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The photo that cried wolf

A photo of a young Syrian refugee went viral with an inaccurate narrative attached

A few days ago, a four-year-old boy was photographed in the middle of the desert as he walked from Syria... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Cigarette companies’ final days, high-speed trading, and how rich is Ringo?

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

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The Obama administration’s pursuit of whistleblowers is taking a toll

The US dropped 13 Points in the Global Press Freedom Index

Last year was a rough one for freedom of the press in the US, and it shows. Every year, Reporters... More

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Covering global health with integrity

How to avoid the pitfalls of parachute journalism

In December, a few days after I returned from a global health reporting trip sponsored by the UN Foundation to... More

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Bill Keller moves to the Marshall Project

The former NYT editor takes the helm at a new nonprofit specializing in criminal justice reporting

Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times, will leave the paper to become editor in chief of... More

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Stories I’d like to see

CVS and the doctoring business, Sochi consequences, and getting Cohen’s side of the story

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

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Digital security covering the Olympics

How reporters covering the Games are—or aren’t—protecting their stuff

NBC Nightly News broadcast a very alarming report last week ahead of the Olympic Games in Sochi, showing just how... More

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Questions for the government on Snowden

There are still too many things US citizens don’t know

The case of Edward Snowden raises many questions. Do we need the surveillance programs he disclosed to mitigate the threat... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Is NBC soft on Sochi terror threats, political stalling, and the lawyer who could nail Christie

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

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For Pakistani journos, a treacherous calling

Eight Pakistani reporters spoke about their professional lives at the Columbia Journalism School

Militant propaganda, death threats, and violent military action are among the daily realities some journalists face in Pakistan, which ranks... More

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There are no Al Jazeera journalists reporting in Egypt

They’ve all been detained or indicted

CAIRO, Egypt--These are deeply uncertain times for journalists in Egypt. On Wednesday, the country's chief prosecutor general leveled a raft... More

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Preventing war by promoting ‘peace journalism’ in Uganda

A program in Uganda aims to keep violence away and, perhaps, promote peace in war-torn neighbors

"Do not kill those cockroaches with a bullet; cut them to pieces with a machete," blared Rwanda's Radio Télévision Libre... More

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Post-Arab Spring, citizen journalists struggle

Bloggers and activists met to discuss free speech crackdowns across the region

AMMAN, Jordan--Three years have passed since the Arab Spring, when popular uprisings broke out against authoritarian governments across the Middle... More

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Reporting in the post-Snowden era

A panel at Columbia discussed challenges and triumphs

Photo credit: Columbia University/Eileen Barroso In an auditorium so large that Columbia's Journalism School typically only uses it for... More

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How I got that story

The growing problem of forced marriages in the US

In September 2013, Sarah Fournier, then a journalism master's student at New York University, was looking for a subject to... 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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