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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

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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