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July 2011

Audit Notes: What News Corp. Knew, Mulcaire Talks, FT Paywall Success

The New York Times has a big scoop tonight on the Murdoch hacking scandal, reporting that News International and its... More

Debt-Ceiling Jitters Hit the Markets

European crisis and other bad news doesn’t help

I'm beginning to get that spring/summer 2008 feeling again, and it's no wonder. The latest GDP report this morning signals... More

Passing Bad Checks

Boehner’s “blank check” line demands context reporters aren’t providing

This week, in Washington’s war of attrition over the debt ceiling, the media has had many a political soundbite tossed... More

From Breaking News to Baseless Speculation

Why journalists jumped to conclusions about the Norway attacks

Why do journalists and news organizations exhibit such a lack of restraint when it comes to breaking news like last... More

Your Summer Movie Picks

Journalism-themed films recommended by CJR’s readers

Through these difficult times for journalism we could all use a little inspiration and a little fun. How about a... More

Almost Famous (2000)

Who’s afraid of Rolling Stone?

Beware, beware, Rolling Stone magazine... Music, inarguably, is the hero, the emotional engine in Almost Famous, the Cameron Crowe-written, -directed... More

Audit Notes: Another Davies Hacking Scoop, Greece, The Debt Ceiling

Nick Davies lands another big scoop on the Murdoch hacking scandal, reporting that police investigators believe the News of the... More

A President Independent of Whom, Exactly?

L.A. Times sizes up a nonpartisan nonprofit’s opaque funding

So, speaking of Americans Elect, the new, webby way to pick a president that has Tom Friedman’s radical centrist heart... More

A Leak about those ‘Despicable’ Leaks

At Politico, Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan have a story this afternoon about the frantic maneuverings by the House GOP... More

Grandparent of the Chained CPI

Some stories never die

Sarah Cohen, a professor at the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke, and a one-time reporter for... More

Tom Friedman: Still Wrong

More critics skewer the columnist’s pining for the ‘center’

In my Campaign Desk item on Monday, I expressed a fervent hope that more political writers would take on the... More

What Rupert Wrote

Insight from a pre-scandal letter to News Corp. stockholders

The Rupert Murdoch who appeared before the British Parliament was nothing like the Rupert Murdoch of reputation. But even that... More

Employees at The Bay Citizen Form a Union

Development marks the first online news start-up to organize

New media workers aligned with old labor standards last night, as The Bay Citizen’s unionization got the official stamp of... More

The Kitchen-Table Connection

How to find—and serve—readers beyond Washington

Toward the end of last year, The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery advised her readers that “a surprisingly broad consensus... More

ProPublica Catches Ally Financial Making It Up

ProPublica has a terrific report today nailing Ally Financial (the former GMAC) for faking mortgage documents in order to foreclose... More

A River Runs Through It

Defining news communities through the water they share

While students at Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Andrew McGlashen and Jeff Gillies started thinking, like so... More

Apparently, Global News Orgs Don’t Commit Online Errors

Is that why so many of them lack coherent corrections policies?

Far too many modern news organizations do not have public corrections policies or prominent corrections pages, something that has been... More

Rupert Murdoch and the Corporate Culture of News Corp.

Its abysmal corporate governance is symptomatic of a deeper disregard for the rules

Rupert Murdoch's board of directors was in the spotlight a bit yesterday, with stories in The Daily Beast and The... More

Darts and Laurels

Meet Brian Condra, the media’s favorite “everyman”

In late 2008, as the world financial system went into collapse, a shocking self-dealing scandal toppled the Anglo Irish Bank.... More

Audit Notes: The Debt Ceiling Blame, Murdoch’s Meddling, Thou Shalt Not Autoplay Videos

Frustrated with the debt-ceiling coverage, which is far too even-handed, I wrote this last night on Twitter: it's very simple:... More

Covering the Chained CPI

Let me count the ways it can be done

There are five ways to cover the Chained CPI, a proposed new method for determining the cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments that... More

The New York Times Paywall Is Working

Back in April, I was very skeptical that The New York Times would achieve its leaked goal of getting 300,000... More

Tom Friedman’s ‘Radical’ Wrongness

Critics debunk—again—the NYT columnist’s ‘radical center’ dream

Over the weekend, The New York Times op-ed page published one of Tom Friedman’s periodic columns about the need for... More

Lone Modifications

Adjectives may agitate

Adjectives play many roles. They can tell us which box on the gift table is being discussed—the “blue” box—so we... More

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The Ritual

A video examination of Israel’s photojournalism apparatus in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

Israel has long been at the epicenter of photojournalism datelines. Today, even during a period of relative calm, the major... More

Tracing the Hacking Scandal’s Medieval Roots

The (mis-) education of the British Empire’s Boy Reporters

Mr. Hinton joined Mr. Murdoch’s first paper, The News, in Adelaide, at age 15.... The New York Times, July 16,... More

No, Actually, News of the World Won’t Happen Here

In a recent spasm of radio and TV interviews about #hackgate the last couple weeks, everyone wanted to know whether... More

Ready, Set… Comment!

Wonder how the conversation went in the New York Times newsroom that led to this story being placed on the... More

The Idiot Yankee’s Guide to Rick Perry

With Texas Gov. Rick Perry seemingly all but certain to enter the Republican presidential sweepstakes—the latest talk is of an... More

Punk’s Prophet

Greil Marcus’s seminal work Ranters and Crowd Pleasers: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-92

Discounting cash-in reunions, studio sessions with bank robber Ronnie Biggs, and the like, The Sex Pistols last played in... More

The NYT Paywall Is Out of the Gate Fast

281,000 paying digital subscribers in three months show readers will pay for quality news

The Wall Street Journal has long had a successful online paywall. The Financial Times has one, too. We can confidently... More

Around the World in Two and a Half Weeks

A roundup of CJR’s coverage since #hackgate imploded

July 22 What The Guardian Can Learn from Watergate CoverageOn the importance of making the “right” mistakes By Craig... More

What The Guardian Can Learn from Watergate Coverage

On the importance of making the “right” mistakes

Up until The New York Times Magazine published a lengthy piece last September that broke new ground in the News... More

The Big Clock (1948)

A murderous publisher’s corporate noir

The Big Clock begins, as all stories about a desperate journalist ought to, with a drunken night. Charles Stroud, a... More

CNN, Piers Morgan, and the Hacking Scandal

Questions raised about primetime anchor’s tenure as a tabloid editor

It would be rather ironic if Fox News enemy CNN turns out to have a hacking-scandal-by-association problem on its hands,... More

Audit Notes: Ex-Execs Flip, Rupert’s Management, Daily Show

The big Murdoch hacking scandal news today is that two former News of the World executives contradicted James Murdoch's... More

Social Security Cuts and the CLASS Act

Language, language, language

If the MSM is to be believed, soon we will know what cuts Congress has in mind for Social Security,... More

Not Politics as Usual

Congressional norms are breaking down—and day-to-day political reporting should acknowledge that fact

Politico has a story this morning about the likely-doomed nomination of Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection... More

Why Journalism Helps Foster Global Innovation

Well-funded, diverse journalism increases innovative thinking

Recent scholarship on innovation suggests that good ideas are often hatched when people are exposed to many different disciplines and... More

The New Newsweek

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The Murdoch Pushback: Attacking the Press

Pathetic attempts to play down the scandal fall flat before the facts

There have been a number of efforts lately—obnoxious efforts—to say News Corporation's hacking scandal is some kind of "piling on"... More

A Headache of a Story

Bachmann’s health is in bounds, even if the scoop wasn’t

The story unfolded cryptically, sensationally, in the tabloid style that has chronicled so many starlet meltdowns and hospitalizations. Dziok’s departure... More

The Newspaper that Said “No” to Murdoch

Thirty years ago, the Buffalo Courier-Express took a stand

On September 17, 1982, the newspaper guild of the Buffalo Courier-Express voted to do something no other media outlet in... More

A Shout Out to The Palm Beach Post

A rare glimpse into the ways of for-profit health care

The Palm Beach Post deserves kudos for exposing how Florida governor Rick Scott conducted the business of his urgent care... More

Summer Reading Club

Recommend a book for a journalist this summer

The days are long, the dogs are panting, and the sun is still prime for shining on the pages of... More

Murdoch, “Humble,” in Global Headlines

Below, a look at how the most recent turns in the phone hacking scandal—yesterday's testimony to Parliament from Rupert and... More

Whose Line Is It, Anyway?

An oil-spill book relies too heavily on cut-and-paste work

This spring, Amanda Mascarelli, a freelance journalist based in Colorado, was in the process of reviewing A Sea in Flames,... More

Audit Notes: The Murdochs at Parliament, In the Journal, and Via Fox News

How sweet would it have been if The Guardian's Nick Davies had been on the committee questioning Rupert and James... More

The Murdochs and the MPs

Survival, but no one is taking their answers at face value.

The biggest surprise for me, at the Murdoch hearings today, was the lack of political theater and crocodile tears of... More

The Audit on NPR

Talking about Murdochs, News Corp., NotW, etc.

I'm on "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook on NPR's Boston affiliate, WBUR, talking Murdoch and News Corp., with Sarah... More

Left, Right, and Off Target

PEJ report’s misguided focus on “ideology” in nonprofit journalism

A new report on non-profit news startups from the Project for Excellence in Journalism has been attracting a little bit... More

NOTW and the FCPA

Experts and pundits weigh in on a US prosecution of News Corp.

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a formal investigation into allegations that News Corp. has violated the Foreign Corrupt... More

In Other Angles: Blame Brooks’s “Big Hair”

With The Guardian owning the “expensive, risky, time-consuming, stressful—and indispensable” investigative reporting related to the phone hacking scandal, as Dean... More

Life Near the Center of the Story

Istanbul is the ‘It’ location for enterprising freelance journalists

Last summer, my wife became NPR’s correspondent in Baghdad. I couldn’t join her there, so we decided I’d move... More

Murdoch’s Journal, Joe Nocera, and Fox-ification

The paper has slipped, but don’t give up on it yet

We've long been critical of the changes Rupert Murdoch has wrought at The Wall Street Journal. But Joe Nocera of... More

A Medicare Miss at the LA Times

Some fact-checking, please

Medicare is a bear to write about. It’s tough for beneficiaries to understand, and unclear news stories only serve to... More

A Visualization of Newspapers’ History

Stanford University team maps papers’ progress throughout the West

Did newspapers make the west, or did the west make newspapers? This is one of the questions that drives Geoff... More

Irony Patch

It’s not a coincidence

It’s “ironic” that many journalists don’t understand when to correctly use “irony.” Here’s an example of how “irony” frequently appears... More

The News Corp. Scandal is a Triumph for Investigative Reporting

Expensive, time-consuming, risky, stressful—and indispensable

It got pretty lonely.... --Ian Katz, deputy editor of the Guardian on the News of the World Story CJR's... More

The Real Rupert Murdoch Exposed

The single most important task facing Rupert Murdoch right now is to persuade the world that the illegal goings-on in... More

Chaos at Dow Jones is the Bancrofts’ Legacy

"I want you to do what's best for the company. Don’t you and the boys worry about dividends." —Jane... More

A Voice for the Unemployed

Yahoo!’s haunting look at the lives of the long-term jobless

Had your fill of reading about who stormed out on whom, and who called whom “childish,” in the umpteenth round... More

The Case for the Corrections Page

Why news organizations should follow the Times’s example

A website redesign is a major event for a news organization. Reuters recently unveiled a new website, and it occasioned... More

Unemployment Lines

Yahoo readers share their joblessness stories

Unemployment coverage is often so dominated by sterile numbers and political pontification that it can seem like a lonely, cold... More

Absence of Malice (1981)

When bad journalism kills

When I was a student in journalism school, in the beginning of my first semester, one of the professors of... More

What Bradley told Adrian

Glenn Greenwald avoids the cut of Occam’s razor

On Wednesday Wired released an almost completely unredacted version of the May 2010 chat transcripts between Adrian Lamo and Bradley... More

Israel’s Chilling New Law

The U.S. should stand for free speech no matter who’s violating it

“We could get in trouble for this,” begins a July 13 editorial titled “We Can’t Say This” from from The... More

The Mirror’s Dodgy “9/11 Hacking” Story

A piece that triggers an FBI probe reports no actual hacking and its information is third-hand

In response to calls from Congress, the FBI has opened an investigation into whether News Corp. journalists hacked the... More

John Paton’s Big Bet

Will “Digital First” bring home the bacon?

Update: On July 14, 2011, Journal Register Company announced that it had been purchased by Alden Global Capital for... More

Good and Bad from the NewsHour

Woodruff and Ifill begin to push the politicians—sort of

The NewsHour presented an interesting program the other night and the program’s customary balance format actually produced some illuminating journalism.... More

The Hatchet’s Tale

James O’Shea, Tribune’s one-time man in Los Angeles, tells all in his new book

The Deal From Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers by James O’Shea | Public Affairs |... More

Deficit Public Opinion Goes Missing

We’ve been reading that lots of people that matter are not happy with developments in those deficit reductions talks. But... More

Mommy Bloggers Cover the Casey Anthony Trial

If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy

Debi Cruz-Beck blogs almost everyday about motherhood, parenting and the like for her popular blog, The Truth About Motherhood. She... More

Forget Regulating the Press. Enforce the Law.

As Reuters has it: "The basic test of a decent police force is that it catches more criminals than... More

The Great Right Hype

Tucker Carlson and his Daily Caller

When Tucker Carlson took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2009, he opened by inviting... More

“Dumbest News Story Ever Written in Human History”

WaPo breaks First Lady Lunch news

Per the Washington Post yesterday: [A] Washington Post journalist on the scene confirmed... Consider, for a moment, all the possible... More

Huffington Post and “Over-Aggregation”

Where do we draw the line between aggregation and plagiarism?

AdAge media columnist Simon Dumenco recently posed a good question to the online news community: “What constitutes unfair -- unethical... More

Bland Brand, Bad Buzz

For Pawlenty, “the headlines are a killer”

In recent weeks, you may have noticed something of a Tim Pawlenty pile-on in the press. (Collectively, it sounds something... More

Quotus Interruptus

‘What … did (he) say?’

For weeks before Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees reached 3,000 career hits, he had been saying he didn’t... More

Q&A: Luke Stangel, Co-Creator of TapIn Bay Area

“Mobile could make us focus again on what we do really well as reporters.”

This week, Bay Area News Group—publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, the Oakland Tribune, and several other newspapers—will release... More

George W. and the Texas Press

Is the honeymoon over?

George W. Bush says he doesn't read newspapers. He does, however, apparently read Texas Monthly magazine. In fact, the president... More

News Corp.: Barometer Rising

“Some of the activity clearly was illegal.”

Ryan Chittum already said Nick Davies and the Guardian have pulled off one of the greatest newspaper investigations of... More

New Jersey Politics: Not So Much Like National Politics

A word to national political reporters looking to find broader meaning in Chris Christie’s dealings with New Jersey Democrats, or... More

The Personal and the Political

The debt-ceiling deadlock isn’t about Obama and Boehner’s relationship

As the debt ceiling standoff drags on and on, imperiling America’s creditworthiness and pushing other issues off the agenda, it’s... More

Growing Science in the Desert

Several Middle Eastern countries are pouring money into research; will it work?

Doha, Qatar—“Water flows uphill toward money and power,” said hydrologist Tony Allan, citing a political truism during a talk here... More

Joe Lieberman and his Medicare Gift

The press needs to untie the bow—and quickly

Leave it to Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman to speed along the process of making seniors on Medicare pay more for... More

Kurtz: Let He Who is Without…

Howard Kurtz returns to the pages of the Washington Post with a guest column reminding readers that the News of... More

Bad Parent

Reading The Wall Street Journal’s hamstrung coverage of its owner, News Corp.

It's been hard to watch The Wall Street Journal, still the global business-news leader, struggling with both hands tied behind... More

News for the World

A proposal for a globalized era: an American World Service

I would be surprised if in future decades, people did not say that the end of the twentieth century and... More

What Damage Could Rebekah Brooks Do to News Corp.?

The implosion of the News of the World, and of News Corp.’s bluster surrounding hacking and bribery allegations, comes less... More

Audit Notes: Les Hinton, Translating Murdoch Jr., UK Tabloid Culture

The Guardian writes today that the "Phone hacking spotlight falls on former News International boss Les Hinton." As well it... More

Another Guardian Scoop: Destruction of Evidence at News Corp.

One benefit of being nearly alone on a story for years: When everybody suddenly wakes up to it, you've still... More

Introducing the Grantland Corrections Desk

Deadspin picks up Bill Simmons’s slack

“Without looking it up, I can tell you the night the Toronto Blue Jays won their first World Series —... More

The Audit TV: Murdoch Hacking Scandal

The News of the World hacking scandal is like the Super Bowl of media criticism or something. I talked to... More

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

A group of hollow career fetishists and a moralizing dwarf

At the 1983 Academy Awards, a four-foot-nine dynamo of a New York stage actress named Linda Hunt took home the... More

Accountability, News Corp. Style

Those with responsibility escape it

Behold, editors and reporters at The Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, Fox News, and, for that matter, the... More

This Is How the World ends…

A cynical and fitting sacrifice for the News of The World

Finally it died as it has lived: in an explosion of moral piety designed to disguise actions that, in truth,... More

A Young Rupert Murdoch in Britain, Via the BBC Archives

Adam Curtis pulls fascinating archival footage that shows the tycoon on his way up

The BBC's Adam Curtis has a fascinating blog called The Medium and the Message where he digs into the network's... More

Q&A: Sebastian Junger on Tim Hetherington

“The ultimate truth about war is that you are guaranteed to lose your brothers.”

It’s not often that one sees characters from a film gather to mourn a filmmaker. On May 24, soldiers from... More

An #askObama Takeaway: Public has questions about housing, education policy

Will the White House press corps get the message?

In the wake of yesterday’s “Twitter townhall,” The Boston Globe put together an interesting infographic comparing Twitter users’ #askObama questions... More

Also Exposed by The Guardian: Murdoch’s Grip on U.K.’s Elites

And it isn’t pretty

A lot of powerful people in the UK have suddenly found their spines in the last few days. That's perhaps... More

A Deficit of Detail

Big news and few specifics on Obama’s debt move

This morning’s papers all delivered big news: Obama had a bigger, bolder debt reduction plan in mind, to save $4... More

Water keeps rising in NOTW scandal

Archie Bland, foreign editor of The Independent, and author of an excellent and prescient piece for CJR on the News... More

How’s Seeking Alpha’s Pay-Per-Pageview Experiment Working?

Seeking Alpha's David Jackson has given David Kaplan some hard numbers on how its pay-per-pageview program is getting along after... More

Big Bird to the Rescue?

Public television remains largely indifferent to calls to boost serious news coverage

Representative Earl Blumenauer stood before a microphone outside the Capitol building in February to make a passionate plea for continued... More

Audit Notes: News Corporation Hacking Scandal Edition

The Guardian's Nick Davies, the person most responsible for unearthing Rupert Murdoch's News of the World scandal, has another must-read... More

News of the World and U.S. Media Culture

I was asked an interesting question earlier today by a BBC producer who wanted to know about the American angle... More

Arab Spring to Arab Summer

World Conference showcases science journalism in Middle East

Doha, Qatar—The Arab Spring that toppled governments in North Africa and the Middle East turned into an Arab summer for... More

Obama’s Twitter Townhall

“Win win” for White House and Twitter, 140 characters for everyone else

This summer Twitter brought us Anthony Weiner in his underpants; a Fox News-imposter who briefly hacked the President to death... More

Keeping an Eye on Patient Safety, Part III

What we can learn from the Brits

Slowly the public is coming to realize that hospitals are not always safe places. Since the Institute of Medicine published... More

1955: When Chase Was Too Small to Bail

American Banker has a fun flashback that helps show how out of whack our financial system has gotten in the... More

A kingmaker for the invisible primary

Yesterday, we published an interview I conducted with Hans Noel, co-author of the 2008 book The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations... More

Primary School

NYT fails on why—or even if—freshmen reps will face GOP challenges

On its front page yesterday, The New York Times explained that freshman Republican congressmen are feeling frightened. The cause, em... More

Audit Notes: Rein In Rupert, “The Age of Greed”, Bartlett on Thatcher

The Independent's Matthew Norman says it will be a disgrace if Britain doesn't come together to end Murdoch's outsize control... More

Sultan woman with dog’s head taken to hospital

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Utah: Incompetent sex offender freed —The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) 4/8/11 Navy SEALs Responsible For Getting Osama bin Laden To... More

News Corp. and Murdoch Swamped By Hacking Scandal News

Revelations come fast and furious in the twenty-four hours after a Guardian bombshell

The Murdoch hacking scandal has metastasized twenty-four hours after The Guardian's bombshell that News Corporation's News of the World tabloid... More

The Climate for Science Reporting

A new report shows a surge in climate change coverage

Early in December 2009, politicians, media representatives, and NGO officials queued up outside the Bella Center from eight in the... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books on journalists William L. Shirer and E.J. Edwards, plus the documentary Page One

The Long Night: William L. Shirer and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by Steve Wick | Palgrave... More

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

A review of Simon Reynolds’s Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past

Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds | Faber and Faber, Inc. | 458 pages, $16... More

How to Cover the Money Race

A Q&A with money-and-politics expert Dave Levinthal

If 2010’s $3.6 billion midterm elections are any gauge, reporters tasked with following the money in campaign 2012 face a... More

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

41 percent of the US news media workforce who are women 23.3 percent of top-level US news media managers who... More

Almost Famous

Confusion over “infamy” and “notoriety” abounds

You probably don’t want to become “infamous.” but you may want to be “notorious.” The adjective “infamous” has traditionally meant... More

All Politics is Local

Highlights from CJR.org’s News Frontier Database

One of the most important questions facing the news industry in its search to sustain journalism online is how the... More

Editor’s Note

CJR’s Joel Meares wins a Mirror Award; goodbye to our 2010-2011 fellows

Prizes—oh, how we love ‘em! CJR’s Joel Meares has taken home our latest: a win in the Best Profile/Digital Media... More

Notes From Our Online Readers

Readers add to CJR’s own “Words We Shouldn’t Say” list

When New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren posted a list of “words we don’t say” to the magazine’s 6th... More

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our May/June story by Pamela Newkirk, “The Not-So-Great Migration”

Black and White Permit me to offer an amplifying note to Pamela Newkirk’s trenchant take on the migration of some... More

The Hack that Broke the Camel’s Back

The scandal surrounding News Corp’s British tabloid News of the World and their practice of hacking into peoples’ voicemail accounts... More

Gonna Wanna

When dialects collide

Writing the way people speak is one way to make sure your copy doesn’t become bloviated or stodgy. But journalists... More

Murdoch’s Hacking Scandal Gets Much Worse

The Guardian shows News Corporation at an all-time low (and that’s saying something)

Sometimes you wonder if Rupert Murdoch's empire could get any viler, and then, sure as the sun will rise in... More

How to Understand the ‘Invisible Primary’

An interview with Georgetown professor Hans Noel

The 2012 Iowa caucuses are still seven months away, but Republican presidential hopefuls are already well into the “invisible primary”—a... More

Economic Policy-makers Go MIA

National Journal on the holes in Obama’s team

The focus in the political press today is all about whether Congressional Republicans, having extracted promises from the White House... More

The Future of Public Television

Can Public Television News Step Up?

Television has long been our most popular news medium, the format that unites us and brings the world to our... More

Signal and Noise

Trying to follow global news in America, a newcomer finds that something is missing

If you wished to see a vivid illustration of how the broadcast news media in the US are perceived in... More

Bang Bang Off Target

Hollywood gets war reporters wrong again

The Bang Bang Club, written and directed by Steven Silver; starring Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Malin Akerman, Frank Rautenbach, and... More

Kling’s Warning

A Q&A with Minnesota Public Radio’s first CEO as he steps down

In 1967, in exchange for free graduate-school tuition, Bill Kling agreed to help Minnesota’s St. John’s University start a... More

Silence Across the Sinai

Some topics remain tense in post-Mubarak Egypt

Sometime in late March, at a Cairo protest, a prominent Egyptian activist pretended he was meeting me for the... More

Opening Shot

Jill Abramson, the first woman at the helm of The New York Times

“OMG. It’s official, women run the world,” wrote Dennis M. Madison, a New York Times reader who posted a... More

And on the Fender Bass, President Abraham Lincoln!

A humorous correction earns AAA World some praise

It wasn’t too long after the July/August issue of the mid-Atlantic edition of AAA World magazine reached subscribers that Mike... More

An Underwhelming Bachmann “Gaffe”

Perhaps predictably, many in the media have latched onto presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s latest gaffe, in which she apparently confused... More

Said and Unsaid

Which topics the press asks about—and which ones it doesn’t—at Obama’s press conferences

How was the media’s performance at this week’s presidential press conference? With one or two exceptions, pretty good. In addition... More

Superman

The Man of Steel has better things to do than be a reporter

When watching Superman (1978), I was reminded of the David Carradine rant from the end of Kill Bill: Vol. 2,... More

The State of the Blog

Felix Salmon Talks to Alexis Madrigal

I’ve felt for a while now that the kind of blogging I do — one person writing a series... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Six things to consider about the new Los Angeles Register

“If the Register were a football team, Coach Kushner’s strategy would clearly be to flood the zone”

How Americans die

Great data viz from Bloomberg View

The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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