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Facebook co-founder hopes The New Republic becomes a new home for longform journalism

One of the United States’ oldest and most venerable magazines, The New Republic, re-launched on Monday, Jan. 28, with social media pioneer Chris Hughes at the helm, according to the magazine’s website. Read more »


U.S. sentences first CIA officer for media leaks; CPJ calls Obama to reset "legacy on whistleblowers"

John C. Kiriakou became the first Central Intelligence Agency officer sentenced to prison for leaking classified information to the media, reported The New York Times on Friday, Jan. 25. According to the Times, Kiriakou will serve 30 months in prison for releasing the name of an undercover CIA agent to a reporter and information about the intelligence agency’s use of waterboarding, a controversial interrogation technique. Read more »


New gun legislation in New York sparks controversy over access to information

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting, New York State enacted the strictest gun laws in the nation, according to Huffington Post on Jan. 15, sparking debate over how to balance protecting gun owners’ privacy and the public’s right to information.  Read more »


New report explores sustainable news startup models in U.S. and Europe

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Nieman Lab released its international research project on how digital journalism is financed in the U.S. and Europe. Read more »


After week of scandals, U.S. sports journalism faces greater scrutiny

Screenshot from Deadspin's exposé on Manti Te'o's girlfriend hoax. Source: Deadspin

Freedom of expression in Latin America is a priority for the U.S., says State Department

The U.S. government named freedom of expression one of three "specific challenges" in its strategy toward Latin America, along with energy resources and education, reported the news agency EFE. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson gave the remarks at a press conference in Madrid, according to the agency.  Read more »


Recent paid content strategies threaten to blur the line between news and advertising, analysts say

Screen shot 2013-01-15 at 4.17Screen shot from The Atlantic's offending Scientology paid content advertisement

Relaxation of media law could threaten media diversity in U.S., critics say

The Federal Communications Commission looks poised to revoke a 30-year-old rule banning cross-ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations, according to several sources. The proposed change to the 1975 ban would allow a company to own one newspaper, two television stations and up to eight radio stations in the same media market, according to Free Press. The change would only affect the top 20 largest markets, according to The New York TimesRead more »


In the shadow of mass shooting in the U.S., questions about social media’s role in breaking news

Social media’s growing reputation as a news source got two black eyes this fall, first from rumor mongering on Twitter during Hurricane Sandy, and then from the media confusion surrounding the events of the mass shooting in Connecticut last Friday, Dec. 14.   Read more »


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