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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

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 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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.