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Japan’s Quake and Political Fallout

Notes on nuclear renaissance

The ongoing struggle to bring four reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station under control has understandably shaken the... More

O’Keefe Teaches Media A Lesson (Again)

Edited NPR video shows why we need to slow down

How quickly things seem to fall apart when James O’Keefe is the person who put them together. O’Keefe’s incriminating ACORN... More

Political Aftershocks

Reactions to a disaster abroad, at home

The news cycle being what it is, it’s not surprising that we’ve taken to navel-gazing just days after the Japanese... More

A Glimpse into WaPo’s Editing Practices

Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan reports that earlier today The Washington Post published a story online by The Courier-Journal’s Laura Ungar that... More

A Down Under View On Public Broadcasting

CJR talks NPR and more with Jonathan Holmes, host of Australian TV’s Media Watch

Last week saw NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resign after the organization’s chief fundraiser was caught in a hidden-video sting... More

Somebody still believes in magazines…

An interesting development on the growing terror-and-glossy-mags beat today: al-Fajer Media is reportedly distributing Al-Qaeda’s first women’s mag, Al-Shamikha (“majestic... More

Ukrainian Teens Shoot in Crimea

An interesting exhibition opened at New York’s Paley Center last Thursday; those interested in photography and experiments in the field... More

UPDATED: Beck’s Blaze Comes To NPR’s Defense (Sort Of)

I spoke on a media roundtable today on a San Francisco public radio station about the NPR/Schiller(s) controversy. Before we... More

New O’Keefe Recording Shows NPR Suggesting Anonymous Donation

James O’Keefe continues to stick it to NPR with a second tape—this time audio—released featuring a telephone conversation between senior... More

Stingers From Our Past

James O’Keefe’s predecessors, their stings, and their ethics

With James O’Keefe’s latest video sting taking two scalps at NPR this week, we thought it timely to revisit some... More

NPR Flubs Response to Schiller Controversy

Another “scandal,” another rash reaction

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned following the controversial release of a video showing an NPR fundraiser describing the Tea... More

New Scandal: Approach With Caution (UPDATED)

NPR, Schiller, O’Keefe, and the benefits of a breather

NPR took another hit today with the release of a video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas showing NPR Foundation... More

A Letter From a Pressman in Tripoli

From Tripoli, The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont has a thoughtful report on what conditions are like on the ground for foreign... More

Editor & Publisher Shines Another Light On Mexico

Editor & Publisher has posted the latest in a spate of articles outlining the difficulties faced by Mexican and American... More

Q&A: New York Times Reporter Jackie Calmes

“The Internet has changed how you report on the budget”

At 9:30 am last Monday, New York Times White House correspondent Jackie Calmes began poring through five fat volumes of... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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