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Fair game

A new set of principles aims to help journalists improve their understanding of fair use

News breaks. A crime, an accident, a natural disaster. The newsroom starts gathering information, and among the sources reporters and... More

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UK considers stepping up Internet blocking

Home secretary Theresa May wants to prevent more “radicalization”

Should governments block websites that spread hardline ideology but don't explicitly advocate violence--like the ones likely read by the Tsarnaev... More

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What the government isn’t telling us

The Declassification Engine is a new project using statistical and machine learning to help reveal secrets

You probably haven't heard of "Operation Boulder," a Nixon-era program that scrutinized the activities of Arab Americans and profiled visa... More

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Copyright 101.2

How CopyrightX managed to convince hundreds of online students to stick with a course on copyright law

CopyrightX, an online course run out of Harvard this spring as part of the EdX program, was unusual in a... More

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Anything but dull

The House kicks off its review of copyright by finding out how limited agreement about the law is

Rep. Howard Coble knows the reputation of intellectual property law--that it is dull and boring. But at a Congressional hearing... More

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AP phone records seizure reveals telecom’s risks for journalists

What is constitutionally protected, and what isn’t

Many journalists may be shocked by Monday's revelation that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) used a subpoena to obtain... More

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Digital Public Library of America wants to lend copyrighted works

The DPLA launched last month offering access to public-domain materials, but founders want to expand its purview

Last month, the Digital Public Library of America introduced its discovery portal to the Internet. It invited users in, to... More

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And that’s the way it was: April 30, 1993

“WorldWideWeb” software enters the public domain

In 1993, computer users all over the world were still working out how best to share information over the Internet.... More

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Google vs Brazil

Why Brazil heads up Google’s list of takedown requests

In 2009, Google started releasing some basic information twice a year about the takedown requests it receives from governments around... More

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Google’s privacy policy scrutinized in Europe

A six-country investigation could have worldwide ramifications

Six European countries are stepping up the heat on Google to comply with the continent's strict privacy policies, a year... More

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Making Internet politics personal

Activists put a face on acronyms like SOPA, PIPA, and CFAA

If you start looking for images to illustrate the fight last year over the Stop Online Piracy Act and the... More

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Privacy and the right to know

Does the fact that information is publicly available mean news outlets should use it?

At the Deadline Club's panel on privacy and the right to know on Tuesday, the discussion began with guns and... More

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Copyright’s new ‘new law’

Maria Pallante’s vision for copyright reform

In the world that Maria Pallante, the US Register of Copyrights, inhabits, people sometimes call the Copyright Act of 1976... More

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Pity the nutgraf

The AP’s argument that ledes are the heart of its stories helped win a copyright case

When a reporter writes a story, what is the heart of the work? Is it this paragraph--the lede? This isn't... More

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French antipiracy efforts unsuccessful

The French government started cracking down on illegal downloading, so users switched to illegal streaming

Hadopi--a wildly unpopular French antipiracy agency charged with seeking out illegal downloaders for prosecution--may be reorganized, assigned with new duties,... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.