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The Muhammad movie: look who fanned the flames

Despite what Western media reported it was not Islamist outlets that stirred things up

Back on September 11, protestors gathered outside the US embassy near downtown Cairo, furious over reports of a video said... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How far can the Chinese firewall stretch?

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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Must-reads of 2012: UK media’s craziest year

Phone hacking, alleged child molestation, and—right—the Diamond Jubilee

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond... More

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USPS may start selling mag subscriptions

The Postal Service wants people to keep checking their mailboxes

Your next magazine subscription may well be purchased at the post office—the Postal Service could begin selling magazines directly to... More

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‘Lost and found’ follow-up

Our writer responds to his critics

Editors’ note: It has come to our attention that Marcy, the subject of Bruce Porter’s article, “Lost and found,”... More

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Nielsen, Twitter partner for TV ratings

The metric aims to measure social impact for advertisers

No longer content to measure the size of the tv-watching audience, Nielsen TV ratings is planning a joint venture with... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The NRA playbook, Obama’s pot dilemma, and HSBC’s money laundering

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” columnist, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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Big kingdom, small window

Adventures with the Ministry of Information
in Saudi Arabia

Saudi medical students meet the press. Photo by Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor During the eight years I... More

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2012: the year in review, according to your Google searches

“A blend of guilty pleasures and higher pursuits”

Google jazzed up its twelfth end-of-year list, released last Thursday, with an interactive map that showed the global distribution of... More

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Online story comments affect news perception

Buttressed by editorial oversight and streamlined by redesign, online comment sections may now, more than ever, color reading of the news

Last month, after Hurricane Sandy struck, I published a story about climate science. Divisive issues swirling around global warming tend... More

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I am a journalist; ask me anything

Media figures are flocking to Reddit to converse with fans

On Wednesday, Chris Anderson, the ex-EIC of Wired, went on Reddit and told users to ask him anything. On Monday,... More

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Europe’s newspapers are dying too

The implosion of the newspaper industry, long a dreaded topic in the US, has finally hit the continent

The staff of Financial Times Deutschland appeared on the back page of the newspaper on Friday, in a deep bow.... More

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The limits of Internet research

“Rule number one of the Web: You don’t mess with The Oatmeal”

Internet research helped Buzzfeed contributor Jack Stuef unmask @ComfortablySmug, the Twitter account that earned ire for posting false information during... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Athletes’ charities; American lawyers and Bangladesh’s sweatshops; the fate of workplace screwups

In his weekly “Stories I’d like to see” columnist, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

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‘I don’t pretend to be an experienced journalist in all the traditional ways’

A small weekly’s approach to journalism toes the ethical line

The Niagara Falls Reporter is in the news again. The attention has dramatically increased the free weekly’s readership. It has... 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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