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The media remembers David Carr

Notable tributes and obituaries for the beloved New York Times columnist

Journalists grieve their own in public. Still, the response to the sudden death last night of David Carr, the... More

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Editor’s picks: United States Project

Here are seven USP posts from 2014 that we think deserve a second look

The correspondents for CJR’s United States Project have a firsthand view of what’s happening in local journalism today: how legacy... More

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News executives need to explain why video of an Ohio campaign interview disappeared (UPDATED)

Footage of an interview with John Kasich and Ed FitzGerald was pulled, and Northeast Ohio Media Group won’t say why

Update, 11/5: NEOMG boss Chris Quinn explains his decisions in a column by reader rep Ted Diadiun, who ackn0wledges: "This is... More

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Washington Post’s partnership with local papers draws encouraging early results

Post survey: Program makes readers more likely to maintain subscriptions to regional papers

Back in April, we asked whether a new partnership program between The Washington Post and regional papers around the country—in... More

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Jill Abramson is out at The New York Times

And the race to figure out what really happened is well underway

Update, 5/15: The most intriguing accounts to emerge since yesterday afternoon have focused on a reported conflict between Abramson and... More

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Vox.com is going to be a great test of Ezra Klein’s critique of journalism

How much demand is there for a Wikipedia for news? Looks like we’re going to find out

Vox.com, the much-discussed new project from Ezra Klein, Melissa Bell, and Matt Yglesias, launched late Sunday night. With the obvious... More

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A good AP follow-up on North Carolina’s ‘sweepstakes’ story

In the face of crackdowns, an industry with deep pockets refuses to go away

In his post yesterday about what North Carolina reporters can learn from their South Carolina colleagues about covering the video... More

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The state tax shift

As GOP states swap income for sales taxes, can reporters stay ahead of the story?

In today's The New York Times, Richard Stevenson takes note of an important trend in state capitols around the country:... More

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USP Notes: Medicaid expansion edition

Some solid coverage helps keep the debate within the realm of facts

As governors around the country deliver their annual addresses and legislatures prepare to convene, one of the key policy stories... More

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USP Notes: NYT on Fix the Debt, ProPublica on ‘Democratic Grandmas’

Private interests behind a public debate, and the unusual source of some campaign data

As the fiscal cliff debate dragged on late last year, the presence of some deep corporate pockets behind the public... More

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Jim Tankersley joins The Washington Post

A good hire bolsters an already strong economic policy team

Obviously the big news about The Washington Post at the moment is that, after a protracted debate, the paper now... More

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Factchecking the ‘gifts’ theory of politics

LAT, NYT break news on Mitt Romney’s remarks—and also offer a skeptical look

The big electoral politics story of the day (well, ok, of late Wednesday) is the news that Mitt Romney, on... More

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Who really holds leverage on Bush tax cuts?

Bloomberg’s Barro argues even post-“cliff,” GOP would have the upper hand

My Friday post about how reporters are missing a big part of the “fiscal cliff” story—the leverage President Obama and... More

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The fiscal whatchamacallit

Media’s embrace of “fiscal cliff” obscures the real story about budget negotiations

With Election Day behind us, all of Washington is suddenly focused on a looming issue that drew little notice during... More

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Laurels to Politico and National Journal

For exposing the shady side of the campaign-industrial complex

Back in April, an excellent column by Walter Shapiro here at CJR urged reporters on the money-in-politics beat to... More

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Ask Obama This: Where’s your short-term jobs plan?

A missed chance at the debate creates an important opportunity for reporters on the trail

Over the final month of the campaign, CJR will run a series of posts under the headline “Ask Obama This”... More

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A laurel to The Denver Post

For strong editorial judgment in its coverage of the “47 percent” story

The secret video recording of Mitt Romney’s now-infamous “47 percent” comment went live on the Mother Jones website at... More

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Romney’s welfare ads: Whom do they affect?

A consensus about coded racial appeals may be only half right

Over the past month, many journalists have identified a new development in the presidential campaign: Mitt Romney’s decision to begin... More

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A laurel to FlackCheck.org

For its new guide to video factchecking on air and online

The recent journalistic debate about factchecking has prompted some compelling discussion about different strategies, different methods, and what works... More

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A laurel to The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta

For calling on reporters to repeat the truth as often as needed, and showing how to do it

This week’s laurel goes to Garance Franke-Ruta of The Atlantic, whose astute web piece “What to Do With Political... 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”

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