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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

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

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

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.

Bloggingheads

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

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