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COIN Stars

Counterinsurgency bloggers help set the Afghanistan agenda

When Erik Smith accepted a one-year posting to Afghanistan as a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) official working... More

NYT Interactive Graph Plots Readers’ Feelings About Bin Laden

Much like New York magazine’s “Approval Matrix,” which plots pop culture happenings on matrices of “highbrow” to “low” and “brilliant”... More

Sunday Night Screenshots

How the news websites did bin Laden

This Monday morning, the headlines practically wrote themselves, and there was no question about which story would get top billing.... More

“The Guy Who Liveblogged the Osama Raid Without Knowing It”

This may be the strangest way to become Twitter-famous. Sohaib Athar, a computer programmer living in Pakistan, live-tweeted the US... More

National Geographic Taking the Wheel at Scienceblogs.com

Report of merger prompts campfire history tale on Twitter

“My baby's all grown up,” mused Christopher Mims, retweeting an unconfirmed announcement posted nineteen minutes earlier that Scienceblogs.com, the site... More

Journalism Festival on Small Outlets with Big Impact

The fifth annual International Journalism Festival continued on Friday in Perugia, Italy, and CJR’s managing web editor Justin Peters is,... More

Journalism Festival Addresses Paywalls and Engagement

This week, Perugia, Italy hosts the fifth annual International Journalism Festival, a free, week-long gathering of writers, editors, hackers, academics,... More

“Don’t Call it a Paywall”

A panel discussion with NYT’s Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. and Janet Robinson

On Tuesday night, New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. and New York Times Company president and CEO Janet Robinson... More

The Downsides of Crowd-Funding

Wired shows potential limitations of Kickstarter, Emphas.is

The March issue of Wired features a lengthy profile of the folks who founded Kickstarter, a site launched in 2009... More

Last Night’s Shorty Awards #Winners

On Monday night, The Times Center in New York hosted the third annual Shorty Awards, a very silly ceremony “honoring... More

When Corporate Policies Trump Online Rights

U.S. technology companies can no longer be neutral

Last winter, Amazon Web Services received some negative attention after it dropped WikiLeaks materials from its servers, and WikiLeaks associates... More

Instapaper and Readability Come Out of Their Shells

The New York Times’s Gadgetwise blog notes today that the online reading services Readability and Instapaper are both undergoing curious... More

Arab Spring: A Guardian Interactive Timeline

On Tuesday, The Guardian posted an excellent infographic, ”The path of protest,” which promises to make the popular uprisings sweeping... More

Detecting Fake Photos with Digital Forensics

A Q&A with Hany Farid on photo forensics

As photography has gone digital, it has become ever easier to manipulate images with Photoshop and other technology. Digital photographs... More

Narrative Found

This Land Press closes investment deal; will become Oklahoma’s first (or at least strongest) new media company

Earlier this month, This Land Press published the latest installment in its ongoing coverage of Bradley Manning, the army private... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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