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Past articles by John:

Journalists-Turned-Entrepreneurs on How They Built Their Businesses

raduation was approaching, and Northwestern University journalism student Stephanie Choporis faced a tough job market where her choices were few. She could have sought out a spot at a major newspaper or broadcaster in Chicago or elsewhere, but those positions were few and competitive. She might have worked for a local newspaper or an equivalent … → Read More

Can News Literacy Be Taught?

In the run-up to last year’s presidential election, Kennady Wade found herself challenging her peers on the dubious stories they posted on social media, like links … → Read More

Six Journalism Startups Illustrating the Unique Pressures Driving Media Innovation in Europe

To journalists at Slovak news startup Denník N, the murder of reporter Ján Kuciak underlined the importance of the experiment they started … → Read More

Can News Literacy Be Taught?

In the run-up to last year’s presidential election, Kennady Wade found herself challenging her peers on the “fake news” they posted on social media, like … → Read More

From Nieman Reports: Fifty years of the Freedom of Information Act » Nieman Journalism Lab

Data on GIs obtained through a FOIA request, for instance, gave a Colorado Springs Gazette reporter the "confidence to do something bigger." The end result: the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Other than Honorable” series about the Army discharging traumatized and injured soldiers for mi… → Read More

Fifty Years of FOIA

Dave Philipps was well acquainted with the plight of troubled veterans when he heard about a soldier in the El Paso County jail two … → Read More

Russia Keeps Trying to Spend Money on Bunk Science Projects

Russia's Commission on Pseudoscience and Research Fraud is responsible for keeping the government from wasting public money on harebrained ideas — which is not an easy task. → Read More

FAA Approves Corporation's Use of Drones To Collect Data, Prompting Protest from Privacy Advocates

The approval is ratcheting up the long-running debate between privacy advocates, tech innovators, corporations, and government regulators over unmanned flying vehicles. → Read More

Raid on Gay Male Escort Service Questioned by LGBT Activists

The feds raided the website's offices on Tuesday, arresting and hauling off seven employees to Federal District Court in Brooklyn to face charges of promoting prostitution. → Read More

You'll Soon Find Out How Much More Money Your CEO Makes Than You

A newly adopted rule will compel publicly traded companies to annually disclose how their CEO compensation compares to the median salary of their workers. → Read More

Moscow Wants to Ban American Pro-Democracy NGO and Other Groups From Operating in Russia

Russia has launched a new crackdown on groups like the US National Endowment for Democracy that might challenge President Vladimir Putin’s monopoly on power. → Read More

No One Can Seem to Stop the 'El Chapo' of Congolese Ivory Smuggling

Ikama is part of a vast illicit ivory market that is killing elephants at an alarming rate, which has given rise to a broad campaign to save them. → Read More

US Chamber of Commerce Shifts Right As It Courts Tobacco Companies, Climate Change Deniers

The business lobby's stance on issues like tobacco regulations has driven away companies like CVS, Apple and Nike. → Read More

Moscow is Having Second Thoughts About Giving Up the Baltic States

Russia's prosecutor-general is reviewing the sovereignty of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania after lawmakers said the three tiny countries were illegally granted independence when the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s. → Read More

Good News, Stoners: Legalization Is Driving Down the Price of Weed

The downward trend of pot prices is great for cannabis aficionados, but it’s reason to worry for those concerned about the ill health effects of toking. → Read More

Activists Shame German Government by Burying Corpses of Migrants in Berlin

The Center for Political Beauty artist collective held funerals for Syrian-Palestinian refugees in Berlin after members dug up and trucked their bodies from grave sites in Greece and Italy. → Read More

How the US May be Egging On the Growth of the Islamic State in Central Asia

Experts’ warnings come in the wake of revelations in May that Tajik Special Forces Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov joined Islamic State militants. → Read More

Berlin Imposes Rent Caps As World's Most Desirable Cities Become 'Gated Communities'

The rent controls are designed to protect long-term residents who can't pay the same housing costs as the hipsters sipping beers in the Tiergarten. → Read More

Bike Sharing Hits Speed Bump as Soaring Costs Force Some Cities to Shutter Programs

Though bike sharing is popular and still sprouting up around the US and beyond, high costs and other headaches have forced 60 services around the world to close. → Read More

Giant Gas Pipeline Next to Nuclear Power Plant Could Cause a New York 'Fukishima,' Say Experts

Regulators and company officials say they have made full safety provisions, but critics say putting a natural gas pipeline next to the Indian Point nuclear plant is just too risky. → Read More