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Exploring ethics through journalism hotlines

Media ethics are always a hot-button issue in journalism, but there’s reason to pay particular attention at the moment, as new initiatives are stirring up old ways of thinking. The Society for Professional Journalists just revised its code of ethics for the first time in 18 years for the digital age, and the Online News Association is crowdsourcing a project...

Dear Newspapers: Subscribers don’t want to pay extra for Black Friday coupons

Steve Friess, who tweeted the Free Press letter today, says: “If they want to charge more at the newsstand, that seems fair. But subscribers? That seems weird.” (I’m told the Free Press is charging $1 more for the Thanksgiving paper.) Both newspapers told me that subscribers could get a credit if they called the customer … Read More

Dallas Morning News managing editor George Rodrigue jumps to TV news

George Rodrigue, who joined the Dallas Morning News in 1983, is leaving the paper to become assistant news director at WFAA. The editor’s memo: Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM Subject: George Rodrigue’s Departure To: All TDMN, AH Corp All, All Denton RC, Everyone – North Plant, ITS Dallas A message … Read More

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Best Commercials Ever! [Video]

You may know him as the seven-time Mr. Olympia winner from when you were a gawky half-pint. Or the Hollywood action hero you wanted to be. Or you could've been one of the more than 38 million U.S. citizens he governated for a decade....Show More Summary

Investigative reporting is 'still a very white male business'

MIAMI, FL -- Can an innovative college-professional news collaborative, with a $35,000 grant in hand, "change the pipeline for investigative journalism in Georgia?" The Georgia News Lab--a partnership between The Atlanta Journal Constitution,...Show More Summary

The New Inquiry: Not another New York literary magazine

The New Inquiry started as a Tumblr in 2009. Rachel Rosenfelt, the magazine’s publisher, created the account with a group of friends who quickly found that their voice had an audience. “At the time, Tumblr was was considered social media, and we were doing longform writing on it. It was a photo platform. Because we...

Morning Report for September 18, 2014

New York Times masthead changes are coming. ( Susan Glasser is promoted to editor at Politico. “A year in, I’m even more bullish on Politico and its future,” she tells her staff. ( Iran says it’s interrogating Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. ( New York Police Department commanders are advised not … Read More

CBS's New Fall Shows, Ranked from Best to Worst

Today in our week-long roundup of new shows on broadcast, we're looking at CBS, the place to go for young people committing crimes. There are networks that, faced with changing times and a media landscape diversifying both by viewerShow More Summary

Maps reveals violence against journalists

A group of media rights activists have set out to map free expression violations within the European Union to make a visual statement about how it's increasingly difficult for journalists to do their jobs there. "There are a lot of violations in the EU. People tend to deny it or deny the seriousness in some cases," said Melody Patry,...

iOS 8: How 5 news orgs have updated their apps for Apple’s new operating system

As iPhone users frantically delete apps and photos from their phones to make space for the iOS 8 update, many news organizations are also taking advantage of Apple’s new mobile operating system to release new or updated apps that take advantage of its new features. Two of those features prominently in many of the updates:...

A most cynical letter from a most cynical company

Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp., just sent a monumentally cynical letter to the EU attacking Google, matching the letter from a posse of European publishers led by Germany’s Axel Springer and another public letter from that company’s head, Mathia Döpfner. These supposed bastions of conservative thinking are running to the government they all disdain […]

How the new Wall Street Journal iPad app is taking advantage of new features in iOS 8

When Apple launched the first iPad in 2010, The Wall Street Journal was one of the first news organizations with a dedicated app on the new tablet. In the four years since, tablets have become mainstream and Apple’s continued to release faster, thinner, and smaller iPads. But the Journal’s app has largely remained the same,...

Commissioner tells media they can’t report gender or age of shooting suspect and victim

A Wisconsin court commissioner has told the Janesville Gazette and other media that they can’t report the gender, age or hometown of a fatal shooting suspect and his victim. The Gazette reports that commissioner Zeke Wiedenfeld’s order “mandates that the suspect be referred to only as ‘a person under the age of 17? and the … Read More

Why were Massachusetts reporters slow to probe the health exchange meltdown?

As Massachusetts goes, so goes the nation--at least when it comes to healthcare. In 2009 and 2010, in the midst of the debate on Obamacare, I wrote a series of 10 posts examining the Bay State's 2006 law that served as the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act. It's time for an update. This is the second of an occasional...

The Guardian brings newspaper comics back to life with The Last Saturday

The Guardian is giving new life to the traditional newspaper comic strip with The Last Saturday. Instead of Marmaduke or the ongoing exotic adventures of Mark Trail, The Last Saturday is a weekly graphic novella made to be read in print and online. Created by the Eisner Award and Harvey Award winner Chris Ware, the...

Why Indianapolis Star added a beverage reporter

Last Friday, I posted the news about the Indianapolis Star putting Amy Haneline on the Beer, Wine and Coffee beat. I invited her to comment, and she finally got back to me this morning. “Thanks for reaching out and for your interest in the beverage beat,” she writes in an email. “I thought it may … Read More

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