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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

ast 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

or 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

here 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

n 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

n 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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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