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The News Frontier

Backwards Steps by the WSJ and NYT on iPad

The papers cripple everyday Web features in their apps for a walled-in environment

I compared the design and content of the Times and Wall Street Journal on the iPad earlier. Now let's take... More

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

ProPublica launches a new reporting tool

The folks at ProPublica have been covering the troubles with the federal government’s home loan modification program for awhile, and... More

Stream of Consciousness

SnapStream and the future of searchable video

About a month ago, while on a business trip to New York from his tech company’s headquarters in Houston, Texas,... More

Bad News

Howard Rheingold sees a critical need for critical thinking

They went looking for crap, and by golly they found plenty of it. Students in Howard Rheingold’s journalism class at... More

State of the Media, By the Numbers

Seven notable stats from the Pew State of the Media report

The annual State of the Media report by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism was released this... More

Zonied Out

Adam Klawonn tried everything to make his journalism startup succeed. It wasn’t enough.

In 2006, Adam Klawonn cashed out his newspaper job vacation pay to reinvent himself as a digital journalist. He bought... More

“Rejuvenating American Journalism”

What the FTC will hear today from Robert McChesney

Among those who care about serious journalism, some are counting on an economic comeback that will bring sufficient media advertising... More

Press Forward: Authority and Credibility

The latest entries in CJR’s “Press Forward: Dialogues on the Future of News” series

Who Says - Megan Garber on narrative authority in a fragmented world Trust Falls – Justin Peters on lessons from... More

Who Says

Narrative authority in a fragmented world

Great is Journalism. Is not every Able Editor a Ruler of the World, being a persuader of it?— Thomas Carlyle,... More

Trust Falls

Lessons from St. Louis on authority, credibility, and online communications

In November of 2009, an editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch decided to show his readers who was boss. After... More

Who Says: Further Reading

Roland Barthes’s “The Death of the Author” is a classic in postmodern thought, and it underscores many of the ideas... More

Trust Falls: Further Reading

Imaginary Futures: From Thinking Machines to the Global Village, by Richard Barbrook, examines the political ideology of the Internet, from... More

The Atlantic Tweaks its Web Redesign

The site responds to complaints from its readers—and its own bloggers

At 1 a.m. last Friday, TheAtlantic.com rolled out a much-anticipated new redesign. By 4 p.m. Monday, the redesign had already... More

Shhh! It’s a Secret!

This made the rounds among journo-types yesterday, but in case you haven’t seen it, there’s an exciting development in the... More

The Upshot of Embargoes

Oransky launches blog examining controversial publishing standard

A longstanding and controversial topic of conversation within the science journalism community—news embargoes on peer-reviewed research articles—will now receive regular... 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”

Bloggingheads

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

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