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Newt Gingrich, Media Critic

Primary night in South Carolina, Gingrich and supporters sound off on press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — All campaign long, Newt Gingrich has been known to knock the media, but at his victory party... More

What I Saw at the South Carolina Debate

Or, how campaign coverage is like industrial farming

SOUTH CAROLINA — The campaign media horde congregated in Charleston Thursday night for the Republican presidential debate, eagerly billed by... More

A Day in the Life of South Carolina’s ‘Sic Willie’

How the Palmetto State’s most read, most ribald politics blogger goes about his work

SOUTH CAROLINA — On most days, you will find Will Folks, aka “Sic Willie”—South Carolina’s blogger provacateur, the prolific... More

The State endorses Huntsman … for the day

Yesterday, under the headline, "Huntsman could bring us back together," The State, South Carolina’s largest newspaper, endorsed Jon Huntsman: We... More

A.G. Sulzberger is getting chewed up

It’s beginning to look a lot like a Stephen Bloom reprise. Not even a month after Bloom, a New Jersey... More

Searching for Santorum

After his surge, it’s hard to find much needed coverage of who he is and what he wants

Here’s what we know about Rick Santorum: He wears sweater vests, at least when members of the media first noticed... More

Darts and Laurels

Univision, The Miami Herald, and Marco Rubio, the GOP’s rising star

In December 1987, federal police in Miami made their biggest drug bust of the year. Dubbed “Operation Cobra,” agents arrested... More

A Long Day—and Night—Covering the Caucuses

Patriotic popcorn, Google swag, and the ubiquitous Chuck Todd

DES MOINES, IOWA — On Tuesday, I spent more than 13 hours in the “official media hub” for the Iowa... More

You’ve Got (Candidate) Mail(ers)

A look at the direct mail deluge in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — Perhaps you've heard non-Iowans grumble about the attention lavished on Iowa for its first-in-the-nation caucus. Residents... More

A VIP Pass to Cover the Caucuses

Credentials offer access, amenities for a cost, but some reporters take a pass

IOWA — There are a lot of journalists in Iowa right now. But on Tuesday night, when results of the... More

About That Santorum Surge

Let’s cover it with some restraint and self-awareness

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — The media has been abuzz about Rick Santorum since Wednesday, when a CNN/Time/ORC International poll showed... More

Best of 2011: Erika Fry

From Romenesko to rich men, Fry picks her top CJR stories from the past year

Escape from Thailand This was my personal account of fleeing Thailand in 2010—yes, that tropical paradise known as the Land... More

Q&A: New York Times Iraq reporter Michael S. Schmidt

On finding classified documents in the trash, and transitioning from the sports beat

Several weeks ago, New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt, a foreign correspondent in the newspaper’s Baghdad bureau, went looking... More

Don’t Have a Cow, Iowa

State’s reaction to Atlantic piece forgets its ironic tradition

Oh, there's nothing halfway About the Iowa way to treat you, When we treat you Which we may not... More

Darts and Laurels

Univision, The Miami Herald, and Marco Rubio, the GOP’s rising star

In July 2011, Univision, the nation’s leading Spanish-language network, reported that Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s brother-in-law, Orlando Cicilia, had been... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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