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Currents

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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

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Inside Evin prison

Maziar Bahari’s experience illuminated in Jon Stewart’s film Rosewater

In this issue of Currents, political cartoonist Mana Neyestani talks about the terrors he experienced inside Iran's Evin prison,... More

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When late-night went political

Could Stephen Colbert bring politics back to talk shows?

Dick Cavett isn’t the first hardnosed reporter who comes to mind when we think of the Watergate scandal. Probably... More

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Meet the robots that factcheck

Are these companies making it easier to get the details right?

Factchecking has been going out of style for years, as magazines and other publications embrace the feckless creed of modern... More

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How robots consumed journalism

A look back in time reveals machines have long been after news jobs

1770s Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz builds “The Writer,” a 6,000-part automated doll that could be mechanically programmed to write with... More

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Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Need a lesson in copy editing? Look no further

(The Herald-Times, 6/12/14) (The Daily News, Newburyport, 7/3/14) More

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Giving female journalists a voice in developing nations

Zubeida Mustafa helps illuminate the lives of women in Pakistan

Global Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a collaboration between Truthdig and the International Women’s Media Foundation, launched in June with a... More

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Marijuana in the media

Take a look at the plant’s roots in journalism

21 states (including DC) that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana 16  writers at The Cannabist, The Denver Post’s marijuana site... More

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When quitting goes viral

Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience

It’s the ultimate fantasy of disgruntled journalists everywhere: quitting with a grand, public gesture that leaves bosses fuming and colleagues... More

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Infographic: Soccer goes mainstream in the US

A niche sport no more, and media coverage has expanded to match interest

For four solid weeks in the middle of summer, a growing legion of US soccer fans cling to radios, laptops,... More

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Google Glass vs. Google Hoax

Can you tell which of these stories about the gadget are true and which are false?

Everyone's talking about Google Glass. After years of development and exclusive, invitation-only testing, the tech giant finally made its wearable... More

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Hard Numbers

Freedom of the press

60 percent of US journalists in 1982 said they had "almost complete freedom" in selecting their stories 33.6 percent... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.