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Showdown over the future of independent documentaries at PBS

Proposal to move POV and Independent Lens to secondary station puts PBS and WNET in a bind

POV executive producer Simon Kilmurry, filmmaker Dawn Porter and WNET VP for programming Stephen Segaller at PBS' New York... More

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Sonic storytelling

Why filmmakers are tuning into experiences that we might otherwise ignore

In August, when documentary filmmakers Pacho Velez and Dan Claridge began shooting a film about a drag-racing track in upstate... More

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Do documentary filmmakers need data about their audiences?

As Netflix and other services gain viewer insights, filmmakers aren’t seeing the full picture

Last week, Netflix acquired exclusive rights to Virunga, a documentary film about a national park in eastern Congo and the... More

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Not-so-secret lives on smartphones

There may be no better way to report on the internal lives of others than to examine what’s on their phones

Call it journalistic phone hacking with consent. On The Secret Life of Students, a recent documentary series on the UK’s... More

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Drone man

If there’s a news story or a documentary about drones, chances are that Brandon Bryant is quoted in it

A new documentary, Drone, which aired on European television this week and plans to come to the US soon, features... More

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Crossing over

Hybrid documentary series Borderland recreates the treacherous journey that actual undocumented immigrants have attempted from Mexico to the US

Halfway through retracing the journey that thousands of undocumented migrants take from Mexico to the United States each year, Washington... More

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The secret whistleblowers, revisited

The new documentary 1971, which premiered on Friday, reveals how a group of activists exposed the secrets of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

In March 1971, eight burglars broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Media, PA, and stole hundreds of... More

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Upsides to ‘I’

Four journalists make the much-maligned first-person into a strong storytelling tool

When Stephanie Hanes set out to write her first, forthcoming book, about an environmental project in Mozambique funded by a... More

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The reasons Oscar should be horrified by
The Act of Killing

Are the same reasons it deserves to win best documentary

The Act of Killing, which tells the story of the mass killings in Indonesia in the mid 1960s from the... More

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After the battle

A photographer talks about his journey since documenting his wife’s death from breast cancer

Two years ago this week, Angelo Merendino's wife Jennifer died, at age 40, of breast cancer. Merendino, a photographer, documented... More

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Refugee Hotel

The Bronx Documentary Center is showing the exhibit through December 21

The mood cast by the photographs on the walls of the Bronx Documentary Center right now is somber. The Center's... More

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Beyond the soldier cliches

After 10 years in Iraq, photojournalists seek new vocabularies of war

Photo credit: Erin Trieb About halfway through America's decade-long intervention in Iraq, Ashley Gilbertson sensed war fatigue. The celebrated... More

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The little team that could

The new documentary Medora tells the story of a struggling Indiana town through its high school basketball team

Medora, Davy Rothbart and Andrew Cohn's moving new documentary, is much more than a year in the life of a... More

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The Square resists the usual characters

A new documentary on the Egyptian revolution makes the uprising, rather than the uprising’s participants, its centerpiece

Over the years, I've had occasion to spend enough time with people who get reported about to hear this complaint:... More

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Invoking ‘reporter’s privilege’ for documentary footage

Making sense of recent rulings, and considering best practices

Documentary filmmakers can spend hundreds, if not thousands, of hours with their subjects--often leaving the camera running the whole time.... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

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

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