The Department of Defense is rolling out a robust new PR machine. But the question is: will they be upfront about what’s news, and what’s PR?
By Paul McLeary Oct 31, 2006 at 03:41 PM
Every few months, it seems, we hear a story about another plan by the Pentagon to try and "get around"... More
Why is a piece of high-minded investigative journalism hanging out with the usual empty-headed rabble on the most-popular list at the Denver Post?
By Felix Gillette Oct 31, 2006 at 03:05 PM
(The Most Post is an occasional look at the most popular, most blogged, and most emailed stories on the Web.)... More
By Mark Boyer Oct 31, 2006 at 01:14 PM
When the Audit Bureau of Circulations released the latest circulation figures for U.S. daily newspapers yesterday, a surprising statistic emerged:... More
Surprising, but true: A smattering of reporters managed to ditch the lame cliches of writing about Halloween to actually do some timely reporting.
By Curtis Brainard Oct 31, 2006 at 12:19 PM
For at least three Octobers now, reporters have littered newspaper pages with stories about the worrisome rise in "sexy" Halloween... More
By Gal Beckerman Oct 30, 2006 at 05:46 PM
At the end of last week, in George Allen's attempt to force voters to consider explicit and bizarrely perverse excerpts... More
The Blog Report is a regular feature in which CJR Daily looks at how big news stories are playing in the blogosphere.
By Andrew Bielak Oct 30, 2006 at 02:00 PM
An article appearing in today's New York Times mulled over the identity of today's Democrats, noting that the prevalence of... More
If there’s so much pent-up demand for mid-week auto ads, why not hop behind the wheel of the regular Sunday Automobiles section and re-park that sucker mid-week?
By Felix Gillette Oct 27, 2006 at 04:55 PM
Last week, the New York Times announced that its third-quarter earnings per share were down slightly from the same time... More
Two lengthy profiles in the Washington Post of George Allen and James Webb fail to dig the Senatorial race in Virginia out from all the mud.
By Gal Beckerman Oct 27, 2006 at 02:48 PM
In a midterm election season that is increasingly debased, with Michael J. Fox's tremors and a bare-shouldered blond from Tennessee... More
The mudslinging of the current campaign season continued Thursday night in Virginia. At issue: tawdry fiction writing.
By Andrew Bielak Oct 27, 2006 at 01:23 PM
The mudslinging of the current campaign season continued Thursday night in Virginia, where incumbent Republican Senator George Allen issued a... More
Newspapers usually offer three different views of an important story: straight reporting, analysis, and opinion. One of these often seems the odd man out.
By Paul McLeary Oct 26, 2006 at 05:50 PM
It has become a welcome staple of contemporary American journalism for a newspaper to run an analysis piece, in addition... More
The Christian Science Monitor breaks the news — and it’s news to us — that, “At Work, ‘Nice’ is On the Rise.”
By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 26, 2006 at 04:36 PM
Last week, the Christian Science Monitor's Marilyn Gardner broke the news (and it came as news to us) that, "At... More
One of the more dirty campaign seasons in recent memory got a little muckier in recent days thanks to two political ads in Tennessee.
By Andrew Bielak Oct 26, 2006 at 02:09 PM
One of the more dirty campaign seasons in recent memory got a little muckier in recent days thanks to some... More
CNN didn’t air a recruiting film for the insurgency. It merely brought home a disturbing reality of the war in Iraq that many of our nation’s enemies are already well aware of.
By Paul McLeary Oct 25, 2006 at 04:54 PM
As we noted in our Blog Report yesterday, a cadre of pundits, bloggers and editorial writers are furious with CNN... More
Why not invite the heads of the Republican and Democratic National Committees on your show to “talk” about the upcoming election/s? Exhibit A.
By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 25, 2006 at 03:52 PM
For producers of television news shows everywhere: Exhibit A for Why Not to Invite the Heads of the Republican and... More
Somewhat improbably, an article about a book on bed-sharing cracks the New York Times’ most emailed list — and stays there for 30 days.
By Felix Gillette Oct 25, 2006 at 02:48 PM
(The Most Post is an occasional look at the most popular, most blogged, and most emailed stories on the Web.)... More
Today in the ‘sphere: bloggers undeterred by the highly speculative nature of the president’s supposed land speculation.
By Mark Boyer Oct 25, 2006 at 01:39 PM
On Monday, the Guardian published a story under this unexpected headline: "Paraguay in a spin about Bush's alleged 100,000 acre... More
While some writers celebrate the explosion of the blogosphere, they don’t seem to be in possession of all the facts.
By Felix Gillette Oct 24, 2006 at 03:25 PM
Just when we thought journalists were finally getting tired of overhyping the expansion of the blogosphere, we read Steve Johnson's... More
The magazine reports on $7 billion in phantom bonds issued by local governments across the country over the past decade, making an arcane issue come alive.
By Edward B. Colby Oct 24, 2006 at 02:45 PM
The headline is "Broken Promises," the special report "Duping Main Street." Words clad in mulberry explain: "Wall Street created $7... More
Traditional journalism isn’t always at its best when parsing the difference between real change, and lip service.
By Gal Beckerman Oct 24, 2006 at 02:23 PM
Isn't it lovely when reality and the Onion melt into one? All pretense of seriousness is dropped and the true... More
A new book about religious belief has been burning up the pages of newspapers and magazines lately, and the outlook for a peaceful solution looks bleak.
By Curtis Brainard Oct 24, 2006 at 01:33 PM
God versus science is back in the news -- again. As sure as Newton's Third Law of Motion, that every... More
Bloggers weigh the costs and benefits of CNN’s decision to air footage from a videotape made by Iraqi insurgents.
By Mark Boyer Oct 24, 2006 at 01:33 PM
On October 18, during a segment of Anderson Cooper 360°, CNN aired footage from a videotape made by Iraqi insurgents,... More
No single story line has dominated campaign coverage this season. But recently, we’ve seen a shift toward highly flattering portraits of the Democrats’ main players.
By Paul McLeary Oct 23, 2006 at 04:33 PM
While it may seem like we haven't been paying as much attention as we should to the coverage of the... More
The senator’s Meet the Press interview propelled talk about a possible 2008 presidential run to a new level, not least in the blogosphere.
By Mark Boyer Oct 23, 2006 at 12:45 PM
During a five-day span last week, the New York Times published four Op-Ed columns speculating about Illinois Senator Barack Obama's... More
Perhaps the criticism that the government treats invasive species as a regional, rather than international, problem applies to the press as well.
By Curtis Brainard Oct 20, 2006 at 03:50 PM
If you have ever been to the Far East and eaten a Chinese mitten crab, you will know that they... More
Having written an automated script that searched MySpace profiles for registered sex offenders, a reporter details how he put the story together.
By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 20, 2006 at 02:18 PM
Kevin Poulsen is a senior editor at Wired News where he has covered MySpace, computer security, and blogging, among... More
By Edward B. Colby Oct 20, 2006 at 10:38 AM
"For those that see driving and parking as a chore, there's relief in sight," MarketWatch reported last month. "Take the... More
We’re awash in stories about the political gamesmanship involved in North Korea’s nuclear test. But how do the people of South Korea, Japan and China feel about it?
By Gal Beckerman Oct 19, 2006 at 02:15 PM
There is no shortage of unknown variables when it comes to gauging the significance of North Korea's decision to test... More
Robert Kagan takes to the pages of The New Republic to spout vain platitudes and engage in some vapid myth-making.
By Paul McLeary Oct 19, 2006 at 01:15 PM
We see it all the time. A well-known columnist and author of Important Books, who has a new tome out... More
As usual, the mere mention of Iraq and Vietnam in the same sentence was sufficient to ignite a feeding frenzy.
By Andrew Bielak Oct 19, 2006 at 12:55 PM
In an interview yesterday with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, President George W. Bush accepted a comparison between the 1968 Tet Offensive... More
By Edward B. Colby Oct 18, 2006 at 04:55 PM
One of the "Top Headlines" on ABC News' Web site at 10:15 this morning was "Dow Jones Industrials Cross 12,000... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 18, 2006 at 01:55 PM
Many a television newsman has had a signature phrase, whether it's a unique sign-off or a particular expression that viewers... More
By Mark Boyer Oct 18, 2006 at 01:30 PM
On Tuesday evening, while interviewing left-wing radio host Ed Schultz, self-described "gay activist blogger" Michael Rogers announced his intention to... More
The backstory of why an exotic dancer’s comments ran unaltered Sunday night, yet were censored on CBSNews.com.
By Felix Gillette Oct 17, 2006 at 01:39 PM
On Sunday night on 60 Minutes, CBS's Ed Bradley interviewed the three erstwhile Duke University lacrosse players accused earlier this... More
In case you haven’t heard, Mets starter Steve Trachsel pitched horribly in Game 3 of the NLCS in St. Louis Saturday night.
By Edward B. Colby Oct 17, 2006 at 01:20 PM
In case you haven't heard, Mets starter Steve Trachsel pitched horribly in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series... More
The New York Times, and several bloggers, get all worked up over Tony Snow’s recent performance in Chicago.
By Mark Boyer Oct 17, 2006 at 11:31 AM
In yesterday's New York Times, White House reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg reported on the newest development in Tony Snow's evolving... More
As the United States population reached 300 million early this morning, reporters took the opportunity to provide a State of the Union address of sorts.
By Curtis Brainard Oct 17, 2006 at 10:49 AM
Look into the melting pot and describe what you see. That was the challenge confronting journalists as the United States... More
By Edward B. Colby Oct 16, 2006 at 05:26 PM
"Radical Muslims have conjured up one more reason to rage against America -- the Fifth Avenue Apple Store," the New... More
Every reporter fears the possibility that unforeseen events will somehow render their work obsolete. Sometimes, however, events can also render the work portentous.
By Curtis Brainard Oct 16, 2006 at 05:02 PM
As his or her story goes to press, every reporter fears the possibility that unforeseen events will jump out of... More
Bob Woodward again uses the valuable real estate of the Washington Post as a place to dump stuff he can’t use in his books.
By Paul McLeary Oct 16, 2006 at 04:26 PM
One of the knocks on Bob Woodward's relationship with the Washington Post -- and really, on Woodward in general --... More
If there’s one thing that can get the partisan blogosphere going, it’s an election-season article by Adam Nagourney in the New York Times.
By Andrew Bielak Oct 16, 2006 at 02:10 PM
The New York Times reports today that the Republican leadership has effectively given up on Ohio Senator Mike DeWine's reelection... More
Can an online PDF version of an afternoon paper work? The Toronto Star is in the process of finding out.
By Edward B. Colby Oct 13, 2006 at 04:30 PM
In early September the Toronto Star rolled out Star P.M., an afternoon edition in PDF format that is the first... More
Since leaving office, Ed Koch has embarked on a varied media career and become the ultimate platform-agnostic octogenarian.
By Felix Gillette Oct 13, 2006 at 02:29 PM
On a recent rainy afternoon, Ed Koch sat in his corner office at a Midtown law firm and spoke about... More
For bloggers, news yesterday about the paper’s so-called “Manhattan Project” provided plenty of fodder for discussion.
By Andrew Bielak Oct 13, 2006 at 01:26 PM
A story published on Thursday in the New York Times examined the Los Angeles Times' so-called "Manhattan Project," an internal... More
Covering a grieving community whose beliefs prohibit them from being photographed is a tricky, sensitive assignment — but an eminently doable one.
By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 12, 2006 at 04:30 PM
Last week, as details of the murders at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania were still unfolding, a CJR... More
On North Korean nukes, who has successfully distilled this complex political story — and who has churned out the Cliffs Notes version?
By Paul McLeary Oct 12, 2006 at 04:10 PM
Complex political stories, saddled with winding, somewhat partisan histories, aren't exactly the friend of tight deadlines. But reporters -- even... More
The press should be less skeptical of a recent academic study which found that so far 654,965 Iraqis have died due to the fighting, sectarian and otherwise.
By Gal Beckerman Oct 12, 2006 at 04:05 PM
When war is waged to improve the lives of a country's people, the body count -- the number of those... More
The blogosphere is just wild about Harry — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, that is. The swarms have been out in force today, talking about a land deal the leader was involved in.
By Andrew Bielak Oct 12, 2006 at 02:18 PM
On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported on some allegedly problematic real estate dealings by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. According... More
As American news organizations cut back on foreign coverage, stories like a toxic spill sickening people in the Ivory Coast must travel a strange route stateside.
By Curtis Brainard Oct 12, 2006 at 01:46 PM
Usually, I'm up to date on news from the Ivory Coast. A fragile peace is the only thing between the... More
London Times’ “Rumour of the day” sets U.S. financial press — save the St. Louis Business Journal — a-speculating.
By Edward B. Colby Oct 11, 2006 at 03:41 PM
"Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.'s shares rose 2 percent Tuesday after London newspaper the Times printed a rumor that a Connecticut hedge... More
A surprising number of journalists expect every business event to fit neatly into an established pattern. Witness the Times on Google’s purchase of YouTube.
By Gal Beckerman Oct 10, 2006 at 05:14 PM
The business world is filled with unprecedented moments. Deals happen that don't resemble anything previous, a stock surprises, a new... More
Will the complexities of this midterm Congressional election be reduced to the creepy emails Mark Foley sent to Congressional pages?
By Paul McLeary Oct 10, 2006 at 04:25 PM
It's "Super Tuesday" today at CJR Daily, and we've been looking at the results of a variety of polls published... More
Bloggers react to news reports that the blast in North Korea might have been triggered by little more than conventional explosives.
By Mark Boyer Oct 10, 2006 at 12:28 PM
Today's Washington Times leads with a provocative piece by Bill Gertz, stating that the explosion in North Korea on Sunday... More
In criticizing Bob Woodward’s latest book, some critics fail to take an honest look at the true, and enduring, impact of his work.
By Paul McLeary Oct 9, 2006 at 05:00 PM
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more." Like Henry V bracing his troops for battle, book reviewers, media... More
Bloggers debate Jennifer Senior’s unflattering reviews of two books taking aim at the Bush administration.
By Mark Boyer Oct 9, 2006 at 12:21 PM
In response to a pair of controversial book reviews by Jennifer Senior in last week's New York Times Sunday Book... More
As the role of the press continues to be hotly debated, one thing remains clear: it has never been just a passive observer.
By Brent Cunningham Oct 9, 2006 at 12:04 PM
During a recent segment of WNYC's "On The Media," Ethan Bronner, the New York Times's deputy foreign editor, said this... More
The network needed a little levity in its seven o’clock hour this morning — and a “FEMA Field Trip” was certainly ripe for the picking.
By Edward B. Colby Oct 6, 2006 at 04:45 PM
CNN needed a little levity in its seven o'clock hour this morning. A toxic cloud in North Carolina and the... More
G. Wayne Miller of the Providence Journal on devoting an entire year of reporting to “an ordinary person who has done some extraordinary things.”
By Gal Beckerman Oct 6, 2006 at 04:02 PM
The Providence Journal has always had a reputation as a newspaper that values narrative and gives space to long-form journalism... More
What’s not to like about the magazine’s profile featuring one celeb-blogger writing about another? At first glance it has all the makings of the must-read article of … 2004.
By Felix Gillette Oct 6, 2006 at 10:40 AM
What's not to like about a profile that appears in this month's issue of Wired featuring celeb-blogger Ana Marie Cox... More
Dennis Hastert works the partisan angle one time too many, and in doing so reminds us of a strange story from 2004.
By Paul McLeary Oct 5, 2006 at 02:46 PM
The Chicago Tribune this morning had one of the more interesting reads we've seen thus far in the mainstream media... More
Bloggers on both the Right and the Left can agree on one thing, and one thing only: the GOP leadership isn’t doing a good job at spin control.
By Andrew Bielak Oct 5, 2006 at 01:40 PM
To no one's surprise, the Foley scandal continues to dominate headlines today, as politicians, pundits, and media outlets rack up... More
Viewed another way, the supposedly beneficial tax cuts highlighted by a recent study actually contribute to something else for American taxpayers: a huge future liability.
By Felix Gillette Oct 5, 2006 at 11:27 AM
On Monday, USA Today published a story highlighting a recent study of IRS data which found that Americans at all... More
Before salivating bloggers go bonkers spinning Fox’s Mark Foley mistake into a grand plot, they might want to go back and look at the actual record. Oops, too late.
By Felix Gillette Oct 4, 2006 at 05:19 PM
As various news outlets and bloggers have already pointed out, last night Fox News accidentally labeled disgraced erstwhile GOP Congressman... More
While not as high-profile as New Orleans, the staff of the Biloxi, Miss. Sun Herald stayed at their posts during Katrina, too.
By Mark Boyer Oct 4, 2006 at 02:18 PM
Just two years ago, as a student at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, Josh Norman was accused by one of... More
The row between National Geographic and the Environmental Working Group overlooks a more interesting point about author David Duncan’s approach to covering “The Pollution Within.”
By Curtis Brainard Oct 4, 2006 at 11:57 AM
It's hard to know what to add to the current row between National Geographic and the Environmental Working Group, a... More
Both Reuters and Dow Jones Newswires rehash the New York Times’ latest news about Wal-Mart, with unenviable results.
By Edward B. Colby Oct 3, 2006 at 04:30 PM
We often report on reporters reporting on reports from reporters, and we occasionally flog mediocre articles about Wal-Mart. Now, thanks... More
By Paul McLeary Oct 3, 2006 at 03:31 PM
In a turn of events that is no doubt a relief to "Senator Macacawitz", the revelation that Florida Republican Mark... More
After the Pennsylvania school shooting, a couple of New York tabloids struggle to explain these mysterious Amish to us.
By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 3, 2006 at 03:26 PM
Does it matter? Does it really matter for readers if a reporter, covering a side-bar-type story to a main news... More
In a surprise move this morning, the editorial page of the Washington Times declared Dennis Hastert must “resign his speakership at once.”
By Mark Boyer Oct 3, 2006 at 12:35 PM
In a surprise move this morning, the notoriously conservative editorial page of the Washington Times called for the immediate resignation... More
When it came to sorting through Mike DeWine and Sherrod Brown’s various charges and countercharges, one report stood out.
By Edward B. Colby Oct 2, 2006 at 05:00 PM
Sparks flew yesterday on Meet the Press as Republican incumbent Mike DeWine and Democratic challenger Sherrod Brown, meeting for the... More
While talking heads and politicians debate the meaning of the debate about the war, Iraq continues to burn.
By Paul McLeary Oct 2, 2006 at 02:36 PM
Three and a half years into the war in Iraq, a cursory look at the nightly news shows, opinion magazines... More
Everyone is weighing in on Bob Woodward’s new book — and, as usual, there is little common ground between the Left and the Right.
By Andrew Bielak Oct 2, 2006 at 02:00 PM
This weekend saw the release of "State of Denial," Bob Woodward's latest book in an on-going portrait of the Bush... More
The politics of identity can sometimes make for some uncomfortable questions — and our major newspapers apparently aren’t afraid to ask them.
By Gal Beckerman Oct 2, 2006 at 01:28 PM
Last Thursday, at a vociferous debate in New York City's Cooper Union, we heard something that struck us as a... More
Taking the Los Angeles Times’ lead, a daily newspaper in Maine is drawing attention to the plight of a local river in a quirky way.
By Felix Gillette Oct 2, 2006 at 12:49 PM
Throughout the midterm campaign season, most newspapers around the country have monitored the various races using fairly standard tools --... 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