At the Times, reporting on the race between Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont has become a ritual in repetitiveness.
By Paul McLeary Jul 31, 2006 at 02:36 PM
The New York Times just can't seem to get enough of the struggles faced by Connecticut Democratic senator Joe Lieberman,... More
By Felix Gillette Jul 31, 2006 at 12:24 PM
Over the weekend, in front of a graduating class of political science students at George Washington University, presidential advisor Karl... More
One of the producers of Bravo’s new series about the New York Daily News talks about the paper’s passionate staff and getting print journalists on camera.
By Gal Beckerman Jul 28, 2006 at 05:01 PM
Bravo's new series Tabloid Wars has shocked journalists and editors with how accurate a picture it paints of life inside... More
ABC catches a Colorado electric cooperative giving money to a global warming skeptic under dubious circumstances. Colorado newspapers fail to notice.
By Edward B. Colby Jul 28, 2006 at 03:42 PM
Yesterday ABC News broke the story of how a Colorado electric cooperative, the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, "openly admitted that... More
After an entertaining (if pointless) flame war with liberal bloggers last month, TNR columnist Lee Siegel is back for another go.
By Paul McLeary Jul 28, 2006 at 03:00 PM
The New Republic's Lee Siegel doesn't know when to quit. After an entertaining -- if ultimately pointless -- flame war... More
As Hezbollah continues battling with Israel, anecdotes about the organization’s sophisticated PR campaign are beginning to come to light.
By Paul McLeary Jul 27, 2006 at 05:22 PM
Writing on his blog Wednesday while reporting from southern Lebanon, freelance journalist and Time magazine contributor Christopher Allbritton, in what... More
The New York Times Styles section gets beaten on some cutting-edge trend news from its own back yard.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jul 27, 2006 at 03:47 PM
Perhaps it's time for the New York Times once-arch Styles section to consider just running wire copy. Today, while the... More
Wired takes a look at supposedly infallible transponder antitheft devices, and cuts through the media’s usual uncritical hype about new technology.
By Felix Gillette Jul 27, 2006 at 03:22 PM
The media's habit of slathering uncritical hype on whatever gizmo or widget is currently deemed worthy of "breakthrough technology" status... More
Bloggers react to Donald Rumsfeld’s suggestion that violence in Iraq is “a highly concentrated thing,” and therefore not a civil war.
By Gal Beckerman Jul 27, 2006 at 02:10 PM
To shift the focus further east for a few minutes, we turn today to that other Middle East conflict, Iraq,... More
We thought “Could you catch fire during surgery?” was a sensational, scare-mongering TV news segment, but CNN has gone one better: “Developing Story: Is it The End?”
By Liz Cox Barrett Jul 27, 2006 at 10:48 AM
Not so long ago, we thought "Could you catch fire during surgery?" was a sensational, scare-mongering title for a television... More
By Gal Beckerman Jul 26, 2006 at 03:09 PM
In a long post yesterday -- yes, even longer than usual -- Jay Rosen at Pressthink introduced an idea he's... More
By Edward B. Colby Jul 26, 2006 at 02:41 PM
We've previously noted CNNMoney.com's tendency to act as a rewrite wire service -- rehashing New York Times or Wall Street... More
A reporting team for the Baton Rouge Advocate was booted out of a FEMA trailer park; the agency says it was a misunderstanding. Will FEMA’s new rules help?
By Paul McLeary Jul 26, 2006 at 12:27 PM
It began earlier this month, when the Baton Rouge Advocate sent reporter Sandy Davis to a FEMA trailer park in... More
For real estate reporters going on vacation in August, no worries: we have a source who has been so unwavering in his pronouncements, you can write your stories now.
By Felix Gillette Jul 26, 2006 at 10:26 AM
The rockier life gets, the more we pay homage to the ideal of stability in its many manifestations. Stable jobs.... More
The New Yorker assesses the value of Wikipedia and The New Republic argues the conflict between Israel and Lebanon is a proxy war between the U.S. and Iran.
By Gal Beckerman Jul 25, 2006 at 02:09 PM
This week's New Yorker looks at the wiki-state of Wikipedia, the online participatory encyclopedia that recently hit its millionth entry.... More
The AP’s Vicki Smith provides us the compelling story of what led a West Virginia steelworker to take his own life.
By Edward B. Colby Jul 24, 2006 at 05:35 PM
Every once in a while we come across a story that stands out from the pack, a narrative that eloquently... More
Why are liberal bloggers generally staying away from writing about the conflict between Israel and Lebanon?
By Gal Beckerman Jul 24, 2006 at 02:29 PM
An article in last week's issue of the Forward, the prominent New York Jewish paper, made the point that "major... More
The nation’s media outlets seem incapable of covering both the war in Iraq and the conflict between Lebanon and Israel.
By Paul McLeary Jul 24, 2006 at 12:37 PM
As the spokesman for my generation -- Ferris Bueller -- once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop... More
Ben Goldhirsh, founder of the new magazine Good, discusses the magazine’s tone and feel, the intended audience and how he picked the name.
By Felix Gillette Jul 21, 2006 at 04:55 PM
Ben Goldhirsh is the 26-year-old founder and owner of Good magazine, a Los Angeles-based publication which will debut in... More
Just how mindlessly callous can cable news get? Nancy Grace’s interview with Elizabeth Smart might have set a new standard.
By Gal Beckerman Jul 21, 2006 at 04:49 PM
Just how mindlessly callous can cable news get? We were provided with a pretty good example the other day by... More
A badly edited, poorly timed interview with former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift makes Boston’s NBC affiliate seem oblivious to the news.
By Edward B. Colby Jul 21, 2006 at 02:47 PM
The tragic first death related to Boston's Big Dig project and the ensuing fallout have gripped the city ever since... More
It’s summer and there’s fighting in the Middle East, which can mean only one thing: time for the annual rash of stories about hundred-dollar-a-barrel oil.
By Paul McLeary Jul 21, 2006 at 02:09 PM
The latest fighting in the Middle East has sparked a new round of dire news about the cost of oil,... More
As the conflict between Israel and Lebanon plays out, U.S. cable television has given us coverage that has seemed as much a fantasy as Disneyland’s Space Mountain.
By Lawrence Pintak Jul 21, 2006 at 01:46 PM
Napa Valley, Calif. -- As someone who lives and breathes Middle East politics and media, I have had the bizarre... More
Our look at network morning shows over the past few weeks reveals hard-hitting stories about catching fire during surgery, tanning addiction and whether you can trust your “nanny cam.”
By Liz Cox Barrett Jul 21, 2006 at 11:50 AM
"Could you catch fire during surgery?" This question was actually posed -- and answered -- Thursday morning on ABC's Good... More
Photographs of Israeli children doodling on artillery rockets have inspired strong reactions across the world. But what’s the story behind the photos?
By Gal Beckerman Jul 20, 2006 at 05:44 PM
(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner;click for larger image) (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner;click for larger image) The sweet-faced little Israeli girls drawing with... More
Bloggers react to a brief ban on access to blogs instituted by India’s ISPs at the behest of the country’s government.
By Felix Gillette Jul 20, 2006 at 12:06 PM
Last week, in the wake of the Mumbai train bombings, the government of India momentarily clamped down on more than... More
The Los Angeles Times brings us an evocative story about the realities for civilians on the ground in Lebanon.
By Edward B. Colby Jul 19, 2006 at 04:21 PM
With the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah now in its eighth day, the refugee situation in Lebanon continues to worsen.... More
How much of a fiscal crisis does the federal government face in the coming years, and why haven’t the nation’s media outlets told us much about it?
By Paul McLeary Jul 19, 2006 at 03:58 PM
The president says the national debt is under control, and while facts might prove otherwise, we can, to some extent,... More
A new survey suggests bloggers do it for love, not money, while NBC debuts a new video blog to decidedly mixed reviews.
By Felix Gillette Jul 19, 2006 at 11:49 AM
Today, in the world of blogging news, Reuters reports on the findings of a recent study of American bloggers conducted... More
Fireballs flare up this week on newsstands across the country as the nation’s magazines tackle Lebanon, Syria and Iran.
By Felix Gillette Jul 18, 2006 at 12:47 PM
A fire burns on the cover of this week's issue of The Weekly Standard -- one of many fireballs to... More
Online pundits weigh in on President Bush’s use of the “s-bomb” during a conversation with Tony Blair at the G-8 summit.
By Felix Gillette Jul 17, 2006 at 12:38 PM
Earlier today at the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, President George W. Bush was caught (dramatic pause) swearing. "U.S.... More
The National Magazine Award winner talks about her essay on genetics and why journalists could benefit from reading poetry.
By Felix Gillette Jul 15, 2006 at 02:10 PM
Priscilla Long (photo by Michael Cain) Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, essays, fiction, and history. Last... More
A week’s worth of Associated Press articles about Rudy Giuliani presents the illusion of a news story moving forward.
By Felix Gillette Jul 14, 2006 at 05:45 PM
This past week former New York City mayor Rudolf Giuliani toured the country, lending his support to various Republican politicians... More
While the camera may love explosions, it’s the subtler aspects of what is happening in Lebanon that we must turn to in order to understand what is going on.
By Gal Beckerman Jul 14, 2006 at 04:41 PM
Television loves explosions. It doesn't get much better for broadcast news than when bombs are falling -- the shock and... More
It’s that time of year again, when business reporters remind us how much they have in common with their red carpet-pacing peers from the celebrity rags.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jul 14, 2006 at 12:02 PM
It's that time of year again, when business reporters remind us how much they have in common with their red... More
The cable network shows other outlets how it’s done with a segment about the effects of power plant emissions on the health of young athletes.
By Felix Gillette Jul 13, 2006 at 01:49 PM
In its current cover story, entitled "The New Greening of America," Newsweek hones in on a variety of conservation issues,... More
Bloggers ponder the meaning of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the rights of terror suspects and the administration’s response.
By Paul McLeary Jul 13, 2006 at 12:38 PM
It's getting ugly out there. As was reported this morning, the Bush administration is trying to limit the impact of... More
Politicians aren’t the only ones hanging on to the blogosphere’s every word these days, in awe of what they see as bloggers’ vast influence and clout. Reporters are doing it, too.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jul 12, 2006 at 02:35 PM
Politicians aren't the only ones hanging on to the blogosphere's every word these days, in awe of what they see... More
Critics strain to make the case that Valerie Plame was outed long before Robert Novak wrote his column naming her.
By Paul McLeary Jul 12, 2006 at 12:53 PM
By now you likely know that our old friend Robert Novak, in a snoozer of a column, has disclosed who... More
Protests against the New York Times’ national security scoops could be the occasion for a serious debate, but instead has devolved into childish name-calling.
By Gal Beckerman Jul 12, 2006 at 12:43 PM
As soon as the New York Times revealed, late last month, the existence of a government program to comb through... More
A forward-thinking Swiss magazine shows us the potential of citizen journalism, while others report on Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and the South Lawn.
By Paul McLeary Jul 11, 2006 at 12:10 PM
The latest issue of Foreign Policy magazine features the fascinating story of a forward-thinking Swiss magazine that sent a group... More
When it comes to reporting on the federal budget deficit, the White House’s budget minders never get tired of trying to spin the press. Will it work again?
By Felix Gillette Jul 10, 2006 at 06:30 PM
We all know that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but it turns out you also can't get... More
Bloggers tee off on the latest conventional wisdom to be handed down from the White House press corps.
By Paul McLeary Jul 10, 2006 at 12:49 PM
Time refers to it as "The End of Cowboy Diplomacy," while the New York Times portrays it as "Bush's Shift:... More
The Orlando Sentinel columnist talks about investigative sports reporting, celebrity ride-alongs and about being the only black female sports columnist in America.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jul 7, 2006 at 05:14 PM
Jemele Hill Jemele Hill, 30, is a sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, where she has worked since February... More
Reading the analyses yesterday morning of the U.S.’s muted response to North Korea’s latest belligerence, no one really pointed out the Bush administration’s major about-face concerning “rogue states” and nuclear weapons.
By Gal Beckerman Jul 7, 2006 at 02:39 PM
The White House might have hit a hypocrisy high water mark yesterday with this comment from press secretary Tony Snow... More
Business failures can make for interesting reading - especially when an enterprising reporter serves up the juicy details.
By Felix Gillette Jul 6, 2006 at 04:51 PM
When speaking in the abstract, it's pretty easy for business gurus to pay homage to failure. Just start with a... More
Dexter Filkins brings us something all too rare lately: on-the-spot reporting about the troops doing the fighting and dying in Iraq.
By Paul McLeary Jul 6, 2006 at 02:22 PM
Back in January, while embedded with a Marine unit in Iraq, I was struck by what appeared to be the... More
The death of former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay sparked plenty of blogofication - about the death itself, the White House press secretary’s reaction to it and the media’s treatment of it.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jul 6, 2006 at 01:41 PM
The death yesterday of former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay sparked plenty of blogofication -- about the death itself, about the... More
Fortune claims that options backdating is “corporate America’s steroids scandal.” But the magazine’s own sources disagree.
By Felix Gillette Jul 6, 2006 at 10:29 AM
In a recent post, we lamented the increasingly hysterical coverage of a supposed "scandal" involving dozens of corporations that might... More
While July 4th probably isn’t the best day to turn to the pages of your local paper in search of hard-hitting journalism, there’s still a certain threshold reporting shouldn’t fall below.
By Paul McLeary Jul 5, 2006 at 02:23 PM
Admittedly, July 4th probably isn't the best day to turn to the pages of your local newspaper in search of... More
Time tells us “How Your Siblings Make You Who You Are,” while The New Yorker looks at offensives against both Iran and the media.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jul 5, 2006 at 01:30 PM
You are no doubt still thumbing through last week's ad-thick double issues of Newsweek, New York and U.S. News.... More
The Cleveland journalist who recently reported a piece about sexual misbehavior in area libraries talks about the reaction to the story and where he draws the line.
By Edward B. Colby Jul 4, 2006 at 08:30 AM
Carl Monday (courtesy WKYC) Carl Monday, an investigative reporter with WKYC-TV in Cleveland, received wide attention recently for a... More
The editors of two of the nation’s major papers make an eloquent and compelling argument for a press that holds government accountable when no one else will.
By Steve Lovelady Jul 3, 2006 at 08:30 AM
If you're like us, often as not you skip reading newspapers on long holiday weekends. But this weekend, that would... More
GM has a curious exchange with the New York Times letters editor - and pulls its missive when the Times changes the kicker.
By Gal Beckerman Jul 3, 2006 at 08:30 AM
What would make you send a letter to the New York Times? Well, basically anger -- a mighty sense of... More
How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent
Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing
How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online
The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan
Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”
“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”
“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”
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.