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Reporting Zika, Without Panic

Friday, February 12, 2016

Last month, reporter Jonathan Katz was in Haiti when he got the Zika virus. But the mild, flu-like symptoms were nothing like the panicked U.S. coverage of the mysterious illness.

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When Is Undercover Reporting Justified?

Friday, January 29, 2016

A look at the successes and failures of undercover reporters throughout history.

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Laws of the Lying Game

Friday, January 29, 2016

Can a journalist ever lie in pursuit of a story? Jane Kirtley tells Brooke where the law has fallen, and whether a case against the Center for Medical Progress may set a new precedent.

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Figuring Flint Out

Friday, January 22, 2016

Flint's water crisis has unfolded largely without national attention. An investigative reporter explains how the story got out, despite denial and obfuscation from state officials.

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What It's Like to Follow Chris Christie for Five Years

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Reporter Matt Katz talks about his new book, American Governor:Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption, and what it's like to cover a master of media manipulation for five years.
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Why One Mexican Journalist Said 'No' To An El Chapo Exclusive

Friday, January 15, 2016

A former editor of Mexico's leading newspaper, El Universal, recalls when editors rushed into his office to tell him that El Chapo was offering the paper an interview. 

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Terms of Engagement

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Mexican journalist reacts to Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo;  Bob checks back in with the Pentagon; and the history of copyright, from its dramatic birth to its uncertain future.

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The Pentagon's Law of War Manual, Revisited

Friday, January 15, 2016

Five months after our initial conversation, we follow up with the Pentagon on the way their contentious Law of War Manual applies to journalists. 

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Sean Of The Jungle

Friday, January 15, 2016

Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo's capture by the Mexican government was quickly overshadowed by the revelation of his secret meeting with Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn. Bob weighs in.

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Brooke on the Longform Podcast

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Max Linsky, co-host of the Longform Podcast, interviews Brooke about why she's a "tough" editor, how she resists boredom, and her unconventional introduction to journalism.
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Who Bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal?

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Last month, someone bought Nevada's largest newspaper for $140 million. After a week of speculation, the new owner was finally revealed. But the drama didn't end there.
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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Election Polls Edition

Friday, December 18, 2015

How can you to tell important polling headlines from bad ones? Our partnership with FiveThirtyEight continues with this look at how to interpret polling data as the primaries get closer.

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Dying Words

Friday, December 11, 2015

New York Times reporter Jeffrey Schmalz was diagnosed with AIDS 25 years ago. The disease changed the way he and others reported on the lives of gay men and women.

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Politifact-Checking the Politicians

Friday, December 04, 2015

If fact-checking is meant to chasten politicians who lie, why isn't it more chaste out there? We speak to Politifact about educating the public and the definition of a "half-truth."

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Dabiq Magazine

Friday, November 20, 2015

While we're watching continuous coverage of ISIS, they're also watching, and even publish politicians and pundits in their propaganda magazine, Dabiq.

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Why Paris, And Not Beirut?

Friday, November 20, 2015

More than 40 people died in two ISIS bombings in Beirut just a day before the Paris attacks. A Lebanese journalist describes the different language used to describe the Beirut victims.

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This guy reads the New York Times over brunch. But probably not the way you do.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Many seek out articles not because they inspire them but because they infuriate. Hence the venerable tradition of "hate-reading" the New York Times' Style and Real Estate sections.

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He doesn't just want you to click; he wants you to care. Meet the 'Carebot.'

Friday, November 13, 2015

The current metric for online articles shows how much we click. NPR is creating a metric that shows how much we care.

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Is the Internet broken? Can we fix it?

Friday, November 13, 2015

In the desperate pursuit of clicks - and the advertising dollars that come with clicks - online publishers have realized the best way to grab our attention is to make us furious.

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The Media Skirmish in Missouri Isn’t About the Media. It’s About Race.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Student protesters at the University of Missouri blocked media access in a confrontation caught on video. A reporter reflects on why the movement is keeping the press at arm's length.