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Reader Reforms

Plagiarizing magazine turns a new page

In October, I wrote about the most ridiculous (and egregious) case of editorial malpractice I’d ever seen. Reader Magazine, of... More

Anti-Romney voters’ top concern

Perhaps last month's front-page, fact-packed, 1000-word story about Mitt Romney’s hair, from The New York Times’s Michael Barbaro and Ashley... More

Zuccotti Park’s Airspace Was Never Closed

Misreporting, and misunderstanding, of the press’s right-to-fly

Did the New York's police close airspace to prevent news helicopters from getting footage of police action against Occupy Wall... More

The Supercommittee’s Avoidable Consequences

Early coverage overstated inevitability of cuts

So, it turns out the supercommittee has failed. This should surprise no one, as most in the media had been... More

New York Tries to Defend Journalist Arrests

Flack’s pushback ignores the biggest issue

The Observer’s Megan McCarthy has already covered this matter, but we’d just like to add that this is a really... More

Politicians and Penn State? Pass.

The presidential candidates have nothing to add to this scandal

Last night, Sarah Palin told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren that if it were up to her to deal with... More

The Romenesko Saga

Some questions for Poynter about recent changes on its fabled site

Yesterday, Poynter’s Julie Moos published a controversial post on the journalism institute’s Romenesko+ blog, which she credited to my “sharp... More

After Perry’s Gaffe, a Silence

Coverage should make room for what he meant to say

It was “a cringe-worthy gaffe”, “a brain freeze”, “a political nightmare”, “a crash”, “an epic fail.” It “will likely go... More

Let’s Slow Down the Cain Train

Harassment charges are important. But so is so much else.

And so here we are, into the second week of Cain-demonium: the breathless reporting, speculating, and opining about the late-1990s... More

Charges dropped against first reporter arrested at Occupy Wall Street

A good sign came out of New York City’s criminal court yesterday for journalists who have been swept up in... More

Live from the White House, it’s KETV

Obama goes local; local anchors land on the South Lawn

The news at KETV Wednesday afternoon was much as you would expect from an ABC affiliate in Omaha. Among the... More

When Ledes Go Wrong

Dear San Jose Mercury News, This is not the most politic way to begin a story about the West Nile... More

Cain’s Other Scandal

In case you missed it, frontrunner Herman Cain is facing allegations, reported last night by Politico, that he sexually harassed... More

Plagiarism for Profit

California’s Reader Magazine has grown fat on second-hand news

For a quarterly coupon magazine—even “Southern California’s best coupon, calendar & news magazine”—Reader Magazine would appear to have landed some... More

Plagiary for Profit

California’s Reader magazine has grown fat on second-hand news

For a quarterly coupon magazine—even “Southern California’s best coupon, calendar & news magazine”—Reader Magazine would appear to have landed some... 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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