journalism

A man accused of being a hired assassin has pleaded guilty to killing a journalist who investigated corruption in Slovakia — a shocking murder that led to the government's collapse in early 2018, along with the exit of several police and justice officials.

The Russian government now has the right to classify individual journalists, bloggers and even social media users as "foreign agents" with a new law signed by President Vladmir Putin on Monday.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has bowed to mounting popular pressure and announced his plans to resign in the new year.

The past two days have not been kind to Joseph Muscat.

Two time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid was perhaps the most admired of his day.

“I think he was the most decorated foreign correspondent of his era,” journalist and teacher Rami Khouri says.

Both Shadid and Khouri reported extensively from the Middle East during their careers.

A series of mergers and acquisitions in the newspaper industry this week led some analysts to call it a “turning point” — and not one for the better.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks to Roben Farzad (@robenfarzad), host of Public Radio’s Full Disclosure, about why the consolidation of the news industry is dangerous for civil society.

Gannett and GateHouse Media have agreed to merge in a deal aimed at cutting costs and pursuing a digital transformation.

Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley speaks with media analyst John Carroll (@john_r_carroll) about the new deal.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

Deadspin, the brash and rebellious sports website, has had its entire writing and editing personnel resign just days after new management issued a mandate to staff to "stick to sports."

On Friday, the website's most well-known writer, Dave McKenna, was said to be stepping down, according to a post by former Deadspin Senior Editor Diana Moskovitz.

Listeners have reacted with sadness to the news that Cokie Roberts, an NPR "founding mother," died this morning of complications from breast cancer.

As one listener wrote to our office, "she had a plumb, level and straight presence that promised that we would get through this hail and lightning storm."

Our newsroom is in tears. My phone and email are bursting with more tears. The country has lost a great journalist. But I and so many thousands of others have lost a great friend. Yes, thousands of others.

Cokie Roberts was the embodiment of our better angels — whether it was her work for Save the Children or the millions of kindnesses large and small that she dispensed daily, without ever thinking that what she was doing was unusual or remarkable.

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