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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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