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December 2010

Best of 2010: Clint Hendler

Hendler picks his top stories from 2010

No Handouts: The administration has denied independent photographers access to historic White House events that could easily be made public,... More

Best of 2010: Trudy Lieberman

Lieberman picks her top stories from 2010

Social Security in the Heartland series: All year the media ignored how “fixes” to Social Security pushed by political elites... More

Best of 2010: Greg Marx

Marx picks his top stories from 2010

Polar Opposites: Regular readers might remember that during my time at CJR, I was something of a nag about what... More

Best of 2010: Lauren Kirchner

Kirchner picks her top stories from 2010

This Headline May Be A Work of Art The New Museum’s exhibition “The Last Newspaper” featured collage, sculpture, and installations... More

Best of 2010: Felix Salmon

Highlights from CJR’s newest Peterson Fellow

Salvaging the FCIC: The primer offered by Republicans members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is essentially 5,400 words... More

Best of 2010: The Observatory

Curtis Brainard picks the top stories from 2010

1. “New” Media Crucial in Aftermath of Haitian Earthquake With standard telephone, radio, and television communications disabled, “new” media platforms... More

Prudential’s Death Benefits for Soldiers: Bloomberg Gets it (Mostly) Right

CJR’s Audit Arbiter finds no merit to many of an insurer’s beefs about the financial wire’s probe

The complaint came from Bob DeFillippo, chief communication officer for Prudential Financial, Inc., who fired it off the day... More

Best of 2010: Joel Meares

Meares picks his top stories from 2010

1) The Biggest Fish in Albany The best part of writing this profile of Liz Benjamin—Albany blogger, TV personality, reporter... More

The WikiLeaks Equation

Secrets, free speech, and the law

Call it the Year of WikiLeaks. From April 5, when the site posted a grainy video showing the death of... More

Best of 2010: Dean Starkman

CJR’s Kingsford Capital Fellow picks his top stories of the year

The Hamster Wheel. Why running as fast as we can is getting us nowhere. The Hamster Wheel isn’t speed; it’s... More

Best of 2010: Liz Cox Barrett

Barrett picks her top stories from 2010

Target Corp.'s "Perfect Storm." Target was but one of several Minnesota-based companies to spend corporate money on election 2010, as... More

Best of 2010: Ryan Chittum

Chittum picks his top stories from 2009 2010

Business Journalism on Prozac: A look at an issue of Fortune finds the magazine painting a picture of the corporate... More

Climate Change 101

Trio of articles re-cover some global warming basics

A little more than a year ago, there was a feeling among many editors and reporters that the climate-change story... More

Hawaii Four-Four

Digging deep on the president’s Christmas vacation

Pity the poor political writer who must spend his or her pre-holiday hours eking out a report on the President’s... More

Weil: Accountability for Accountants

As Caleb Newquist notes, most financial reporters cover the accountancy industry "once in a lunar eclipse on the winter solstice."... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Nick Quealy-Gainer

What Social Security means to real people

This is the ninth and final installment in a series of posts that discusses how possible changes in Social Security... More

CJR’s New Board of Overseers

A new group to help set strategy and locate resources

The Columbia Journalism Review, which will enter its fiftieth year in 2011, has formed a Board of Overseers to help... More

And The Winner Is

An argument for including TV news chyrons in CJR's The Lower Case feature ("headlines that editors probably wish they could... More

Reapportionment Wars

Outlets weigh in on the Census’s political implications

There goes the decade. That decennial phenomenon “reapportionment” is back in the news with the U.S. Census Bureau releasing the... More

Playing Around

Ian Bogost and colleagues address the advantages and challenges of newsgames

Newsgames: Journalism at Play | By Ian Bogost, Simon Ferrari, and Bobby Schweizer | The MIT Press | 208 pages,... More

Audit Notes: The Bloomberg Way, Conflicts in Congress, Apple and Wikileakspedia

One of the knocks on Bloomberg News is that the place is a bit, well, cultish. This quote doesn't help... More

FCC Passes Net Neutrality Policy (Sort Of)

And the press plays all the angles

The Federal Communications Commission voted three to two on Tuesday afternoon to approve a new set of rules governing the... More

More On Outside Interests Inside Sacramento

Mercury News updates “sponsored bills” investigation

The San Jose Mercury News's Karen de Sá has filed an update to her excellent series on "sponsored bills" in... More

The U.N. Climate Caravan

Author of report criticizing coverage of Copenhagen summit reflects on Cancun meeting

CANCÚN, MEXICO—There is no doubt that the United Nations climate-change negotiations here, which concluded just over a week ago, were... More

Assange’s Testy Q&A with the BBC

BBC 4 radio host John Humphrys this morning scored the first broadcast interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange since his... More

An Excellent WSJ Piece on Federal Regulators’ Inaction

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent follow to its scoop yesterday that New York is planning to sue Ernst... More

Pip Pip Cheerio, “Awful” Newspapers

Kevin Connolly, who has covered the USA for the BBC for the past three years, has written a Farewell, America... More

Social Security in Perspective, Part III

A conversation with William Greider

Proposals to change the Social Security system have taken shape, and could foreshadow long-lasting effects on the program. Many of... More

Audit Notes: Nocera on Wallison, The Corporate Court, Wall Street Pay

Joe Nocera weighed in Saturday on the ridiculous document released by the Republicans on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Here... More

The WSJ Gives a Madoff the Soft Touch

Access and a celebrity-journalism-style puff piece

This looks for all the world like a publicist-driven story in The Wall Street Journal story on how Andrew Madoff... More

Copy Cat

Marcus Boon turns the culture of copying on its head

In Praise of Copying | By Marcus Boon | Harvard University Press | 304 pages, $25.95 In the mythology section... More

A Grim Update on “The Grim Sleeper”

The search for victims continues with the help of the press

The Darts & Laurels feature in our November/December issue recognized the excellent work that L.A. Weekly staff writer Christine Pelisek... More

Ghosts of Christmas Past, Future, and a Parallel Universe

Weird and wacky weigh-ins on Obama’s job so far

As the surprisingly active lame duck session draws to a close and the president’s third year in office draws... More

Just One of Those Things

Choosing between singular and plural

Be the hit of your holiday party! Amaze your friends! Impress your family! Be one of those people who uses... More

Social Security Under Attack

What the press had to say

When the president signed the tax bill Friday, a year’s worth of efforts aimed at modifying Social Security came to... More

The Journal Digs Into Medtronic’s Payments to Surgeons

The WSJ puts a lot of time and effort into its leders—those long, exhaustively-reported front-page exclusives about topics which might... More

Audit Notes: Inequality in NYC, Reuters on Dumb Money, Ireland

Yves Smith, in a "Banana Republic Watch," points to a report (PDF) from the Fiscal Policy Institute that finds inequality... More

Covering the Republicans’ Crisis Commission Document

Bethany McLean shows why he said-she said reporting doesn’t cut it

The four Republicans on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission released their own report Wednesday on the causes of the financial... More

Regret the Error’s Year in Review

The top quotes and takeaways from a year’s worth of columns

Close to fifty columns later, 2010 is coming to an end for Regret the Error. I spent this week looking... More

Audit Notes: Deal Scoops; Gasparino on the Economy, Bloomberg Editorials

Deal journalism isn't our bag here, but this New York Observer story is worth noting all the same. It's interesting... More

WSJ Parrots Governor Christie on Jobs

But missing context undermines the governor’s—and the paper’s—story

The idea, I suppose, of The Wall Street Journal's Greater New York section was to bring a little Journal touch... More

What We Should Have Known All Along about Health Reform

Much handwringing about health care what-ifs

This week’s coverage of the Virginia court decision declaring health reform’s individual mandate unconstitutional was surprisingly thorough and contextual. What... More

A Boehner Column to Make You Cry

Evidence-free piece suggests Speaker an alcoholic

A pointy, oversized dart to Politics Daily columnist Matt Lewis’s head-scratchingly bad piece, “John Boehner's Crying: Is He Drinking Too... More

A Midsummer Donation Spike, With Context

Reports from recent campaign finance reports

There is much that can not be found in publicly available federal campaign finance reports: the identities of all the... More

When Regulators Shrink, Press Responsibilities Rise

Republicans signal intent to return to the status quo ante

The quasi re-regulation of finance is less than two years old, but it's already facing the rollback from leadership in... More

Salvage the Financial Crisis Commission With a Document Dump

Keith Hennessey, one of the four Republican commissioners on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, has helpfully provided a copy of... More

On Givhan

For some fifteen years, Robin Givhan has served as fashion critic for the Washington Post which, Stephen Colbert once observed,... More

Pearlstein Takes On Google’s Threat to Competition

The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein takes up the Google monopoly case today with an excellent column in The Washington Post.... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jim Dobbs

What Social Security means to real people

This is the eighth in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

Australian Press Unites For Assange

Letter to PM could prove persuasive

As his lawyer alleges a grand jury in Virginia is working up charges to file against him, Julian Assange has... More

The WSJ Is Needlessly Skeptical of GM’s Deleveraging

Sharon Terlep's story on GM trying to pay down its debt is a great indicator of how the leverage-is-good meme... More

Most of the Press Misses Foreclosure Scandal News (UPDATED)

Iowa's attorney general said yesterday that he will bring criminal charges over the foreclosure scandal. But most of the press... More

CJR’s New Board of Overseers

A new group to help set strategy and locate resources

The Columbia Journalism Review, which will enter its fiftieth year in 2011, has formed a Board of Overseers to help... More

Audit Notes: Fallows on Orszag, The Atlantic in the Black, Google

Obama cabinet official Peter Orszag took a spin through the revolving door and ended up in a million-dollar sinecure at... More

So You Want to be a Journalist

Poor guy, all he wants to do is work for The New York Times. (With thanks to "BrooklynLee" at xtranormal.) More

Columbia J-School Speaks Out Against WikiLeaks Prosecution

In a letter to President Obama and Attorney General Holder, nineteen twenty faculty members of the Columbia University Graduate School... More

Health Care Wrap-Up

What the papers are saying about the Virginia decision

Federal judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, Va., ruled yesterday that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most Americans obtain... More

“Uncertainty” Trotted Out in the Journal

Business code for “we may not get our way”

If there's one thing our titans of industry can't stand, it's uncertainty. We've seen that excuse trotted out over and... More

Holiday Reading List

Recommend a book for a journalist this season

This holiday season, there’s nothing better you can give your favorite overworked journalist than a good book, with a note... More

Fair Game Director Doug Liman Responds to Judith Miller

“She’s got it wrong.”

Editor’s note: Last Thursday, Judith Miller penned a column for The Wall Street Journal in which she accused the new... More

We Are Not Alone: News Startup Community-Building

Launch Pad: Portland, Oregon

CJR’s “Launch Pad” feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Past columns by... More

Audit Notes: Risky Business, Two Economies, Google and Monopoly

The New York Times is good to keep an eye on signs of a return of risky lending. Today it... More

Bloomberg Poll: Stick It to Wall Street

Bloomberg News got some stunning numbers polling Americans on whether big bonuses should be banned at Wall Street's bailout recipients,... More

Remember When No Meant No

The Bloomberg-denies-running story industry

We get it media: you want New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for president. We can’t blame you.... More

Show Him the Money!

Reporter Joydeep Gupta asks tough questions at the Cancún climate conference

CANCÚN, MEXICO—Joydeep Gupta wants to know where the money is, and he's going to keep asking everyone he can that... More

Are Online Attacks Civil Disobedience?

And other questions from the PDF symposium on WikiLeaks and Internet freedom

This past Saturday, Personal Democracy Forum hosted a symposium about Internet freedom issues raised by WikiLeaks. (Videos of the gathering... More

Unopen to Failure

Openness and transparency will help news sites survive

CAIRO—Isolation begets trouble. Myanmar and North Korea are isolated failures. Unvisited shut-ins die earlier than those with frequent human contact.... More

Spellbound

Different spellings, different words

Much has been written about the dangers of using spelling checkers without brain in gear. Spelling checkers won’t tell you... More

Google’s Search Dominance Comes In Handy for Its Other Businesses

The Wall Street Journal looks at a key competitive issue on the Web.

Google has a near-monopoly on search in the U.S. It uses that dominant position to boost its other businesses at... More

Other Views of Social Security

The MSM gives some equal time

Campaign Desk has been hard of late on some MSM outlets that have presented lopsided views of the Social Security... More

The NYT’s Story Takes On the Derivatives Cartel

Back in September, the Chicago Fed hosted a symposium on OTC derivatives clearing. (Bear with me, don't fall asleep just... More

BusinessWeek Takes Road Already Traveled For Larry Fink Profile

Paul Kedrosky loves playing around with word clouds, and generated this one from the new Bloomberg Businessweek profile of Larry... More

Audit Notes: Herald-Tribune Investigation, Drumbeat, Nothing for the 99ers

Down in Florida, State Farm has exited its coastal hurricane-insurance business, saying it couldn't afford it anymore. But thanks to... More

Beware the Twitter Echo Chamber

Pew study shows the limits of the Twitter-verse

The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report on Thursday, the result of their study of Twitter demographics.... More

Goldman Exec’s “Rough Language” on Manipulating the Market

Senator Carl Levin released emails yesterday showing a Goldman Sachs executive exhorting his traders to engineer a short-squeeze The Wall... More

NYT Finds a Mortgage-Mod Program That Works

David Bornstein has a great post about ESOP, an Ohio non-profit which acts as a middleman between homeowners and lenders,... More

Pakistani Newspapers Fake WikiLeaks “Scoops”

The Guardian reported on Thursday that four major newspapers in Pakistan were publishing stories highly critical of the Indian government,... More

RTE’s Error of the Year

And other highlights from the year in corrections, retractions, and apologia

It’s been a very stressful couple of weeks. Every year at this time, I publish the Year in Media Errors... More

Frank Luntz Rides Again

The wordsmith and the public option

Word came Thursday that, last year, Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon had directed his staff to avoid using... More

Jobless Benefits Extension Will Reduce Unemployment, Not Increase It

Contra a WSJ columnist, the stimulative impact outweighs any negatives

Last week, when I wrote my post on how to boost employment, the list started off unambiguously: The first—and this... More

Audit Notes: Don’t Buy Our Bonds!, Rail FAIL, Orszag to Citigroup

New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch went off the reservation in a speech today, Bloomberg reports. First, he criticizes state... More

Public Media: “More Local, More Inclusive, More Interactive”

The Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program jointly released a policy paper on Wednesday with recommendations... More

Global Post’s Anti-Hamster Wheel Scheme

A Q&A with executive editor Charles Sennott

Global Post, an international news service for an American audience, with seventy correspondents in fifty countries, is forming a nonprofit... More

A “Public Option” By Any Other Name…

Fox e-mails reveal top-down slant

‘Tis the season to be leaking. Media Matters is reporting today that it has acquired e-mails sent by Fox News... More

The Obama Administration’s Financial-Fraud Stunt Backfires

The press shows the feds’ numbers are phony and asks where the whales are.

Boy, the Obama administration's slapdash PR effort to show it's cracking down on financial fraud sure looks to be failing—and... More

Audit Notes: Where Are the Coppers?, Obama and FDR, WSJ

Is that the sound of a drumbeat coming out of Andrew Ross Sorkin's DealBook? Sorkin wrote a great piece yesterday... More

Comforting the Afflicted

From a New York Times piece today about "high-end junk-food purveyors that have popped up around Capitol Hill recently:" Very... More

The New York Times Demonizes the Bond Market

Did you know there's a fight to the death going on in Europe? The NYT covers it today, under the... More

MinnPost Wants to Create “the World’s Longest Byline”

How The Intelligencer blog does crowdsourcing, fifteen minutes at a time

ProPublica’s Recovery Tracker, a database of stimulus funds broken down by state and county, makes it easy for anyone with... More

The NYT Shows Why Cuomo’s After Rattner

Emails show ex-private-equity investor and car czar misled investigators early in the probe

The New York Times fronts an excellent story on the Steven Rattner scandal this morning. If you wondered why Andrew... More

Bogus Trend Nomination: Bai’s Murmurs

New York Times’s empty primary challenge story

Slate media critic Jack Shafer, among others, has made a game of spotting bogus trend stories in the press. Generally... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jude Love

What Social Security means to real people

This is the seventh in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

Assange in Australia

What his homeland press is saying

As WikiLeaks founder and frontman Julian Assange waits in custody, the press in his home country is going into WikiLeaks... More

Andrew Ross Sorkin: Fraud Triggered the Financial Crisis

A more important statement than you might think from the NYT’s Wall Street guy

There was a tough column in The New York Times yesterday on how the feds' are going after the minnows... More

Slate Takes on Amazon’s Unfair Advantage

The retailer manipulates nexus law to give customers tax breaks competitors can’t offer

Slate's Farhad Manjoo wrote last month about how online retailers like Amazon get a huge unfair advantage over their bricks... More

The Right Place for Scientific Debate?

Scientists snub media as controversy over arsenic-eating microbes rolls on

First there was the wild speculation about the discovery of extraterrestrial life. Then came widespread, sometimes misguided, coverage of the... More

Conservative Pundit Jennifer Rubin Joins the Mainstream Media

But is The Washington Post ready for her style of commentary?

Two weeks ago, The Washington Post announced that it had hired Jennifer Rubin, the prolific and pugnacious Commentary writer, to... More

The Sweet Smell of Failure (Or Success) At a News Startup

Launch pad: Portland, Oregon

CJR’s “Launch Pad” feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Past columns by... More

Hacks and Heroes

Who’s missing from Salon’s “biggest media hacks” list?

Salon published its “War Room Hack Thirty” the day before Thanksgiving. The list features Salon's “least favorite political commentators, newspaper... More

You, Too, Can Own a Piece of The Onion

“America’s Finest News Source” is now franchising out its printing biz

After twenty-two years, The Onion has decided to both get out of the print business and double down on print... More

The $100 hamster wheel

Back on October 1, the Fed put out a short, bland press release announcing "a delay in the issue date... More

Halperin’s Shaky Premises

Obama may need luck, but these claims need some backing

Anyone who’s read Game Change knows that Time’s Mark Halperin isn’t exactly averse to big assertions backed by little evidence... More

NYT, Jamie Dimon, and Too Big to Fail

Felix Salmon already dissected Roger Lowenstein's, as he called it, "credulous" New York Times Mag profile of press favorite Jamie... More

Can Rolling Stone Claim Blankenship’s Scalp?

Can Rolling Stone claim another scalp? Six months after ending the career of Stanley McChrystal, Rolling Stone published Jeff Goodell's... More

Michael Kinsley Takes Issue with an Audit Criticism

Michael Kinsley writes to say I missed the point of his column asking "Are we poorer than we used to... More

The Muzzling of the FDA

How government press officers stole our freedom

It is 1978. I have just been refused admission to a Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association section meeting that is to... More

“Publication isn’t necessarily a short hop to the full truth.”

Times Public Editor on Iran-North Korea missile story

Last week we noted FAIR and The Washington Post’s reporting on a New York Times WikiCables story suggesting Iran had... More

USA Today’s Mixed-Up Message

What exactly did the deficit commission do?

On Friday, USA Today reported that the president’s fiscal commission “approved a plan today to cut federal deficits by $3.9... More

Crain’s Calls Out the Bank of New York

With Peter Eavis having left the WSJ, who will join Jonathan Weil and David Reilly in taking on the job... More

Grainy Picture

‘Granularity’ and other business jargon

For a number of years, some attendees of jargon-heavy business meetings have played “Buzzword Bingo”: Someone prints out cards with... More

A Crayola Peach-Colored Speaker

The New Yorker’s Boehner profile

The New Yorker lands today with an 8,739-word look at Speaker-elect John Boehner and the challenges he faces in setting... More

Journalists Need to Do the Math

Numbers still make many watchdogs whimper

CAIRO—I tell my students that in addition to English they should learn two more languages: an in-demand foreign tongue, and... More

Coalition to Protect Workplace Lollygaggers

Need a Monday morning study break? Try out the Political Action Committee (PAC) Name Generator, created by the Sunlight Foundation... More

A Credulous NYT Piece on Dimon

I'm not a huge fan of Roger Lowenstein's NYT Magazine piece on Jamie Dimon, which comes complete with a positively... More

The Second-Day Fed Bailouts Coverage

From good to okay to non-existent

And just like that, the Federal Reserve bailout story disappears from the pages of The Wall Street Journal. There's not... More

Hear CJR on WNYC

CJR’s Clint Hendler was on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show Friday morning discussing the recent release of The Paterson E-Mails.... More

Times Does a Wiki Rewrite

Take two on the maligned missile story

Yesterday we pointed to reporting by FAIR and The Washington Post that brought into question a New York Times report... More

A Life Less Ordinary

After speculation about aliens, arsenic-eating microbe stirs wide coverage

A bacterium trained to substitute arsenic for phosphorus—one of six elements considered essential for life—in some of its basic cellular... More

Business Insider and Financial Press Sensationalism

Henry Blodget & Co. stroke the id of the Internet

What business press readers always lacked but never really needed was a tabloid sensationalist to hype up mundane markets and... More

In Julian’s Words

Highlights from Assange’s post-leak Q&As

Nobody knows where Julian Assange is, but several people have managed to find him. Since the embassy cables began... More

The NYT and the Urgency of the Unemployment Crisis

The unemployment rate has long been called Obama's Katrina, but at this point it's clear that it's much worse than... More

Why Amazon Caved, and What It Means for the Rest of Us

A Q&A with Ethan Zuckerman

Amazon Web Services dropped WikiLeaks material from its servers on Tuesday, a move that is widely assumed to be a... More

Q&A: Blur Author Tom Rosenstiel

On verification and critical thinking in the new, open journalistic era

In their 2001 book, The Elements of Journalism Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach list ten fundamental principles (“elements”) that make... More

Disclose This

The press should treat big tech companies like Big Pharma

On August 9, Google and Verizon announced an alliance in which Google, the champion of the free, open Internet, would... More

Audit Notes: Too Big to Fail Edition

Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig has a must-read op-ed in The New York Times on why too big to... More

Inured to “Trillions”

Take a step back on the Federal Reserve bailout story

The Federal Reserve is forced by Congress to reveal who it secretly bailed out with trillions of dollars in loans.... More

Reporting Anonymous Tweets

Don’t do it.

I've written before about how press standards tend to go wobbly when it comes to Apple gossip. Here's a prime... More

What Was That?

Minutes ago the Times posted what seemed like a Julian Assange video on its T style blog—one that was protected... More

Al Balk, 1969—1973

CJR’s second editor

Alfred Balk, the second editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, died in November at the age of eighty. Al, like... More

Times Missile Story Missing a Half

Raises questions about using the WikiLeaks cables

The New York Times has come under some fire for overplaying the role of Iran in the Iraq war in... More

The Ongoing Burmese “Information Challenge”

Over at PBS MediaShift, Simon Roughneen has a fascinating report on the ongoing difficulties of "getting the news out of... More

Bernanke’s Stimulus Call Finally Makes The WSJ

Two weeks later.

A couple of weeks ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke issued a public call for Congress and the president to... More

DADT Hearings Live Video

Watch feed as senators question Mullen, Gates

The Senate Armed Services Committee is currently holding a hearing into the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, questioning Defense Secretary... More

NPR Plays Ebenezer Scrooge

Another lopsided Social Security story

It was really hard to tell whether NPR’s Morning Edition segment yesterday—part of the program’s “Ghosts of Debts Past, Present... More

WikiLeaks A Blunt Weapon, But We Should Use It

A defense of the organization under new attack

Many of the charges behind the “hang Julian Assange” meme doing the rounds since WikiLeaks’s third “megaleak” on Sunday hinge... More

Audit Notes: The Federal Reserve’s Trillion-Dollar Bailout Document Dump

The Federal Reserve today released a trove of information, much of which was sought by Bloomberg's Mark Pittman lawsuit, on... More

Public Help Sought in Shooting of Neighborhood Cat

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Efforts Meant to Help Workers Batter South Africa’s Poor —The New York Times 9/26/10 Christine O’Donnell’s Masturbation Stance —ABCnews.com 9/16/10 More

In ACORN’s Shadow

A new analysis of the community-organizing group’s history shows the media was less than fair

Remember ACORN, the community-organizing group that got caught in the electoral crossfire between one-time community organizer Barack Obama and a... More

A Matter of Trust

Blur, a new book by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, is about how contemporary journalism can stay trustworthy

Blur: How to Know What’s True In the Age of Information Overload | By Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel |... More

Home and Away

A review of A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping From Two Sides, by David Rohde and his wife

A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping From Two Sides | By David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill | Viking |... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about copyright law, political scandals, and Gay Talese’s sports writing

Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership | By Lewis Hyde | Farrar, Straus and Giroux | 306 pages, $26... More

History as Soundbites

A televised vision of the twentieth century

We Were There: An Eyewitness History of the Twentieth Century | Edited by Robert Fox | Overlook Press | 391... More

The Devil’s Football

H. L. Mencken airs his unexpurgated Prejudices

As we all know, serious criticism of the arts is leaving the pages of mainstream newspapers and magazines. Shrinking under... More

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

47 percent of Internet users ages fifty to sixty-four used social networking between April 2009 and May 2010—up from 25... More

A Matter of Taste

On “gourmet,” “gourmand,” and loving food

When a word takes on unwanted connotations, people seeking a replacement often settle on something close, thinking, perhaps, that the... More

Lost Links

The frustrations of archiving and saving clips in the digital age

I thought I was doing the responsible thing buying Christinabellantoni.com, having a friend build it out with snazzy graphics, and... More

Notes from Online Readers

CJR.org readers weigh in on journalism career mistakes and the shrinking Sacramento press corps

In CJR's September 28 news meeting, “Woulda Coulda Shoulda,” we asked our readers, Have you made any pivotal career mistakes... More

Letters to the Editor

Readers weigh in on our September/October cover story “The Hamster Wheel”

Hamster Food for Thought Great article (“Hamster Wheel” by Dean Starkman, CJR, September/October). “The Wheel” entirely devalues the profession of... More

Editor’s Note

Congratulations to our CJR editors for their book deals and promotions

In the future, I am asking everyone on CJR’s staff to hide their light under a bushel. Otherwise, people may... More

WikiLeaks Coverage, Day Three

A roundup of major outlets’ continued coverage of the State Department cables story

The New York Times Day three of the Times cables coverage focuses on Pakistan—firstly with a long report by Jane... More

The Overdraft Racket Continues

But reports differ on how many consumers have opted in to the fees

Back when the Federal Reserve adopted rules forcing banks to make customers opt in to overdraft "protection," it looked like... More

Close Encounters of the Media Kind

NASA press release leads to wild speculation about alien discovery

Over the last two days, bloggers at a few of the country’s top news outlets have engaged in wild and... More

Dealing with the Times

Governor’s aides parry with their inquisitors

While the hundreds of e-mails show the governor’s press staffers fencing with reporters from many major news organizations, no set... More

The Times asked if Paterson was caught in “compromising positions”

E-mails reveal early question about women who were “not his wife”

On January 24, 2010, Danny Hakim, a New York Times reporter who was in frequent contact with Governor David Paterson’s... More

One Night at the AP

Conflicting e-mails from capitol editor offer window into a newsroom conflict

It was one of the weirdest weeks Albany has ever experienced—and for New York’s scandal ridden, incestuous capital, that’s saying... More

The Paterson E-mails

Flacking and reporting, through the rumors

In March 2010, CJR filed two Freedom of Information Law requests seeking e-mails between journalists and Governor Paterson’s two most... More

Rumor-mongering Is Wrong…Except When I Do It

Does NPR’s Ken Rudin see the irony here?

As Governor Paterson was embroiled in one scandal after the other this past February, Ken Rudin, the political director for... More

“Sorry About the Inadvertent Promotion”

Chris Smith’s error in NY Mag piece predicts the future

In January, Chris Smith wrote a feature for New York Magazine on the “essential, if appealing, weirdness” of David Paterson.... More

Governor Spotted With Four Women

None-too-pleased reporter forced to watch The View

Governor Paterson paid a visit to “the ladies of The View” this January and at least one member of the... More

Nicholas Confessore: Greatest Journalist Who Ever Lived?

Making up quotes is fun and easy

Here’s a silly one for you. New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore wrote to Paterson press secretary Marissa Shorenstein in... More

Need Some Help Climbing Out of That Mess?

NY Mag’s Chris Smith’s witty e-mail misfire

On March 1, New York Magazine reporter Chris Smith accidentally sent an e-mail to Paterson press secretary Marissa Shorenstein with... More

So You Want to Talk to the Governor?

The word “promise” comes up

It's February, maybe March, of 2010. You're a political reporter frantically seeking face or phone time with Governor David Paterson... More

A Lecture for the New Media Set

Kauffmann on John Koblin’s Tweet and “journalistic integrity”

I’m going to guess that Paterson communications director Peter Kauffmann is more your leisurely Sunday Times reader than your short-is-best... More

WTF! Where’s My Callback?

There’s time for a laugh in Albany

Anyone who spends their time at a computer knows the joy of the witty e-mail exchange. And Albany's press bubble... More

“I will separate his head from his body”

Communications director wants to plug leak with machete

It seems Governor Paterson’s communications director Peter Kauffmann has a bit of the Rahm Emanuel in him, if this e-mail... More

How To Leak A Political Scoop

It starts with an e-mail…

How exactly do inside sources leak information to political reporters? Let Paterson communications director Peter Kauffmann show you. It all... More

“Not Putting This In An Email”

She must have known

Perhaps Albany reporter Elizabeth Benjamin had an inkling that Governor Paterson’s communications director Peter Kauffmann’s e-mails would one day go... More

Audit Notes: Others on the Business Press

If you haven't read John Cassidy's piece in The New Yorker asking "What Good Is Wall Street?", get to it.... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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