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Currents

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Hard Numbers

How genuine are those followers on Twitter?

140 million monthly active Twitter users 340 million tweets sent per day 25 million+ followers of Lady Gaga, the current... More

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Open Bar

The Billy Goat Tavern

Year opened 1964 (original location, 1934) Who drinks here Mostly tourists, but journalists still turn up. It remains the... More

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D’oh!

Halo effect

Today’s video games are so sophisticated, and the shenanigans at the UN can be so sophomoric. Perhaps that’s why,... More

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Sending out an SOS

A new low in Azerbaijan

Radio Liberty’s Khadija Ismayilova has built her career on exposing corruption in oil-rich Azerbaijan. She did it largely without... More

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Sree Tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: It’s so hard to keep track of social media, so how do I make sure I miss none of... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Breivik killed with joyous "battle cry": survivors—Reuters, 5/16/12 Escaped wallaby caught using huge fishing net—BBCNews.com, 4/13/12 Police: Dismembered woman lived... More

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Sree Tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: I just came back from a conference; what’s the best way to use LinkedIn to connect with people... More

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Open Bar

The Press Room

Year opened 1995 Owner James “Raff” Rafferty (born in Manchester, England) Distinguishing features Next door to the Santa Barbara... More

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Title Search

User Experience (UX) Designer

Susan Rits is a User Experience (UX) Designer who worked at Time Warner, Fox, and Google. She is founder... More

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Hard Numbers

Retracting “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory”

888,000 downloads of “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,” the January 6 This American Life episode based on Mike Daisey’s... More

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How I got that story

RealRural

In March 2011, Lisa M. Hamilton, a writer and photographer, began a series of road trips around rural California.... More

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What’s in My…

Dean Takahashi from GamesBeat unpacks

It’s fitting that veteran tech journalist Dean Takahashi, who grew up a self-described “arcade rat,” weaned on classics like... More

Sree Tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: I’d like to improve my Twitter bio. Any tips? A: Make sure you have your full name spelled out.... More

Open Bar

The Red Carpet Lounge

Year opened 1976 Distinguishing features Red carpet, of course, and booths, plus five video-lottery machines. Thursday is Steak Night: $14 for... More

Acronyms You Should Know

FERN: The Food & Environment Reporting Network

Even as interest in all things food-related skyrockets, space devoted to serious food issues continues to lose out to... 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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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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