Ron Suskind discusses his new book The One Percent Doctrine, his use of anonymous sources and how the U.S military targeted al-Jazeera.
By Gal Beckerman Jun 30, 2006 at 05:05 PM
Ron Suskind's new book, The One Percent Doctrine, has been a conversation starter for the two weeks since its publication.... More
The paper has some explaining to do about its story on telecom companies cooperating with the NSA, but its editor has yet to address a critical detail of the apparently flawed story.
By Paul McLeary Jun 30, 2006 at 04:43 PM
USA Today has some explaining to do. This morning, it walked back -- and seriously called into question -- a... More
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wonders what would have happened if a newspaper had disclosed classified information during WW II, but he apparently hasn’t read much history.
By Paul McLeary Jun 30, 2006 at 03:50 PM
Conservative radio host and blogger Hugh Hewitt has been vociferous in his outrage over the New York Times' disclosure, last... More
The Times two years ago published hints about a secret program monitoring financial transactions. So why has the paper only now become a political football?
By Paul McLeary Jun 30, 2006 at 03:40 PM
In the scrum over the New York Times' decision to publish its story last Friday about the government's monitoring of... More
By Edward B. Colby Jun 29, 2006 at 02:29 PM
Cable news anchor Lou Dobbs can generally be relied upon to provide a strongly worded, passionately argued, oft-inflammatory commentary each... More
Reporters scramble to find a black cloud to go with the silver lining of Warren Buffett’s decision to donate billions to charity.
By Gal Beckerman Jun 28, 2006 at 04:19 PM
Warren Buffett's groundbreaking decision this week to donate most of his wealth to charity (and specifically to his buddy Bill... More
By Edward B. Colby Jun 28, 2006 at 02:36 PM
Knight Ridder is no more. For too many months now, we have witnessed the slow-motion implosion of that once-mighty newspaper... More
Some pundits are suggesting “bureaucrats with friends in the media” are sitting on information about WMD in Iraq. Problem is, their evidence has been public for two years.
By Paul McLeary Jun 28, 2006 at 02:17 PM
There's an item from Monday's Wall Street Journal editorial page that has been floating around, and is just too priceless... More
Critics of reports about a secret government program tracking terrorists’ financial transactions are ignoring the fact that information on the effort has been public since 2002.
By Paul McLeary Jun 27, 2006 at 04:41 PM
The editors of National Review, after years of bashing the media while showing blind fealty to the executive branch under... More
By Felix Gillette Jun 27, 2006 at 04:09 PM
On Friday the New York Times broke a front-page story about possible insider trading at one of the country's largest... More
It’s summertime, which for the nation’s big newsweeklies means special issues devoted to random topics.
By Edward B. Colby Jun 27, 2006 at 03:04 PM
It's summertime, which for the nation's big newsweeklies means special issues devoted to random topics. In a double issue, Newsweek... More
Some newspaper columnists chronicle appalling injustices in faraway places. Others find them right under their noses.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jun 27, 2006 at 02:43 PM
Some newspaper columnists chronicle appalling injustices in faraway places. Others find them right under their noses. On Friday, the Wall... More
By Edward B. Colby Jun 26, 2006 at 01:37 PM
The current issue of Newsweek features a provocative takedown of Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, also known as Kos, the titan of... More
Isn’t it about time that we retire journalism that celebrates everything baby boomers do as an event?
By Paul McLeary Jun 26, 2006 at 12:50 PM
Looks like it was a slow news day at the Washington Post yesterday. How else to explain the front-page treatment... More
In his new book, Ron Suskind alleges that the U.S. military intentionally targeted al-Jazeera. So why isn’t the press paying attention?
By Dan Schulman Jun 23, 2006 at 05:53 PM
In November, 2001, at the outset of its military campaign to oust the Taliban and hunt down Al Qaeda in... More
A rival New York newspaper goes trolling for some criticism of the Times’ disclosure, without much success.
By Paul McLeary Jun 23, 2006 at 04:46 PM
Let the pushback begin. In response to reports today about a secret Bush administration program that collects data about international... More
By Edward B. Colby Jun 23, 2006 at 04:30 PM
Last night, the nation's newspapers reported the existence of a secret program run by the CIA and the Treasury Department,... More
A reader’s guide to the Corporate Effects (“Starbucks Effect,” “Kmart Effect”) continually being coined by our nation’s business reporters.
By Felix Gillette Jun 23, 2006 at 03:00 PM
In its current issue, Fast Company magazine has a story about the first Starbucks to open in Dublin -- an... More
The Justice Department has mistakenly revealed one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s sources in the ongoing Balco steroid scandal. Was it an accident?
By Paul McLeary Jun 23, 2006 at 02:30 PM
If you thought Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi were the only people in the Balco steriods scandal guilty of bad... More
What do you get when you cross Britney Spears’ husband, a billionaire and a manufactured press event? Wall-to-wall coverage!
By Edward B. Colby Jun 23, 2006 at 01:40 PM
Kevin Federline, husband of Britney Spears and newly anointed expert on monetary affairs, recently rolled into Times Square in a... More
Salon provides an interesting look into a secret room at an AT&T building in St. Louis, but what it can’t provide is exactly what’s going on.
By Paul McLeary Jun 22, 2006 at 04:21 PM
In Salon yesterday, reporter Kim Zetter penned a story describing allegations by two unnamed sources that the federal government has... More
By Gal Beckerman Jun 22, 2006 at 03:40 PM
It might not actually be the discovery of "The Blogosphere's Smoke-Filled Backroom," as Jason Zengerle writes on The Plank, but... More
Reflections on Poynter’s recent Future of News conference - and what it means for newsroom leaders everywhere.
By Gregory E. Favre Jun 22, 2006 at 12:24 PM
Reprinted from Poynter.org. What's the future of news? For two days last month, 27 editors and publishers met at Poynter... More
What do you get when you combine CEO stock option plans and a press corps that loves scandal? A scandal!
By Felix Gillette Jun 21, 2006 at 05:30 PM
Remember that era long ago when the term "options" wasn't yet a dirty word? Yeah, neither do we. These days,... More
You know we live in interesting times when Dan Rather and Angelina Jolie duke it out for serious, sober press coverage.
By Gal Beckerman Jun 21, 2006 at 12:41 PM
For those bloggers who seem to be in a permanent state of hand-wringing about what they see as broadcast journalism's... More
Male nannies are the “hot new thing” — at least among the nation’s reporters, who have lately produced a crop of thinly-reported trend-chasing pieces on the subject.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jun 21, 2006 at 10:55 AM
According to Foxnews.com's Michael Y. Park yesterday, male nannies (aka, mannies) are the "hot new thing" -- there is a... More
Just as various people have begun to elevate the slideshow’s reputation, one publication continues to drag it down.
By Felix Gillette Jun 20, 2006 at 04:40 PM
Within the world of television sitcoms, the dreaded family slideshow has long served as a reliable punch line -- a... More
By Edward B. Colby Jun 20, 2006 at 03:50 PM
Sometimes we are amazed what the news media will do to manufacture "controversy," an overused word that purportedly will ensnare... More
For those who can never get enough information on how the War on Terror is being fought, two magazine heavyweights come through this week.
By Gal Beckerman Jun 20, 2006 at 03:20 PM
We fearful, anxious masses can never get enough information on how the War on Terror is being fought. What is... More
The reporters of the White House press corps continue to do the people’s business, asking the hard questions. Or not.
By Steve Lovelady Jun 20, 2006 at 01:55 PM
Below is an unedited excerpt of today's White House press briefing by Tony Snow (as created by the Huffington Post's... More
In its lead story Sunday, the Boston Globe approached the legal black hole that is Guantanamo from an important fresh angle.
By Edward B. Colby Jun 19, 2006 at 04:10 PM
With the apparent suicides of three detainees followed by the Pentagon's clampdown on reporting at Guantanamo Bay last week, the... More
Anyone who thinks that Americans have yet to embrace the beautiful game of soccer and are basically ignoring the World Cup should check out the blogosphere.
By Gal Beckerman Jun 19, 2006 at 02:03 PM
Anyone who thinks that Americans have yet to embrace the beautiful game of soccer and are basically ignoring the World... More
If reporters (and editors) could only wait a day, their first take on a story wouldn’t need an update.
By Paul McLeary Jun 16, 2006 at 05:39 PM
The Contra Costa Times ran a little item yesterday that left us wondering what happened to the reporting that we... More
The death toll for American soldiers in Iraq hit the 2,500 mark yesterday with the national press not particularly eager to make much of it.
By Gal Beckerman Jun 16, 2006 at 04:16 PM
The death toll for American soldiers in Iraq hit the 2,500 mark yesterday with the national press not particularly eager... More
Time’s Tim McGirk talks about being the first reporter to break the story of the alleged massacre of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha.
By Paul McLeary Jun 16, 2006 at 03:39 PM
Time magazine's veteran foreign correspondent Tim McGirk has reported from postings such as Islamabad, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Baghdad... More
By Edward B. Colby Jun 16, 2006 at 03:02 PM
Picking up a trail seemingly gone cold, the Associated Press broke a story that needed to be told today, authoritatively... More
Talking points: they’re not just for politicians any more, as a Tribune Co. shareholder has demonstrated over the past week.
By Edward B. Colby Jun 15, 2006 at 04:21 PM
Near the end of this morning's New York Times article about the escalating "boardroom feud" at Tribune Co. we spied... More
For anyone tracking the continued devaluation of “news anchors” in American public life, this morning marks a milestone of sorts - or is it a millstone?
By Felix Gillette Jun 15, 2006 at 01:29 PM
For anyone tracking the continued devaluation of "news anchors" in American public life, this morning marks a milestone of sorts... More
Pundits and reporters are asking whether President Bush is at a “turning point” - and when a question gets asked often enough, before long the question mark is dropped entirely and a narrative is born.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jun 15, 2006 at 10:24 AM
Tide turning. On a roll. Turning point. Resurgence. Turnaround. Bounce. Pendulum swinging. Bump. However they choose to phrase it (and... More
ABC reports that a secret military task force has changed its name and, for it trouble, gets accused of being unpatriotic.
By Edward B. Colby Jun 14, 2006 at 02:51 PM
Midday Monday, ABC News' Brian Ross posted a short, insiderish item entitled, "Secret U.S. Task Force 145 Secretly Changes Its... More
Bloggers react to the announcement of Mark Cuban’s new Web site devoted to business investigative reporting.
By Felix Gillette Jun 14, 2006 at 12:50 PM
Earlier this week, with his team battling in its first ever trip to the NBA finals, Mark Cuban, new media... More
The straitjacketed writing style of newspaper journalism and the demands of the daily news cycle have smothered news about Guantanamo instead of exposing it.
By Gal Beckerman Jun 14, 2006 at 10:30 AM
We don't think we can put it any better than the New York Times editorial page did Monday, so we... More
The Dayton Daily News highlights a significant but unreported danger posed by Humvees to soldiers in Iraq: adding armor increases the likelihood the vehicles will roll over.
By Edward B. Colby Jun 13, 2006 at 04:56 PM
"[W]hy do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to... More
Now that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has said that he will not seek charges against Karl Rove, will Truthout.org rethink their affiliation with reporter Jason Leopold?
By Paul McLeary Jun 13, 2006 at 03:37 PM
We wonder if the folks over at Truthout.org are rethinking their affiliation with reporter and serial fabulist Jason Leopold. Leopold,... More
The awards for the best Web sites taught us a few things: The world is flat, Arianna is anti-war and dudes like Rob Corddry.
By Bryan Keefer Jun 13, 2006 at 03:23 PM
The tenth annual Webby awards were handed out last night -- or, more precisely, the winners got to hoist a... More
A slain terrorist lives on at American newsstands, while The Atlantic provides an engrossing Italian crime story.
By Felix Gillette Jun 13, 2006 at 02:46 PM
This week Abu Musab al-Zarqawi gazes out from American newsstands, where his image appears on the cover of Newsweek under... More
By Steve Lovelady Jun 13, 2006 at 02:31 PM
From a Richard Cohen column in this morning's Washington Post: "... and Time Inc., which reportedly paid about $4 million... More
The New York Times adds to the recent evidence gathered by the business press suggesting that the book biz, marketing-wise, is just like any other.
By Paul McLeary Jun 12, 2006 at 06:05 PM
For whatever reasons, it seems like the book publishing industry has been making some noise in the business press the... More
Bloggers descend on Las Vegas to wax wondrous at their own self-importance and listen to various Democratic politicians vie for their affection.
By Felix Gillette Jun 12, 2006 at 01:37 PM
"Amazing ... unique ... magical .... ruling the earth .... freak show .... crushingly boring." Those were just a few... More
The freelance reporter talks about working in Iraq and his new graphic novel based on his experiences.
By Paul McLeary Jun 9, 2006 at 04:58 PM
Why does a reporter go to a war zone? Is it careerism? Vanity? Thrill-seeking? Or is it to push personal... More
As the bloody face of America’s enemy number one in Iraq dominated the front pages today, reporters struggle to answer a simple question: Who was this guy?
By Gal Beckerman Jun 9, 2006 at 04:44 PM
Who was Musab al-Zarqawi? Evil mastermind or bumbling fool? Intelligent or doltish? Enterprising terrorist or al Queda puppet? As the... More
Money, as they say, truly can’t buy taste. Power? Yes. The awe of financial reporters? In some cases, yes. Perspective or self-awareness? Nope.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jun 9, 2006 at 03:50 PM
This month, along with a cover story on Sandra Bullock's married life and Christopher Hitchens' "Oral History of the Blow... More
With the dispersal of the Knight Ridder papers and Tribune’s possible breakup, we may be witnessing the beginnings of a decentralization of American journalism.
By Edward B. Colby Jun 9, 2006 at 03:24 PM
Leading with the turmoil at the intrigue-wracked Tribune Co. for the second day running, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday... More
How are critics who have suggested the press is reluctant to report good news from Iraq responding to the saturation coverage of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s demise?
By Felix Gillette Jun 8, 2006 at 03:51 PM
It's long been a mantra of the Rightwingery that the media is pathologically reluctant to report on any good news... More
The special congressional election in California this week is a poor canary to place in the national coalmine - but that isn’t stopping the press from doing it anyway.
By Gal Beckerman Jun 8, 2006 at 01:55 PM
Journalists are always hungry for some politics. And you could see the saliva practically dripping off the page this morning... More
By Edward B. Colby Jun 8, 2006 at 12:34 PM
After a difficult tenure at the top of perpetual cable news doormat MSNBC, broadcast news veteran Rick Kaplan stepped down... More
Perhaps it’s a good thing teenagers these days aren’t reading newspapers - it can be confusing enough as it is to be 17 or 18.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jun 8, 2006 at 12:00 PM
Perhaps it's a good thing teenagers these days aren't reading newspapers -- it can be confusing enough as it is... More
As another election season kicks into gear, former Nieman fellows have offered up some worthy suggestions for how campaign coverage can be improved this time around.
By Felix Gillette Jun 7, 2006 at 12:42 PM
The 2006 election season is already kicking into cranium-grinding gear. But before things get too messy, a group of media... More
Online pundits try to read the tea leaves in a special election in California and find common ground blasting a plan to offer incentives to Iran to give up its nuclear program.
By Paul McLeary Jun 7, 2006 at 12:02 PM
And they're off! Before many of us were ready, election season '06 has officially kicked off, and it begins ...... More
The paper bested its Canadian rivals on a huge story for one simple reason: it already had someone on the beat.
By Gal Beckerman Jun 7, 2006 at 08:00 AM
It's the kind of situation that can leave a newspaper reeling with embarrassment -- a major story with international implications... More
What is there to say about a publication which was announced last August but won’t appear on newsstands until late April 2007? Apparently plenty.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jun 6, 2006 at 05:45 PM
Kudos to the people behind the rollout of Condé Nast's new business magazine for landing a friendly 1457-word piece on... More
By Felix Gillette Jun 6, 2006 at 02:00 PM
For people who take the Bible literally, today's date, 6/6/06, may be a scary one, rife with anxiety over a... More
Fred Barnes once again shows his fealty to the Bush clan this week, while other magazines opt for more substantitive fare.
By Paul McLeary Jun 6, 2006 at 09:52 AM
Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard, is in love. He's in love not only with George Bush -... More
Bloggers try to put into context allegations about Marine executions of civilians in Haditha, and ponder the point of introducing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
By Paul McLeary Jun 5, 2006 at 01:12 PM
What's this? Stephen Spruiell over at the National Review's Media Blog praising the New York Times? Interesting times, indeed. Jokes... More
The PBS anchor discusses his upcoming special featuring Ben Bradlee, the importance of public discourse and how to handle untruths from politicians.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jun 2, 2006 at 05:32 PM
Ben Bradlee and Jim Lehrer Jim Lehrer is the executive editor and anchor of PBS' The NewsHour with Jim... More
The network and its star anchor shouldn’t remain silent about a lawsuit involving the subject of several Nightly News stories.
By Felix Gillette Jun 2, 2006 at 04:29 PM
In the fall of 2003, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams visited the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.,... More
By Edward B. Colby Jun 2, 2006 at 03:13 PM
Boston Herald business scribe Brett Arends posed a fretful question yesterday: "Will Web bloggers turn today's news columnists into tomorrow's... More
A look at how the press has covered the conflict in Sudan puts the lie to claims that the press has been going soft on one side.
By Gal Beckerman Jun 2, 2006 at 01:05 PM
The situation in Darfur is as dire as ever. As the New York Times reported Wednesday, there has been a... More
In professional sports, thanking God for victory is roughly as unusual as drinking water for hydration. So why was it front-page news?
By Felix Gillette Jun 1, 2006 at 06:50 PM
During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, revered feature writer Gay Talese noted that when reading a newspaper he often... More
Network news blogs bring us political prognostications, facts about obtaining press credentials in Caracas, and happy birthday wishes for a network news blog.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jun 1, 2006 at 05:03 PM
May 31, 2006 may forever be known at NBC, and around the world, as Katie's Last Day. But all the... More
By Paul McLeary Jun 1, 2006 at 04:31 PM
We hear it all the time: The media landscape is changing, and those who don't adapt will fall behind, or... More
By Edward B. Colby Jun 1, 2006 at 03:31 PM
Last week we called for the abolition of "the daily market round-up story, the one purporting to explain the latest... More
Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star
Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily
Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics
Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance
The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”
“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”
“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”
“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”
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.