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How to build an audience

We know what readers are doing on our sites. What we need to know is why.

The Marketplace of Attention: How Audiences Take Shape in a Digital Age By James G. Webster The MIT Press 280... More

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Lincoln teams up with journalists

Quick reviews of Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion and The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion By Harold Holzer Simon & Schuster 768 pages;... More

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Uncle Sam wants (to kill) you

A political screed misses the true threat to war correspondents

War Reporters Under Threat: The United States and Media Freedom by Chris Paterson Pluto Press 216 pages; $29 I traveled... More

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Matt Bai seeks a larger truth

A new book examines how Gary Hart’s fall turned political reporters into character cops

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid By Matt Bai Alfred A. Knopf 288 pages Hardcover; $26.95... More

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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Anonymous in Their Own Names and At the Fights

Anonymous in Their Own Names: Doris E. Fleischman, Ruth Hale, and Jane Grant | By Susan Henry | Vanderbilt University... More

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The lying game

Is it ever okay to tell a whopper in the name of journalism?

In 2007, investigative journalist Ken Silverstein went undercover to test Washington lobbyists’ taste for sleaze. Using an alias, Silverstein... More

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Talking trash

What’s more important, human dignity or freedom of speech?

The lead article in the sports section of the July 1 New York Times was about an Italian football... More

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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Out on Assignment and Famous Long Ago

Out on Assignment: Newspaper Women and the Making of Modern Public Space | By Alice Fahs | University of North... More

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All on the same page

A new essay collection suggests technology will enhance book culture, not kill it

Mark Bauerlein, an english professor at Emory University and the author of the 2004 National Endowment for the Arts study... More

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Deconstruction boom

Barlett & Steele hammer away, again, at the middle-class decline

Meet Barbara Joy Whitehouse, known as Joy, whose life story seems to constitute a catalogue of misfortune. The widow of... More

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Blinded by the fight

In a new book on poverty in America, the authors’ lectures undercut their message

In 2009, reporter Chris Hedges and cartoonist Joe Sacco set out to capture the state of American desperation. Over the... More

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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Hitlerland and Yazoo

Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power | By Andrew Nagorski | Simon & Schuster | 385 pages,... More

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A master’s missteps

Fixated on Kapuscinski’s flaws, a new biography misses the point

Celebrated for his reportage about world-changing events and leaders of his day—the Iranian Revolution, Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution,... More

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The re-entry problem

America’s tough-on-crime policies didn’t work. Now what?

Over the course of eight days in 1978, a 15-year-old terror named Willie Bosket managed to satisfy his curiosity about... More

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The astroturf Cassandra

Why hacks like Andrew Keen really fear the social Web

Long before Facebook or Foursquare, men like the late management consultant Martin Jay Levitt were connoisseurs of social networks. At... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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