By Gal Beckerman Apr 28, 2006 at 05:36 PM
Hypocrisy in Washington is not a new story. And yet it never ceases to amaze how politicians do such a... More
The Washington Post fashion critic and Pulitzer winner discusses why fashion matters and how many of her critics simply miss the point.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 28, 2006 at 05:05 PM
Robin Givhan, the Washington Post's fashion columnist, received this year's Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Givhan has been at the Post... More
There are times when a reporter’s attempt to be counterintuitive falls flat on its face. This is one of those times.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 28, 2006 at 04:46 PM
Not long ago we criticized ABC News for publishing on its Web site a piece of work that was presented... More
CNN giddily reports that the White House press corps apparently wanted to watch CNN instead of Fox. But did the network get spun by the administration?
By Felix Gillette Apr 28, 2006 at 02:35 PM
According to Nielson Media Research, during prime time this year Fox News typically attracts more than twice as many viewers... More
While newsrooms are anxious about MediaNews’ acquisition of four former Knight Ridder papers, it offers one advantage: MediaNews is a private company, not a public one.
By Felix Gillette Apr 27, 2006 at 04:23 PM
In recent months, American newspapers seem to be flipping ownership at a rate once reserved for, say, Florida condos. This,... More
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is taking a page from Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich’s playbook, cutting off a local paper from routine news releases.
By Paul McLeary Apr 27, 2006 at 02:59 PM
Looks like Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is taking a page from Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich's playbook. Ehrlich, you might... More
Yesterday Karl Rove testified again before a federal grand jury, and today bloggers are calling reporters to the carpet for their coverage.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 27, 2006 at 01:53 PM
Yesterday, Karl Rove testified -- for the fifth time -- before the federal grand jury in the CIA leak case.... More
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace says his show is “clearly a player now” in the Sunday chat-fests. The ratings, however, say, “not so much.”
By Paul McLeary Apr 27, 2006 at 11:53 AM
Just because you say so, doesn't make it true. In today's "Media Mix" column by USA Today's Peter Johnson, --... More
CAIRO - The Arab news network has delayed the launch of its English-language offshoot, amidst concern among staffers that it might harm the reputation of its Arabic parent.
By Lawrence Pintak Apr 27, 2006 at 10:00 AM
CAIRO - Those new monitors they're installing in Washington briefing rooms will remain dark for a little while longer: Al-Jazeera... More
The magazine and baseball’s powers-that-be tussle once more over the financial state of the industry.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 27, 2006 at 09:40 AM
Forbes magazine published its annual financial rankings of America's big league ball clubs last week, drawing a strong reaction from... More
Geraldo Rivera tells aspiring journalists “we’re not just voyeurs” - right after a plug for his next show, about Playboy looking for models on college campuses.
By Felix Gillette Apr 26, 2006 at 04:32 PM
From the lairs of underground Satan worshippers, to the battlefields of Afghanistan, to the furthest reaches of Al Capone's vault,... More
While President Bush touted his new press secretary’s band and work with Kenyan children, bloggers are more interested in other aspects of his resume.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 26, 2006 at 02:23 PM
At 9:10 this morning, President Bush officially named radio and television commentator Tony Snow the new White House Press Secretary,... More
The Sunday Stylization of the New York Times continues apace, today invading the national section of the weekday paper.
By Gal Beckerman Apr 26, 2006 at 01:51 PM
We have a disturbing trend to report: It seems the creeping Sunday Stylization of the New York Times has accelerated... More
Is it problematic when a partisan political operative takes a job as a reporter, or vice versa? Not necessarily.
By Paul McLeary Apr 26, 2006 at 12:07 PM
There was a bit of an intra-squad scrimmage over at the CBS's Public Eye blog yesterday between editor Vaughn Ververs... More
Reporters who implied Mary McCarthy was the source for a Pulitzer-winning story not only look foolish in the face of her denials - they apparently never read the original story.
By Gal Beckerman Apr 25, 2006 at 03:27 PM
Yesterday's denial by Mary McCarthy that she was the source for Dana Priest's Pulitzer Prize-winning story about secret CIA prisons... More
Every week, it seems, magazines coin new terms to help readers get a handle on emerging demographic, economic or social trends.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 25, 2006 at 03:24 PM
Every week, it seems, magazines coin new terms to help readers get a handle on emerging demographic, economic or social... More
By Edward B. Colby Apr 25, 2006 at 02:08 PM
It is a story that could not be more illuminating: the carefully considered, complex tale of the troubled finances of... More
The CIA is rolling out polygraph tests to squelch anonymous leaks to the press - a fact we now know thanks to anonymous sources leaking the news about the polygraph tests to the press.
By Felix Gillette Apr 25, 2006 at 01:20 PM
Paging the CIA's office supplies manager: Go ahead and double next month's order for polygraph paper. Actually, triple it. Yesterday,... More
The revelation that a Los Angeles Times reporter wrote anonymous comments on blogs makes us wonder: Should journalists be allowed the same freedom to post anonymously as other people?
By Paul McLeary Apr 24, 2006 at 03:16 PM
Late last week, we found that we could add Los Angeles Times columnist and blogger Michael Hiltzik to the long... More
By Felix Gillette Apr 24, 2006 at 12:20 PM
We've always wanted to get the words "Zbigniew Brzezinski" into a headline, and, thanks to the Los Angeles Times, the... More
One member of the Washington press corps finally asks a question we’d like to know the answer to: Why bother with daily White House press briefings?
By Steve Lovelady Apr 24, 2006 at 11:23 AM
The forced departure of the beleaguered Scott McClellan as presidential press secretary and press corps piñata has inspired at least... More
The Rocky Mountain News photographer reflects on an unbelievable moment, a near-death experience in Iraq, and knowing when to fade into the background.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 21, 2006 at 05:25 PM
Todd Heisler Todd Heisler of the Rocky Mountain News won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography this week for... More
By Gal Beckerman Apr 21, 2006 at 03:33 PM
While reading the Chicago Tribune's take on Kraft Foods' recent financial woes, our teeth started to hurt. Maybe it was... More
What’s the best antidote to critics’ wailing that your coverage of Iraq is lacking? Hire some soldiers to write for you direct from the front lines.
By Paul McLeary Apr 21, 2006 at 02:39 PM
Over the past three years of war in Iraq, the New York Times has been an evergreen target for both... More
The Times checks in again on an old story about the pampered young, once again telling us what we already know.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 20, 2006 at 05:17 PM
That the New York Times Thursday Styles section sometimes repeats itself has been established. Today, at first glance, it appeared... More
Howard Kurtz tackles the touchy subject of political bias in the news, and fans who can’t get enough of an understated Fox newsman emerge.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 20, 2006 at 02:05 PM
In an age of instant criticism, any attempt by a mainstream media writer to deal directly with the touchy subject... More
The New York Times plays hide-and-seek with their own chairman, when writing about the recent shareholder revolt.
By Gal Beckerman Apr 20, 2006 at 12:50 PM
Yesterday provided a serious reality check for Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., chairman of The New York Times Company. In what... More
The big shakeup at the Village Voice, despite the protestations of the staff there, might be great news.
By Paul McLeary Apr 19, 2006 at 04:00 PM
Lately the Village Voice has been in the news almost as much as the New York Post 's gossip troll... More
The Pulitzer Prizes handed out earlier this week have taken a somewhat predictable beating in the conservative blogosphere.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 19, 2006 at 02:39 PM
The Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week, provoking lively and thought-provoking commentary from bloggers. (If only every Blog Report could... More
Set your watches to help count down all the bad reporting we’re going to see over the next 27 days waiting for the Duke Lacrosse trial to begin.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 19, 2006 at 11:39 AM
With nearly a month to go before the Duke lacrosse players accused of rape have a hearing in court on... More
Time edges out Newsweek on Donald Rumsfeld’s future, a movie star’s mullet and a mob boss’s capture.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 18, 2006 at 03:15 PM
Whither Donald Rumsfeld? With a half-dozen retired military generals having gone public with scathing criticisms of the secretary of defense,... More
The Page Six scandal appears to be journalistic corruption in its rawest form. But what about the smaller temptations reporters face every day?
By Gal Beckerman Apr 18, 2006 at 02:35 PM
In his always engaging column yesterday, David Carr of the New York Times presented his take on the Page Six... More
The New York Times shills for a book which, by the paper’s own admission, is of dubious truthfulness.
By Paul McLeary Apr 18, 2006 at 01:29 PM
Election years do strange things to political books. While the number of tomes about politics invariably goes up as politicians... More
The Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this afternoon, and the winners reflect something of a face-off between the Pulitzer Board and the White House.
By Felix Gillette Apr 17, 2006 at 03:58 PM
The 2006 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this afternoon, with a few old standbys cleaning up in several categories. Kicking things... More
The paper profiles an outraged liberal blogger, and online scribes of all political stripes take it personally.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 17, 2006 at 11:26 AM
The Washington Post, a conspicuous target of irate leftist bloggers lately, took it upon itself to daringly profile rising blogstar... More
The 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner recounts the long, harrowing journey her protagonist took to reach the U.S. - and her own dangerous voyages to understand his experience first-hand.
By Gal Beckerman Apr 14, 2006 at 06:27 PM
Sonia Nazario (left) Sonia Nazario has been a reporter at the Los Angeles Times since 1993. She was the... More
CNN brings us the shocking news that women like sex, they like love and — brace yourself — they want intimacy.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 14, 2006 at 06:10 PM
Yesterday, in a groundbreaking report on CNN's American Morning, senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta delivered some startling news: women... More
While yesterday’s rise in interest rates on Treasury notes had most papers scrambling to report the economic implications, USA Today took a silly “no news here” approach to the story.
By Felix Gillette Apr 14, 2006 at 03:29 PM
Thursday, 10-year Treasury notes crept above 5 percent for the first time in several years -- a development which had... More
Word that Iran is capable of enriching uranium and reports that the Bush administration is well along with plans to nuke the country’s nuclear program create a storm of anxiety, speculation and acerbic wit.
By Gal Beckerman Apr 13, 2006 at 04:19 PM
Iran is very much on bloggers' minds this week. Specifically, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's surprise revelation that his country is... More
A reporter uncovers a shocking threat to U.S. military security: A market in Afghanistan for computer drives containing classified information.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 13, 2006 at 03:56 PM
While the war in Iraq sputters and flares, and concern grows over Iran's long-term nuclear ambitions, a Los Angeles Times... More
In the minds of many Americans, Europe can become a reflection of one’s own political beliefs and a way to score a cheap point or two for one’s team, be it left or right.
By Gal Beckerman Apr 12, 2006 at 05:25 PM
In the minds of many Americans, Europe can sometimes be a place as virtual as the blogosphere -- not a... More
When it comes to the allegations of rape against the Duke University lacrosse team, justice has been swift — on TV. It’s just in real life that things get complicated.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 12, 2006 at 04:30 PM
Last week the editorial board at the Harvard Crimson aptly dubbed the scene around Duke University -- where three lacrosse... More
Federal authorities make arrests in an alleged scheme to get early access to BusinessWeek - but only one paper noticed it’s not that first time this has happened.
By Felix Gillette Apr 12, 2006 at 03:24 PM
In recent years, BusinessWeek, like many of its rivals, has slogged through a tough environment for business magazines in the... More
While one critic argues Katie Couric should spend her own money to investigate stories, we tally up the reasons that’s a downright silly idea.
By Paul McLeary Apr 12, 2006 at 02:55 PM
There are a few unofficial ground rules we operate under here at CJR Daily: We check our tinfoil hats at... More
In a piece about Monday’s nationwide protests by immigrants demanding legal status and citizenship, the Washington Times provides weak support for some “strong” assertions.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 11, 2006 at 04:57 PM
Amid the swarm of stories dissecting Monday's nationwide protests by immigrants demanding legal status and citizenship, the first few paragraphs... More
Michelle Cottle eviscerates the New York Times’ section of conspicuous consumption, while Newsweek ponders whether “our Katie” is going to abandon her down-home roots when she takes over the evening news.
By Gal Beckerman Apr 11, 2006 at 12:27 PM
The absurdity that is the Thursday Styles section of the New York Times is not exactly news to us. Still,... More
The New York Times takes a good, hard look at one of the hidden factors behind the continuing increase in executive compensation.
By Felix Gillette Apr 11, 2006 at 09:30 AM
Not long ago, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Treasury Secretary John Snow took a stab at explaining... More
Bloggers - and at least one newspaper columnist - are taking Seymour Hersh’s alarming new article about a potential U.S. strike against Iran very seriously.
By Gal Beckerman Apr 10, 2006 at 05:09 PM
Bloggers -- and at least one newspaper columnist -- are taking Seymour Hersh's alarming new piece in The New Yorker... More
Jared Paul Stern’s alleged attempt to shake down billionaire Ronald Burkle reminds us of nothing so much as the story of former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Harry Karafin.
By Paul McLeary Apr 10, 2006 at 03:23 PM
The sharp pinstripe suits. The perfectly styled hair. The smug, self-satisfied expression. Even the name -- Jared Paul Stern --... More
The Los Angeles Times reporter on how and why two goldfish came to live in a tank full of river water, and found virtual celebrity on the paper’s Web site.
By Felix Gillette Apr 7, 2006 at 05:40 PM
Little Ed and Little Antonio Steve Hymon is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Since 2003, he has... More
The New York Sun and National Journal got a huge scoop Thursday about the Libby case — and the big boys got egg on their faces.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 7, 2006 at 05:35 PM
In the latest unpredictable twist to the messy Valerie Plame narrative, a certain New York broadsheet scooped its competitors yesterday... More
A questioner’s shot at Bush during a town hall event was hardly the catastrophe for the president today’s news accounts might lead you to believe.
By Gal Beckerman Apr 7, 2006 at 04:36 PM
One of the Bush administration's defining qualities has been, since day one, its extraordinary ability to stay "on message." The... More
Reporters have been handed a great story, where most of the reporting has already been done for them - yet they ignore it.
By Paul McLeary Apr 7, 2006 at 03:11 PM
This week, lost in the unhealthy obsession with what Katie Couric's daughters and green grocer think about her move to... More
The press is shifting the way it portrays John McCain. Is it McCain himself who is changing, or just the media’s attitude toward him?
By Gal Beckerman Apr 6, 2006 at 04:45 PM
In an online Q & A that accompanied her May 2005 New Yorker profile of John McCain, Connie Bruck was... More
The numbers being put out there concerning the amount of illegal immigrants in the United States still aren’t adding up.
By Edward B. Colby Apr 6, 2006 at 04:16 PM
The terms of the nation's immigration debate are complex and confusing -- not least for copy editors at the Washington... More
Today brings a new investigation shedding more light on local broadcast stations’ addiction to video news releases - and more condemnation of the practice from bloggers.
By Felix Gillette Apr 6, 2006 at 01:40 PM
Today the Center for Media and Democracy, a nonprofit group based in Wisconsin, released the findings of its 10-month-long investigation... More
Downloading movies on demand sounds great, and some technology reporters agree — while forgetting to look at the possible downside.
By Paul McLeary Apr 5, 2006 at 03:28 PM
A group of Hollywood movie studios have begun to tentatively dip their toes into the world of online distribution --... More
By Felix Gillette Apr 5, 2006 at 01:00 PM
On Sunday night, the New York Times launched a redesign of its Web site, including wider pages, additional multimedia and... More
To all the hype over Katie Couric’s possible move to the CBS anchor desk, we ask: Is it really that important?
By Paul McLeary Apr 4, 2006 at 03:41 PM
Readers across the country woke up this morning to prominently placed stories in the Washington Post, New York Times, USA... More
A Time poll finds Americans not feeling friendly toward illegal residents, while our own survey of magazines turns up a glossy consensus urging U.S. politicians not to stiff-arm immigrants.
By Felix Gillette Apr 4, 2006 at 01:45 PM
The current issue of Time magazine features a special report on immigration that leaps off the newsstand with an illustration... More
The FCC chairman paints a rosy picture of the state of broadband in the U.S., but he overlooks a few unhappy truths.
By Paul McLeary Apr 3, 2006 at 06:10 PM
Federal Communications Commission chair Kevin Martin penned a bit of commentary in the Financial Times this morning, telling us all... More
Reactions to the suspension of ABC producer John Green range from the predictable cries of “liberal bias!” and “shame on ABC!” to less-predictable conspiracy theories.
By Felix Gillette Apr 3, 2006 at 02:28 PM
On Friday, ABC announced that it was suspending John Green, the executive producer of the weekend edition of Good Morning... 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