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Behind the News

The First Amendment to the Continents

Demands for global free speech don’t amount to imperialism

CAIRO—Traveling in the developing world, I’m regularly challenged over my defense of free speech. One Egyptian government sympathizer once told... More

Q & A: New CJR Publisher Cathryn Cronin Cranston

The former Harvard Business Review publisher talks about her plans for CJR’s future

The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) announced today (PDF) that Cathryn Cronin Cranston, former publisher of the Harvard Business Review, has... More

Forbes.com Gets a New Slant

Lewis Dvorkin’s bloggy overhaul of the Internet continues

On Thursday, Forbes.com launched a new blog page utilizing the platform first developed by the blog network True/Slant, which it... More

Dear Sidney Harman…

The pros give advice for the future of Newsweek

On Monday, The Washington Post Company announced that it had sold Newsweek to ninety-two-year-old stereo mogul Sidney Harman. Although Mike... More

Digital Killed the Biblio Crescent

A bell toll for Arab book reading?

CAIRO, Egypt—Nicholas Carr argues in his new book The Shallows that the short and never-ending flashes of information we receive... More

It’s All About Us

WaPo’s Story Lab experiment fizzles

It seemed like a questionable allocation of resources when The Washington Post dispatched seven reporters to local coffeehouses one day... More

Americans Only Kind of Trust the Internet

And other findings from an Annenberg study

The Center for the Digital Future at USC’s Annenberg School released their 2010 report on Friday, “Surveying the Digital Future,”... More

Visualizing Data, Telling a Story

Behind the scenes of The Guardian’s interactive WikiLeaks coverage

Of the three news outlets that broke the WikiLeaks story on Sunday, The Guardian, on its Web site, incorporated the... More

British Tabloid Strikes Gossip Gold Online

An argument for isolating print and Web newsrooms

In a time when many American news organizations are trying to consolidate their print and Web operations, The Daily Mail... More

If a Correction Falls in the Woods…

Slate’s pot-kettle-black takedown of Politico

On Tuesday, Slate published an analysis spotlighting twelve Politico articles in a recent three week period where notable revisions, overwhelmingly... More

A Front-and-Center Corrections Policy

TBD.com launches its policy before launching site

Prior to publishing the first and, as it would turn out, only edition of his 1690 newspaper, Publick Occurrences, Both... More

Q & A: ABC News’s Paul Slavin

The ABC News Digital senior vice-president talks about his new, spherical iPad app

Earlier this week, ABC News released a new iPad app: a reader for the Web site’s content. The app is... More

Guilt of an Expatriate Journalist

American writer wrestles with free speech inequity and what to do about it

CAIRO—When I arrived in the Middle East five years ago to freelance and polish my Arabic, I soon realized that... More

All Eyes On Gaga

What the popstar reveals about some lazy fashion reporting

Okay, did that get your attention? Good. It was meant to. Now, hate to break it to you, but this... More

Canadian Media in Crisis

Reporters and citizens struggle with aftermath of G20 Summit

Though it seemed to register barely a ripple outside of the host country, the G20 Summit held three weeks ago... 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


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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