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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 April... 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 reading... 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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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