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Education
by Michael W. Wagner

The political reporter’s professional toolkit keeps expanding. Journalists are using social science research, “big data” and innovative alternative story formats to better serve their audience. Journalism education is catching up too, as Vicki Krueger and Katherine Krueger have shown here on EducationShift. I’m a long-time critic of political news coverage that treats politics like a [...] more »

Free Speech
by Jose Gonzalez

The death of Canadian freelance photographer Ali Mustafa while documenting the Syrian civil war illustrates the persistent problem of the safety of journalists in the country and, increasingly, the particular threats faced by freelance journalists reporting in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet. Much of the reporting that has come out of Syria in recent months [...] more »

Business
by James Breiner

Launching a news publication online is the easy part. Paying the bills and surviving for several years is the hard part. Three of those who have evolved and survived for at least five years are La Silla Vacia, a political website in Colombia, Homicide Watch, a news and data platform in three U.S. cities, and the Texas Tribune, [...] more »

Global View
by Phillip Smith

At the end of nine exhausting yet exhilarating days spent in three Venezuelan cities, I watched 30 journalists present the start of at least eight different data journalism projects seeking to answer important questions about the country’s challenges. Given what I saw in those presentations, it is going to be an exciting time for data [...] more »

Free Speech
by Marianna Tzabiras

Will Burma’s reforms lead to substantial change? That question has been repeatedly asked since the political initiatives taken in 2011 were seen as steering the country towards democracy and away from its history of military rule. Three years later, assessments of Burma’s progress vary, especially around media freedom and free expression. On a recent visit [...] more »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

Veteran journalist Andy Carvin gained fame by using Twitter for blanket real-time coverage of the Arab Spring revolutions. Based in NPR’s newsroom at the time, Carvin led one of the most memorable examples of crowdsourced reporting efforts ever seen in the industry, collaborating with sources knowledgeable about the Middle East conflict and Arabic dialects, while [...] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

In less than a week, Turkish voters will cast their ballots in local elections widely seen as a test of support for embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has faced growing questions about official corruption since a high-level probe first became public in December. Although many observers believe Erdoğan will survive the current political crisis, the prime [...] more »

Free Speech
by Jillian C. York

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its annual “Enemies of the Internet” index last week — a ranking first launched in 2006 intended to track countries that repress online speech, intimidate and arrest bloggers and conduct surveillance of their citizens. Some countries have been mainstays on the annual index, while others have been able to work their way off the list. Two [...] more »

Free Speech
by Angela Washeck

Amid the frenzy of SXSW Interactive were a few fundamental themes: 1) mobile is here to stay; 2) social media is the lifeblood of anyone with content to share and 3) data privacy will become a commodity given today’s surveillance state. “South By” was crawling with opportunities for journalists and publishers to learn about upcoming [...] more »


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