Saturday, December 20, 2014. Last Update: Fri 5:42 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Liz Cox Barrett | Email the Author

Anniston Star’s Bad Wrap (Might Mug Shots Save Journalism?)

The front page of last Monday's issue of The Anniston (Alabama) Star was particularly, um, arresting. Have a look: Ten... More

Mediaite Launches (Loads…)

Maybe this --Michael Calderone's description of Mediate.com Mediaite.com, the media-centric site founded by Dan Abrams and launched today -- helps... More

“That Turns Out to be Pretty Close to the Truth”

MSNBC viewers have suffered no shortage of discussion of Todd Purdum's anonymous source-heavy Vanity Fair article exploring "the pheromonal reality"... More

Jackson Coverage: Too Much? Not Enough (About “Exercise Regimen”)?

Sixty-four percent of people polled for a Pew News Interest Index survey said there has been "too much" press coverage... More

Thomas: “Pattern of Controlling The Press”

Helen Thomas, a White House briefing room vet and Hearst News Service columnist, to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs... More

“Michael Jackson Will Only Die Once…”

... is the number one "stupidest comment" uttered on TV (so far, I'd add) about Jackson's death, according to Jon... More

Explainer: What’s This About U.S. Troops In Iraq?

Brookings Institution's Michael O'Hanlon helped Fox News viewers just now get their heads around what's going on with U.S. troops... More

Last Week’s Newshole: 19% Iran; 18% Jackson

According to PEJ (emphasis mine), For the week, the protests in Iran ended up being the biggest story, totaling 19%... More

Purdum on the “Pheromonal Reality” of the “Palin Phenomenon”

Courtesy of, often, unnamed "McCain aides," "McCain friends," and "persons familiar with," Todd Purdum explores at length "the Sarah Palin... More

Shadid: “We Are Disengaged From Iraq”

The Washington Post's Baghdad bureau chief, Anthony Shadid, describes at foreignpolicy.com why in Iraq, "as U.S. troops pull out, it's... More

Putting Faces to the Dead and Detained in Iran

The Guardian online is trying to "put a face to each of the hundreds -- possibly thousands-- killed or arrested... More

Keller “Celebrates” Iran Coverage

Iran is the subject of this week's nytimes.com Q&A, "Talk to the Newsroom" (so far, it's just Bill Keller, recently... More

Cable, Torn

Which to carry live: Rev. Al Sharpton and Michael Jackson's father holding a news conference about Jackson's funeral arrangements; Or,... More

Rutten: Jackson Coverage Bad

Just because "America's serious news media -- whether print, broadcast or cable -- are in the grip of a collective... More

A “News Blackout” in Honduras

From Reporters Without Borders, on the situation in Honduras: President Manuel Zelaya’s ouster was followed by a curfew during which... More

How To Get (Re)Booked On Cable

Chris Cillizza's contribution to YouTube's Reporters' Center is a video he calls "How To Not Sound Like An Idiot on... More

The NYT’s Sports Icon/Daddy Beat

On June 13th, with golf's U.S. Open approaching, the New York Times's Karen Crouse reported that golf star Tiger Woods... More

Yesterday in Inter-Media (Intra-Media?) Name-Calling

Have you heard? After some heated exchanges between The Washington Post's Dana Milbank and The Huffington Post's Nico Pitney during... More

Collaborative News Gathering, Embraced

The New York Times's Brian Stelter on reporting from and about Iran: [M]any mainstream media sources, which have in the... More

More Op-Charts, Please

There's something about getting straight data --presented on a pretend clip-board, in the middle of an opinion page-- that I... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.