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December 2 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Dec 2 2014, 18:27:48

By Lene Bech Sillesen In the November 19 Rolling Stone article about campus rape at the University of Virginia that sparked rampant discussion about sexual violence, journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely writes that survivors of rape often stay silent because reactions of "dismissal, downgrading and doubt is a common theme UVA rape survivors hear, including from women." The piece, about a UVA undergrad called...

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From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Dec 2 2014, 15:15:00

By Erin Polgreen Illustrations by Roxanne Palmer It's an established fact that newsrooms must rapidly change in order to survive in the new journalism ecosystem. As a result, staffing policies shift, workflows are disrupted, and leadership turns over. While journalism organizations can learn a lot from the technology sector, there are still huge risks, especially for non-management members of...

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From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Dec 2 2014, 06:50:00

By Chris Ip Jill Abramson and Steven Brill's upcoming longform outfit, a still-unnamed collaboration between the former New York Times executive editor and American Lawyer founder, may be the most exciting media startup of the moment, but it's not the only new entrant to the longform market. In mid-November, Ben Wolford, an American copy editor at The...

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November 25 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Nov 25 2014, 12:20:00

By Allison Griner Leah Parsons was only 13 years old when she invented the name that would echo across Canada years later. Her niece Heather had come over to play, and Parsons started to toy with her name, arranging and rearranging the syllables. Heather. Parsons mused over the word, then repeated it backwards. Rehtaeh. "I thought, 'Oh, that's kind of neat....

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From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Nov 25 2014, 06:50:00

By Kelly J O'Brien The fact that outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has prosecuted more people under the Espionage Act than all previous attorneys general combined is an inescapable legacy of his time in office. All of those cases were brought against government workers or contractors accused of leaking classified information to the media, which led Trevor Timm, co-founder of the Freedom of...

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November 24 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Mon Nov 24 2014, 10:55:00

By Bruce Brown Bruce Brown is is executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and has argued numerous First Amendment cases before US courts. By now, everyone knows the feds have been handing out record numbers of subpoenas to journalists hoping to scare them into giving up their sources. The troubles of New...

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From Columbia Journalism Review Mon Nov 24 2014, 06:50:37

By Lene Bech Sillesen The meteoric rise of podcast phenomenon Serial has placed podcasting firmly in the center of internet chatter and media attention, at a time when the media has announced a podcast renaissance and paid increased attention to the medium over the past year. While the show illustrates podcasts' potential to develop deep audience engagement, some have pointed out that...

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November 20 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Thu Nov 20 2014, 16:10:00

By Bill Wyman Photo credit: Associated Press It is a remarkable thing to see: The collapsing reputation of a star who has been part of American life for more than half a century. A month ago, Bill Cosby was a comedic and sociological icon; now his career is in shambles. A Netflix special on him will not be shown;...

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From Columbia Journalism Review Thu Nov 20 2014, 11:45:00

By Jared Malsin CAIRO--When it seized huge parts of Syria and Iraq this year, the self-proclaimed Islamic State--and the geopolitical chaos surrounding it--became one of the biggest news stories on the planet. But journalists have little means of directly reporting on the group, its activities on the ground, or the havoc it has sown in the region. A physical meeting with the group's...

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From Columbia Journalism Review Thu Nov 20 2014, 06:50:00

By Corey Pein The digital counterrevolution is underway in Europe, where national governments and bureaucrats in Brussels are enacting measures to curtail the power of American tech giants, such as the controversial "right to be forgotten," and challenging the fairness of Google's search-engine criteria. In May 2014, a coalition of European telecoms, media companies, and other businesses formed an anti-Google lobbying...

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