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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

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.”

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