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Leaving the news

A news editor is moving on, but his nerves may not be

A couple of weeks ago my phone rang—12:25 a.m. The assignment editor, Molly Hunter, was on the line. “This Benghazi... More

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First impressions of Quartz

Atlantic Media’s mobile-first business site looks great, acts “janky”

Quartz, Atlantic Media’s mobile-first business site, launched on Monday afternoon following much fanfare this summer. Straight off, users responded to... More

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Stories I’d like to see

ProPublica’s prize-winning ways, and more questions about Ryan’s role

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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Patch launches its redesign on five sites

Its emphasis veers toward Facebook-like “groups” and away from news

Patch’s redesign went live Sunday night in five Long Island towns, about three months after CJR posted a story on... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The beef against ABC, and Romney as a debater

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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Village Voice shifts to ‘generic’ editorial strategy after fresh layoffs

Ex-editor in chief drove readers away, former staffer says

The future of the Village Voice looks uncertain after two big losses—its editor in chief and its music critic—were announced... More

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James Brown estate case reporter slapped with subpoenas

The 60-year-old journalist believes South Carolina is attempting to hush her

When the judges responsible for distributing the estate of the late musician James Brown started refusing freedom of information requests... More

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Open letter to John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media

In the wake of the Journal Register’s second Chapter 11 filing, Bill Grueskin writes a “Dear John” letter about its failed digital strategy

Dear John, You and I have never met, but we have corresponded—a bit testily at times (more on that later).... More

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Homicide Watch revs back up

Kickstarter cash in hand, the site will restart this fall as a student-reporting project

College students who want to learn crime reporting, 21st-century style, from two pioneers of the genre should get their résumés... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Tracking the battleground 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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What I saw on 9/11

“I wanted to record everything”

On September 11, 2001, Nicholas Spangler was a journalism student covering a primary election in downtown New York. He heard... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Polling the power of campaign lies, security ideas for 9/11′s 11th, stimulus stories

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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How journalists helped stabilize a new Colombia

Overcoming mountains and militias

BOGOTA, Colombia—Here are two headlines from two decades apart: A headline 20 years ago in the Milwaukee Journal—Who’s in charge:... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How would a woman “prove” rape to qualify for Romney’s abortion exception?

In the wake of the Todd Akin firestorm, Mitt Romney and a flip-flopping Paul Ryan have emphasized that their anti-choice... More

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Pasadena publisher launches a system for outsourcing local news

“I’m looking for individuals I can pay a lower rate to do a lot of work,” says Journtent founder James Macpherson

A publisher in Pasadena, CA, who said he received death threats when he started hiring workers in India to write... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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