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Sticking with the truth

How ‘balanced’ coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism

In 1998, The Lancet, one of the most respected medical journals, published a study by lead author Andrew Wakefield,... More

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‘See you on the other side’

Meet Jessica Lum, a terminally ill 25-year-old who chose to spend what little time she had practicing journalism

On September 22, 2012, Jessica Ann Lum took the stage to accept her award for Best Feature in the... More

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The back page

A feature writer at the erstwhile International Herald Tribune remembers the glory days, when presses were on the premises and the paper left ink on your hands

They're going to bury my newspaper. The International Herald Tribune is dead. Once upon a time, this wonderful, irreverent,... More

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The battle of New Orleans

Is Advance Publications securing the future of local news—or needlessly sacrificing it?

In May, as the New Orleans Times-Picayune put to bed an epic, eight-part investigation into Louisiana's prison system, its... More

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Snow job?

In the 2012 election, Denver broadcasters accepted an avalanche of political ads and the attendant windfall of revenue. Where did that money go, and what happens next time?

Side by side, the two cartoon figures stride across the screen, their stick arms wrapped around massive boxes of gifts.... More

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Fundamental objections

Reporters in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas are under threat, underpaid, and overwhelmed

Thirty seconds into a phone conversation, Hamid’s voice shifted from polite to brusque. “No, I cannot look into this,”... More

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Power vacuum

Working in Sierra Leone is a constant search for current and currency

  About two years ago, I took a position as a freelance correspondent for Reuters in the West African nation... More

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Where truth is a hard cell

Although seen as modern and West-leaning, Turkey leads the world in jailing journalists

Award-winning investigative reporter Ahmet Sik is no stranger to danger. In 1998, he was hospitalized after a pro-police mob,... More

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Staying alive

That’s the challenge for reporters covering the ultraviolent drug cartels in Mexico — but at least now they’re getting tips from their Colombian colleagues

The 20 Mexican journalists had flown to the border of Guatemala to discuss how to report on drug activities... More

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Through the looking glass

When a South Korean reporter headed north across the DMZ, she entered a parallel universe that was, and remains, curiouser and curiouser

On the eve of August 12, 2001, I received a phone call in the middle of the night. It... More

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Elements of Gangnam style

Reporting tips from Kim Jong-il

In 2001, Kim Jong-il began wooing the foreign media. But The Dear Leader had long since been pursuing his... More

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Going to great lengths

After two years as the hot new thing, the e-singles market is getting serious—and crowded

From the beginning, The Atavist was a small startup with a lot of big playmates. A pioneer in the... More

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Lost and found

In 1967, an ambitious young reporter broke a promise to a troubled source and inadvertently made her famous. Forty-three years later, he set out to find her and apologize.

On October 27, 1967, senior editors gathered for the Thursday story conference to see how things were shaping up... More

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Alternative ending

Bruce R. Brugmann, one of the last of the alt-weekly lions, is calling it quits. Sort of.

Bruce B. Brugmann is a stubborn guy who sticks to his point of view, even as the world he... More

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The oys of October

A longtime Boston Red Sox fan asks, Why does hometown coverage of the troubled team sound so damn gleeful?

“I don’t even go outside anymore,” David Ortiz, the slimmed-down slugger for the Boston Red Sox, was telling an... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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