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What’s the best model for a digital news business?

Let’s compare three well-funded local news startups - with very distinct fates

Too often, conversations about the evolution of media seem to pit defensive, old-school journalists against arrogant, tech-savvy upstarts. But in... More

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The genuine article

What is the atomic unit of journalistic storytelling?

The news story is suffering an identity crisis. For a century at least, it was secure in the knowledge that... More

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Murder Inc.

A crime-news website tells the story of every DC homicide

Laura Norton Amico spent the summer trying to find a newsroom in Washington, DC, to take over Homicide Watch,... More

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Journalism by numbers

It’s time to embrace the growing influence of real-time data on the media business

Everywhere we go, everything we do, we send signals. Simple acts create streams of data, whether it is crossing... More

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By the people

For better and worse, the Sacramento Press lets the readers write the news

Thirty-one-year-old Ben Ilfeld launched Sacramento Press in October 2008, with the goal of making hyperlocal news and information an interactive... More

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Perks, not paywalls

The Voice of San Diego’s new membership strategy ties funding to “family”

According to its motto, the Voice of San Diego is “irreverent, honest and engaging” in its pursuit of community news.... More

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App pupil

USC Annenberg journalism professor Robert Hernandez rounds up great tools for gathering and presenting news

Robert Hernandez may be a professor, but he considers himself “a hackademic” who encourages digital journalists and technologists to share... More

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Special report: the future of media

(this minute, at least!)

With journalism’s methods, business models, and even role models being redefined on a daily basis, it can be tough to... More

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20 women to watch

A by-no-means-complete list of eXXcellent talents we’d bet on to map the future of the media business

Molly Bingham (@4GJournalist) Descended from a venerable newspaper family, Bingham is an intrepid photojournalist and filmmaker who’s now launching ORBmedia, which... More

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The divine sisterhood

All hail 40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years

Jill Abramson First woman to be executive editor of The New York Times Christiane Amanpour CNN’s fearless, globe-trotting war correspondent... More

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Katherine the great

In her searing portrait of an Indian slum, Katherine Boo demonstrates the potency of deep, patient reporting

When Katherine Boo worked at The Washington Post in the 1990s, the future Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winner... More

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The sixth W

Who, what, when, where, why—and women. A bow to those who helped close the media gender gap, and a cheer for leaders of the future

On the high wire Lynn Povich was named the first female senior editor of Newsweek in 1975. Here she... More

Six degrees of aggregation

How The Huffington Post ate the Internet

Of the many and conflicting stories about how The Huffington Post came to be—how it boasts 68 sections, three... More

The Constant Gardener

My two years tending AOL’s hyperlocal experiment

My employment with Patch started with a handshake and a promise that I would be called with a job offer... More

A Narrowed Gaze

How the business press forgot the rest of us

Steve Lipin didn’t fit the profile of a transformative media figure when he took over the mergers-and-acquisitions beat for... 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


‘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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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