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by Rich Bellis

Two of the Big Five publishers to have recently regained agency e-book pricing from Amazon began setting their own prices on some titles a little over a week ago, but that shift doesn’t seem to have registered yet on the best-seller list. Macmillan finds itself without any e-books within the Top 25 for a third week in a row, and […] more »


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Spain’s Security Law Would Restrict Free Speech, Press

Sandra Ordonez, Dec 17, 2014

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Europe
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This opinion piece originally appeared on the CPJ blog. The U.K. prides itself on its commitment to free expression, but the latest revelations of surveillance of journalists and calls by Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, to ban secure messaging belie the country’s drift toward a more restrictive environment for the press. The revelations further underscore […] more »

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This week we learn about the work of viral content editors, and we see how public data can be pulled together to monitor the work of lawmakers. PART 1: Viral content editors With social sharing now an important part of news distribution, having a full-time person assigned specifically to the task is increasingly common inside […] more »

Education
by Molly Wright Steenson

It was the final stretch before the new semester, the week when I shuffle course materials into digital and paper readers. It was also the week in which I launch my course blogs. That day, a tweet from Steven Levy caught my eye. Epic @carr2n syllabus for his lucky students. Big bonus: he’s using @medium to the […] more »

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On July 5, 1989, a pilot episode of a new sitcom called “The Seinfeld Chronicles” aired on NBC. It received good, but not great, ratings for the time, coming in second on the night overall. The network debated whether or not to purchase more episodes; during testing, audiences did not understand this program’s format or […] more »

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Free Speech
by Jean-Paul Marthoz

This opinion piece first appeared on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ blog. The attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has sent shock waves through France and beyond. Not only because 12 people have been killed in cold blood and many were wounded in what was the deadliest terrorist attack in France since 1961, […] more »

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Europe
by Jefferson Yen

Following the violent attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French weekly that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, media organizations had to decide whether or not to publish sensitive materials related to the attack — especially when the new issue of the magazine came out with yet another cartoon on the cover. The AP, CNN, […] more »

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by Sonia Paul

A new survey on the relationship between social media and stress from the Pew Research Center has found that social media use alone does not have a direct relationship with a person’s stress levels. But, the increased awareness of stressful events in other people’s lives — which one might come to know about from the use of these digital technologies […] more »