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By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 18, 2006 at 01:55 PM
Many a television newsman has had a signature phrase, whether it's a unique sign-off or a particular expression that viewers... More
Covering a grieving community whose beliefs prohibit them from being photographed is a tricky, sensitive assignment — but an eminently doable one.
By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 12, 2006 at 04:30 PM
Last week, as details of the murders at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania were still unfolding, a CJR... More
After the Pennsylvania school shooting, a couple of New York tabloids struggle to explain these mysterious Amish to us.
By Liz Cox Barrett Oct 3, 2006 at 03:26 PM
Does it matter? Does it really matter for readers if a reporter, covering a side-bar-type story to a main news... More
Every autumn comes interested industry parties predicting strong holiday sales — and reporters who find such forecasts newsworthy.
By Liz Cox Barrett Sep 28, 2006 at 06:29 PM
In a development that would seem to bode well for the annual Reuters holiday party, Reuters cheerfully reports today that... More
Tip to politicians and other public figures: want to distract at least some media types from talking too much about timely topics? Show some leg.
By Liz Cox Barrett Sep 27, 2006 at 05:03 PM
Tip to politicians and other public figures: want to distract at least some media types from talking too much about... More
If you’re an anxious marketing manager in an industry desperate for a hit holiday-season product, where in the media might you go to hype your newest ware?
By Liz Cox Barrett Sep 20, 2006 at 04:53 PM
If you're an anxious marketing manager in an industry desperate for a hit holiday-season product, where in the media might... More
The New York Times’ new perfume critic explains what “smelling fresh insecticide while locked in an aluminum cell” might be like.
By Liz Cox Barrett Sep 8, 2006 at 01:22 PM
Reading Chandler Burr on perfume is like being trapped in a complex weather system, like looking down into a well... More
Yesterday’s crop of Couric reviews had a predictable, Mad Libs quality about them, and a finality that belied the fact that this was night one of a four-year contract.
By Liz Cox Barrett Sep 7, 2006 at 12:52 PM
After a single broadcast of The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, the verdicts were in -- although, no doubt,... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 31, 2006 at 04:08 PM
Hazing happens in many a fraternity -- journalism included. And, with five days until Katie Couric's debut as anchor of... More
The award-winning documentary filmmaker discusses the process and challenges of depicting poverty in America.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 25, 2006 at 04:00 PM
Producer/director Roger Weisberg joined public television station Thirteen/WNET New York in 1976. He produced dozens of programs on subjects including... More
We know “speculation” is a powerful force capable of many things (attracting anonymice and influencing journalists, for example) — but, merging companies?
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 17, 2006 at 09:26 AM
The sub-hed on a story this week in the Chicago Tribune about potential upcoming consolidation in the airline industry reads... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 16, 2006 at 10:28 AM
Though August has a reputation for being a quiet news month, "the truth is it has never been true," Rome... More
The politics reporter for Greenwich Time and The (Stamford) Advocate discusses covering the Connecticut Senate race and the impact of blogs.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 11, 2006 at 04:55 PM
Neil Vigdor covers Connecticut politics for Greenwich Time and The (Stamford) Advocate, sister daily newspapers owned by Tribune Publishing Co.... More
It’s business as usual in the blogosphere, where the punching bags du jour include the media, politicians and fellow bloggers.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 10, 2006 at 02:37 PM
Today's punching bags in the blogosphere? The media. Politicians. Fellow bloggers. In other words, business as usual. Nathan Goulding of... More
Bloggers celebrate Ned Lamont’s victory in the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut and suggest the media have joined Joe Lieberman in Loserville.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 9, 2006 at 01:56 PM
Ned Lamont has won the Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut. Joining Lamont in a victory dance? Some bloggers. And joining... More
Life in hell, thoughts on heaven, and what President Bush has on his nightstand and in his dressing room.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 8, 2006 at 02:07 PM
One man's life "in hell." One man's thoughts on heaven. These and other goodies in this week's newsmagazines. First, the... More
Would it be too much to ask that morning news shows use some news judgment when it comes to placement given and time spent covering Mel Gibson’s DUI arrest? Of course it’s too much to ask.
By Liz Cox Barrett Aug 2, 2006 at 01:25 PM
On all three major networks yesterday morning, the news stories that kicked off the seven o'clock hour were, not necessarily... More
The New York Times Styles section gets beaten on some cutting-edge trend news from its own back yard.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jul 27, 2006 at 03:47 PM
Perhaps it's time for the New York Times once-arch Styles section to consider just running wire copy. Today, while the... More
We thought “Could you catch fire during surgery?” was a sensational, scare-mongering TV news segment, but CNN has gone one better: “Developing Story: Is it The End?”
By Liz Cox Barrett Jul 27, 2006 at 10:48 AM
Not so long ago, we thought "Could you catch fire during surgery?" was a sensational, scare-mongering title for a television... More
Our look at network morning shows over the past few weeks reveals hard-hitting stories about catching fire during surgery, tanning addiction and whether you can trust your “nanny cam.”
By Liz Cox Barrett Jul 21, 2006 at 11:50 AM
"Could you catch fire during surgery?" This question was actually posed -- and answered -- Thursday morning on ABC's Good... 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
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)
“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”
“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”
Nate Silver drills into the numbers
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.