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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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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