With its coverage of an assassination in Lebanon, Al-Jazeera English showed signs of finding its footing after an uncertain first week.
By Lawrence Pintak Nov 30, 2006 at 12:00 PM
Bad news is often good news for journalists. Last week's assassination of Lebanese opposition leader Pierre Gemayel may have been... More
By Gal Beckerman Nov 29, 2006 at 03:44 PM
It is with great consternation that we acknowledge that our least favorite cartoonist at the New York Times has been... More
John Gibson delivered a rigorously constructed rebuke of supposedly spineless Americans the other day.
By Edward B. Colby Nov 29, 2006 at 01:10 PM
If you're in the mood for a ridiculous bogeyman of an argument, look no farther than the "My Word" segment... More
Bloggers react to the Supreme Court’s refusal to keep federal prosecutors away from the phone records of two reporters.
By Mark Boyer Nov 29, 2006 at 12:06 PM
For the federal investigation that refuses to go away, proceedings continued to roil the press this week. On Tuesday, the... More
We don’t know what “media” Neil Cavuto was consuming, but we couldn’t escape the Black Friday excitement in the press — in outlets from sea to shining sea.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 28, 2006 at 04:48 PM
Chris Matthews’ end-of-program, seated-upon-a-stool Sunday musings on NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show (recent quote: “Celebrity, celebrity, it's crawling all over... More
Over the last two days, print and televised media have managed to work themselves into a state of high dudgeon over NBC News’ decision to call the violence in Iraq a “civil war.”
By Paul McLeary Nov 28, 2006 at 04:26 PM
Over the last two days, print and televised media have managed to work themselves into a state of high dudgeon... More
By Edward B. Colby Nov 28, 2006 at 11:13 AM
While we have repeatedly jabbed the political press for its endless speculation on the 2008 presidential race, we haven't yet... More
By Paul McLeary Nov 27, 2006 at 03:31 PM
By now, the "K Street Project" -- the Congressional Republican effort during the first half of this decade to stack... More
Bloggers of all stripes seemed to come together to express cynicism and unease at the prospects of the commission’s upcoming recommendations.
By Andrew Bielak Nov 27, 2006 at 02:35 PM
The New York Times reported this morning that the Iraq Study Group, led by James Baker and Lee Hamilton, will... More
It’s the day before Thanksgiving, which means cable news channels are running a continuous loop of generally useless pre-Turkey Day travel reports.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 22, 2006 at 03:46 PM
It's the day before Thanksgiving, which means that cable news channels are running a continuous loop of generally useless day-before-Thanksgiving... More
A California Supreme Court ruling grants immunity to those who repost defamatory material on the Internet, giving bloggers around the country a sense of both relevance and security.
By Mark Boyer Nov 22, 2006 at 12:30 PM
The California Supreme Court's ruling on Monday of Barrett v. Rosenthal, which grants immunity to those who repost defamatory material... More
Today we give thanks for something that American journalism is doing well of late: allocating resources to examining jealousy in the economic stratosphere.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 22, 2006 at 12:00 PM
With Thanksgiving nigh, let us take a break from the journo-scolding for a moment to give thanks for something that... More
CNN’s Paula Zahn takes a proposal by Rep. Charlie Rangel and morphs it into an intra-party Democratic feud — despite all evidence to the contrary.
By Paul McLeary Nov 21, 2006 at 03:40 PM
Cable news networks -- hell, journalists in general -- love it when a politician sticks his foot in his mouth.... More
Doug Moss, editor of E — The Environment Magazine, talks about how to present environmental and scientific issues to the public, and promoting his magazine.
By Curtis Brainard Nov 21, 2006 at 03:25 PM
"EarthTalk," a weekly, syndicated, Q&A-style column about the environment, might seem a little earthy-crunchy at first. Its publisher, E --... More
The New York Times prints a gushy profile of Brian Stelter, and bloggers respond to his success with admiration and jealousy.
By Mark Boyer Nov 21, 2006 at 12:42 PM
On Monday, the New York Times' Julie Bosman printed a gushy profile of the unassuming editor of the blog TVNewser,... More
The national press corps seems to have forgotten all about its pre-election concern with persistent problems found in electronic voting machines.
By Paul McLeary Nov 20, 2006 at 04:43 PM
In the days and weeks following the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, and after the 2002 midterms, the issue... More
By Brent Cunningham Nov 20, 2006 at 10:18 AM
Nick Kristof is frustrated. One need only read his column (warning: TimesSelect) in yesterday's New York Times to know that.... More
A former Dallas Morning News reporter on his eight-part series detailing one woman’s struggle with schizophrenia.
By Edward B. Colby Nov 17, 2006 at 05:09 PM
Jim O'Neill's eight-part series on one woman's decades-long struggle with schizophrenia, "Rosie's Journey," was just published in the Dallas Morning... More
Rupert Murdoch, traditionally no friend to the science of climate change, has begun to change his tune, will NewsCorp?
By Curtis Brainard Nov 17, 2006 at 01:45 PM
It was like the sun rising in the west. For over a decade, Rupert Murdoch had disputed the science of... More
How can CBS News make their Web site, CBSNews.com, better? By following the lead of ABC and NBC, and offering more reporter-written blogs.
By Paul McLeary Nov 17, 2006 at 12:45 PM
This article is cross-posted (complete with author photo!) at the PublicEye blog at CBSNews.com. I've been thinking about CBS News... More
By Mark Boyer Nov 17, 2006 at 12:30 PM
In a statement published on the Drudge Report Thursday evening and printed in the New York Post this morning, publisher... More
A week after the midterms and it’s back to business on cable news — the business of hyping fluff, that is.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 16, 2006 at 05:17 PM
A week after the midterms and it's back to business on cable news -- the business of beat-downs, that is.... More
The first 10 hours of Al-Jazeera English sent a number of messages — some subtle, others less so — that caught our eye.
By Alia Malek Nov 16, 2006 at 04:04 PM
Al Jazeera's English-language channel launched yesterday as (AJE) Al-Jazeera English, not Al-Jazeera International as previously hyped. While viewers around the... More
The leak of another internal news memo doesn’t really do much for the eternal War on Bias — but it does give lefties something to crow about.
By Paul McLeary Nov 15, 2006 at 04:27 PM
Last night, as denizens of the liberal blogosphere likely know by now, the Huffington Post published an internal memo from... More
The tale of how this latest clerical fall from grace nearly failed to make headlines is a cautionary one for every journalist who has ever wondered when she has enough to go with a story.
By Christian Vachon Nov 15, 2006 at 02:59 PM
The unraveling of Pastor Ted Haggard, replete with allegations of gay sex and meth use, may have contributed to last... More
By Edward B. Colby Nov 15, 2006 at 02:45 PM
"'Time Person of the Year' Likely to Be, Well, a Person." We know this thanks to Advertising Age, which went... More
A two-part series in the New York Times about the ties that bind the United States and Israel goes deeper than most in assessing the motivations behind, and the tensions within, the relationship.
By Gal Beckerman Nov 14, 2006 at 03:28 PM
As happens every few years, intense attention has turned recently to the United States' extraordinarily close relationship with Israel --... More
By Mark Boyer Nov 14, 2006 at 01:20 PM
New York Times Op-Ed scribe John Tierney finally gave readers what they wanted to hear on Tuesday. Tierney filled most... More
Lifting headlines to point out “liberal bias” at a newspaper is tricky at best, disingenuous at worst.
By Paul McLeary Nov 13, 2006 at 05:48 PM
In a favorite pastime of media critics everywhere, the National Review's Byron York and Nathan Goulding have taken a couple... More
Afterwards, a number of liberal bloggers supported the Democratic leadership, while other commentators found themselves less excited about Murtha’s prospects.
By Andrew Bielak Nov 13, 2006 at 01:27 PM
This morning, the Washington Post reported that incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will throw her support behind Representative John... More
The 2006 John Chancellor Award winner discusses Dean Baquet’s exit, a newsroom carrying on, and the limits of great stories on the bottom line.
By Edward B. Colby Nov 13, 2006 at 12:45 PM
Veteran Los Angeles Times reporter Henry Weinstein will receive the 2006 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism Tuesday night... More
By Paul McLeary Nov 10, 2006 at 03:54 PM
We're not in the business of telling reporters what to write, or what to broadcast, or when to write or... More
Bloggers debate how plainly the press should state the president’s acknowledgment that he misled reporters.
By Andrew Bielak Nov 10, 2006 at 03:42 PM
While many pundits have taken to discussing the foreign policy implications of a new secretary of defense, others have been... More
Following the Congressional midterm election and president Bush’s sacking of Sec. of Defense Donald Runsfeld, the blogosphere debates the legacy of good old Rummy.
By Andrew Bielak Nov 9, 2006 at 02:48 PM
Following a crushing defeat for Republicans on Tuesday, President Bush announced yesterday the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld... More
There are roughly 3,500 miles between Washington, D.C. and London. For journalists, those miles might as well be light years.
By Curtis Brainard Nov 9, 2006 at 12:56 PM
There are roughly 3,500 miles between Washington, D.C. and London -- for journalists, those miles might as well be light... More
As Democrats celebrated, Fox News carried election night coverage that was deeply uninspired and strangely disengaged.
By Gal Beckerman Nov 8, 2006 at 04:40 PM
Around 11 o'clock last night, as Brit Hume, grandfatherly reading glasses perched on the edge of his nose, finally conceded... More
By Paul McLeary Nov 8, 2006 at 03:43 PM
Things didn't start out so hot. Wolf Blitzer hovered stiffly in front of an intimidating, CENTCOM-worthy bank of screens, headset-laden... More
At some point television news decided that it could no longer ignore political bloggers. But that doesn’t mean it has figured out how to cover them.
By Felix Gillette Nov 8, 2006 at 02:06 PM
Somewhere along the line in recent years, television news decided that it could no longer ignore bloggers. Especially political bloggers.... More
Given all the airtime devoted to the elections last night, you knew that the talking heads would sprinkle some gems among their punditry.
By Brent Cunningham Nov 8, 2006 at 01:55 PM
It ain't easy filling all that airtime on election night. And if, by and large, our broadcast brethren avoided major... More
Like much of the election season debate over the war in Iraq, much of the recent discussion about the U.S. economy has been willfully distorted along partisan lines.
By Felix Gillette Nov 7, 2006 at 04:44 PM
No matter what happens in today's elections, the great tundra of American punditry will soon be teeming with debates over... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 7, 2006 at 03:40 PM
As predicted back on October 25, we had not then seen the last of McAuliffe v. Mehlman (in which television... More
We tuned in to MSNBC last night, forgetting that we would likely encounter Tucker Carlson, and his nonsensical brand of fact-free analysis.
By Paul McLeary Nov 7, 2006 at 02:47 PM
We're with Jack Shafer, who wrote yesterday that despite the fact that by Election Day reporters have already filed... More
By Mark Boyer Nov 7, 2006 at 02:12 PM
Today's Wall Street Journal reports that, "Two-by-two, polling specialists from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and the Associated Press... More
By Edward B. Colby Nov 7, 2006 at 01:33 PM
Who has "The Best Political Team on Television"? For viewers of a certain cable news network, the answer should be... More
Howard Kurtz forgets the role that editors and reporters play in keeping a story front and center in the public mind.
By Paul McLeary Nov 6, 2006 at 04:00 PM
In Howard Kurtz' chat this morning with readers of the Washington Post, one questioner took the "news media" to task... More
With Election Day imminent, the Military Times Media Group calls for the defense secretary to resign, leading many bloggers to defend him.
By Mark Boyer Nov 6, 2006 at 01:23 PM
The Military Times Media Group published an editorial in all four of its daily newspapers (Army Times, Navy Times, Air... More
The 43-year-old frontrunner from Minnesota’s 5th District is set to make history on Tuesday, and the national press cannot get enough of him.
By Edward B. Colby Nov 3, 2006 at 05:15 PM
"Muslim Candidate Plays Defense," read the headline in the Washington Post. "Democrat Poised to Become First Muslim in Congress," said... More
What happened to those daily roundups of the body count in Iraq? While John Kerry may have distracted most, a few reporters keep the sad tally.
By Paul McLeary Nov 3, 2006 at 04:46 PM
Anyone remember the last two weeks of October, when television and print reporters couldn't stop talking about the number of... More
Journalists rarely meet a poll they don’t like — even polls conducted by the politicians themselves that (shockingly!) show that they’re not doing as bad as evidence may suggest.
By Felix Gillette Nov 3, 2006 at 01:50 PM
In the history of American politics has a poll ever been conducted that political reporters were unwilling to cite? The... More
In which our tireless reporter spends a day in front of the tube, waiting for the choicest moments of John Kerry coverage.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 3, 2006 at 12:19 PM
The sheer volume of coverage devoted this week to Sen. John Kerry's "botched joke" has been stunning, even to our... More
The press has mindlessly leaped onto the new controversy, with no thought to how it shed absolutely no light on any of the important issues in these midterms.
By Gal Beckerman Nov 2, 2006 at 04:38 PM
He left out a two-letter word, "us." What he meant to say, what his prepared remarks have him saying is... More
With the paper again under fire for publishing classified intelligence, bloggers consider the importance of the latest leak.
By Andrew Bielak Nov 2, 2006 at 02:30 PM
According to an article this morning on FoxNews.com, the Pentagon is investigating the leak of a classified slide on the... More
With the military increasingly cracking down on military bloggers, one prominent milblogger collects some of the best examples of the form.
By Paul McLeary Nov 2, 2006 at 02:06 PM
In September, Matthew Currier Burden, a former Army officer and author of the popular military blog, Black Five, released a... More
Thomas L. Friedman’s go-to reporting move (quote-the-cabbie) is stymied. Could it be the end of an “era?”
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 1, 2006 at 02:49 PM
Thomas L. Friedman is frustrated. And Friedman's frustration festers throughout his New York Times column today -- titled, we kid... More
A scuffle in a hotel lobby in the Virginia Senate race makes the pages of the Washington Post, adding fuel to the blogging fire.
By Mark Boyer Nov 1, 2006 at 01:55 PM
A scuffle in a hotel lobby in Charlottesville, Va. yesterday between a liberal blogger and supporters of Republican Senator George... More
By The Editors Nov 1, 2006 at 08:30 AM
Dexter Filkins The New York Times I remember the whole period from October, November, December 2003, everybody — all the... More
By The Editors Nov 1, 2006 at 08:30 AM
Anthony Shadid The Washington Post When I hear this term “good news” [that the press allegedly fails to report], I... More
By The Editors Nov 1, 2006 at 08:30 AM
Richard Engel NBC News I’ve been in Iraq for a while. I’ve been there longer than any of the... More
The early days of the Iraq war gave journalists freedom to report, but also hints of something darker
By The Editors Nov 1, 2006 at 08:30 AM
Dexter Filkins The New York Times If you look at the whole arc of this thing, it used to be... More
By Michael Schudson & Tony Dokoupil Nov 1, 2006 at 08:30 AM
AAfter White House-bound Bill Clinton donned shades and played the sax on The Arsenio Hall Show in June 1992, a... More
Today, everybody, including the press, loves the Hindu practice of health and spirituality. But it took a couple of centuries to get there.
By Robert Love Nov 1, 2006 at 08:30 AM
Yoga is the Survivor of the culture wars: unbloodied, unmuddied, unbothered by the media’s slings and arrows, its leotard still... More
The white news media came late to the scene. But when they finally did arrive, the battle was joined.
By David K. Shipler Nov 1, 2006 at 08:30 AM
The Race Beat The Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank... More
By David Halberstam Nov 1, 2006 at 08:30 AM
The Associated Press bureau that operated out of Saigon starting in mid-1965 was a great one — a place of... More
By The Editors Nov 1, 2006 at 08:30 AM
Patrick Cockburn The Independent (London) At a certain point, in 2003, I remember the exact moment the British had moved... More
Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods
The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director
How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early
On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information
Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”
“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”
Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.
Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!
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.