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Behind the News

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Guess what? People lie to reporters

Like Jessica Pressler, I got burned once. Here’s what I did about it.

Fourteen years ago, a man lied to me. I was a business reporter at The Baltimore Sun. What he told... More

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Questioning the CBC’s decision to remove Jian Ghomeshi’s interviews

Erasing the past, Q-ing the future?

In a year full of stories about sexual assault, Jian Ghomeshi's stood out. He was no anonymous abuser, like the... More

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What the Sony hacks reveal about the news industry

Writers gave consumers exactly what they wanted

Along with employee salaries, Channing Tatum’s penchant for all-caps, and executives’ racially charged jokes about President Obama, the Sony... More

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An old media scoop on pro-ISIS tweeter Shami Witness leads to a new media dox

When anonymity is taken out of the media’s hands

While the UK’s Channel 4 didn’t release the full name of Shami Witness, one of the most prolific tweeters of... More

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How to improve the reporter-editor relationship

The New Republic’s downfall can be a lesson for how bosses treat their employees

Liz Spayd: The implosion at The New Republic left many of us in wide-eyed amazement. It's rare that you... More

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The New Republic: A public trust or a business?

How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

On Thursday, December 4, Frank Foer resigned as editor of The New Republic, having learned from a gossip site... More

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FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way

RIP Improvement Act of 2014

More than two years of work by open government advocates collapsed on Thursday night when House Speaker John Boehner closed... More

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Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school

Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

The price of a two-year graduate journalism degree at UC Berkeley is set to rise to $46,600 for in-state students,... More

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Senate torture report details CIA’s media strategy

How the spy agency manipulated press coverage of secret programs

The Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture of terrorism suspects not only reignited a national debate over the former... More

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How to handle a story correction

Rolling Stone needs a transparency lesson

Rolling Stone has been in deep water this week, as journalists eviscerate the outlet for failing to fully vet the... More

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The new Pulitzer Prize rules explained

Awards administrator Mike Pride discusses expansion to include magazines and outside partnerships

As the boundaries between newspaper, magazine, and online journalism continue to dissolve, the Pulitzer board announced Monday that it was... More

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How political campaigns use Twitter to shape media coverage

The Romney and Obama teams used social media to manipulate media narratives during 2012 debates

A month before the first 2012 presidential debate, widely considered a decisive victory for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, GOP... More

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Changing the US hostage policy

Obama’s review of kidnappings is a good first step, but it isn’t enough

Journalists around the world are confronting a hostage-taking epidemic of record proportions, punctuated by the death Saturday of freelance... More

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What happened at Rolling Stone was not Jackie’s fault

Overcome confirmation bias with responsible reporting

Last week, a slew of journalists began questioning the trustworthiness of the University of Virginia fraternity gang-rape story published in... More

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Media raises criticism in Eric Garner case

News outlets from across the spectrum question a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo

The media can’t breathe. That was the reaction of many journalists to news yesterday that New York City Police... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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