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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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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