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PR agencies can pay for journalist ‘dossiers’

Some obscure profiles from NewsBios get factchecked

For as little as $200, NewsBios provides "reputation insurance" to PR agencies and corporations preparing for interviews. It compiles dossiers... More

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Know your audience

How YouGov looks at readership

It's not just journalists whose quirks and interests are being monitored: Profiles of their audiences are now accessible to anyone... More

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Fox News’ open-door policy

The cable giant lets some of its contributors leave and return for the sake of politics

Cable-news channels often provide soft landings for former or wanna-be elected officials, typically featuring them as political analysts. But just... More

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Why is ‘burgeoning’ used in so many news articles?

It’s a word rarely said aloud

Would you tell a friend something like, "I'd really like to get into the burgeoning pot business"? Probably not, we'd... More

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The New York Times’ changing racial labels

Using the paper’s Chronicle tool, a linguistics student examines how various words were used in history

Nicholas Subtirelu, a PhD student in linguistics at Georgia State University, was thinking about his own generation's rejection of once-acceptable... More

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The hacks we love to hate

Hollywood’s sleazy journalists draw big crowds

Once, Hollywood painted journalists as heroes in films such as Citizen Kane and Deadline, USA. Then, with Network, Hero, and... More

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Understanding ‘the right to be forgotten’

Here’s a look at what Google did and didn’t remove

In May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that individuals have a right to request that... More

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If it’s weed, it leads

High times for cable news

Cable news is doing drugs. On November 30, MSNBC began airing a six-part documentary series on the fledgling weed... More

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Mana Neyestani reflects in ‘An Iranian Metamorphosis’

The political cartoonist details his struggles in graphic-novel memoir

In the tradition of comic-book artists, Mana Neyestani signs the inside cover of An Iranian Metamorphosis not just with... More

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Who’s hosted Meet the Press?

Meet some anchors who sat in the iconic desk

In September, Chuck Todd became the 12th full-time moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, the longest-running show on network TV.... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers weigh in on the September/October issue

For the love of science The title of Andrew's FB page ("I Fucking Love Science") and growing online empire is... More

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‘Working’ people have an audience

Breaking down jobs stories

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Studs Terkel's groundbreaking book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All... More

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Story stats

Hard numbers behind the news

$135 Hourly rate Ferguson, MO, officials charge journalists who seek access to public records related to the Michael Brown shooting... More

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Journalism’s new beats

Today’s coverage areas go way beyond cops, courts, and sports.

Media companies old and new are perpetually rethinking their beats, though their motivations may vary. More

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Journalism says goodbye to Redskins

A list of news organizations that no longer use the team name

The debate over the Washington Redskins' nickname intensified this year when the US Patent and Trademark Office canceled the... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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