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National Geographic launches a ‘ballsy’ online project

A community storytelling venture hopes to supplement good journalism

When Aaron Huey started photographing the lives of Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, he... More

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Reactions to the Aurora shooting: the wrong, the sad, the irrelevant

How one tragedy led to many premature conclusions

It doesn’t take long for news to travel about a tragedy like Friday’s midnight shooting at a screening of “The... More

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How to worry about a clicks-driven Times-Picayune

A departing reporter’s worst-case fears

If clicks drove coverage at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans —a more realistic prospect than it’s ever been—what kind of... More

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Copyright and punishment

A panel of Internet entrepreneurs tackle property rights in the digital age

“I’m a copyright moderate, but I get painted as a radical!” moaned the author Rob Reid to a woman clutching... More

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Our gullible press

Ryan Holiday explains how the singular pursuit of traffic makes online media suckers for fake news

One thing has been conspicuously absent from all criticism of online media and the future of news: an understanding of... More

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Ready, set for an interactive Olympics

Outlets strike deals to bump viewer engagement during the games

The London Olympics officially open in two weeks, which means media outlets are gearing up to cover them. That requires... More

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In Egypt, new newspapers and old problems

Citizens need good journalism to explain confusing times, but many Egyptians don’t trust their media

CAIRO, EGYPT — Egyptian newsstands today offer a lively range of options, including three government-owned papers, papers affiliated with political... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Soaring college costs and the Penn State private plane

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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Plagiarism and a resignation at Journatic

So why is the Chicago Tribune still involved?

When CJR wrote about local news outsourcing company Journatic 10 days ago, its CEO, Brian Timpone, called the use of... More

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New NYT public editor brings experience, online savvy

Margaret M. Sullivan is looking forward to having “an ongoing conversation with readers” both in print and online

On Monday, The New York Times announced that its search for a new public editor had ended with the appointment... More

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Do they get that it’s wrong?

Journalism students can be “truly baffled” when confronted for plagiarism

Perhaps Liane Membis, the Wall Street Journal intern fired recently for inventing quotes, started out with noble intentions. As Miss... More

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Media reactions to the Freeh Report

Revelations force turnarounds from journalists

Media coverage of the 267-page Freeh Report on the Penn State child abuse coverup hasn’t stopped since it was released... More

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The heatwave debate

How the science of probability affects science coverage

We can all agree that the weather has been unseasonably warm this summer. But fewer people, including media types, agree... More

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Saving Auntie: Meet the BBC’s new boss

Who is George Entwistle and what challenges does he face?

Last Wednesday, the BBC announced the appointment of longtime employee George Entwistle to the corporation’s top post of director general.... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Digging deeper on the effects of Obamacare

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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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