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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

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No habla Español

The new Latino media universe is young, political, and all-American

Lalo Alcaraz has always embraced the word pocho. It refers to Mexican-Americans who have lost their Mexican culture and... More

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The boy in the bubble

Ezra Klein rewrites the role of Washington wunderkind

He’s impossibly young, infuriatingly accomplished, and impressively wonky. In a town full of journalistic flop sweat, he glides instead... More

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Cell coverage

How a convicted murderer found his true calling as a jailhouse reporter and prisoners’ rights crusader

Paul Wright began his journalism career behind bars. When he was 21, Wright killed a man in Federal Way,... More

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Piecemeal existence

For today’s young freelancers, what will traffic bear?

In 2009, an editor for a new website called The Faster Times, which sought to be “an edgier Huffington Post,”... More

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Copywrong

How well do you know fair use?

Are the following scenarios responsible, or wrong? • Prithi did a beautiful arts feature on the history of a musical... More

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Unfair use?

How a documentary filmmaker was (temporarily) foiled by the copyright cops

t began with an invitation to present at a TEDX event in Grand Rapids, MI. I wanted to share... More

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Weighing anchors

The nightly newscasts are retooling to suit their stars, and it’s working—for now

ive days before Christmas, on the night Congress deadlocked on payroll tax rates and unemployment benefits affecting more than 160... More

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Something fishy?

John Solomon had grand plans for the digital future of the Center for Public Integrity. But there was always a catch…

hen John Solomon took over as executive editor of The Washington Times in 2008, the conservative daily had long... More

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Postage due

The USPS is running out of money. Where does that leave magazines?

arly on a February morning, in a glass-walled conference room high up in the Hearst Tower in Manhattan, Postmaster General... More

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Encryption is your friend

Four easy ways to protect yourself and your sources

• Depending on whether you use Windows, Mac, or Linux, there is a variety of built-in or free software for... More

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Meanwhile, in the land of the free…

In the US, you can still say almost anything, but someone just may be listening in

n December 2010, the major payment systems used to buy goods and services online decided that Wikileaks was no longer... More

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Beyond encryption

Hold the phone! And other security strategies…

Encrypted messaging is just one of many techniques that journalists should be deploying in the digital age. I asked Christopher... More

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Censory overload

How a reluctant journalist used his software skills to aid the Arab Spring

anuary 26, 2011, was just another cold winter day in Sweden, where I attend graduate school. I returned to... More

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The reporter who saw it coming

Mike Hudson thought he was merely exposing injustice, but he also was unearthing the roots of a global financial meltdown

Mike Hudson began reporting on the subprime mortgage business in the early 1990s when it was still a marginal,... 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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