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A Look at the Arab Blogosphere

Birth pangs of a new Middle East?

Many of the estimated 35,000 bloggers in the Arab world have carved out reputations as online watchdogs on governments, in... More

An Internet Censorship Workaround

A brief explainer on Tor, and how you can help

Last week we learned that Egypt only has four major ISPs, making it relatively easy for the government to shut... More

Arab Spring to Arab Summer

World Conference showcases science journalism in Middle East

Doha, Qatar—The Arab Spring that toppled governments in North Africa and the Middle East turned into an Arab summer for... More

Assessing Al Jazeera

What’s your general impression of Al Jazeera English?

As revolutions ripple through the Middle East, Al Jazeera has kept its cameras rolling. Few American cable networks offer Al... More

Audit Notes: WSJ on BP, U.S. Props Up Egypt’s Mubarak, NFL Subsidies

The Wall Street Journal continues to lead on the BP disaster. It reported this weekend on emails showing that land-based... More

Been There, Denounced That

Global mobility helps build awareness of human rights abuses

CAIRO—In all the excitement over emerging digital technologies, our increasing physical contact with people from other parts of the world... More

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Covering the Sinai Peninsula

As the need for information grows, so do the reporting risks

Armed assailants killed 16 Egyptian soldiers waiting to break the day’s Ramadan fast in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday. The... More

Egypt’s Revolution through My Students’ Eyes

Arab reporters bear witness to Mubarak’s fall

“I was attacked today when I tried to protect some foreigners.” The Facebook message arrived in my inbox early afternoon... More

Following Egypt

What are your go-to news and information sources?

It has now been a week since reform-seeking protestors by the thousands began taking to the streets of Cairo and... More

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In Egypt, new newspapers and old problems

Citizens need good journalism to explain confusing times, but many Egyptians don’t trust their media

CAIRO, EGYPT — Egyptian newsstands today offer a lively range of options, including three government-owned papers, papers affiliated with political... More

James Madison on the Muslim Brotherhood

Democracy must tolerate extreme speech and advocacy

CAIRO—James Madison would probably welcome Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. One of the most extraordinary features of democracy is that it tolerates... More

Lara Logan, Foreign Correspondents, and Sexual Abuse

On Tuesday came the chilling news from CBS News that chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan, while reporting a 60 Minutes... More

Mubarak’s Attempt to Mute 80 Million

An old dictator outdoes himself

Editor’s Note: This commentary was dictated via telephone from Cairo, as the Egyptian government has shut down Internet access across... More

Obama’s Big Speech: Is Anyone in the Middle East Listening?

As the president prepared to deliver his remarks on American policy in the wake of the “Arab Spring,” the lead... More

Reporting a Revolution in Cairo

A Q&A with Chris Stanton of The National

Chris Stanton, a New Jersey native who has worked for several years for The National, an English-language newspaper in Abu... More

Reporting Lessons for the Next Revolution

Three ways that conflict-zone journalists can always be prepared

I’ve been freelancing in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa since 2003. When the Mubarak regime shut down Egypt’s... More

Returning to Egyptian Journalists Their Basic Freedoms

Egypt’s new leadership must prioritize media rights

CAIRO— The revolution in Egypt belongs to brave, stubborn Egyptians who faced down the clubs, gas, and gunfire of Hosni’s... More

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The Muhammad movie: look who fanned the flames

Despite what Western media reported it was not Islamist outlets that stirred things up

Back on September 11, protestors gathered outside the US embassy near downtown Cairo, furious over reports of a video said... More

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s post-uprising TV station

New since the regime change last year, Misr25 is navigating the line between coverage and advocacy

CAIRO, EGYPT — The Muslim Brotherhood’s year-old television station, Misr25, broadcasts from a building in Egypt’s Media Production City, a... More

To Fear or Not to Fear

The (American) Web on The Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood has agreed to back secular opposition voice Mohamed ElBaradei as official spokesman of Egypt’s opposition groups... 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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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.