Former National Security Administration subcontractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden sought out filmmaker Laura Poitras because she was familiar with encryption techniques. ©DonkeyHotey

    Protecting Your Source in the Digital Era


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    Digital conversations over email, text or even the phone are vulnerable to tracking and hacking. And although some beats are more prone to attacks—war coverage, technology, national security, anything investigative—shielding sources is responsible journalistic practice for any reporter. Knight-Bagehot fellow and former Los Angeles Times reporter Tiffany Hsu put together a primer on how to chat safely online in an age of hackers and surveillance.

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    Green and Clean: How to Cover Renewable Energy


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    Renewable energy is a beat that’s full of compelling stories for journalists to tell. Tales of prospectors, abandoned projects and risk-taking cowboys abound. But because so much of the technology is new and the subject so heavily politicized, it can be tough to get the real story. Tiffany Hsu, former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a recent Knight Bagehot fellow, breaks it down for us.

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    Touring “The Billionaire’s Loophole”


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    In his March 2016 story “The Billionaire’s Loophole,” published jointly by The New Yorker and ProPublica, journalist Alec MacGillis investigates the connection between tax breaks for carried interest—the controversial “loophole” of the title—and the philanthropy of the very rich. Knight Bagehot fellow Kim Gittleson spoke with MacGillis about his reporting and writing process in a Q&A and with annotations to the piece itself.

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    Digging for Gold on The Golden Generation


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    New Yorker staff writer Jiayang Fan talks with Covering Business about her popular story “The Golden Generation,” in an interview with Kim Gittleson, a 2016 Knight Bagehot fellow. An annotated version of the story itself follows.

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    Mining Social Media


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    Dozens of new apps and tools make it easier than ever for journalists to sort and uncover information, data and sources for stories on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We put together a quick guide.

    David Bowie securitized the royalties—present and future—on a catalogue of his songs in 1997.

    From Bowie Bonds to Mortgage Loans: A Securitization Primer


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    Eight years after the financial crisis most business journalists still don’t really know how mortgage-backed securities are made. That process, called securitization, plays a big role in not just in mortgage loans but in many other parts of the global economy. Great stories can be hidden behind trends in securitization. Here’s what you should know about how it works.

    Behind the Story

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    Touring “The Billionaire’s Loophole”

    In his March 2016 story “The Billionaire’s Loophole,” published jointly by The New Yorker and

    On the Beat

    Wind farm ©By Winchell Joshua, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Green and Clean: How to Cover Renewable Energy

    Renewable energy is a beat that’s full of compelling stories for journalists to tell. Tales of pro

    Skills and Tradecraft

    Former National Security Administration subcontractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden sought out filmmaker Laura Poitras because she was familiar with encryption techniques. ©DonkeyHotey
    Protecting Your Source in the Digital Era

    Digital conversations over email, text or even the phone are vulnerable to tracking and hacking. And

    Tools & Resources

    ©Alan O'Rourke, http://audiencestack.com/static/blog.html
    Mining Social Media

    Dozens of new apps and tools make it easier than ever for journalists to sort and uncover informatio

    Week in Review

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    Yahoo’s Decline, American Hunger, Health Apps and Privacy

    Yahoo’s Decline, in Data Yahoo, the former Internet search giant, is about to sell itself to the h