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5 Overlooked Lessons From the AP Subpoena Controversy and Other Leak Investigations

The journalism world has been rightly outraged by the Justice Department dragging the Associated Press (and now a Fox News reporter) into one of its sprawling leak investigations. As we wrote last week, by obtaining the call records of twenty AP phone lines, ?the Justice Department has struck a terrible blow against the freedom of the press and the ability of reporters to investigate and report the news.”

Obama administration mistakes journalism for espionage

The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists? phone records, perusing their e-mails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn?t chilling, it?s just plain cold.

Crowdfunding Checkbook Journalism: Gawker?s ?Crackstarter? and its implications

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is a controversial character. 2300 words in his 7600 word Wikipedia biography make up a section titled ?other controversies?. These controversies include being drunk and picking a fight at a Leafs game, insulting people with AIDS, people of Asian descent, and allegedly groping a female mayoral candidate.

How is algorithmic objectivity related to journalistic objectivity?

Today at New York University, a bunch of smart people are gathered at the Governing Algorithms conference.

 

The New Yorker launches Strongbox. What are the experts saying?

On Wednesday, the New Yorker launched a Tor- and open-source-based file-sharing tool/tip line called Strongbox meant to allow sources to communicate information to the magazine without fear of it being traced back to them.

In IRS and AP scandals, a frighteningly impotent government

At a time when Congress can?t pass a budget and the president can?t win approval of any important legislation, the public is indignant about the threat of an overreaching, all-powerful federal government that uses the IRS and the Justice Department to harass its enemies.

The Economist?s Data Editor: Big data may be too hyped, but here?s how it will change the world

Is there too much hype around ?big data?? Kenneth Cukier thinks so, and yet he remains passionate about what we can achieve with it.

A Conspiracy To Commit Journalism: The Justice Dept. vs. Fox News reporter James Rosen

Trevor Timm at a Freedom of the Press Foundation writes: “Last night, the Washington Post reported on a little known leak case involving former State Department official Stephen Kim. In an alarming new extreme, the Justice Department and FBI finger argue there’s “probable cause to believe” Fox News reporter James Rosen “has committed or is committing a violation of [the Espionage Act], as an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” by soliciting information from Kim for a story.

Can Newsweek ?snowfall? on a weekly basis?

Newsweek launched a beta version of their newly redesigned website today. AdAge?s Michael Sebastian has more details on the new site, which he calls a ?dramatic re-imagining.? Along with the new look, NewsBeast has a new plan for how to make money off the former print magazine.

 

At The Miami Herald, tweeting?s about breaking news in the a.m. and conversation in the p.m.

Have you ever tried tweeting at a major news organization? How often have they responded or retweeted? Probably not often ? and that corresponds to the findings offered by aGW/Pew study of 13 major news organizations which found ?limited use of the institution?s public Twitter identity, one that generally takes less advantage of the interactive and reportorial nature of the Twitter.?

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