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In my neck of the woods, stories based on leaked emails are currently a thing. I would like to know about big news stories based on illicitly copied correspondence, whether letters, telegrams, memos, or other media, that predate the internet (other than...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: i_am_joe's_spleen | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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As the sun was setting on a stormy Georgia day, Brooke Melton was 30 miles outside of Atlanta in her Chevy Cobalt. It was March 10, 2010, her birthday, and the 29-year-old pediatric nurse was on her way to her boyfriend’s to celebrate. Melton had purchased...
From: Pando Daily | By: Adam L. Penenberg | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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With the $3.8 billion Indiana Toll Road joining the list last month, there are almost a dozen American transportation "public-private partnerships" in bankruptcy court.
From: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | By: HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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I should be in bed with my wife, but instead I'm holed up in the garage trolling the Internet. I am looking for Jane. I haven't seen her since 1974, when we both attended school in a small Kansas town called Hoisington. Haven't thought much about her...
From: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | By: HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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In writing about subjects that demand a passionate response, classic journalistic style can be a very blunt tool.
From: Global Voices | By: Noor Mattar | Friday, October 17, 2014
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You know that #Gamergate hashtag you've been seeing in your feeds? This is what it means: http://t.co/fXcVvSsPCZ pic.twitter.com/jaWZy8lyMI — CNN (@CNN) October 16, 2014 The controversy over violent, misogynistic trolling in the gamer community returned...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Both Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny are trailblazers when it comes to independent media. Week-to-week, with their “Citizen Radio” show, they combine sharp wit with thought-provoking commentary. The book is an opportunity to introduce the show...
From: Firedoglake | By: Kevin Gosztola | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Reporters have focused on how the former defense secretary's memoir praises her and criticizes the president. The book itself tells a different story....
From: The Atlantic | By: Peter Beinart | Friday, October 17, 2014
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The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been working to identify those who have been killed in Pakistan by American drone strikes and any groups with whom they were affiliated. The latest news from their project, titled "Naming the Dead,"...
From: Reason | By: Scott Shackford | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Jim Hoft, liarYou may recall Jim Hoft's now-infamous repeated claims that anonymous sources told him police officer Darren Wilson suffered an "orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket" in a struggle with unarmed teenager Michael Brown, before Wilson...
From: Little Green Footballs | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Dark Winter Offered A Warning In June of 2001, Johns Hopkins University hosted a Bio-Terror Preparedness Drill known as The Dark Winter Exercise. The effort isThe post The Dark Winter Exercise and the Current Ebola Problem appeared first on RedState....
From: Red State | By: ( | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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By all accounts, The Book of Life is going to be something special. Whether it proves to be a good movie or a mediocre one (my money’s on the former), it already stands out for its representation of Mexican culture, distinct art direction, and stop...
From: Geekosystem | By: Petra Halbur | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Here are this week's top must-read stories from #MuckReads, ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and with the hashtag #MuckReads or by sending an email to MuckReads@ProPublica.org....
From: Slate | By: Terry Parris Jr. | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Governments in a growing list of nations have recognized that modern-day connectivity can prove a lethal challenge to their legitimacy and very existence.
From: Global Voices | By: Rebecca MacKinnon | Friday, October 17, 2014
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It’s time to get serious about protecting the Internet—and that means going to the polls this November.
From: The Kernel | By: Andrew Couts | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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The New York Times announced it will offer its international weekly paper to U.S.-based publishers on Friday. See photos: The Scene at TheGrill 2014: TheWrap's Media Leadership Conference (Photos) The Dallas Morning News is the first U.S. paper to secure...
From: The Wrap | By: Jordan Chariton | Friday, October 17, 2014
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We made several bold claims about the present state of Ghanaian journalism in four previous essays, titled The Danger of Free Press to Ghanas Democracy and Ghanas Unrepentant Ugly Face. Some of these assertions, we believe, require additional contexts...
From: Modern Ghana | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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NORFOLK I haven't read "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" - or seen the movie - and I don't intend to. But there's another Ya Ya I'm familiar with, and its secrets deserve to be revealed. I'm talking about the Chinese restaurant that opened this...
From: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | By: HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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The Gamergate movement has been criticized as being all about attacking women in the video games industry. But supporters of Gamergate claim the anti-Gamergate members are attacking both female and LGBT Gamergate supporters in a similar fashion to what...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Patrick Frye | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Anthony Gilbert and Ron Glover appear on The Starting Five Live on TSF.
From: The Starting Five | By: Michael Tillery | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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HUNTER BIDEN QUESTIONS: “a) Why was a 40+ year-old man allowed to enlist and b) why was a 40+ year-old man doing coke?” Answers: a) Joe Biden’s son, and b) Joe Biden’s son. But I would like to see some investigative journalism into how he got...
From: Instapundit | By: Glenn Reynolds | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Here's a must read interview with James Risen from Elias Isquith at Salon:James Risen, the New York Times reporter responsible in part for the 2005 Times bombshell on the...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Will Percy Harvin rumors derail the Niner haters? To all the reporters speculating (with the help of anonymous but totally trustworthy / would never tell a lie sources) about the locker room issues that might exist for the 49ers, would you please stop...
From: Niners Nation | By: WesHanson | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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It all started when I logging in to twitter this afternoon, I saw this tweet retweeted by journalist Evan Hill. Former Egyptian parliament candidate & "security official" Ahmed el-Darawi supposedly joined ISIS in Iraq https://t.co/QchdWuhq3S— Evan...
From: Egyptian Chronicles | By: Zeinobia | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Dani Alves' time as a Barcelona player is set to come to its end in 2015, and Manchester United are reported to have already won the race for his signature, according to FIFA agent Francois Gallardo. Speaking to Spanish television programme Neox (h/t...
From: Bleacher Report | By: Tom Sunderland | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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NABJ president Bob Butler told the board of the black journalists’ association Friday that CNN has withdrawn its support for NABJ’s 2015 Convention & Career Fair. The news comes after Butler publicly expressed his concern, including an interview with...
From: Media Bistro | By: Chris Ariens | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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The brief military career of 44-year-old Hunter Biden, Vice President Joseph Biden's younger son, seems to have ended after one month in the naval reserve. Biden is reported to have tested positive for cocaine use, and was immediately discharged. It...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Philip Terzian | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Susan Stewart in The Nation: Writing in 1930 with Baudelaire and, subsequently, Goethe on his mind, T.S. Eliot took up the question of what it means for a poet to possess “the sense of his own age.” While it may...
From: Three Quarks Daily | By: S. Abbas Raza | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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I am not an expert in restoration or renovation of old monuments but I think I have eyes to see there is something wrong.This is a-before and after photo showing Fatimid era Al-Juyushi Mosque in Moqattam.Al-Juyushi Mosque Before and AfterThe mosque that...
From: Egyptian Chronicles | By: Zeinobia | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Those who have interest in neither Catalonia nor the issue of journalistic standards will probably find this posting long, tedious, and not especially interesting. Perhaps you might like to stop at this point. Those of you who are interested in … Continue...
From: A Fistful of Euros | By: Edward Hugh | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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To some extent, we at TB Joshua Fans UK have conducted serious investigative journalism alongside security and building expects on the tragedy that befell the Synagogue Church of all Nations in Lagos on the 12th Sept, 2014 headed by Prophet TB Joshua,...
From: Modern Ghana | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Reuters reports that a court in Changsha has jailed New Express journalist Chen Yongzhou for allegedly fabricating reports about the financial history of state-owned company
From: China Digital Times | By: Cindy | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Los Angeles AFP - Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio has teamed up with online streaming service Netflix for a documentary about endangered mountain gorillas in east Africa, filmmakers said.The Titanic star is an executive producer on Virunga, described...
From: Modern Ghana | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Los Angeles (AFP) - Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio has teamed up with online streaming service Netflix for a documentary about endangered mountain gorillas in east Africa, filmmakers said.The "Titanic" star is an executive producer on "Virunga,"...
From: Business Insider | Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Evgeny Morozov is almost certainly smarter than me and he’s probably smarter than you. I know because the Belarus-born academic and author has held all sorts of vague positions like “fellow” and “visiting scholar” at prestigious universities...
From: Pando Daily | By: David Holmes | Friday, October 17, 2014
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[Zambia Reports]Vice President Guy Scott was at it again during the lively Vice President Question time in parliament taking on everything thrown at him and showed no love for the growing spectre of online journalism that he never loses a moment to vilify....
From: All Africa | Friday, October 17, 2014
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More than 22,000 Coloradans were informed in the past month that their health coverage will be canceled at the end of the year, state insurance authorities disclosed this week, a spike in cancellations already roiling the state’s fierce campaigns...
From: Angry Bear | By: Beverly Mann | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Shane Francis Haley's life lasted less than four hours, cut short by a birth defect. Yet he and his parents reached hundreds of thousands of people through social media -- people who were first touched by the "bucket list" of experiences they gave their...
From: Get Religion | By: Jim Davis | Friday, October 17, 2014
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What does it mean for a women's college to embrace students who are born female and become men?
From: WBUR | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Fans were shocked to hear the BET’s hit series “The Game”  will be coming to an end. In a Q&A with ESSENCE.com, Mara Brock Akil dishes on why she’s ending the show, which series premiered on the CW in 2006 and then later picked up by BET.......
From: Clutch Magazine | By: Nikki Tucker | Friday, October 17, 2014
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A medical staff member, right, watches as others in protective gear escort Nina Pham, left, from an ambulance to a nearby aircraft at Love Field, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Dallas. Pham, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, was diagnosed...
From: Poynter Online | By: Al Tompkins | Friday, October 17, 2014
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For the most-experienced power users of Twitter, the timeline is sacred. We constantly prune and pluck at the accounts we follow, shaping our feed to produce the funniest and smartest timeline of curated chaos we can handle. But most users don’t...
From: Pando Daily | By: David Holmes | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Nothing in my journalism training, career, or credentials approves of the unfair manner by which TC PALM uses its power to endorse some candidates while refusing to cover in the news section the obvious failings of their darlings. The Patrick Murphy...
From: Free Republic | By: Coach is Right | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Hugh Muir is clearly a nice man, and the notion people might look askance as known salafists returning from Syria after fighting on behalf of the Islamic State bothers him. Although the Royal Air Force is currently bombing said Islamic State, worrying...
From: Samizdata | By: Perry de Havilland (London) | Friday, October 17, 2014
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On Saturday 200 UK-based Rwandans, including many genocide survivors, protested outside the BBC offices in response to the documentary ‘Rwanda’s Untold Story’, which aired earlier in October. The demonstration followed… Continue readingThe post...
From: Spectator | By: James Smith | Friday, October 17, 2014
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That Newsweek cover story is from last August, and so is this criticism of it, "The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place," which I saw this morning (I think) on the "Most Read" list in the sidebar at The Washington Post....
From: Ann Althouse | By: Ann Althouse | Friday, October 17, 2014
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The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking several digital correspondents to write smart, analytic pieces on various beats. The freelance work requires that the correspondents maintain an expertise on coverage and developments within their specific coverage...
From: Columbia Journalism Review | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Leading Nigerian evangelical says Christians won’t abandon the North. In recent weeks, Boko Haram, the Sunni terrorist group in northern Nigeria, has doubled down in its ongoing killing spree, taking the lives of Christians by the hundreds and also...
From: Christianity Today | By: Interview by Timothy C. Morgan | Friday, October 17, 2014
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He shows no signs of the virus
From: Time | By: Alex Rogers | Friday, October 17, 2014
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"It certainly is a big bun." "It's a very big bun." "A big, fluffy bun." "It's a very big, fluffy bun." Readers of a certain age will remember the old Wendy's commercial in which two gray-haired ladies admire the size of a hamburger bun, while a third...
From: Get Religion | By: Bobby Ross Jr. | Friday, October 17, 2014
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