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The Bo scandal: how we got that story

Thanks to the Web, you can follow the money online—even in China

The scandal surrounding the recently purged Chinese Communist Party official Bo Xilai has all the elements of Shakespearean drama: the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Military movers, insuring a pitcher’s arm, and lobbyists against federal travel caps

1. The $5 billion moving bill: Reports last week that the US had agreed with Japan to transfer 9,000 of... More

On the Media silent on NPR retraction

The show should address This American Life’s disavowal of its Mike Daisey story

I rarely miss an episode of NPR’s On the Media, which is essential listening for information on media trends and... More

Murdoch takes a bow

If the Leveson Inquiries revealed anything, it was that the News Corp. chief’s self perceptions make entertaining viewing

Rupert Murdoch finished his two-day testimony before the Leveson Inquiry on Thursday, convened to address the phone-hacking scandal that emanated... More

Reporting that changed history

A journalist mines the past to inform the future

The Pulitzer season is a time for inspiration and reflection. Inspiration because those and other awards each year remind us... More

Pulitzer winners donate their prize to their peers

The $10,000 prize for investigative reporting will teach more Seattle Times reporters how to uncover stories

Instead of keeping the $10,000 that accompanied their recent Pulitzer for investigative reporting, Ken Armstrong and Michael Berens decided to... More

Stories I’d like to see

The rebuff to Citi’s board, boxing’s decline, and GSA follow-ups

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

A picture is worth a thousand memes

Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Matt Wuerker responds to Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo thinks political cartoons are stale, stupid, and unfunny—or so he argued in Slate last week, saying that, instead... More

Loneliness at the Foreign ‘Bureau’

News organizations exaggerate the size of their overseas newsrooms

The Washington Post has 16 foreign “bureaus,” and 12 of them consist of just a single reporter, according to the... More

The Forward sits down with a Hamas official

It’s a first for the 115-year-old Jewish newspaper, but audiences are slow to respond

Late Thursday night, the Jewish Forward, a 115-year-old paper that was published entirely in Yiddish until 1983, posted online a... More

Looking beyond Kony

Coverage of Africa needs to go beyond the sensationalistic, three experts said at a panel talk on Thursday

In Kenya in early March, a grenade blast linked to the terrorist group Al-Shabaab killed six people and injured 63.... More

Nobody wins, again

For the ninth time, the Pulitzer Board can’t agree on a winner for editorials

This year’s Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday afternoon, and for the ninth time in 95 years, there was no... More

Stories I’d Like to See

Cheney’s heart, CVS and privacy, and Walmart’s guns

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

Freelancers on the Front Lines

Safety for foreign correspondents is an issue the media needs to address

It was almost one year ago that photojournalist and Restrepo director Sebastian Junger lost his good friend and colleague, Tim... 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”

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

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