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Demand Media IPO Valued Higher Than The NYT

Here’s why we care

Demand Media’s stock made a grand entrance on Wall Street on Wednesday, jumping 37 percent on its first day of... More

The Most Tech-Enhanced SOTU Yet

More reasons to ditch your TV and watch online

Don’t have a TV to watch tonight's State of the Union address? Or do you just get bored with all... More

The Growing Problem of Search Engine Spam

And what Google says it’s doing about it

Last week, Google News’s Krishna Bharat spoke at Columbia University about what makes his search engine so helpful and efficient... More

NYT On The LAT’s Community Relations Problem

The front page of Monday’s New York Times business page pays a backhanded compliment to its West Coast rival with... More

Resignation Follows U.K. Phone Hacking Scandal

Andy Coulson, the communication director for British prime minister David Cameron, has resigned as a result of the ongoing “phone... More

Google News is “The Most Efficient System”

Krishna Bharat on how Google helps journalists stay focused

On Wednesday, Google News product manager Krishna Bharat spoke to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism students about how Google... More

Technology’s Role in Tunisia

The easiest narrative isn’t the only one that matters

Last week, as years of frustration by the Tunisian people culminated in self-immolation, street protests, and the ouster of President... More

Head-Smacking Headline Typo

The front page of Monday’s edition: Hey, we’ve all been there. In all of my time doing copy editing, I’ve... More

Comcast Takeover of NBC Gets the Go-Ahead

The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday that they would approve the merger of Comcast and... More

For Your MLK Day Viewing Pleasure

On the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Democracy Now has put together a special episode with excerpts of... More

On Mugshots and Cover Photos

(And giving your readers what they want)

There’s not really all that much we can say about Jared Loughner’s mugshot. Like any image that accompanies a news... More

Soul-Searching at Politico

Politico columnist Ben Smith, seemingly moved by President Obama’s speech last night to reflect on his site’s coverage of the... More

The Imperfect Journalist

Author Tom Rachman on how news writing trained him for fiction

At a reading at BookCourt in Brooklyn on Sunday night, Tom Rachman seemed humbled by the success his book, The... More

Darts and Laurels

Laurels to a Texas Monthly reporter and an intrepid attorney who worked to free an innocent man

When Anthony Graves was arrested for capital murder, he thought it was a practical joke. A surveillance camera in the... More

An Alarming Correction in the Ventura County Star

On Monday night, a correction appeared on the website of the Ventura County Star, a Scripps newspaper in southern California.... More

You Know It’s Bad When…

In a profile last October, CJR assistant editor Joel Meares wrote of MSNBC host Chuck Todd, He is not only... More

A Lost Opportunity at The Columbus Dispatch

How news sites can use YouTube to their advantage

By now you’ve probably heard the feel-good story of Ted Williams, the man with the “Golden Voice” who went from... More

Border Tales

A Q & A with Alfredo Corchado, Mexico correspondent, about reporting on drug cartels

As drug cartel and gang violence escalates, Mexico is becoming one of the most dangerous places in the world to... More

Highly Caffeinated and Furious

Today’s award for “Best News Article Based on Angry Rantings In the Comments Section of the Starbucks Corporate Website” goes... More

NYT Sports Editor Apologizes for Column Switcheroo

Piece on Patriots’ decline was altered after a 45-3 win

A piece by New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane on Dec. 25 addressed a reader’s concerns about a sports... 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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