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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

Is Oprah’s Boring-ness Contagious?

I caught the last ten minutes of CNN’s debut of Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday. Accordingly, I will refrain from... More

New Survey Says Fox Least Trusted

But there are more questions to be asked

Public Policy Polling yesterday released its annual study of people’s trust in TV news, and the results are sure to... More

Olbermann Suspends “Worst Person” Segment

What other segments, programs, or people should be cut from cable news?

After accusing Jon Stewart of jumping the shark on Twitter over the weekend, Keith Olbermann last night gave in to... More

Olbermann’s Big Gamble?

Maybe, maybe not: Current TV is a very unsure bet

The Al Gore-founded Current TV has been called many things since it first went to air on August 1, 2005—and... More

Stories I’d Like to See

Cable conflicts, BlackBerry’s demise, and China’s millionaires

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

Talked Out

Who needs Keith Olbermann, anyway?

Like a lot of folks I was surprised by the apparent sacking of Keith Olbermann at MSNBC, if for no... More

What Might an ‘American World Service’ Look Like?

Building on Lee Bollinger’s call for a BBC-like service from the United States

It is time for the US to follow the example of other modern democracies and provide citizens with a government-supported,... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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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