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    For AP reporters, revealing the 'Mosul Eye' was a lesson in journalistic persistence

    It was a media mystery whose unraveling had potentially deadly consequences: Who is "Mosul Eye?"

    For more than three years, Omar Mohammed was essentially a stealth historian in Iraq as he risked death cataloging ISIS horrors online as "Mosul Eye." He went to great lengths to hide his identity as he maintained his true persona as a jobless scholar in his native land. Hundreds of thousands read his dispatches, including journalists covering the region.

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    How the Daily Beast breaks big Trump-Russia stories

    The guilty plea of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn reminds dramatically how the saga of Russian involvement in American politics is as sprawling and at times impenetrable as the Russian Federation itself.  

    Big players such as The New York Times and The Washington Post have led the way, but there's ample superior work from others, including The Daily Beast. There's no monopoly on the topical avenues of opportunity.

    The Daily Beast?

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    Revision: How long should it take?

    I always enjoy my writing workshops at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. This year about 100 members of the public crowded into a small theater to hear me fool around on the piano and toss out a few coins of writing wisdom.

    Why do I play music and sing during a writing workshop? The answer is simple. If you traffic in adverbs and semicolons for a living, you better have an escape hatch.

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    Covering mass shootings and the resurrection of the dead

    I know a lot of journalists and scientists – liberal and conservative – who believe in a personal God, the existence of an afterlife, and the power of prayer. This must be said in the aftermath of more and more mass killings. When a news anchor says to a suffering source, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to you,” it feels fitting and proper. I know atheists who say it too, not as a violation of their epistemology, but as an expression of solidarity with another human being.

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    Ready to practice comics journalism? Ask these questions before you commit

    Pairing illustration with news gathering is not a new idea.

    More than a century ago, the Illustrated London News hired artistic journalists, like its “Special War Artist” Melton Prior, to draw global events. Over the past few years news organizations both national (The New York Times Magazine) and local (WCPO in Cincinnati) have used comics to tell true stories.

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    The Breakthrough: How journalists in the Virgin Islands covered the disaster happening to them

    Editor's note: Poynter is publishing this story in conjunction with ProPublica, which produced this story and podcast.

    The rest of the world watched as Hurricanes Irma and Maria — both category 5 storms — slammed into the Virgin Islands, leaving devastation in their wake. Most of the news coverage came from journalists who flew in, and had the luxury of returning home. Reporters and editors with the Virgin Islands Daily News covered a disaster happening to them.

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    TIME-Mic documentary follows couple's overdose nightmare to show the face of opioid epidemic

    The couple had taken a dose of heroin in the bathroom of a drugstore, then decided to try to make it to the bus. Before it could arrive, they both began overdosing and collapsed. Ron Hiers was sprawled backward on a bus bench, his wife, Carla, nearby on her knees with her face planted on the sidewalk. 

    Then the moment came that actually saved their lives, but they couldn’t immediately know it. A man began streaming the scene on Facebook as it happened on Oct. 3, 2016. At various points, you can hear him laughing.

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