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Isis, Oh, Isis

Earlier this week, Max Blumenthal, a journalist who has written for The Nation and other outlets, wrote a piece for... More

Man About Town

Meet Kery Murakami, founder of the Seattle PostGlobe

Kery Murakami, reluctant news entrepreneur, is the founder of the Seattle PostGlobe, a nonprofit Web startup that provides reported news... More

Reality Bites

More promotional ideas for The Washington Post

The Washington Post yesterday announced its "America's Next Great Pundit" contest, in which ten amateur columnists will compete for a... More

Something to Talk About

The Internet as a communications tool

The irony is that in all its various guises—commerce, research, and surfing—the Web is already so much a part of... More

Something to Talk About: Further Reading

Inventing the Internet, by Janet Abbate. A solidly researched, no-nonsense look at the Internet's early days. The Charles Babbage Institute... More

You Should See His Classical Music Reviews…

From the Bizarrely Incongruous Ledes Department, here's how Washington Post reporter Steve Yanda leads his recap of yesterday's Nationals/Diamondbacks game... More

Buggin’ Out in Baltimore

I have a longstanding fascination with mattresses, bedbugs, night terrors, and other such factors that can confer or deny a... More

Burger Meister

Meet Kevin Pang, cheeseburger critic for the Chicago Tribune

Kevin Pang reviews cheeseburgers for the Chicago Tribune—in print, online, and as the creator and host of a video program... More

Life and Death

Profiling Krishna Andavolu, managing editor of Obit

Krishna Andavolu is the managing editor of Obit (www.obit-mag.com), an online magazine intended for those interested in obituaries, epitaphs, elegies,... More

CJR Rewind: I Was a Tool of Satan

Cartoonist Doug Marlette “maps the dark turn of intolerance”

Last year, I drew a cartoon that showed a man in Middle Eastern apparel at the wheel of a Ryder... More

Track Good Ledes on Twitter with #goodlede

CJR on Twitter, part one

Every now and then, I come across an article with a killer lead sentence, like this one, by Anthony Daniels,... More

NYT Headline Zen

Times headline or Zen koan?

From Slate today, a look at some New York Times headlines that double as pieces of metaphysical wisdom. Among the... More

Hitting The Spot

Spot.us launches today

Word has it that Spot.us, former CJR intern David Cohn's community-funded journalism startup, will be launching late this afternoon. An... More

Thomas Lauren Friedman, Meet Barack Hussein Obama

Friedman on Iran and transliteration

From Thomas Friedman's New York Times column this morning: Barack Hussein Obama would present another challenge for Iran’s mullahs. Their... More

Attack Media

GOP rhetoric bears responsbility for attack on reporter at Palin rally

From Romenesko comes the news that a reporter for the Greensboro News & Record was attacked yesterday at a Sarah... More

Six Ways To Improve The Debates

Think the debates are boring? We can rebuild them!

The consensus seems to be that Tuesday night’s presidential debate was extremely boring. Here are six viable suggestions for how... More

Character Counts

For both Obama and McCain

The presidential campaigns' recent detour to the dirty side has pundits decrying the strategy as manipulative and irrelevant, and urging... More

Just A Reminder…

We're live blogging the vice presidential debate over at Campaign Desk. All are welcome. More

On Message

From NRO's The Corner blog: Obama's Problem [Mark R. Levin] What strikes me most about this debate is how often... More

Suitcase Bombs

OK, Barack Obama, a "suitcase bomb" doesn't actually fit in a suitcase. It's a figure of speech. 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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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