In advance of the president’s speech, the press produced endless (and pointless) State of the Union preview pieces.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 31, 2006 at 06:05 PM
President Bush will spend tonight addressing the nation. So how did the press spend today? Why, by producing endless (and... More
By Felix Gillette Jan 31, 2006 at 05:36 PM
When speculating about improbable, abstract disasters, journalists like nothing more than kicking things off with a pointed, bone-chilling question. What... More
By Gal Beckerman Jan 31, 2006 at 11:54 AM
With Oprah flaying James Frey alive on nationwide TV late last week, truthiness is in the air. Stephen Colbert's portmanteau... More
FALLUJAH, IRAQ - The “media tent” at Camp Fallujah may be nothing more than a couple of dusty bunk beds with muddy pillows, but the chow isn’t half bad.
By Paul McLeary Jan 30, 2006 at 05:27 PM
Part of a continuing series about the life of an embedded reporter in Iraq. FALLUJAH, IRAQ -- I was eager... More
Harvard’s student newspaper gets the real story about the resignation of the school’s Dean of the Faculty - and beats the AP and Boston Globe.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 30, 2006 at 04:09 PM
Harvard Dean of the Faculty William Kirby officially resigned over the weekend, the latest development during the tumultuous administration of... More
Bloggers debate the press coverage of the attack on ABC’s anchor and cameraman and the impact their injuries might have on the network.
By Gal Beckerman Jan 30, 2006 at 11:59 AM
Considering the blogosphere's conflicted relationship with what its more rabid members derisively call the "MSM," it's not surprising that news... More
It’s a tough time for automakers. Ditto for newsweeklies. But when a reporter from Time sat down with an executive from Ford Motor Co., the results were surprisingly … not so grim.
By Felix Gillette Jan 28, 2006 at 01:58 PM
It's a tough time for American automakers. Ditto for American newsweeklies. But this week, when a reporter from Time, fresh... More
Reuters’ Iraq bureau chief discusses the U.S. military’s months-long detention of three Iraqi journalists, and their release earlier this month.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 27, 2006 at 05:33 PM
Alastair Macdonald and Samir Noor Alastair Macdonald, Reuters' Iraq bureau chief, recently welcomed back three newly freed journalists who... More
Those pesky Associated Press correspondents who trail American politicians around Europe, eager for a non-scoop about the 2008 presidential race, are up to their old tricks.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 27, 2006 at 04:47 PM
Those pesky Associated Press correspondents who trail prominent American politicians around Europe, eager for a non-scoop on the presidential race... More
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - As media outlets pull out of Iraq, the journalists that remain are a hardened bunch, angry at their inability to move around - and becoming increasingly isolated.
By Paul McLeary Jan 27, 2006 at 12:36 PM
Part of a continuing series about the life of an embedded reporter in Iraq. BAGHDAD, IRAQ -- Among reporters who... More
In the recently announced merger of the WB and UPN networks, News Corp. appears to be the loser - and Fox News isn’t reporting it.
By Felix Gillette Jan 26, 2006 at 04:48 PM
On Tuesday, executives at CBS and Warner Bros. announced plans to fold their respective struggling television networks, UPN and WB,... More
Bloggers mock the New York Times for calling for a filibuster of Samuel Alito and attack a Los Angeles Times columnist for writing that he doesn’t support the troops.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 26, 2006 at 02:59 PM
The New York Times came out with guns blazing on its editorial page today, booming that spineless senators should on... More
Katie Couric conspicuously failed to explain to her audience the specifics of the Abramoff scandal in a segment this morning — and then changed the subject to the human anatomy.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 26, 2006 at 01:54 PM
This morning, NBC's Katie Couric conducted a five-minute interview with Howard Dean touching on a range of timely topics. At... More
A riveting examination of a decades-old murder reminds us that newspapers, if they’re willing to devote the time and resources, can still bring us gripping narratives.
By Gal Beckerman Jan 26, 2006 at 11:11 AM
When was the last time that you read an article in the newspaper that started like this: She showed up... More
Is Yahoo! conceding the Internet search market to Google? Bloggers argue over the meaning of a quote from the Yahoo! CFO.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 25, 2006 at 03:11 PM
The blogosphere continues to buzz today as Web scribes ferociously debate the possibility that Yahoo!, weary of the search engine... More
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - Chivalry and black-framed glasses may fly in New York City, but it’s a different game in Baghdad.
By Paul McLeary Jan 25, 2006 at 12:52 PM
This is part of a continuing series about the life of an embedded reporter in Iraq. BAGHDAD, IRAQ -- Chivalry... More
The financial press often seems to cater to the short-term trading community at the expense of comprehensive reporting.
By Felix Gillette Jan 24, 2006 at 04:02 PM
Scanning through the recent financial news, we were happy to learn that at least one American car company had enjoyed... More
The nation’s magazines take a look at the latest tape from Osama bin Laden, next week’s State of the Union address, and a president not named Bush.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 24, 2006 at 03:39 PM
He's baaaack! Osama bin Laden, that is -- and Time ("Osama: Back From the Not-So-Dead") and Newsweek ("What's Bin Laden's... More
The magazine gets a look at some photos of Jack Abramoff with President Bush – but do the pictures confirm the sort of relationship the White House has denied?
By Gal Beckerman Jan 24, 2006 at 10:43 AM
There was something strangely missing yesterday from Time magazine's breaking news that it had discovered photos of the president fraternizing... More
Three days after her kidnappers’ stated deadline for her execution passed, all is quiet on the Jill Carroll front.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 23, 2006 at 02:36 PM
Three days after her kidnappers' stated deadline for her execution passed, all is quiet on the Jill Carroll front. While... More
The network takes a look at the shady industry’s revenues, but gets cold feet when it comes to giving any answers.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 20, 2006 at 05:40 PM
In a front-page story today, the New York Times reports that the Justice Department has asked Google "to turn over... More
“I don’t remember Edward R. Murrow ever saying ‘Boo-yah!’ in one of his commentaries or in one of his reports. You know, let’s talk about Joe McCarthy … Boo-yah!”
By Felix Gillette Jan 20, 2006 at 05:16 PM
George Solomon writes a weekly column for the sports page of the Washington Post, where he served as the... More
Why doesn’t the press seem very interested in looking into Jack Abramoff’s contacts with the White House?
By Gal Beckerman Jan 20, 2006 at 03:59 PM
In his New York Times column today (for Times Select subscribers only), Paul Krugman ends with an admonition to his... More
By Paul McLeary Jan 20, 2006 at 11:11 AM
Part of a continuing series reporting on the life of an embedded reporter in Iraq. BAGHDAD, IRAQ -- Once I... More
How many times does the president have to deny that Laura Bush is running for office before the AP decides it might not actually be a story?
By Edward B. Colby Jan 19, 2006 at 05:07 PM
Breaking news flash from the Associated Press: Laura Bush has no intention -- absolutely none -- of running for elected... More
On a slow news day, reporting on the results of some scientific study or another - no matter how silly - can make for quick, easy filler.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 19, 2006 at 04:04 PM
On a slow news day, reporting on the results of some scientific study or another can make for quick, easy... More
Like poking a stick into a beehive, CNN’s announcement that it had hired conservative radio host Glenn Beck to host a show had bloggers riled up.
By Felix Gillette Jan 19, 2006 at 02:14 PM
On Tuesday, CNN announced that syndicated conservative radio personality Glenn Beck would be joining the network to host an hour-long... More
What, exactly, are the motivations of the plaintiffs in a case against the federal government over the NSA’s domestic wiretapping program?
By Gal Beckerman Jan 19, 2006 at 11:50 AM
Why would President Bush want to eavesdrop on Christopher Hitchens? To bask in all the glorious things the lefty-cum-neocon has... More
By Paul McLeary Jan 19, 2006 at 10:49 AM
This is the third installment in a series of posts about the life of an embedded journalist in Iraq. BAGHDAD,... More
In an article about two new obesity drugs, the paper omits a crucial detail about one of its sources.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 18, 2006 at 04:57 PM
About one-third of the way into her piece in the business section of Tuesday's New York Times, Stephanie Saul, it... More
The Central American Free Trade Agreement, the most important trade agreement of Bush’s presidency, is well behind schedule. So why isn’t the press paying attention?
By Edward B. Colby Jan 18, 2006 at 03:49 PM
Last summer, as Congress debated the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. press overwhelmingly treated CAFTA as a domestic... More
While the White House rallied to criticize Al Gore for his remarks attacking the administration, bloggers rallied to criticize the media’s coverage of the speech.
By Felix Gillette Jan 18, 2006 at 02:49 PM
On Monday, former Vice President Al Gore gave a speech at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. in which he criticized... More
“I hate how the media is covering this war,” a Kellogg Brown & Root contractor at the Kuwait airport snarled when he found out I was a journalist.
By Paul McLeary Jan 18, 2006 at 11:49 AM
This is part two of a series reporting from Iraq on how the press is doing its job. KUWAIT CITY,... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 18, 2006 at 11:03 AM
We're guessing it went something like this: New York Times reporter pitching story to editor: Everyone has a blog. In... More
Kurt Anderson ponders the future of magazines while Time and Newsweek cover a skier-turned-author and a new DVD magazine falls short.
By Felix Gillette Jan 17, 2006 at 01:34 PM
There's nothing like the fresh, glossy pages of a well-designed magazine to serve up the kind of story we news... More
CJR Daily’s correspondent, on his way to Baghdad, gets a military-sanctioned tour of Kuwait City - including plenty of Starbucks franchises.
By Paul McLeary Jan 17, 2006 at 11:25 AM
CJR Daily’s Paul McLeary is reporting from Iraq on how the press is doing its job there. This is his... More
While some conservatives are casting Ralph Reed out over his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, bloggers are welcoming him into their warm embrace.
By Felix Gillette Jan 16, 2006 at 02:16 PM
This morning, a front-page article in the Washington Post honed in on another potential loser in the ongoing Jack Abramoff... More
When the White House announced Thursday that the federal deficit would top $400 billion, only one reporter remembered his history - and cut through the spin.
By Felix Gillette Jan 13, 2006 at 05:27 PM
Yesterday, in a conference call with reporters, White House officials estimated that this fiscal year's federal budget deficit would likely... More
Despite all that has been written about the Lincoln Group and its PR contracts with the Pentagon, we still don’t know much about the company.
By Gal Beckerman Jan 13, 2006 at 04:59 PM
This week's Fortune offers a tantalizing glimpse of a company we are dying to read more about. Bearing the alluring... More
The New York Observer reporter talks about cracking the New York Times and Conde Nast, and getting linked by Romenesko.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 13, 2006 at 04:30 PM
Gabriel Sherman is a media reporter at the New York Observer, where he has covered Judith Miller's resignation from... More
The Washington Times reprints another paper’s 7-year-old editorial to make a point about the Iraq war. So what, exactly, was the Times itself publishing on that same day?
By Felix Gillette Jan 12, 2006 at 12:39 PM
In general, newspaper opinion editors tend to pride themselves on publishing pieces that are fresh and original. But yesterday the... More
Bloggers want to know: Were Martha-Ann Bomgardner’s tears during her Supreme Court nominee-husband’s confirmation hearings for real, or staged for effect?
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 12, 2006 at 12:06 PM
Had Martha-Ann Bomgardner not begun to weep in the middle of her Supreme Court nominee-husband's confirmation hearings yesterday, we're not... More
The paper’s breathless account of Chrysler’s publicity stunt explains why fewer corporations are buying newspaper advertising - why pay when you can get it for free?
By Gal Beckerman Jan 11, 2006 at 04:57 PM
Granted, it sounded pretty cool. The new Jeep Wrangler, on display for the first time at the Detroit auto show,... More
The Alito nomination may fall low on the public’s list of priorities, but it’s tip-top on the list of many a blogger this week, proving once again that bloggers are not like regular people.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 11, 2006 at 12:56 PM
The Alito nomination may fall "low on the public's list of priorities," but it's tip-top on the list of many... More
The New York-named weeklies have some scary news for members of the media, and a Time reporter decides to practice “performance-enhanced journalism.”
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 10, 2006 at 02:54 PM
In the event that members of the MSM were feeling at all optimistic at the start of this new year,... More
A former top executive at Wal-Mart apparently fabricated widely reported allegations of an anti-union program at the company. Did the media create the perception that his allegations were true?
By Gal Beckerman Jan 10, 2006 at 12:59 PM
When news emerged last April of Wal-Mart's covert program to subvert an effort aimed at unionizing its employees, it seemed... More
While the paper has been beaten on some big scoops lately, it dominated what was undoubtedly the biggest story out of D.C. last week - the publication of a former blogger’s first novel.
By Felix Gillette Jan 9, 2006 at 06:36 PM
In recent months, the Washington bureau of the New York Times has been beaten on a number of big stories,... More
For the most part the story of the West Virginia mining tragedy is not a political one, so comments about press performance are, for once, not filtered through a political prism. What results is a revelation.
By Steve Lovelady Jan 9, 2006 at 03:17 PM
The continuing fuss over press failures in reporting the West Virginia mining tragedy has produced some unlikely conclusions from some... More
Who is JT Leroy? A critically acclaimed young fiction writer noted for his “stark portrayal of child prostitution and drug use” — or a cruel composite hoax?
By Edward B. Colby Jan 9, 2006 at 03:07 PM
Who is JT Leroy? A critically acclaimed young fiction writer noted for his "stark portrayal of child prostitution and drug... More
The paper reports that the pharmaceutical giant is in trouble. But the evidence that the Journal presents doesn’t back that up.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 7, 2006 at 03:48 PM
In a page-one story months in the making, the Wall Street Journal reported (subscription required) Thursday that Pfizer, the world's... More
The New Republic writer discusses why liberal bloggers are helping destroy the credibility of media outlets, and questions about the new management of the Wall Street Journal.
By Paul McLeary Jan 6, 2006 at 05:50 PM
Franklin Foer is a senior editor at The New Republic where he writes about politics and media. He has... More
By Gal Beckerman Jan 6, 2006 at 05:25 PM
The upper right-hand photo on the New York Times' Web site this morning was of a man in a bazaar... More
Three anonymous sources who claimed an enemy of Paris Hilton “went berserk” and is “losing her looks” turn out to be - surprise! - Hilton herself.
By Felix Gillette Jan 6, 2006 at 12:30 PM
Usually when we write about the potential pitfalls of anonymous sources, we're writing about political reporting. But apparently the same... More
Media watchers ponder whether “kiddos” Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff have the requisite “gravitas” to carry ABC’s flagship newscast, which they began hosting Tuesday.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 6, 2006 at 10:44 AM
"Good luck, kiddo." So said Charles Gibson (the 62-year-old almost-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight") to 43-year-old Elizabeth Vargas (who,... More
If there’s one lesson to be learned from press coverage of the Sago Mine tragedy, it’s that the faster a news outlet admits fault, the better.
By Gal Beckerman Jan 5, 2006 at 03:42 PM
If there's one positive development in this post-Jayson Blair/MemoGate media world, it's the realization that the faster a news outlet... More
Andrea Mitchell asks some curious questions that suggest at least one journalist may have been caught up in a recently disclosed domestic eavesdropping program.
By Paul McLeary Jan 5, 2006 at 12:48 PM
On Tuesday, NBC's Andrea Mitchell conducted what is quickly becoming an infamous interview with the New York Times' James Risen,... More
By Edward B. Colby Jan 4, 2006 at 05:33 PM
Hollywood had an awful year in 2005 -- and it's going to get worse. The studios are delivering one dud... More
Media outlets relied on unconfirmed rumor in reporting a happy ending to what turned out to be a tragedy. Is printing guesswork standard operating procedure at our nation’s newspapers?
By Gal Beckerman Jan 4, 2006 at 01:59 PM
Maybe the reporters on the ground in West Virginia were just plain tired. Or maybe they themselves were swept up... More
By Paul McLeary Jan 4, 2006 at 12:39 PM
The Liberal Media strikes again! That tool of the Left, David Letterman, took Fox's Bill O'Reilly to task on the... More
The new year brings us the annual crop of silly stories making flawed predictions about the state of the economy during the next 12 months.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 4, 2006 at 10:46 AM
The holiday season is finally over -- and just in time, as far as we're concerned. One more story about... More
A must-read report on the realities on the ground in Iraq, arguments about democracy in the Middle East, and a look at John Bolton’s tenure as ambassador to the U.N.
By Paul McLeary Jan 3, 2006 at 01:06 PM
This week's must-read story comes courtesy of Julian E. Barnes in U.S. News & World Report, who writes about U.S.... More
It is not easy to humanize something as abstract as the real estate market, but the New York Times managed to do exactly that.
By Gal Beckerman Jan 2, 2006 at 05:11 PM
The frequent use of anecdotes to illustrate larger trends can sometimes make journalists' stories seem formulaic. But when this tried... More
On Sunday, the New York Times’ public editor came out swinging over the paper’s handling of its wiretapping story, and bloggers were quick to add their own opinions.
By Paul McLeary Jan 2, 2006 at 02:13 PM
On Sunday, the New York Times' public editor, Barney Calame, came out swinging, revealing that the newspaper's management, in the... More
Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods
The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director
How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early
On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information
Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”
Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.
Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!
The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews
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.