The former New Republic editor discusses his new book about liberalism’s response to the threat posed by terrorism.
By Paul McLeary May 31, 2006 at 03:15 PM
On Tuesday, May 30, former New Republic editor (and current Editor-at-Large) Peter Beinart's book, The Good Fight: Why Liberals --... More
By Liz Cox Barrett May 31, 2006 at 01:44 PM
On this, Katie's Last Day!, Ms. Couric is receiving shout-outs from all over the 'sphere -- some syrupy, some surly,... More
The paper runs a story that’s not only tired, but that also manages to contradict both itself and another piece that ran just a few days earlier.
By Gal Beckerman May 31, 2006 at 01:37 PM
There are a number of great seasonal clichés in journalism: the Christmas shopping story, the back-to-school story, the "spring is... More
Over the past week, the Wall Street Journal has given a cursory treatment to the important news about General Motors’ buyout program.
By Edward B. Colby May 31, 2006 at 12:49 PM
At midday yesterday, the Wall Street Journal online contained a prominently placed piece of five-day-old news. The short article by... More
An appeals court puts bloggers and journalists employed by professional news organizations on equal footing - at least in the state of California.
By Felix Gillette May 31, 2006 at 12:48 PM
The blogger known as Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem may never rival Bob Woodward in recognition or prestige. But... More
By Liz Cox Barrett May 30, 2006 at 02:48 PM
It's not often that we have to wait 20 years for a correction, but this is one of those times.... More
A New Yorker article typifies the Washington press corps’ tendency to hew to conventional wisdom, no matter how many times that wisdom has been proved wrong.
By Paul McLeary May 30, 2006 at 02:04 PM
There is no off-season in political prognostication. This midterm election year -- with the president's approval ratings in freefall and... More
Three more reporters are caught in the violence in Iraq, and the war has now proved more costly for journalists than any other in history.
By Steve Lovelady May 30, 2006 at 12:57 PM
The New York Times brings us a somber reminder this morning that with the deaths yesterday of two journalists working... More
The ABC News reporter discusses her interview with a group of recently freed Guantanamo detainees - and how Gitmo should be covered.
By Edward B. Colby May 29, 2006 at 09:00 AM
Lara Setrakian, an off-air reporter with ABC News' Law & Justice Unit, last week posted on ABC's Web site an... More
By Gal Beckerman May 26, 2006 at 04:12 PM
It's not that we're particularly titillated by dirty words. And we can understand why most newspapers, for the sake of... More
As the nation waited to hear the outcome of the Enron trial, television news hosts struggled to fill empty airtime.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 26, 2006 at 01:37 PM
Word came late yesterday morning that the Enron verdict would be announced at noon -- just the sort of biding-time,... More
Covering a joint press conference with George W. Bush and Tony Blair, the entire Washington media establishment recycled the same cheap shot at the two leaders.
By Paul McLeary May 26, 2006 at 01:29 PM
Every now and again the curtains are pulled back ever so slightly on the inner working of the White House... More
Nir Rosen operates outside up-armored news bureau compounds to bring the muffled voices of Iraqis back home to the States.
By Paul McLeary May 25, 2006 at 03:18 PM
Nir Rosen's voice is quiet, almost gentle, and at first it's a little difficult to hear him when I call... More
By Felix Gillette May 25, 2006 at 01:55 PM
In recent years, many newspapers, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Rocky Mountain News, and the Orlando... More
The CNN anchor launches another attack on Bush administration policies, and online commentators respond in kind.
By Edward B. Colby May 25, 2006 at 12:57 PM
CNN anchor Lou Dobbs is not one to mince words -- especially when it comes to his personal crusade for... More
As you read this, experts are hard at work studying the brains of people suffering from myriad ills, from Alzheimer’s to dyslexia … to, apparently, political passion.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 24, 2006 at 02:04 PM
As you read this, experts are hard at work studying the brains of people suffering from myriad ills, from Alzheimer's... More
Elizabeth Vargas fans respond with anger and disappointment to the announcement of her departure from ABC’s anchor desk.
By Edward B. Colby May 24, 2006 at 01:42 PM
Less than half a year after anointing Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff the next-generation anchors of World News Tonight,... More
What’s a political reporter to do when the presidential primaries are nearly two years away? Why, hand out meaningless titles, like “The Un-Hillary”!
By Liz Cox Barrett May 24, 2006 at 12:09 PM
There is, as is sometimes the case, a certain familiarity to the front of this week's New York magazine. The... More
The Washington Times rushes to page one with positive tidings from Iraq, but overlooks one minor detail - actually gathering the news.
By Felix Gillette May 23, 2006 at 04:06 PM
In recent times, several conservative commentators have complained about the lack of positive stories coming out of Iraq. But to... More
A series of profiles in this week’s magazines goes inside the heads of some powerful men — and the nanny who raised one of them.
By Edward B. Colby May 23, 2006 at 02:52 PM
With Al Gore's new film due out Wednesday, New York magazine becomes the latest media outlet to hop aboard the... More
Would somebody please give the magazine’s literary editor a back rub? Or maybe pour him a cup of sleepy-time tea?
By Felix Gillette May 22, 2006 at 03:40 PM
Would somebody please give Harper's literary editor Ben Metcalf a back rub? Or maybe pour him a cup of sleepy-time... More
As the debate over immigration continues, the San Francisco Chronicle weighed in Sunday with a story that sparked heated commentary from conservative blogs.
By Edward B. Colby May 22, 2006 at 11:55 AM
As the immigration debate continues, the San Francisco Chronicle weighed in Sunday with a lengthy front-page story, reporting that "The... More
The editor of CBS’s Public Eye discusses better-than-expected cooperation from CBS employees and answers some of the blog’s critics.
By Bryan Keefer May 19, 2006 at 04:52 PM
Vaughn Ververs is the editor of CBS's Public Eye blog. Before launching Public Eye in September, 2005, Ververs was... More
Journalists love lists - so much so that this week, most didn’t bother telling readers about the source behind a “power ranking” of Congressional leaders.
By Edward B. Colby May 19, 2006 at 02:54 PM
This week the Web site Congress.org released its "power rankings" of Washington's most formidable and effective Congressmen and Senators in... More
The San Francisco CBS affiliate’s series of reports on Kaiser this month shows just how good local television news can be, when it wants to.
By Edward B. Colby May 19, 2006 at 01:30 PM
Last week we tipped our hat to the Los Angeles Times for publishing a set of investigative stories which shed... More
The blogosphere is busy dissecting the media’s (mis)handling of the immigration debate — and in most cases, amnesty is not being offered.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 18, 2006 at 02:30 PM
The blogosphere is busy dissecting the media's (mis)handling of the immigration debate -- and in most cases, amnesty is not... More
Are U.S. companies really looking to outsource jobs to rural America? A CNN story, backed by a single source, says yes. Logic says, probably not.
By Felix Gillette May 18, 2006 at 01:58 PM
Lots of news organizations run themselves dizzy in the endless chase to define the latest zeitgeist-making trend -- that elusive... More
On Wednesday, Paul McCartney and his wife announced they were separating, blaming an intrusive media as a factor. A CNN report on the split effectively proved their point.
By Edward B. Colby May 18, 2006 at 12:47 PM
On Wednesday, former Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife of four years, Heather Mills McCartney, confirmed that they were separating,... More
Time Inc. has laid off the nation’s premier investigative team: Donald Barlett and James Steele, who for more than 30 years have set standards others could admire only from afar.
By Steve Lovelady May 18, 2006 at 11:48 AM
In a doleful shirt-tail, or footnote, to the New York Times story this morning on the appointment of a new... More
On Wednesday, Tony Snow did William Ginsburg one better, appearing (or appearing to appear) on all three network morning shows at the same time.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 18, 2006 at 10:48 AM
You've heard of a "Full Ginsburg" (that is, when one guest appears back-to-back on a single day on each of... More
The U.N. wonders why many international stories don’t receive the coverage they deserve. The short answer (at least in the U.S.) is: Editors know their audience.
By Paul McLeary May 17, 2006 at 02:42 PM
On Monday, the United Nation's Department of Public Information unveiled its annual list of the world's "10 most under-reported stories."... More
By Edward B. Colby May 17, 2006 at 01:59 PM
The day after Tony Snow's first on-camera performance as White House press secretary, high-profile commentators are weighing in. In the... More
In the current issue of the magazine Joshua Green provides a detailed portrait of how Wal-Mart’s heath-care woes are impacting the health of the American economy, and vice versa.
By Felix Gillette May 16, 2006 at 06:03 PM
Last October, various media outlets reported on a leaked Wal-Mart memo, which recommended various ways for the world's largest company... More
It’s hard to imagine Scott McClellan or Ari Fleischer tearing up at the podium, but Tony Snow did just that today in his on-camera debut as White House press secretary.
By Edward B. Colby May 16, 2006 at 05:40 PM
It's hard to imagine Scott McClellan tearing up at the podium, and harder still to imagine Ari Fleischer doing so.... More
More on reporters in Iraq, permanent-looking military bases, and inane conversations among celebrities.
By Paul McLeary May 16, 2006 at 02:00 PM
In New York magazine this week, writer Jennifer Senior looks at life among reporters in Baghdad. The piece is certainly... More
ABC News reports that the federal government may be tracking its phone calls. Will this story disappear just like previous revelations about reporters caught up in domestic surveillance programs?
By Paul McLeary May 15, 2006 at 03:32 PM
On ABC News' blog "The Blotter" this morning, Brian Ross and Richard Esposito reported that a "senior federal law enforcement... More
The battle over the future of Terri Schiavo may have ended months ago, but the battle over Michael Schiavo’s blogging future is just getting started.
By Felix Gillette May 15, 2006 at 12:32 PM
The battle over the future of Terri Schiavo may have ended months ago, but apparently the battle over Michael Schiavo's... More
The Ellie winner discusses his winning feature, “The New Way to Putt,” his own golf handicap and magazine articles that can shift paradigms.
By Felix Gillette May 12, 2006 at 05:26 PM
David Dusek is the Senior Managing Editor of GolfOnline.com and Golf.com. This week, his feature in the October 2005... More
A barrage of press releases claiming media inaccuracies shows that new Press Secretary Tony Snow may be more nimble and adept than his predecessor – but not any more correct.
By Paul McLeary May 12, 2006 at 04:32 PM
In the latest battle between 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the media, the White House has taken to sending out flurries... More
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a bidder for both that paper and the Daily News is looking to gut them. With offers due Tuesday, the city’s newspaper journalism is up for grabs.
By Edward B. Colby May 12, 2006 at 04:19 PM
A story in today's Philadelphia Inquirer bore some mildly disturbing news: Onex Corp., a Canadian investment company that is one... More
There are many reasons for the soaring cost of gas, but looking at the relationship between politicians and energy companies seems to be off-limits for some reporters.
By Paul McLeary May 12, 2006 at 04:01 PM
As the economist Milton Friedman once said, "The business of business is to make money." True enough, but it is... More
Political journalists like to pretend they’re umpires, not players. But political journalists, whether they acknowledge it or not, are setting the stage for a Gore comeback.
By Edward B. Colby May 12, 2006 at 01:26 PM
"Al Gore Might Yet Join 2008 Contenders," a Wall Street Journal headline declared earlier this week. "For former Vice President... More
How did the morning shows handle the “shocking” news about NSA data collection relative to the “stunning” news of an American Idol contestant’s dismissal? Nimbly, as ever.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 11, 2006 at 05:32 PM
Two major pieces of domestic news broke overnight. We mean, of course, USA Today's report that the National Security Agency... More
A comparison of the two papers’ home pages this morning reveals USA Today had better reporting, better news judgment and made better use of the Web.
By Bryan Keefer May 11, 2006 at 01:30 PM
As of 11:15 this morning, the home page of the New York Times, generally regarded as the heavyweight among national... More
A blogger’s discovery of a “major security hole” on nytimes.com makes clear that the Gray Lady is still learning to swim in the tumultuous seas of the blogosphere.
By Felix Gillette May 11, 2006 at 12:52 PM
Recently, the New York Times has begun dipping its toes into the blogosphere by launching the occasional Times-sanctioned blog. And... More
What with all the “jousting” and “skirmishing” going on in the paper’s story about appeals court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, certain basic facts fell through the cracks.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 10, 2006 at 04:06 PM
What with all the "jousting" and "skirmishing" going on in the New York Times' story today about appeals court nominee... More
A few stories, culled from different news outlets, paint a curious picture for local television stations.
By Paul McLeary May 10, 2006 at 02:36 PM
Sometimes it takes a few different stories, appearing in different news outlets, to tie an issue together and put it... More
What if the government triggered a 700 ton blast in the Nevada desert, but no news organization bothered to cover it?
By Edward B. Colby May 10, 2006 at 02:25 PM
As we logged on to CNN.com this morning, one headline among the network's list of top stories quickly caught our... More
Netizens fill the inbox of a Washington Post columnist with emails “emanating raw hatred,” then tell him that digital lynch mobs are, well, to be expected.
By Felix Gillette May 10, 2006 at 12:56 PM
Yesterday, columnist Richard Cohen wrote a piece for the Washington Post entitled "Digital Lynch Mob," about the venomous response he... More
By Edward B. Colby May 9, 2006 at 05:39 PM
It's by and large a 24/7 news world now, though occasionally one still comes across certain exceptions. This morning, for... More
American magazines this week hover backstage and try to provide some analysis of what exactly is going on behind the tattered curtains at the CIA.
By Felix Gillette May 9, 2006 at 02:12 PM
On Friday President Bush announced that Porter Goss would be stepping down as the director of the CIA and, yesterday,... More
What do you get when you cross a noir-inspired op-ed with a think tank economist? An enjoyable business column.
By Paul McLeary May 8, 2006 at 05:05 PM
We've complained more times than we would like to recall about the stilted, often leaden way in which most business... More
The ubiquitous political blogger launches a broadside on the New York Senator and her presidential prospects, leading fellow liberal bloggers to take turns pile-driving him to the mat.
By Felix Gillette May 8, 2006 at 01:17 PM
Yesterday, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by ubiquitous lefty political blogger Markos "Kos" Moulitsas attacking Senator Hillary Rodham... More
The newspaper digs into the troubled kidney transplant program run by California’s largest HMO, providing the very definition of a public service.
By Edward B. Colby May 8, 2006 at 12:30 PM
Amid all the Pulitzer hubbub a few weeks back, one major newspaper in particular was noticeably absent from the list... More
The New Republic and RedState.org don’t see eye-to-eye over a new poll about how much Ameicans trust the media.
By Paul McLeary May 5, 2006 at 04:56 PM
Jonathan Chait over at the The Plank, the New Republic's blog, takes issue with the conservatives at RedState.org, who he... More
Mark Jurkowitz on the difference between writing for newspapers, alt-weeklies and blogs, and his new role at the Project for Excellence in Journalism.
By Paul McLeary May 5, 2006 at 02:47 PM
Boston Phoenix media critic Mark Jurkowitz announced this week that he will be leaving the paper in July to become... More
By Felix Gillette May 5, 2006 at 02:35 PM
On occasion when we're reading the morning newspapers, we wistfully think about how nice it would be if Jean-Francois Champollion,... More
Computerworld sexes up a story on the ongoing battle for DVD supremacy between two next-generation, high-definition formats.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 5, 2006 at 11:19 AM
The word "porn," when used in a headline, tends to catch the eye (and, when used online atop a story... More
The legend of the Sultan of Swat took a few mystifying turns on the Web site of the San Francisco newspaper this morning.
By Edward B. Colby May 4, 2006 at 02:45 PM
Last month we took copy editors at the Washington Post to task for managing to add -- thanks to a... More
The Bay Guardian gets fired up defending the status quo of daily journalism in the Bay Area - a situation which to us hardly seems worth preserving.
By Felix Gillette May 4, 2006 at 02:05 PM
Last week, when MediaNews announced that it was purchasing three dozen Knight Ridder papers from the McClatchy Co., we briefly... More
Failed 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui gets life in prison, instead of the death penalty for his knowledge of the plot, and the blogosphere steps back to reflect on what this all means.
By Paul McLeary May 4, 2006 at 12:07 PM
So, failed 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui gets life in prison, instead of the death penalty for his knowledge of the... More
The Money Honey (and her CNBC cohorts) hyped her “surprising” scoop then feigned surprise when viewers were actually surprised by what she reported.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 4, 2006 at 09:19 AM
Three days on, there is still plenty of disagreement over who is to blame (and for what, exactly) in the... More
By Edward B. Colby May 3, 2006 at 03:18 PM
"Being mom could be a six-figure job," one of the top headlines on CNN's homepage teased this morning. We were... More
A correspondent for the network reports yet another sensitive thread of the Valerie Plame story, bringing forth much chatter from bloggers.
By Paul McLeary May 3, 2006 at 02:00 PM
Last night on Chris Matthews' show, Hardball, MSNBC correspondent David Shuster reported that former CIA officer Valerie Plame was working... More
ABC News grants “Google’s First Female Engineer” two chances to spread the company’s good news - and spread it thick.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 2, 2006 at 04:18 PM
"It's hard to believe that search engine giant Google hasn't even celebrated its 10th birthday yet. But still, the success... More
If there were a protective shelter for words abused at the hands of American journalists, one word in particular would deserve a special, quiet recovery room.
By Felix Gillette May 2, 2006 at 03:54 PM
If there were a protective shelter for words abused at the hands of American journalists, it would no doubt be... More
The New Republic punctures the image of a blowhard, while Reason takes a cheap shot at reporters in Iraq.
By Paul McLeary May 2, 2006 at 02:09 PM
The New Republic kicks off the magazine report this week with a look at the life and times of Senator... More
The writer decries the military’s program for embedding journalists with military units, but she misses the point entirely - and misreads history.
By Paul McLeary May 1, 2006 at 04:05 PM
Nora Ephron, for all her prodigious gifts as a writer, appears to have some trouble grasping the linear nature of... More
Reporting on disasters - especially disasters yet to occur - offers up endless possibilities for the mainstream media.
By Edward B. Colby May 1, 2006 at 03:43 PM
Reporting on disasters -- especially disasters yet to occur -- offers up endless possibilities for the mainstream media, which sometimes... More
Bloggers react to a story about expanded presidential authority, news that al Qaeda has allegedly been defeated in Iraq and Stephen Colbert’s Sunday speech mocking the Washington press corps.
By Paul McLeary May 1, 2006 at 12:34 PM
In a startling piece of journalism, the Boston Globe reported yesterday that "President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to... 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
“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”
“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!
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.