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The facts on Iron Dome, suing over Flight 17, and reviving the VA

This column, a regular feature, originally ran on Reuters.com. 1. Figuring out the Iron Dome: As I kept reading and... More

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Truth and the Russian media

Unhinged claims about the Malaysia jet are part of a broader propaganda campaign

As the world reacted to the deranged explanations emanating from Russia's state-controlled media about what really happened to Malaysia Airlines... More

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Minus proper archives, news outlets risk losing years of backstories forever

Experts say journalism outfits are naive about the safety of digital content and underestimate the value of archives

Print stories can be lost, but digital stories last forever, captured for eternity in some nebulous internet ether or on... More

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Twitter and factchecking don’t mix during debates

Though Twitter provides real-time opportunities to hold candidates accountable during debates, factchecking on the quick isn’t as easy as it looks

Mitt Romney’s assertion in the first 2012 presidential debate - that Obamacare was a government takeover of the healthcare industry... More

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After 29 years, Freep is indefinitely halting its high school journalism program (UPDATED)

It has long been a pipeline, sending local, diverse talent to prominent journalism careers

The Detroit Free Press is abruptly ending a 29-year-old high school journalism program within weeks, where high school students were... More

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Somaly Mam, Nick Kristof, and journalism’s hero problem

Reporters should not abandon the story of child trafficking in Cambodia, just because its ‘hero’ has fallen

Heroes are complicated and victims aren't always who we think they are. As journalists, we are storytellers lured by the... More

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A quest to ban the ‘R-word’ from a high-school newspaper nets national attention

The editors of the Playwickian, in Bucks County, PA, are not backing down, which may ultimately lead to a federal case

Jackson Haines and Gillian McGoldrick say their high-school paper will no longer print the word "Redskin." (Photo credit: Dave Warner)... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Google’s lost links, US border crossing guards, and when a Tea Party loss is a win

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Google's dilemma: Writing in the Guardian last week, Google... More

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On the NSA, a White House credibility problem

The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims

On Friday, The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration had advance knowledge last year that the British government would... More

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A new course in video games journalism

As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?

It has been eight years since Chuck Klosterman lamented in Esquire that there was no “Lester Bangs of video games,”... More

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Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors

The 10-year-old online mag hired its first full-time employee and is launching a second Kickstarter

Ten years after a professor told Guernica Magazine founder and editor in chief Michael Archer to open a free magazine... More

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The Portland Press Herald’s longform look at ethnic inequality in Maine

“Unsettled” takes a deep dive into Native American history

Since late June, The Portland Press Herald has been running daily installments of "Unsettled," a 29-piece series that chronicles the... More

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Daily Caller editor doubles down on Menendez ‘scoop’

Until The Washington Post’s story that it was a Cuban plot is proven true, Tucker Carlson says, there is nothing to correct

When Tucker Carlson launched The Daily Caller in 2010, he told CJR that the site would produce serious journalism without... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How much is contraception coverage and costly violations for BNP Paribas

This column, an occasional feature, was originally published on Reuters.com. 1. Does health insurance covering contraception actually cost anything? In... More

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Two Danish reporters investigated MRSA cases, and they ended up on trial for privacy violations

They revealed that Denmark’s most important agricultural industry is riddled with a strain of MRSA that threatens human health

COPENHAGEN--When Danish journalist Kjeld Hansen picked up a medical journal several years ago and read that 50 people from a... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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