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Short Takes

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What if Jessica Mitford had been on Twitter?*

*Mitford's tweets are actual quotes. More

The Future of Magic Bullets

Cartoonist Ted Rall shows us how to save the news business

Click here to look through Ted Rall's cartoon series on the news industry. More

Bold Move

Gannett makes a surprising venture into the online world

Last Fall, a new, city-mag-style Web site quietly planted its flag in the crowded San Francisco blogosphere. There was no... More

Is the End Nigh?

A libel reform campaign makes great strides in Great Britain

Journalists have been whinging about England’s libel laws—which notoriously place the burden of proof on defendants, lack a strong defense... More

A New Start

An Iraqi journalist builds a life in New Jersey

Saif Alnasseri stepped out into a winter morning, stood on the wide front porch outside his apartment in a... More

Too Much Information?

The release of battle footage sparks a controversy in Norway

It is New Year’s Eve in northern Afghanistan. A small group of Norwegian soldiers is en route to meet... More

Press Crimes?

Scrutinizing whether media outlets spurred on the war in the Balkans

On November 20, 1991, Serbia’s newspapers and TV stations picked up a startling report: forty-one Serbian children had been massacred... More

Weeklies On the Rise

The center of gravity shifts in the world of business journalism

In the offices of the weekly Denver Business Journal there is a bulletin board known as “The Daily Beating.” On... More

Freeze Frame

A photojournalist finds himself increasingly shut out

I’ve encountered plenty of prohibitions on picture-making in fifteen years as a photojournalist. But the most infuriating came recently at... More

All the News Fit to Sing

An interview with the man behind Pakistan’s musical news cartoons

American coverage of Pakistan tends not to focus on its role as a media laboratory, but a sudden growth of... More

Man on the (Digital) Street

A new Web service helps reporters find the perfect quote

It all began innocently enough. In fifteen years as a PR guy and serial entrepreneur, Peter Shankman had become something... More

Somalia’s Dark Days

Ahmed Omar Hashi was no stranger to death threats. As a senior producer for Mogadishu’s popular Shabelle Radio, Hashi routinely... More

All Together Now (II)

When the San Diego Union-Tribune went on sale in July 2008, veteran investigative reporter Lorie Hearn worried about the future... More

All Together Now (I)

Not long ago, Kevin Murphy was simply the president of the Berks County Community Foundation in Reading, Pennsylvania, a city... 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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