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March 2012

Bloomberg BusinessWeek Cuts the Guruspeak

Capital New York takes a quick but revealing look at how and why Bloomberg BusinessWeek has revolutionized the business magazine,... More

The Trayvon Martin Case: How Has the Sentinel Handled It?

Orlando’s daily gets mixed marks

When a big, local story breaks, regional newspapers have the opportunity to own it. The killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin... More

Does Fact-Checking Work? False Statements are Wrong Metric

By naming and shaming worst offenders, reporters can make a difference

Politics today seemingly has more fact-checking than ever before. As a result, reporters are asking a new question: Does fact-checking... More

Audit Notes: Cookbooks and News, Too Big to Fail, Paul Ryan

Ken Doctor has a good post for Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab on why news organizations need to be ramping up... More

Harry Potter Hits the E-Book Market

I've never understood quite why, in a digital age that allows companies to sell directly to their customers, that book... More

The Plain Dealer on a Potential Senator’s ‘Estrangement’ from Truth

Mandel says he won’t be swayed by fact-checks; reporter promises to stay ‘vigilant’

OHIO — When a candidate for office declares his intention to repeat falsehoods, what’s a reporter to do? That’s the... More

Health Reform and the Supreme Court: Day Three

The press reads the tea leaves

As the Supreme Court ended oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act, addressing whether the law can stand alone without... More

How to (B)roil a Celebrity

Add outdated newspaper writing to issues of authorship, and stir

After The New York Times ran a story earlier this month about cookbook ghostwriters, some celebrities whose books were featured... More

A Strong Veepstakes Story from the Tampa Bay Times

Focus on Rubio’s deeds—not words—brings new insights

FLORIDA — Whenever Sean Hannity interviews Marco Rubio, he gushes like 12-year old smitten with the girl next-door. Hannity’s beating... More

Stories I’d Like to See

Hooked on drug ads, education collision in Hawaii, and the gas frenzy

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

Taking Tea with Ayn Rand

Gary Weiss explores Objectivism’s influence on contemporary politics

Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul | By Gary Weiss | St Martin’s Press | 304 pages,... More

The American Newsroom

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Audit Notes: Chart of the Day, Trayvon Martin Sourcing, Updates

The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien pulls the chart of the day from Ireland's Central Statistics Office: This shows the change in... More

Health Reform and the Supreme Court: Day Two

Press coverage focuses on the individual mandate

There was one near-universal takeaway from Day Two of oral arguments before the Supreme Court: The requirement that almost all... More

Why is the Press So Ready to Count Santorum Out?

Voters think their primary choices still matter

The front-page story in the March 18th New York Times seemed a case of political life imitating art. A revival... More

Darts and Laurels

So much hot air

In January, as earthlings awaited the largest solar radiation storm in seven years, news headlines had a Cowboys-and-Aliens feel:... More

The WaPo Ombudsman’s Faulty Paywall Analysis

The NYT’s meter is saving or adding more than $70 million in revenue a year already

Washington Post ombudsman Patrick B. Pexton has a flawed analysis on the logic of a possible paywall there and on... More

Little Context for Obama Energy Speech in Ohio

Local reports present a war of words without much fact checking

Unchecked accusations about gas prices and oil production defined local coverage of President Barack Obama’s speech at Ohio State University... More

Caro’s Way

Even after 2,600 pages, LBJ remains elusive

It was the most contested election in the history of Texas. On August 28, 1948, Lyndon B. Johnson, a ruthless... More

Health Reform and the Supreme Court: Day One

Press coverage offers a little something for everyone

Press coverage of the Affordable Care Act’s debut before the Supreme Court yesterday offered a little bit of everything. The... More

News Organizations That Lobby Against Their Own Reporters’ Interests

Media companies are fighting political transparency while their reporters demand it

The battle playing out over a new government transparency proposal has taken a turn that should concern journalists. Many of... More

Why Kael is Good for You

It’s time to defend a critic’s ‘contrarian’ viewpoint

Last fall, The New Yorker published a long feature on the life and legacy of Pauline Kael, the most celebrated... More

Audit Notes: Hollywood Rolls, Ryan’s Loopholes, Regulation and Racing

Looking at this Wall Street Journal graphic, you'd think Hollywood has been on some kind of epic roll the last... More

In Ecuador, a Social Media Workaround

Oppressed journalists are having their say online

For three years, Ecuadorean journalist Lindon Sanmartín Rodriguez and his brother Pablo hosted a freewheeling talk radio show that analyzed... More

Mitt and the Mandate

Whose paternity is it, anyway?

No matter what decision comes from the Supreme Court, which began hearing arguments Monday on the constitutionality of the Affordable... More

Sourcing Trayvon Martin “Photos” From Stormfront

Not a good idea, Business Insider

Business Insider runs a linkbait post with a graphic of Trayvon Martin images it found on the neonazi website Stormfront.... More

Madison Square Gardening

Time to plant some “seeds”

It’s spring, and a young man’s fancy turns to … seeds. “Seeding” is a way of creating a tournament “draw”... More

Denying Death

Most people ignore genocide denial. Growing numbers of governments do not

While I’ve argued in this column that free speech in the world is trending toward expansion, a position I still... More

Married, With Websites

Leaving newsrooms behind, journalist couples from Maine to Alaska are setting up their own shops—online

In romantic relationships, it’s often the small courtesies that express love best: doing the dishes, picking up the kids, making... More

Audit Notes: N.J., Paragon of Clean Government; Algae Fuel, Fees, The Rich (UPDATED)

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil just guts a Center for Public Integrity report card on state corruption. It found that New Jersey... More

The New York Times Goes to the Dogs

Canine-centric stories skyrocket during early months of Abramson’s reign

There’s really no other way to say this: The New York Times is going to the dogs. Dogs have been... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Open-source robots, David Lynch, and the “Eat More Kale” guy

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

The AP’s Weak Coverage of Its New Boss

The Associated Press has a new CEO. So how does the AP cover it? Not very well. AP hired McClatchy... More

Open Bar

The Red Carpet Lounge

Year opened 1976 Distinguishing features Red carpet, of course, and booths, plus five video-lottery machines. Thursday is Steak Night: $14 for... More

The WSJ on the GOP’s $36 Million Man

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story today on a billionaire you've probably never heard of who's become... More

Birthday Coverage for the Affordable Care Act

The two faces of health reform

The health reform law celebrates its two-year anniversary tomorrow. There are myriad ways to report on the Affordable Care Act... More

Paley Center presents: “The Next Big Thing in Digital News Innovation”

This morning, The Paley Center for Media hosted a forum called “The Next Big Thing in Digital News Innovation,” with... More

A Baghdad Journal

At stake: $18.6 billion for the rebuilding of Iraq. The players: The Pentagon, the White House, the press, and one loyal public affairs officer worrying about his job. Here is his unofficial story.

Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, December 21, 2003. After a chilly daybreak, my mind is racing with recollections of the past few... More

Reporter’s Toolbox: Oil and Gas Prices

Resources to help journalists stop the spin

Every year, news stories about US gasoline prices appear in the early spring and remain popular until the end of... More

Telling the News on Cowbird

Jonathan Harris’s storytelling platform has journalistic potential

Artist and computer programmer Jonathan Harris made a name for himself with unique projects documenting feelings and experiences. We Feel... More

The Etch-a-Sketch Press

How the media constructed another Romney gaffe—and why it is unlikely to matter

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Yesterday, Etch-a-Sketch became the media’s favorite metaphor for Mitt Romney’s ideological flexibility. But the iconic children’s toy... More

Why Twitter Will Get More Annoying

Happy sixth birthday, Twitter! You’re the service which started off as a way for groups of friends to keep... More

The Auteurs’ Caretaker

Penelope Gilliatt didn’t care about movies as much as she cared about the people who made them

In 1968, New Yorker editor William Shawn decided to start taking the movies seriously. Up to that point, the... More

Audit Notes: Skynet News, Gawker’s High-Low Strategy, Oil Speculators

Evgeny Morozov has a must-read piece at Slate on the rise of journalism bots, which Forbes now employs to write... More

Gawker Misreads the WSJ on Vaccines and Immunity (UPDATED)

Gawker totally misreads a Wall Street Journal story on numbskulls who don't vaccinate their kids, writing that it means "Oregonian... More

Michigan’s Bad Integrity Report Card

A close look at coverage in the “Trust Us State”

MICHIGAN — It looks bleak: Michigan gets an “F” on a “corruption risk report card” released this week by the... More

Romney, BuzzFeed, and that “Hidden” Op-Ed

Is the press ceding policy-shift reporting to oppo artists?

It was four o’clock on a Friday afternoon when BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, a 22-year old student at St. John’s College,... More

Acronyms You Should Know

FERN: The Food & Environment Reporting Network

Even as interest in all things food-related skyrockets, space devoted to serious food issues continues to lose out to... More

Audit Notes: Newspaper of the Year, Leverage, Wemple vs. Wolff

In 2011, The Guardian had one of the best years any paper has ever had. Its reporting on the systemic... More

Inspecting Local TV’s “Public Inspection Files”

CJR explores the filing cabinets in five states

Regular readers may recall that a few months ago, CJR published a pair of columns by Steven Waldman—the lead author... More

Q & A: New America Foundation’s Tom Glaisyer

The NAF’s Media Policy Fellow on crowdsourcing broadcasters’ public files

In exchange for using the public airwaves for free, broadcast stations are required to serve their local community, a condition... More

The NYT Paywall Hums Along

The New York Times's paywall continues to outperform expectations at its first birthday. The paper says it now has 454,000... More

When Journalists Take Money From Wall Street

Many thanks to Paul Starobin for getting to the bottom of the question of journalists being paid by Wall Street... More

Stories I’d Like to See

Examining the insanity defense, MSNBC’s weekend sleaze, and suing OPEC

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

Ira Glass’s Casablanca Moment with Mike Daisey

A classy confession doesn’t negate the crime

Over the weekend, as just about anyone with electricity knows by now, the public radio program This American Life fell... More

Detained in Dagestan

How I got caught—and got out

Last September I went on assignment with a translator to Dagestan, a Russian republic on the Caspian Sea. Since we... More

Audit Notes: Responsible Populism, Tom Frank on Elites, Shlaes and Inflation

Simon Johnson writes about what he calls "responsible populism," not populism as it is so often portrayed in the press... More

Why Making More Money Is Groovy, And Makes You Richer

You might think this is an Onion-style parody of a column by a right-wing think tanker: But it's no joke.... More

The Facts of the Mike Daisey Matter

And why they matter

It’s been a tough winter for facts, and for those of us who wrangle them for a living. On Friday,... More

Beggars Can Be Choosers

Questioning the questions

Every so often it’s important to revisit an issue, to clarify or modify it, depending on the circumstances. It “begs... More

Money Talks

If you cover Wall Street, should you take Wall Street speaking fees?

Gillian Tett, the US managing editor of the London-based Financial Times, is “sharp” and “glamorous,” according to a 2010... More

Audit Notes: Greg Smith, Mike Daisey, David Carr

Quote of the day goes either to Bloomberg or The Epicurean Dealmaker. It's a tough one. Bloomberg finds Morgan Stanley... More

Nine Lives of a Disputed Fact

A Politico op-ed fails the fact-checking test

The other day, Politico published an opinion piece arguing that Americans should be “extremely anxious about the outcome” of the... More

Sun’s Damon Discusses How She Got the Goods on NV Lawmakers

Exposé on spending disclosures all started with a source

NEVADA — Some recent stories by, and about, Las Vegas Sun political reporter Anjeanette Damon point out the veracity of... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Four decades of mystery, seven deadly sins in Las Vegas, and pro-frack America

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

Back to School with Santorum

Journalists take a closer look at claims about his Penn State days

PENNSYLVANIA — A radio interview on the eve of Michigan's primary let Sen. Rick Santorum expand on his widely reported... More

Tracking Campaign Cash in Colorado

An interview with Denver Post reporter Karen Crummy

COLORADO — As the campaign finance landscape shifts, and more cash from more sources flows into politics at every level,... More

Words & Deeds

Murdoch finds it’s not easy being green

In 2007, News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch unequivocally acknowledged the reality of climate change and launched “a... More

Audit Notes: 1966 Wages, Fracking’s Chickens and Eggs, Whistleblowers

David Cay Johnston looks at the latest income-distribution data from Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty, and notes that in this... More

The NAA Newspaper Numbers

Alan Mutter looks at the 2011 numbers out of the Newspaper Association of America, which he notes were "quietly published."... More

Mad Libs, New York Times Executive Pay Edition

The New York Times likes to inveigh against executive compensation practices on its editorial pages, and its newsroom has done... More

Southern Polls: Going Beyond Hillbillies

Even pushback against media meme invokes tired stereotypes

NORTH CAROLINA — It’s still early in this election season, but the tired trope of how ignorant folks are down... More

Shelf Life of…

A Mort Zuckerman editor

The news that Kevin Convey was out as editor of the New York Daily News after less than 24 months,... More

The Worst Personal-Finance Video Ever

Like many people, I’m fascinated by lottery tickets. In many ways they’re the purest speculative investment in the world: a... More

Audit TV: Has the Business Press Failed the Public Trust?

Audit Boss Dean Starkman's cover story in the last issue of CJR argued that business journalism had narrowed its gaze... More

WFTV’s Sensationalism Soils Solid Obama Sit-Down

Orlando reporter suggests recent Afghanistan killings comparable to My Lai

FLORIDA—Orlando WFTV reporter Greg Warmoth found himself standing in front of President Obama just a day after the world found... More

Univision Report Features Bo—And, Oh, Barack, Too

Interview segment embraces White House’s light-touch frame

NEVADA — While President Obama works to win the minds of Hispanic voters in America, his pet pooch, Bo, may... More

Greg Smith and Goldman Sachs

It's tempting to get all savvy and snarky about Greg Smith's op-ed in The New York Times this morning on... More

Your Black Muslim History

A new book tackles issues larger than one murdered reporter

Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism's Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist | By Thomas Peele... More

Repaving the Trail

Campaign reporting can be terrible. Here’s how to make it better.

In January, I visited New Hampshire and Florida to report on the media coverage of the GOP presidential primaries there.... More

Notes from our Online Readers

Readers weigh in on Gordon’s “Gender Imbalance on the Campaign Trail,” and Fahy’s “Media Made Hawking Famous.”

When so many voters are women, why do male reporters outnumber female reporters two to one? Meryl Gordon explores that... More

Audit Notes: Fast Food Nation at 10, U.S. Inequality, Marilyn Hagerty

Eric Schlosser revisits his muckraking epic Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal for The Daily Beast,... More

Stories I’d Like to See

Afghan justice, Putin’s palace, and the Edwards trial

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

American Banker Delves into Debt-Collecting Woes at Chase

It looks more and more like the foreclosure scandal is a symptom of a larger problem. American Banker's Jeff Horwitz... More

Is Buying Health Insurance Like Shopping on Amazon?

No sirreeee, says WBUR

On Monday, the AP reported that, as part of its health reform efforts, the federal government would require states to... More

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our January/February issue

Out of the park Congratulations on a truly outstanding January/February issue. Magazines I read—like The New Yorker and The New... More

Audit Notes: Charles Murray’s Lunch, Morgenson on Fairfax, Knight-Ridder’s iPad

The Globe and Mail's Doug Saunders writes this on Twitter: What Charles Murray had for lunch while telling the FT... More

Pessimism Reigns a Year After Fukushima

Media forecast a gloomy future for the nuclear industry

The barrage of stories worldwide on the first anniversary of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant provided... More

Jibe Talking

Confusion over jibe, jive, gibe, and gybe

“Alas, poore Yorick,” Shakespeare wrote. “Where be your gibes now?” Or, depending on your edition of Hamlet, perhaps he wrote... More

Should Health Journos Use Hospital Safety Data?

An interview with Kaiser Health News’s Jordan Rau

In a highly touted effort to improve the quality of hospital care, the federal government has started disclosing data that... More

The Constant Gardener

My two years tending AOL’s hyperlocal experiment

My employment with Patch started with a handshake and a promise that I would be called with a job offer... More

Tim Armstrong Still Believes

The AOL CEO tells why he’s still betting on Patch

This article ran in CJR's March/April 2012 edition as a sidebar to Sean Roach's cover story on the Patch hyperlocal... More

A Brief History of Hyperlocals

Smells like town spirit

This article ran in CJR's March/April 2012 edition as a sidebar to Sean Roach's cover story on the Patch hyperlocal... More

A Dim-Bulb Story From the Washington Post

New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman's office this afternoon sent out a press release hammering the Washington Post's page-one story on... More

Rick Santorum’s Math Problem

The press doesn’t fall for his incorrect Obamacare answer

Now really, Rick—every American will get government help after Obamacare takes effect? Surely you jest! Thankfully my press brethren had... More

200 Years of Citi

An alternate history

Bloomberg's Christine Harper, on Twitter, notes that Citigroup's corporate timeline, launched in a must-have new iPad app called Citi News,... More

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Hyperlocal news, jam bands, and how to make a baby

Each week, dozens of journalistic endeavors turn to Kickstarter for funding. Pitching media projects to this online community brings another... More

Editor in Chief’s Note

Congrats and goodbye to deputy editor Clint Hendler, and a call for photos of journalists on the job

Although ’tis the season to look ahead, it’s time to say thank you to someone whose name is disappearing from... More

Audit Notes: Tabloid Chutzpah, Paywall Performance, The Fed and Dividends

Rebekah Brooks, former head of Rupert Murdoch's UK tabloids, which were rogue even by the viciously sensationalist standards of that... More

Heap of Trouble

Katherine Boo chronicles life inside a Mumbai slum

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity | By Katherine Boo | Random House |... More

The Justice Department and the Price of Books

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department is going after Apple and book publishers for colluding to fix... More

In Ohio, a Spotlight on Super PAC Ads

As a new campaign urges stations to reject misleading ads, how sharp is the conflict between conscience and cash?

OHIO — There was no escaping the blizzard of negative television and radio advertising assaulting the eyes and ears of... More

Hard Numbers

Super PACs and Stephen Colbert

9 days before South Carolina’s primary when comedian Stephen Colbert announced his presidential bid 157,876 dollars spent by Colbert Super... More

Bloomberg’s Missing Billionaire

This is rich, and no pun is intended. I criticized Bloomberg News yesterday for its policy of not covering its... More

News Organizations That Haven’t Learned To Share

The seams in certain outlets’ social sharing strategies

The Economist does not let users of its free app share news items via e-mail, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or anything... More

The Baby Boom Wasn’t That Big, WSJ

Boomers will be flooding the senior centers over the next few years and decades and that wave will be a... More

How Vladimir Putin Came to Power

Masha Gessen takes a hard look at the Russian president

The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin | by Masha Gessen | Riverhead | 304 pages,... More

GlobalPost’s Charles Sennott: a progress report

GlobalPost’s vice president, Charles Sennott, stopped by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism yesterday to talk to journalism students. Sennott,... More

Stories I’d Like to See

A hidden Gulf economy, Romney’s old taxes, and patent wars

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

Context, and Political Theater, in North Carolina

Why the press needs to tell the parts of the story Obama won’t

NORTH CAROLINA — As the results of the Super Tuesday primaries put Republican candidates in the headlines, President Obama is... More

Show us the Money

Broadcasters and the FCC need to get political ad data online

The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision unleashed a torrent of campaign spending, the impact of which we are... More

Audit Notes: Fox on Energy, Journalists and Programmers, Bloomberg

Media Matters has an amusing compilation of Fox News reactions to $4 a gallon gasoline in 2008, when George W.... More

Bloomberg, Uncovered

A news organization that won’t report on itself

Gothamist flags this gem down deep in a Bloomberg News story on its new Billionaire's Index: Bloomberg News editorial policy... More

When JFK made Santorum sick

The press was too slow to supply the larger context

It has been more than a week since Rick Santorum went on the Sunday talk circuit and made news by... More

Few Female Bylines in Major Magazines

Losing the count

It's appropriate that the red, the color of passion and anger, represents the female male slice of the pie in... More

Flashback: Super Tuesday 2008 (Vote-zilla!!!)

Today is Super Tuesday! Or, "'pretty good' Tuesday," as MSNBC's delegate math whiz Chuck Todd put it in a wistful... More

Infographic: What’s a CEO Worth?

What Janet Robinson’s golden parachute could buy

Infographic by Nigel Holmes Click here to see a larger version of this image. The tenures of two recently... More

Audit Notes: Rocket Internet, Gas Taxes, The Price of Health Care

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a good story on a German company that makes its living ripping off American websites and taking... More

WSJ on the Return of the Online Pet Food Store

I like this smart Wall Street Journal piece on the new economics of the Web as told through the effort... More

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What’s In David Carr’s Backpack?

The New York Times media columnist shows his stuff

David Carr, veteran newspaperman and indie-film star (Page One), can’t quite remember the year he started his career at The... More

NPR Rethinks Its Reporting

Will “he said/she said” go away for good?

Last week, NPR released a new ethics document that the blogosphere announced would end the “he said/she said” reporting the... More

@#?

How to quote e-mail, tweets, and such

BREAKING: Palm Beach Sheriffs Office tells @SusanCandiotti that the bomb squad is investigating a suspicious pkg near #Rush #Limbaugh home... More

How I Got That Story

Death Metal Angola

In September 2009, Jeremy Xido, a New York-based filmmaker, went to Angola with a colleague and two hand-held video... More

The World’s Dumbest Press Conference

How coverage of Joe Arpaio’s birtherism threatens to make the myth worse

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Last Tuesday, the New America Foundation released a report (PDF) I co-authored with Georgia State's Jason Reifler... More

Romney and the “Mormon Moment”

Lots of fear and loathing from the pundit class

More than once this election cycle, it has been declared “The Mormon Moment.” Look no further than Broadway (The Book... More

A Laurel to the Toledo Blade

Paper challenges Romney on his manufacturing message

OHIO — There’s a well-known truism that you can’t have it both ways. But that’s never stopped politicians, especially in... More

In Michigan, Getting Beyond the ‘Class Divide’

HuffPost’s Blumenthal finds another good angle in the results

MICHIGAN — Election night demands instant coverage from reporters—not just to name a winner, but to define how voting patterns... More

Checkbook Journalism’s Slippery Slope

Murdoch’s scandals show why paying for news is a bad idea

Combine the culture of checkbook journalism with the culture of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and you get one of the... More

Tongue Oppressor

How Lukashenko’s Belarus muzzles the press

Last summer I traveled to Belarus on assignment for The Virginia Quarterly Review. It was the most bizarre reporting trip... More

Audit Notes: William Cohan, Three Little Pigs, Recovery Spring

In Bloomberg BusinessWeek, William D. Cohan writes about the spectacular downfall of hedge fund manager Dan Zwirn, whose $12 billion... More

Opening Shot

Pinterest is the media’s newest BFF

“What is Pinterest and why should I care?” asked a recent blog post on TheAtlantic.com. In case you’ve managed... More

That Stuck Feeling

The Huffington Post launches an ambitious new series on the poor and middle class

We all had a chuckle yesterday at the poor hedge fund marketing director whining about the difficulties of living in... More

My Lawyer, Myself

Suing the government for access to info, pro se

Inside well-funded newsrooms, investigative reporters can usually turn to company lawyers for help with stalled public records requests. But independent... More

Heartland, Gleick, and Media Law

Experts weigh in on leaks and deceptive tactics

When, if ever, are deceptive tactics legally or ethically permissible in journalism? An old debate over that question has raged... More

Newt and the Age Gap

What young reporters don’t understand

In this topsy-turvy political year, Newt Gingrich has exhausted every resurrection metaphor from the world’s great religions and undoubtedly,... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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

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