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Critical Eye

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False fronts

The Act of Killing shatters Indonesia’s sense of itself

In the early hours of October 1, 1965, a group of junior officers in the Indonesian military assassinated six... More

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Original sin

The creation of email spam and its threat to the promise of the Internet

Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet By Finn Brunton The MIT Press 270 pages Hardcover $27.95 In... More

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Blurry verge

The line between democracy and a darker social order is thinner than you think

The House of Journalists: A Novel By Tim Finch Farrar, Straus and Giroux 304 pages Hardcover $26 When... More

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Brief encounters

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather | Edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout | Alfred A. Knopf... More

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News havens

Dan Kennedy shows why news startups matter

The New Haven Independent is almost surely the smallest news organization ever chronicled at book length. Founded in 2005 by... More

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Wingnut commander

Roger Ailes, Fox News, and the future of journalism

Roger Ailes Off Camera: An inside look at the founder and head of Fox News By Zev Chafets Sentinel... More

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Brief encounters

Short reviews of Cotton Tenants, Media Capital, and Death Zones and Darling Spies

Cotton Tenants: Three Families | By James Agee and Walker Evans, Edited by John Summers, Preface by Adam Haslett |... More

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Turn on, log in, opt out?

Morozov, Lanier, and others consider the future of the Internet

At a tech conference in Lake Tahoe three years ago, Eric Schmidt gave a talk that included a startling statistic.... More

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It doesn’t add up

A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

In late February, Christine Miller and Sona Shah went to the Capitol Hill office of Miller's senator, Barbara Mikulski,... More

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The natural

Red Smith made it look easy, even when it wasn’t

"Give us this day our daily plinth," my father, Red Smith, and his pal, Joe Palmer, the racing columnist,... More

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Brief encounters

Short reviews of Fighting for the Press and America 1933

Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles | By James C. Goodale |... More

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Speaking truth to power as a criminal act

A new documentary looks at the press and democracy implications of punishing whistleblowers

In 2007, Franz Gayl, a civilian Marine Corps science advisor, went public with concerns about delays delivering armored vehicles requested... More

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James Goodale: It’s a bad time for press freedoms

A Q&A with the former chief counsel to The New York Times

James Goodale has a message for journalists: Wake up. In his new book, Fighting for the Press (CUNY Journalism Press,... More

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On leaning in

Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, out on March 11, has already provoked much argument

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is an idealist, or at least an optimist. Lean In, her charming, self-deprecating book that lands... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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