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Pork, bullets, and the dismal state of journalism in Thailand

April 15, 2015 - 6:50am
On an unbearably hot afternoon in January 2014, my editor at the Bangkok Post told me to hit the streets and figure out why the masses downtown were suddenly donning homemade body armor. For months, street protests had roiled the Thai capital, spurred by entrenched economic inequality and anger at an amnesty bill that would allow political exiles back into...

4 things sports writers can learn from Eduardo Galeano

April 14, 2015 - 4:15pm
Legendary writer Eduardo Galeano of Uruguay died of cancer on Monday at age 74. While he is most well known for his critical books on Latin American colonial history, he also wrote one of the signature books in all of sports literature: Soccer in Sun and Shadow. First published in 1998, it traces the history of soccer as a sport...

How Bit + Grain covers North Carolina's culture

April 14, 2015 - 11:13am
To look at its reader engagement on social media — particularly on image-sharing app Instagram — you wouldn’t know that Bit + Grain, a magazine focused on stories about North Carolina, launched just four weeks ago. It has engagement that would make more established local outlets salivate. Posts related to the publication’s inaugural story about the state’s infamous college basketball...

A primer on Earth Day coverage that doesn’t suck

April 14, 2015 - 6:50am
When The New York Times took note of the first Earth Day in 1970, it made the Times’ front page in an above-the-fold feature photo and a six-column headline pronouncing that “Millions Join Earth Day Observances Across the Nation.” Now, 45 years later, Earth Day itself—and the ensuing media coverage—is a more modest affair. Recent reports have veered toward the...

Montana paper sued by city over open-records request wins in court—and gets its story

April 14, 2015 - 6:50am
In January, we brought you the story of The Billings Gazette, which got a tip about potential mishandling of public money at a Montana landfill, followed up by filing a public records request—and found itself sued by the city. Suing a newspaper simply for asking questions was a notable legal maneuver, but it was also in some sense a nuanced...

Try to clamor a bit less

April 13, 2015 - 2:50pm
What’s the image that comes into your head when you read the italicized word in the following sentence, which appeared recently on the OptionsMonster blog: “ICICI Bank is lighting up our scanners as investors clamber for exposure to international stocks.” Do you see investors scrambling over obstacles to get to those international stocks? “Clamber” means “to climb with effort or...

Beware of keylogging

April 13, 2015 - 11:30am
In late February, the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung, known by its shortened name 'taz', published a chronology on its website detailing the discovery of a keylogger that was used to steal data from newsroom computers. Keyloggers record every keystroke entered on a keyboard, which means recording passwords and communication before they can be protected through most encryption techniques. Since the...

The most concerning element of Facebook’s potential new power

April 13, 2015 - 6:50am
“Facebook has more power in determining who can speak and who can be heard around the globe than any Supreme Court justice, any king or any president.” Those prescient words came from law professor Jeffrey Rosen way back in 2010. Five years later, the Times is willingly handing its censorship keys over to that king of kings. Much has been...