After foreshadowing the biggest Edward Snowden story yet, reporter Glenn Greenwald may have been silenced by Pierre Omidyar’s strong White House ties; reality TV workers have had a rough time of it; meanwhile, the child plastered on Nazi propaganda as the “perfect Aryan” was actually Jewish. These discoveries and more below.

Why Did Greenwald Agree to Government Plea to Hold Major NSA Story but the Post Didn’t? For months, Glenn Greenwald and his Omidyar-backed news site, The Intercept, have been trailing their biggest scoop: Details of thousands of Americans who were spied on by their own government. “This will be the finale,” Greenwald said. “A big missing piece.”

How J-Schools Are Tackling the Demand for Data Journalism Skills Gone are the days where journalists could boast about not being math people.

19 Maps That Will Blow Your Mind and Change the Way You See the World Many lists of maps promise to change the way you see the world, but this one actually does.

The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line.

Journalism Enrollments Fell Two Years in a Row. Is it the Start of a Downward Trend? Total enrollment in the nation’s journalism schools has dropped, research by a team at the University of Georgia shows, triggering a variety of responses from the schools and raising questions about the future of journalism education.

Israel Does Not Treat Jewish and Arab Terror Equally Information not under gag-order reveals suspects arrested for murder of Palestinian teen are not ‘hilltop youth,’ but elements closer to the fringe of Haredi society.

‘A Twisted Industry’: Reality TV Workers Are Really Fed Up Reality television can seem exciting and glamorous. Working on reality television, much less so.

The ‘Perfect Aryan’ Child Used in Nazi Propaganda Was Actually Jewish In 1934, just after Adolf Hitler took control of Germany, a young Jewish woman became pregnant with a child who would soon become known as the “perfect Aryan.”

In Fever Dreams Begin Irresponsibilities, Texas Edition “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious,” Sigmund Freud wrote in 1899, over in Vienna, Austria.

Israeli Jews Attack Palestinian on Public Bus The following video shows an incident that took place on a municipal bus in the greater Tel Aviv area (near Bnei Brak, for those who know the territory).

Confession of an Ivy League Teaching Assistant: Here’s Why I Inflated Grades The revelation that the median grade at Harvard is an A- prompted lots of discussion, especially among Ivy-league educated journalists.

‘Human Props’ Stay in Luxury Homes but Live Like Ghosts When the Mueller family sits for dinner, the leftover broccoli and crepes are already wrapped in plastic, the kitchen is beyond spotless, and the rest of the home is so tucked-away tidy it looks like they just moved in.

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