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Old law, new tricks

Can we modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act?

In 1986, the year President Reagan signed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), most reporters did their work with a... More

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Cold comfort

How to dress for Arctic success

Back in the day, arctic explorers had it easy. In order to dress for expeditions, they simply approached Inuit hunters... More

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Déjà news

The FCC ignores local TV news’ quiet consolidation strategy

A strange thing happens when you turn on the news in Hawaii. Tune into the 10pm local newscast on KGMB,... More

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The Gray Lady blushes

A former Times sportswriter recalls a primmer era

Chuck Ramsey, the New York Jets' punter, was crying. it was 1979 and the first time I I had ever... More

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Networks schmetworks

The race is on to recast the newscast

While the big three networks struggle to adapt to the world of mobile, on-demand delivery, a number of experiments... More

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Woman’s work

The twisted reality of an Italian freelancer in Syria

He finally wrote to me. After more than a year of freelancing for him, during which I contracted typhoid... More

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Mission impossible

Is government broadcasting irrelevant?

What US government agency was recently labeled "dysfunctional" by the State Department's Inspector General, and year after year is rated... More

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Underwritten or undercut?

Nonprofit funding can’t solve our foreign-coverage problem

Not long ago, some 20 news organizations decided which foreign news stories should be covered for the American audience. These... More

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Future tense

Can Afghanistan’s press survive without the West’s support?

In the summer of 2012, melon crops in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz Province were nearly wiped out by a bacterial disease.... More

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Eye’s up

Ian Hislop explains why Private Eye’s blend of humor and investigative journalism wouldn’t work in the US

Britain's bestselling current-affairs magazine, Private Eye, has been producing its biweekly and decidedly English mix of satire, industry gossip, cartoons,... More

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Unconventional wisdom

John Summers was wrong for most magazines; that made him perfect for The Baffler

Critical thinker John Summers, editor of The Baffler, has never been afraid to speak his mind. (Aditi Mehta) In... More

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Distance yearning

Done right, online courses could help democratize our newsrooms

In March 2012, I stood with three journalism students in Times Square, taking in the lights, color, and scope of... More

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Open wide

Critics and boosters alike agree that the full implementation of Obamacare will be complicated and nerve-wracking for some people. Here’s how journalists can help.

Much of healthcare journalism is about policy choices and the debates that shape them. The full implementation of Obamacare, however,... More

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Open wide: the fine print

This is a sidebar to the feature story "Open wide." Who's eligible? Generally, people who do not have coverage otherwise--from... More

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An ink-stained stretch

Can Aaron Kushner save the Orange County Register—and the newspaper industry?

Rob Curley, one of the more prominent digital journalists of the last decade, had just about had it with... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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