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August 2012

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Packing up and shipping out in Tampa

Jeb Bush gives reporters one last local news hook on RNC’s final night

TAMPA — On Friday morning, Florida reporters and editors attending the Republican National Convention were packing their laptops and video... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Printing the Internet and updating an office

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

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Parsing Romney on healthcare

Chris Wallace gets a C minus

Before Chris Wallace got to the soft stuff of his Fox News Sunday interview last week with The Family Romney... More

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The Wall Street Journal lets Paul Ryan go all but unchecked

Misleading claims get ignored or given he said-she said treatment

The Wall Street Journal's coverage of Paul Ryan's speech to the Republican National Convention Wednesday, which was packed with one... More

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A dart to the AP—and a laurel!

Good work on fact-checking speeches; on Social Security, not so much

Dart The Associated Press misled its many readers, unfortunately, about what is a Social Security benefit cut and what... More

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Audit Notes: Wall Street sheriffs, preprints, Globalization and workers

Supposedly in a “race to investigate, indict, subpoena and fine”

The Wall Street Journal would have you believe Wall Street is running scared from all the financial cops in New... More

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One last night on the outskirts in Tampa

Welsh cakes, a protest that wasn’t, and the rest of the scene from the RNC

This post has been updated. TAMPA — It's 6:30 p.m. on the final night of the Republican National Convention, and... More

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Read? Listen? Who has the time?

At political conventions, journalists get preliterate

TAMPA—Sitting in my motel room Thursday on the fringes of Tampa, maybe 20 miles and three weather systems away from... More

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Don’t posit ‘what women think’ without quoting any

Coverage of Ann Romney’s RNC speech said she connected with women, but no female voices in the stories verified the claim

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Immediately after Ann Romney’s speech... More

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Required skimming: food politics and policy

If you believe you are what you eat, you’ll want to read these

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Water woes

Regional papers turn out series on sea level, drought

Exposés about the changing climate in the polar north are great, and all the more important in light of reports... More

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How ‘half true’ happens

Our correspondent sits in as PolitiFact editors rate Nikki Haley’s claim

TAMPA — “Perhaps if we all ignore PolitiFact, they'll eventually go away," went the lede of a Weekly Standard story... More

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Checking the foundation of ‘We Built It’

In many Virginia papers, coverage of McDonnell’s convention speech is a let-down

VIRGINIA — The Republican National Convention may be happening in Tampa, but the theme for the gathering’s opening Tuesday night—“We... More

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Ignored factchecks and the media’s crisis of confidence

Whatever campaigns may do, aggressive truth-telling is the right approach for reporters

Can the media stop politicians from misleading the public? That's the question on the minds of many journalists and commentators... More

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Audit Notes: Murdoch’s hacking scandal, revolving door, Obama’s AMA

Two more arrests, including one for computer hacking

As Rupert Murdoch tells the world to go see Dinesh D'Souza's "scary" 2016 propaganda (read my 2010 takes on the... More

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In Florida, convention coverage ranges from abundant to absent

The Tampa papers go all-in, while the Sun Sentinel goes missing

TAMPA — On Wednesday, the morning after the first night of the Republican National Convention, the front page of the... More

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Are you too drunk to edit?

A journalistic sobriety test for night editors, bloggers, and anyone covering an event with an open bar

Is there a test that you can self-administer to determine if you are too drunk to write or edit a... More

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Required skimming: data journalism

Learn how the experts make numbers look pretty

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Following up on a promise of jobs

The Salisbury Post in North Carolina talks to manufacturing workers still waiting on a call back to work

NORTH CAROLINA — Kudos to the scrappy little Salisbury Post in Salisbury, North Carolina, for its story Sunday detailing the... More

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Finding the local in vast swathes of data

An NPR map of 2010 census information is a great example of how reporters can make big data locally relevant

Census data was made for mapping, showing the relationship between data points over a geographical area. In 2010, when the... More

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CNBC: kid gloves for bankers, boxing gloves for bank critics

Interviews with Barofsky, Spitzer, and Krugman underscore the network’s capture

We're all for aggressively skeptical interviewing—I've often wished we could import Brits to do our presidential interviews, for instance. But... More

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How journalists helped stabilize a new Colombia

Overcoming mountains and militias

BOGOTA, Colombia—Here are two headlines from two decades apart: A headline 20 years ago in the Milwaukee Journal—Who’s in charge:... More

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A celebration of access in Tampa

Conventions are about getting in to the place worth being

TAMPA — It only took me two minutes to get kicked out of Liberty Plaza. Liberty Plaza, sponsored by various... More

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Audit Notes: the national debt, Bailout, ProPublica on campaign finance

GOP jujitsu on Obama and deficits

Ezra Klein, anticipating a lot of Republicans disingenuously blaming Obama for the national debt, points to a Center on Budget... More

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Required skimming: journalism business models

All the things I could do/If I had a little money

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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The NYT’s weak coverage of rental-car consolidation

With Hertz/Dollar Thrifty deal, three companies would have 94 percent of the market

The rental car business is a highly concentrated industry controlled by four companies. It's about to get much more concentrated,... More

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It’s morning in the Tampa Convention Center

Swing States Project’s Florida correspondent takes it all in

TAMPA — In a large room, just off the main floor of the Tampa Convention Center, there are about 100... More

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Conventions: A great learning opportunity for voters

Why the debate over a lack of news misses the point

Every four years, the two presidential candidates do battle in a series of high-stakes televised events that could shape the... More

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Stories I’d like to see

How would a woman “prove” rape to qualify for Romney’s abortion exception?

In the wake of the Todd Akin firestorm, Mitt Romney and a flip-flopping Paul Ryan have emphasized that their anti-choice... More

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Journalism crash course in Jersey

Program shows young reporters the ropes, with an aim to “diversify college and professional newsrooms”

Imagine that it is days after the shootings at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI, earlier this month, and... More

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Audit Notes: GOP gold bugs, too big to fail, Niall Ferguson

The myth of hard money

The Republicans have put the gold standard (or at least a commission to study the idea) back in their party's... More

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Required skimming: tech

For everyone’s inner geek

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Multiples choice

Some singular help with plural possessives

Last week we dealt with some possessive questions when there were plural possessors. Now we’ll deal with other possessives, which... More

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Pasadena publisher launches a system for outsourcing local news

“I’m looking for individuals I can pay a lower rate to do a lot of work,” says Journtent founder James Macpherson

A publisher in Pasadena, CA, who said he received death threats when he started hiring workers in India to write... More

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In defense of convention coverage

Thoughts from a veteran political reporter who still gets butterflies

For me, the malady known as Convention Anxiety is a quadrennial affliction that begins around March of every presidential election... More

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Rethinking objectivity: a recall case

An intern gets canned in Wisconsin because she signed a petition. Why?

As partisan activity and open hostility climbed toward their peak in Wisconsin’s recent recall election, one of my students lost... More

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Audit Notes: China slows, Romney’s taxes, copyright

Inventories pile up, posing another threat to the global economy

The New York Times looks at a glut of goods clogging up Chinese warehouses—an ominous sign for the global economy:... More

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Tampa Bay Times’s convention-eve welcome

The paper’s Sunday piece is strong (cringe-making Florida boosterism aside)

TAMPA — Wince. That was my first reaction as I started to read a Sunday story about the Republican National... More

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Is Project Runway saving criticism?

It may well be, Reality Check columnist Alissa Quart says

This Thursday, I was watching an episode of the 10th season of the now ancient and seemingly irrelevant Lifetime show... More

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Required skimming: journalism’s funny

Laughing so we don’t cry, or drink

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Zenawi’s legacy and the future of free press in Ethiopia

The architect of press-squelching laws is gone, but his policies seem to be thriving

Ethiopia’s new rulers waited just one day after the death of dictator Meles Zenawi was announced to confirm that little... More

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Michigan media on Romney’s birth certificate ‘joke’ (UPDATED)

Some news outlets let it slide—unexplained, unchallenged

MICHIGAN — Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan brought the Republican presidential ticket to Commerce, Michigan today in an event billed... More

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A laurel to Jackie Calmes of The New York Times

She begins to X-ray the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan

This week’s laurel goes to Jackie Calmes of The New York Times for reporting the increasing skepticism in health... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Punching up community radio in Iowa and punching out Mike Tyson in 8 bits

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

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Realtime tips on how not to report a shooting

As journalists started covering chaos at the Empire State Building on social media, some started covering the coverage

After a lone gunman allegedly killed a former colleague in the vicinity of New York's Empire State Building on Friday... More

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The word on the street: apprehensive

Listening to voters talk about Medicare in St. Louis

The idea of privatizing Medicare is not winning popularity contests with voters. A Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday found... More

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WaPo dings the ‘give-it-away-free approach’

A mess of a story on Facebook

There's all kinds of irony about the Washington Post slapping a company for a "give-it-away-free approach" that has hurt share... More

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Akin was wrong

And journalists should’ve said so from the get-go, rather than simply reporting his comment

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. One of the biggest surprises... More

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Required skimming: fossil fuels

Drill, baby, drill

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Audit Notes: Gawker’s Bain scoop, file sharing and record sales, Niall Ferguson

A document dump raises questions about tax strategies

Gawker's John Cook got hold of 950 pages of confidential Bain Capital documents related to Mitt Romney and put them... More

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Review: Dennis Drabelle’s The Great American Railroad War

How Frank Norris and Ambrose Bierce helped keep a crooked railroad honest

The Great American Railroad War: How Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris Took on the Notorious Central Pacific Railroad | By... More

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Fake military news site gains traction

The Duffel Blog is becoming a satirical support source for soldiers

When a former Marine started writing Onion-style stories on the satirical military news site he launched in March, he had... More

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Backstory: the reporter who interviewed Akin

The Jaco Report reconsiders the moment

As transitions go, it was pretty jagged, a classic of the “moving right along” category. Answering a question about abortion... More

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CBS goofs up the green beat

Network fails to disclose M. Sanjayan’s affiliation and ties to source

Only two months after hiring him, CBS News has already botched a report from its new science and environment contributor,... More

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The New Yorker on Obama as fundraiser (UPDATED)

Fascinating reporting but an overly sympathetic portrayal

It's hard to read Jane Mayer's New Yorker piece on campaign fundraising without thinking about how embarrassing and corrupting it... More

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To sell out or not to sell out?

Is a journalism job you hate better than no journalism job at all?

I'm 22 and a recent NYC transplant. I'm interning at a pretty well-known magazine, working with some great editors, learning... More

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Required skimming: entertainment industry

Get the inside scoop on all the Botoxed faces

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Covering the databases

Why journalists should be leading by example in the open data debate

Data journalism and information visualization is a burgeoning field. Every week, Between the Spreadsheets will analyze, interrogate, and explore emerging... More

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Only in Limbaugh land could Martha Raddatz be a lefty

By this point, I thought there was nothing Rush Limbaugh could say that would surprise me, but he did with... More

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Medicare and the $716 billion bogeyman

Will a new version of a half-truth work for the GOP?

It’s been hard to escape from Medicare in the 11 days since Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan burst into the news... More

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Last week’s GOP local TV blitz

What did candidates—and viewers—get from it?

VIRGINIA — The word “exclusive” is routinely devalued in broadcast political reporting and last week was no exception. Republicans Mitt... More

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Pomp and circumstance: How do Americans see the Brits?

Two American correspondents tell how they explain British idiosyncrasies

It took the Olympics to prove it: Britain might as well be Middle Earth to most Americans. Only that could... More

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Audit Notes: Newsweek standards, Luddite fallacy, crowdfunding scams

Everyone but the magazine fact checks Niall Ferguson

Paul Krugman asks: We know what Ferguson is going to do: he’s going to brazen it out, actually boasting about... More

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Required skimming: Euro crisis

Understand all the overseas finance stuff that nobody gets

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Candidates clam up on climate

Reporters call out Obama and Romney’s silence

Nary a word has been spoken about climate change on the presidential campaign trail, and it’s a silence that some... More

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‘That muddy water’ of fairness

With “Line of Attack,” Sun evaluates “legit,” “laughable” campaign claims

NEVADA — I can’t recall who came up with the idea of a digital video recorder that automatically skips past... More

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The latest on Slatest

Slate’s news aggregation blog’s revamp goes for quality over quantity

There’s a new Slatest in town: the third version of Slatest, Slate's aggregated news blog, launched Monday. Though some Slatest... More

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Newsweek’s Niall Ferguson debacle

A misleading cover story gets the wrong kind of buzz for Tina Brown’s mag

It's been a long time since I've seen a cover story so comprehensively demolished as Newsweek's disengenuous anti-Obama piece by... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Fareed Zakaria’s “mistake”

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

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Audit Notes: Fake or real Jeff Jarvis?, Wolf on Ryan, robots and labor

Replacing copyright with something called “creditright”

This may seem like a Fake Jeff Jarvis post, but it's real-life Jeff Jarvis: Creators don’t need protection from copying.... More

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Required skimming: media news aggregators not named Romenesko

(Only because everyone knows about him already)

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Pluralistic

Those pesky possessives

Two of the longest sections in most grammar and style guides concern how to form plurals and how to form... More

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Local news sites form new trade association

“We are the future” says LION chairman Dylan Smith

Next month, at the annual Block by Block conference for local news sites, around 100 independent publishers will celebrate... More

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Misleading and incomplete coverage of Apple’s ‘record’ value (CORRECTED)

Microsoft’s 1999 market cap still, by far, bigger

The big market news today is about Apple's gargantuan market capitalization reaching a new, stunning high: Bloomberg News: Apple Becomes... More

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Profits vs. patients: The Tampa Bay Times complicates a story

The truth in medical disputes can be hard to find

The Tampa Bay Times, formerly known as The St. Petersburg Times, deserves a shout-out for jumping on the local angle... More

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Audit Notes: Newspapers v. Postal Service, student debt, taxes

The newspaper industry's situation is already apocalyptic, but the Associated Press reports it could be about to get worse. The... More

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What makes Mitt tick?

We need more tick-tock from the press pack about why Romney chose Paul Ryan

The faster-than-a-tweet, fleeter-than-a-sound-bite pace of the presidential campaign upends our basic conceptions of time and duration. It is disconcerting to... More

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Required skimming: pop culture

More than enough snark to get you through a workday

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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The Red and Black debacle

An alumna of the University of Georgia’s student paper weighs in on the battle between student editors and the board

Mid-week at the University of Georgia at Athens, where I went to undergraduate journalism school, a group of top editors... More

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UPI shirks responsibility

Raeburn takes wire to task for cribbing from Science News

The plagiarism, or problematic paraphrasing, parade continued on Thursday as several reporters from Science News complained on Facebook that the... More

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A laurel to The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta

For calling on reporters to repeat the truth as often as needed, and showing how to do it

This week’s laurel goes to Garance Franke-Ruta of The Atlantic, whose astute web piece “What to Do With Political... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Watching homicides in DC and a good dam love story in NC

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

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When hospital profits clash with patient care: an investigation

The Times exposes questionable care at HCA hospitals

This week The New York Times concluded a rare look at the inner workings of the country’s biggest for-profit hospital... More

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Darts and Laurels

Sterile cuckoo

In August 2002, Winston-Salem Journal reporter John Railey was part of a team of reporters assigned to a story... More

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Chinese media push: background to today’s NYT story

A recent CJR piece recounted a visit to Beijing’s media headquarters

The New York Times has a story today about the overseas expansion of Chinese media. It focuses on the growing... More

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SmartMoney is confused on wages, inflation

When prices matter and when they don’t

This SmartMoney post on "Why You're Not Getting a Raise" doesn't make sense. The lede: Didn’t get a raise this... More

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Covering Romney in Ohio’s coal country

Visit draws sharp questions from across state line, and solid stories from big-city papers

OHIO — When Mitt Romney’s campaign bus rolled into the tiny Appalachian town of Beallsville in the eastern part of... More

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Required skimming: unemployment

Get the facts about the jobs figures

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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The media’s ‘happily ever after’

Why are women like Jennifer Aniston portrayed as sad and lonely if they aren’t married?

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Jennifer Aniston is one of... More

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Standards and double standards

The New York Times lets some swears slide, but not others

In March 2009, B (who prefers to remain anonymous) found that her social media feeds were inundated with updates from... More

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In NYT’s search for transformation, Thompson a surprising choice

“If Thompson manages more than failure, it will, in some ways, be an astonishing achievement”

Is Mark Thompson the right person to be chief executive of The New York Times? The cynical might note that,... More

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Thompson has digital cred but faces challenges at NYT

The former BBC director general was hired to guide the Times to a cross-platform future

On Tuesday, The New York Times named Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC, as its new chief... More

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Ryan re-energizes coverage

VP candidate brings fossil fuels, alternatives back into focus

Paul Ryan’s selection as the GOP’s candidate for vice president has renewed debate about, and coverage of, the stark differences... More

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Straight news from the citizens of Syria

How reporters sort, organize—and verify—a flood of information from a chaotic civil war

On June 5th, the never-ending Twitter discussion on #Syria moved in a shocking new direction. According to numerous accounts, violence... More

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Review: The Year of the Gadfly

A teenage journalist finds herself in Jennifer Miller’s resonant first novel

The Year of the Gadfly | By Jennifer Miller | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 384 pages, $24.00 “Even Edward R.... More

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A super resource on super PACs in Virginia

Early coverage puts VPAP database to good use, but there are opportunities to do more

VIRGINIA — Super PACs have been pouring money into Virginia for months, now, seeking to sway the presidential contest and... More

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The WSJ editorial page and Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan

Bogus numbers and rewritten history

The Wall Street Journal editorial board's Joseph Rago makes a whopper of an error in a column Tuesday extolling Paul... More

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What’s in My…Purse

Mimi Swartz, Texas Monthly

She has been a staff writer at The New Yorker and Talk, autopsied the Enron scandal from the inside out... More

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Required skimming: design

All the pretty things

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Five types of problem writer

And how to deal with each of them

What's the best way to get through to stubborn writers? —Kjerstin Johnson, Portland, OR The editing process should be a... More

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Audit Notes: Bill Black on CNBC, LAT eyes Ryan’s budget, robosigning

The ex-regulator might as well have been beamed in by the Curiosity rover

Bill Black goes on CNBC and shreds Maria Bartiromo and Bethany McLean on whether Goldman Sachs (and others) could and... More

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UPDATED: Crime and punishment

As Zakaria stands trial, Lehrer gets an undeserved pardon

As Fareed Zakaria’s trial-by-blogosphere for alleged plagiarism continues, Jonah Lehrer, whom the same jury convicted of fabricating quotes last month,... More

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Show, don’t tell

Sometimes the way data is visualized is as important as the data itself

Data journalism and information visualization is a burgeoning field. Every week, Between the Spreadsheets will analyze, interrogate, and explore emerging... More

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Medicare, Paul Ryan, and beyond: a primer

Here’s context to clarify the big entitlements debates

Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee elevates Medicare and Medicaid (along with Social... More

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Don’t just look at the money—follow it!

Can Michigan media tell us why a bailout opponent is collecting big bucks from Wall Street?

MICHIGAN — One of the old standbys of political journalism—“follow the money”—sometimes gives way to something simpler: “look at the... More

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Old time, real time

What if Jessica Mitford had been on Twitter?*

*Mitford's tweets are actual quotes. More

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A sharp Herald item on Ryan’s surprising Cuba record

Keyed to local community, paper digs up veep pick’s past opposition to embargo

FLORIDA — Tucked somewhere into the recesses of the hidden place where only those with knowledge of the secret handshake... More

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The media’s Internet infatuation

Much of the coverage makes claims “that are grand, outlandish, and ultimately unverifiable”

The New York Times finds the Internet, and the business and culture surrounding it, endlessly fascinating. When Marissa Mayer was... More

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Audit Notes: Romney’s taxes, NBC’s win, turning off the Web

Joe Nocera writes about the sharp choice facing voters in November, and so it is. But this strikes me as... More

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Required skimming: the neat-o list

Collectors of the cool, strange, and mind-expanding

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Sources for the information in Support Reporting video

Click the following links to explore the sources behind the information presented in the Support Reporting video. Note: The FCC... More

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What You Can Do

For several years, media practitioners have debated the best ways to protect, sustain, and nourish healthy journalism. Advice aplenty has... More

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Fake Finke goes down (Updated)

The Fake Nikki Finke Twitter account has been suspended

Twitter took action Monday night following CJR's recent article about the two Nikki Finke Twitter accounts (one real, one fake,... More

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Assignment desk: The authoritative take
on Colorado’s controversial secretary of state

A closer look at Scott Gessler could bring readers past the voter-fraud boilerplate

COLORADO — The framing of a late July story from NBC News was striking: Scott Gessler, the no-name secretary of... More

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Stories I’d like to see

Questions for Ryan, working for welfare, updates on Olbermann and Facebook

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

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Estimating crowds: size matters

Reporters wrestle with the numbers as Romney and Ryan draw larger audiences

NORTH CAROLINA — The day after Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick, the two traveled here... More

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Impeccable until the end

Columbia Journalism School Dean Nicholas Lemann remembers Helen Gurley Brown, who died on Monday

I didn’t encounter Helen Gurley Brown, who passed away Monday morning at the age of 90, until she was well... More

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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Out on Assignment and Famous Long Ago

Out on Assignment: Newspaper Women and the Making of Modern Public Space | By Alice Fahs | University of North... More

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A critical eye on the ‘skills gap’

The Free Press, Star Tribune, and USA Today ask questions

There's no shortage of uncritical reporting on the notion that employers, and particularly manufacturers, can't find enough qualified workers even... More

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Egyptian journos wary of recent government actions

Newly appointed editors at state-owned publications and a court-ordered newspaper confiscation have journalists worried about press freedoms

Egyptian journalists are outraged over a pair of government decisions last week which they say curb media freedom and independence.... More

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Required skimming: how campaigns work

Learn how the wonks view the horse race

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Audit Notes: Romney’s Ryan taxes, FDR or Ayn Rand, Morton Mintz

The Atlantic on what would be Mitt’s “Path to Prosperity”

The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien has the best snap financial analysis of Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as a running... More

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This is CNN?

The third-place news channel may be forced to change up its format

CNN may be responding to the reality of its falling ratings with reality tv programming. Previous attempts to stem the... More

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HuffPost Live Launches

It’s about conversations rather than citizen journalism, says founding editor Roy Sekoff

When Huffington Post Live launched on Monday morning, its founding editor, Roy Sekoff, quickly found reasons to be proud of... More

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Lucky strike

Not all fortunes are good

As Evan Jenkins wrote here in 1997, “fortuitous,” strictly speaking, does not mean “lucky”; it means “by chance.” So when... More

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The man who explains politics in—and to—PA

When reporters need “here’s-what-it-all-means” context, they call Terry Madonna

PENNSYLVANIA — When it comes to understanding the foundations of Keystone State politics—and how citizens process rhetoric and choose candidates—one... More

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Drugs and the Olympics

What if reporters imbedded with athletes during training?

The first week of the Olympics is traditionally given over to complaints about NBC’s coverage, as we discussed last week.... More

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Media restrictions tighten in Ethiopia

One of the last remaining independent newspapers was recently shuttered by the government

Government charges against one of Ethiopia’s last remaining independent newspaper editors on Friday and a recent forced shutdown of that... More

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Boy on the bus

Kid reporters hit the campaign trail

Z ach Dalzell is 13 and covering his first presidential campaign. You might think that his observations on the political... More

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Covering Paul Ryan’s big day in Virginia

The Times-Dispatch casts a wide net to deliver a strong package for its readers

VIRGINIA — You expect nuance and quantity from The Washington Post and The New York Times when it comes to... More

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CNNMoney can’t find the workers, either

A model story for the iffy skills-gap meme

Now it's CNNMoney's turn to spread the "can't find workers" meme. The headline reads "Northeast Indiana: Hundreds of factory jobs... More

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Collapsing the line between documentary and fiction

A new film, The Ambassador, exhibits “performance journalism,” a combination of art and reporting

This week, you can on-demand a documentary that uses insanely unorthodox methods to get at the truth and judge for... More

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Required skimming: higher education

As back-to-school time approaches, here’s how to stay educated about education

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Audit Notes: Google moves on copyright, The Daily Shoe, Olympics

As its business interest aligns with content producers

Google will finally begin to penalize pirate sites in its search algorithm. What took so long? The Wall Street Journal... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Two region-focused publications: one in New York, the other in the Upper Midwest

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

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Sex and sensationalism

Researchers accuse press of ‘licentious’ coverage of animal studies

“The media loves to sensationalize research” on same-sex sexual behavior among animals, according to an analysis published this week in... More

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The best political listening tour

“Ordinary person” quotes in political stories can be banal. But when reporters invest the time, they can hear so much more

It is the paradox of political journalism: The most important aspect of a presidential campaign—how flesh-and-blood voters make up their... More

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False balance on Romney’s bogus welfare reform attack

He said-she said from the FT, and a weak showing from the WSJ

This Financial Times coverage of Mitt Romney's false attack on an Obama administration move on welfare reform is a classic... More

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Back from the dead

Zombie mags!

Not long ago, the print magazine, flush and glossy, was journalism’s most vibrant arena—the place where big writers went... More

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Defining ‘open and accessible’ in Charlotte

Why reporters should write about the obstacles to covering the Democratic convention

In a special package looking ahead to the Democratic convention next month, Politico published an Aug. 2 opinion piece by... More

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Covering the Sinai Peninsula

As the need for information grows, so do the reporting risks

Armed assailants killed 16 Egyptian soldiers waiting to break the day’s Ramadan fast in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday. The... More

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Required skimming: space and astronomy

Satisfy your “Curiosity” about space

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ forgets climate change, Reuters results, Murdoch hides

A story on the record heat wave omits global warming

The Wall Street Journal writes 640 words on how last month was the hottest July on record—and fails to mention... More

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A tale of two Finkes

Deadline Hollywood doyenne Nikki Finke is not amused by the fake Twitter account in her name

The real Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) is the founder and editor in chief of Deadline Hollywood, a website that has become,... More

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In Ohio, misleading messages about military voting

The state’s major papers challenge claims about the motives behind an Obama lawsuit

OHIO — The heat of the rhetoric tossed around by the presidential campaigns here seems to be perfectly in tune... More

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How to measure the worth of Social Security

The AP rehashes an old idea

Is Social Security a good deal for workers? That’s the question the AP posed in an August 5 piece dredging... More

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Language Corner

Author! Author!

People who write are “writers,” though many call themselves “authors,” especially if their products are books, or legislation. More and... More

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I tweet therefore I can

Whose job is it to make sure tweeters stay within the law?

Twitter now boasts 140 million active users, many of whom have used the social messaging service in the last two... More

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The New York Times prepares to leave the content farm

The sale of About.com would leave a pure-play newspaper company

The New York Times Company looks set to exit the content-farm business, with AllThingsD's Peter Kafka reporting that the company... More

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Journalists vs. curators

Can’t we all just get along?

What's the difference between a journalist and a curator? —David Johnson, Berkeley, CA As David Carr of The New York... More

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Required skimming: hyperlocal

Where to learn about game plans for covering local news in an ever-more-digital world

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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NYT uses false balance while reporting on false balance

Wonder if the “news media critic in chief” spotted that?

From today’s New York Times, we learn that “Obama Is An Avid Reader, and Critic, of the News,” as the... More

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Between the Spreadsheets

CJR and the Tow Center’s new column on data visualization takes on the Olympics

Data journalism and information visualization is a burgeoning field. Every week, Between the Spreadsheets will analyze, interrogate, and explore emerging... More

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On Vegas reporters on Reid on Romney

How Reid’s evidence-free claims about Romney’s taxes were covered in the Senate Majority Leader’s home state

NEVADA — Last week, The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein and Ryan Grim reported that Harry Reid told them that a... More

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A welcome spotlight on trade deals

Reuters’s Johnston goes to Korea to look at the prospects of a new agreement

In March, the Obama administration implemented a trade agreement with South Korea that it promised, implausibly, would create tens of... More

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All on the same page

A new essay collection suggests technology will enhance book culture, not kill it

Mark Bauerlein, an english professor at Emory University and the author of the 2004 National Endowment for the Arts study... More

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The science of performance

Reuters writer reviews the research amid London Olympics

Does sex diminish athletic vigor? Does athletic tape enhance it? These are just a few of the questions that one... More

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Required skimming: healthcare politics and policy

Channeling the inner wonk

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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What makes Paul Ryan tick?

The New Yorker defines the man who would remake the government

For those closely observing the attacks on Medicare and Social Security, Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker profile piece in the August... More

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Audit Notes: Auditor conflicts, Frannie holdup, London Whale pressured

The latest money-laundering scandal points to problems with a business model

Francine McKenna looks at Deloitte's role in the latest money-laundering scandal and how it points to conflicts of interest in... More

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‘Open’ in the age of live tweeting

How UNITY 2012’s student newsroom taught NAHJ a lesson about social media

A routine board meeting became the biggest story of last week's UNITY convention after the National Association of Hispanic Journalists... More

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Breaking news: This minority group is different

There are many times that journalists can cover non-mainstream communities, not just during a crisis

One thing evident about the coverage of the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin on Sunday that left seven dead, including... More

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Another factchecking fiasco

Journalistic failure in coverage of Harry Reid and his mysterious source

A week ago, The Huffington Post's Sam Stein and Ryan Grim published an article repeating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's... More

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Remembering Judith Crist

In addition to her career as a critic, Crist will be remembered by over half a century’s worth of students

Judith Crist, the influential film critic, died today at her home in Manhattan. She was 90, and known to millions... More

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Sounds about right

Talking up talk radio

Occasional advertising boycotts of Rush Limbaugh’s program notwithstanding, political talk radio has been wildly successful in recent years—in terms of... More

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Audit Notes: Singing on Libor, another bank scandal, Star Tribune

The NYT on how banks are turning each other in

The New York Times, in a good page-one story, reports that giant banks are selling each other out trying to... More

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Required skimming: music

Great reads about great listens

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Shhh! It doesn’t matter

A “moot” discussion

The silence is deafening. All over the Internet and printed publications, people are making “mute points”: • A press release... More

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Muller’s media circus

Did the press fall for a climate-change publicity stunt?

UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller was all over the media last week talking about his “total turnaround” from global-warming skeptic... More

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ESPN’s Tim Tebow lovefest

Shut out of the Olympics, the ‘Worldwide Leader In Sports’ puts NFL front and center

US sports coverage last week was split neatly into two distinct, Jungian halves, represented by those sportscasting sweethearts, married couple... More

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Behind Big Oil, the original big business

A review of Steve Coll’s Private Empire

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power | By Steve Coll | Penguin Press HC | 704 pages, $36 When the... More

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Deconstruction boom

Barlett & Steele hammer away, again, at the middle-class decline

Meet Barbara Joy Whitehouse, known as Joy, whose life story seems to constitute a catalogue of misfortune. The widow of... More

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Romney likes Israeli healthcare

And the press takes a look at what it is. Whoa!

Thanks to Mitt Romney’s laudatory remarks about the Israeli health system during his trip to Israel, we now know a... More

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Required skimming: Libor

Understand and keep up to speed with England’s bank rate rigging scandal

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Audit Notes: California’s Enron echoes, Sox toolbox, the Dow’s decade

LAT on allegations that JPMorgan manipulated markets

— Michael Hiltzik had a good column two weeks ago on allegations that JPMorgan Chase manipulated California energy markets: The... More

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The Washington Post’s not-so-good earnings report

The paper puts a positive spin on another poor quarter

Here's how the Washington Post covers its namesake parent company's dismal second-quarter earnings report: Washington Post Co. second-quarter profit up... More

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Title Search

Taxonomist

Barbara McGlamery is a taxonomist at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. A semantic Web specialist, she has worked as an... More

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For Obama in Ohio, a mix of substance and pageantry

In Akron, coverage leans too far toward softer stuff, but other outlets do better

OHIO — These days there’s no danger of an Ohio news editor barking at a political reporter for hanging around... More

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The Kickstarter Chronicles

Time-lapse videos of tilt-shifted fish and books about hyperlocal architecture

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

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Would the GOP turn away from the uninsured?

NPR identifies the party’s new thinking

NPR’s Julie Rovner deserves a shout-out for identifying what may be the GOP’s new thinking about healthcare—abandon the goal of... More

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Why did Mitt Romney really go to Israel?

Despite what you read, it probably had little to do with wooing undecided Jewish voters

With Mitt Romney in Israel last weekend, it seemed like the irresistible sidebar. So news organizations like The Washington Post... More

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The Olympics’s women coverage

It should be about female athletes’ achievements, but it’s often more focused on their chromosomes

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Gender issues were threaded throughout... More

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Required skimming: literary criticism

Keep abreast of what the bookish thinkers are thinking

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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The Gore-ing of Mitt Romney

Poisonous cycle of gotcha coverage and access restrictions recalls an earlier campaign

The profane confrontation between one of Mitt Romney’s press aides and reporters at the end of the presumptive GOP nominee’s... More

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Cell coverage

How a convicted murderer found his true calling as a jailhouse reporter and prisoners’ rights crusader

Paul Wright began his journalism career behind bars. When he was 21, Wright killed a man in Federal Way,... More

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In sports or politics, you can’t tell the players without a scorecard

Times-Dispatch coverage of voter registration controversy skimps on partisan angle

VIRGINIA — No matter the game, you’ve got to know who’s on whose team to keep up with the action.... More

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The AP’s North Korea bureau

Yep, they’ve had one, based in the country’s capital, for seven months

North Korea was just two weeks out of a national period of mourning the death of Kim Jong-il in January... More

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Work/life trend pieces and when journalistic heroes fall, literally

Ann Friedman answers all your (journalism) questions

What's the deal with articles about CEOs/leaders/politicians only mentioning "work/life balance" if the subject is a woman? Where are the... More

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Audit Notes: Taibbi on TBTF, the paranoid rich, Olympics

An NYT op-ed elides some critical context

It's unclear why The New York Times is running op-eds on finance from a guy who is still operating under... More

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Required skimming: campaign finance

Here’s how to follow the money

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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The bright-young-things hypothesis

Jonah Lehrer’s mistakes are not our fault

The downward spiral of Jonah Lehrer’s career over the last month has shocked his peers and instilled in them a... More

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Dart to HuffPo for ‘awesome scoop’

For enabling Harry Reid’s game of telephone sourcing on Romney’s taxes

Yesterday, The New York Times published an op-ed by Columbia tax law professor Michael J. Graetz, exploring, as the... More

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The Times airbrushes Tiger Fund’s flop

A needlessly flattering hedge fund profile omits the basics

The New York Times posts a flacktacular Business Day piece on a new hedge fund named Falcon Edge. This new... More

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Hard Numbers

How genuine are those followers on Twitter?

140 million monthly active Twitter users 340 million tweets sent per day 25 million+ followers of Lady Gaga, the current... More

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Audit Notes: News Corp.’s board, Romney’s taxes, NBC’s Olympics

The paper reports prosecutors are examining whether to charge Murdoch’s directors

The Guardian's Nick Davis, with David Leigh, has another stunner on the hacking scandal. They report that Britain's Crown... More

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Required skimming: sports

The Olympics pass through periodically, but obsessive sports coverage is forever

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

This is how Tehran Bureau covers Iran - Its reporting model, using undercover journalists and distant editors, is one way to cover closed societies

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error - Scrutiny alone isn’t enough to solve the problem

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Simon & Schuster should come clean about discredited Monroe/DiMaggio book - C. David Heymann’s Joe and Marilyn is full of highly dubious information—just like many of his previous books


The Recollectors

Remembering parents lost to AIDS

Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

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