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Why NBC's Richard Engel Is Telling a New Story About Syria Kidnapping

Source: MONEY.CNN.com. Posted Apr 16, 2015

NBC's Richard Engel has revised his account of his 2012 kidnapping in Syria -- something that probably never would have happened if Brian Williams hadn't become caught up in controversy over war zone exaggerations. . . .

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Smartwatches Do Little for Journalists But More Useful Wearables Are on the Way

Source: huffingtonpost.com. Posted Apr 14, 2015

Don't look to this first wave of wearables for much that changes how journalists do their jobs gathering news. Coming next, however, are things such as a wrist-launched personal drone and jersey-mounted sports cameras that could open up . . .

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Reuters Baghdad Bureau Chief Flees Iraq After Death Threats

Source: Stars and Stripes. Posted Apr 13, 2015

The Reuters news agency announced that its Baghdad bureau chief has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a Shiite militia television station following a Reuters report alleged lynching and looting in Tikrit. . . .

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Study Shows Journalism Burnout Affecting Women More Than Men

Source: news.ku.edu. Posted Apr 13, 2015

The field of journalism has changed greatly over the last decade, and those changes are taking a particularly hard toll on female journalists, new research from a University of Kansas professor shows. . . .

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Newspapers Hunt for New Readers on Instagram

Source: American Journalism Review. Posted Apr 08, 2015

The New York Times has already pulled in more than 55,000 followers for the new general Instagram account it launched on March 9. Early news adopters on Instagram have amassed bigger followings: visual powerhouse National Geographic counts 15 . . .

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Reporting on Quacks and Pseudoscience: The Problem for Journalists

Source: latimes.com. Posted Apr 14, 2015

How do journalists report on popular purveyors of scientific nonsense without ended up giving them even more exposure -- that is, spreading the disease of misinformation in the process of trying to wipe it out? . . .

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Why Journalists Shouldn't Leave Their Laptops or Phones Unattended

Source: CJR.org. Posted Apr 13, 2015

There's been a rise in "keylogging" -- a technique that steals passwords and sensitive information before it is encrypted. A keylogging device can look just like a USB stick. . . .

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Why Larry Flynt’s Latest Court Victory is Good for the Media

Source: CJR.org. Posted Apr 10, 2015

The quirky and bellicose publisher of Hustler magazine is receiving help from what some might see as a surprising source: the traditional news media. . . .

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