For some bloggers, the news that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was columnist Robert Novak’s mystery source raised more questions than it answered.
By Mark Boyer Aug 31, 2006 at 04:19 PM
On Monday, Newsweek's Michael Isikoff shed new light on the endlessly protracted Valerie Plame CIA leak scandal, revealing for the... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 31, 2006 at 04:08 PM
Hazing happens in many a fraternity -- journalism included. And, with five days until Katie Couric's debut as anchor of... More
When should reporters ignore partisan spin, and when should they confront it head-on with a little reality-based reporting?
By Paul McLeary Aug 31, 2006 at 03:15 PM
We sometimes worry about all the trees felled in order to provide newspaper reporters with enough space to write around... More
By Paul McLeary Aug 30, 2006 at 06:10 PM
As the president prepares to roll out a new PR offensive to try and stop the slide in public support... More
According to the Economist, many folks appear to be getting their financial news from … unsolicited email. That’s right, spam.
By Felix Gillette Aug 30, 2006 at 04:52 PM
On a typical day here at the Audit, we spend our time scouring television, print, radio, and the Internet in... More
Rumsfled fires a shot across the bow of critics of the Iraq war, and bloggers on the left fire back.
By Gal Beckerman Aug 30, 2006 at 02:12 PM
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld trotted out the big guns yesterday, so to speak. Though he's taken turns at being both... More
Over the past year, television news coverage of the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast has been uneven — and the numbers prove it.
By Paul McLeary Aug 30, 2006 at 01:58 PM
Danny Heitman, a columnist for the Baton Rouge Advocate, took to the pages of the Christian Science Monitor yesterday to... More
In Germany it can be difficult to tell a journalist from a spy, as the story of one German reporter shows all too well.
By Mariah Blake Aug 30, 2006 at 12:11 PM
Weilheim is a cozy Bavarian village, where geraniums drip from window boxes and onion-domed churches and Alpine chateaus line the... More
The press needs to ask itself some questions about the Mark Karr coverage. Here’s a starter: Suppose he was guilty after all - would that justify all that ink, all those minutes?
By Gal Beckerman Aug 29, 2006 at 05:17 PM
Another one of those good old media shamings has begun. Since the news came out yesterday that John M. Karr,... More
There’s an immigration crisis brewing in Spain, yet the New York Times sees fit to bury it in a larger piece about biodiversity.
By Edward B. Colby Aug 29, 2006 at 05:10 PM
On page four today the New York Times carries an 887-word piece from the Canary Islands -- Spanish territory off... More
Context is king in solid, well-reasoned reporting. Anything less fails to tell the whole story, and fails to provide a window on reality. Especially in Iraq.
By Paul McLeary Aug 28, 2006 at 04:58 PM
We understand -- and generally support -- the conventions behind the idea of objective reporting; but given the complexities of... More
By Gal Beckerman Aug 28, 2006 at 01:43 PM
A plane crashes on Sunday morning in Kentucky, killing 49, and the blogopshere erupts in anger at Conan O'Brien and... More
The award-winning documentary filmmaker discusses the process and challenges of depicting poverty in America.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 25, 2006 at 04:00 PM
Producer/director Roger Weisberg joined public television station Thirteen/WNET New York in 1976. He produced dozens of programs on subjects including... More
The magazine this week adds a nail to the proverbial coffin containing your daily newspaper — now shot, stabbed, and drowned a thousand times over.
By Gal Beckerman Aug 25, 2006 at 03:30 PM
The Economist this week adds a nail to the proverbial coffin containing your daily newspaper -- now shot, stabbed, and... More
This month’s New York Times guest columnist Tom Frank brings some much-needed vitality to the paper’s often staid Op-Ed page.
By Bree Nordenson Aug 25, 2006 at 03:12 PM
Slow news month or not, August has turned out to be an exciting time for the New York Times op-ed... More
The first installment of CJR Daily’s newest feature takes a look at a contagious, strange story that has already inspired a line of collectibles.
By Felix Gillette Aug 25, 2006 at 02:25 PM
(An occasional look at the most popular, most blogged, and most emailed stories on the Web.) A few weeks ago,... More
Malcolm Gladwell’s current essay in the New Yorker is thought provoking, but in the end is little more than a new way to tell an old, and somewhat more complicated story.
By Paul McLeary Aug 25, 2006 at 01:54 PM
In this week's New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell offers an interesting, if perhaps not entirely scientific, analysis of the pension mess... More
Fox News weighs in on the favorites in the 2008 presidential race, and has a hard time making up its mind.
By Edward B. Colby Aug 25, 2006 at 01:20 PM
As 2008 creeps ever closer, speculation about presidential contenders will surely heat up, especially after November's midterm elections. But for... More
ABC provides convincing evidence why — past media coverage otherwise — people are much more dangerous than sharks.
By Edward B. Colby Aug 24, 2006 at 05:35 PM
Been hankering for a good shark-attack story infused with fear, hype and trend-mongering? If so, ABC News' Web site is... More
Today’s front-page stories concerning the Bush administration’s saber rattling over Iran raises the question: Is the press going to repeat the mistakes of 2002?
By Brent Cunningham Aug 24, 2006 at 03:21 PM
As today's page-one stories in both the New York Times and the Washington Post make clear, the Bush administration has... More
Many people can tell stories, and some can tell them well, but a precious few can spin a tale without speaking at all.
By Jennifer Rae Taylor Aug 24, 2006 at 01:40 PM
Many people can tell stories, and some can tell them well, but a precious few can spin a tale without... More
Forbes tells its male readers to avoid career women if they want to be happy, which doesn’t make for a very happy blogosphere.
By Felix Gillette Aug 24, 2006 at 11:52 AM
On Tuesday, Forbes' Web site published a piece by Michael Noer, arguing that according to a number of sociological studies... More
At what point does a conceptual cliché become an empty reference, rubbed raw by ubiquity? Our answer, in the case of columnists’ tired overuse of Munich and 1938, is now.
By Gal Beckerman Aug 24, 2006 at 11:16 AM
We spend a lot of time lambasting journalists for using clichéd phrases -- the "recent surge of violence" and "the... More
What happens when a reporter, in the interest of writing a focused story, jettisons any attempt at putting data in context? The AP has the answer.
By Paul McLeary Aug 23, 2006 at 03:45 PM
We understand that wire reporters are expected to deliver quick turnaround times, but when the hunger for fresh copy outweighs... More
By Edward B. Colby Aug 23, 2006 at 03:00 PM
Apple Computer Inc. recently investigated itself, concluding (lo and behold) that there was no evidence of "forced labor" at a... More
“I was affected more by Katrina than Iraq, by the vastness of the devastation,” Martin Smith told an audience at Columbia’s J-school Tuesday evening.
By Doree Shafrir Aug 23, 2006 at 01:32 PM
Martin Smith is hardly a neophyte when it comes to making documentaries. He's been in television for over 30 years,... More
When a pundit talks about the Arab media, you can bet the bloggers will weigh in with their own views on the subject.
By Felix Gillette Aug 23, 2006 at 12:21 PM
This morning in the Washington Post, columnist David Ignatius takes an in depth look at the current state of the... More
When it comes to war-gaming the price of oil, analysts and reporters rely on little more than educated guesses.
By Paul McLeary Aug 22, 2006 at 02:35 PM
Exactly a month ago, we commented on a topic of intense -- and never-ending -- interest to reporters: the specter... More
A hard-hitting editorial campaign, lambasting the city in full-throated tabloid style, gets results.
By Bree Nordenson Aug 22, 2006 at 02:12 PM
As the five-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the city and the nation are gearing up to memorialize the tragedy. The... More
On the news broadcasts of the Arab world’s dominant all-news channels this summer, polarizing language was rarely heard.
By Lawrence Pintak Aug 22, 2006 at 12:32 PM
The summer of 2006 marked an important milestone for Arab media. Israel and Hezbollah were locked in a bitter conflict... More
By Felix Gillette Aug 22, 2006 at 12:10 PM
Last night HBO aired the first two parts of Spike Lee's new documentary chronicling Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans.... More
What happened to those two reporters kidnapped in Gaza? Theories abound as to why the media seems to be laying off the story.
By Felix Gillette Aug 21, 2006 at 01:22 PM
It's been a week now since kidnappers seized Fox News correspondent Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig off the streets... More
Having spent weeks in the wreckage of New Orleans last September, a photographer puts his work into perspective.
By Paul McLeary Aug 21, 2006 at 12:00 PM
Aric Mayer is a Brooklyn-based freelance photographer who recently returned to New Orleans to exhibit a collection of photos he... More
In an interview the former Secretary of Homeland Security kept bobbing and weaving in his own defense, while CNN host Miles O’Brien kept on the attack.
By Felix Gillette Aug 18, 2006 at 06:20 PM
Typically nothing gets our head shaking first thing in the morning quite like the soft pitter-patter of the early broadcast... More
Editors and producers ought to put their foot down: ignore demands for censorship, and make judicious decisions about battle footage case by case.
By Lawrence Lanahan Aug 18, 2006 at 03:15 PM
On July 25, Fox News reporter Bill Hemmer stood on a balcony and pointed to a hilltop on the Lebanon... More
Nailing a story in a headline is hardest when a situation is in flux — and nothing better describes what is happening in south Lebanon than “flux.”
By Gal Beckerman Aug 18, 2006 at 10:51 AM
Nailing a story in a headline is always hardest when a situation is in flux -- and nothing better describes... More
A sudden arrest in Thailand led all three network newscasts last night. And with little fresh to go on, self-referential reporting dominated.
By Edward B. Colby Aug 17, 2006 at 04:00 PM
JonBenet is back -- or, at least, the "story that dominated the headlines when it happened and is doing so... More
Blogospheric reactions to theNew York Times’ news on Iraq and the Washington Post’s K Street coverage.
By Paul McLeary Aug 17, 2006 at 12:13 PM
There is another big story in the New York Times this morning that has sent keyboards a-clattering. This time, the... More
We know “speculation” is a powerful force capable of many things (attracting anonymice and influencing journalists, for example) — but, merging companies?
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 17, 2006 at 09:26 AM
The sub-hed on a story this week in the Chicago Tribune about potential upcoming consolidation in the airline industry reads... More
By Felix Gillette Aug 16, 2006 at 11:50 AM
For most players, the best part of preseason football games is the opportunity to stop hitting your teammates and, for... More
Good news or bad news — which to report? Plus, why aren’t Iraqis more supportive of the occupation of their country?
By Paul McLeary Aug 16, 2006 at 11:33 AM
Sometimes, it seems like reporters just can't win. Long tagged with the criticism that they aren't reporting enough good news... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 16, 2006 at 10:28 AM
Though August has a reputation for being a quiet news month, "the truth is it has never been true," Rome... More
The 60 Minutes newsman used his trademark gruffness to break down the smiling defenses of the Iranian president — but never really pressed him about anything.
By Gal Beckerman Aug 15, 2006 at 04:00 PM
How do you interview a dictator? How do you pin down someone unused to being challenged, a leader familiar only... More
By Edward B. Colby Aug 15, 2006 at 01:55 PM
It's been a while since we took a major TV network to task for producing less than stellar online content.... More
The New Republic examines Katrina one year later, the New Yorker publishes Seymour Hersh’s latest, and the Believer highlights how one talented journalist practices her trade.
By Paul McLeary Aug 15, 2006 at 01:35 PM
It's hurricane season across the southeast United States, and the New Republic has dedicated its latest issue to the one-year... More
Iran’s president makes his blogging debut, while the Times’ public editor clarifies the timeline behind his paper’s delayed publication of its warrantless eavesdropping bombshell.
By Edward B. Colby Aug 14, 2006 at 01:48 PM
Proving that the blogosphere is indeed an ocean teeming with an endless assortment of wildlife, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is... More
Two people falsely accused of the same crime might be expected to share a certain empathy for one another. But two newspapers? Not so much.
By Felix Gillette Aug 14, 2006 at 10:25 AM
Two people falsely accused of the same crime might be expected to share a certain empathy for one another. But... More
Throughout the back channels of cyberspace, the Israeli Foreign Ministry is trying to counter the rise of Lebanese blogs.
By Alia Malek Aug 14, 2006 at 10:15 AM
The war for public opinion may not be as deadly as the military one being waged on Lebanese and Israeli... More
Reuters bests the AP in the race for the week’s most repetitive and mediocre article about people who work for Wal-Mart.
By Edward B. Colby Aug 11, 2006 at 05:10 PM
We were pretty sure that an Associated Press story that we critiqued yesterday had secured its spot as the week's... More
The politics reporter for Greenwich Time and The (Stamford) Advocate discusses covering the Connecticut Senate race and the impact of blogs.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 11, 2006 at 04:55 PM
Neil Vigdor covers Connecticut politics for Greenwich Time and The (Stamford) Advocate, sister daily newspapers owned by Tribune Publishing Co.... More
By Edward B. Colby Aug 11, 2006 at 01:30 PM
Here's a fun little guessing game, inspired by a story we read yesterday about a Chicago newspaper company's business troubles.... More
As reporting on the Connecticut Democratic Senate primary shows, coverage of Campaign 2006 is already falling prey to the pathologies that plagued the press during 2004.
By Paul McLeary Aug 10, 2006 at 04:33 PM
In early June, a prickly Jim Lehrer told CJR Daily's Liz Cox Barrett that "My part of journalism is to... More
How many times can one story mention Wal-Mart is raising pay for some of its employees? Apparently, quite a few.
By Edward B. Colby Aug 10, 2006 at 03:53 PM
On Monday Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that it will implement a 6 percent wage increase for new employees at 1,200... More
It’s business as usual in the blogosphere, where the punching bags du jour include the media, politicians and fellow bloggers.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 10, 2006 at 02:37 PM
Today's punching bags in the blogosphere? The media. Politicians. Fellow bloggers. In other words, business as usual. Nathan Goulding of... More
The essayist and screenwriter, in an interview with New York magazine, comments on mainstream journalism versus the blogosphere.
By Steve Lovelady Aug 9, 2006 at 03:28 PM
Nora Ephron, in an interview with New York magazine, commenting on mainstream journalism versus the blogosphere: " ... I think... More
In the midst of this year’s largest domestic oil crisis, the Washington Times is happily taking its cues from an accounting firm’s PR department.
By Felix Gillette Aug 9, 2006 at 03:24 PM
It wasn't long ago that American journalists were busy chronicling the record windfalls of big oil companies and American columnists... More
Bloggers celebrate Ned Lamont’s victory in the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut and suggest the media have joined Joe Lieberman in Loserville.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 9, 2006 at 01:56 PM
Ned Lamont has won the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut. Joining Lamont in a victory dance? Some bloggers. And joining... More
By Bree Nordenson Aug 9, 2006 at 01:07 PM
On last weekend's Chris Matthews Show, New York Times columnist David Brooks made the following loose-lipped declaration: "One of the... More
Bloomberg News is apparently evaluating its editors, in part, on how their stories play in the New York Times.
By Felix Gillette Aug 8, 2006 at 02:58 PM
Most news writers hoping for a promotion strive to keep their editors happy. But at Bloomberg News ambitious go-getters would... More
Life in hell, thoughts on heaven, and what President Bush has on his nightstand and in his dressing room.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 8, 2006 at 02:07 PM
One man's life "in hell." One man's thoughts on heaven. These and other goodies in this week's newsmagazines. First, the... More
A lame attempt to slam liberal bloggers makes the WSJ editorial page look even more desperate than usual.
By Paul McLeary Aug 8, 2006 at 01:04 PM
Adding a stunningly inept chapter to the growing literature trumpeting the alleged "blogofascism" of the liberal blogosphere, Lanny Davis attacks... More
Was it really political bias that led a Reuters freelance photographer to doctor a picture of bomb damage in Beirut?
By Gal Beckerman Aug 8, 2006 at 11:24 AM
The right side of the blogosphere scored a few points yesterday when it drew on about a hundred sets of... More
The New York Times Magazine tries something different: publishing a story online well ahead of the print edition.
By Paul McLeary Aug 7, 2006 at 04:19 PM
On the Web page of the New York Times Magazine this weekend, up in the top left hand corner was... More
By Edward B. Colby Aug 7, 2006 at 01:15 PM
U2 rocker Bono has taken a major investment in Forbes Media, and the earliest returns from the blogosphere are mixed.... More
Predicting the economic future of China is about as easy as swimming to it, but reporters need to delve beyond the safe and shallow waters of common knowledge.
By Gal Beckerman Aug 7, 2006 at 12:25 PM
Predicting the economic future of China, in all its vastness and complexity, is about as easy as swimming to it.... More
The senior broadcast producer for ABC’s flagship newscast reflects on the legacy of Peter Jennings on the anniversary of his death.
By Thomas Nagorski Aug 7, 2006 at 11:24 AM
A year ago today I received a call from my colleague Jon Banner, the executive producer of World News Tonight... More
The Los Angeles Times’ Cairo bureau chief discusses the calculated risks inherent in covering the war, and getting close to Hezbollah rocket fire more often than she’d like.
By Edward B. Colby Aug 4, 2006 at 04:00 PM
Megan K. Stack has covered the war in Lebanon for the Los Angeles Times for the past several weeks, describing... More
Some critics are doctoring quotes in order to slam Rep. John Dingell for “condemning” Hezbollah, while not “denouncing” the terrorist group.
By Paul McLeary Aug 3, 2006 at 01:30 PM
On Wednesday, the Washington Times ran an editorial slamming Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) for his "appalling refusal to condemn Hezbollah"... More
Some bloggers and critics are floating the theory that Hezbollah staged the photos of dead civilians in Lebanon, but their critique of the photos was hardly convincing.
By Alia Malek Aug 3, 2006 at 01:00 PM
A new front opens every day in the current Middle East war, including propaganda flare-ups in which new and unexpected... More
By Edward B. Colby Aug 3, 2006 at 12:30 PM
With a number of special guest stars (five former press secretaries), surprise appearances (President Bush, Laura Bush, and Sam Donaldson)... More
Few subjects in life bring out the trend-mongering instinct in a reporter like misbehaving teenagers.
By Felix Gillette Aug 2, 2006 at 02:40 PM
Few subjects in life bring out the trend-mongering instinct in a reporter like misbehaving teenagers. Show us a teenager doing... More
The case of a jailed video journalist and blogger has repercussions that extend to the entire journalism — and blog — community .
By Paul McLeary Aug 2, 2006 at 02:27 PM
A 24-year-old blogger and video journalist was imprisoned yesterday in San Francisco for refusing to hand over video footage he... More
Would it be too much to ask that morning news shows use some news judgment when it comes to placement given and time spent covering Mel Gibson’s DUI arrest? Of course it’s too much to ask.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 2, 2006 at 01:25 PM
On all three major networks yesterday morning, the news stories that kicked off the seven o'clock hour were, not necessarily... More
The former president issues an op-ed plea to “Stop the Band-Aid Treatment,” which bloggers receive with characteristic restraint and maturity.
By Edward B. Colby Aug 2, 2006 at 01:20 PM
With the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in Lebanon now three weeks old, former President Jimmy Carter stepped into the breach yesterday with... More
A National Review writer and CNBC talking head takes an odd look at the conflict in the Middle East.
By Gal Beckerman Aug 2, 2006 at 10:11 AM
CNBC host Larry Kudlow, writing in the National Review, has some advice for those of us trying to make heads... More
The pen may be “mightier than the sword,” but in recent years, the sword has left a trail of spilled ink - and blood. It is time for an international law banning targeted attacks on the media.
By Lawrence Pintak Aug 1, 2006 at 02:06 PM
After the carnage of this past weekend in the Middle East, two previous incidents seemed to fade into insignificance --... More
Newsweek previews the rehab of the White House press briefing room, Time offers two takes on the Middle East crisis, and the New Yorker concludes that citizen journalism has brought us … not much.
By Edward B. Colby Aug 1, 2006 at 01:45 PM
Looking for another reason to be glad you're not covering the Bush White House? Newsweek's Periscope provides one this week... More
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
A bogus NY Post piece sets off a frenzy - Serious problems with column alleging Census rigged unemployment for Obama
GoldieBlox picks an unfair fight with the Beastie Boys - A dismal press performance on a clear case of aggressive copyright infringement
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
Pro-tip: “avoid critiquing writing with terms that could reasonably be used to describe a penis”
And why we changed the way we work
How should I propose?
Watergate scandal journalist’s letter comes as Guardian editor prepares to appear before MPs over Edward Snowden leaks
Jane Hall interviews Barton Gellman about his NSA stories, including how Edward Snowden contacted him
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section – It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.