There’s nothing like a slow news week for reporters to concoct a bitter and divisive - but hypothetical - battle that’s only three years away.
By Edward B. Colby Dec 30, 2005 at 05:25 PM
At this time of year, most news outlets are taking a look back at the year that was, while others... More
Some people say journalists don’t know how to handle money, but it simply isn’t true. And while our own wealth-building skills are formidable, the folks at BusinessWeek put us to shame.
By Mark R. Mitchell Dec 30, 2005 at 03:21 PM
Some people say that journalists don't know how to handle money, but this simply isn't true. I, for one, save... More
The Times tells us housing is cheap - until you read deeper into the article, where it becomes apparent housing is actually getting more expensive.
By Steve Lovelady Dec 30, 2005 at 08:30 AM
Thursday, the New York Times, with a page one national story inexplicably datelined "Portland, Me.," told us that "families in... More
Surveying the year-end lists by media critics, we found ourselves dismayed that so little of the good work done by journalists came through.
By Paul McLeary Dec 29, 2005 at 03:16 PM
With the exception of ourselves -- who are a cheerful lot, unfailingly kind to small children and dogs and always... More
The New York Times grants sources anonymity because they don’t want to be mocked for “the sumptuousness of their lives.”
By Liz Cox Barrett Dec 28, 2005 at 08:30 AM
Our most recent award for Best Explanation for Why A Source Requested -- And Was Granted -- Anonymity in a... More
U.S. News brings us a list that feels like what might happen if one’s personal insecurities were handed to a newsroom of reporters to pick apart.
By Felix Gillette Dec 27, 2005 at 02:38 PM
The winter holidays are a good time for reflection -- a moment of reprieve to think back on the past... More
Why won’t the papers discuss the meetings they had with the president about whether to publish two major stories?
By Gal Beckerman Dec 27, 2005 at 02:17 PM
Howard Kurtz let us know yesterday in the Washington Post that Bill Keller and Arthur Sulzberger were not the only... More
In the spirit of the season, here’s our list of five outstanding stories from local and regional papers you might have missed this year — but shouldn’t have.
By Edward B. Colby Dec 26, 2005 at 01:27 PM
Each day and every week, a great mass of print journalism is produced in this country -- something all too... More
The editor of the New York Times Magazine year-end obituaries issue discusses how the subjects were chosen, written and edited.
By Gal Beckerman Dec 23, 2005 at 05:01 PM
Ilena Silverman has been an editor at the New York Times Magazine for the past five years and is editing... More
No one seems to want to claim responsibility for the scoop that bin Laden was using a cell phone to call his minions.
By Felix Gillette Dec 22, 2005 at 05:34 PM
The death of a cell phone rarely happens under mysterious conditions. There's no autopsy required, for instance, when you drop... More
By Gal Beckerman Dec 22, 2005 at 01:29 PM
The clamor over domestic wiretapping grows by the day, with a few Democrats now openly talking about impeachment (or what... More
No one ever accused pollsters of asking the right questions. A new Associated Press-Ipsos poll is a case in point.
By Felix Gillette Dec 22, 2005 at 08:10 AM
As the holidays descend upon us, pollsters, who have taken a lot of heat the past couple of years for... More
As the fortunes of General Motors take a turn for the worse, reporters in the automaker’s hometown, Detroit, aren’t working their sources to get the scoop.
By Paul McLeary Dec 21, 2005 at 06:20 PM
General Motors has certainly seen better days. Not only has the company's stock price fallen 50 percent over the past... More
As day two of New York City transit strike dawned, newspapers were busily “flooding the zone.” But with every “flood” of coverage comes, of course, both high and low moments.
By Liz Cox Barrett Dec 21, 2005 at 02:58 PM
As day two of New York City transit strike dawned, the New York Times was not alone in "flooding the... More
There’s maybe only one group of people living in the New York metropolitan area that has not been terribly affected by the transit strike: Bloggers.
By Gal Beckerman Dec 21, 2005 at 02:06 PM
There's maybe only one group of people living in the New York metropolitan area that has not been terribly affected... More
Now that Doug Bandow has become the latest pundit caught with his hand in the cookie jar, we’re starting to learn just how many other writers and think tanks staffers are on the take from special interests.
By Paul McLeary Dec 21, 2005 at 01:20 PM
Now that Doug Bandow has become the latest conservative pundit caught with his hand in the cookie jar, we're starting... More
A landmark election in Africa, a tour of Republican Washington, McCain’s and Giuliani’s presidential prospects in ‘08, and Time’s “People of the Year.”
By Gal Beckerman Dec 20, 2005 at 06:21 PM
This week the Economist takes us to a war-torn part of the world filled with feuding militias and an abysmal... More
‘Tis the season for simplistic media stories, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that the retail sector’s complicated variables proved too much to tackle for the nation’s business journalists.
By Paul McLeary Dec 20, 2005 at 05:47 PM
The nation's retail sector is famously fickle, and explaining its ebbs and flows is no easy task. This is especially... More
Sizing up the media’s shortcomings is a fuzzy sport. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone came up with a meter you could point at a passing story to get a readout on the velocity and direction of its bias?
By Felix Gillette Dec 20, 2005 at 03:53 PM
For years, sizing up the media's shortcomings has been a popular if fuzzy sport, full of subjective observations, grand generalizations,... More
Maybe it was the mesmerizing hand movements, but President Bush’s Oval Office address last night elicited less partisan zeal in the blogosphere than usual.
By Gal Beckerman Dec 19, 2005 at 02:21 PM
Maybe it was the mesmerizing hand movements, but President Bush's Oval Office address last night elicited less partisan zeal in... More
By Felix Gillette Dec 16, 2005 at 06:28 PM
Seth Mnookin (Photo: Nancy Crampton) Seth Mnookin is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, a former senior writer for... More
The New York Times has printed yet another story about itself, and the best thing we can say about it is at least there’s no mention of Judith Miller.
By Edward B. Colby Dec 16, 2005 at 05:55 PM
The New York Times has printed yet another story about itself, and the best thing we can say about it... More
With the announcement that Robert Novak is moving to Fox News we wonder: can Roger Ailes convince Bob to tell us what he told the special prosecutor about the Valerie Plame affair?
By Paul McLeary Dec 16, 2005 at 05:35 PM
With the announcement today that CNN is not renewing Robert Novak's contract, and that Fox News is bringing him aboard,... More
Two columnists turn out to have been cashing checks from scandal-plagued lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Who’s next?
By Paul McLeary Dec 16, 2005 at 04:41 PM
It's beginning to get tiring, watching the outing of a steady parade of journalists who turn out to be on... More
It’s not every day that a business columnist cooks up a suspect trend and then tells his readers repeatedly he has no idea why the trend is so.
By Edward B. Colby Dec 16, 2005 at 03:58 PM
It's not every day that a business columnist cooks up a suspect trend and then tells his readers repeatedly he... More
At the end of the day, Wikipedia looks less like the reputation-munching monster it’s being portrayed as, and more like the future of information in the Internet age.
By Bryan Keefer Dec 16, 2005 at 01:14 PM
Reading the news lately, you may have been left with the impression that Wikipedia, the collaborative online encyclopedia, is an... More
Faced with scant details on a breaking news story, should a business reporter run with speculative numbers, or wait to get those numbers right?
By Edward B. Colby Dec 15, 2005 at 04:19 PM
Here's a quick, one-question pop quiz. Faced with scant details on a breaking news story, should a business reporter run... More
National Public Radio’s ombudsman, Jeffrey A. Dvorkin, posted a curious piece of ombudsmanery yesterday concerning NPR’s habit of turning to think tank flacks for commentary.
By Paul McLeary Dec 15, 2005 at 03:57 PM
National Public Radio's ombudsman, Jeffrey A. Dvorkin, posted a curious piece of ombudsmanery yesterday concerning NPR's habit of turning to... More
We can always count on the New York Times’ Thursday Styles section to provide us with low-hanging fruit.
By Gal Beckerman Dec 15, 2005 at 02:31 PM
Here at CJR Daily we can always count on the New York Times' Thursday Styles section to provide us with... More
Dan Froomkin’s “White House Briefing” column on WashingtonPost.com has the staff of the paper - and bloggers - in a tizzy.
By Felix Gillette Dec 15, 2005 at 01:57 PM
This past Sunday, the Washington Post's freshly-minted ombudswoman Deborah Howell wrote an article in which she meditated on the differences... More
Agricultural policy is hugely important, both in the U.S. and abroad. So why has the American press failed to help us understand what’s going on at the latest round of WTO talks?
By Edward B. Colby Dec 14, 2005 at 06:28 PM
This week's Economist takes a comprehensive look at the European Union's "strange fondness for agricultural subsidies," reaching the conclusion that... More
Before tomorrow’s elections in Iraq, it’s worth pausing for breath — not to diminish the significance of what will surely be a milestone, but to bring a bit of realism to it.
By Gal Beckerman Dec 14, 2005 at 04:14 PM
No one doubts the extreme importance of Iraq's first parliamentary election tomorrow. And from most accounts today -- which suggest... More
Robert Novak says people should “bug the president” to reveal who leaked Valerie Plame’s name to Novak, and bloggers happily comply.
By Felix Gillette Dec 14, 2005 at 01:16 PM
During a luncheon yesterday in Raleigh, North Carolina columnist Robert Novak reportedly told the audience that everyone should stop harassing... More
In the explosion that killed An Nahar publisher Gebran Tueni in Beirut Monday could be heard the echoes of a new battle being waged over the media in the Middle East.
By Lawrence Pintak Dec 14, 2005 at 11:15 AM
CAIRO -- In the explosion that killed An Nahar publisher Gebran Tueni in Beirut Monday could be heard the echoes... More
Cable services shouldn’t let the Federal Communications Commission bully them into offering “family-friendly” programming packages.
By Paul McLeary Dec 13, 2005 at 05:10 PM
After staying quiet for the last couple months, the Federal Communications Commission seems to finally have awakened, squinting and tossing... More
Condoleezza Rice goes abroad, political magazines debate torture and Ken Auletta subjects the publisher of the New York Times to an interrogation of his own.
By Felix Gillette Dec 13, 2005 at 02:48 PM
This past week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice toured Europe, where she faced question after question about the U.S military's... More
Why did the British press beat American news outlets on the story of white phosphorus use by the U.S. military against Iraqi civilians?
By Gal Beckerman Dec 13, 2005 at 02:08 PM
Propaganda is not a name we would lightly use to describe a documentary that purports to break news. But the... More
By Mark R. Mitchell Dec 13, 2005 at 11:47 AM
For that perfect combination of intellectual gravitas and good old-fashioned fun, we usually turn to the decades-old and always reliable... More
Blogs bash the New York Times for having the effrontery to accuse them of being skillful and effective.
By Felix Gillette Dec 12, 2005 at 02:23 PM
This past weekend, the New York Times Magazine published a piece by The New Republic's Michael Crowley titled "Conservative Blogs... More
Each time the Bush administration has been caught manufacturing news, top officials claim ignorance and innocence. But the more we learn about the latest payola program, the less likely that seems.
By Paul McLeary Dec 12, 2005 at 01:53 PM
Two weeks ago, when the Los Angeles Times first broke the story of how the U.S. military is paying under... More
Apparently, in Dowd World, it’s more than okay for a multi-million dollar newscaster to be a babe, but not so good at all to be a pretty-boy or a hunk.
By Steve Lovelady Dec 10, 2005 at 04:08 PM
New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd, described by more than one admirer as a babe herself, has been thinking... More
Is the world’s most successful company committing one of the greatest inventory screw-ups ever? Or is the Xbox shortage just a shameless publicity stunt?
By Edward B. Colby Dec 10, 2005 at 09:00 AM
It wouldn't be Christmas without endless media stories about desperate parents scouring store shelves for the must-have but impossible-to-find toy-of-the-year.... More
By Paul McLeary Dec 9, 2005 at 05:33 PM
Anthony Shadid, foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, has reported from the Middle East for a decade. He has... More
The Los Angeles Times’ print circulation struggles are no secret. But now the paper faces a threat so dire, so menacing, the Associated Press decided it deserved an entire article: Barbra Streisand.
By Edward B. Colby Dec 9, 2005 at 02:24 PM
The Los Angeles Times' print circulation struggles are no secret. But now the paper faces a threat to its circulation... More
“House party is over,” says CNN in a headline on its Web site. But if the party’s over, the Los Angeles TImesis the annoying guest who refuses to leave. So who’s right?
By Liz Cox Barrett Dec 8, 2005 at 07:01 PM
"House party is over," declared CNN in a headline on its Web site this morning, pointing to the UCLA Anderson... More
George Gurley sits down in a diner on 9th Avenue to eat a late lunch. By the time his burger arrives, the sun has long ago set, and somewhere across town his girlfriend Hilly is just getting off from work. Gurley thinks there might be trouble ahead.
By Felix Gillette Dec 8, 2005 at 02:27 PM
On a recent Friday evening, George Gurley sits down in a diner on 9th Avenue to eat a late lunch.... More
By Paul McLeary Dec 8, 2005 at 11:19 AM
As we poked around for some blog posts about the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death, it was striking how... More
Last month, BusinessWeek loved baby boomers. This week, the magazine loves another demographic group — young people. But why, exactly, that’s worthy of a cover story, we’re not sure.
By Liz Cox Barrett Dec 7, 2005 at 06:09 PM
Last month, BusinessWeek loved baby boomers. We know this because it published a cover story called "Love Those Boomers!" There... More
The annual Manhattan meetings of newspaper executives trying to impress stock analysts aren’t where we usually look for fireworks — until MoveOn.org tried to crash the party.
By Paul McLeary Dec 7, 2005 at 03:21 PM
No one can accuse us of not loving a good media spectacle, but the annual meetings in midtown Manhattan of... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Dec 7, 2005 at 02:59 PM
Last week, the Washington Times did some war reporting -- on the "War on Christmas," that is. Today, DC's other... More
How did Jon Vessey and his California farm come to be featured in five major news outlets over the past two months?
By Edward B. Colby Dec 7, 2005 at 02:07 PM
In a post Monday at Political Animal, Kevin Drum remarked that the Los Angeles Times had just run a story... More
The Secretary of Defense, it turns out, really just feels sorry for those confused reporters working in Iraq.
By Paul McLeary Dec 6, 2005 at 04:09 PM
After all this time, it turns out that Donald Rumsfeld actually feels sorry for all those befuddled reporters in Iraq.... More
By Paul McLeary Dec 6, 2005 at 12:53 PM
Time's Michael Ware, the magazine's Baghdad bureau chief, takes on an ambitious story this week, tackling the changing face of... More
We’ve often remarked that journalists snap into brain freeze when faced with the prospect of covering a story filled with numbers, and AP television writer David Bauder has proved to be no exception.
By Edward B. Colby Dec 6, 2005 at 12:39 PM
We've often remarked that journalists snap into brain freeze when faced with the prospect of covering a story filled with... More
The best thing about the Sunday Times is this writer they have named Ben Stein. He makes business and financial stuff really simple so even we can understand it!!
By Mark R. Mitchell Dec 5, 2005 at 08:16 PM
Hey everybody!! You'll never guess what we've been doing on Sundays. We've been reading the New York Times business pages!!!!!!!... More
Finally, a backlash against all of the one-trick ponies occupying executive suites at media companies has begun to emerge.
By Steve Lovelady Dec 5, 2005 at 12:51 PM
It's been a dreary exercise lately, reading Jim Romenesko's collection of media industry news on Poynter.org. Some days, it has... More
It’s been a busy week for Fake News. But at least one commentator is pining for the days when even more news was fake.
By Paul McLeary Dec 2, 2005 at 05:26 PM
It was a busy week for Fake News (Jon Stewart, are you listening?), what with revelations first in the Los... More
The battle over the FCC’s decision to support “a la carte” cable for consumers should make for a great story - if only the press would write it.
By Gal Beckerman Dec 2, 2005 at 05:00 PM
At a Senate hearing on indecent programming earlier this week, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin shocked the cable industry by suggesting... More
To the new terms “extraordinary rendition” and “black sites” we can now add “ghost detainees.” So why isn’t the rest of the press learning along with us?
By Edward B. Colby Dec 2, 2005 at 04:38 PM
In the still-unfolding and still-murky story of the detention practices used by the U.S. government in the war on terror... More
As Bill Gates recently wrote, “the next sea change is upon us.” For newspapers, that means they must do no less than reconceive their basic business model.
By Richard J. Tofel Dec 2, 2005 at 03:00 PM
Bill Gates, the most successful businessman in the world, recently wrote in a memo to the troops at Microsoft that,... More
Stan Tiner on Calling for Help in a Headline, Editing the Daily Disappointment, and Forming a “Newsroom Trust”
By Liz Cox Barrett Dec 2, 2005 at 01:09 PM
Stan Tiner Stan Tiner has been the executive editor and vice president of the Sun Herald in Biloxi, Mississippi... More
By Mark R. Mitchell Dec 1, 2005 at 08:45 PM
Every executive on the planet -- except those on Wall Street -- already knew it. But now it's official: quarterly... More
‘Tis the season for stories about how Christmas is purportedly under attack from politically correct liberal heathens.
By Felix Gillette Dec 1, 2005 at 05:07 PM
This week, all the familiar trappings of the holiday season, from Christmas lights to Bing Crosby Albums to mistletoe wreaths,... 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
“[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”
“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”
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.