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Enlisting an Academic Gatekeeper to Unlock a Story

Sometimes there is a single expert who’s the ‘gatekeeper’ to a castle of information and contacts on a business or deal a reporter is investigating. What can a journalist do to gain the trust of such an expert– and what does the expert expect from the journalist in return?

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Week in Review: US Oil Pullback, Unsafe Uber, U.S. Boom in 2015?

Five-year low in oil prices has some US producers scaling back; Uber faces fresh criticism on drivers; some economists predicting a booming U.S. economy in 2015; Sony Pictures emails reveal ugly spat over Steve Jobs biopic.

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Week in Review: Google Backlash in Europe, Body Camera Bonanza, Sony Pictures Leak

The European Union is calling for a possible break-up of Google; in the wake of a second non-indictment of police responsible for the death of an unarmed black man, U.S. president Obama pledged to invest $75 million in body cameras for police; hackers stole and have begun leaking sensitive data from Sony Pictures.

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Week in Review: Pope Scolds EU, ECB Weighs Stimulus Measures; Oil Volatile Ahead of OPEC

Pope Scolds EU for anti-immigrant policies and high youth unemployment, ECB weighs stimulus measures, including sovereign debt purchase; Oil markets volatile ahead of OPEC meeting.

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Chasing Down Facts in Post-Soviet States

A lack of public accountability and reputation for bribe-taking among journalists makes getting good information and winning the trust of sources a difficult proposition in Ukraine and other former Soviet republics. Here are a few strategies for getting the goods.

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