Journalists from just about every major news organization are confusing one of the key facts surrounding the story of a foreign company taking over American ports.
By Paul McLeary Feb 28, 2006 at 05:09 PM
The American press has done a fine job stoking concerns over the fact that a company from the United Arab... More
Time and The New Republic examine Iraq’s accelerating meltdown, while The New Yorker revisits another political mess in the arid lands of Texas.
By Felix Gillette Feb 28, 2006 at 02:45 PM
According to an article in the current issue of Time, "Civil wars, as a general rule, don't announce themselves when... More
When journalists rely on rumor and teasers from companies promoting their new products, are they practicing journalism, or inadvertently giving companies free PR?
By Edward B. Colby Feb 28, 2006 at 12:35 PM
A certain popular computer company based in Cupertino, Calif. is set to reveal "some fun new products" today -- reason... More
The Economist reporter talks about the difficulties of going out on a limb and the travails of taking on AIG and Hank Greenberg, the company’s famously aggressive ex-CEO.
By Mark R. Mitchell Feb 27, 2006 at 04:53 PM
American International Group, Inc. recently reached a $1.6 billion settlement with the SEC and New York state authorities after a... More
William Kristol weighs in on the seriousness of the war effort, touching off a serious effort among bloggers looking to rehash and reinterpret his remarks.
By Felix Gillette Feb 27, 2006 at 01:30 PM
Yesterday, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, criticized the Pentagon's handling of... More
The deputy director of the Committee to Protect Journalists discusses the organization’s report on members of the media killed and jailed in 2005, and other attacks on press freedoms.
By Paul McLeary Feb 24, 2006 at 06:00 PM
Earlier this month, the Committee to Protect Journalists released its "Attacks on the Press 2005" report, which documents the number... More
Winning gold is nice - but as countless American journalists have made clear throughout the Turin Games, getting your face plastered on a Wheaties box is nicer.
By Felix Gillette Feb 24, 2006 at 05:50 PM
When competing in the Olympics, winning gold is nice. But to judge by the recent Olympic coverage, winning cardboard is... More
On the National Review Web site, Victor Davis Hanson gives one more stunning example of how resilient and persistent our delusions about Iraq can be.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 24, 2006 at 05:17 PM
Everyone sees the Iraq that they want to see. This has been the case ever since America invaded three years... More
Sometimes a story comes over the wires so astonishing, so hard to conceive, that it stops us cold. It happened yesterday with a Reuters dispatch from the Congo.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 24, 2006 at 04:16 PM
Sometimes a story comes over the wires that is so astonishing, so hard to conceive, that it stops us cold.... More
Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson Jr. resigned Wednesday. So, what does it all mean? That depends on which news source you’re reading or watching.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 24, 2006 at 10:22 AM
Roger W. Ferguson Jr., the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, resigned Wednesday. So, what does it all mean?... More
In the political battle over the decision to let a U.A.E.-owned firm run some of America’s ports, what’s being lost is any sense of whether this is, objectively, a good thing or not.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 23, 2006 at 12:49 PM
In the middle of the political maelstrom yesterday over President Bush's decision to go forward with handing over management several... More
If it looks like a civil war and smells like a civil war, odds are - it’s a civil war. With yesterday’s bombing of a Shiite shrine in Iraq, many pundits and bloggers are finally waking up and smelling the insurrection.
By Paul McLeary Feb 23, 2006 at 11:48 AM
As CJR Daily noted back in May 2005, if it looks like a civil war and smells like a civil... More
One of the world’s most strident sounds is that of a grown-up voice discussing the latest teenage slang, as Weekend Edition reminds us.
By Felix Gillette Feb 22, 2006 at 05:42 PM
In the hierarchy of the world's most cringe-inducing sounds, right up there with the blaring of a car alarm in... More
Any controversy involving the Harvard name draws press like moths to a flame, and the resignation of the university’s president yesterday provoked front-page coverage of varying quality from the nation’s dailies.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 22, 2006 at 05:01 PM
Something incredible happened at Harvard yesterday: the university's president was forced out of office decades before his time. That happens... More
While bloggers are worked up over a decision to give handling of some American ports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates, there are a few issues we think everyone is missing.
By Paul McLeary Feb 22, 2006 at 01:53 PM
While the blogosphere is getting worked up over the Bush administration's decision to give handling of the commercial side of... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 22, 2006 at 12:35 PM
When it comes to inane career advice, it's a buyer's market. You can't crack (or click on) a business publication... More
With news from a middle-school science fair that fast food ice might not be particularly clean, CNN swings into action to prove that it can, in fact, duplicate the results of one kid’s science experiment.
By Felix Gillette Feb 21, 2006 at 03:09 PM
Last Friday was a huge day in American journalism for stories about the dangers of melting ice. On Friday morning,... More
While a UN report last week on treatment of Guantanamo detainees might have been easy to dismiss, two new studies provide a look at who has been imprisoned there - and the press hasn’t been paying attention.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 21, 2006 at 12:18 PM
When the UN Human Rights Commission last Thursday released its report on the conditions at the U.S. detention facility at... More
U.S. News looks at the bloody realities of life in Baghdad and New York reports on yet another reporter who might be headed for jail.
By Paul McLeary Feb 21, 2006 at 11:32 AM
Both Time and Newsweek lead this week with the Cheney shooting incident, but thanks to the vagaries of the newsweekly... More
By Paul McLeary Feb 20, 2006 at 05:58 PM
As we've noted before, political reporters in election years, desperate to make sense of events that are not yet ordered,... More
Bloggers respond to Francis Fukuyama’s declaration that neoconservatism, whatever it might once have been, is dead.
By Paul McLeary Feb 20, 2006 at 01:47 PM
Francis "End of History" Fukuyama had a piece in the New York Times Magazine yesterday entitled "After Neoconservatism," which began... More
The Washington Post ‘s Olympics blogger chats about the convivial atmosphere at the Games’ Media Center, the questionable importance of curling, and his Cheese Lovers Newsletter.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 17, 2006 at 05:00 PM
Courtesy Washington Post Dan Steinberg is blogging about the 2006 Winter Games for the WashingtonPost.com. Steinberg described the blog,... More
As if we needed any more convincing, BusinessWeek provides yet more evidence that the media’s obsession with short-term stock prices does not make any sense.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 17, 2006 at 04:45 PM
As if we needed any more convincing, BusinessWeek provided yet more evidence yesterday that the media's obsession with short-term stock... More
The Boston papers tell strikingly different stories about the same subject - a reminder of just how valuable two competing voices can be.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 17, 2006 at 04:05 PM
With big-city American newspapers at a critical juncture, two-newspaper towns increasingly seem to be an anachronism. Denver's two competing papers... More
How did two fresh-faced naïfs stumble into D.C. and, a short time later, land multi-million dollar contracts from the U.S. government?
By Felix Gillette Feb 16, 2006 at 04:14 PM
How do you get your first job in the field of state-sponsored propaganda? You can't cut your teeth at a... More
What’s the difference between “birdshot” and “buckshot”? A live victim of a hunting accident, instead of a dead one. Yet a number of journalists don’t seem to have figured that out.
By Paul McLeary Feb 16, 2006 at 02:38 PM
Sometimes, it's the small stuff that matters most. In reading the coverage of Vice President Dick Cheney's having accidentally shot... More
We set out to write a Blog Report free of any mentions of the Cheney Hunting Incident. Alas, the blogosphere refused to play along.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 16, 2006 at 01:44 PM
Our aim was true. We set out to write a Blog Report free of any mentions of the Cheney Hunting... More
Kevin Sites has been covering Israel and the Palestinian Territories for Yahoo! this week – and proving the value of being set free from having to report what happened yesterday.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 16, 2006 at 12:38 PM
We have to admit that we were a bit skeptical when Yahoo! launched its Hot Zone site with the goal... More
A story on ABC’s Web site crosses from reporting on a commercial phenomenon into the realm of free, uncritical publicity.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 16, 2006 at 12:16 PM
Reporting on the success of a commercial product is always a tricky enterprise. When considering the news value of a... More
Forget about Harry Whittington’s assorted injuries - bloggers want talk about the enormous purple shiner the MSM is allegedly sporting.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 15, 2006 at 02:06 PM
Forget about Harry Whittington's assorted injuries, let's talk about the enormous purple shiner the MSM is sporting! It's "another black... More
A new report from MediaMatters about the ideological leanings of guests on Sunday morning talk shows suffers from one flaw: It doesn’t take into account what they actually said.
By Paul McLeary Feb 15, 2006 at 01:05 PM
On its face, the MediaMatters report on the alleged rightward shift of the guest list on Sunday morning talk shows... More
Newsday trots out an expert to discuss the implications of a study on hormone replacement therapy and heart disease - without disclosing the expert’s massive conflict of interest.
By Felix Gillette Feb 15, 2006 at 12:50 PM
Newsday reported yesterday on the results of a recent government study investigating the link between hormone replacement therapy and heart... More
By Edward B. Colby Feb 15, 2006 at 10:36 AM
The financial press has plenty of faults, but it also wields incredible power. A single negative story can cost a... More
The major newsweeklies mock Vice President Cheney, New York profiles “blog moguls” and The Washington Monthly discovers a new way of quantifying media bias.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 14, 2006 at 03:54 PM
Fresh off its finger-on-the-pulse report two weeks ago about "students with everything going for them engaging in orgy lite," as... More
We ponder that age-old philosophical question: If the vice president shoots his hunting buddy in the forest and only a Republican operative is there to see it, did it actually happen?
By Gal Beckerman Feb 14, 2006 at 01:26 PM
Yesterday we were forced to ponder that age-old philosophical question: If the vice president shoots his hunting buddy in the... More
Porter Goss suggested Friday that leakers “are not noble, honorable or patriotic.” But how does that square with recent revelations about classified information the White House has chosen to make public?
By Felix Gillette Feb 13, 2006 at 06:06 PM
On Friday, Porter Goss, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times arguing... More
Cliff Kincaid thinks CJR Daily unfairly labeled Doug Bandow a “conservative pundit.” Problem is, conservative pundits think Bandow’s a conservative pundit, too.
By Paul McLeary Feb 13, 2006 at 04:54 PM
We enjoy reading the latest dispatches from our friends over at Accuracy in Media, a conservative media watchdog organization. And... More
The Olympics are here, and with that tradition comes another, more tedious, one: journalists squeezing “controversial” storylines out of humdrum events.
By Paul McLeary Feb 13, 2006 at 01:58 PM
The Olympics are here, and with that tradition comes another, more tedious, one: journalists squeezing "controversial" storylines out of humdrum... More
CNNMoney returns to a favorite far-from-objective source for another article stoking oil fears that are utterly unwarranted.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 10, 2006 at 06:45 PM
A couple weeks ago we critiqued a rather outlandish Fortune article that asked readers, "Ready for $262/barrel oil?" We were... More
The New York Times’ Mexico City bureau chief discusses the Haitian people’s resolve to cast ballots, getting the green light to report in Cité Soleil, and driving all night on a Guatemalan highway.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 10, 2006 at 05:30 PM
Ginger Thompson, the New York Times' Mexico City bureau chief, has been reporting from Haiti on that country's presidential... More
The outcry in the Muslim world over editorial cartoons has exposed deep rifts between cultures. But that doesn’t mean that no one is wrong.
By Paul McLeary Feb 10, 2006 at 04:47 PM
The American press has been wringing its hands all week over the violent controversy surrounding the publication, in September, of... More
Every so often, some respected journalist will lash out at blogs and expose what seems like an almost primal fear of being upstaged or overthrown - as David Weidner of MarketWatch did yesterday.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 10, 2006 at 04:34 PM
Swimming out here in the blogosphere, it's easy for us to forget how threatening blogs can seem to traditional media.... More
This time of year, a certain amount of cringe-worthy Valentine’s Day-related reporting is to be expected. But just because you know it’s coming, doesn’t make it any easier to stomach.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 9, 2006 at 04:26 PM
This time of year, a certain amount of cringe-worthy Valentine's Day-related reporting is to be expected from practitioners of "service... More
The New York Times played up a story about research on low-fat diets, but the Wall Street Journal realized there was less to the study than met the eye of the Gray Lady.
By Felix Gillette Feb 9, 2006 at 03:58 PM
Yesterday the New York Times led the front page with a splashy display of a story by Gina Kolata on... More
The Christian Science Monitor broke a big story on its front page today, leaving bloggers concerned - very, very concerned.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 9, 2006 at 12:59 PM
The Christian Science Monitor broke a big story on its front page today, reporting that the "U.S. government is developing... More
It’s early in the year, but we think we’ve found a finalist for the Best Correction of the Year 2006.
By Steve Lovelady Feb 9, 2006 at 10:24 AM
It's early in the year, and we are sure that many other candidates will come to our attention -- they... More
The author of a recent exposé on A Million Little Pieces discusses the story behind the story and Vanity Fair’s questionable use of Photoshop on a recent image.
By Bryan Keefer Feb 8, 2006 at 03:55 PM
William Bastone is editor and co-founder of The Smoking Gun Web site. He began his journalism career at the... More
It’s a sunny day here at CJR Daily World HQ, but the forecast is stormy in the blogosphere, where the New York Times’ John Tierney is coming under eco-friendly fire for his latest column.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 8, 2006 at 01:59 PM
It's a bright, sunny day here at CJR Daily World Headquarters, but the forecast is stormy in the blogosphere, where... More
The former CNN exec wrote Monday that two organizations that track media deaths in Iraq are undercounting those fatalities. He’s wrong.
By Paul McLeary Feb 8, 2006 at 10:45 AM
It's sadly appropriate that the war in Iraq -- that ongoing bloodbath whose very reality so often proves maddeningly elusive... More
When a newsweekly pronounces that U.S. GDP has been understated by $1 trillion and our trade deficit is actually zero, some careful scrutiny is required.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 7, 2006 at 06:29 PM
We're all in favor of journalists with contrarian points of view. Indeed, we suspect that the American press would be... More
As a nuclear-armed Iran looms ever closer, Newsweek dives into the fray with a deeply-reported profile of the country’s fiery and fearsome president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 7, 2006 at 03:51 PM
All three newsweeklies bring us an examination of one aspect or another of national security this week, and, taken together,... More
Reuters and CNN.com report the “crazed media” have “reached the point of insanity” over coverage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - while failing to turn the same scolding gaze upon themselves.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 7, 2006 at 02:53 PM
At first we thought Reuters and CNN.com were making a confession of sorts with their report today (it's a Reuters... More
Costa Rica’s presidential election, which holds major implications for global trade, is locked in a dead heat - yet you would be only dimly aware of that fact from reading our country’s major papers today.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 6, 2006 at 05:07 PM
A presidential election that could determine the political and economic direction of Costa Rica, traditionally the most stable of Latin... More
As congressional hearings on the Bush administration’s eavesdropping program get under way, bloggers react to a Washington Post article disclosing more details about it.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 6, 2006 at 01:20 PM
As congressional hearings on the legality of the Bush administration's eavesdropping program get under way today, a substantial debate is... More
FALLUJAH, IRAQ - The fact is, with the press in Iraq stretched thin, the grinding, day-to-day reality of the war is essentially being forgotten.
By Paul McLeary Feb 6, 2006 at 08:00 AM
This is the final part in a series about the life of an embedded reporter in Iraq. FALLUJAH, IRAQ --... More
Hossein Derakhshan discusses the nascent blogging movement in Iran and his trip to Israel to try to help Iranians understand a country their president describes as an enemy.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 3, 2006 at 06:17 PM
Hossein Derakhshan (Photo: Lisa Goldman) Hossein Derakhshan is an Iranian-Canadian blogger whose blog, "Editor:Myself," helped ignite what has been... More
Amid the slew of columns pondering the halftime show’s line-up or the television ads during the game, a handful of business reporters have managed to get off the sidelines and find a story.
By Felix Gillette Feb 3, 2006 at 04:29 PM
Reading business reporters' coverage of Super Bowl XL is kind of like watching a game of peewee football: there aren't... More
DOHA, QATAR - At an international media conference, the controversy over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed drives home the different approaches of Western and Arab journalism today.
By Lawrence Pintak Feb 3, 2006 at 02:43 PM
DOHA, QATAR - It is a row that gives new meaning to the phrase, "publish and be damned." The convulsion... More
The Associated Press calls itself “the essential global news network.” We’d suggest adding “the official home of the 2008 election-related non-story.”
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 2, 2006 at 04:12 PM
The Associated Press calls itself "the essential global news network." Might we suggest an added tag: "The official home of... More
On Tuesday, the vice chairman of Wachovia walked away from the job with more than $500 million in cash and stock - and the financial press mostly just shrugged.
By Edward B. Colby Feb 2, 2006 at 03:39 PM
Wallace D. Malone Jr. had been the chief executive of SouthTrust Bank, a publicly owned company, for many years, and... More
Raiding corporations is fun. And it’s not as hard as it sounds - especially when you can get a passel of reporters to lend a hand.
By Felix Gillette Feb 2, 2006 at 03:16 PM
Raiding corporations is fun. And it's not as hard as it sounds -- especially when you can get a passel... More
FALLUJAH, IRAQ - Curfew falls at 11 p.m. each night, after which anyone found out on the street is considered a target.
By Paul McLeary Feb 2, 2006 at 03:01 PM
Part of a continuing series about the life of an embedded reporter in Iraq. FALLUJAH, IRAQ -- The curfew had... More
By Gal Beckerman Feb 2, 2006 at 02:17 PM
We have some advice for the PR department of Islamic fundamentalism: Get yourself some bloggers. The blogosphere's response to the... More
A brief piece buried inside the paper today notes that the FBI has phoned two Times reporters asking about contacts they had with sources in 2003. So what’s going on?
By Steve Lovelady Feb 2, 2006 at 01:47 PM
Thanks to a tipster with a sharp eye, we sought out a small story tucked away on page A18 of... More
How well did the press explain the context of the president’s unexpected and seemingly grandiose announcement about America’s dependence on oil?
By Edward B. Colby Feb 1, 2006 at 04:59 PM
"America is addicted to oil," President Bush declared in the State of the Union last night, proposing the country develop... More
Some reporters must call a “certified movement analyst” to decipher politicians’ expressions. Others dispense with expertise and perform this sort of analysis all by themselves.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 1, 2006 at 04:09 PM
Some reporters must call a "certified movement analyst" to decipher politicians' expressions and gesticulations. Others dispense with expertise and perform... More
Like Rashomon, different bloggers watching the same speech will seem to remember different parts — or none at all.
By Gal Beckerman Feb 1, 2006 at 01:11 PM
There's nothing like a State of the Union address to expose the Rashoman-like quality of the blogosphere: different bloggers watching... More
FALLUJAH, IRAQ - No more than a minute after leaving the base, we swung a hard left and were bouncing down the streets of Fallujah, kicking up a dust storm in our wake.
By Paul McLeary Feb 1, 2006 at 11:43 AM
Part of a continuing series about the life of an embedded reporter in Iraq. FALLUJAH, IRAQ -- A couple Marines... 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
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“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.”
“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”
“In the media, we eat our own for sport”
“‘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”
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.
Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process – Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again