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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

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Watch where you’re going

In “Where I Am Going,” an advocacy group enlists the power of visual storytelling to tackle stop-and-frisk

The power of short documentary video to rally viewers to a cause is nothing new, these days. Social justice giant... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

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

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

Bloggingheads

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

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