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Reality Check

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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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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

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The human face of healthcare debates

A documentary chronicles “24 hours. 241 patients. 1 stretched ER”

A middle-aged man who lays carpet can't sleep at night from bone-spur pain. He can't afford insurance; he's an independent... 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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