‘Everything Changed Overnight’: Afghan Reporters Face an Intolerant Regime

Beloved shows removed from the airwaves. A television station cutting from a news report a story about a pregnant police officer who was reportedly fatally shot by the Taliban. A radio editor telling his colleagues to edit out anti-Taliban cheers from coverage of demonstrations in the capital. Afghanistan’s vibrant free press and media industry, once …

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Budweiser Pays Tribute to 9/11 With an Updated Commercial

Advertising against a tragic event is a delicate calculation for American companies. Do they acknowledge the occasion and invite accusations of being opportunistic? Do they stay silent and risk appearing out of touch or unpatriotic? What is the border between commemoration and commercialization? On Saturday, during a break in an afternoon football game, Budweiser will …

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Can TV Get Big Again?

In spring 2019, as “Game of Thrones” aired its final season, the talk among TV-industry pundits was that the age of dragons was not the only era coming to an end. “Thrones,” the thinking went, might just be the last big TV series ever: That is, the last blockbuster-level behemoth that would dazzle and focus …

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We’ll Give You a Week Off. Please Don’t Quit.

As long as underlying problems remain, such as ad agencies accepting lower pay, then cutting or underpaying qualified workers, extra time off will remain an appreciated but inadequate stopgap, Ms. Reyes said. The pandemic exacerbated many of the issues that fuel burnout, such as excess workload, lack of autonomy, absence of positive feedback, a weak …

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If Gawker Is Nice, Is It Still Gawker?

Twitter may have taken over the old Gawker mission of exposing the underside of media elites, but Ms. Finnegan said there’s a similar charge to be gotten from publishing “an opinion that everyone secretly shares, but no one’s saying out loud.” She has sent her staff guidelines, under the heading “Gawker Religious Text,” which offer …

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Mueller Scrutinized an Unidentified Member of News Media in Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The special counsel who investigated Russia’s 2016 election interference, Robert S. Mueller III, scrutinized “a member of the news media suspected of participating in the conspiracy” to hack Democrats and make their emails public, the Justice Department disclosed on Wednesday. The deputy attorney general at the time, Rod J. Rosenstein, who was overseeing …

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