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Transparency

To Sue or Not to Sue?

The first two years of OGIS

Last June in Las Vegas, Corinna Zarek told a ballroom full of investigative journalists at the annual Investigative Reporters and... More

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Shouldn’t TV news outlets be clearer about offering pay-for-play?

One of the most disturbing trends in local TV news is the persistence of “pay for play”—when local TV newscasts... More

Cracking the Case

Why is it so difficult to cover investigations of environmental crimes?

The federal civil and criminal investigations of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continue to be a... More

An Empty Seat

Government fails to show for science news, transparency event

Federal officials invited to participate in a public forum at the National Press Club last week about a lack transparency... More

CJR Event: Science News and Government Transparency

Access denied

Has the Obama administration lived up to its promise to make science more transparent and accessible to the public? An... More

Nigeria’s New FOIA

Reporters enjoy new freedoms in a long-repressive society

Journalism in Nigeria has never been easy work, and the new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which finally became law... More

Risen’s gripping affidavit

Yesterday James Risen, one of The New York Times’s top national security reporters, filed an affidavit in a federal district... More

The Flack Who Shared Too Much

When can a news organization expect silence?

All it was missing was the siren. Late Monday night, Politico broke the news that a congressman’s spokesman may have... More

Did Assange Play Lawyer?

WikiLeaks insider suggests a legal adviser never existed

A recently published book excerpt suggests that “Jay Lim,” an occasional WikiLeaks spokesperson often identified as its legal advisor, was... More

Strange Eruptions from the WikiLeaks Saga

Bill Keller offers new details on e-mail hacking

Last night, The Columbia School of Journalism played host to Bill Keller and Alan Rusbridger, the top editors at The... More

Shielding Reality

Take the time on this holiday to read SF Weekly’s fascinating and troubling look from last week at Bait Car,... More

Best of 2010: Clint Hendler

Hendler picks his top stories from 2010

No Handouts: The administration has denied independent photographers access to historic White House events that could easily be made public,... More

The Muzzling of the FDA

How government press officers stole our freedom

It is 1978. I have just been refused admission to a Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association section meeting that is to... More

Dealing with the Times

Governor’s aides parry with their inquisitors

While the hundreds of e-mails show the governor’s press staffers fencing with reporters from many major news organizations, no set... More

The Times asked if Paterson was caught in “compromising positions”

E-mails reveal early question about women who were “not his wife”

On January 24, 2010, Danny Hakim, a New York Times reporter who was in frequent contact with Governor David Paterson’s... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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