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Behind the News

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Dial back the outrage

Repealing a ban on showing international broadcasts is not the same as allowing propaganda

I frequently teach a large introductory class titled “Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication.” One section of the course addresses... More

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The Times-Picayune cuts staff and print runs

Read CJR coverage on the history of the paper, a vital resource in its region, here

The news hit late Wednesday night that the storied New Orleans Times-Picayune, the newspaper that served as a community rock... More

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The new medical-credit racket

The Record uncovers how patients are getting shafted—medically and financially

Reporter Lindy Washburn, at The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey, has revealed the latest shenanigans of unscrupulous members of... More

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When big data is bad data

The press and standardized testing numbers: a cautionary tale

Disks of never-before-released data from the Department of Education landed with a befuddling thud in New York City’s newsrooms at... More

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The Ford Foundation’s unprecedented grant to The Los Angeles Times

And what for-profit/ nonprofit partnerships mean in the age of Sam Zell

On Thursday, Los Angeles Times editor Davan Maharaj announced that his paper, once a profit engine for multi-billion dollar corporate... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Drachma redux, Hoffa’s killers, besting JPMorgan

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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Murdoch may sell his British papers

The British press asserts the embattled mogul may ditch the papers under phone hacking scrutiny

News International, the UK outpost of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, might be preparing to sell off or isolate its scandal-struck... More

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The future of media is social

It’s also shared, viral, and free from banner ads

The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU hosted I Want Media’s fifth annual “Future of Media” forum on Friday... More

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Why China ejected Melissa Chan

Sending a message to the foreign press

Is this the kind of reporting that got Al Jazeera correspondent Melissa Chan expelled from China last week? The foreign... More

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‘This is my paper. This is my town’

One year after a devastating tornado, The Joplin Globe feels stronger

Jack Kaminsky lives with his mother now. He is 63 years old, broad shouldered, with silver hair and a... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Press-dinner proceeds, cat-and-mouse China reporting, testing the testers

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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Stories I’d like to see

Homeland loses focus, ditching the filibuster, unions that own big business

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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3 things big media can do to save independent journalism

This is adapted from Rebecca MacKinnon’s 2012 Hearst New Media Lecture, given at Columbia’s J-school on April 19

By advocating Internet access that is open, interconnected, and neutral—which is not what's happening now—Rebecca MacKinnon argues that big media... More

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Collateral damage: news organizations, free speech, and the Internet

This is the text of this year’s Hearst New Media Lecture, given April 19 at the Columbia Journalism School

How many more years will need to pass before we can stop calling digitally networked media “new”? After all, this... More

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Fewer journo arrests at latest OWS push

But some reporters at the nationwide May 1 Occupy protests were targeted by protestors

Journalists covering the May 1 Occupy demonstrations across the country encountered some police obstruction, including a few arrests, and an... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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