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Essay

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The danger of fair and balanced

As the science grew more convincing about man’s effect on climate change, it’s as if the journalists were stuck in time

  On a sweltering June day in 1988, James E. Hansen, then the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for... More

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The tyranny of punk rock

Pussy Riot’s venom for Vladimir Putin captivated the media and then set the fearless band on a course to prison

The award-winning BBC Four documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer opens with a quote from Bertolt Brecht: "Art is... More

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From the desk of a former FCC Commissioner

Journalists need to generate a national discussion on the future of the internet

Dear Journalists: You may wonder why a long-time regulator like me is writing to you. The answer is that... More

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Joining the chorus

Albert Camus’ journalism, more than his famous fiction, reveals the evolution of his thinking on life and how to live it

When Albert Camus said on the evening of December 12, 1957, "I have not yet given my opinion about... More

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DC deep-freeze

Pols no longer need us more than we need them

The voice on the other end of the line was grave. It belonged to Kristie Greco, the top leadership aide... 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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Flag on the play

Why a great sportswriter blew the story of a lifetime; the undoing of Joe Paterno

For those who care about sports and sports writing, the recent publication of Joe Posnanski’s book on the late Penn... More

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Fighting words

How war reporters can resist the loaded language of their beat

Last year, I visited Bogotá, Colombia, to teach a seminar on conflict reporting. Afterward, a soldier missing two legs and... More

Why Kael is Good for You

It’s time to defend a critic’s ‘contrarian’ viewpoint

Last fall, The New Yorker published a long feature on the life and legacy of Pauline Kael, the most celebrated... More

When the 99% Had a Paper

The brief, wondrous life of PM

For months, the journalism world had been abuzz with the rumor that Ralph Ingersoll, the editorial genius behind Time,... More

What Can I Build Today?

Online startups can win the future by staying in the present

There are hundreds of local and regional online news startups in America, but only about five that media observers discuss... More

On Facebook and Freedom

Why journalists should not surrender to the Walmarts of the web

In September of this year, the Internet briefly burbled with the news that Facebook, the market leader in workday-wastery, would... More

Money Changes Everything

Independent journalism can’t lean on a few rich donors

In lower Manhattan as I write, thousands of protesters, recently joined by some unions, local New York politicians, and a... More

What About Modesto?

The digital-news parade threatens to pass some communities by

In Modesto, California, the need for news far exceeds the current supply. A city of 200,000 with one midsized... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

On the ground in Aleppo (Syria Deeply)

Francesca Borri on reporting from a razed city

Bloggingheads

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

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