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How media managers should share bad news

Communication is key during layoffs

Liz Spayd: It's hard to find a newsroom, with a few exceptions like maybe BuzzFeed, that don't have financial... More

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The end of Modern Farmer?

An award-winning magazine struggles to connect with readers

Modern Farmer, the stylish quarterly that tried to mix cosmopolitan glamour with a back-to-the-land ethos, is ceasing publication one month... More

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Pro-regime journalists are shaping public opinion in Egypt

The Egyptian press is made up in large part by those who are under the control of the authorities

One of Egypt's most visible journalists at the moment is Mona Iraqi, a television personality who claimed to have tipped... More

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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

When BBC Pop-Up journalists Matt Danzico and Benjamin Zand drove into Sioux Falls, S.D., they started hunting for stories... More

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What game design can do for journalism

Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

From left to right: Cherisse Datu, Kelli Dunlap, and Joyce Rice.   As journalism is increasingly experimenting with innovative... More

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Should journalists care about the State of the Union address?

The annual speech no longer packs a punch, and the media is starting to notice

The State of the Union is antique. That’s not what President Barack Obama will tell a joint session of... More

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Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’

But chronology doesn’t reveal everything

On Timeline, a new made-for-mobile app, the news is told chronologically. An orangutan gaining legal rights in Argentina, for... More

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How the media can help Dr. Oz—and his fans

TV doctors have a lot of influence. Rather just than bash their miracle-diet advice, let’s push them to talk about real health solutions

Two thousand fourteen was a tough year for Dr. Oz. In June, he appeared before a congressional committee to sullenly... More

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Why we’ll have to wait for CNN’s news drones

The news organization faces several hurdles before it can use the machines for broadcast

CNN’s research program for drone journalism has been cleared for takeoff, but don’t expect Anderson Cooper-narrated live aerial shots... More

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Genius and the splintering of arts journalism

For the future of music criticism, Sasha Frere-Jones’ new company cannot replace his old one

The announcement that Genius, the website best known for crowdsourced explanations of rap lyrics, bagged an A-list music critic was... More

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Waiting for Iran

Censorship is not always visible

In the aftermath of the horrific murders of Charlie Hebdo staff in Paris, one might think attacks on journalists... More

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What journalists can learn from the faux CNN threat

An increased level of skepticism is necessary when reporting on social media or online forums

While Glenn Greenwald was busy lambasting mainstream news publications for a lack of skepticism in the face of the US... More

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Watch out for Bellingcat

Former blogger Brown Moses is trying to build his own type of investigative news operation

In November 2013, The New Yorker’s Patrick Radden Keefe called Eliot Higgins, an unemployed man from Leicester, England, “perhaps the... More

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Reported.ly tested immediately with Charlie Hebdo tragedy

Andy Carvin’s global, social-media news operation is the latest experiment from First Look Media

It was, as Andy Carvin later described it, a baptism by fire. Less than 48 hours after the launch of... More

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Why a Danish newspaper won’t publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Jyllands-Posten was at the center of a 2005 cartoon crisis. After numerous terror threats, editors chose to play it safe

As media outlets globally have faced the dilemma of whether or not to republish French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s satirical cartoons... 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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