Bloggers are reacting to the Senate’s approval of the Bush administration’s detainee bill with triumphant glee, cynicism, and dejectedness.
By Mark Boyer Sep 29, 2006 at 01:18 PM
The U.S. Senate jumped on board with the U.S. House of Representatives and the Bush administration last night, voting to... More
Every autumn comes interested industry parties predicting strong holiday sales — and reporters who find such forecasts newsworthy.
By Liz Cox Barrett Sep 28, 2006 at 06:29 PM
In a development that would seem to bode well for the annual Reuters holiday party, Reuters cheerfully reports today that... More
By Paul McLeary Sep 28, 2006 at 05:18 PM
The sports pages, mercifully, spare us from daily headlines such as, "Barry Bonds Has Not Topped Hank Aaron's Home Run... More
On Monday, Sen. James Inhofe railed against climate research and the scientific press. But untangling his arguments about bad science and bad reporting is a difficult task.
By Curtis Brainard Sep 28, 2006 at 03:00 PM
It's hard to tell what Senator James Inhofe loathes more: the scientific consensus that climate change poses serious threats, or... More
Bloggers chew on — and try to digest — a poll of Iraqis revealing, among other things, that six out of 10 surveyed support attacks against coalition forces.
By Andrew Bielak Sep 28, 2006 at 01:46 PM
A poll of 1,150 Iraqi adults published yesterday by WorldPublicOpinion.org presents a complex view of the occupation and insurgency. As... More
In its story yesterday on an Ohio congressional race, the D.C. paper focused almost entirely on political scandal.
By Edward B. Colby Sep 28, 2006 at 01:30 PM
Following in her husband's footsteps, Laura Bush made an appearance in Ohio Tuesday to raise money for Joy Padgett, the... More
By Paul McLeary Sep 28, 2006 at 12:45 PM
New York Times columnist Frank Rich's new book, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth From... More
By Felix Gillette Sep 28, 2006 at 12:03 PM
(An occasional look at the most popular, most blogged, and most emailed stories on the Web.) Terrell Owens may or... More
Today BusinessWeek Online provided the state of the nation in a nutshell. More precisely, America is 6. It is not 1. Need we know more?
By Mark R. Mitchell Sep 27, 2006 at 05:42 PM
The World Economic Forum, best known as the catering outfit that handles the annual meeting for rich people in Davos,... More
Tip to politicians and other public figures: want to distract at least some media types from talking too much about timely topics? Show some leg.
By Liz Cox Barrett Sep 27, 2006 at 05:03 PM
Tip to politicians and other public figures: want to distract at least some media types from talking too much about... More
By Andrew Bielak Sep 27, 2006 at 01:15 PM
On Tuesday, President Bush declassified a National Intelligence Estimate on terrorism, asserting that the document bolsters the administration's arguments concerning... More
The Cincinnati Post ran three Bush appearance-related pieces on Tuesday, but one simply did not belong.
By Edward B. Colby Sep 27, 2006 at 10:25 AM
President Bush paid a brief visit to Cincinnati Monday afternoon to promote his handling of the economy and raise a... More
Rupert Murdoch-owned companies sure seem to be sucking every last bit of life out of the Wallace/Clinton interview on Sunday.
By Gal Beckerman Sep 26, 2006 at 05:00 PM
Maybe it was the typically puerile and irreverent headline that made us do a double-take: "Rice Boils Over At Bubba."... More
The venerable sports magazine extends its coverage in order to snare that number-crunching, sports-loving demographic who can’t get enough.
By Felix Gillette Sep 26, 2006 at 10:50 AM
For years, David Bauer, the deputy managing editor of Sports Illustrated has played fantasy baseball and fantasy basketball. Then this... More
Everyone’s talking about Chris Wallace’s interview with Bill Clinton — something that Katie Couric and CBS News should be thankful for after the anchor’s embarrassing sit-down with Condi Rice.
By Paul McLeary Sep 25, 2006 at 05:40 PM
Anyone holding their breath waiting for Katie Couric to emerge as a hard-hitting reporter -- or at least one who... More
When ideas are lost in the tabloid shuffle of election-year politics, it’s up to reporters to set the record straight. In the Virginia Senate race, they’re not doing a very good job of it.
By Gal Beckerman Sep 25, 2006 at 01:38 PM
What does it take for the national media to turn its attention to a senate race? Macaca. For what reason... More
Bill Clinton turned a humdrum interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace into this weekend’s must-see moment.
By Mark Boyer Sep 25, 2006 at 12:28 PM
As anyone who was within 50 yards of a television this past weekend surely knows, former president Bill Clinton had... More
It’s about time that readers had access to the same statistics that columnists use to make economic arguments — and it may be beginning to happen.
By Bree Nordenson Sep 25, 2006 at 11:22 AM
After we published a column last week criticizing David Brooks and, to a lesser extent, Paul Krugman for the way... More
Suddenly everything is on the table for Tribune, from going private, to selling off its TV stations, to a sale of the entire company.
By Edward B. Colby Sep 22, 2006 at 04:45 PM
The news out of Tribune Tower at the end of this week is big, with the Tribune Co. announcement that... More
The reporter who broke the news of Virginia Senator George Allen’s Jewish ancestry tells how she got the story.
By Paul McLeary Sep 22, 2006 at 04:03 PM
In late August, the Forward's Eve Kessler published what was to become a blockbuster story, raising the issue of Virginia... More
CNN is caught airing news segments that have been paid for by corporate interests — without telling viewers that they’re watching a jazzed-up paid advertisement.
By Paul McLeary Sep 22, 2006 at 01:14 PM
The stories about the prevalence of "fake news" just keep coming, and now it looks like CNN has been fingered... More
Yesterday Hugo Chavez referred to President Bush as “the devil” — leading countless bloggers to revel in the deviltry afterwards.
By Andrew Bielak Sep 21, 2006 at 03:30 PM
In a speech delivered yesterday at the United Nations, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez referred to President Bush as "the devil,"... More
By Alia Malek Sep 21, 2006 at 03:15 PM
Writing in Salon on August 24, Debbie Nathan wanted to start a conversation about child pornography. She raised the question:... More
On Sunday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution broke yet another solid investigative story about the Centers for Disease Control.
By Curtis Brainard Sep 21, 2006 at 12:56 PM
As Americans pick the spinach out of their salads and sandwiches, and patients contact doctors to ask if there will... More
While the Voice of America under Kenneth Tomlinson’s direction has taken some hits to its credibility, a little perspective is in order.
By Paul McLeary Sep 20, 2006 at 05:20 PM
In a sense, it's a little hard to know what, exactly, to think of the Radio/TV Marti and the Voice... More
If you’re an anxious marketing manager in an industry desperate for a hit holiday-season product, where in the media might you go to hype your newest ware?
By Liz Cox Barrett Sep 20, 2006 at 04:53 PM
If you're an anxious marketing manager in an industry desperate for a hit holiday-season product, where in the media might... More
Among the various tightropes that the modern newspaper walks is the one between appealing to its readers’ better natures or basest instincts. The choice is not always so clear.
By Gal Beckerman Sep 20, 2006 at 04:15 PM
Among the various tightropes that the modern newspaper walks -- between objectivity and subjectivity, patriotism and dissidence, commercial interest and... More
More revelations from the investigation of HP’s attempt to spy on journalists have some bloggers looking for the bigger story.
By Mark Boyer Sep 20, 2006 at 01:40 PM
This morning, Damon Darlin and Kurt Eichenwald of the New York Times revealed more evidence that Hewlett-Packard had "conducted feasibility... More
In the imbroglio over the ABC broadcaster’s on-air revelation of a quarterback hand signal, it was USC that overstepped, not Musburger.
By Felix Gillette Sep 20, 2006 at 10:20 AM
More so than in any other sport, the language of football borrows heavily from the language of war. For the... More
Following an attack on Somalia’s president yesterday, readers of American newspapers could actually find considerable coverage on the bombing this morning.
By Edward B. Colby Sep 19, 2006 at 03:36 PM
Underreporting from Africa is nothing new. But following an attack on Somalia's president yesterday, readers of American newspapers -- in... More
The standoff between the suits at the Tribune Co. and Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet is reaching the level of epic saga.
By Mark Boyer Sep 19, 2006 at 01:52 PM
Last week, Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet publicly challenged the Tribune Company's latest demands to cut the size of... More
Not every story filed from Iraq’s capital is full of blood and carnage — but even the most innocuous piece of reportage is incredibly dangerous and difficult to get.
By Gal Beckerman Sep 19, 2006 at 11:30 AM
Critics of the reporting coming out of Iraq have long shown themselves unafraid of shouting from the highest rooftops when... More
Writing about issues such as global warming is complicated, and too few reporters brush up on their science when doing so.
By Curtis Brainard Sep 19, 2006 at 10:23 AM
Science writers often face the same technical difficulty as foreign correspondents -- their sources speak a different language. In the... More
By Felix Gillette Sep 18, 2006 at 05:58 PM
This past week, two polls (one from Zogby, one from Rasmussen) found that the governor's race in Texas was closer... More
The AP argues for the release from custody of one of its own in Iraq, and bloggers get to the bottom of it.
By Andrew Bielak Sep 18, 2006 at 01:24 PM
This morning, the Associated Press reported on one of its own, photographer Bilal Hussein, who has been held in detention... More
The Washington Post feature writer discusses Marilynn Rosenthal, a sociologist who set out on a quest to understand the hijacker who killed her son.
By Edward B. Colby Sep 15, 2006 at 05:30 PM
Tamara Jones' story "Sons of the Mothers," an account of one woman's quest to understand the 9/11 hijacker who killed... More
By Edward B. Colby Sep 15, 2006 at 05:05 PM
CVS really knows how to sell its talking points. The drugstore chain, now expanding in the Windy City, gave a... More
Over half a year into the tenure of James Bennet at the relocated magazine, we take a look at where the Atlantic stands — and like what we see.
By Gal Beckerman Sep 15, 2006 at 04:45 PM
In his very first communication to his staff, back in March of this year, James Bennet, the new editor of... More
This morning the Weekly Standard editor suggested that catching Osama bin Laden is “no longer a top priority” of President Bush’s war on terror. Disbelief and dismay ensued.
By Andrew Bielak Sep 15, 2006 at 01:44 PM
This morning, during an appearance on Fox News, Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes suggested that, based on his recent meeting... More
Instead of a single, overarching theme around which political reporters can structure their coverage, things seem to be more complicated this year.
By Paul McLeary Sep 15, 2006 at 11:38 AM
Back in February, we tried to sniff out the first whiffs of a larger election-year narrative we suspected the national... More
In presenting the story of global warming, the convention of providing journalistic “balance” runs up against its logical limit.
By Curtis Brainard Sep 14, 2006 at 05:13 PM
"The Heat is On," says The Economist. The warning is emblazoned on the magazine's Sept. 9 cover, over a photograph... More
Recently it dawned on the Most Post that there are plenty of people out there who like to read about gofers — human gofers.
By Felix Gillette Sep 14, 2006 at 03:15 PM
(An occasional look at the most popular, most blogged, and most emailed stories on the Web.) Recently it dawned on... More
With the liberal radio network in reportedly dire straits, bloggers are alternatively lamenting and celebrating.
By Andrew Bielak Sep 14, 2006 at 02:52 PM
In recent days, rumors have circulated throughout the media that the liberal radio network Air America is suffering from a... More
By Edward B. Colby Sep 13, 2006 at 06:00 PM
On USA Today's homepage this morning, a leading headline was "Speculation swirls around Ford." Simultaneously, the digital front of the... More
Today the paper succeeded at steering the issue of protecting one’s sources safely back into the realm of the absurd.
By Felix Gillette Sep 13, 2006 at 05:13 PM
What lengths should reporters go to in order to protect the identity of their sources? Recently, with the threat of... More
The New York Times dips its toes into the world of gossip again — while trying to pretend that it isn’t.
By Gal Beckerman Sep 13, 2006 at 01:44 PM
This week's issue of the New Yorker has a compelling (and very long) profile of ex-President Bill Clinton, written by... More
The New York Times’ Paul Krugman and David Brooks cherry pick statistics while reducing a complicated economic issue to platitudes and politicking.
By CJR Staff Sep 13, 2006 at 01:15 PM
Columnists Paul Krugman and David Brooks went head to head last week on the New York Times op-ed page, presenting... More
The AP brings us a breakthrough report from Australia concerning the political future of a certain former vice president.
By Edward B. Colby Sep 12, 2006 at 03:15 PM
In February of this year we deigned to call the Associated Press the "official home of the 2008 election-related non-story,"... More
With the end of the second episode of ABC’s 9/11 movie, it’s time to let the fiction begin its march into oblivion.
By Paul McLeary Sep 12, 2006 at 03:06 PM
After considerable gnashing of teeth and tugging at beards, the long national nightmare is finally over. Sadly, we don't mean... More
Greg Palast’s announcement that he and a colleague are being investigated for film work near New Orleans has brought near-unanimous indignation from bloggers.
By Mark Boyer Sep 12, 2006 at 01:20 PM
Yesterday, liberal journalist Greg Palast announced on his blog that he and fellow producer Matt Pascarella have become subject to... More
Once the nostalgia is dispensed with, out comes the picture of a bright future. But what are the Chicago papers not asking as two landmark stores close?
By Gal Beckerman Sep 11, 2006 at 05:10 PM
Chicago's nostalgic sentimentalists mustered one last, energetic protest on Saturday, but they failed to halt the inevitable. The city's famed... More
MSNBC goes for the lowest common denominator by repeatedly airing footage of a reporter being pummeled by the enraged subject of his story.
By Felix Gillette Sep 11, 2006 at 03:23 PM
Since the advent of blogging, hardly a nanosecond passes these days without one reporter or another being savagely attacked by... More
Bloggers are not too happy about CNN Pipeline’s all-day, real-time re-broadcast of 9/11/01 coverage today.
By Mark Boyer Sep 11, 2006 at 02:08 PM
On the fifth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C., CNN Pipeline, the network's relatively... More
A Q&A with the author of a new CJR piece which looks at how the press has covered allegations of the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody.
By Paul McLeary Sep 8, 2006 at 03:30 PM
In the latest edition of CJR, Eric Umansky tackles the thorny issue of how the press has covered the slow-brewing... More
What about the 400 or so other prisoners who have been held at Guantanamo Bay now for up to five years?
By Eric Umansky Sep 8, 2006 at 02:45 PM
Thanks to President Bush's announcement on Wednesday, we now know that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and thirteen other serious terror suspects... More
The New York Times’ new perfume critic explains what “smelling fresh insecticide while locked in an aluminum cell” might be like.
By Liz Cox Barrett Sep 8, 2006 at 01:22 PM
Reading Chandler Burr on perfume is like being trapped in a complex weather system, like looking down into a well... More
In a hyperbolic feature, the network uses an awful lot of superlatives to describe the 19-year-old Russian who sets men’s eyes a-twittering across the globe.
By Edward B. Colby Sep 8, 2006 at 01:20 PM
"The Highest Paid Female Athlete On The Planet; Why Sharapova Is So Hot" blared an ABC News/ESPN Sports headline yesterday,... More
Soon the 300 millionth American will come kicking and screaming into this world. In a special report, BusinessWeek, like an anxious midwife, yanks the babe out early.
By Gal Beckerman Sep 7, 2006 at 03:45 PM
Sometime in the next few weeks, the 300 millionth American will come kicking and screaming into this world. BusinessWeek, like... More
In the latest iteration of its foolproof mind game, the company electronically invited journalists to a “special event” in San Francisco, setting off speculative convulsions.
By Edward B. Colby Sep 7, 2006 at 02:25 PM
Ah, fall. Time for the kids to return to school, the birds to fly south, and the publicity wizards at... More
Radar reveals a shadowy episode from Anderson Cooper’s college days — but despite his assurances that it wasn’t news, bloggers couldn’t quite let it go.
By Mark Boyer Sep 7, 2006 at 01:50 PM
On Wednesday morning, Radar's newly revamped Web site broke an "exclusive" story revealing that CNN's Anderson Cooper had briefly interned... More
Yesterday’s crop of Couric reviews had a predictable, Mad Libs quality about them, and a finality that belied the fact that this was night one of a four-year contract.
By Liz Cox Barrett Sep 7, 2006 at 12:52 PM
After a single broadcast of The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, the verdicts were in -- although, no doubt,... More
Today’s coverage of the president’s speech about the interrogation of terrorists leaves out some choice bits of information.
By Paul McLeary Sep 7, 2006 at 12:49 PM
One of the highlights of the president's speech yesterday about sending fourteen al Qaeda operatives to Guantanamo Bay was his... More
Wired takes a much-needed, critical look at the blogosphere and its nonsensical, computer-generated sites known as “splogs.”
By Felix Gillette Sep 6, 2006 at 05:13 PM
When reporters are asked to file perfunctory stories explaining the rapid expansion of the blogosphere, they often slip into a... More
It’s time to rethink how reporters handle dubious claims by politicians — as the recent use of the term “Islamofascist” shows.
By Alia Malek Sep 6, 2006 at 02:51 PM
The recent resurgence of the term "Islamofascism" raises a key question: What should journalists do when sources -- especially those... More
By Andrew Bielak Sep 6, 2006 at 02:06 PM
Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had issued a statement urging students in Iran to purge... More
By Paul McLeary Sep 5, 2006 at 04:35 PM
For the second time in three years, a major network looks like it might cave in to puritan activists who... More
By Andrew Bielak Sep 5, 2006 at 02:30 PM
On Friday, The New Republic suspended one of its editors, Lee Siegel, for posting comments on his TNR culture blog... More
By Edward B. Colby Sep 5, 2006 at 02:15 PM
Carl Hartman, 89, retired this summer after a 62-year career at the Associated Press that made him the AP's longest-serving... More
By Edward B. Colby Sep 1, 2006 at 05:00 PM
Mary Ethridge grew up with Knight Ridder, and with the Akron Beacon Journal, where her father was editor. Her brother... More
Cookie-cutter, “he said, she said” political reporting is the rule, rather than the exception. But every now and again, a newspaper will come along and offer something new.
By Paul McLeary Sep 1, 2006 at 04:03 PM
We've dropped the hammer on a few newspapers this week for relying on the tired formula of "he said, she... 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