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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

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The Local goes global

An English-language news site in Sweden is expanding across the continent

In 2004, James Savage and Paul Rapacioli were two Brits who had fallen in love with Swedes, leaving them with... More

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WNYC is beefing up its data journalism

New York’s public radio station is expanding its data reporting

WNYC's data team has tracked a lot over the years: cicadas, flood zones, and even wireless internet access on the... More

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Al Jazeera journalists still jailed in Egypt

A panel at the Columbia j-school discussed ways to combat the press crackdown there

On December 29, three Al Jazeera English journalists were arrested in Egypt. One hundred days later, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy,... More

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Vox.com is going to be a great test of Ezra Klein’s critique of journalism

How much demand is there for a Wikipedia for news? Looks like we’re going to find out

Vox.com, the much-discussed new project from Ezra Klein, Melissa Bell, and Matt Yglesias, launched late Sunday night. With the obvious... More

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Afghanistan appears deadlier for journalists

A targeted attack killed a longtime AP photographer on Friday

Afghanistan may be becoming more dangerous for journalists, most recently evidenced by the violent attack by an Afghan policeman on... More

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Planned NSA reforms still leave journalists reason to worry

“Two hops” may still include numerous reporters

Last week the Obama administration set forth a proposal to reform one part of the National Security Agency's surveillance program:... More

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Broadcast partnership limits in the crosshairs

The National Association of Broadcasters and Congressional Republicans are both trying to stymie new FCC rules against broadcast conglomerates

Update, May 12, 2014: The National Association of Broadcasters announced that it did indeed file a suit in the US... More

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Stories I’d like to see

America’s biggest boondoggle and ‘REAL’ voter ID

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. The book on America's biggest boondoggle: Last week, the... More

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ONA prepares a DIY ethics code

The Online News Association is working on a crowdsourced ethics code project

The Online News Association is working on "Build Your Own Ethics Code," a toolkit to help news outlets, bloggers, and... More

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The light in Beirut

Up against a wall, waiting to die on a late afternoon in August 1982, a journalist’s life stops and then starts over

This story is being co-published by CJR and by The Big Roundtable, a new digital home for narrative journalism.... More

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Meet Ukraine’s media moguls

Russia’s advance into Crimea has transformed Ukrainian television news coverage

Ukrainian media mogul Dmitry Firtash walked out of pre-trial detention in Vienna last week, where he was arrested on bribery... More

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One in three Americans view online news videos

This year’s State of the News Media report was released on Wednesday

More American adults are watching news videos online than ever before. According to the 2014 State of the News Media... More

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On Connecticut’s ‘Gold Coast,’ a local news incubator

Fairfield County is swamped with hyperlocal experiments that hold broader aspirations

Learn About Tableau Unlike other communities around the country, the suburban towns comprising the Fairfield County, CT "Gold Coast"... More

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Stories I’d like to see

A fair view of the Koch brothers, and explaining bitcoin

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Getting a full, fair view of the money behind... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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