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Posted Apr 15, 2014
Pulitzer Prizes Awarded for N.S.A. Coverage and Boston Bombing

The Washington Post and Guardian U.S. on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, among the most prestigious awards in journalism, for their articles based on National Security Agency documents leaked by the former government contractor Edward J. Snowden. Through a series of reports that exposed the N.S.A.’s widespread domestic surveillance program, The Post and Guardian U.S. set off an international debate on the limits of government surveillance. The papers also came under heavy criticism by the American and British governments, with lawmakers accusing them of compromising national security.

Posted Apr 09, 2014
Commentary: Making the Ultimate Sacrifice for Journalism
Source: Rem Rieder, USA Today: "So much of the talk about journalism these days revolves around new business models and clicks and platforms.It's easy to forget about the underlying public service role of the field, the reason the press gets singled out for protection under the First Amendment. Journalism at its best is about truth-telling, about providing people with information they need to understand their world. It's a deeply imperfect enterprise — and a critically important one. And sometimes those carrying it out pay the ultimate price."
Posted Apr 01, 2014
Glenn Beck Sued for Defamation

On a mid-April day last year, Glenn Beck was in a full lather. Less than one week had passed since a pair of bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon... In attendance at the marathon had been a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian student named Abdulrahman Alharbi. He was on a full ride to study at the nearby New England School of English. He’d been injured at the marathon, later questioned by police and ultimately cleared of wrongdoing. Beck, however, had suspicions, and urged the U.S. government to release information on Alharbi or he would “expose” him.

'Game Change' for Bloomberg?

As part of a developing digital strategy, Bloomberg L.P. has talked to the prominent political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin about launching a new politics offering, sources tell Capital. Justin B. Smith, who was named C.E.O. of Bloomberg Media Group last fall after a long stint at Atlantic Media, recently concluded a review of the company's consumer media division and has said that he wants to build out "a portfolio of new digital assets" that attracts audiences beyond the subscribers who pay hefty fees for Bloomberg's financial information and news-service terminals.

Posted Mar 24, 2014
Risks Abound as Reporters Play in Traffic

It is a dirty secret of the journalism profession that many reporters are bad at math. Many of us ended up typing our way to a living because we had an easier time making words dance than numbers. But now that everything can be measured, we have to keep an eye on both. Journalists who were paid to write when the muse or events beckoned, are now held accountable for the amount of work they produce and the volume of traffic it attracts. Gee, it’s almost like news is supposed to be a business or something.

Slate Tries a New Sort of Paywall

More than a decade ago, well before the current surge in online paywalls, the online magazine Slate experimented with charging for content. It didn’t go well, and since then the publication has been dependent on advertising revenue. But with other publications seeing success with paywalls, Slate is ready to try again.

Posted Mar 18, 2014
Publishers Map Out a New Viral Tactic

On Twitter, maps are everywhere –and  you certainly don’t need a map to find one. And the primary proliferator of digital maps are publishers. In recent days, media outlets have shared maps made of food, maps about global GMO labeling laws, and even maps about states’ sex habits. The sudden publisher interest in maps today makes sense, considering that — like top 10 lists and quizzes — maps are highly shareable. And the right kind of map can draw considerable viral attention back to publishers’ sites if executed correctly.


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The Growth in Digital Reporting

At a time when print newsrooms continue to shed jobs, thousands of journalists are now working in the growing world of native digital news.

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State of the News Media 2014

The Pew Research Center's 11th annual State of the News Media features reports about the revenue picture for news and the growth in digital reporting. 

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Key Findings About Digital News Audiences

The method that someone uses to get to a news web site is a major indicator of their behavior once they arrive there, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

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For Pakistani Journos, a Treacherous Calling

Militant propaganda, death threats, and violent military action are among the daily realities some journalists face in Pakistan, which ranks among the world’s most dangerous countries for working reporters.

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Local TV Audiences Bounce Back

After a long trend of declining viewership, audience for local TV newscasts grew in all three key time slots in 2013. Morning news viewership rose 6%, early evening newscasts enjoyed a 3% increase and late night news audiences were virtually flat.

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Twitter Users Give Christie Negative Marks

While it’s yet to be seen whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s widely-covered apology will succeed in controlling damage from the George Washington Bridge scandal, the initial verdict from Twitter is in.

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