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Reports

Spain’s Not-So-Free Press

Long-promised freedom-of-information legislation stalls

Ask Spaniards if they have a free press and most will answer yes. After all, since Francisco Franco died in... More

New Media Tips from Jacob Riis

A nineteenth-century journalist for a twenty-first-century world

In 1878, Jacob Riis, a police reporter for the New York Tribune, stepped out of his office and into the... More

The Pornography Trap

How not to write about rape

In the Spring of 2009, a reporter for the Associated Press published a news feature about rape in the Democratic... More

Disclose This

The press should treat big tech companies like Big Pharma

On August 9, Google and Verizon announced an alliance in which Google, the champion of the free, open Internet, would... More

Tabbed Out

A key has lost its place

In his heyday, he was the zelig of late-twentieth-century journalism, present for every watershed event that appeared in print: Watergate,... More

A Faustian Bargain

Slideshows are the scourge, and the savior, of online journalism

In May 2009, Thebigmoney.com was shouting into the void. Slate’s business site was eight months old, but it was still... More

Serious Fun With Numbers

We’re drowning in data, but few reporters know how to use them

The story was already great, even before Daniel Gilbert opened his first spreadsheet. Thousands of citizens in the southern Virginia... More

All-Out Media War

It’s Clarín vs. the Kirchners, and journalism will be the loser

On June 24, a story in the Argentine daily Clarín reported a bombshell: a former ambassador, Eduardo Sadous, had privately... More

Tea Party Poopers

How the left press helped create a conservative monster

The Tea Party has evolved from a cable-news curiosity into a political and cultural force that decides elections and casts... More

Traffic Jam

We’ll never agree about online audience size

Miami has deep ties to the Caribbean. So when a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, The Miami Herald... 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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