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Ferguson before #Ferguson

Behind every Michael Brown is a story of structural racism waiting to be told

The idea was to have difficult conversations. It was 2011, and I had sold my bosses at WYPR, Baltimore's... More

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When scams make headlines

What should news outlets do when it becomes clear they’ve treated scams as legitimate stories?

On September 15, 2011, executives of Arevenca, an Aruba-based oil company, and Avic Xac, a Chinese state aircraft company, signed... More

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Is Ari Melber the future of cable-news anchors?

The MSNBC rising star is a lawyer-turned-journalist who wants to solve problems, not shout about them

On a Wednesday afternoon in late July, during his regular show on MSNBC, Ari Melber gestured across the table... More

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How the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affected journalists

Last summer’s Gaza war pushed reporters to their mental and physical limits

Tyler Hicks, a photojournalist for The New York Times, was sitting in his hotel room in Gaza last summer... More

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Ta-Nehisi Coates defines a new race beat

The Atlantic writer looks to the past to confront contemporary racism

He is the most celebrated journalist writing about race today, and yet Ta-Nehisi Coates' ideas are surprisingly unoriginal. He... More

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Can news literacy grow up? [Updated]

After a decade, the movement tries to prove its worth

In 2005, as Howard Schneider was developing a plan for Stony Brook University’s new journalism school, he taught a... More

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Kyiv Post’s unlikely success

An editor from Minnesota and a Pakistani billionaire are riding the story of their lives as Ukraine unravels

If you search for “Ukraine news” on Google UK, you might expect to find the BBC or The Guardian... More

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Qaddafi couldn’t stop this reporter

Abdullah Aboathba risks his life to be a journalist in Libya

In January, Abdullah Ali Aboathba, a Libyan television journalist in the southwestern desert city of Sabha, heard from his... More

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Bowe Bergdahl, Pat Tillman, and the media’s problem with simplifying soldiers

Why it’s problematic for the press to define heroes or traitors

For most Americans, the story of Bowe Bergdahl’s release began in the Rose Garden. It was there, amid the... More

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Can newsrooms boost traffic without spoiling their brand?

The search for a perfect contributor model

They don’t make bylines like they used to. In July, I read a story on Forbes.com by someone named Rick... More

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How American journalists covered torture after 9/11

Coverage of the brutal practice was played down in print and on airwaves

Editors’ note: Torture, and specifically the US government’s use of it, is back in the news. The Senate Intelligence Committee... More

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From the archives: The Times and the Jews

A vocal segment of American Jewry has long believed that the paper has been unfair to Israel. Here’s why—and why they’re wrong.

Editor's note: The fighting in Gaza has, predictably, reinvigorated the perennial debate over the US media's coverage of the Israel-Palestinian... More

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Are we journalists first?

The longstanding debate about whether and when a reporter can intervene in a story is rekindled in the age of inequality

In the fall of 1997, the Los Angeles Times published an ambitious 6,500-word front-page feature on the lives of... More

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Journalism’s bright future (is a lie?)

Slate’s Jacob Weisberg and Harper’s John R. MacArthur on the new world

Since 1985, the George T. Delacorte Center at Columbia Journalism School has hosted a lecture series on magazine journalism. Over... More

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Build the future

Journalism’s deathwatch is over

A decade ago, aspiring journalists could just think about journalism and leave the financial side to others. Now, to... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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