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Pioneer and pariah

Brother Outsider offers a touching portrait of Bayard Rustin, an unsung hero of the civil rights movement

Even on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington--a march he organized--the name Bayard Rustin rings hardly any bells.... More

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Shark Week vs. science: the Megalodon affair

A battle over the existence of an extinct shark highlights shoddy coverage

For the Discovery Channel, Shark Week, an annual week devoted to shark-related programming, is prime time for ratings and, supposedly,... More

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A new film shows how much we knew, pre-Snowden, about Internet surveillance

Snowden’s disclosures “didn’t feel much like revelations,” says the director

There was a moment in Terms and Conditions May Apply, a new documentary about the dangers of using the Internet,... More

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Beholding thinspiration

Slate’s decision to publish an image of a recovering anorexic is problematic

In the latest post on its Behold photo blog, Slate waded into ongoing debates around "thinspo"--pro-anorexia imagery posted to foster... More

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Collecting Sandy’s stories, one by one

Sandy Storyline is featured in this weekend’s Tribeca Film Festival

Photo Credit: Matt Richter Two men lift a waterlogged piece of furniture up and out of a flooded living... More

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Translating public health into media

The Envision conference revealed an ongoing disconnect between policy wonks and storytellers

It's 10am, and we're talking about death. Deaths from disease and neglect--deaths the world could prevent, if only for... Name... More

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Documenting domestic violence

A Time photo slideshow obscures as much as it reveals

Wednesday, as the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act was still less than certain, Time magazine published Sara Naomi... More

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How we got our story

The new Atavist feature, The Last Clinic, is a product of persevering and roughing it

In the process of making the multimedia work The Last Clinic, about the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, filmmaker Maisie... More

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Why do evangelicals talk to journalists?

They know they may be depicted unsympathetically, but any chance to spread the Word is worth taking

Not all beats are created equal, but two in particular -- obviously, the ones I like the best -- have... More

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How to recount a plague

A new documentary about AIDS is the best one in the past few years

How to Survive A Plague is the best AIDS documentary I’ve seen. Why? Because it is important, yes, but... More

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Is Project Runway saving criticism?

It may well be, Reality Check columnist Alissa Quart says

This Thursday, I was watching an episode of the 10th season of the now ancient and seemingly irrelevant Lifetime show... More

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Collapsing the line between documentary and fiction

A new film, The Ambassador, exhibits “performance journalism,” a combination of art and reporting

This week, you can on-demand a documentary that uses insanely unorthodox methods to get at the truth and judge for... More

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Viral before the Internet

Things spread, but the content, often documentary, was darker and weirder

Was there viral documentary film and video before the Internets? You bet. As Kliph Nesteroff wrote recently in The Awl,... More

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Vimeo: AuteurTube

YouTube can make amateurs rich, but the video pros are congregating elsewhere

The Times mag the other week noticed that amateur star “YouTubers” could make six figures through the site’s comedy channels.... More

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Push Girls transcends its genre

Viewers might come for the drama, but they’ll stay for the realness that seeps through

In her new column, Reality Check, Alissa Quart delves into all things documentary. The new Sundance Channel reality-show Push Girls,... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

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

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