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November 2012


NY community papers struggle post-Sandy

Small papers were washed away when their readers most needed them, and they’re still recovering

The Wave offices, post-Hurricane Sandy. Photo credit: Henry Gass During Hurricane Sandy, the offices of The Wave, a community newspaper... More


Must-reads of the week

A day without violence in New York, an immortal jellyfish in Shirahama, the last bookstore in Nashville

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More


NBC News sets good example for Medicare reporting

People perspective leads to clear explanation of impact of proposed changes

As tax and spending talks grind on in Washington, The New York Times tells us Friday that in his latest... More


In Pennsylvania, a niche site with wide reach

PoliticsPA drives political conversation in Keystone State

PENNSYLVANIA — Whether it is a presidential swing state or not, Pennsylvania is always a political battleground. With countless boroughs,... More


Audit Notes: pyramid people, Disney and ABC, no USA Today paywall

Roddy Boyd digs into a diet-shake pyramid scheme

The investigative journalist Roddy Boyd has some excellent reporting on a multilevel marketing company (read: pyramid scheme) called ViSalus: ViSalus... More


Gay at the Times

A lot has changed at the Gray Lady since the early ’90s

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. It turns out that the... More


Hot air Rises Above on CNBC

An anchor pins a minor dip in stocks on the TV appearance of a minor politician

Rise Above, if you're among the 99.95 percent of the country who don't watch CNBC on a given day, is... More


The future of factchecking

Here’s what journalists should learn from the 2012 campaign

As journalists close the books on 2012 and look forward to coverage of a second Obama administration, one important question... More


The media news cycle is bananas

What’s up with the last couple of days?

We seem to be in the thick of a media news maelstrom right now: —Jeff Zucker was officially named the... More


Can people afford to lose their Social Security COLA?

So far, the press has given this public policy concern the brush off

This post is the first of several primers on Social Security we will publish in the coming weeks to help... More


Audit Notes: WaPo on Avandia, giving away the store, plutocrats

Report shows how drug research is corrupted by corporate money

The Washington Post's Peter Whoriskey has another outstanding story in his series on the Avandia drug scandal at GlaxoSmithKline and... More


Relationship advice for writers and editors

How to work together smoothly

How do you let your editor know you appreciate all they do for you without sounding like a suck-up? —Anonymous... More


Pass the #popcorn

ICYMI: TechCrunch errs, other tech writers pile on

According to a recent Pew study, 15 percent of adults online use Twitter — 8 percent daily. I’m pretty sure... More

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Dull news from Doha

UN climate summit a ho-hum affair for the press

The United Nations climate-change summit that began in Doha, Qatar, on Monday has so far been a ho-hum affair for... More


Audit Notes: FT’s Fairhead is out; BofA CEO stonewalls; Rent a Quote

But Pearson says the paper is not for sale.

FT Group CEO Rona Fairhead got denied the top job at Pearson and so is stepping down as chairman and... More


What if there are fewer polls in 2016?

Is the editor-in-chief of Gallup’s warning a nightmare vision or… sort of beguiling?

As a feud, it does not rise to the level of Lyndon Johnson versus Bobby Kennedy or even Jack Benny’s... More


Whine lovers

Complaining with a British accent

People do a lot of whining. Lately, though, many publications seem to be spelling the complainers (or their complaints) differently.... More


Dart: CBS and the Goldman Sachs solution

Another weak showing on Social Security

Maybe CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley was so awestruck by a chance to visit one of the seven... More


Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present

A report by Emily Bell, CW Anderson, and Clay Shirky has just been released

Today we publish our report, “Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present” from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at... More


Amazon sharecroppers

The Seattle Times on the hometown giant’s uneasy relationship with its merchants

The Seattle Times has another good story on Amazon, this time reporting on the hometown giant's lopsided relationship with its... More


‘Resetting’ The Plain Dealer

What’s to become of Cleveland’s daily, a bright spot in Ohio’s coverage of election 2012?

OHIO — The frenzy of presidential candidates and entourages overrunning the Buckeye State is history, but questions about how Ohio’s... More


The Washington Post needs a paywall—now

A strategic error needs to be reversed, stat

The not-so-gentle ejection of Marcus Brauchli from the top editor’s chair at The Washington Post has cast a bright... More


Closer look at a cash cow

Denver’s KUSA says newsroom’s “Truth Tests” set high bar for campaign-ad vetting

COLORADO — Barack Obama wasn’t the only winner in the 2012 campaign here. The state’s TV stations—especially those in Denver,... More


In Michigan, a look back on the 2012 campaign

A veteran journalist and a young reporter talk about lessons learned

MICHIGAN — It was hard. That’s how Marisa Schultz, political reporter for The Detroit News, sums up the experience of... More


Audit Notes: not Fortune tellers; Foursquare, two million; Big Ten

The magazine’s picks for future Apple and Microsoft CEOs go awry immediately

Fortune peered into its crystal ball for the October 29 issue and came up with four "best bets" on who's... More

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Five awesome blogs about minority communities

These sites do a good job giving a sense of their group’s culture or politics, or pointing out media stereotypes

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


Must-reads of the week

Passwords, Tina Brown, failed right-wing storytelling

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More


A database that brings radio to life

This American Life’s archive as an interactive map

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


Popularity contest

Words for the people

The article was discussing a survey on the popular view of marketers and politicians. “Both have a higher perception of... More


Translating America, into Wolof

How a radio host explains US politics to Senegalese listeners in New York and Africa

At about 7:30 p.m. on election day, as Dame Babou waited for the returns at Londel’s Restaurant in Harlem, he... More


Audit Notes: the free model, Coulson and Brooks, another DOJ stunt

A musician writes a compelling business argument against Pandora

The free model isn't just a failure for newspapers. It doesn't work in music either, as this terrific Pitchfork piece... More


Key stories in the Keystone State

Four issues Pennsylvania’s political press should stay on

PENNSYLVANIA — Political reporters and commentators here will continue to ponder, as the Philadelphia Inquirer did on November 9, Pennsylvania’s... More

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Martin Baron’s plans for WaPo

Will he bring the Globe’s double-site strategy to the Post?

Boston Globe editor Martin Baron will be The Washington Post's new executive editor come January 2013, replacing Marcus Brauchli. Three... More


Rise Above, CNBC’s move into advocacy

Corporate America’s house organ starts an anti-political political campaign

Any time you see Wall Street CEOs and CNBC campaigning for what they call the common good, it's worth raising... More


Stories I’d like to see

Ad technolology that may threaten newspapers; winners and losers of the fiscal cliff

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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Highway to the danger zone

Following Sandy, HuffPo and NYT dig into the folly of coastal development

Hurricane Sandy renewed the media’s interest in the many foolish ways that we increase our vulnerability to extreme weather. There’s... More


Papa John’s Pizza and the business backlash

The real story: how some employers are still working to undermine Obamacare

The media have latched onto the story of John Schnatter. That’s the John of Papa John’s Pizza, a CEO with... More


Audit Notes: marginal taxes, a redesign for core readers, Murdoch

An NYT’s anecdote’s confusion goes uncorrected

The New York Times flubs some reporting on how investors and well off people are bracing for higher tax rates:... More


Tom Rosenstiel leaving Pew

He’ll be American Press Institute’s executive director

More changes are in store for the Pew Research Center. As Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor and online executive... More


Election reflections from the Silver State

Las Vegas Sun political editor Anjeanette Damon wants face time with presidential candidates, more time with voters

NEVADA — Midway through the election cycle just completed, longtime Nevada political writer and TV analyst Anjeanette Damon got... More


A reporter is fired; colleagues quit in protest

The Hudson Register-Star reporter refused to include information in his story

On November 8, Tom Casey, a reporter at the Hudson Register-Star, a community paper in upstate New York, wrote an... More


Israeli airstrikes hit Gazan media facilities

At least six employees were wounded

On Sunday morning, Israel’s warplanes attacked two media centers as part of its current military offensive against Gaza. The first... More


Audit Notes: hustled, Brauchli fallout, NYT’s Walmart impact

ProPublica connects the dots on a former Countrywide executive named in a DOJ lawsuit

ProPublica's Paul Kiel reports (with an assist from TheStreet) that the JPMorgan Chase executive in charge of its program to... More


Buzzfeed president talks branded content

The future of media revenue has its roots in the past

The Columbia Spectator, The Blue & White, and the Columbia InterPublications Association hosted the Columbia Media Conference last weekend. The... More


Must-reads of the week

David Petraeus, Mormon reporters, Guy Fieri, stray penises

Culled from CJR's frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More


Overholser leaving USC j-school

She has been the director there since 2008

Geneva Overholser, the director of The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, is stepping down at... More


Hope and change in unlikely places

Three cheers for campaign coverage from BuzzFeed and the Los Angeles Times

Channeling the Lord High Executioner in The Mikado, I’ve got a little list of those parts of 2012 coverage that... More


Climate roller coaster back on track

With Obama talking global warming, media see ups and downs

At his first post-election press conference on Wednesday, President Obama talked about his current position on climate change in greater... More

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ESPN’s unreality-based coverage

Karl Rove’s got nothing on the boys from Bristol

One of the main takeaways from last week’s election was that conservatives were living in a bubble of delusion, convinced... More


An Occupy Sandy photo faux pas

A storm relief image that went viral with incorrect context serves as a social media lesson

A photo depicting a cluster of men in military uniform listening attentively to a woman with a plastic “OCCUPY” armband... More


The media’s woman blaming

Most coverage wrongly blames Paula Broadwell for leading Gen. David Petraeus astray

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Frank Bruni gets it.... More


Audit Notes: Papacare, Post problem, trade reporting

Forbes finds Papa John’s Obamacare math doesn’t add up

Papa John's CEO John Schnatter has been carping for some time that Obamacare will add 10 to 14 cents to... More


What’s the MATTER?

A Kickstarter-funded longform narrative science journalism site launches

MATTER, a Kickstarter-funded longform science journalism project, launched on Wednesday with its first article, written by prominent science writer Anil... More


Factchecking the ‘gifts’ theory of politics

LAT, NYT break news on Mitt Romney’s remarks—and also offer a skeptical look

The big electoral politics story of the day (well, ok, of late Wednesday) is the news that Mitt Romney, on... More


Letter from a Londoner

The BBC is in crisis. Should you care?

This week, the BBC celebrates its 90th birthday. As birthdays go, it’s a rather unhappy one. In the last month,... More


An election post-mortem on Medicare coverage

Coverage? Yes. Guidance? Not so much

In mid-August, when Paul Ryan burst on the scene with his voucher scheme for Medicare, the 47-year old program suddenly... More


Decision 2012: Who mapped it best?

From Daily Beast’s red/blue simplicity to WNYC’s intricate oranges, greens, and purples

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


Boo wins National Book Award

For her debut work about an Indian slum

New Yorker staff writer Katherine Boo has won a National Book Award for her debut nonfiction work Behind the Beautiful... More


Marcus Brauchli’s impossible task

The Post’s ultimate problem is the business side, not the newsroom

I can't think of any editor whose last few years ran headlong into the financial collapse of the newspaper industry... More


Call me, maybe

How to get sources, other journalists, and editors to respond to you

Sometimes the likelihood of my pitch being accepted hinges on my accessibility to a particular interview subject, or the likelihood... More

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Marcus the unlucky

Good fortune followed by bad, and again

Scott Sherman, in "A Rocket's Trajectory," his fine profile of Marcus Brauchli in the September/October 2010 issue of CJR, noted... More


Little Havana turns blue (or maybe not)

Choose-your-own-poll-number reporting on the Cuban-American vote

FLORIDA — Somehow the Florida election is beginning to feel a bit like an episode from the old I Love... More

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Salazar threatens to ‘punch out’ reporter

Interior Secretary angered by tough questions at Obama campaign event

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar threatened to “punch out” a journalist for having the temerity to ask him questions... More

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Two music journos plan a longform site

The duo is running a Kickstarter campaign to finance UNCOOL

Two music journalists from Los Angeles have launched a Kickstarter to fund a reader-supported, ad-free longform site. David Greenwald... More


Apples and oranges on Google and publishers

Print performance is bad enough without putting a thumb on the scale

Slate tells us that "Google ad revenue tops entire US print media industry" in the first six months of the... More


Audit Notes: WaPo on the Bain thing, deadbeat Forbes, hamster wheel

The Post’s revealing slip-up on the definition of swift-boating

The Washington Post apparently doesn't understand just how toxic Wall Street and its even more rapacious cousin, private equity—not popular... More


Predictable in retrospect

The dangers of hindsight bias in election postmortems

The media has undergone a strange change of mindset. Immediately before last Tuesday's election, many reporters and commentators ignored or... More


Four stories to follow in Virginia

What the Commonwealth’s political reporters should focus on now

VIRGINIA — Election Day has come and gone, leaving many vital story threads for Virginia’s political reporters to continue to... More


Learn about Marty Baron

The incoming Washington Post editor visited Columbia’s j-school last year

The Washington Post announced on Tuesday that editor Marcus Brauchli is stepping down and will be succeeded by Boston Globe... More


What happened, anyway?

The election may be over, but the self-protective spin is not

Shortly after 11 p.m. (Eastern) on Election Night—with the polls still open only in Alaska—Mitt Romney aides were pleading with... More


Stories I’d like to see

The clown-show economics of storm-hit utilities, and in search of open primaries

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


Audit Notes: Whinin’ Dimon, Elizabeth Warren, WSJ on Petraeus

JPMorgan CEO takes to CNBC for consolation

I got a chuckle from Mark Gongloff's Huffington Post piece on Jamie Dimon taking his anti-administration whining to the friendly... More


Of storms and ships at sea

Let’s not take them personally

We have names. Our pets have names. And so do hurricanes and ships. But, unlike us and our pets, hurricanes... More


Who really holds leverage on Bush tax cuts?

Bloomberg’s Barro argues even post-“cliff,” GOP would have the upper hand

My Friday post about how reporters are missing a big part of the “fiscal cliff” story—the leverage President Obama and... More


Take a beat

Media pump too much news from heart association meeting, critic says

More than 10,000 stories came out of the annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA), which took place in... More


A dart to Yahoo Finance

For utterly confusing its readers about Social Security

By now we’re accustomed to weak reporting about Social Security, but a piece on Yahoo Finance, part of its... More


Context-free market reporting on a post-election dive

First-term bull market goes unmentioned after a November 7 stock dip

The stock market dive the day after President Obama was re-elected, dropping 320 points, or 2.4 percent. The Drudge Report,... More


Historic votes, hidden from live coverage

The four gay marriage votes in last week’s election were hard to follow in real-time

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Do you know what was... More


What’s happening at the BBC

The Corporation is facing a serious challenge to its future and to its independence

“To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” —Oscar Wilde, The... More


Pass the #popcorn

Don’t treat CNN’s Don Lemon like “the help”

According to a recent Pew study, 15 percent of adults online use Twitter — 8 percent daily. I’m pretty sure... More


Now This News launches an app to grow its global audience

A new mobile and social news service for millennials is evolving

Things have been going well for Now This News since a spate of stories in September announced that the video... More


The fiscal whatchamacallit

Media’s embrace of “fiscal cliff” obscures the real story about budget negotiations

With Election Day behind us, all of Washington is suddenly focused on a looming issue that drew little notice during... More


And the award for sexist pig goes to…

Feminist media watchdogs gave out awards for sexist campaign coverage

The Women's Media Center celebrated the end of election season on Thursday by giving out awards for sexist coverage of... More


Audit Notes: low-info billionaires, Trump the taker, Elizabeth Warren

Money apparently can’t buy a firm grip on reality

One of the things this election proved conclusively is that even billionaires can be low-information voters. Here's Bloomberg BusinessWeek on... More


An Ohio election special causes controversy

TPM flags some anti-Obama programming on Sinclair stations

OHIO — A controversial election eve special that aired twice Monday night on the local ABC affiliate in Columbus triggered... More

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Obama and the environment

Media react to the election with speculation, some insights

Journalists didn’t leave energy and the environment out of post-election speculation about what President Obama’s second term might look like.... More


Letter from a Londoner

Mark Thompson must sink his teeth into the Times

Journalists at The New York Times are suddenly not feeling so confident about their new chief executive. In the last... More


The Ad Wars: Was outside money futile?

After Election Day, the press seizes on a new conventional wisdom

Throughout the 2012 campaign, dozens of reporters and advocates kept a close eye on the flood of outside money that... More


WSJ gets lost in the weeds with the Romney campaign

A too-savvy take and flawed assumptions undermine some interesting reporting

The Wall Street Journal fronts an interesting but seriously flawed story this morning headlined "How Race Slipped Away From Romney."... More


Who generates story ideas?

When writers expect editors to do the all the legwork

I am the managing and news editor at my university paper. I'm having problems getting the staff writers to pitch... More


Digital innovation on election night: a report

From CJR and Tow Center’s “meta newsroom”

About as digital as most Americans get on election night is to operate the channel clicker. But that is steadily... More


How to cover the presidential results

A guide for journalists on election fundamentals and campaign effects

One of the most fascinating parts of the aftermath of an election is the construction of post-hoc narratives to "explain"... More


Paywalls are a means, not an end

A Toronto Star columnist’s belligerence gets me thinking

I like paywalls. I really do. I think it makes sense for newspapers that saw the bottom drop out... More


A Laurel to NPR, for giving hospitals a disaster exam

Sandy exposes gaping holes in hospital safety plans

NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue represent a tale of two New York City hospitals. Langone is a well-endowed... More


Audit Notes: FT denies Bloomberg report, Drudge stats, financialization

Misleading with bogus statistics

Bloomberg News reports that Pearson is considering putting the Financial Times up for sale, as Michael Wolff predicted a month... More


Election 2012: Welcome to our Meta Newsroom

What’s happening now in digital election-night news

CJR, in collaboration with Columbia's Tow Center for digital journalism, will be covering tonight's election coverage. Seven student journalists from... More


Election Day worries in Ohio

Lawsuits, provisional ballots, alleged software glitches—and the coverage of it all

OHIO — The fun never stops here in Battleground Ohio. Just when reporters thought they had seen the last of... More


Nor’easter blows Newsday’s paywall down

Long Island and Westchester/Rockland editions providing free access

The paywall at Newsday — both its Long Island and Westchester/Rockland versions — has come down … for now. According... More

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Lemmings like us

Businessweek’s climate-change broadside is powerful, but ignores the allure of waterfront property

Hurricane Sandy finally got the media talking about climate change last week, but Bloomberg Businessweek spoke the loudest with a... More


Stories I’d like to see

Keeping tabs on the Red Cross; Romney’s transition plans; Obama’s next book

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


Audit Notes: digital ads, margins of error, freehadists

French publishing’s online revenues make the Americans look good

This New York Times story is nice on the coming attempt in Europe to get Google to pay content providers... More


In Colorado, $716 billion claim lives on

Romney repeats the discredited charge at weekend rally, and it pops up in ads for a Congressional race

COLORADO — On Saturday, at his last and largest 2012 campaign rally here, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney told the... More


King Coal rises in PA

A last-minute crush of ads—including Romney’s first here—challenges reporters to keep up

PENNSYLVANIA — Add the Keystone State to the list of places where King Coal is a leading issue in candidate... More


Q&A: Caitlin Moran tells it like it is

The foul-mouthed feminist’s new book comes out on Tuesday

British columnist Caitlin Moran exploded onto the US scene this past July when her feminist memoir/manifesto, How to Be... More


The Ad Wars: GOP advantage in the House

In local races, outside money can tip the scales, and the GOP is trying to do just that

As Americans cast their votes for the next president, the Obama campaign and its supporters have maintained an unexpected advantage... More


Was it Obama’s policies—or the pie?

Romney ad blames president for Virginia BBQ chain’s closure; locals point to the food, competition

VIRGINIA — As part of his closing pitch to voters here in Virginia, Mitt Romney went hog wild. It was... More


What are the odds?

Dealing with percentages

Take this quiz: If one candidate has 46 percent of the likely voters, and the other has 48 percent, what’s... More


Lessons from Sullivan-Silver fracas

When digital and institutional cultures collide

Before the Margaret Sullivan/Nate Silver episode fades into history, there are a couple of meta lessons to be drawn from... More


Analyzing early voting in Nevada

Reporting roundup: What might the early numbers tell us?

NEVADA —Two weeks of early voting ended here in the Silver State on Friday evening. In a state where folks... More


A missed connection on Michigan’s ballot questions?

Bridge battle draws the attention, but Props 1 and 2 could lead to future conflict

MICHIGAN — On Tuesday, voters will here sift through six ballot initiatives that could transform the state’s policies on a... More


Navigating voter guides in North Carolina

For voters looking for easy research tools, a few bright spots emerge

NORTH CAROLINA — For many normal people—that is, people who take their ballot seriously but don’t obsess over every twist... More


Getting ready for ballot battles in Ohio

Reporters explore ‘nightmare scenarios’—and offer some practical advice to voters

OHIO — No disrespect to other swing states, but the pivotal one on the majority of pundits’ lips and in... More


Three questions about campaign coverage

How the media can do better the next time around (Or, “NOW FOR THE HARD PART”)

COLUMBUS, OH — As America lurches towards Election Day like a ravaged water-logged creature from a 1950s horror flick, the... More

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It’s about the info, not the outlet

Google’s mapped information on Sandy topped anything news organizations offered

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


Audit Notes: Stray on Silver, the new-old Black, ‘rocketing’ from a low base

Data-based journalism and its potential; an ex-mogul takes a flogging, etc.

The best thing about the faux-controversy between New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan and political stats whiz Nate Silver... More


Ask Romney This: What will replace Obamacare?

A vague healthcare plan raises many questions

Over the final weeks of the campaign, CJR has been publishing a series of pieces under the headline “Ask Obama... More


At Michigan’s edge, global warming emerges as campaign issue

But spotty local coverage of House race is sometimes too soft on climate denialism

MICHIGAN — Climate change is one of the great disappearing issues of the 2012 campaign. Though President Obama made climate... More


Pass the #popcorn

Hurricane Sandy edition

According to a recent Pew study, 15 percent of adults online use Twitter — 8 percent daily. I’m pretty sure... More


Toledo Blade disappoints on Jeep-to-China claims

For Ohioans targeted by Romney’s misleading rhetoric, the paper confuses more than it clarifies

OHIO — As Toledo became ground zero in the presidential campaigns’ message war in recent days—over auto industry jobs, in... More


The Ad Wars: Romney’s Last-Minute Deceptions

Swing state reporters—watch for ninth-inning spitballs

As the presidential race enters its critical final days, Mitt Romney’s campaign has drawn fire for two advertisements that it... More


Bad hippie!

Is it wrong to ‘scold’ exaggerations about climate and weather?

David Roberts has a long essay over at Grist complaining about "scolds" (The New York Times’s Andrew Revkin, in particular)... More


Breaking up and moving on

When to take your pitch elsewhere, when to quit altogether, and how to search for out-of-state jobs

I'm sure you've had the frustrating experience of reading your story for the first time in print and discovering new... More


Social Security: a Laurel to The Motley Fool

An investment newsletter breaks down persistent myths

The motto of The Motley Fool is “To Educate, Amuse & Enrich,” and its piece called “5 Huge Myths... More


In Virginia, skirmishes in the voting wars

O’Keefe sting, trashed voter forms lead to some solid coverage

VIRGINIA — With Election Day fast approaching and this swing state looming large in the contests for both the White... More


A muddy Bloomberg story sets up Romney’s Jeep attack

The wire’s poorly worded story is misread

Mitt Romney's gotten in hot water with the nation's burgeoning horde of fact checkers by asserting that Jeep "is thinking... More


Embeddable Sandy content

Google and WNYC created free, shareable media

One of the most useful bits of embeddable content being passed around in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is this... More


Questionable taste

Ricky Gervais describes the pleasures and pitfalls of being interviewed

As his Golden Globes hosting gigs have shown, Ricky Gervais is not afraid to say what he thinks. So... More


Rules of the game

The sometimes nauseating, often fun, and always absurd life of a movie publicist

I’ve always regretted that I never thanked Goldie Hawn for launching my career as a publicist. Goldie became my... More


In cold type

When Truman Capote set out to profile Marlon Brando for The New Yorker in 1957, he knew just how to set his traps

One morning in January, 1957, Josh Logan, the veteran Broadway producer and Hollywood director, came down from his room into... More



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Gross misunderstanding

What journalists miss about the movie business

The vast preponderance of news reporting about Hollywood concerns the weekly box-office race. It is offered free to the... More


Esprit de corpse

What it’s like to be embedded—on a movie set

With an explosion of light, the screaming starts. . . . This place is wrecked—an entire ballroom flopped on its head. In the... More


The red-carpet treatment

Set the Wayback Machine to April 9, 1984. The stars are filing into the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles for the 56th Academy Awards . . .

In 1984, gaining access to the Oscars was pretty easy. Calling from Vanity Fair, where new immigrant Tina Brown had... More


Taking the seen-it route

Why toil as an entry-level slave when you can watch a lot of TV, write it up, build a following—and perhaps even get paid?

Since I could talk, I have talked back to the television. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was great—I loved that segment... More


Avoiding pilot error

By tracking its users’ intent to watch fall shows, handicaps the new TV season

Television viewers are all over the place these days, tuning in via computers, tablets, and phones, at odd times, and... More


Opening Shot

A picture is worth a thousand meanings

In October, Columbia J-School joined with BagNewsNotes, an almost decade-old site devoted to analyzing media images, for a discussion... More


Lost and found

In 1967, an ambitious young reporter broke a promise to a troubled source and inadvertently made her famous. Forty-three years later, he set out to find her and apologize.

On October 27, 1967, senior editors gathered for the Thursday story conference to see how things were shaping up... More


Going to great lengths

After two years as the hot new thing, the e-singles market is getting serious—and crowded

From the beginning, The Atavist was a small startup with a lot of big playmates. A pioneer in the... More


Darts and Laurels

Women’s work

When The New York Times made Buffalo News editor Margaret Sullivan its new public editor in September, there seemed... More


A matter of time

Pretty in Finke

In October, auto-racing and truck-leasing scion Jay Penske announced that he’d bought Variety, the storied Hollywood trade publication founded in... More


Title Search

Python developer

Alexandre Conrad is a Python developer for SurveyMonkey. Jay Woodruff interviewed him in September. Have you ever been slapped in... More


Behind the news

Give me a visual

Serious graphic novels, like Maus or Persepolis, have proven that comics aren’t always funny. But what about graphic journalism?... More


Death becomes … who?

What the NY Times obits say about America

The New York Times is, more than any other single publication, the nation’s arbiter of erudition, prosperity, and success.... More


Open Bar

The Anchor Bar

The Anchor Bar 450 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI Year opened 1959. It’s been in its current location since 1993,... More



‘Tis the season

If you love a journalist, you know how hard it is to find the perfect gift—they’re so neurotic! So... More


Language Corner

There, there

There are many ways to start articles and sentences. There is often a way to avoid beginning with the phrases... More


Talk to the hand

A long-running journalism inside joke gets new (after?)life

Eight years ago, the Chicago Tribune put the halogen searchlight of public attention on an age-old international media conspiracy—an... More


Hard truths

What is the future of political factchecking?

As the presidential campaign wound down, it became clear that the media’s factchecking effort, which played a more prominent... More


The fame game

Just in time for Hollywood awards season, CJR shines a Klieg light on entertainment journalism—a sometimes deprecated but highly influential corner of the craft.

In the past half century, as the big movie studios ceded control of the media narrative, celebrities have loomed... More

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DIY celebrity profile

Fill in the blanks

It is half-past 10 on another soullessly sun-kissed Los Angeles morning. And (promising young star) is late. I’ve been sitting... More


The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

- Daily Variety, 9/14/12 - Ventura County (CA) Star, 8/23/12 - Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/29/12 More


Hard Numbers

Election edition

54 Percent of Americans who knew that General Motors’ decision to close its plant in Janesville, WI, happened before Barack... More

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Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our September/October issue

Fleurs du mal Very compelling argument and well-stated, Clay Shirky (“Failing Geometry” CJR, September/October). Traditional media’s “original sin” (re: the... More


‘How to Get On With Your Life’

Kate White talks life after Cosmo

It takes guts to quit a job running the world’s best-selling women’s magazine. But Kate White has long embodied... More


Innovator’s lament

Shouldn’t trailblazers be allowed to establish new standards of success?

Some months ago, on the Poynter Institute’s website, PolitiFact’s Bill Adair urged: “[L]et’s blow up the news story.” Journalism must... More


Color blind

When white men and three networks ruled the media, coverage of race was … better? Damn you, Internet!

Last summer, Gawker asked veteran news anchor Dan Rather to review Aaron Sorkin’s new television series The Newsroom. It... More


The future’s so bright …

How to save the world while paying people with beer and hugs

In early 2012, a musician named Amanda Palmer took to Kickstarter to ask her fans for $100,000. Palmer, a... More


Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Out of the News, The Way the World Works: Essays, and The Stammering Century

Out of the News: Former Journalists Discuss a Profession in Crisis | By Celia Viggo Wexler | McFarland & Company... More


Flag on the play

Why a great sportswriter blew the story of a lifetime; the undoing of Joe Paterno

For those who care about sports and sports writing, the recent publication of Joe Posnanski’s book on the late Penn... More


Human capital

In O Albany!, William Kennedy pays homage to the hard-to-love city that is his novels’ greatest hero

On January 16, 1928, William Joseph Kennedy suffered a misfortune of birth only slightly preferable to bastardy. Having drawn... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

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

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news

The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”


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

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