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When my main credit card got yanked for some kind of fraud activity earlier this month (as it seems all of them do, sooner or later) I had the unpleasant task of going back over my bills to see what companies I’d need to give a new credit card number....
From: Doc Searls | By: Doc Searls | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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As drone warfare becomes a more familiar concept in American life, anxiety about its ubiquity—and what it means for humankind—is being explored in film, theater, and music....
From: The Atlantic | By: Sophie Gilbert | Friday, May 22, 2015
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This calls for a more complete response: Oh for crying out loud. Loomis, I get and enjoy your belligerent whimsy, but this is just silly. This is the Sarah Palin School of Law definition of freedom of speech. If you don’t get that what Loomis was doing...
From: Lawyers Guns and Money | By: Robert Farley | Friday, May 22, 2015
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There's nothing quite like a one-way ticket.  Mine was to Prague. It was 2009. I was about to graduate college. I had a journalism degree on the way and a ton of wanderlust, so I figured I'd go to Prague — a cheapish place to get an English teaching...
From: Business Insider | By: Drake Baer | Friday, May 22, 2015
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A scholar’s analysis of American culture presumes too much....
From: The Atlantic | By: Conor Friedersdorf | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The Great Recession did a number on Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities, which closed in the fall of 2008 after a total of 101 preview and regular performances. But the musical has found new life away from The Great White Way. The Dickens adaptation...
From: Media Bistro | By: Richard Horgan | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Nestled among the exhibition reviews and auction reports in contemporary-art journalism last week were scattered items about the Roski School of Art and Design, at the University of Southern California. On Friday, the first-year students in the school’s...
From: New Yorker | By: Roger White | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Article in the Washington Post today says that Sacramento is just now installing water meters for its homes and businesses. How is that possible? Without a meter, how would they know how much your bill should be?This morning I read this: "Meanwhile,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mccxxiii | Friday, May 22, 2015
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After a year of threatening and intimidating multiple female journalists who wouldn’t fall in line, Uber appears to have awaken a sleeping female reporting giant. I’m heartened to see that while David Plouffe’s photo opps may have distracted...
From: Pando Daily | By: Sarah Lacy | Friday, May 22, 2015
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I am pleased to introduce to Big Picture readers Bruce Bartlett, who worked for Congressmen Ron Paul and Jack Kemp, and in the Office of Policy Development in the Reagan White House, and at the Treasury Department for George H.W. Bush. He is now a political...
From: Barry Ritholtz | By: Bruce Bartlett | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Shock a former political operative was less than honest about his relationship with his former bosses
From: Reason | By: David Harsanyi | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Many people tried to expose Axact's degree fraud before, the NYT didn't break this story, but this is the first time everyone is paying attention.
From: Global Voices | By: Qurratulain (Annie) Zaman | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The Progressive welcomes two terrific new staff members! The great editor and investigative reporter Bill Lueders joins the magazine as associate editor.  The dynamic fundraiser and organizer Lily Johnson joins The Progressive as development director....
From: The Progressive | By: The Progressive | Friday, May 22, 2015
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In the beginning, Megan Finnerty knew she’d have to tell a story in front of a group of strangers. That’s not counting however many friends and assorted colleagues at The Arizona Republic she could draft into service on the first night of Arizona...
From: Nieman Journalism Lab | By: Justin Ellis | Friday, May 22, 2015
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When I first met Laura last year in a meeting, I knew I wanted to introduce her to you. Why? Well, first, she’s the nicest person ever and we just really love nice people at the studio. And second, our jobs are pretty similar. Laura is the Director...
From: Garance Dore | By: Emily | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Thursday’s announcement by Robert Gates, president of Boy Scouts of America, that the group may need to change its policy on gay leaders drew a predictable avalanche of coverage, some of it very good and some of it a mess. Some background: The Scouts...
From: Get Religion | By: Julia Duin | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Janis Joplin and Abbie Hoffman star in a vivid account of a tumultuous decade by the veteran rock critic, which moves from the birth of rock to Vietnam radicalism and street fightsWhen Richard Goldstein got married, Murray “the K” Kaufman – the...
From: The Guardian | By: Barney Hoskyns | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Things can escalate very quickly when the P-word is thrown down. What’s interesting in this case is that it was only after Florida Atlantic University student newspaper EIC Emily Bloch published her findings that the nearby Boca Raton Tribune finally...
From: Media Bistro | By: Richard Horgan | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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In the second installment of our guide to the best podcasts on the internet, we introduce you to even more online shows from a wide range of cultural industries. So whether your interest is in music, comedy, films, interviews or … The post A Beginner’s...
From: High Snobiety | By: staff | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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If you've been suffering nostalgia for a recent period in American history where the economy was great, tech innovation was largely welcomed with a series of Gee Whiz! smiles, the world was mostly at peace...and the country's leading evangelical preacher...
From: Reason | By: Nick Gillespie | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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One Thousand and One Nights, a Turkish drama series, enjoys incredible success in the Mecca of soap operas: Latin America. But what questions does this success raise?
From: Global Voices | By: Dominic Fernandez | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Early newspapers were very much like Internet aggregators and the social web -- filled with content from other papers, much of it poorly sourced
From: Mathew Ingram | By: Mathew | Friday, May 22, 2015
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"Courage is contagious," Billy Graham has said. "When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened." Whether from courage or just old-school nose for news, the Religion News Service deserves thanks and applause for its Wednesday...
From: Get Religion | By: Jim Davis | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Questioned by a voter inside a sports bar about whether there is “space” between himself and his older brother on any issues, Bush offered a clear critique. “Are there differences? Yeah, I mean, sure,” Bush said. “I think that in Washington...
From: Angry Bear | By: Beverly Mann | Friday, May 22, 2015
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If you're an intellectually curious person -- and if you're a journalist, let's assume that you are -- you are likely to have embraced a number of notions about how the world works, how it should work and who should be running it. This is natural. It's...
From: Free Republic | By: Townhall.com | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Links shared in Poynter’s internal Slack channel are quite frequently from Medium and almost always about journalism and media (although sometimes not.) So this week, we’re trying something new and gathering them up here. Throughout the week, let...
From: Poynter Online | By: Kristen Hare | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Thirty-six years after leaving California State University, Sacramento as an incomplete, the NBC Nightly News anchor will be back on campus Saturday evening to accept an Honorary Doctorate. He will also give the Commencement address to 813 students graduating...
From: Media Bistro | By: Richard Horgan | Friday, May 22, 2015
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While some people seemed very surprised that ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos had failed to disclose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation, there is nothing surprising about his close relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton....
From: Mediaite | By: Matt Wilstein | Friday, May 22, 2015
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when one speaks about El-Sayyida {The lady} in Egypt or rather in Cairo , he or she means one particular lady who is believed to be the Islamic Saint Patron of Cairo and that lady is Zeinab Bint Ali. Despite there is a Mausoleum for El-Sayyida Zeinab...
From: Egyptian Chronicles | By: Zeinobia | Friday, May 22, 2015
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And you thought election coverage was ubiquitous in 2012.Snapchat in January began hosting video content from CNN, ESPN, the Daily Mail, and other media organizations. Now, the ephemeral photo-messaging app is gearing up to publish its own video news...
From: Fast Company | By: David Lumb | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Justin Logan A peculiar tic of contemporary American nationalism is the notion that the American state, particularly if helmed by a Republican president, makes no errors of commission in its conduct of military affairs. No American war was ill-founded,...
From: Cato Institute | By: Justin Logan | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Two new books on free speech–one by a former New York Times correspondent, the other a Fox News contributor. They don't see eye to eye—and tell us why.
From: WBUR | Friday, May 22, 2015
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We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending May 17, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #8 in Young Adult) Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: “Nemeses!...
From: Media Bistro | By: Maryann Yin | Friday, May 22, 2015
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A Colorado news anchor managed to play Twitter ombudsman for CNN last night after they erroneously referred to a shooting suspect as a "serial killer" in a deleted tweet.
From: Mediaite | By: Tina Nguyen | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The debate over whether Mad Max is a feminist movie misses the point, maybe?
From: The Awl | By: Maria Bustillos | Friday, May 22, 2015
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It’s almost as if the news media are trying to bury us with Clinton news. Maybe they want to get as much out before the Memorial Day weekend, so they can later say they did report it. A random act of journalism from the Associated Press: Archives show...
From: Sweetness and Light | By: Steve | Friday, May 22, 2015
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High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional...
From: Free Republic | By: FT | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The one defining ideal of journalism is the belief that journalists should "speak the truth" even when the truth may be contested, unpopular or damaging.
From: PhysOrg | Friday, May 22, 2015
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ISIS Targets City that Inspired Washington, D.C. for DestructionPosted By Daniel Greenfield On May 22, 2015 @ 12:29 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 30 Comments [1]Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is...
From: Free Republic | By: FrontPage Magazine | Friday, May 22, 2015
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(at least not yet) Contrary to earlier reports, Drew Smyly will not have season-ending surgery to repair his torn labrum, and will instead give it eight weeks of rest and rehab, according to Matt Stein of Sports Talk Florida. From the article: Though...
From: DRays Bay | By: Ian Malinowski | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Good morning. Have the fridge stocked for the holiday weekend? MailOnline sees growth slow “You’ve got to go and shout at the bastards or they won’t respect you,” MailOnline publisher Martin Clarke allegedly once said of his management style....
From: Poynter Online | By: James Warren | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Doug Sutton is now general manager of WUPV in Richmond, Virginia. Previously, he was general manager of WHDF Huntsville, Alabama. (TVNewsCheck) Cristine Couldridge is now general...
From: Poynter Online | By: Benjamin Mullin | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Brian X. Chen spent some of his first years in the journalism business testing and reviewing products for Macworld. These days he writes about tech for the New York Times, and earlier this month he wrote an interesting story about the failings of product...
From: Macworld | By: Jason Snell | Friday, May 22, 2015
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May 21, 2015 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese freelance reporter has been killed in what relatives and local officials said was a targeted revenge attack. Pow James Reath, who left Bor, the capital of Jonglei state at the onset of the conflict, was a freelance...
From: Sudan Tribune | By: SudanTribube.com | Friday, May 22, 2015
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James Gaines has put together an impressively elegant flowchart for data stories which I wanted to share here. What I particularly like is the focus on speaking to experts early on. James is coming at this from a science journalism perspective, where...
From: Online Journalism Blog | By: Paul Bradshaw | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The list of Manhattan media companies being visited this week and next by USC School of Journalism director Willow Bay (pictured), USC School of Communication director Sarah Banet-Weiser and 16 students is impressive. It’s the school’s first-ever...
From: Media Bistro | By: Richard Horgan | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Reporter recognised for his coverage of the crises across the Arab world and the rise of the Islamic StateGuardian journalist Martin Chulov has won the Orwell journalism prize for his coverage of the Middle East.Chulov, who has reported from the region...
From: The Guardian | By: Rebecca Ratcliffe | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Seattle University is one of those institutions that conservative Catholics love to hate. Not only does the Jesuit school host an annual Lavender Celebration that has honors such as the “Sylvia Rivera Award for Queer Activism,” but it includes faculty...
From: Get Religion | By: Julia Duin | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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In an op-ed for The Mary Sue, video game developer Brianna Wu wrote on Wednesday about the latest terrifying death threats she’s receiving, these from a man who’s repeatedly called her house and described, both to her and her husband, his plans to...
From: Jezebel | By: Anna Merlan | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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June is fast approaching, so that means there will be a slew of new movies and TV shows heading to Netflix. This coming month brings the return of "Orange is the New Black" as well as "Sense8," Netflix's latest foray into original programming. Meanwhile,...
From: Business Insider | By: Ian Phillips | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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