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July 25 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Fri Jul 25 2014, 18:17:17

By David Uberti At least four journalists and a writer have been ordered to hand over documents to attorneys representing the largest manufacturer of "pink slime," the latest development in Beef Products Inc.'s $1.2-billion defamation lawsuit against ABC News and others. Three journalists from Food Safety News were served subpoenas Wednesday compelling them to turn over correspondence with ABC and other...

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July 22 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Jul 22 2014, 16:35:00

By Steven Brill This column, a regular feature, originally ran on 1. Figuring out the Iron Dome: As I kept reading and seeing television reports last week about how the Iron Dome missile defense system was doing such a good job protecting Israel from Hamas' rockets, this intriguing story by the highly regarded veteran journalist James Fallows appeared on the...

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From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Jul 22 2014, 10:56:19

By Maria Danilova As the world reacted to the deranged explanations emanating from Russia's state-controlled media about what really happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 17, it's worth noting that these tales of flying corpses and nefarious Western plots are part of a much broader campaign of distortion and propaganda designed to bolster support for the insurgency in eastern Ukraine and rally Russians...

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July 21 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Mon Jul 21 2014, 13:41:40

By Lene Sillesen Print stories can be lost, but digital stories last forever, captured for eternity in some nebulous internet ether or on a hard drive in a desk drawer. At least, that's the vague theory assumed by many producers and consumers of digital news. Once something is posted or backed up, it never really disappears--and if that's true, archiving digital work seems...

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From Columbia Journalism Review Mon Jul 21 2014, 07:50:00

By David Uberti Mitt Romney's assertion in the first 2012 presidential debate - that Obamacare was a government takeover of the healthcare industry - was right in PolitiFact's wheelhouse. And the factchecking organization didn't whiff. With about 10 reporters and editors on duty that night, eyes peeled for both new and oft-repeated factual claims, PolitiFact quickly tweeted a link to its 2010...

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July 16 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Wed Jul 16 2014, 12:15:00

By Aaron Foley The Detroit Free Press is abruptly ending a 29-year-old high school journalism program within weeks, where high school students were brought into the newsroom to work alongside seasoned professionals. The Gannett-owned newspaper no longer has a financial interest in funding the program, according to multiple Free Press employees, who learned that the program would be discontinued on Monday but...

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From Columbia Journalism Review Wed Jul 16 2014, 07:50:00

By Karen Coates Heroes are complicated and victims aren't always who we think they are. As journalists, we are storytellers lured by the power of a great narrative. But we are also investigators, and that's the part of our job we must honor first--especially when heroes fall and readers become victims, misled by the stories we write. In recent weeks, the Somaly Mam...

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July 15 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Jul 15 2014, 15:50:00

By Dave Warner Jackson Haines and Gillian McGoldrick say their high-school paper will no longer print the word "Redskin." (Photo credit: Dave Warner) One woman ignited a controversy that has embroiled a suburban Philadelphia high school newspaper staff, student body, administration, and the community. All the tumult is over a single word: Redskins. Donna Fann-Boyle, part...

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From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Jul 15 2014, 12:39:36

By Steven Brill This column, a regular feature, was originally published on 1. Google's dilemma: Writing in the Guardian last week, Google general counsel David Drummond described the trouble the European unit of his company is having trying to implement a European Union court's decision that the search giant must eliminate links to certain Web articles or postings about people...

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July 14 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Mon Jul 14 2014, 12:20:51

By David Uberti On Friday, The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration had advance knowledge last year that the British government would force The Guardian to destroy hard drives containing documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Indeed, as declassified emails obtained through a Freedom of Information request show, National Security Agency officials even applauded the move. And Guardian editors, under government supervision, used...

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