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Q&A: Confront and Conceal author David Sanger

“There’s nothing ‘childish’ about raising issues of great public import”

Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power | By David E. Sanger | Crown |... More

Q & A: Lucy Dalglish and Jennifer Lynch

Two open government experts talk about the year’s top FOIA issues

The FOIA Watchdog chats with Lucy Dalglish, director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Jennifer Lynch,... More

Q&A: The NYT’s Justin Gillis

The recent Oakes Award winner talks about how to keep climate on the front page

At the end of March, Columbia University awarded the 2011 Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism to New York Times... More

Should Health Journos Use Hospital Safety Data?

An interview with Kaiser Health News’s Jordan Rau

In a highly touted effort to improve the quality of hospital care, the federal government has started disclosing data that... More

Q&A: Eric Roston, Bloomberg’s sustainability editor

A new section tracks businesses’ response to the global “resource crunch”

At the end of November, Bloomberg News launched a Sustainability section “to uncover what businesses are doing, or what... More

Q&A: Michael Morisy, Co-Founder of MuckRock

On helping journalists with their public records requests

MuckRock is an online startup that helps journalists streamline, track, and fulfill their public records requests. Since May 2010, when... More

Medicare Vouchers Explained

A conversation with the Brookings Institution’s Henry Aaron

In the Republican presidential debate Monday, Mitt Romney came out in favor of a "premium support program, which allows people... More

Q&A: News for All the People Co-Author Juan González

The Daily News columnist talks about race and the media

Juan González is a staff columnist for New York’s Daily News, a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for... More

Q&A: New NBC Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin

“Part of me wants to speak to the global audience, and a part of me wants to speak to America”

This spring, just before he turned thirty-two, Ayman Mohyeldin’s contract with Al Jazeera was ending and he was faced with... More

Q&A: Beware the Gonzo Director Bryan Goluboff

“We want a talisman of these times, even in a digital age.”

Beware the Gonzo, the directorial debut of Bryan Goluboff (writer of The Basketball Diaries), stars Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Amy... More

The NY Times’s New Top Editor in D.C.

A conversation with incoming Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt

With Jill Abramson about to take the reins as executive editor of The New York Times, one of the paper’s... More

Q&A: Luke Stangel, Co-Creator of TapIn Bay Area

“Mobile could make us focus again on what we do really well as reporters.”

This week, Bay Area News Group—publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, the Oakland Tribune, and several other newspapers—will release... More

Q&A: Sebastian Junger on Tim Hetherington

“The ultimate truth about war is that you are guaranteed to lose your brothers.”

It’s not often that one sees characters from a film gather to mourn a filmmaker. On May 24, soldiers from... More

How to Understand the ‘Invisible Primary’

An interview with Georgetown professor Hans Noel

The 2012 Iowa caucuses are still seven months away, but Republican presidential hopefuls are already well into the “invisible primary”—a... More

Q&A: Joel Simon On CPJ’s “Impunity Index” and Violence Against Journalists

“For a long time, the threat was sort of a badge of honor. ‘Yeah, I got a threat, I must be getting to them.’”

On Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists released its fourth annual Impunity Index—a ranking of countries determined by the... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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