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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

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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

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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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