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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

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

Anti-Turkishness Law is Anti-Necessary

Turkey should repeal Article 301 of its penal code

ISTANBUL, TURKEY—I must agree with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that “Turkey is a country that had me at... More

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Must-reads of the week

Heartbleed bugs and wonk bubbles

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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The pen and the pump

Why are nations that rely on selling resources so often free-speech poor?

Doha, Qatar—The rent goes up, the democracy goes down, or so they say. This small Arab Gulf nation is what... More

What WikiLeaks Means: a CJR Podcast

WikiLeaks has been around for a while, but this year—beginning in April, when the site posted a video showing the... More

When Corporate Policies Trump Online Rights

U.S. technology companies can no longer be neutral

Last winter, Amazon Web Services received some negative attention after it dropped WikiLeaks materials from its servers, and WikiLeaks associates... More

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Why California’s smartphone ‘kill switch’ law should concern journalists

An antitheft measure creates the risk that the government could interfere with newsgathering

Imagine this. You’re a journalist covering a street protest, and the local police chief doesn’t like the photos you’re tweeting... 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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