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The Economy Today: Back from Bankruptcy

General Motors emerges in its new, smaller shape

It’s a new day for the auto industry: Less than six weeks after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, General... More

Salons Under Scrutiny

Examining the ethics of sponsored, off-the-record events

“The newsletter’s mailing list is used to draw subscribers to closed-door ‘seminars’ in Washington twice a year at which top... More

Down Mexico Way

Washington Post and Mother Jones with good stories on corruption in the Mexican army

In recent months, as The Washington Post has been forced to part with veteran editorial staffers, the paper has also... More

The Economy Today: On the Roads

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The big economic news of the morning, reported by The Wall Street Journal and others, is that new claims for... More

Was Douthat (Kinda, Sorta) Right?

Faint evidence for his class-based argument about Palin’s appeal

Ross Douthat came in for criticism around the Web (including here at CJR) for his Monday column arguing that Sarah... More

The Economy Today: Speculators and Stimuli

Headlines from D.C., Seattle, St. Louis, and elsewhere

Two big economic questions that have been percolating recently rise to the top of the news today: Does something need... More

Atlantic Editor Bennet on His Magazine’s “Salons”

His thoughts on the salons’ journalistic value, or lack thereof

Of all the different threads of the past week’s SalonGate flap, one of the most interesting has been the widely... More

The Uighur Picture

NPR’s Gifford offers insights on events in Urumqi

The latest unrest in China has turned the world’s attention (well, that portion of the world not watching Michael Jackson’s... More

The Economy Today: Egg Donors and Food Stamps

Headlines from Texas, California, Oregon, and elsewhere

Stories about the slow distribution of stimulus funds are a dime a dozen these days, but The Wall Street Journal... More

Inside Atlantic Media’s “Unique, Content-Rich” Dinner Events

Zachary Roth of TPM Muckraker advances the ball on the WaPo “salon” story today, noting that Atlantic Media has been... More

Where’d the Money Go?

Times story overlooks insurer’s contributions

The New York Times today offers a dispatch on the health care debate from Maine, home of an endangered species:... More

Pew Poll: Palin Polarizes Public

Douthat misreads data in piece on Palin’s purported popularity

A big part of Sarah Palin’s appeal has always been that she had the right enemies. Palin’s resentment of sneering... More

The Economy Today: Giving up the Ghostboxes

Headlines from Texas, Arizona, Michigan, and elsewhere

With the search still underway for concrete signs of widespread economic recovery, The New York Times leads today with reason... More

More PitneyGate Fallout?

Press focused on who asked questions at Obama town hall

We may, thankfully, be putting Pitneygate behind us. But reading through press coverage of President Obama’s town hall meeting on... More

More on WaPo Salon Deal

Andy Alexander, ombudsman for the Post, has now weighed in on the “salon” scandal. His post provides some news about... More

Brauchli On WaPo Salons

In the wake of Mike Allen’s story in Politico this morning about The Washington Post advertising “salons” at which deep-pocketed... More

The Economy Today: School’s Out

With Money Tight, Classes Are Slashed

The New York Times leads its print edition with a dispatch about the latest victim of the recession: summer school.... More

Good News, For a Change

Non-profit consortium launches Investigative News Network

With the near-daily drip of bleak news about the journalism world (today’s edition: Gannett reportedly plans to cut at least... More

Normalizing the Filibuster

The Senate’s peculiar institution gets taken for granted

Yesterday, the Minnesota Supreme Court finally made official what had for months seemed a foregone conclusion: Al Franken will be... More

The Economy Today: Happy New (Fiscal) Year

Economic headlines from California, Utah, North Dakota, and elsewhere

The arrival of July brings the start of the fiscal year and a statutory deadline for new budgets in many... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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