Often, there seems to be a sort of unspoken agreement between the political and reporting classes to wink, nod and let some obvious stretches of the imagination slide when news organizations run with some item that was obviously planted.
By Paul McLeary Nov 30, 2005 at 04:37 PM
Talking points, spin, partisan positioning -- day in and day out, politicians and their handlers are working overtime to get... More
In honor of our newest section, The Audit, we’ll kick off today’s Blog Report with a look at a couple of bloggers’ beefs with business reporting.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 30, 2005 at 03:37 PM
In honor of our newest section, The Audit, we'll kick off today's Blog Report with a look at a couple... More
PR people are expensive. And often they don’t, or can’t, produce the results you might like. Wouldn’t it be easier to just show up at your local paper with fistfuls of cash, and ask nicely if they’d print what you’d like them to?
By Bryan Keefer Nov 30, 2005 at 12:52 PM
PR people are expensive. And often they don't, or can't, produce the results you might like. Wouldn't it be easier... More
It’s been almost impossible to ignore the hype surrounding America’s newest post-Thanksgiving shopping milestone, “Cyber Monday.”
By Gal Beckerman Nov 29, 2005 at 06:03 PM
Could you feel the buzz, the tingling in your fingers as you clicked on your mouse and punched in your... More
Something more than simple subjectivity seems to be at work in the New York Times’ notable books of the year list: Six of the 61 nonfiction books were authored by Times staffers, and another four by regular contributors.
By Paul McLeary Nov 29, 2005 at 04:30 PM
Around this time every year, major newspaper and magazine editors from sea to shining sea -- which is to say,... More
By Gal Beckerman Nov 28, 2005 at 06:03 PM
Back in September, when Ariel Sharon disengaged Israel from the Gaza Strip, a lot of people were optimistic that the... More
Gretchen Morgenson, a New York Times Wall Street reporter with a Pulitzer under her belt, is one of the shrewder financial minds in the business press, so it’s always surprising to see her stumble.
By Steve Lovelady Nov 28, 2005 at 04:43 PM
Gretchen Morgenson, a New York Times Wall Street reporter with a Pulitzer under her belt, is one of the shrewder... More
When an organization whose goal it is to revolutionize the way in which people receive information asks its readers “What should we be?” more than a week after its much-hyped re-launch, odds are it’s in trouble.
By Paul McLeary Nov 28, 2005 at 01:37 PM
When an organization whose goal it is to revolutionize the way in which people receive information asks its readers "What... More
The French philosopher Roland Barthes once proclaimed that in the United States “sex is everywhere, except in sexuality.” Recently, the philosophers at USA Today took a stab at supporting Barthes’ theory, uncovering indisputable evidence that sex can be found in unlikely places including … electronic gadgetry.
By Felix Gillette Nov 28, 2005 at 10:21 AM
The French philosopher Roland Barthes once proclaimed that in the United States "sex is everywhere, except in sexuality." Recently, the... More
Ellen Soeteber on Leaving the Post-Dispatch, Changing a Newsroom’s Culture and Covering a “Three-Ring Circus”
By Edward B. Colby Nov 25, 2005 at 09:00 AM
Ellen Soeteber, editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since January 2001, surprised her newsroom earlier this month by announcing that,... More
Are newspapers really dying? Or are rumors of their demise greatly exaggerated? A look at how some newspapers have been able to maintain print readership, and what lessons they might hold for the industry as a whole.
By Edward B. Colby Nov 24, 2005 at 09:12 AM
Last Friday, 60 former Knight Ridder reporters and editors released an open letter to Knight Ridder's management arguing for a... More
The New York Observer gives us a Judith Miller article so counterintuitive as to be downright silly.
By Paul McLeary Nov 23, 2005 at 04:26 PM
There's nothing like a smart, well-written piece of counterintuitive journalism to tweak conventional wisdom and call the legions of pundits... More
News that the FDA and the CDC will next convene a “scientific meeting” to discuss the deaths of four California women who died several days after taking Mifeprex gets buried by partisan “he said / she said.”
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 23, 2005 at 03:18 PM
What's news: early next year the FDA and the CDC will next convene a "scientific meeting" to discuss the "medical... More
It’s no secret that the Bush administration despises Al Jazeera. But would the U.S. government physically attack a foreign news source just because it offered a countervailing picture of U.S. foreign policy?
By Gal Beckerman Nov 23, 2005 at 12:17 PM
Al Jazeera's newsroom in Doha, Qatar, June 15, 2005. (AP Wideworld) It's no secret that the Bush administration despises Al... More
It was a mixed blessing for cable news yesterday when a corporate jet in Oregon developed landing gear troubles soon after takeoff. The upside: dramatic live coverage sure to draw viewers — almost like a police chase in the sky! The downside: lots of airtime to fill.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 22, 2005 at 07:36 PM
It was a mixed blessing for cable news yesterday when a corporate jet in Oregon developed landing gear troubles soon... More
Video games are big business. The release of a major new game system is a story that calls for some digging and tough questions.
By Felix Gillette Nov 22, 2005 at 07:28 PM
Media outlets across the nation have found all sorts of interesting things to say about the rollout of Microsoft's new... More
The week after Rep. John Murtha’s dramatic call to bring the troops home, the nation’s major magazines feature a smattering of offerings about the Pennsylvania congressman and the larger question of Iraq.
By Edward B. Colby Nov 22, 2005 at 03:23 PM
The week after Rep. John Murtha's dramatic call to bring the troops home, the nation's major magazines feature a smattering... More
By Paul McLeary Nov 22, 2005 at 01:47 PM
There's little the media likes more than a good, old-fashioned pile-on. In the ongoing and increasingly frustrating MillerPlameCooperLibbyNovakFitzgeraldWoodward story, we... More
It’s about time you got to know John Rendon. And thanks to a profile in Rolling Stone, of all places (we can’t remember the last time they broke news like this), we can all become better acquainted with “the man who sold the war.”
By Gal Beckerman Nov 21, 2005 at 05:49 PM
It's about time you got to know John Rendon. And thanks to a profile in Rolling Stone, of all places... More
These days, you don’t have to look far to find a member of the business press with Google on his lips and pompoms in his hands.
By Felix Gillette Nov 21, 2005 at 05:40 PM
Yesterday, writing in the Sunday Business section of the New York Times, Roger Lowenstein criticized a newly published book called... More
By Gal Beckerman Nov 18, 2005 at 06:05 PM
Allan M. Jalon was formerly on staff at the Detroit Free Press and the Los Angeles Times. He is a... More
After a brief intermission, the curtains have once again parted on the most theatrical show in the District. Improbably, the second (or is it the third? or fourth?) act of The Crying Plame seems with each passing moment more like it was scripted by Samuel Beckett than by Patrick Fitzgerald.
By Felix Gillette Nov 18, 2005 at 05:55 PM
A few weeks ago, writing in the Washington Post, Michael Kinsley took a joyful ride through the topsy-turvy, loopy-loops of... More
By Paul McLeary Nov 15, 2005 at 11:24 AM
One might expect an interview with a television business anchor to focus on the state of the economy, the world... More
By Paul McLeary Nov 10, 2005 at 02:57 PM
Judy Miller, standing just a few feet away from Matt Cooper, was laughing when she turned to introduce a friend... More
By Edward B. Colby Nov 8, 2005 at 04:56 PM
The clear take-away message of President Bush's comments in Panama yesterday on torture was his staunch defense of his administration's... More
By Gal Beckerman Nov 4, 2005 at 04:11 PM
Love her or hate her, Maureen Dowd never ceases to elicit strong emotion. Whether she's depicting Bill Clinton as a... More
By Paul McLeary Nov 3, 2005 at 11:45 AM
Breaking news, bloggers! Last night, the House of Representatives barely defeated an attempt to exempt all Internet communication from campaign... More
How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent
Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing
How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online
The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan
Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”
“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”
“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”
“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.