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September 2005

Kunda Dixit on Resisting Press Censorship in Nepal

Last February Nepalese King Gyanendra, declaring a state of emergency, seized power from parliament, suspended all press freedoms and imposed... More

Not Yet, Anyway

There are few things more dramatic in television news than reporting on a hurricane. Giant waves rushing ashore, demolishing all... More

A Little Too Hidden, If You Ask Us

Two weeks ago we wrote about our concern that little media attention was being paid to a massive hunger strike... More

Judy Miller: She Walks, She Talks - But Does She Write?

The Judy Miller mystery -- or rather, the Judy Miller pyramid of mysteries -- continues to grow. By now, no... More

Oh, The Humanity!

Why is NBC's "Today Show" building houses in midtown Manhattan for people who live in Louisiana and Mississippi? Because if... More

Hot and Sticky, New Yorkers Shun Heavy Clothing!

Editors love weather stories -- easy to do, and always a trusty fallback when news is slow. But they're difficult... More

Robin Toner: Just As Good the Second Time Around

In writing our blog report this morning, we came upon what struck us at the time as an unusually astute... More

Philadelphia Here We Come

While we're sure this will come as no surprise to the New York Times styles section, it startled us a... More

Who Indicted Tom DeLay?

Yesterday, in the wake of a criminal indictment in Texas, Tom DeLay stepped down as the Majority Leader of the... More

Product Placement: It’s Everywhere, It’s Everywhere

So we were sipping our Starbucks macchiato, sitting in front of our Dell computer, a bottle of crystal clear Evian... More

Ephron on Blogging, Everyone Else on DeLay

If you held a blogging conference and no one blogged about it, did it ever really happen? Luckily, Nora Ephron... More

Were These Two Guys in the Same Room?

Were the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler and the New York Times's Steven R. Weisman watching the same Karen Hughes address... More

A Story That Cries Out for Follow-Up

Earlier this year, our print brethren at CJR called attention to the press's piecemeal effort in adding "substantial layers to... More

Rejecting TimesSelect, Embracing the MLB Playoffs

The decision by the New York Times to start charging for some of its online content -- specifically, its op-ed... More

In Britain, Revenge Is a Dish the Press Serves Cold

Kate Moss, June 6, 2005 inNew York City (AP Wideworld) If you've read the New York Post or tuned... More

The Backlash Begins

The American media seems to live in a constant crisis of confidence. Remember just a few short weeks ago when... More

Setting the Record Straight

As if the horror of a hurricane sweeping away an American city wasn't awful enough, in the days after Katrina... More

Six Different Takes on Katrina, Rita

This week the combined brunt of two hurricanes washed up on the glossy shores of American magazines, creating a torrent... More

Who Were Those Guys Behind the Curtain?

Saturday afternoon's mass anti-war rally in front of the White House was big news in the papers the next day.... More

MSM Outs Self; Bloggers Pounce

With some notable exceptions, the media is widely thought -- no less by itself -- to have done an admirable... More

Overlooking a $250 Billion Treasury Raid

What if Louisiana threw a $250 billion party and no one noticed? That's largely been the case with the request... More

New York Times Writes Second Obit for the Joke - and Then a Third

It's been months -- four months, in fact -- since the New York Times first announced the death of the... More

The Week of the Long Knives

Jon Friedman of wrote a column yesterday that cut right to the chase. Friedman's first sentence: "This is a... More

Michael Bürgi On Blog-Induced “Vanity Contests,” Dumbing Down News, and Reporters’ Post-Katrina “Victory Dance”

Michael Bürgi has been the editor of MediaWeek, the business trade publication, since 2004. He joined the magazine in 1993... More

Going Nowhere Fast

Today, everywhere you look in the news, you see them. People trapped in cars, running from a storm, running into... More

Tracking Where Rita Isn’t Going

That's one ferocious storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, and one big story to cover. Before it even hits... More

The Los Angeles Times Adds Another Piece to the Puzzle

We've written a few times over the last week about the hard task facing reporters in finding out just how... More

But Does It Work?

As part of his address to the nation last week, President Bush, sleeves rolled up in an eerily lit Jackson... More

Painting Katrina with a 9/11 Brush

President Bush gave a lunchtime speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington yesterday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in a roundup... More

Inflation at the News Pump

This morning, the San Francisco Chronicle greeted its readers in the Bay Area with a bit of bad news about... More

The Governator Strikes Back

Earlier this week, a group of California newspapers received invitations from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's office to participate in a "10-minute... More

Where Stories Go to Die: Page A23

Okay, you tell us if this isn't big news. Look at this lede from the back pages of the Washington... More

It’s Mother’s Day in the Blogosphere

Now that everyone's doing it -- blogging, that is -- we thought we'd drop in this morning on a few... More

Why Did New Orleans Drown?

Why did the floodwalls surrounding New Orleans fail to protect the city from Hurricane Katrina? It's an important question, and... More

Intrepid Scribes Seek Out Signs of Life in Crescent City

How does one know that civilization has returned to a city that has been all but submerged for weeks? A... More

Like Iron Filings to a Magnet

With the Cindy Sheehan-inspired anti-war bus tour coming to a city (and a news outlet) near you, the blogosphere sounds... More

What Happened and Why at the Gretna Bridge

We expect journalists to get both sides of a story. Usually, that means going beyond the official explanation. But in... More

Alas, There Were Precious Few to Check

President Bush announced today -- over the protests of disgruntled Democrats -- that Francis Fargos Townsend will head an internal... More

Who Killed Paul Klebnikov?

It's been a little over a year -- July 9, 2004 to be exact -- since American journalist Paul Klebnikov,... More

The Real MSM Piles onto DeLay

Pundits of a certain stripe love to prattle on about the liberal bias of the “mainstream media,” an engrained mindset... More

But Enough About You, Let’s Talk About Me

CJR Daily often faults cable news shows for not giving viewers enough information -- skimping on context, allowing talking points... More

Back to Iraq

Time runs a scathing investigation this week into the history of missteps and miscalculations by U.S. policymakers that has fueled... More

Katrina Revives an Old Debate

One of the beauties of the Internet is having, just clicks away, radically divergent views on any given issue. With... More

The Wages of Katrina

First we had the reporters lashed to trees, braving Katrina's winds along the Gulf Coast, then we had the dispatches... More

Some Celebrities Smoke? Surely, You Jest

Sound the alarm: Movie stars are increasingly being caught by paparazzi sucking down nicotine off-screen -- and it could have... More

Kevin Sites On Getting Dangerous Stories, Stirrings Brought by Katrina, and Slippery Truth

Kevin Sites A veteran combat correspondent who has worked for CNN, NBC, and ABC, Kevin Sites set off for... More

It Must Be True. They Told Us So.

It's hard to think of a more unreliable source of information on teenagers' sex life than -- well, than teenagers... More

What? A Boondoggle Without a Czar?

Last night, in his speech to the nation, President Bush announced that a group of inspectors general would be watching... More

Another Piece of the Puzzle Snaps into Place

We've been tipping our hat a lot this week, but there has been quite a bit of good journalism coming... More

Quick Trigger Fingers on Campus

The story of the firing of Jillian Bandes, an opinion columnist for the Daily Tar Heel at UNC Chapel Hill,... More

Giving New Meaning to the Term “Pool Reporter”

"A pool is, for many of us in the West, a symbol not of affluence but of order, of control... More

Putting Together a Few Pieces, At Last

For the last two weeks, the media (CJR Daily included) has been relentlessly bashing Michael Brown, the recently-departed head of... More

Day One’s Stand-Up Guy Becomes Day Two’s Shifty Weasel

Finally, yesterday, Judge John Roberts gave those brave American citizens struggling to keep their eyes open during his soporific confirmation... More

Blame and Body Counts

Just when we thought we’d already experienced the entire spectrum of dreadful cable news punditry -- several times over --... More

The Pummeling of Michael Brown Continues

After giving the New York Times his first extensive interview since his resignation earlier this week as FEMA director, Brown... More

Anonymice: The Motivation of the Rodents

Nora Ephron at the Huffington Post expounding on the pointlessness of the New York Times' policy that reporters must try... More

It’s a Yawnfest! No, It’s a Duel!

The “tone” of the Roberts confirmation hearings thus far has been, as Howard Kurtz observes today, “more legal seminar than... More

What’s Going On At Gitmo?

Amidst the post-Katrina coverage, the Roberts confirmation hearing, and the latest devastatingly deadly suicide attack in Iraq, a big story... More

Roberts’ Future, Bush’s Future, E.J. Dionne’s Future

The Roberts confirmation hearings are upon us, bringing with them all-day coverage on the cable networks, not to mention instant... More

Anonymous Sources Say Sun Sets in the West!

On Thursday night, President Bush is scheduled to address the nation about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. What will he... More

In New Orleans, Everyone’s a Critic

I'm standing on Convention Center Boulevard at the foot of Canal Street talking to a Michigan National Guardsman about the... More

News Flash: New York Post Discovers … Sex!

Women in New York City have slightly -- very slightly -- more sex than their counterparts in major cities around... More

Is It Gonzo — Or Is It Just So Much Gas?

We saw something on television this weekend that would likely have made George Plimpton and Hunter S. Thompson, up there... More

Katrina, Cooper, and Katrina

While the hurricane-related headline on Time’s cover this week has a no-one’s-at-fault feel to it -- "System Failure" -- US... More

Oops! Cancel That Previous Thought

For almost two-and-a-half years, writers for the editorial page of the Washington Times have gleefully lacerated anyone who dares to... More

Embedded with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans

We hit the first checkpoint on Highway 10 at about 10 p.m. I'm with a freelance reporter who is on... More

A Press That Walks and Chews Gum at the Same Time? Not Likely

Generals are forever fighting the last war, the saying goes. Well, Senators sitting on the Judiciary Committee, grilling potential justices... More

Of Presidential (and Blogospheric) Bubbles

Liberal bloggers are having a field day today with two big stories by Time and Newsweek that focus on how... More

The Times-Picayune: How They Did It

BATON ROUGE -- Walk through the front doors of the journalism building at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, about... More

Unraveling The Mess at FEMA

Earlier this week, we implored the press to move beyond depictions of the surface horrors and get to the root... More

Wherein We Pass on a $7,500 Sure Thing

It's a given in the news business that every natural disaster is followed, as darkness follows sunset, by two things:... More

Some Trends Sprint, Some Trends Slog

Has anybody heard of some place called Prague? A dispatch in this week's Village Voice has the scoop. In the... More

Mike Keller on Dancing With Katrina

When Mike Keller graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism in May, he figured that, like most rookie reporters, he... More

Well, Now That You Put It That Way …

"I kept thinking, 'Where's Walter Cronkite?' and all I had is Geraldo Rivera." --Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) More


Once in a rare while, we read something so good, so perfect, that simply repeating it suffices to make the... More

Halliburton One-Liners: Who’s a Reader and Who’s a Writer?

When Chuck D drops a reference to Halliburton in a song about Hurricane Katrina as he did Sunday -- "No... More

Blame Game Subsumes Blogosphere

Have you ever played The Blame Game? It's fun. You should try it. The White House apparently doesn't want to... More

And Speaking of Katrina, Let’s Talk About … Tennis?

"Katrina Looms Over 'The Man' Premiere," an AP headline reads. A New York Times sports columnist feels compelled to refer... More

The Veil Falls Yet Again

In her New York Times column today, Maureen Dowd delights in the fact that, for the Bush Administration, Hurricane Katrina... More

Katrina Produces Its Own Wizard of Oz

After every natural or man-made disaster, relief workers need back-up generators. Journalists, on the other hand, need something slightly different:... More

We’re All Helen Thomas … For Now

Something unusual happened during Scott McClellan's White House press briefing yesterday: "talking points" were uttered. Of course, "talking points" are... More

Blog Nation Pauses to Remember … Gilligan

The blogosphere mourned the passing of a great man today, one who will be missed by many. No, not William... More

Signals - They’re Everywhere!

You know you've been reporting in Washington too long when you're able to pick up "signals" being transmitted from nameless... More

Moribund Patient Lurches Awake

What exactly happened to broadcast and cable news last week? On Monday, when Hurricane Katrina touched ground, we did little... More

All Katrina All The Time

The week after the storm, the covers of the nation's major newsweeklies all focus on Hurricane Katrina: At Time it's... More

Faulkner They Ain’t

As soon as New Orleans began looking like some kind of awful latter-day Atlantis earlier this week, the inevitable mawkish,... More

Prescient Warnings of New Orleans’ Fate Were Numerous

By the nature of our work, we knock people. We knock journalists for falling back on tired and outmoded forms... More

Holding Authority to Account

As New Orleans is gripped by chaos and misery, some national television reporters are beginning finally to show their mettle... More

Waxing Wise From Far Away

The situation in New Orleans worsened yesterday, hard as that is to believe. "New Orleans Mayor Issues 'Desperate SOS'" read... More

By Omission, Not Commission

NBC photojournalist Tony Zumbado looked visibly shaken this afternoon when he spoke on MSNBC with Alison Stewart. It's no wonder.... More

Tips on How To Be a President

While their colleagues report on the ground from washed- out swatches of the Gulf Coast, political reporters with Washington, D.C.... More

All New Orleans All the Time

When writing the Blog Report, we normally link only to posts that are a day old at most. But in... More

David Brooks Examines New Orleans’ “Unacknowledged Inequalities”

For a few days now, since Katrina slammed her way across the Gulf Coast, we've been harping on the need... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news

The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”


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