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Darts and Laurels

A Lincoln Journal Star series digs through the paper’s archives and finds treasure

In an effort to fill the Monday edition, traditionally a thin news day everywhere, city editor Peter Salter has tried... More

Darts and Laurels

The diamond thief’s tale sounded too good to be true. Turns out it was.

On Valentine’s Day weekend in 2003, a gang of Italian thieves, led by a man named Leonardo Notarbartolo, broke into... More

Twitter + Diplomacy = Danger: Stray Voltage!

Two State Department staff members leading a delegation of Silicon Valley executives to Syria have learned that social media and... More

2010 Knight News Challenge Winners Announced

Some clever ideas in the Sisyphean struggle to Save Journalism

The latest Knight News Challenge has been closed and the winners are in, just announced earlier today. First, the bad... More

All Talk and No Oil Cap Makes Barack A Dull Boy

A roundup of press coverage of and reaction to Obama’s Oval Office address on the Gulf oil spill

Eight weeks into the biggest oil spill disaster in American history and beset by criticism of the federal reaction to... More

The Man on the Street

So a citizen journalist walks into a journalism school …

Lots of people walk through the doors of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism every day. Just this past month,... More

How Blogs and Social Media Agendas Relate To Traditional, Oh To Hell With It

Yesterday, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism released another of their comprehensive and fascinating research reports on... More

Excuse Me, Miss. Your Sue Grafton Novel is Jamming the Plane’s Electronic Signals

Sometimes iPads, Kindles and Nooks just don't fly. As reported by a friend, the following is an actual announcement made... More

Neither Taylor Momsen Nor David Carr Wrote This Headline

David Carr's Media Equation column in today's New York Times discusses the death of the witty headline and explores the... More

Huffington Post and the Art of the Headline

Everyone’s heard The Huffington Post described as the Drudge Report of the left, but someone once told me that they... More

Darts and Laurels

An LAT reporter did strong work on the Toyota story. But where was the rest of the auto press?

Complaints about Toyota and Lexus cars suddenly accelerating out of control began surfacing about a decade ago, and a series... More

Ethics for the Investigators

A new report seeks standards for nonprofit newsrooms

Today, the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Journalism Ethics, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (a nonprofit... More

Face, Meet Post

Reader ire draws changes to WaPo social media effort

On Wednesday afternoon, visitors to The Washington Post’s Web site were greeted with a new feature on the home page.... More

You Pick It, You Report It

The Faster Times plots a new pro-am collaboration

The Faster Times, an online newspaper launched in July 2009 (tagline: “A new type of newspaper for a new type... More

All Together Now: Ayva-Fiat-Yogurt-Merkel!

It's been about a week since that Icelandic volcano whateveritscalled has been busy shutting down European airspace and bringing us... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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