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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

Arab Spring: A Guardian Interactive Timeline

On Tuesday, The Guardian posted an excellent infographic, ”The path of protest,” which promises to make the popular uprisings sweeping... More

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Big kingdom, small window

Adventures with the Ministry of Information
in Saudi Arabia

Saudi medical students meet the press. Photo by Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor During the eight years I... 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

Growing Science in the Desert

Several Middle Eastern countries are pouring money into research; will it work?

Doha, Qatar—“Water flows uphill toward money and power,” said hydrologist Tony Allan, citing a political truism during a talk here... More

Is This the World’s Best Twitter Account?

Meet Andy Carvin, verification machine

Yesterday morning NPR’s Andy Carvin took a break from running one of the world’s best Twitter accounts to explain what... More

Lebanon and the Power of the Press

Media freedoms make nations more stable, not less

BEIRUT—Lebanon spoils the myth that press restrictions are essential to maintaining a delicate security balance. This country was practically structured... More

Libya and the Arab Street

What do ordinary Arabs think? Let’s ask them

On Wednesday, I went to hear Ayman Mohyeldin, the Cairo correspondent for Al Jazeera English, speak at the office of... More

Obama Leaves the Pundits Wanting More

Libya speech did little to clear up the unclear

If the president had hoped last night’s speech would quash claims that the purpose and objective of our intervention... 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

POWs, Dead Dictators, and Journalistic Ethics

Would any journalist have turned down the opportunity to interview Gilad Shalit?

The young Iranian prisoner was no more than fourteen, still caked with a thick layer of dust from the battlefield.... More

Q&A: New NBC Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin

“Part of me wants to speak to the global audience, and a part of me wants to speak to America”

This spring, just before he turned thirty-two, Ayman Mohyeldin’s contract with Al Jazeera was ending and he was faced with... 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

Speech in Israel Is Not Free

There’s more to democracy than just holding regular elections

Both Israeli and US policymakers are fond of calling Israel and the United States likeminded democracies. “America has no better... More

Why Aren’t More Arab Americans Working in Mainstream Journalism?

Group remains underrepresented in US newsrooms

There are anywhere between 3.5 and 5.1 million Americans of Arab descent, according to figures from the Arab American Institute,... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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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.