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The Economy Today: Recession Sickness

Headlines from California, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Iowa

National news is all about the GM bankruptcy filing. The New York Times offers a particularly necessary bit of consumer-minded... More

Our Paradoxical Future

Expensive education may dampen Obama’s ambitions for healthcare and education

One seldom-mentioned aspect of efforts to provide all Americans with better educational opportunities, or to offer health insurance to everyone,... More

Talking Shop: Dennis Roddy

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter talks about the recession’s effects in western Pennsylvania

Dennis Roddy knows Pennsylvania. He’s been a general assignment reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since January 1993; before that, he... More

The Economy Today: Songs of Recession

Headlines from California, Tennessee, Florida, and elsewhere

Grilled chicken and lasagna are the latest signs of the recession, USA Today reports. Chain restaurants such as KFC and... More

The Economy Today: Governments at Work

Headlines from New Hampshire, California, Montana, Arizona, and elsewhere

This morning, economic news takes a distant backseat to the big news about North Korea. The Washington Post offers a... More

Colbert on Newspapers

Stephen Colbert weighed in on future of journalism right now, taking a side in the debate over the role of... More

Not a Showdown

Politico, MSNBC, Time hype Obama vs. Cheney non-controversy

As we’ve noted before, nothing gets media juices flowing like a tasty conflict. A few months back, it was Limbaugh... More

The Economy Today: Vetoes and Woes

Headlines from South Carolina, Colorado, Maryland, and elsewhere

Consumer economics are big news in the national papers this morning. The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration may... More

Expert: Women Buy Bags, Men Buy Cars

Time magazine has an enticingly headlined column, "How Shoppers Make Decisions in a Recession," which turned out to be a... More

The Psychology of Collections

NYT Magazine humanizes credit card companies instead of consumers

Reporting on how credit card companies are coping as the number of customers in default grows, The New York Times... More

The Economy Today: Gambling on Tomorrow

Headlines from Nevada, Mississippi, Texas, and elsewhere

All the national papers lead with Obama’s tightening of emissions and gas mileage rules. The Times also sees signs that... More

Dangling Modifiers

When writing about foreclosures, don’t forget their human context

As record numbers of foreclosures make headlines around the country, the Obama administration’s plan to help homeowners modify their mortgages... More

Darts & Laurels 

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Dart to the Deseret News for dereliction of journalistic duty in its coverage of the Mormon Church and the Church’s... More

The Garbage Gauge

The silver lining in the weak retail numbers

Customers are still cutting their spending, according to the April retail sales report that sent the financial indexes falling by... More

Getting Carded

Time magazine blames credit card consumers

Credit cards are on the agenda this week for the Senate Banking Committee, which is considering a bill that “would... 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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