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Local Paper Leads Way on Mine Disaster Coverage

With much of the national media’s focus turned to West Virginia today in the wake of yet another mine disaster,... More

Bollinger and Lemann, Unplugged, on ‘Uninhibited, Robust and Wide-Open’

Columbia Journalism School dean and a distant overseer of CJR, Nicholas Lemann, interviewed Columbia University President and First Amendment scholar,... More

WikiLeaks Releases Video Showing Death of Reuters Staff

This morning at an event at the National Press Club, WikiLeaks screened a video depicting a missile strike on a... More

Coming Out as a Journalist in Iraq

Rod Nordland has an interesting Week in Review piece in Sunday's NYT exploring the surprising results in the Iraq elections... More

‘The Tragedy Is That Elmer Only Wanted Dramatic Roles’

After David Mills, the former journalist and Emmy-winning screenwriter, died earlier this week, HBO distributed a lengthy obituary penned by... More

The Man and the Machine, On a Cover Near You

With today being Official iPad Review Day, might as well take a moment to see how the newsweeklies are positioning... More

Congress Not Popular in ‘08, Either

In his column today in The Washington Post, David Broder laments the sunken state of Capitol Hill. Despite the passage... More

LAT: Journalists Targeted in Honduras

The Los Angeles Times reports on some distressing news from Central America: Nine months after a military-led coup plunged Honduras... More

Knoller Knows, Part II

This morning Mark Knoller, CBS Radio's longstanding White House correspondent, has a well deserved profile in the Wall Street Journal... More

A Nascent Press in North Korea?

The front page of today’s New York Times features a fascinating story about new efforts to get information out of... More

Because It’s Friday…

At Time's "Swampland" blog, Karen Tumulty shares a classic Monty Python skit which, as she says, "is a perfect encapsulation... More

Russian Honeypot

Micheal Idov of The Daily Beast has an alternately funny and chilling--but really, mostly chilling--tale of how several men who've... More

Congressional Transparency Caucus Launched

Today Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) launched a new bipartisan Congressional Transparency caucus. Quigley's office has a seven... More

MoJo on Waste in Military Contracts

In a story today for Mother Jones, Adam Weinstein spotlights what sounds like a deficit reduction opportunity: It was just... More

The Clergy Abuse Story Comes Back to the U.S.

Talk about uncanny timing. Yesterday, ProPublica’s new reporter-blogger, Marian Wang, interviewed Walter Robinson, the former Boston Globe investigative journalist who... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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

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