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Some television news producers are falling in love with the free — if decidedly unnewsworthy — content on the Web.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 26, 2007 at 12:49 PM
Ah, television news' infatuation with YouTube goes on (wherein lazy producers fill air time with amateur video, hoping to pass... More
Despite being an accomplished, powerful woman, some members of the press still can’t get over the fact that she’s, you know, a girl.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 24, 2007 at 04:16 PM
Here we were, wishfully thinking that the appearance of a certain New York Times' Thursday Style article last week ("Speaking... More
Mayor Bloomberg’s press aides laid down some ground rules yesterday when announcing some new initiatives, and most of the media played along.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 18, 2007 at 03:44 PM
You're mayor of New York City. It's the day before your annual "State of the City" address. You want certain... More
Can reporters cover the daily grind of death and destruction in Iraq with an unwavering urgency, while not falling into a war-as-entertainment approach?
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 17, 2007 at 12:46 PM
The fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq is swiftly approaching. According to a recent Pentagon assessment, attacks against... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 10, 2007 at 12:00 PM
Hey, TV news producers and reporters: Absurd amateur video footage does not a news story make. All three networks (plus... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 3, 2007 at 05:12 PM
For cable news, it was a gift from the gods (or, rather from God, via televangelist Pat Robertson) -- an... More
If you want to know what Newsweek’s recent Election 2008-related poll found, try reading the New York Post or Newsday.
By Liz Cox Barrett Dec 20, 2006 at 12:47 PM
In the thick of Jonathan Alter’s Newsweek cover story this week -- headline, “The Race Is On. Obama & Hillary... More
It’s that time of year again for the newsweeklies: Christ-as-Cover-Boy time. How has the Jesus Cover Story been packaged over the years? How has it changed (or not)?
By Liz Cox Barrett Dec 14, 2006 at 01:35 PM
It's that time of year again for the newsweeklies: Christ-as-Cover-Boy time. Jesus, of course, is as reliably evergreen a cover... More
This week’s magazine reports on the “Bloomberg 2008 boomlet,” contributing to said boomlet with a cover story pronouncing that Bloomberg is “serious” about a presidential run in ‘08.
By Liz Cox Barrett Dec 6, 2006 at 01:10 PM
This week, New York magazine's John Heilemann reports on what he dubs the "[Michael] Bloomberg 2008 boomlet," contributing to said... More
We don’t know what “media” Neil Cavuto was consuming, but we couldn’t escape the Black Friday excitement in the press — in outlets from sea to shining sea.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 28, 2006 at 04:48 PM
Chris Matthews’ end-of-program, seated-upon-a-stool Sunday musings on NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show (recent quote: “Celebrity, celebrity, it's crawling all over... More
It’s the day before Thanksgiving, which means cable news channels are running a continuous loop of generally useless pre-Turkey Day travel reports.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 22, 2006 at 03:46 PM
It's the day before Thanksgiving, which means that cable news channels are running a continuous loop of generally useless day-before-Thanksgiving... More
Today we give thanks for something that American journalism is doing well of late: allocating resources to examining jealousy in the economic stratosphere.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 22, 2006 at 12:00 PM
With Thanksgiving nigh, let us take a break from the journo-scolding for a moment to give thanks for something that... More
A week after the midterms and it’s back to business on cable news — the business of hyping fluff, that is.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 16, 2006 at 05:17 PM
A week after the midterms and it's back to business on cable news -- the business of beat-downs, that is.... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 7, 2006 at 03:40 PM
As predicted back on October 25, we had not then seen the last of McAuliffe v. Mehlman (in which television... More
In which our tireless reporter spends a day in front of the tube, waiting for the choicest moments of John Kerry coverage.
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 3, 2006 at 12:19 PM
The sheer volume of coverage devoted this week to Sen. John Kerry's "botched joke" has been stunning, even to our... More
Thomas L. Friedman’s go-to reporting move (quote-the-cabbie) is stymied. Could it be the end of an “era?”
By Liz Cox Barrett Nov 1, 2006 at 02:49 PM
Thomas L. Friedman is frustrated. And Friedman's frustration festers throughout his New York Times column today -- titled, we kid... More
The Christian Science Monitor breaks the news — and it’s news to us — that, “At Work, ‘Nice’ is On the Rise.”
By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 26, 2006 at 04:36 PM
Last week, the Christian Science Monitor's Marilyn Gardner broke the news (and it came as news to us) that, "At... More
Why not invite the heads of the Republican and Democratic National Committees on your show to “talk” about the upcoming election/s? Exhibit A.
By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 25, 2006 at 03:52 PM
For producers of television news shows everywhere: Exhibit A for Why Not to Invite the Heads of the Republican and... More
Having written an automated script that searched MySpace profiles for registered sex offenders, a reporter details how he put the story together.
By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 20, 2006 at 02:18 PM
Kevin Poulsen is a senior editor at Wired News where he has covered MySpace, computer security, and blogging, among... 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
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“[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”
“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.”
“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”
“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.