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August 21 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Thu Aug 21 2014, 12:00:00

By Chris Ip Though he only write a major story every year or two, for the last decade and a half John Siracusa has built a reputation as one of Apple's most influential critics. When he does publish a piece, it's a 25,000-plus word tome, dropped on Ars Technica, a technology site owned by Condé Nast, to ritual fanfare and...

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From Columbia Journalism Review Thu Aug 21 2014, 07:50:00

By Lene Sillesen Trolls have been causing havoc online since the early days of the internet, disrupting online debate and directing offensive language and images at other users. But the problem continues to stymie the media, the public, and tech experts alike. This past week gave plenty of cause to revisit the issue as Jezebel called attention to its problems...

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August 20 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Wed Aug 20 2014, 13:55:00

By Nikki Usher In 2011, Bill Keller accused Arianna Huffington's namesake site of doing no less than stealing content, arguing, "There's often a thin line between aggregation and theft." The threat from aggregation prompted lots of whining from the troubled newspaper industry around then, as aggregators were blamed for taking traffic away from mainstream outlets and repurposing content without enough attribution....

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August 19 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Aug 19 2014, 15:50:00

By Michael Rosenwald The best-sourced reporter covering Apple Inc., one of the world's most secretive companies, is a 20-year-old junior at the University of Michigan. His name is Mark Gurman. He makes more than six figures a year as senior editor and scoop master at, a news outlet most people have never heard of. In the interest of truth, which Gurman is...

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From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Aug 19 2014, 11:38:27

By Chris Ip Satire on Facebook now comes with a disclosure. Click on an Onion article in a Facebook News Feed, and the related headlines from the same site that pop up beneath will now be prefaced with "[Satire]." The same does not apply to posts on Facebook timelines, including The Onion's page. According to Facebook, the...

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August 13 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Wed Aug 13 2014, 12:05:40

By Kaitlin Ugolik RALEIGH, NC--On a Monday afternoon in March, members of a North Carolina nonprofit called Equality NC hunkered down for a two-hour stint in the comment section of a story on the Raleigh News & Observer's website. It was an op-ed that Equality NC director Chris Sgro had written about tax issues facing same-sex couples in the state, which in...

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August 12 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Tue Aug 12 2014, 07:50:23

By Jared Malsin CAIRO--In war, the most haunting moments do not always come when people die. For Sherine Tadros, a correspondent for Sky News, one such moment came in a hospital in Gaza last month, following the shelling of a UN-run school where Palestinian civilians had taken shelter. At least fifteen people were killed. Tadros saw a child die that day, but...

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August 11 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Mon Aug 11 2014, 18:34:09

By Lene Sillesen When journalist David McSwane pitched a story about sex trafficking in minors to his editors at the Serasota Herald Tribune in 2012, they were skeptical. As one of his colleagues put it: "People don't want to read about sex with children when they're eating their food." To McSwane, that comment later resonated with a more general attitude toward the issue....

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From Columbia Journalism Review Mon Aug 11 2014, 07:50:00

By Sarah Laskow In the year since Edward Snowden's leaks revealed the extent of the National Security Agency's snooping, American journalists have shored up our defenses. I see more reporters with their public PGP keys--the first step to sending encrypted messages using the Pretty Good Privacy program--published on their Twitter feeds and websites. News organization have picked up tools like SecureDrop, which...

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August 8 2014

From Columbia Journalism Review Fri Aug 8 2014, 12:39:45

By David Uberti Predicated on mutual trust, the relationship between reporters and the intelligence community has become increasingly fraught in recent years. The most recent example of the changing dynamic came Tuesday, when the National Counterterrorism Center preempted a scoop by The Intercept, a site whose stable of reporters, led by Glenn Greenwald, has consistently been a thorn in the intelligence community's side....

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