer committee's decision to give its public service award this year to the Washington Post and the Guardian for... More

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Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers?

5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

On Monday afternoon, the Pulitzer board awarded the local news reporting prize to an impressive, powerfully written series of stories... More

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Sealing deadly court files, and Obama and his Cabinet

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Sealing deadly court files: In the wake of continuing... More

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IBT Media is allegedly breaking labor law

Newsweek’s parent company only pays employees once a month despite laws mandating twice monthly, according to multiple former and current staffers

IBT Media, the parent company of International Business Times and Newsweek, has been violating New York labor law for years... More

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The enduring pull of mag covers

Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

In some ways, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus Rolling Stone cover is a sign of how far we've come: A 53-year-old woman... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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