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Short Takes

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Old time, real time

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

ast 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

ournalists 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

aif 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

t 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

n 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

n 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

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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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