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4 Syrian journos: We want Western help

At Columbia last week, four journalists argued for help building a free press in their home country

Before a room of fresh-faced Columbia Journalism School students on Friday, four Syrian journalists asked the budding professionals, and indeed... More

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A fatal year

2012 on track to be the deadliest on record for journalists

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — With 72 journalists killed so far this year, 2012 is on pace to... More

Anthony Shadid: What He Knew

The foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid of The New York Times, has died of an apparent asthma attack while covering the... More

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Finding James Foley

GlobalPost tracked down its missing reporter in Syria—now to bring him home

After 162 days with no information about his whereabouts, GlobalPost announced Friday that James Foley, an American journalist who went... More

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In Syria, freelancer demand amidst increasing restrictions

New outlets are happy to reap the rewards of dangerous reporting, so long as freelancers shoulder all responsibility

News organizations are desperate for Damascus-based reporters, so they are calling on freelancers, stretching their own rules against doing so.... More

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It’s the second term, stupid!

Why journalists shouldn’t blame all of Obama’s problems on Syria

The media love simple narratives based on dramatic events, so it's no surprise that many journalists have suggested that President... More

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Must-reads of the week

A-difficult-week 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

Back-to-School 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

Syria, HealthCare.gov, Associated Press

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

Fox hunting 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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Noticed: #countriesbyvoguewriters

Twitter users lampoon a line by former Vogue writer Joan Juliet Buck

This morning, Newsweek posted a story by Joan Juliet Buck which tells the backstory to her Vogue profile of Syrian... More

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Questions for President Obama about Syria

Here’s what the press should find out

In a 16-minute address to the nation Tuesday night, President Obama both made the case for military action against Syria... More

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Stories I’d like to see

The cost of attacking Syria, and tell me what to think about fracking

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

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Straight news from the citizens of Syria

How reporters sort, organize—and verify—a flood of information from a chaotic civil war

On June 5th, the never-ending Twitter discussion on #Syria moved in a shocking new direction. According to numerous accounts, violence... More

Syria: Too Much Information?

How journalists wade through a social-media flood

For foreign journalists, the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermaths have ranged from exhilaratingly accessible (Egypt), to mortally dangerous (Libya),... More

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The ghosts of Iraq

In the wake of the Iraq WMD debacle, the press has been hesitant to report decisively on violence in Syria

Seeing is believing Jobar, Syria, April 16, 2013. On the frontlines of Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Free Syrian... More

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The media news cycle is bananas

What’s up with the last couple of days?

We seem to be in the thick of a media news maelstrom right now: —Jeff Zucker was officially named the... More

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When reporters are kidnapped

From the CJR archives: When US journalist James Foley went missing, there was no standard way to save him

Editors' note: The news that ISIS has allegedly executed journalist James Foley, who had been in captivity since he disappeared... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


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The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

Bloggingheads

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