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Behind the News

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On CNN International, the ‘news’ isn’t always the news

The network has a tangle of autocratic sponsors and too often a blind eye to inconvenient facts

Last June, CNN business reporter Richard Quest interviewed the CEO of the state-owned Qatar Airways about the recently opened Hamad... More

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The question is not just what party will control the Senate, but when

Scoping out the Senate Majority: It seems likely that which party controls the US Senate for the next two years... More

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The San Quentin News seeks to humanize inmates

It’s one of the few prison publications by and for the prisoners

The first time I met Juan Haines, the 56-year-old managing editor of the San Quentin News, he gleefully showed me... More

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What’s next for Ferguson?

As grand jury decision over Michael Brown’s shooting looms, a Columbia Journalism panel questions early leaks

The story of Ferguson, MO, roils on. On Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published Michael Brown’s leaked autopsy report, and The New... More

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James Risen on secret sources, joining Twitter, and going undercover

The New York Times reporter and author discusses his new book, Pay Any Price

For more than seven years, James Risen has been locked in a legal battle with the US Justice Department,... More

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How do we know what we know about #Gamergate?

The media has flocked to cover a largely anonymous movement that has no clear aims, leaders, or organization

Gamergate is “a heated debate over journalistic integrity, the definition of video games, and the identity of those who play... More

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Ben Bradlee, through the years

Must-read flashpoints in the life of the Washington Post editor

Ben Bradlee had, by all accounts, an eventful life at the helm of The Washington Post, and as a result... More

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4 lessons on how Americans consume political news

Pew report shows how polarization affects media choice and trust

The political information reaching voters becomes all the more important as midterm elections loom. At the same time, news organizations... More

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A different take on Syria

Jihad Yazigi discusses why The Syria Report sticks to covering the economy

In weekly dispatches, readers of The Syria Report have been tracking the implosion of the war-torn country by the numbers:... More

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How xenophobia is driving the Ebola narrative

If illness is a metaphor, what does Ebola mean?

A recent Newsweek cover story showed a photograph of a gorilla accompanied by an inaccurate headline that contaminated bushmeat could... More

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Media changes course on Ebola

News outlets finally report clearly on the virus

On October 10, two days after Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person to die from Ebola on US... More

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Hospital turns to PR to fight Ebola

This New York Times story on Thursday outlines the damage done to the reputation of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in... More

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Alex Blumberg’s Startup finds new opportunities in podcast advertising

Advertisers and podcasters may want to tune in as the producer tests potential of experimental advertising

When I meet radio producer Alex Blumberg, he is wearing the tennis shoes that his wife made him change out... More

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After a decade online, Guernica releases a print mag

The digital title aims to publish annual print editions as it increasingly explores funding opportunities

Ten years ago, the founders of Guernica Magazine were ahead of the publishing curve when they released their free, digital-only... More

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Following the mistakes in the Texas Ebola story

1. Ebola and malpractice tort reform: As we all now know, the death of Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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