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Arab Spring

A Grand Year for Free Speech

Gaddafi’s death just one indicator of the global surge in free expression

Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union have so many opponents of free expression quickly fallen from executive power.... More

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

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

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

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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

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In Libya, new media freedom is uncertain

A post-Qaddafi abundance of independent news has been followed by violence against journalists

The post-revolutionary euphoria that followed Libya's 2011 uprising against dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi spawned dozens of new media outlets--at least 69,... More

In Singapore, Social Media Aids Another Political Shift

This past weekend was a historic one for Singapore, the small southeast Asian city-state that often escapes the attention of... More

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In the Egypt Independent’s closure, an end of a beginning

The paper was a symbol of Egypt’s new freedom of the press, which appears to be diminishing

Like many things in Egypt these days, the fight to save the Egypt Independent from termination went viral almost instantly.... More

Lawrence Pintak on the Arab Media Revolution: A CJR Podcast

“Autocratic Arab governments have long controlled news and information with an iron hand, writes Lawrence Pintak in the cover story... 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

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Post-Arab Spring, citizen journalists struggle

Bloggers and activists met to discuss free speech crackdowns across the region

AMMAN, Jordan--Three years have passed since the Arab Spring, when popular uprisings broke out against authoritarian governments across the Middle... More

Story on Tiny Country A Giant Failure

60 Minutes whiffs on recent story about Qatar

A recent 60 Minutes segment on the nation of Qatar was the most imprecise piece of journalism I can remember... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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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