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Monthly Archive

March 2009

Oh, Choot

Remember The New York Times's word train? Well, get excited (or annoyed or angsty or anxious or inspired or sassy... More

Sticking It to Detroit

HuffPo, others fixate on an autos vs. banks narrative

Yesterday, after President Barack Obama announced the relatively tough terms of his auto industry bailout, reporters were quick to compare... More

Firing Blanks

Is everyone who loses a job “fired”?

The day Brenda Starr has been dreading has arrived. Her new boss, Mr. Bottomline, says she has become too expensive.... More

Fresno Bee On the Ground with the New Joads

The Fresno Bee goes to the "unemployment capital of California" and returns with some stark imagery, scenes that conjure the... More

Say Uncle (Sam)

What would government tax subsidies mean for journalism?

In the current issue of The Nation, John Nichols and Robert McChesney make an argument for government intervention in American... More

No Twittering In The Soloist

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel's movie reviewer, was "touched by the grim state-of-the-newspaper subtext" in the film The Soloist (based... More

For the Birds?

Local outlets miss an opportunity for regional conservation coverage

Earlier this month, the United States Department of the Interior released the results of a large-scale, collaborative report on the... More

Boston Globe Is Excellent on Pension Insurer’s Bad Bets

Yesterday, The Boston Globe unloosed a superb piece of accountability reporting, writing that the Bush administration decided to move* the... More

“I Know That’s English Online, But…”

... it's not the same," Carol Banas, 56, a retired city planner and longtime reader of the Detroit Free Press,... More

“A Liberal’s Conservative” for the NYT

Selected bits from Michael Calderone's profile of Ross Douthat, soon to join the New York Times op-ed page: Micheal Barbaro,... More

BusinessWeek: Unemployment’s Worse Than You Think

BusinessWeek runs a nice story looking at the unreliability of unemployment statistics and how they're underestimating actual unemployment—something I criticized... More

Thinning Out the Journal’s Front Page

This Wall Street Journal A1 story today takes a rubbery strand of data about consumer borrowing and stretches it past... More

Poll Dancing

A request, of Jack Shafer and anyone else who refers to the recent Pew survey--the one studying people's opinions about... More

Krugman’s Warning

"The magazine cover effect" (in short, short the stock of any CEO you see on a magazine cover) "presumably.. applies... More

Interview “Tinkering”

On Sunday the New York Times Magazine ran a profile of playwright Neil LaBute in which readers learn of LaBute's... More

Fox Nation: A Place for Heroes

News aggregation gets a Norquistian makeover

Pop Quiz: Do you believe "in the United States of America and its ideals, as expressed in the Constitution, the... More

Non-Responsive

News organizations hampered New Hampshire poll inquiry

The American Association for Public Opinion Research has released its long-awaited report on polling in the 2008 New Hampshire Democratic... More

The Journal Games Out Depression Scenarios

I like this Wall Street Journal piece today looking at the odds of entering a depression, what that would mean,... More

What Would “A Mix Between The Huffington Post and Drudge” Look Like?

(Besides, um, aesthetically challenged?) This. A HuffPo/Drudge blend is how Fox News regards its new site, The Fox Nation, Fox... More

Chyron, Misunderstood

Chyron (on-screen headline) on MSNBC just now: "Fmr Wall Street Professionals Trade Laptops For Lap Dances." No, the news is... More

The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of Sojourners, America, The Times of Acadiana, and more

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. The Times of Acadiana, February 19, 2009 Whatever Cody... More

Sanguine Sallys, Nervous Nellies

Online journalists are, apparently, both optimistic and frightened about what the future holds for their craft. And in roughly equal... More

“Cud Chewers” And “Cordwood” on Cable

Some colorfully apt descriptions of the current state of cable news from David Carr in the New York Times: Gorged... More

“Some Wonder…”

..."if [Michelle Obama is] spreading herself too thin to emerge in the public mind as a leading voice on" her... More

Some Big Dots to Connect

Which could tell who really will pay for health reform

In the past week or so, the media—at least those outlets that still cover health reform somewhat regularly—offered up some... More

NYT Profiles Fox News’s “Rodeo Clown”

The New York Times today profiles Glenn Beck ("Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful, and a Rising Star on Fox News"). In the... More

Baucus Watch, Part VII

Does he or doesn’t he support a public plan?

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health-care reform; any health-care legislation must... More

Bloomberg on Papering Over Banks’ Losses

Bloomberg reports that the proposed changes to mark-to-market accounting rules could boost paper profits at banks by 20 percent. Hey,... More

The Week that Was: In Which Chaos, Indeed, Ensued

The week in new media

Hold onto your Firefox tabs: chaos has come. Here's the evidence. And here, in part, is the reason. (Feeling overloaded?... More

Branding Gillibrand

NYT sketches with too loose a hand on NY senator and big tobacco story

The New York Times today has a big story about junior New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand that suffers from tunnel... More

“What do you do with 3,000 empty metal boxes?”

That's what SeattlePI.com wants to know...and what the Seattle Times needs to figure out. Seattle's remaining print daily, as a... More

NYT: Heads They Win, Tails They Win a Bit Less

The Times looks at a piece of the unaccountability culture in corporate America: Changing stock-option strike prices (legally) to make... More

Talk of the Town Hall

How the media covered yesterday’s online town hall

As we noted yesterday, Barack Obama’s online town hall prompted some interesting questions from the in-person audience, and (to a... More

Just What’s Left in the Metro Dailies?

NYU prof and Press Thinker Jay Rosen has had it with what he calls "replaceniks"—those who throw out the red... More

Politico’s “Snuggie” Article: An Ontological Argument

My best guess at the logic that accounts for the existence of today's Politico article, "Conservatives embrace the Snuggie": 1.... More

WaPo Scoop Shows Government’s Bailout Conflicts

The Washington Post fronts a pretty big scoop on friction at Freddie Mac caused by its untenable straddling between responsibility... More

Professor Obama

The press goes for style over substance on the press conferences

In a remarkable show of consensus, news outlets from The O’Reilly Factor to NPR all landed on one word—professorial—to describe... More

Violating the “Contract of Correction”

Corrections requests get backlogged at The Washington Post

Roughly a year ago, The Washington Post embarked on what has become a seven-part investigative series about housing issues in... More

Chez Stephanopoulos

Behold, George Stephanopoulos's "seashell-themed powder room." More

Journal’s Good Effort on the Immigration Backlash

The Wall Street Journal has a really good story today on the government discouraging companies from hiring foreign workers. First... More

Casper the Friendly Tweet

Last month, after Britney Spears (well, Britney Spears' management team) was caught posting ads on Harvard job boards seeking an... More

This is Balance?

Reading today this fluffy piece in the Times about how the Obamas are going out on the town in D.C.—"These... More

Milwaukee J-S Exposes Criminals in the Mortgage Biz

Late last year I did a Q&A with The Miami Herald's Jack Dolan, who led a team that wrote an... More

The ‘Professor’ Calms the Crowd

Press works (and reworks) the outrage narrative

Last week saw a massive buildup of stories about public outrage at the AIG bonuses and Obama’s attempts—through a slew... More

Mission Accomplished?

Why the AFT’s compromise won’t end the education wars

Perhaps because it is inherently a little dull, the world of education policy likes to liven up its policy disputes... More

Photo of the Day

I came across this photo in a Guardian article, and thought it was just fantastic enough for passing along. Now,... More

NYT Sues Fed and Treasury

A tip of the hat to The New York Times for filing a lawsuit against the Federal Reserve and the... More

Live-Blogging Obama’s Online Town Hall

Starting 11:30 AM EST

In the comments section of this post, starting now. More

Holder Has A New FOIA Policy

Will he apply it to old cases?

Last Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced new guidance giving Freedom of Information Act requesters broader access to government records.... More

The “Other” Post Gets a Great Scoop

The New York Post yesterday reported that Citigroup and Bank of America, those two enormous welfare cases teetering under the... More

Journal Inside the AIG Wagon-Circling

The WSJ has a good story today with lots of detail about what's going on inside AIG's now-infamous Financial Products... More

Reasons to Believe

Journalism’s search for a support system

There is a lot of death talk around journalism lately. A case in point that stuck in our craw was... More

Teleprompter Talks Back

"What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference?" asked the AP's Ron Fournier last night in his... More

A Presidency “Defined” (So Soon?)

At The Daily Beast, Eric Alterman critiques last night's performance by the White House press corps, giving a thumbs-down to... More

A Social-Network Solution

How investigative reporting got back on its feet

Washington, D.C., 2014—It didn’t seem possible. Who would have thought, amid the newsroom devastation of the first decade of the... More

Post-Intelligent

Before its collapse, the P-I had a history of strong science reporting

When the last print issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer rolled off the presses last Tuesday, it was another blow to... More

President Leaves Reporters & Commentators “Restless,” “Bor[ed]”

Roundup of presidential press conference reports

Was it really a surprise to reporters at both the LA Times and the New York Times that President Obama... More

CJR Audio: The Future of Investigative Journalism

A discussion on the future of the journalistic watchdog

On March 12 and 13, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism hosted Enlarging the Space for Watchdog Journalism, a conference... More

The WSJ and the Limits of a “No Jumps” Policy

Dumbing down and devaluing The Wall Street Journal

We've talked quite a bit about the FT-ization of the Journal since Murdoch got his grubby paws on it, shoved... More

Numbers Game

The long, unsavory, and amusing history of the American lottery

The Lottery Wars: Long Odds, Fast Money, and the Battle Over an American Institution | By Matthew Sweeney | Bloomsbury... More

Insurers Have a New Idea

Is it really for real?

The AP moved a story yesterday afternoon reporting that members of two health insurance trade associations, America’s Health Insurance Plans... More

What Are Insurers Up To?

It depends on whose story you read

Two views of the insurance industry lobby emerged in the press the last couple of weeks—one an AP puff piece... More

Live-Blogging Blago’s Radio Show

Until 11 AM EST

In the comments section of this post. Listen in with us, right now, on Chicago's WLS-AM. More

Play the “Blago in the Morning” (Coffee) Drinking Game!

Rod on the radio

Granted: former governor Rod Blagojevich's guest-hosting, today, of “The Don Wade & Roma Morning Show” is weird and baffling and... More

FT on the Death of the Stocks Religion

The Financial Times runs an excellent analysis by columnist John Authers looking at how the "cult of equity" has been... More

“Progress,” “Patience”

A quick scan of the front pages of today's papers (thanks, Newseum) shows that President Obama's second prime time press... More

“Detached, Bite-Sized Yippety-Yap!”

Behold, a new genre of artistic expression: twarody (not to be confused with twatire)--fun had at the expense of the... More

Live-Blogging Tonight’s Presidential Press Conference

CJR staffers will be live-blogging tonight's presidential press conference (airing at 8pm on all major networks, and streaming live on... More

Old Hands, New Voice

How NGOs learned to do news

NEW YORK, 2014—Back in 2009, the future of international reporting looked bleak indeed. Several big U.S. newspapers had shut down... More

The Chuckle-Monster

Headlines turn the president’s laugh into a “gaffe”

Steve Kroft’s Sunday night interview with President Obama covered substantive things, like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s bank rescue plan, which... More

Crawford to Be Obama’s Special Asst for Science, Tech, and Innovation Policy

Word has it that President Obama has tapped Susan Crawford--media-law scholar, OneWebDay founder, ICANN board member, and Net neutrality advocate--to... More

LeBron James Has His Pre-Game Powder Toss…

... Ed Henry has his pre-prime-time-presidential-press-conference white notebook paper ritual. Henry, CNN's White House correspondent, "writes his [questions for the... More

Ask The President…about Student Loan Forgiveness

I wrote last week about the launch of Ask The President, a new initiative aimed at injecting the people's perspective... More

Dow Low, Sugar High

Last week, the New York Times reported that "Whoopie Pies Are Having Their Moment," that the "cake-like sandwiches" have "finally... More

Stop, Fief!

A long-term lease on a made-up word

Let us travel back to those thrilling days of feudalism, when lords were lords and everyone else paid high taxes... More

Klein: “Get Pissed At… Media Culture”

At Time's Swampland blog, Joe Klein offers some media criticism (er, "media culture" criticism): A certain newsmagazine--hint: not this one--has... More

Peer Presser

What’s the point of all these presidential press conferences?

If you tune in to MSNBC today, you might see a black-and-white ticker occasionally pop up in the corner of... More

Tonight: Will Obama Sell The Bank Plan? Make Gaffes? Get Ratings?

"Some in Washington [are] wondering whether the president is becoming overexposed," writes the New York Times's Peter Baker (emphasis mine)... More

Tough-Talking BofA Analyst Yesterday, Gone Today

Wow. I thought it was stunning when I read a short Bloomberg story just yesterday about a Bank of America... More

Morning Blago

Tomorrow morning, from 7 to 9am, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be guest-hosting "The Don Wade & Roma Morning... More

Forget Michelle’s Arms

Yesterday on Fresh Air, Queen of the Question Terry Gross broke new ground in the bawdy body part banter when... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Goldberger, Cohen, Greenwald, Wolff, and more

Winner: Paul Goldberger, for a beautiful meditation in The New Yorker on the baseball stadiums just completed for the New... More

Bloomberg: The Real AIG Bonus Scandal

Bloomberg News has a great story today on how the government's AIG bailout not only preserved those infamous $165 million... More

Above the Fold: The Torture Report

Mark Danner rakes Guantánamo’s muck

When the history of this era is written more honor will be attached to Mark Danner than to most other... More

Unchaining the Monitor

How an early Web-first strategy worked out

BOSTON, 2014—In October 2008, The Christian Science Monitor announced it was shifting to a “Web-first, multiplatform strategy.” The bulk of... More

On Nieman, On Narrative

Notes from the Nieman Narrative Conference 2009

Even its logo was a narrative. This weekend's Nieman conference (full name: "Telling True Stories in Turbulent Times: Nieman... More

Speedy Kills

A new Journal edict to employees will hurt the paper

Back in the summer of 2007, when the world was a cartoon version of today and Dow Jones & Co.... More

The Core Question: What’s This Junk Really Worth?

Now that the details of Obama’s bad-assets are coming out, the back and forth begins. So far, Mr. Market likes... More

Word Association

If I told you that the word "flaccid" appeared yesterday on the New York Times op-ed page under one of... More

Massachusetts Health Reform Archive

An archive of all entries in Trudy Lieberman’s series

Here are the links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts” series, in descending order. 03/03/10:... More

Another O’Reilly “Ambush”

"My O'Reilly Ambush," made The Daily Show, your "O'Reilly Ambush..." has its own Facebook page... More

Catastrophe in Context

Coverage of Copenhagen climate summit offers a teaching moment

Climate scientists gathered for a major summit in Copenhagen a bit more than a week ago, but you might not... More

NYT on Spontaneous Story Combustion

I'm going to paraphrase my keen colleague, Brent: In the New York Times "Week in Review" there was an article... More

ABC Scoop: JPMorgan Still in the Gilded Bubble

Good reporting here by ABC News's I-team, led by Brian Ross, on multiple-time public-money recipient JPMorgan Chase's over-the-top plans for... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part I

Critical analysis begins to trickle in

Three years ago the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

WSJ’s Good Nuts-and-Bolts Reporting

The Journal, slogging through disclosure filings, writes today that AIG lobbied Congress nearly twice as much on taxes as it... More

Getting To Know Douthat

New York magazine has a one-page backgrounder on the New York Times's newest op-ed page hire, Ross Douthat (part bio,... More

Hoyt: Still Too Many Anonymous Sources in NYT

Public Editor Clark Hoyt in yesterday's New York Times: With my assistant, Michael McElroy, I took another look at the... More

NYT lets NBC’s Zucker Spin Away

I'd like to tweak the Times a bit for letting NBC/CNBC spin (read: lie) on Stewart vs. Cramer without calling... More

So Cool

How an economic weather map changed the climate

Washington , D.C., 2014—The economic weather map, which started out as a gimmick, changed everything. It showed us how the... More

Page Views Archive

A complete archive of CJR’s Page Views articles

This is a list of every Page Views piece, presented in reverse chronological order. August 2012 08/23/12: Review: Dennis Drabelle's... More

Twittering Nieman

I'm at the Nieman conference (full name: Telling True Stores in Turbulent Times: 2009 Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism) this... More

The New Niche

How tax incentives and technology came to the rescue

Washington, D.C., 2014—By 2009, we were at an impasse. The news business—newspapers in particular—was collapsing, and there was no obvious... More

Nature’s Artificial Divide

The best hope for science journalism is a marriage of new and old media

The illustration is excellent. As Charlie Petit described it: “a crumbling monument topped by a stack of ossified newspapers, overwhelmed... More

The Week that Was: In Which We Said Goodnight, and Good Luck

The week in new media

SXSW Interactive: innovative and instructive, or annoyingly self-indulgent? Either way, maybe newspapers (yes, newspapers!) can learn something from the festival.... More

Greatest Achievements in Journalism

Today's StoryCorps segment featured former The Miami News managing editor Ed Pierce. Pierce recalls what he considers his greatest achievement... More

Journal: Credit Raters In Line for “Windfall”

The Journal has a smart story on page one today making the good point that the TALF program will result... More

Ratings Game

Perhaps my favorite part of reading reviews of horror movies I’ll never see is the critics’ explanation of how a... More

Have Words. Will Choose.

Put on your Friday meditative hats; music criticism could be headed in a Zen direction. Ben Sisario, writing for the... More

In the Foothills of Change

Foreign coverage seems doomed, but it’s only just begun

Some months ago, while exploring files in the nearly empty, ink-blackened basement of the old New York Times building on... More

Day To-day

Today marks the last day for NPR's "Day to Day," the L.A.-area daily news magazine hosted by Madeleine Brand. Kevin... More

Families in Crisis

The New York Times's Judith Warner (whom I would also nominate for a bigger presence on the Times op-ed page),... More

Comedy of Errors

Comedians and the corrections beat

Jay Leno has made amusing, mistaken, and otherwise notable newspaper headlines a staple of his show. Recently, his rivals got... More

Aisle Love You Forever

They say shopping carts (and contents therein) are the way into a reader's soul. (Don't they?) Well, the New York... More

NYT on the Staggering Manufacturing Economy

The Times this morning has an ominous look at the state of manufacturing worldwide. It uses a 129-year-old German plant... More

No Profit, No Problem

How a new city daily (on newsprint!) rolled

San Francisco, 2014—With the collapse of the business model undergirding the tradition of muckraking journalism—and the double-digit profit margins it... More

Bloomberg’s Naked-Short Story Shows Stretch Marks

If you want to get a controversy going on Web business sites, bring up naked shorting. So what will happen... More

Rise of the Reader

How books got wings

New York, 2014—Back in 2009, the headlines about book sales and the future of the publishing industry looked about as... More

NPR Shows Why Newspapers Should Charge Online

NPR on why it's canceling $100,000-a-year worth of newspaper subscriptions: NPR is strongly committed to the highest quality of journalism... More

Audit On the Air

Audit editor Dean Starkman went on KCRW's To the Point show yesterday to talk about AIG. Also appearing: Audit favorite... More

FOIA’s Hidden Exemptions

A new bill tries to bring them into the sunshine

The idea behind the Freedom of Information Act is simple: file a request for a document with the government, and... More

New FOIA Guidance Forseen

Today, the Holder Justice department is expected to release new guidance on how the Freedom of Information Law should be... More

Presidential Press Conference, Pro-Am Edition

An idea whose time has come...came this morning. A coalition of journalistic outlets-- among them The Nation, The Washington Times,... More

Gender Gap Gone?

Women reign at 2009 Goldsmith investigative reporting awards

CAMBRIDGE, MA. When the team of Washington Post investigative reporters gathered in their editor’s office to put the finishing touches... More

CNBC’s Kudlow: On-Air Lawbreaker?

Larry "Goldilocks" Kudlow just set a dollar bill on fire live on CNBC. I guess he's trying to compete for... More

Convergence at CUNY

"At CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism," Jeff Jarvis writes, "we just told the students that they no longer need to... More

Grassley to Limbaugh: Keep Distorting Health Reform

Iowa senator “encourages” conservative commentators

Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and others recently launched a smear campaign against a provision in the stimulus bill designed to... More

Twitter Is The New Beatles

"Twitter-Mania Sweeps The Nation," reported NBC News's Jamie Gangel on this morning's Today Show, during which Gangel dropped all the... More

Profiles of Power

New sites seek to map the mighty

If the collapse of the global financial system has taught us anything, it's that Main Street deserves a great deal... More

Flawed Reporting On “PCP, Klansmen, Child Molesters and Terrorists”

Jack Shafer pokes holes in a recent Washington Post piece about "'scary drug'" PCP "mak[ing] a comeback," concluding: The press... More

Michelle Under The Microscope

One thing I think we need more of (fingers crossed) is reporters analyzing What Michelle Obama Is Wearing And What... More

Newsweek’s Irresponsible AIG Story

It's easier to slip a weak story past your editors when the subject is leading the news, it's almost universally... More

Mad Men

Post doesn’t parse the practical political consequences of public anger

Everybody’s angry over the AIG bonus scandal. You’re angry, I’m angry, Congress is angry. Inuit fishermen who have no contact... More

On My Way to Glenn Beck’s Doom Bunker

I've feared that for a year now that doing the Twitter thing would be the tipping point for me—one that... More

Laurel to The Philadelphia Inquirer

For parsing preexisting conditions

A couple of decades ago, journalists at every paper and TV station, following the lead of The Wall Street Journal,... More

Short-Shrifting Seattle

Regional reporting will suffer as the P-I moves online

Twelve years ago, I left the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and went from doing journalism to teaching it. I’ve thus had the... More

The Times Tweaks the Sage of Omaha

If there's a golden calf in capitalism—and by extension, its press—it's Warren Buffett. Hey, if you're going to have one,... More

Riding Herd

Dana Milbank reports that moments ago in the halls of the Rayburn House Office Building a scrum of reporters mistook... More

Gibson: Sports Journalism “So Difficult”

From the (New York) Daily News: ABC's World News anchor Charles Gibson at one point considered being a sports reporter.... More

mine Can Be Yours (For Free)

Per the AP, Time Inc.: is experimenting with a customized magazine that combines reader-selected sections from eight publications [Time, Sports... More

MySpace Odyssey

The rise of a social-networking leviathan—and its uncertain future

With its eye-popping graphics and teen-friendly vibe, MySpace was hardly the first site to capitalize on the Web's potential for... More

Table for Two?

Taking a look at the remaining two-paper towns

On Tuesday morning, Seattle became a one-newspaper town, as the 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer printed its last edition and became a... More

Journal Keeps the Heat on Exec Pay

The WSJ provides a nice guided tour of executive pay in 2008, stopping along the way to point out CEO's... More

On Bedstands At NYT’s Baghdad Bureau

For anyone who ever wondered what New York Times war correspondents read in their spare time, Rod Nordland at the... More

Proofreader to the Rescue

Proofreaders and copy editors may be the unsung heroes of a newsroom, but today one ink-stained wretch is getting his... More

Leonhardt vs. Sorkin: Outside the Bubble

Yesterday, the NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote a dog of a column arguing that AIG should get to keep its... More

Obama on Stem Cells

Journalists debate the new mix of science, politics, and ideology

President Obama's decision to allow federally funded scientists to work with hundreds of new embryonic stem cell lines continued to... More

Which Magazines Deserve[d] To Die?

"Badly motivated" magazines are dying off, Gabriel Sherman writes, meaning publications created to capture a sudden and temporary flurry of... More

Two Tents

How Politico might work out. Or not.

ARLINGTON, VA, 2014—The quirky assignment handed down by CJR’s editors—to imagine the future as though observing the past—brings to mind... More

WSJ’s Berman Calls Out the LBO’s

A tip of the hat to the Journal's Dennis Berman for his column today on the private-equity industry. Remember them?... More

McCain/Stephanopoulos: The Twitterview

The limits of character limits

Earlier this afternoon, George Stephanopoulos and John McCain conducted an interview via Twitter. (Okay, fine: they conducted a Twitterview.) Some... More

Fallows’s Advice For “Young Interviewers”

"Interviewing Tips" from James Fallows: The "let the silence stretch out" approach...can be a surprisingly valuable interviewing technique. The truth... More

A Tale of Two Papers

P-I offers reporting, San Francisco Chronicle offers flackery

The starkly different ways in which two Hearst properties—the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the San Francisco Chronicle—have been informing readers of... More

Isn’t She “Pretty” In Her “Big-And-Tall-Gal Wear?”

New York magazine invited sixteen writers to, in a series of 350-ish-word pieces, ponder "the many meanings of a new... More

Waif Goodbye

How various dictionaries define the word “waif”

Let’s say you find a “waif” on the street and take it home. Should you call an orphanage, an animal... More

Times Op-Ed Columnist Fantasy Draft

How would you remake The New York Times op-ed page?

The hiring of Ross Douthat to the Times editorial page inspired us to contemplate how the Gray Lady might further... More

A Campaign Promise Kept

When I was working on my profile of Carl Malamud, the transparency advocate who is running an unconventional campaign to... More

Two Dowds (And an O’Dowd) Walk Into a Bar

Niall O'Dowd of Irish News spent "a few hours in the back of a midtown Manhattan restaurant with Maureen [Dowd]... More

Time: CNBC Is Us (on Steroids)

My colleague Liz Cox Barrett points to a really good piece by James Poniewozik in Time on the meaning of... More

Primary (Open) Sources

When it comes to The Future of News, the challenge isn't just finding models that will sustain good journalism...but finding... More

And…It Wasn’t “Greta Cameras”

Last week, when news broke that Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston had called off their engagement, the National Review's Kathryn... More

Sorkin: Contracts Sacrosanct, Except When They’re Not

An astute reader writes to point out that the NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin wasn't all for the sacrosanctity of contracts... More

To the P-I, on Its First Day

Advice for Michelle Nicolosi from fellow online-only editors

While today marks the death of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, it also marks the birth of the seattlepi.com as a standalone,... More

Fox & Friends On The Rhetoric Beat?

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, sat for an interview recently with Der Speigel Online. The following exchange in that... More

Sleepless in Seattle

Seattle Post-Intelligencer staffers on the demise of their newspaper

After learning that the 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer would cease operations today, we invited the paper’s staffers to share some thoughts... More

Sorkin and the Straw Man

A big thumbs down to the Times's Andrew Ross Sorkin for his poorly reasoned column this morning on why we... More

Farewell From “A Gut-Punched Newsroom”

David McCumber, the managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, says so long and thanks in the paper's final print issue... More

Good Morning, Good Morning, to You…

At the TVNewser summit last week--a conference, broadly, exploring the future of TV news--one of the recurrent themes was the... More

Supporting a Friend of Journalists Abroad

Leading human rights attorney Beatrice Mtetwa is possibly facing arrest in Zimbabwe this week as a “baseless criminal investigation” by... More

Time For One More Cramer/Stewart Analysis?

On Friday, my colleague Ryan wrote up what was wrong with the insta-coverage of Cramer v. Stewart (Last Thursday Night's... More

The Political Capital of “Public Anger”

Rhetorical cliffhangers at The New York Times

An article in The New York Times today takes a look at the “populist backlash” that is threatening to explode... More

“What Does That Mean, ‘Outrages Upon Human Dignity’?”

Mark Danner, at The New York Review Of Books, finds answers (to the question in the above headline, posed by... More

And…More on the P-I: From Its New Executive Producer

So looks like Michelle Nicolosi, seattlepi.com's new executive producer, is optimistic about the challenges-slash-opportunities afforded by the P-I's overnight slimdown.... More

More on the P-I: Publisher’s Parting Words

The transcript of remarks from Seattle Post-Intelligencer editor and publisher Roger Oglesby, delivered to the P-I newsroom Monday morning: Tonight... More

“Mean Street,” Indeed

We've been talking a lot about the bubble lately. Not that bubble: This bubble: So, I couldn't let this go... More

P-I to Go Online-Only…Tomorrow

That the news was expected makes it no less striking. Tomorrow morning's print paper will be the last one in... More

The Dirtiest, Filthiest, Most Offensive Pun You’ll Never Read!

The sad saga of the Times’s “grass-mud horse”

The effects of the practice commonly referred to as water torture—even more commonly, Chinese water torture—are psychological rather than physical,... More

Mocking A1…In Styles

How do you know it might be time to revisit your Official Standards For Front-Page Story Placement? When readers complain... More

Seattle P-I Globe Speaks

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's rooftop mascot pleads his case in an opinion column. (Can we all try to keep our cringing... More

Starkman on The NewsHour

Audit chieftain Dean Starkman made an appearance on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on Friday to discuss the performance of... More

“Keeping Abreast of Internet Chatter Not The Same As Bearing Witness”

The Internet (and, of course, Twitter) is changing (ruining? improving?) foreign reporting, observes Anand Giridharadas in the New York Times... More

State of the News Media: The Quiz

PEJ tests the plus ça change approach to news

So the Project for Excellence in Journalism has released its annual State of the News Media report. This year's version,... More

The Press Wins One on AIG

After six months, we finally know who got backdoor bailouts from the AIG rescue, and how much they got—$105 billion,... More

Cramer v. Stewart Coverage Largely Misses

The show capped a signal moment in the crisis

There's not much to say about Cramer v. Stewart that hasn't already been said elsewhere. It seems everyone, everywhere is... More

The Week That Was: In Which Our Limbo Continued

Seattle stayed in its holding pattern. The Berkman Center introduced the News Cloud tool. Media critics, professional and amateur alike:... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Jon Stewart, Nathaniel Frank, David Gates and more

The Biggest Winner: Let’s be clear: Jon Stewart is the best interviewer on television, because he is the toughest, the... More

McCain and Stephanopoulos: The Twitterview! (No, Seriously!)

John McCain, noted Netophobe, will be joining George Stephanopoulos for an interview this Tuesday. Actually, more precisely, he'll be joining... More

Everything Old Is New Again

When (extremely) old errors come back to haunt a paper

During The New York Times’s 4 p.m. news meeting on Tuesday, a gathering that draws top editors from the paper,... More

News Judgment

"JON STEWART EVISCERATES JIM CRAMER AND CNBC" is the banner headline currently leading The Huffington Post's homepage. Now: the interview... More

The Chas Freeman Frenzy

The New York Times sits out a contentious foreign policy story

Over the past few weeks, the American foreign policy community worked itself into something resembling a frenzy over the appointment... More

Gallup: Many Americans Think Media Exaggerate Global Warming

Latest poll also finds waning concern about climate change

On Wednesday, the Gallup polling organization released its annual survey of environmental issues. Among the key findings: Although a majority... More

ProPublica Blogs the Stimulus

I really like this idea from the non-profit investigative-journalism folks at ProPublica: Bird-dog the hundreds of billions of dollars in... More

Carl Malamud, Public Printer

An open source Presidential appointment campaign

It was 1991, in the early days of the Internet. Carl Malamud was thirty-two years old, and deeply embedded in... More

Stewart v Cramer: The “Potentially Important” Interview!

In an interview yesterday with Stewart (Martha), Jim Cramer, discussing his upcoming interview with Stewart (Jon)--aka, per a cover story... More

The Thirty-Three

The lede from Pew's latest report about American news consumption habits: As many newspapers struggle to stay economically viable, fewer... More

Bloomberg’s Weil Blows Up Moody’s

Jonathan Weil has a must-read column over at Bloomberg on Moody's, the credit-ratings giant that is one of the biggest... More

No Joking Matter

Hope amidst anxiety was the dominant emotion at today's Enlarging the Space for Watchdog Journalism conference at Columbia. Speaking on... More

Baby Elephants

What’s with all these really young GOP pundits?

On February 27, 2009, attendees at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference were addressed by Jonathan Krohn,... More

Time Offers Half a Loaf

Great health care story—but then what?

Reading Karen Tumulty’s compelling narrative about her brother’s illness and misadventures in the U.S. health care system in this week’s... More

Live From the Madoff Trial: A Gas Run

The Journal has a mega-blowout headline on its Web site on the Madoff guilty plea. But when I clicked the... More

The Break-Up Will Be Televised?

So. Bristol Palin and her fiance, Levi Johnston -- parents of infant Tripp -- have, reportedly, broken up. News which... More

Three Years For Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journalist

Thirty-year-old Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi television reporter who threw his shoes at President Bush back in December, has been sentenced... More

Black Helicopters Spotted at WSJ Sister Network

Glenn Beck and Fox go way, way off the deep end

The economic crisis has most of us worried about a lot of things. How will I retire? How will I... More

Carney, (R)evolved

Jay Carney used to think, as he said last year on MSNBC, that Joe Biden is "incredibly prone to say... More

Is This “Healthful?”

Yesterday, the New York Times Dining section ran a piece headlined, "Michelle Obama's Agenda Includes Healthful Eating." Which reminded me... More

Busting the Boiler Rooms: It’s About Time

The New York Times reports today that officials are gearing up for a flood of prosecutions against the mortgage fraud... More

How About a Light-Hearted Banking Story?

This comes from my home-state paper, The Daily Oklahoman. This is the lede: If you’d like to earn 5.25 percent... More

Ménage à Green Blogs

Three new science and environment blogs get experimental

News outlets across the country are cutting staff, sections, and print editions, but science and environment blogs continue to multiply,... More

Pork Nation

The political media’s frenzy over earmarks sort of misses the point

The recent debate over earmarks in the spending bill signed today by Barack Obama has politicians and the national media... More

FOIA Ombudsman gets $1 million

The budget President Obama just signed includes one million dollars for the new Office of Government Information Services, which will... More

Douthat To Fill Kristol’s NYT Op-Ed Slot

Word has it that the Atlantic's Ross Douthat will be picking up where Bill Kristol left off at the New... More

Meghan McCain Sees You “Sit[ting] Around,” WH Press Corps

On Hannity last night, Fox News's Sean Hannity aired "a little highlight reel" from Robert Gibbs' "first 50 days as... More

NYT Corrects Itself (102 Years, 11 Months On)

The New York Times published a correction today to an article from April 30, 1906. Apparently, an 84-year-old watch repairman,... More

Wait Lifted

Do you wait for, on, or upon someone?

For hundreds of years, linguists, grammarians, and others have argued over what word should follow “wait,” as in “I am... More

Joan, The Teenage Socialist

Salon's Joan Walsh (who "used to be a socialist, I think") is "honestly ambivalent" about whether the New York Times's... More

Where Was The NYT on Freeman?

Greg Sargent at The Plum Line asks why big news organizations, particularly the New York Times "didn't touch" the "Chas... More

“Cramer vs. Not Cramer”

CNBC’s court jester faces off with Jon Stewart

So CNBC's Jim Cramer has agreed to sit down with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show on Thursday in what... More

First Lady On The Catwalk (Covered and Not)

The New Yorker this week http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=2009-03-16">places Michelle Obama on a runway (cover illustration by Floc'h) smilingly showcasing assorted sherbet-colored fashions.... More

Leonhardt on the Looters

Arguing that financiers’ government “put” caused the crisis

The New York Times's David Leonhardt has the must-read of the day today. He focuses an early 1990s research paper... More

Panel: The Future of Newspapers

Bloomberg's Norman Pearlstine and Hearst's Steven Swartz (with the New Yorker's James Carey) are currently at Columbia's J-School, speaking about--yes--the... More

Above the Fold: The Whole Truth About Torture

Is it “unfair” to single out Bush’s torture advisors for prosecution?

The story by Charlie Savage and Scott Shane on the front page of yesterday’s New York Times, about the “fallout... More

Fortune and the Christian Chicken Companies

I'd like to peck Fortune for a funny error in a story trying to be cute about chicken companies and... More

Socialism Disorder

What are some words that the press has trouble parsing?

On Friday, The New York Times conducted an exclusive, 35-minute interview with the president aboard Air Force One, and published... More

FT Excels on Complexity and Capitalism’s Future

The Financial Times is running a very good (so far) series it calls "The Future of Capitalism" this week. At... More

Credit The Airbrushers!

The New York Times has a video op-ed in which a filmmaker named Jesse Epstein makes a case (and, really,... More

The More We Twitter…

... the less we, probably, blog -- and comment directly on others' blogs, and, generally, muse in the blogosphere about... More

“Maybe Jon Stewart Can Tell Us What The Markets Are Going To Do”

Where to begin? So much to discuss about the discussion just after 7:30 this morning around the crowded Morning Joe... More

Journal with a Good Angle on the NYT Deal

The Journal's Heard on the Street column has a valuable look at The New York Times Company's financial straits today.... More

Housing Columnist Hasn’t Learned from the Bubble

Can you spot the problem here? ...would you sell the rights to future appreciation to an investor who also is... More

The Saddest Little Venn Diagram Ever

Late last month, Real Clear Politics published a package entitled "Top 10 Newspapers in Trouble," a list of the ten... More

Buckley’s Good News

"Tired of bad news," Christopher Buckley provides at The Daily Beast what the "universe will not:" "good news," in the... More

So, Are Ya?

NYT foregoes nuance and asks the president, “Are you a socialist?”

The Gray Lady could have asked the socialism question differently. On Friday afternoon, The New York Times conducted an exclusive... More

Working the AIG Beat

The Journal's good scoop this weekend on the AIG counterparties is somewhat furthered today by Fortune's Carol Loomis. And now... More

The Headline You’re Dealt

Maybe I was distracted by something in Howard Kurtz's piece about how the Obama administration is reaching out to "minority... More

Derivatives Echo Chamber

The business press largely parroted industry on a massive, prescient ‘94 GAO study

The Audit wants to know. What role did the press play in diffusing financial warnings in the years leading up... More

Still Fighting The Last Battle

The Weekly Standard's Matt Labash, who confesses that "early adoption isn't my thing," explains for the magazine's cover story why... More

Notes from Underground

Revisiting the Vietnam-era radical press

Storm clouds threaten downtown San Francisco tonight. The San Francisco Chronicle faces closure. Craigslist and its kind starve the local... More

The President Likes “The Feel Of A Newspaper”

"Are you a socialist?" may be the most-discussed of the questions the New York Times posed during its first formal... More

The Takeaway from the Health Care Summit

New euphemisms for the press to avoid

Tevi Troy, a visiting senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, writing on The Fox Forum, the news blog of Fox... More

NPR, Starkman on the Pre-Crisis Press Coverage

David Folkenflik of NPR looked this morning at how the media performed in the runup to the crisis, and The... More

Laughing Down the Prophets

I ran across this clip last week, and think it's a pretty eye-opening example of how bears and outliers are... More

Taxicab Confessions: Dowd & Brooks

Some days, one finds a screenplay or some Latin text beneath Maureen Dowd's byline on the New York Times op-ed... More

Bloomberg Looks at Merrill’s $34 Million Man

Bloomberg keeps the Andrea Orcel story alive with a nice piece today. Orcel is the Merrill Lynch banker who took... More

The Starr Retort

Remember the essay that Princeton professor, author, and sometime magazine contributor Paul Starr had in The New Republic a couple... More

Rick Astley, Meet William Strunk

Yowza. Consider yourselves Rick-rolled, grammar-style. More

The Week That Was: In Which We Carried on, Then Twittered about It

The week in new media

The Seattle P-I is making moves to become the next online-only. Possibly with only twenty-two employees. And as early as... More

WSJ Exposes Corruption at the FDA

The Journal on page one today shines a bright light on some shady doings at the FDA, finding that Democratic... More

Technology as Politics

The teleprompter debate resurfaces

Last September, the media were aflutter with discussion of then-candidate Obama’s possible over-reliance on the teleprompter during various speaking engagements.... More

Baucus Watch, Part VI

The senator’s thoughts on financing health reform

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health-care reform; any health-care legislation must... More

The President and the Gray Lady: Reunited (and It Feels So Good…)

Looks like the long, awkward freeze-out is over. The New York Times will finally get its interview with the president.... More

Columbia Presents 2008 Oakes Award

Journal-Sentinel, AP honored for exposing lax oversight of chemical exposure

Writing about environmental toxicology—the ambient chemical exposure of our daily lives—has it all: public health threats, a nascent body of... More

Cornell Pest: The Andy Bernard Keith Olbermann Edition

Given that the economy's in shambles and we're engaged in two wars, this seems like a good way to make... More

“We Are the Birds Coming Here to Get Our Food”

The Daily Show pays a visit to the White House press corps and gets some good TV from CBS's Chip... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part VI

Single-payer advocates are almost left off the invite list

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Under Gawker’s Umbrella (ella, ella…)

Looks like Gawker's self-consolidation is paying off. (So far.) Nick Denton recently folded Defamer and Valleywag--Hollywood and Silicon Valley gossip... More

Sources of Error

When a source’s story seems too good to be true

He spoke with a polished English accent, once shared a crème brûlée torte with Hillary Clinton, and spent part of... More

It’s Obama’s Bear Market, Says Bloomberg

We've seen a meme spreading like a fungus in the press, mostly on the editorial/analysis/commentator side so far, blaming Barack... More

The Short, Happy Life of a Twitter Link

Ever wondered how much traffic a link on Twitter garners? Fuel Interactive, based on data from BitLy, the URL shortener,... More

The American Meme, Pork Products Edition

So. Remember the Bacon Explosion™? The postmodern pork product involving bacon-wrapped sausage and bacon bits--the loglike monstrosity that, depending on... More

“Want Ads, Indeed”

So Craigslist is getting sued. Specifically, for being "the largest source of prostitution in the United States." Yep. "Craigslist has... More

Reid Hoffman: Everyone’s an Entrepreneur

Reid Hoffman, Demi-Deity of Web Entrepreneurs (he founded LinkedIn, was an executive at PayPal, directs Mozilla, Vendio, and other organizations,... More

Transparency for AIG Gets a Boost

Lawmakers are finally getting seriously ticked off at the Federal Reserve for concealing who is really benefiting from the bailout... More

Washington Post Pools Its Resources

Paper to create new science, health, and environment team

In the latest of many recent changes at The Washington Post, the management has announced a new plan to coordinate... More

Remains of the Day

-- A couple of professors in an NYT op-ed make a convincing case that the Obama/Geithner housing bailout is doomed... More

Journal Writes, Journal Gets Results

It was just yesterday that we saw the WSJ's impressive effort tracking down the bonus babies at Merrill Lynch, who... More

ProPublica Goes Pro-Am

Amanda Michel joins the investigative outlet as its new editor of distributed reporting

Big news today: ProPublica is delving into the world of pro-am journalism. Amanda Michel, who formerly directed OffTheBus, The Huffington... More

Clarification on the White House’s CIO appointment

This morning The White House announced that Vivek Kundra will become, as the press release’s opening line put it, “the... More

Explaining COBRA

Let’s have some straight talk from the media

The ways in which laid-off workers will be helped under the stimulus bill’s COBRA provisions continue to be of great... More

Immature and Irresistible

Please stop covering Rush Limbaugh. Seriously.

Dear Everyone, Knock it off. Yes, after weeks of tomfoolery, Rush Limbaugh challenged President Obama to a debate. And it’s... More

Shafer Praises the NYT’s “Anti-Kristof”

At Slate, Jack Shafer writes "In Praise of Jeffrey Gettleman," the East African bureau chief for the New York Times.... More

The Daily Show Eviscerates Santelli and CNBC

Criticism of both lands bruising blows

In the annals of business-press criticism, we are humbled to have to admit that there may have never been anything... More

Craigslist = Straw Man

Tracking advertising revenue in the digital age

Data gathered by the Newspaper Association of America show a savage decline in newspaper ad revenue in the third... More

Gray Day (No, Not The Economy!)

Looks like Zariff, President Obama's barber, had a recent press avail to address the urgent matter of All The President's... More

Bloomberg Finds Conflicts of Interest in Debtland

Bloomberg News is excellent this morning looking at yet another problem caused by the giant, unregulated credit-default swaps market. First... More

Get Off the Bus

The future of pro-am journalism

Standing before a fawning crowd at a private fundraiser in San Francisco last April, Senator Barack Obama’s usually finely calibrated... More

Vivian Schiller on NPR’s Path Forward

Vivian Schiller, NPR's CEO, talked with CyberJournalist.net earlier this week, discussing everything from endowments to potential radio/newspaper partnerships to APIs... More

False Balance in the Times

This unfortunate lede mars an otherwise solid story in the NYT today on how former Countrywide executives are now snatching... More

One Shot

A Q & A with Iranian photographer Jamshid Bayrami

In 1999, an Iranian college student and an Iranian news photographer crossed paths briefly but momentously in Tehran during... More

Suffering in Silence

Ground Zero’s other victims

Even now, more than seven years later, images of that day remain frightfully raw, in large measure because a legion... More

About That 120 Day Deadline

Internal e-mail raises doubts on Obama’s Open Government Directive

There’s been a spate of attention paid this week to the Chief Technology Officer, a yet-to-be-filled federal position that Barack... More

Are All (Crushes On) First Ladies Alike?

As Megan just noted, CNN's Jack Cafferty has written a column confessing to being "smitten" with Michelle Obama. I can't... More

Globe Kills Health/Science Section, Keeps Staff

After twenty-five-year run, content will be moved to lifestyle, business sections

It is the end of an era that began more than twenty-five years ago, when test-tube babies and compact discs... More

A War on “Class Warfare”

The press sees red(s); history be damned!

There’s no denying that President Barack Obama’s proposed 2010 budget represents a major new policy agenda, and that it charts... More

NYT Charts the Recession

I really like this David Leonhardt column in the Times on who and where the recession is impacting most. It's... More

It Is the East Room, and Michelle-O Is the Sun

So someone has a crush on the First Lady. Like, a big one. And--hold onto your worldview, folks--that someone is...Jack... More

Movie Star! (Misery)

"Matt Damon Moved by Plight of Zimbabwean Refugees," the AP reports today (proving once again that a humanitarian crisis in... More

CJR Audio: Ruth Reichl on the Life Epicurean

The editor of Gourmet speaks about reinventing a beloved publication

What's a typical day for Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl? She saw a falcon eating a pigeon on a ledge across... More

Happy Grammar Day!

It’s a big week for geeks. Yesterday, the IT guy just told me, was square root day. On 3/3/09, the... More

Suck-Ups, Hook-Ups

In a piece titled "How media sucks up to White House," Politico's Michael Calderone writes about the recent flurry of... More

On The Shoulders of a “Has-Been*”

In an TVNewser http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/generalities/male_to_the_chief_where_are_tvs_women_chief_white_house_correspondents_109869.asp">article pointing out that currently "all the major TV nets and cablers - ABC, CBS, NBC/MSNBC, CNN,... More

TARP Carp Is Hardly Convincing

Daniel Gross over at Slate calls out the banks whining that the TARP billions they took are tying them down.... More

Fox & Friends Spreads Herpes-Beer Pong Hoax

Perhaps you watched your friends at Fox & Friends a few weeks ago playing beer pong above the chyron: "Practice... More

Taming the Bear

Did Ronald Reagan defeat the Soviets—or did Forrest Gump?

The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War By James Mann | Viking |... More

The Journal Outside the Bubble

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story this morning exposing Merrill Lynch's top earners of 2008. It's another... More

The Sarcastic Times

For Rachel Maddow and the other ironic anchors, absurdity is serious stuff

On a Wednesday night in December, Rachel Maddow, in a toreador-style black jacket, waits for her show to start. She... More

Above the Fold: Remembering John Leonard

Literary lions celebrate the legendary critic

Family members, former colleagues, important writers, and intimate friends gathered yesterday to praise the critic John Leonard for his “love... More

Dutch Treat

The Netherlands’s newspaper economic crisis

After a cry for help from the print media, the Dutch government has established an €8 million ($10.2 million) fund... More

Good Morning, Postville!

An unlikely thorn in Agriprocessors’ side

As a new work week began in Postville, Iowa, last November, Jeff Abbas, with his bushy gray beard and ample... More

Stewart and the Twits

The Daily Show takes on Twitter. Hilarity ensues. .cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url('http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png') !important;}.cc_links a{color:#b9b9b9;text-decoration:none;}.cc_show a{color:#707070;text-decoration:none;}.cc_title a{color:#868686;text-decoration:none;}.cc_links a:hover{color:#67bee2;text-decoration:underline;}The Daily Show With Jon... More

“Politico Is Reporting…”

Did I hear that phrase once or twice during today's White House press briefing? (Maybe, "Would a White House reporter... More

ABC News’s “Idiot[ic,]” “Train Wreck” of a Story

Read the ABC News article that Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum calls a "train wreck" (and the author of which... More

Wanted: More Skepticism at The New York Times

When the word “nonprofit” has a deeper meaning

On Saturday, The New York Times’s new consumer feature, “Patient Money,” which discusses pocketbook issues relating to health care, tackled... More

Does Size Matter?

Does it take a big institution to stand up to big institutions?

In late 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle broke news implicating legendary left fielder Barry Bonds in a doping scandal. The... More

To Tweet or Not To Tweet

Joe Klein, over at Time's Swampland blog, confesses to being "existentially stressed." Because of Twitter. Because, Klein writes, "I'm not... More

Columbia Journalism Review Launches Chinese-Language Edition in China

New publication brings CJR’s analysis of U.S. media to critical foreign audience

New York, NY (March 3, 2009) — The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) has launched a Chinese-language edition published and distributed... More

Fortune’s Most Admired Banks

1. Bank of America. Because you've got to admire a company that apparently makes it through the crisis only to... More

That Feel

A Twitter enthusiast’s lingering love affair with the endangered daily paper

One of the best—and worst—things about returning from a long trip is the towering stack of newspapers that awaits me.... More

Should Journalists Name “Zombie Banks?”

An interesting exchange on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning between Joe Scarborough, the Financial Times's Chrystia Freeland and The New... More

You Want Me To What?

Referee factual disputes? Ask questions and weigh evidence and try to determine whether the allegations are true or not? Why... More

The Rocky’s Grave Site

Ever wondered what a newspaper graveyard looks like? Well, on the Web, this: a sleek, bleak homepage filled with odes,... More

Who Could Have Seen This Coming?

CNBC is now scrambling to undo the damage caused by Rick Santelli's outburst and NBC's aggressive promotion of the harangue.... More

AIG and the $19 Trillion

The Times's Andrew Ross Sorkin has an interesting column based on an AIG document he got hold of that spells... More

Mass Transit and the Stimulus

National media show mixed feelings, presenting an opportunity for local and regional follow-ups

As journalists and members of Congress continued to sift through the nearly 1000-page stimulus package last Tuesday night, President Obama... More

Roll the Dice

How one journalist gambled on the future of news

Nine months. We’d been at this project for nine months, beginning with a few sketches on a whiteboard about how... More

Buyer Beware

A history of redlining and racism in Chicago

Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black America | By Beryl Satter | Metropolitan Books | 512... More

Remembered

Paul Harvey, who died Saturday at age 90, had been delivering his "News and Comment" nationally for ABC Radio Networks... More

ProPublica Advances OTS Story

John Reich's tenure at The Office of Thrift Supervision was dismal. We've known that for a while. The Washington Post... More

Persuasive Convincing

On the vanishing distinctions between “persuade” and “convince”

Back when English grammar was rigorously taught in schools, certain rules were hammered into students’ heads: Never split an infinitive;... More

Tweeting Breakfast

Or, why I’m happy to know that David Gregory needs “a bagel b4 air”

Dear Alessandra Stanley: you've missed the point. This weekend, the Times's TV critic trained her focus and her TV Watch... More

Listening to Kilgore

In a new biography, the journalism pioneer has something to tell us; will we hear him?

Barney Kilgore, the inventor of the modern Wall Street Journal and, in important respects, the best of America journalism as... More

Link Again

An evergreen topic in the coverage of new media is the fuzzy line the link economy draws between fair use... More

The Times’s Incredibly Uninteresting Google Feature

I confess I just couldn't bring myself to read the jump of yesterday's 2,600 word New York Times piece on... More

WaPo: Where’s the CTO?

Back during the campaign, technophiles and transparency advocates were particularly excited by Barack Obama's pledge to appoint a Chief Technology... More

Adieu, Medicare Advantage?

Another insurer gets in trouble

A week or so ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ordered WellCare, the super-aggressive seller of Medicare... More

PayDream Believers

So Hearst is the latest news organization to steer itself toward a pay route: it announced late last week that... More

Above the Fold: The Best and Worst of Television

Kaiser on Kroft, Markopolos, Santelli, and more

It took me five minutes to know that it was a fraud. It took me another almost four hours of... More

Nocera Explains the AIG Scandal

Joe Nocera's column in the Saturday Times is an excellent explanation of how sick the business practices were at AIG... More

Picture Perfect?

In three new graphic histories, the facts get a visual boost

08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail | By Michael Crowley And Dan Goldman | Three Rivers Press |... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about Fred Friendly and America’s early newspapermen

Friendlyvision: Fred Friendly and the Rise and Fall of Television Journalism | By Ralph Engelman, Foreword by Morley Safer |... More

Luces in the Sky

Covering big pharma in the age of marketing

When Time magazine went culinary trend-spotting in July 1951, it bypassed usual suspects like new ice-cream flavors and found a... More

Darts and Laurels 

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Tennessean, and The Post and Courier for strong reporting on the coal-ash... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

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