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Jason Rezaian of Washington Post Goes on Trial in Iran

Source: New York Times. Posted May 26, 2015

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post correspondent accused by Iran of espionage who has been imprisoned for more than 10 months, went on trial in a Tehran courtroom on Tuesday morning, state news media reported. . . .

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Mark Thompson on the New York Times‘ Facebook ’Experiment'

Source: capitalnewyork.com. Posted May 22, 2015

"We need to access new and interesting pools of readers," the Times chief executive said at a media conference. "Facebook has got colossal pools of readers..." . . .

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An NPR Reporter Raced a Machine to Write a News Story. Who Won?

Source: NPR.org. Posted May 22, 2015

NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley agreed to go head to head against WordSmith, a program that generates simple news stories. . . .

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Why Gonzo Journalism is Crucial to Our Understanding of Cities and Their Tribes

Source: theguardian.com. Posted May 20, 2015

Author Bradley L Garrett argues that the biker clashes in Waco, Texas, underline the need to embolden local journalists to tell their stories from the inside out. . . .

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Artificial Intelligence, Narrative Journalism, and the Future of the Human Race

Source: chicagoreader.com. Posted May 19, 2015

A cover story on Artificial Intelligence in The Economist mentions that a Chicago firm, Narrative Science, not only "hopes to automate the writing of reports" but is already being used by Forbes magazine "to cover basic financial stories." . . .

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In Tibet, Bloggers Post at Their Own Risk

Source: pri.org. Posted May 22, 2015

These are treacherous days for bloggers in China who dares to publicly criticize government policy. . . .

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How to Edit and Share Video as a Citizen Journalist

Source: USATODAY. Posted May 14, 2015

Raw clips may work for tornado videos, but a citizen journalist with bigger ambitions needs to know how to edit. . . .

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Police Videos: Are the Shooters Witnesses or Journalists?

Source: CJR.org. Posted May 08, 2015

Was Feidin Santana a journalist or a witness when he recorded the video of a police officer shooting eight times at fleeing suspect Walter Scott. . . .

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State of the News Media 2015

Source: Pew Research Center. Posted May 07, 2015

At the start of 2015, 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers. . . .

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