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He-Said She-Said and Death Panels

A Q&A with the Manship School’s Dr. Regina Lawrence

Almost two years ago, former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin sent out her infamous “death panels” post on Facebook. The... More

A Soros Problem at NPR

The broadcaster ducks again when it should be swinging

In what will presumably be one of her final columns as NPR ombudswoman, Alicia Shepard has chosen to address concerns... More

Squawk on the Street’s Haines Dies at 65

CNBC’s Mark Haines died unexpectedly Tuesday night at age 65. Haines was the founding anchor of the network’s popular... More

Does Roger Ailes Think Sarah Palin Is an Idiot?

A bit of Palin overload today at CJR, but the former governor of Alaska has popped up in another... More

Palin’s Speechwriter Undone by Nasty Messages

Source asks for cash

Daily Caller reporter Jonathan Strong has quite the scoop this morning—a series of direct Tweets from Palin speechwriter and... More

Times’s Bruni Becomes Paper’s First Openly Gay Columnist

In March we asked our readers whom they thought The New York Times should hire to replace op-ed writers Bob... More

Three Journalists Released From Captivity In Libya

In the opening shot of our May/June magazine we made mention of four journalists that had been captured in Libya... More

Counting Down to Countdown on Letterman

Keith Olbermann sat down with David Letterman last night to talk MSNBC, 2012, and his new venture, Countdown with Keith... More

Charlie LeDuff’s LeDuff-ian Take on the Schwarzenegger Affair

By now most outlets are running the name of the woman with whom Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered his “love child,” and... More

WaPo Has a Lesson For You

Journalists steer the course in new online classes

Newspapers have been getting into some rather non-newspapery businesses of late: from the now-ubiquitous wine clubs to The New York... More

Two Tone Deaf Defenses of Strauss-Kahn

There has, admittedly, been a sort of assumption of guilt from the media in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair—the brutal... More

L.A. Times Breaks Schwarzenegger Love Child Story

As restrained a sex-scandal story as you’re likely to get

A busy two weeks for political sex scandals, first with John Ensign, then Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and now… Arnie. The... More

Columbia J-School launches The New York World

Lots of hubbub today at the Columbia University Journalism building in which we CJR staffers toil away. Not only do... More

NYT On Why Journalists Like to Compare Presidents

Did anybody think to ask journalists?

The New York Times’s Peter Baker had a piece in Sunday’s paper dealing with an issue close to many hearts... More

Romney on Romneycare is a Bust

Conservatives are not buying Mitt’s Michigan speech

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to a stage in Ann Arbor yesterday to twist and turn his way through... 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


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.”

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