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The News Frontier

The Growing Problem of Search Engine Spam

And what Google says it’s doing about it

Last week, Google News’s Krishna Bharat spoke at Columbia University about what makes his search engine so helpful and efficient... More

Google News is “The Most Efficient System”

Krishna Bharat on how Google helps journalists stay focused

On Wednesday, Google News product manager Krishna Bharat spoke to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism students about how Google... More

Technology’s Role in Tunisia

The easiest narrative isn’t the only one that matters

Last week, as years of frustration by the Tunisian people culminated in self-immolation, street protests, and the ouster of President... More

Play With The 2010 News Cycle Thanks To Pew

How did Fox, NBC, NPR fill the year’s “newshole”?

Forgive us for not noting this sooner—our attention has been devoted to the Giffords shooting and debates that followed. But... More

On Mugshots and Cover Photos

(And giving your readers what they want)

There’s not really all that much we can say about Jared Loughner’s mugshot. Like any image that accompanies a news... More

A Lost Opportunity at The Columbus Dispatch

How news sites can use YouTube to their advantage

By now you’ve probably heard the feel-good story of Ted Williams, the man with the “Golden Voice” who went from... More

NYT Sports Editor Apologizes for Column Switcheroo

Piece on Patriots’ decline was altered after a 45-3 win

A piece by New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane on Dec. 25 addressed a reader’s concerns about a sports... More

Best of 2010: Lauren Kirchner

Kirchner picks her top stories from 2010

This Headline May Be A Work of Art The New Museum’s exhibition “The Last Newspaper” featured collage, sculpture, and installations... More

FCC Passes Net Neutrality Policy (Sort Of)

And the press plays all the angles

The Federal Communications Commission voted three to two on Tuesday afternoon to approve a new set of rules governing the... More

We Are Not Alone: News Startup Community-Building

Launch Pad: Portland, Oregon

CJR’s “Launch Pad” feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Past columns by... More

Are Online Attacks Civil Disobedience?

And other questions from the PDF symposium on WikiLeaks and Internet freedom

This past Saturday, Personal Democracy Forum hosted a symposium about Internet freedom issues raised by WikiLeaks. (Videos of the gathering... More

Beware the Twitter Echo Chamber

Pew study shows the limits of the Twitter-verse

The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report on Thursday, the result of their study of Twitter demographics.... More

Public Media: “More Local, More Inclusive, More Interactive”

The Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program jointly released a policy paper on Wednesday with recommendations... More

Global Post’s Anti-Hamster Wheel Scheme

A Q&A with executive editor Charles Sennott

Global Post, an international news service for an American audience, with seventy correspondents in fifty countries, is forming a nonprofit... More

MinnPost Wants to Create “the World’s Longest Byline”

How The Intelligencer blog does crowdsourcing, fifteen minutes at a time

ProPublica’s Recovery Tracker, a database of stimulus funds broken down by state and county, makes it easy for anyone with... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

Bloggingheads

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

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