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In Iran, crackdowns on dissent and journalism

On September 16, Mahsa Amini, a twenty-two-year-old woman, died in Kasra Hospital, in Tehran. Amini had been arrested by Iran’s morality police for improperly covering her head; while in police custody, Amini fell into a coma from which she did not awaken. Her family has challenged official accounts of Amini’s death and alleged that she […]

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Q&A: Sumaúma covers the Amazon like it’s ‘the center of the world’

Each month, Covering Climate Now speaks with different journalists about their experiences on the climate beat and their ideas for pushing our craft forward. This week, we spoke with Brazilian journalist Eliane Brum and Guardian correspondent Jonathan Watts, who recently launched Sumaúma, a news platform dedicated to in-depth coverage of the Amazon rain forest. We […]

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After the Uprising

On July 11th, 2021, Cubans took to the streets—and the government suppressed their story

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Digital Platforms and Journalistic Careers: A Case Study of Substack Newsletters

Executive summary In 2018, the technology reporter Taylor Lorenz predicted journalists would adopt influencer tactics to grow their own audiences and directly distribute content to their followers. Since then, journalists have continued to experiment with using digital platforms as part of their career activities. These digital tools provide journalists with the opportunity to capitalize […]

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The road to a possible TikTok-Congress deal

In June, BuzzFeed News published an investigative report based on leaked audio from more than eighty internal meetings at TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app. In the report, labeled “The TikTok Tapes,” Emily Baker-White of BuzzFeed wrote that the recordings—along with fourteen statements from nine TikTok employees—revealed that China-based employees of the company “repeatedly accessed […]

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‘As you publish it, the question is always there’: Lina Attalah on Mada Masr’s future

On August 31, Mada Masr, one of Egypt’s last independent news sites, published an article about the potential reorganization of leadership in the Nation’s Future Party, which dominates parliament and supports Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The article drew on comments from multiple sources “who are members of the party’s governing body and central secretariat,” […]

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‘As you publish it, the question is always there’: Lina Attalah on Mada Masr’s future

On August 31, Mada Masr, one of Egypt’s last independent news sites, published an article about the potential reorganization of leadership in the Nation’s Future Party, which dominates parliament and supports Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The article drew on comments from multiple sources “who are members of the party’s governing body and central secretariat,” […]

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The social-media platforms, the “Big Lie,” and the coming elections

In August, Twitter, Google, TikTok, and Meta, the parent company of Facebook, released statements about how they intended to handle election-related misinformation on their platforms in advance. For the most part, it seemed they weren’t planning to change much. Now, with the November 8 midterms drawing closer, Change the Terms, a coalition of about 60 […]

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The Washington Post has a Bezos problem

For a news organization, being owned by an oligarch can be complicated. When Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post in 2013 from the Graham family, those complications were not top of mind. The Post was in a downward spiral, sloughing off staff and flirting with irrelevance. Bezos’s money changed everything, bulking up the newsroom, revolutionizing […]

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Who’s running the Washington Post?

Nine years after he bought the Washington Post, Jeff Bezos finally has a management team in place that is entirely his own. Bezos’s early infusion of money positioned the Post as a serious contender in the ongoing national and international news competition. But can his leadership team keep that momentum going? With readership and revenue […]