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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

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The ghosts of Iraq

In the wake of the Iraq WMD debacle, the press has been hesitant to report decisively on violence in Syria

  Coverage of chemical weapons in Syria is in some ways a story of redemption. For major news organizations,... More

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Yemen kicks out foreign correspondents

Can western media work with local journalists to fill the gap?

Journalist Adam Baron was deported from Yemen in early May, after being told that he was no longer welcome in... More

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More questions for Snowden and the GOP establishment takes on the 2016 primaries

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Snowden questions NBC missed: In his interview with NBC's... More

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Thousands of journalists withhold a mistakenly released CIA agent name

A recent White House blunder highlights issues of secrecy and public interest

Last Saturday, the White House accidentally revealed the identity of the CIA's most senior operative in Kabul by accidentally including... More

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

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”

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

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