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Der Spiegel scales back its English edition

The coverage has provided a non-US alternative for Wikileaks and NSA reporting

In late December, the German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel published a story covering the latest slew of revelations about surveillance... More

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A new film shows how much we knew, pre-Snowden, about Internet surveillance

Snowden’s disclosures “didn’t feel much like revelations,” says the director

There was a moment in Terms and Conditions May Apply, a new documentary about the dangers of using the Internet,... More

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Audit Notes: The Guardian, LAT on the OCR, Google bus piƱata

The fallout continues from the paper’s latest revelations

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger's bombshell column Monday night was one of the biggest pieces of media news in recent years.... More

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Britain’s spooks don’t get the 4th estate

Oliver Robbins on the detention of David Miranda and the seizure of press communications

Last week I disembarked in Denmark to find myself already embroiled in European intrigue—an international espionage scandal, even. Okay, not... More

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FOIA fight for NSA documents continues

The government has released some heavily-redacted legal opinions, but ProPublica, the ACLU, and others say that’s not enough

This past November, ProPublica attempted to open up "the smallest nesting doll" of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's legal opinions... More

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How to ditch photo metadata

Or, how to avoid pulling a Vice

Just about everyone has heard by now the cautionary tale of Vice Magazine's accidental outing of a source's location, and... More

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Journalism shafted in NSA speech

The only acceptable narrative is the one the president chooses

President Obama's surveillance speech Friday morning, presumably aiming to reassure the American and global publics that the US government respects... More

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Journalists need to know all the things ‘cyber’ can mean for smart coverage

Journalists need to learn to evaluate threats by being as specific as possible in describing them, and who might be affected

Former National Security Agency head General Keith Alexander is putting his post-governmental energy into his consulting firm, IronNet CyberSecurity Inc.,... More

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Lessons for journos in the NSA revelations

Anyone wishing to keep communications private will need to take additional steps to protect them

In the second such revelation in less than a month, on Wednesday the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald released a copy of... More

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Must-reads of the week

Secret-Surveillance-State Edition

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Must-reads of the week

NSA, DOMA, SB5

Culled from CJR's frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Must-reads of the week

Government shutdown edition

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Must-reads of the week

Nazi anatomists, NFL casualties, Amazon reviewers

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Must-reads of the week

Women on the internet, the NSA vs. the internet, profiles of conservative media chiefs

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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National security journalists say it’s only getting harder to report on intelligence agencies

Anti-Leaks directives formalize post-Snowden secrecy

This spring, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued new policies requiring that all public writings and remarks--even... More

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On the NSA, the media may tilt right

An inquiry finds a pro-surveillance bias in the language

Since June 6, the world has been roiled by an ongoing series of disclosures based on Edward Snowden's document... More

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Planned NSA reforms still leave journalists reason to worry

“Two hops” may still include numerous reporters

Last week the Obama administration set forth a proposal to reform one part of the National Security Agency's surveillance program:... More

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Questions for the government on Snowden

There are still too many things US citizens don’t know

The case of Edward Snowden raises many questions. Do we need the surveillance programs he disclosed to mitigate the threat... More

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Reporting in the post-Snowden era

A panel at Columbia discussed challenges and triumphs

Photo credit: Columbia University/Eileen Barroso In an auditorium so large that Columbia's Journalism School typically only uses it for... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Booz Allen’s liability, Europe and the NSA, and Obamacare as stimulus

In his "Stories I'd like to see" column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion, have... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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