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The News Frontier

“SUPPORT THE JOURNALIST”

Paige Williams reported a story. She financed it herself. She’d love to be paid back.

In 1978, when she was eighteen years old and living, with the rest of the country, through an economic crisis... More

Mission: Quality Control

If you’re going to upend the old editorial process, you need to create a new one

At this time last year, I made a few wishes for corrections and accuracy-related developments in 2009. For the most... More

Pyramid Schemes

Newspapers should feel free to go long

We are, as a culture, growing ever more informal with each other. Traditional social hierarchies are compressing, and one effect... More

“Obama Overexposed?”: Upon Us Yet Again

Carr puts a new spin on the old question

Three words sum up, I think, the current state of our generally scenic but sometimes arid Media Landscape—three words manage... More

Copenhagen’s “Climate Pool”

Eleven international news agencies launch Facebook blog

The Associated Press and ten other international news agencies have launched “The Climate Pool,” a Facebook page that they hope... More

Live Blogging “Starting Your Own Media Company” with Fred Wilson

CJR staffers will be live blogging this program at the Columbia Journalism School with influential venture capitalist, Fred Wilson. The... More

The FTC to the Rescue!

The Federal Trade Commission is holding a meeting today and tomorrow on the future of journalism. (No need to re-check... More

Going Mobile: An Interview with Rob Durst

Thinking about print products as interfaces to online information

Rob Durst is a Boston-based business and technology consultant who believes that newspapers can remain viable—if they move quickly and... More

Sad Stats from Seattle

Ruth Teichroeb, former Post-Intelligencer writer and current blogger, catches up with her colleagues to see where they are now--7 months... More

Trash Compactor

The NYT’s “Pacific garbage patch” story: a Spot.us “deliverable” that doesn’t quite deliver

Today’s New York Times features an article about a patch of garbage, estimated to be two times the area of... More

Citizen Journalism vs. “Tragi-porn”

In defense—kind of—of Paul Carr’s attempted takedown of citizen journalism

There’s a fine line, apparently, between citizen journalism and “tragi-porn.” If you believe TechCruch’s Paul Carr, the two might as... More

MinnPost Turns Two

A brief conversation with Joel Kramer

Those agonizing over the future of local news may take heart at the success of MinnPost.com, the online news site... More

Fort Hood: A First Test for Twitter Lists

In the aftermath of violence, lists suggest the benefits of collaboration

Journalism and curation—it’s becoming increasingly difficult to determine where the one ends and the other begins. The chicken/egg relationship between... More

Twitter: Rea-list/Idea-list

Twitter lists are upon us. How will they affect the platform’s culture?

Twitter is listless no longer. Following in the footsteps of Facebook, the increasingly popular platform has given its users the... More

FCC Taps Waldman to Study “State of the Media”

Beliefnet founder to make policy recommendations to ensure “a vibrant media landscape”

Steven Waldman, veteran journalist and co-founder of Beliefnet, has been tapped by the FCC to lead an agency-wide initiative designed... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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