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In a tabloidized world, tabloids struggle

With dwindling newsstand sales and fierce competition for viral stories online, the New York tabloids are forced to recalibrate

Pranksters’ mysterious swap of American flags for white banners on the Brooklyn Bridge last week seemed made for tabloid glory.... More

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The Guardian experiments with crowdsourcing translations

Users are invited to translate a new multimedia project on World War I

Speakers of English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, or Arabic can explore the Guardian's new multimedia project on World War... More

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Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit

BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

At least four journalists and a writer have been ordered to hand over documents to attorneys representing the largest manufacturer... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The facts on Iron Dome, suing over Flight 17, and reviving the VA

This column, a regular feature, originally ran on Reuters.com. 1. Figuring out the Iron Dome: As I kept reading and... More

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Truth and the Russian media

Unhinged claims about the Malaysia jet are part of a broader propaganda campaign

As the world reacted to the deranged explanations emanating from Russia's state-controlled media about what really happened to Malaysia Airlines... More

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Minus proper archives, news outlets risk losing years of backstories forever

Experts say journalism outfits are naive about the safety of digital content and underestimate the value of archives

Print stories can be lost, but digital stories last forever, captured for eternity in some nebulous internet ether or on... More

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Twitter and factchecking don’t mix during debates

Though Twitter provides real-time opportunities to hold candidates accountable during debates, factchecking on the quick isn’t as easy as it looks

Mitt Romney’s assertion in the first 2012 presidential debate - that Obamacare was a government takeover of the healthcare industry... More

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After 29 years, Freep is indefinitely halting its high school journalism program (UPDATED)

It has long been a pipeline, sending local, diverse talent to prominent journalism careers

UPDATE, August 26, 2014: The Freep has announced that the program will continue, thanks to a one-time donation from the... More

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Somaly Mam, Nick Kristof, and journalism’s hero problem

Reporters should not abandon the story of child trafficking in Cambodia, just because its ‘hero’ has fallen

Heroes are complicated and victims aren't always who we think they are. As journalists, we are storytellers lured by the... More

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A quest to ban the ‘R-word’ from a high-school newspaper nets national attention

The editors of the Playwickian, in Bucks County, PA, are not backing down, which may ultimately lead to a federal case

Jackson Haines and Gillian McGoldrick say their high-school paper will no longer print the word "Redskin." (Photo credit: Dave Warner)... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Google’s lost links, US border crossing guards, and when a Tea Party loss is a win

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Google's dilemma: Writing in the Guardian last week, Google... More

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On the NSA, a White House credibility problem

The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims

On Friday, The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration had advance knowledge last year that the British government would... More

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A new course in video games journalism

As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?

It has been eight years since Chuck Klosterman lamented in Esquire that there was no “Lester Bangs of video games,”... More

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Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors

The 10-year-old online mag hired its first full-time employee and is launching a second Kickstarter

Ten years after a professor told Guernica Magazine founder and editor in chief Michael Archer to open a free magazine... More

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The Portland Press Herald’s longform look at ethnic inequality in Maine

“Unsettled” takes a deep dive into Native American history

Since late June, The Portland Press Herald has been running daily installments of "Unsettled," a 29-piece series that chronicles the... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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