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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

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.