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How a weekly newspaper in Oregon shined a light on government secrecy

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to Journalism

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Journalism

Everything you never wanted to know about journalism and the media

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Homepage / Franklin Clemens

Last week Twitter unleashed the floodgates on 280-character tweets, rolling the feature out to everyone just over a month after testing the feature with select users. While the change may have some of the social media giant’s fans lamenting the watering-down of the platform, the change will have several benefits for journalists. While good journalism […]

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Twitter is an excellent tool for journalists to keep their fingers on the pulse of their audiences. Except, of course, when it isn’t. According to recent information on the role of Russian propaganda in shaping the 2016 election, several well-known news outlets quoted tweets in news stories from Twitter users who were not, in fact, […]

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In addition to not being the best at math, another area where journalists tend to struggle is science. This makes reporting on scientific and medical studies difficult because we have a tendency to take the findings of the study at face value without digging in and asking the same types of questions we would ask […]

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President Donald Trump continued his apparent war on freedom of the press this week by threatening to have NBC’s broadcast license revoked after the network ran a news story he found unfavorable. According to the NBC story, Trump asked for a tenfold increase in the United States’ nuclear arsenal. Trump claims the story is completely […]

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One of the more disturbing aspects of Google and Facebook’s propagation of false information when the Las Vegas shooting news first broke was Google’s explanation of how a false story naming the wrong person as the shooter rose to the top of its “In the news” section. The false story originated on 4chan and got […]

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Among the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks were two journalists. One died at ground zero photographing the burning towers. The other was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. BILL BIGGART was a photojournalist who moved to Manhattan in the 1970s right when the World Trade Center was first opening. He would also […]

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“If you’re dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you’re smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.” -Aaron Sorkin Journalists are taught in journalism school to question authority and speak truth to power. In many cases, they’re actually doing this well before attending college. In some respects, journalists are natural-born contrarians. Unfortunately, […]

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