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February 2011

Hungarian Chill

Full version of the March/April 2011 magazine Q&A with Éva Simon

Hungary’s conservative government stirred international outrage when tough media regulations went into effect January 1, the same day the country... More

Alternating Currents

Why reporters struggle to find the right angle for clean energy stories

Is today’s media up to the task of covering renewable energy issues? That was the broad topic explored during two... More

The Return of Socialized Medicine

Mike Huckabee resurrects the bogeyman

Mike Huckabee, presumed presidential aspirant, is preaching the gospel of socialized medicine by attacking the Massachusetts reform law, of all... More

Rocky Mountain News Staffers, Two Years Out

“The last two years have been a journey to reinvent myself.”

Sunday marked the second anniversary of the final edition of Colorado’s Pulitzer Prize winning Rocky Mountain News, which closed its... More

PolitiFact Shows A Fox Host Is Wrong, But Hedges Its Verdict (UPDATED)

For an organization whose reason for being is to judge what's a fact and what's not, PolitiFact sure has a... More

The WSJ’s Peculiar Reporting On GM Credit

GM debt has been through a lot of late. In May 2009, car czar Steve Rattner made a bold and... More

Audit Notes: Grand Oil Party, The Limits of Anecdote, Mod Investors

The Economist's Matt Steinglass reports on an egregious government giveaway to the oil companies—one that started accidentally and has now... More

The Times, It Is A Changin’

New editors to lead science, environment coverage

“The world turns. The universe expands. The stethoscope passes. And we have a new Science editor,” Bill Keller, the executive... More

HuffPo Shows OCC Still Poster Child of Regulatory Capture

The Huffington Post's Shahien Nasiripour has some interesting reporting in a story on the Obama administration's move to settle the... More

Q & A: Jim Brady on the Death of TBD

“It was never about us making an insane amount of money by doing hyperlocal.”

This week, the staff of TBD, Allbritton’s local website in Washington, D.C., learned that the site would undergo massive layoffs,... More

“Tweaking” Health Reform

Who pays the price for the changes?

Lost in MSM coverage of the president’s budget and hype over a government shutdown has been reportage about the various... More

WSJ Slips Up on a Union Story

And its misses tilt toward the anti-labor side

The Wall Street Journal's page-one story yesteday on the union battle in Wisconsin erred on a few points, all of... More

Bloomberg Reveals Citi’s Deceptive Reporting

On February 14, 2008, John Lyons, the examiner in charge of large bank supervision at the OCC, sent Citigroup and... More

NYT’s Scoop on an Alleged Roger Ailes Coverup

Lawyers say the Fox chief urged Judith Regan to lie to the feds about Giuliani pal Bernie Kerik

The New York Times has an excellent scoop out today that could mean trouble for Fox News's Roger Ailes. It's... More

Ryan Chittum on Unions, Apple, and Madoff: A CJR Podcast

In CJR's latest podcast, assistant editor Lauren Kirchner speaks with Ryan Chittum, deputy editor of The Audit on CJR.org, about... More

Extreme Measures

Must reporters cite climate change in every article about severe weather?

Last week, the journal Nature made a big splash in the press with the publication of two studies which found... More

Been There, Denounced That

Global mobility helps build awareness of human rights abuses

CAIRO—In all the excitement over emerging digital technologies, our increasing physical contact with people from other parts of the world... More

JunketSleuth’s FOIA War With the FDIC

Perhaps it’s time for an “openness czar”

Russell Carollo, of Mark Cuban's JunketSleuth, has a great post up today about the way in which the FDIC aggressively... More

Vulture Funds Exposed in Playboy

Playboy has long mixed its girlie pics with serious journalism, but it's not always obvious why. Take the December 2010... More

Audit Notes: A Mirror For Scott Walker, SPJ Outraged at Blogger, Foreclosures

Steven Pearlstein goes into his columnists' bag of tricks to show how crazy Governor Scott Walker's agenda would be if... More

Notes from Our Online Readers

A reader’s response to a CJR.org post about Congresswoman Giffords

In our January 11 News Meeting, we asked our readers, are the kind of errors that followed the shooting of... More

Girls’ school still offering ‘something special’ — head

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

AP Exclusive: Iran invites nations to nuke sites —The Associated Press 1/4/11 Pedestrian deaths largely flat in U.S., Maryland —baltimoresun.com... More

The Public Screen

A study on collective viewing experiences

The television set had arrived in the majority of American households by 1955. Inspired by the popular ideals of domesticity,... More

Mitford’s Good Fight

A review of Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking

Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking by Jessica Mitford | New York Review Books Classics | 274 pages, $15.95... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of a new history of NPR, Denys Wortman’s cartoons, and Laurie Hertzel’s memoir

This Is NPR: The First Forty Years by Cokie Roberts and others | Chronicle Books | 271 pages, $29.95 This... More

The Selfish Bit

Do we rule information, or does it rule us?

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick | Pantheon Books | 544 pages, $29.95 In 1848,... More

The Fixer

Meet Greg Scott, your guide to Junkieville

Greg Scott is a fixer. In Chicago, where Scott plies his trade, the title is traditionally tapped for the slick... More

Open Mic

A popular radio host tests press restrictions in Azerbaijan

Khadija Ismayilova commands an audience. It’s the first thing you notice about her, in a country ruled overwhelmingly by men,... More

Mark Cuban’s Business Model

A media maverick on the news industry

Mark Cuban is well known as the brash, combative owner of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team, the guy who... More

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

14 percent of coverage given to former press secretary Scott McClellan and his book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White... More

Mentee Fresh

Some notes on “protégés,” “mentors,” and manatees

When you have a “mentor,” what are you (aside from in need of advice)? Before the sixties, you probably would... More

Hungarian Chill

A Q & A with Eva Simon of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union on press freedom

Hungary’s conservative government stirred international outrage when tough media regulations went into effect January 1, the same day the country... More

Letters to the Editor

Philip Gourevitch reacts to Tristan McConnell’s piece about him, and McConnell responds

The Storytellers Thanks for the excellent piece by Vanessa Gezari (“Crossfire in Kandahar,” CJR, January/February). I wished the story would... More

Opening Shot

Al Jazeera showed global media how to cover an uprising

>Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite news network, showed global media how to cover a people’s uprising—by getting right into the... More

The SEC, Tangled Up in Madoff

How about that Irving Picard? The lawyer trying to recover cash for Bernie Madoff's victims had the nerve to sue... More

Fake David Koch Calls Real Scott Walker

My headline basically says it all. Posing as the billionaire businessman and conservative-cause-funding David Koch (you may know him from... More

The History of Austerity

It’s grim—all the way back to Napoleon

One of the best aspects of being a journalist is that you get to talk at length to the most... More

A New Twist on the Wisconsin Story With Gin and Tacos

Ed at Gin and Tacos picked up on a particularly audacious section of the Wisconsin budget-repair bill yesterday: the governor... More

Audit Notes: Watchdog Blogging, Union Power, Stadium Economics

The blog Gin and Tacos makes a fantastic catch on Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker's effort to take away the... More

One For the Whistleblowers

The government has thrown up its hands and says it can't prosecute Angelo Mozilo, despite the fact that his company... More

Safety Tips for Female Correspondents

How to minimize the risk of sexual assault while on the job

The attack on Lara Logan of CBS was a worst-case scenario for many female reporters. Yet gropes and unwanted advances... More

Assessing Al Jazeera

What’s your general impression of Al Jazeera English?

As revolutions ripple through the Middle East, Al Jazeera has kept its cameras rolling. Few American cable networks offer Al... More

Rotary Club

Old phone terms hang on

Some words outlast the things they were coined to accompany, simply because there’s no good alternative. When you write an... More

Pinning Down the Pols

NPR misses again on Social Security story

A few days ago, NPR’s Morning Edition brought together Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, and Sen. Mark Warner, a... More

Coming to Terms with the “Value” of Life

The rhetorical debate behind the NYT’s front-pager

Last week, my colleague Felix Salmon expressed his love for The New York Times’s front-page article on Thursday about federal... More

LAT’s Hiltzik Dissects An Outsourcing Fiasco

Michael Hiltzik has a fantastic column on Boeing's outsourcing disasters in the LA Times; it's well worth reading the whole... More

What’s Your Hypothesis?

Why my news startup went the for-profit route

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

The Budget Narrative

The press goes astray on Social Security

For most of last year and so far into this one, the media has passed along the narrative that Social... More

WSJ Helps Keep It Real on Inflation

Jon Hilsenrath and Justin Lahart do well to pinpoint exactly what we need to worry about in the inflation... More

Business Insider’s Barcelona Junket

Victoria Barret reports on the nice little deal that Dan Frommer has going on in Barcelona: "Samsung was generous enough... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s Marks, Taibbi, Dakota Tea, etc.

I like Bill Cohan's clearly written column explaining how Goldman marked its mortgage assets lower than everyone else, then... More

Judith Matloff on Lara Logan and Safety On the Beat: a CJR Podcast

This week, we heard the horrible news of the assault of Lara Logan, CBS News's chief foreign correspondent, in Cairo's... More

Letter Perfect

Inside Elizabeth Bishop’s forty-year correspondence with The New Yorker

Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence edited by Joelle Biele | Farrar, Straus and Giroux | 496... More

The NYT’s Smart Take on Valuing Life

I love Binya Appelbaum’s NYT article on the various different values of a human life which are used by government... More

Dr. Search Engine

NYT prompts needed discussion about the relative merits of health websites

Eighty percent of Internet users seek out health information on the web, according to a survey released by the Pew... More

Lara Logan, Foreign Correspondents, and Sexual Abuse

On Tuesday came the chilling news from CBS News that chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan, while reporting a 60 Minutes... More

What Dimon, Cutler Knew About Madoff

The WSJ has a piece this morning advancing our knowledge about what Jamie Dimon knew about the Madoff fraud.... More

“How You Raise Money” in D.C. (Hint: “Frugging”)

WaPo on Gingrich’s “money-making machine”

That Newt Gingrich's sanguinely named 527 group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, "pulls in big money" has been reported.... More

Returning to Egyptian Journalists Their Basic Freedoms

Egypt’s new leadership must prioritize media rights

CAIRO— The revolution in Egypt belongs to brave, stubborn Egyptians who faced down the clubs, gas, and gunfire of Hosni’s... More

Q&A: New York Times Reporter Jackie Calmes

“The Internet has changed how you report on the budget”

At 9:30 am last Monday, New York Times White House correspondent Jackie Calmes began poring through five fat volumes of... More

Madoff’s Maddening Jailhouse Interview

Diana Henriques has a huge get for The New York Times this morning: The first interview of Bernie Madoff since... More

Audit Notes: HBGary Federal, Jeff Sachs Goes Off, Gaming Google

ArsTechnica has a great ticktock on how the HBGary Federal scandal broke open, recounting how its CEO got into a... More

Left, Right, and Center: A budget analysis roundup

A budget worth shellacking or perfect politics?

We’ve all had a day or so to chew over President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget—a $3.7 trillion plan that... More

The Daily’s Next Challenge

What can the iPad newspaper do to make itself relevant?

When the highly-anticipated iPad news outlet The Daily launched on February 2, it was met with mixed reviews. Many readers... More

“Find Me The Oldest Dog”

The Daily’s editor in chief wants his newsroom to start producing some news, please. In a memo leaked to New... More

MIT Bloggers and Sorkin Take Down a Derivatives Study

Andrew Ross Sorkin has a good column this morning exposing yet another misleading campaign affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce.... More

AOL’s HuffPo Premium Doesn’t Mean Much For the NYT

Frederic Filloux has some harsh criticism of The Huffington Post's business model, calling it "a digital sandcastle." But what caught... More

The HBGary Federal Scandal

Many questions need answering as hackers shine a light on the private-security underworld

I asked the press on Friday to quickly get on the disturbing story of HBGary Federal et al on Friday.... More

Minnesota Public Radio Takes on Pawlenty

It was good to see Minnesota Public Radio get an early start truth squading an emerging candidate for the GOP... More

Premiere Plants

Well, here's a shocker: Some of the people who phone in to talk radio shows (that caller with the pitch-perfect... More

Indescribable

‘Nondescript’ says more than ‘plain’

Bob Kamman of Arizona writes: “Am I the only one who has noticed the increasing use of the adjective ‘nondescript,’... More

“Information Wars” on Al Jazeera English

An all-star panel discusses social media and political revolution

On Friday morning, the television in the CJR office was tuned to CNN—and our laptops were tuned to Al Jazeera... More

Audit Notes: HBGary Federal, Bank CEOs Stock Sales, Adam Gopnik

This is one of the more disturbing stories I've read in a while. So far, no one in the mainstream... More

The Many Hats of Jonathan Gruber

Dissecting a health care expert’s words

Campaign Desk has written about Jonathan Gruber many times—his role in building Obamacare; his television appearances touting the Massachusetts model;... More

Amazon Bolts Texas’s “Unfavorable Regulatory Environment”

But there’s more to the story than we get from the AP and The Dallas Morning News

The Associated Press reports that Amazon is closing its Texas warehouse due to—and this is a direct Amazon quote—the state's... More

The Scientific Method for Reaching a Wider Audience

How digital media is helping science escape the “echo chamber”

“Are science blogs stuck in an echo chamber? Chamber? Chamber?” Ed Yong, an award-winning science blogger at Discover, wondered in... More

Kochs’ Influence

Another week in the news for the billionaire brothers

Last week, Politico's Kenneth Vogel reported that "faced with an avalanche of bad publicity after years of funding conservative causes... More

Audit Notes: NFL Hell, No Inflation Here, Fraud Without Fraudsters

Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post has the column of the week, a righteous piece of outrage at the NFL... More

AOL Settled with Unpaid “Volunteers” for $15 Million

Why the HuffPost bloggers won’t be so lucky, and why that matters

When AOL acquired The Huffington Post for $315 million this week, we at CJR wondered, among other things, whether the... More

Meet the Iowa Press

Local reporters in demand at caucus time

A New York political reporter once asked me during an interview: “Who’s that guy who gets his ring kissed... More

More on Current TV and Olbermann

Yesterday I wrote about Keith Olbermann’s move to Current TV, a move I argued was a touch depressing. One of... More

NYT Reports Bear Stearns Wasn’t Alone on Putbacks

Plus, Wall Street saw fraud signs, demanded money back, then kept buying loans

The New York Times has a very good look today at what the Ambac lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase could mean... More

Anti-Turkishness Law is Anti-Necessary

Turkey should repeal Article 301 of its penal code

ISTANBUL, TURKEY—I must agree with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that “Turkey is a country that had me at... More

Nikki Finke: pretty blonde in a green Toyota. Who cares?

I am going to give The Daily the benefit of the doubt and assume that the woman in the “peppermint... More

Priceless: Representative Lee’s flexy photo

Gawker is claiming quite the coup today—a congressional revelation turned to a resignation in the span of yesterday afternoon. Some... More

Pretty Pictures, Hard Times

A look back at the illustrated magazines of the 1840s

Art for the Middle Classes: America's Illustrated Magazines of the 1840s by Cynthia Lee Patterson | University Press of Mississippi... More

The WSJ’s Balanced Look at Muni Risk

And the FT adds some helpful data

The muni-market hearings in Washington today might be a bit of a snore, but Michael Corkery's long curtain-raiser for them... More

After AOL/HuffPo Merger, a Columnist Jumps Ship

Politics Daily’s Matt Lewis won’t work for Arianna

Following the weekend announcement that AOL was acquiring The Huffington Post, we wondered what would become of AOL’s political news... More

Audit Notes: Toxic Assets, Foreclosure Mills, SEC (Finally) Looking at CDOs

What ever happened to that pile of toxic assets that the banks were sitting on? Wall Street Journal reporter Michael... More

The Twitter, Facebook, Groupon, Huffington Post Bubble

Still think there's not a Web 2.0 bubble going on? The Wall Street Journal reports tonight that Twitter is now... More

Bloomberg and BusinessWeek’s Problematic WikiLeaks Story

Red flags aflutter as the news outfit runs with seriously questionable evidence

How many red flags can we count in this Bloomberg BusinessWeek piece on WikiLeaks? First there's the headline: Is Wikileaks... More

Tea Party Review to Debut

I think it was the Sunday Styles that brought us together. I think it was the Week in Review Tea... More

Did Assange Play Lawyer?

WikiLeaks insider suggests a legal adviser never existed

A recently published book excerpt suggests that “Jay Lim,” an occasional WikiLeaks spokesperson often identified as its legal advisor, was... More

Olbermann’s Big Gamble?

Maybe, maybe not: Current TV is a very unsure bet

The Al Gore-founded Current TV has been called many things since it first went to air on August 1, 2005—and... More

Testing the Limits of Crowdsourcing

An experiment in automated reporting opens up the debate

When ProPublica launched its Recovery Tracker project—a massive, searchable consolidation of government data on stimulus funding in the U.S.—it got... More

Peter G. Peterson Goes to School

A laurel to Remapping Debate

Remapping Debate, the young website that is analyzing public affairs and bringing fresh approaches into the national conversation, deserves a... More

The “Can’t Find Workers” Meme Hits Germany

NYT & Co. channel the Chamber as a wage-hike solution goes unmentioned

If there's an oh-so-contrarian thesis that really grates right now, it's the one that businesses just can't seem to find... More

Playing Politics With Mr. Market

A WSJ columnist slaps Obama for “his” seven-week bear market two years ago

There's a long and boring history of hacks, typically on the right, blaming or crediting presidents for whatever the stock... More

Incomplete Stories on Licensing Workers

The rise of a service-based economy implies a natural rise in occupational licensing

Stephanie Simon's WSJ article on the rise of jobs needing a license of some description has resulted in a predictable... More

Stock, Flow, and My Entrepreneurial Origin Story

The founder of newsbound.tv steps off the hamster wheel

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

Unspoken

Foreign correspondents and sexual abuse

This article originally ran in the May/June 2007 issue of CJR. The photographer was a seasoned operator in South Asia.... More

Reporting Lessons for the Next Revolution

Three ways that conflict-zone journalists can always be prepared

I’ve been freelancing in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa since 2003. When the Mubarak regime shut down Egypt’s... More

Huffington Post Goes Supersonic

What do you love/hate about The Huffington Post?

Change is in air at the Huffington Post, dahhhh-link. We may not know what the new Huffington Post Media Group... More

Mercury News “Sponsored Bills” Reporter nominated for a Goldsmith

San Jose Mercury News reporter Karen de Sa has been nominated for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, annually handed... More

Politico, Heal Thyself

The first step to recovery is acknowledging you have a problem

Kudos to John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei for their narrative-dissecting essay, “How Obama plays media like a fiddle.” In... More

Snow Job

Just what constitutes a “record”?

The snowstorm that hit much of the United States last week was one for the books. In Chicago, the 20.2... More

Bloomberg Markets Finds the Rich Taking From the Poor

Bloomberg Markets has a terrific investigation into how a federal program meant to spur redevelopment in poor areas is funneling... More

Audit Notes: A Disney Delivery, Tribes and Payday Loans, HuffPo/AOL

The New York Times reports that Disney is trying to capitalize on the massive baby market by infiltrating the hospital... More

The Huffington Post’s Tainted Money

The befuddled legacy customers of AOL fund a bubble-era premium for Arianna & Company

Say what you will about Arianna Huffington's decision to sell out to AOL—and we will below—she's no dummy. Of the... More

Will HuffProse Infect AOL?

The politics of the Huffington Post/AOL merger

The announcement that AOL will acquire the Huffington Post, and that Arianna Huffiington will take control of all AOL content... More

Parsing the AOL/HuffPo Merger

What everyone gets out of the deal, and what to look for next

After Sunday night’s announcement that AOL is buying The Huffington Post for $315 million and giving Arianna Huffington editorial control... More

“Bill, I know football.”

O’Reilly and Obama in the Fox Bowl

So, it turns out Bill O’Reilly and the president give a better pregame show than Christina Aguilera. In the fifteen-minute... More

Selling Health Reform the Obama Way

Beware the “slob-lock”

It’s tough to sell the virtues of health reform what with all those Republicans and Tea Partiers aghast at what... More

Salon and Slate in the Way-Back Machine

What The Daily can learn from an earlier “digital renaissance”

CJR has been accused of crankiness for our early critique of Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad newspaper, The Daily. The Poynter... More

Strange Eruptions from the WikiLeaks Saga

Bill Keller offers new details on e-mail hacking

Last night, The Columbia School of Journalism played host to Bill Keller and Alan Rusbridger, the top editors at The... More

HuffPo Goes Underwater for Mortgage Story

Tip of the hat to a housing crisis report

A deep Friday tip of the hat to HuffPo’s Ryan Grim, Arthur Delaney, and Lucia Graves for their lengthy... More

Bloomberg Examines Louisiana’s Laissez-Faire Oil Regulators

Spills go unpenalized 99 percent of the time and the state’s fines are a joke

Bloomberg has an excellent investigation into Louisiana's oil regulators, finding that the state fines oil companies for oil spill less... More

Get Together, Newsmakers

Human contact still matters

ATHENS, GREECE—Over the last seven years I’ve written for nearly forty news publications on four continents, and only once have... More

Indonesian Journalism: Lessons for the U.S.?

New survey takes the pulse of Indonesian media

American journalism is, as they say, “in transition.” But while the import of traditional values such as accuracy, balance, and... More

Nice Work at the AP

The administration stretches a health reform stat

It’s no secret the president and his surrogates are trying mightily to keep their sales job for health reform on... More

Audit Notes: It’s Wall Street’s Deficit, Dimon Steps In It, Red-Faced Mortgage Bankers

Simon Johnson looks at the "Ruinous Fiscal Impact of Big Banks" over at The New York Times's Economix blog: First,... More

Covering a “Koch-Fueled” Weekend in CA

Reports from the clandestine conservative confab

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries, hosted a semi-annual, invitation-only conference for conservative political donors, strategists,... More

“The iPad is Awesome,” Says iPad Newspaper

And so does Gabrielle Giffords in offensive new Daily story

Say what you will about The Daily—and we’ve already thrown our two cents in on the first issue—but there sure... More

WSJ on Harry Markopolos’ Whistleblowing Shell Companies

The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting scoop this morning on a lawsuit accusing banks of gouging pensioners and... More

Beware the WSJ’s Pay Statistics

This is getting to be a habit: today's WSJ article claiming that Wall Street pay has hit a new record... More

Audit Notes: Hacked Off Tabs, A Mirage Economy, Wall Street’s Record Pay

The New York Times has another interesting story on News Corporation and its hacking scandal, this time reporting on a... More

Leonhardt’s Good Look at the Corporate Tax Landscape

David Leonhardt gives us a nice roundup of the corporate-tax issue, which you're bound to be hearing a lot more... More

The Daily Drops

A first look at the first issue

When Rupert Murdoch first announced his plans to launch an iPad-only national daily news publication, we all wondered: Can it... More

The Cost of Living, Part IV

Digital mammograms in the medical marketplace

Containing the runaway costs of medical care is perhaps the thorniest of health care issues. Despite the rhetoric about getting... More

Milbank’s Nasty Missive from the Press Secretary

Jay Carney may not be reporters’ best friend

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, in one of his first columns in a self-imposed Palin-free month—though he has a very... More

Audit Notes: Hamster Wheel Manifesto, Shorts and the Bubble, Economy Picks Up

Business Insider got hold of an AOL document laying out the company's "master plan" for its content farm. I think... More

Some Very Bad Housing Advice in The Philly Inquirer

Erin Arvedlund -- yes, that Erin Arvedlund -- has a pretty crazy column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, under the headline... More

From the News Junkie to the Newcomer

Launch pad: Newsbound.tv

CJR’s “Launch Pad” feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier. Last Tuesday, I... More

Too moderate, too foreign, too Obama: next!

Huntsman, Jr. dismissed before he gets out of the gate?

The U.S. ambassador to China, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., officially confirmed his resignation yesterday, handing President Obama a letter stating... More

Following Egypt

What are your go-to news and information sources?

It has now been a week since reform-seeking protestors by the thousands began taking to the streets of Cairo and... More

Bloomberg News Pops the Meredith Whitney Bubble

The analyst can’t back up key 60 Minutes assertions that worsened a muni-bond panic

Bloomberg News lands some real blows on analyst Meredith Whitney in a terrific story this morning. Whitney, famously—or infamously—went on... More

Politico’s Wicked Sense of Humor

Politico satires Politico

We gave a shaky “thumbs down” to Politico’s new site, Politico 2012 LIVE, yesterday, describing it as “Politico Poutine—fried-up regular... More

Introducing ‘Earth Journalism’

A global view of a local beat

In the grand scheme of environmental affairs, journalism is almost always an afterthought. The media world seems to return the... More

Philip Gourevitch Shoots Back

A response to “One Man’s Rwanda,” with replies from its author and CJR’s editors

[Update: Howard French has also written a reply, below.] Re: “One Man’s Rwanda: Philip Gourevitch softens some hard truths” by... More

One Man’s Rwanda

Philip Gourevitch softens some hard truths

There had been ethnic massacres in Rwanda before, but nothing on the scale of the genocide that began in... 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


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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