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Q & A: Rick Perlstein

The liberal historian on ACORN, the Post, and wagging the dog

As the recent scandals surrounding the green-jobs advocate Van Jones and the community organizing group ACORN have shown, even under... More

Driving the Conversation

NYT series examines texting, talking behind the wheel

The New York Times has published a number of ambitious series this year, on topics ranging from the financial crisis... More

Seeds of Discontent

What does the ACORN story mean for the mainstream media?

James O’Keefe, the pimp-playing provocateur who set out to target ACORN with a video camera, a cheesy costume, and a... More

Darts and Laurels

News outlets in Connecticut grapple with a hostage crisis

It was the kind of ethical dilemma that classroom case studies are made of, but the potential con- sequences of... More

Washington=Cool… Really?

I share Megan's amazement at Arianna Huffington's entrepreneurial abilities. But, despite our current president's rock-star appeal, I remain skeptical of... More

Atlantic launches opinion aggregator site

Last night, The Atlantic officially launched its new aggregator site of opinion and analysis, The Atlantic Wire. You can see... More

Expert Takes on Overseas Elections

A promising development for global news junkies: the group political science blog The Monkey Cage is seeking poli-sci posts on... More

Another Case for Bipartisanship

At his Mother Jones blog, Kevin Drum makes an interesting case that bipartisanship is important, after all. On the most... More

Brauchli: “Too Many People Call Our Newsroom”

Howie Kurtz hasn’t had to range far afield for story subjects the last couple months. Today, he delivered an in-depth... More

More Thoughts on the Big Speech

Prompted by Nate Silver’s latest thoughts on this topic, Ezra Klein asks, “Do Speeches Work?” His conclusion: That said, the... More

Cheech and Chong Aren’t Dead Yet

Not everyone in the media is ready to take drug reform seriously

David Downs presents a lot of support today for the proposition that the media is, at long last, adopting a... More

Bipartisanship Has Sailed

Political consensus is not an unalloyed good

In Politico yesterday, Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen had a good, interesting piece about why, in their words, “bipartisanship gets... More

Government Claims That Should Perhaps Not Be Believed

Further evidence, not that it was needed, of the weakness of Pakistan’s government institutions: the distinctly subpar quality of its... More

And Just Your Best Guess—Is the Earth Round? Or Is It Flat?

The latest CNN/Opinion Reseach Corporation poll (PDF) includes the following question: And just your best guess -- based on what... More

Measuring a Speech’s Success

In speech reax stories, competing theories of politics

Barack Obama’s big health care speech last week has, in general, been deemed a success by the media and the... More

Other Angles of the Health Care Story

For readers tracking the legislative negotiations on health care reform, today’s New York Times has two interesting stories on overlooked... More

So Much for Ignoring Joe Wilson

Per Kevin Drum, it seems that The Washington Post, at least, has not heeded Megan's plea. Drum's comparison of the... More

Examples of “Crankery” That Really Weren’t

In continuing Joe Wilson coverage, Andie Collier has a story at Politico about the increasing prominence of Republican “cranks.” The... More

Playing the Margins

Politicians have good reason to avoid the details. Journalists don’t.

Ezra Klein’s live chat with readers today included this interesting exchange: Washington, D.C.: I found it interesting that the subsidies,... More

So is the “You Lie!” Guy a Liar?

As you might have heard, there was a little interruption during the president’s address last night. But was Rep. Joe... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.