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The Rhetoric Beat

Why journalism needs one

There was a series of moments, during the first twenty-four hours after the attacks of September 11, 2001, when the... More

Wolff on Murdoch

Laughing all the way to the bank

Was anyone surprised that Vanity Fair's Michael Wolff landed a hefty book deal to write about Rupert Murdoch's pursuit of... More

Murdoch the Visionary

Yes, he was ahead on the Internet, cable, etc., but to what end?

Alastair Campbell, in his apologia for Rupert Murdoch yesterday in The New York Times’s op-ed pages, uses the phrase “intellectually... More

Kristof Becomes Own Worst Enemy

Responding to an unhappy reader, Nick Kristof lets his fangs show.

Nick Kristof is frustrated. One need only read his column (warning: TimesSelect) in yesterday's New York Times to know that.... More

Pearls From the Pundits

Given all the airtime devoted to the elections last night, you knew that the talking heads would sprinkle some gems among their punditry.

It ain't easy filling all that airtime on election night. And if, by and large, our broadcast brethren avoided major... More

The Press Must Lead the Debate, Not Just Reflect it

As the role of the press continues to be hotly debated, one thing remains clear: it has never been just a passive observer.

During a recent segment of WNYC's "On The Media," Ethan Bronner, the New York Times's deputy foreign editor, said this... More

Psst! Iran Helped Plan September 11 …

Today’s front-page stories concerning the Bush administration’s saber rattling over Iran raises the question: Is the press going to repeat the mistakes of 2002?

As today's page-one stories in both the New York Times and the Washington Post make clear, the Bush administration has... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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