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The word on the street: insecure

Listening to voters in Omaha’s Old Market

Last week I found myself in Omaha, at the city’s Old Market, hoping to visit with some of the locals... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Spy vs. spy at NYU, troop suicides, NYSE-Nasdaq wars

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

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The superintendent’s racy emails

Exposé or overexposure: Where’s the public-private line?

In early May, Nancy Sebring, the superintendent of the Des Moines public school system, abruptly resigned; her resignation was accepted... More

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What was CNN Money thinking?

A Q&A on retirement issues sows confusion

It’s hard to say what was the point of CNN Money’s latest contribution to the retirement debate. The site's Q&A... More

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A superb expose about an unsafe medical device

The OC Register lays bare a lax approval system that hurts patients

Tony Saavedra and Courtney Perkes, reporters for The Orange County Register, deserve a laurel for their superb piece about harmful... More

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New Orleans and the future of news

Media policy matters, and journalists ought to weigh in

Last week’s announcement that the New Orleans Times-Picayune would be slashing its staff and cutting its print run to just... More

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Award celebrates book-length journalism

The Helen Bernstein Award was accompanied by talk of investigative journalism’s future

Investigative journalists and their fans gathered at the New York Public Library’s flagship 42nd Street branch on Tuesday night to... More

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The Sometimes Picayune

Want to damage New Orleans (again)? Decimate its newspaper

Here, for your reading pleasure, are two familiar cliches: 1. New Orleans is a unique city. 2. The newspaper business... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Old money, Yankee bunts, battling for veterans’ health insurance contracts

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

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Scandinavian public media fight for their right to grow

Potential regulatory changes spell an uncertain future

From cuts to controversies, NPR and PBS haven’t had an easy time of it lately. Indeed, the news last month... More

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WaPo must transform to survive

Clay Shirky disputes The Audit’s take on the Washington Post’s financial future

Ryan Chittum's "The Washington Post Co.'s Self-Destructive Course" is a blistering attack on the paper's management of its journalistic mission... More

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Denmark launches new public radio network

Radio24syv hopes to challenge old stalwart DR

On a Friday afternoon in November, Denmark’s latest experiment in public broadcasting had only been up and running for two... More

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On Journatic, and making it in Hyperlocalville

Success depends on the company bringing Tribune a savings/quality balance, says Patch’s former editor in chief

In late April, a six-year-old digital startup called Journatic struck a deal with a 165-year-old newspaper company to take over... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The Kennedys and Caro, Facebook IPO suits, the Edwards trial judge

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

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It’s 2012 already: why is opinion writing still mostly male?

Byline counts are better, but not much. How come?

“Man. Man. Man. Man. Man. Man.” I had Sue Horton, the Op-ed and Sunday opinion editor at the Los... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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