By Paul McLeary Jan 31, 2007 at 02:58 PM
With the flurry of congressional hearings, debates over nonbinding resolutions, strangely racist utterances by soon-to-be-ex-Democratic presidential hopefuls and the Libby... More
By Edward B. Colby Jan 30, 2007 at 04:55 PM
Last night Fox aired another exciting episode of 24, the Kiefer Sutherland hit now in its sixth season. In the... More
When can reporters speak — and about what topics — without fear of being admonished by their employers?
By Paul McLeary Jan 30, 2007 at 02:10 PM
In his Public Editor column in Sunday's New York Times, Byron Calame tackled a problem that he has dealt with... More
A lesson in how easy it is — even for publications with no history of credibility — to start a scandal.
By Paul McLeary Jan 29, 2007 at 02:51 PM
It's a pretty dubious distinction to be credited with publishing "the first anonymous smear of the 2008 presidential race," by... More
The Boston broadsheet announces that it will close its last three foreign bureaus, leaving bloggers feeling relatively unified that the move is a great loss.
By Dan Goldberg Jan 29, 2007 at 02:41 PM
In the latest drawdown by American newspapers, the Boston Globe announced last week the closing of its last three foreign... More
By Alia Malek Jan 26, 2007 at 01:14 PM
ABC was apparently so impressed with Glenn Beck's appearances on Good Morning America, that it decided to hire him as... More
Some television news producers are falling in love with the free — if decidedly unnewsworthy — content on the Web.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 26, 2007 at 12:49 PM
Ah, television news' infatuation with YouTube goes on (wherein lazy producers fill air time with amateur video, hoping to pass... More
By Paul McLeary Jan 25, 2007 at 04:23 PM
"One Iraqi soldier in the alley pointed his rifle at an American reporter and pulled the trigger. There was only... More
Wolf Blitzer surely succeeded in “making news” with his interview of the V.P. on last night’s Situation Room — though, perhaps, not in the way the CNN anchor intended.
By Satta Sarmah Jan 25, 2007 at 02:22 PM
Wolf Blitzer surely succeeded in "making news" with his interview of Vice President Dick Cheney on last night's Situation Room... More
By Alia Malek Jan 25, 2007 at 02:08 PM
Friday's murder of Armenian-Turkish editor and columnist Hrant Dink -- though not the only instance recently of a foreign journalist... More
Despite being an accomplished, powerful woman, some members of the press still can’t get over the fact that she’s, you know, a girl.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 24, 2007 at 04:16 PM
Here we were, wishfully thinking that the appearance of a certain New York Times' Thursday Style article last week ("Speaking... More
Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, which is being skewered by both the left and the right, probably won’t hurt his career in punditry.
By Paul McLeary Jan 24, 2007 at 04:05 PM
Conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza has made a career of poking a stick in the eye of liberals, and he's done... More
By Christina Hernandez Jan 23, 2007 at 10:20 AM
In the name of an "exclusive" with the man charged with kidnapping a Missouri boy and suspected of kidnapping another... More
Is John McCain still a “Maverick?” According to the Wall Street Journal, the answer is a resounding “yes!”
By Paul McLeary Jan 22, 2007 at 03:54 PM
As we've seen so often in horse race political coverage, once the press sinks its teeth into a certain storyline... More
Was the flap over the AP’s source in a recent story behind some changes in a Washington Post story this morning?
By Paul McLeary Jan 22, 2007 at 12:12 PM
Given the recent ugliness over the AP's use of Iraqi police source Jamail Hussein in some sixty stories, and the... More
The first in our newly-minted occasional series of “Research Reports” — this one looks at how the press has been dealing with the possibility of American voters electing their first African-American president.
By Tony Dokoupil Jan 22, 2007 at 11:59 AM
"Is America Ready for a Black President?" It's a question that many media outlets have posed recently ahead of a... More
Two recent articles by Lakshmi Chaudhry and Michael Agger show cultural criticism at its boorish, insipid worst.
By Gal Beckerman Jan 19, 2007 at 04:57 PM
We are hoping that Lakshmi Chaudhry is ninety years old. Somehow misanthropy, a deep mistrust of technology, and a snarling... More
By Paul McLeary Jan 19, 2007 at 03:01 PM
In May 2006, freelance journalist Sarah Olson interviewed Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada for Truthout.org and National Radio Project's "Making... More
Mayor Bloomberg’s press aides laid down some ground rules yesterday when announcing some new initiatives, and most of the media played along.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 18, 2007 at 03:44 PM
You're mayor of New York City. It's the day before your annual "State of the City" address. You want certain... More
The New York Times serves up another lazy “trend” story by slapping together a few anecdotes, buffered by a minor statistic, and presenting it as important news. CBS mindlessly follows.
By Gal Beckerman Jan 17, 2007 at 05:05 PM
We love us a good trend story as much as the next media critic. Give us a quirky New York... More
Can reporters cover the daily grind of death and destruction in Iraq with an unwavering urgency, while not falling into a war-as-entertainment approach?
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 17, 2007 at 12:46 PM
The fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq is swiftly approaching. According to a recent Pentagon assessment, attacks against... More
There are some very real differences in the practice of journalism between the United States and the U.K. — a fact not lost on the bloggers.
By Dan Goldberg Jan 17, 2007 at 10:19 AM
Each week, CBS' Public Eye invites an outsider to comment on CBS news and the media at large. Last week,... More
Eason Jordan criticized two newspapers for a lack of coverage of the war on Sunday, but there’s something missing.
By Paul McLeary Jan 16, 2007 at 02:41 PM
On Sunday, Eason Jordan, who recently launched IraqSlogger.com, a great new site whose aim is to produce and aggregate as... More
By Satta Sarmah Jan 16, 2007 at 02:15 PM
Apparently, talk isn't cheap, as a talk radio station is finding out the hard way. The station, KSFO-AM, has been... More
Anthony Cordesman’s annotation of the president’s speech in today’s Times allows us to take a step back from the rhetoric and actually dissect what we are hearing.
By Gal Beckerman Jan 12, 2007 at 05:14 PM
Even though almost everyone knew by Wednesday exactly what the president's prescriptions for Iraq were going to be, there was... More
By Edward B. Colby Jan 12, 2007 at 01:10 PM
"Analysts and investors on Wednesday speculated on which suppliers might benefit from Apple Inc.'s launch of its new iPhone device,"... More
The curse of the uninformed pundit strikes again, this time in the inevitable navel-gazing after the president’s latest speech.
By Paul McLeary Jan 11, 2007 at 03:09 PM
After every presidential speech, the pundits descend from on high to deliver their considered wisdom about what the president said,... More
By Satta Sarmah Jan 11, 2007 at 03:00 PM
Bloggers across the nation have achieved another victory in their quest to dethrone the mainstream media. When the Lewis "Scooter"... More
Max Boot says that, like Vietnam, journalists are probably going to be blamed for the failures in Iraq.
By Paul McLeary Jan 10, 2007 at 04:42 PM
William Faulkner once said, "The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past." It's a good line, and... More
Long before President Bush utters a word of his much-anticipated speech tonight, the rhetorical troops of the blogosphere are already abuzz with opinions.
By Christina Hernandez Jan 10, 2007 at 02:05 PM
Long before President Bush utters a word of his much-anticipated Wednesday night speech in which he will reportedly announce the... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 10, 2007 at 12:00 PM
Hey, TV news producers and reporters: Absurd amateur video footage does not a news story make. All three networks (plus... More
The confluence of stunning products and stunned reporters at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas makes for easy pickings.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 10, 2007 at 11:13 AM
"Gadget Geeks Unite! Consumer Electronics Show Opens," a friendly ABC News headline informs us. Yes, the huge annual trade show... More
A controversial TV channel that is the voice of Iraq’s anti-American insurgents tries to open another front in the propaganda war against the U.S. — in the U.S.
By Lawrence Pintak Jan 10, 2007 at 10:01 AM
A controversial TV channel that is the voice of Iraq's anti-American insurgents looks set to open another front in the... More
The Bush administration has refined the art of distilling new initiatives into a single word or phrase that at once defines the idea while obscuring its various downsides.
By Gal Beckerman Jan 9, 2007 at 05:05 PM
The Bush administration has aggressively refined the art of distilling any new initiative presented to the public into a single... More
By Dan Goldberg Jan 8, 2007 at 03:02 PM
Time magazine launched its revamped Web site today, hoping to capture a wider share of the digital news-seeking audience. The... More
By Paul McLeary Jan 8, 2007 at 02:10 PM
It's been two weeks since Time magazine ill-advisedly named "You" as its Person of the Year, and we have to... More
The latest round of buzz, rumor, and speculation surrounding wondrous, soon-to-be-unveiled product(s) from Apple is upon us.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 5, 2007 at 03:14 PM
"The world according to Steve: Speculation swirls about Apple event," a Contra Costa Times headline tells us today, meaning the... More
Out in Chicago, a highly intriguing front-page piece about a UFO sighting over O’Hare quickly became a record-setting phenomenon for the Tribune.
By Edward B. Colby Jan 5, 2007 at 01:45 PM
On Monday, the Chicago Tribune rang in the new year with a highly intriguing front-page piece by transportation writer Jon... More
An “overly aggressive interpretation” of a new law aimed at security contractors in Iraq could, theoretically, ensnare embedded reporters.
By Paul McLeary Jan 4, 2007 at 02:28 PM
For the past several years of occupation in Iraq, the largely lawless corps of private security contractors has emerged as... More
Sunni-Shia power politics and U.S.-Egyptian relations are at the center of a dispute over a satellite television station that is the latest weapon in the arsenal of Iraq’s insurgents.
By Lawrence Pintak Jan 4, 2007 at 02:07 PM
Sunni-Shia power politics and U.S.-Egyptian relations are at the center of a dispute over a satellite television station that is... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 3, 2007 at 05:12 PM
For cable news, it was a gift from the gods (or, rather from God, via televangelist Pat Robertson) -- an... More
By Gal Beckerman Jan 3, 2007 at 04:39 PM
With the field of presidential contenders just beginning to form and the press corps hungry for some new political red... More
It’s been five weeks since a controversial AP story from Baghdad hit the wires, and there is no resolution to be found.
By Paul McLeary Jan 2, 2007 at 04:30 PM
The saga over whether or not Iraqi police Captain Jamail Hussein exists continues to chug along, much as it has... More
Blogospheric reviews of the redesigned Wall Street Journal range from starry-eyed (“wowed me”) to cynical (“three years too late”).
By Edward B. Colby Jan 2, 2007 at 03:29 PM
The new Wall Street Journal debuted today with a "slimmer size" -- its page width reduced by 20 percent --... More
By Penelope Rowlands Jan 1, 2007 at 08:30 AM
It was tiny, the slightest piece of prose ever published under my name. If you were nearsighted or preoccupied, you... More
By Ben Yagoda Jan 1, 2007 at 08:30 AM
Last summer James Wolcott reviewed The Complete New Yorker on DVD for The New Criterion. He concluded with a list... More
By Rebecca Skloot Jan 1, 2007 at 08:30 AM
At this point, it’s safe to say, most people in the United States have not been on the receiving end... More
By Michael Schudson Jan 1, 2007 at 08:30 AM
American democracy is lost unless citizen Davids do battle against the corporate media Goliaths. We have heard this rallying cry... More
Young bloggers in the Middle East are talking to the ‘enemy,’ and possibly sowing the seeds of reform.
By Gal Beckerman Jan 1, 2007 at 08:30 AM
Bombs don’t discriminate between combatants and children. This sad fact became an inconvenient one last summer for Israel, which had... More
By David Cohn Jan 1, 2007 at 08:30 AM
As a young journalist, I begin my day by perusing stories written by top reporters at the major newspapers, as... More
Journalists worry that the Web threatens the way they distribute their product. They are slower to see how it threatens the product itself.
By Mitchell Stephens Jan 1, 2007 at 08:30 AM
Call it the morning letdown. Your muffin may be fresh, but the newspaper beside it is decidedly stale. “Chavez bashes... More
By Peter Holley Jan 1, 2007 at 08:30 AM
I first began to notice the wisp of a girl with long black hair as I drove home from work... More
By Douglas McCollam Jan 1, 2007 at 08:30 AM
It was just before 3 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon last November when a contingent of police gathered outside the... More
By Bruce Page Jan 1, 2007 at 08:30 AM
When, in mid-2006, a Wall Street Journal editorial suggested that The New York Times’s disclosures about warrant-free National Security Agency... More
Graydon Carter’s political outrage has fueled a resurgence in Vanity Fair’s serious journalism. But how far can he push the signature high-low mix of this Conde Nast cash cow?
By Bree Nordenson Jan 1, 2007 at 08:30 AM
David Hirschman’s question for a 2004 Media Bistro article was the same one reporters had been asking Graydon Carter for... 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.