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Zenawi’s legacy and the future of free press in Ethiopia

The architect of press-squelching laws is gone, but his policies seem to be thriving

Ethiopia’s new rulers waited just one day after the death of dictator Meles Zenawi was announced to confirm that little... More

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Fake military news site gains traction

The Duffel Blog is becoming a satirical support source for soldiers

When a former Marine started writing Onion-style stories on the satirical military news site he launched in March, he had... More

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Pomp and circumstance: How do Americans see the Brits?

Two American correspondents tell how they explain British idiosyncrasies

It took the Olympics to prove it: Britain might as well be Middle Earth to most Americans. Only that could... More

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The latest on Slatest

Slate’s news aggregation blog’s revamp goes for quality over quantity

There’s a new Slatest in town: the third version of Slatest, Slate's aggregated news blog, launched Monday. Though some Slatest... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Fareed Zakaria’s “mistake”

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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Local news sites form new trade association

“We are the future” says LION chairman Dylan Smith

Next month, at the annual Block by Block conference for local news sites, around 100 independent publishers will celebrate... More

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Profits vs. patients: The Tampa Bay Times complicates a story

The truth in medical disputes can be hard to find

The Tampa Bay Times, formerly known as The St. Petersburg Times, deserves a shout-out for jumping on the local angle... More

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The Red and Black debacle

An alumna of the University of Georgia’s student paper weighs in on the battle between student editors and the board

Mid-week at the University of Georgia at Athens, where I went to undergraduate journalism school, a group of top editors... More

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When hospital profits clash with patient care: an investigation

The Times exposes questionable care at HCA hospitals

This week The New York Times concluded a rare look at the inner workings of the country’s biggest for-profit hospital... More

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Standards and double standards

The New York Times lets some swears slide, but not others

In March 2009, B (who prefers to remain anonymous) found that her social media feeds were inundated with updates from... More

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In NYT’s search for transformation, Thompson a surprising choice

“If Thompson manages more than failure, it will, in some ways, be an astonishing achievement”

Is Mark Thompson the right person to be chief executive of The New York Times? The cynical might note that,... More

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Thompson has digital cred but faces challenges at NYT

The former BBC director general was hired to guide the Times to a cross-platform future

On Tuesday, The New York Times named Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC, as its new chief... More

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Straight news from the citizens of Syria

How reporters sort, organize—and verify—a flood of information from a chaotic civil war

On June 5th, the never-ending Twitter discussion on #Syria moved in a shocking new direction. According to numerous accounts, violence... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Questions for Ryan, working for welfare, updates on Olbermann and Facebook

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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Egyptian journos wary of recent government actions

Newly appointed editors at state-owned publications and a court-ordered newspaper confiscation have journalists worried about press freedoms

Egyptian journalists are outraged over a pair of government decisions last week which they say curb media freedom and independence.... 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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