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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

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Weighing anchors

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

Five 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…

When 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?

Early 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

In 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

January 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

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The spy who came in from the code

How a filmmaker accidentally gave up his sources to Syrian spooks

Last fall, “Kardokh,” a 25-year-old dissident and computer expert in the Syrian capital of Damascus, met with British journalist and... More

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Sino the times

Can China’s billions buy media credibility?

Locals call it da kucha, or “big boxer shorts,” because of its shape. China Central Television’s future headquarters in Beijing... More

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Muscovy pluck

How long can Ekho Moskvy radio get away with pooh-poohing Putin?

In Vladimir Putin’s Russia, there is no more persistent reproach to his autocratic rule than the country’s oldest independent... More

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

The American Newsroom

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Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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