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How did the morning shows handle the “shocking” news about NSA data collection relative to the “stunning” news of an American Idol contestant’s dismissal? Nimbly, as ever.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 11, 2006 at 05:32 PM
Two major pieces of domestic news broke overnight. We mean, of course, USA Today's report that the National Security Agency... More
What with all the “jousting” and “skirmishing” going on in the paper’s story about appeals court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, certain basic facts fell through the cracks.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 10, 2006 at 04:06 PM
What with all the "jousting" and "skirmishing" going on in the New York Times' story today about appeals court nominee... More
Computerworld sexes up a story on the ongoing battle for DVD supremacy between two next-generation, high-definition formats.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 5, 2006 at 11:19 AM
The word "porn," when used in a headline, tends to catch the eye (and, when used online atop a story... More
The Money Honey (and her CNBC cohorts) hyped her “surprising” scoop then feigned surprise when viewers were actually surprised by what she reported.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 4, 2006 at 09:19 AM
Three days on, there is still plenty of disagreement over who is to blame (and for what, exactly) in the... More
ABC News grants “Google’s First Female Engineer” two chances to spread the company’s good news - and spread it thick.
By Liz Cox Barrett May 2, 2006 at 04:18 PM
"It's hard to believe that search engine giant Google hasn't even celebrated its 10th birthday yet. But still, the success... More
The Washington Post fashion critic and Pulitzer winner discusses why fashion matters and how many of her critics simply miss the point.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 28, 2006 at 05:05 PM
Robin Givhan, the Washington Post's fashion columnist, received this year's Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Givhan has been at the Post... More
Yesterday Karl Rove testified again before a federal grand jury, and today bloggers are calling reporters to the carpet for their coverage.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 27, 2006 at 01:53 PM
Yesterday, Karl Rove testified -- for the fifth time -- before the federal grand jury in the CIA leak case.... More
While President Bush touted his new press secretary’s band and work with Kenyan children, bloggers are more interested in other aspects of his resume.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 26, 2006 at 02:23 PM
At 9:10 this morning, President Bush officially named radio and television commentator Tony Snow the new White House Press Secretary,... More
Every week, it seems, magazines coin new terms to help readers get a handle on emerging demographic, economic or social trends.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 25, 2006 at 03:24 PM
Every week, it seems, magazines coin new terms to help readers get a handle on emerging demographic, economic or social... More
The Times checks in again on an old story about the pampered young, once again telling us what we already know.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 20, 2006 at 05:17 PM
That the New York Times Thursday Styles section sometimes repeats itself has been established. Today, at first glance, it appeared... More
Set your watches to help count down all the bad reporting we’re going to see over the next 27 days waiting for the Duke Lacrosse trial to begin.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 19, 2006 at 11:39 AM
With nearly a month to go before the Duke lacrosse players accused of rape have a hearing in court on... More
When it comes to the allegations of rape against the Duke University lacrosse team, justice has been swift — on TV. It’s just in real life that things get complicated.
By Liz Cox Barrett Apr 12, 2006 at 04:30 PM
Last week the editorial board at the Harvard Crimson aptly dubbed the scene around Duke University -- where three lacrosse... More
The Daily News gives us a vague report on a “recent study” on customer service for women shoppers, leaving readers to determine the credibility and relevancy of the study themselves.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 30, 2006 at 03:23 PM
Sick of being slighted by that saleswoman at Bergdorf's? Did it ever occur to you that you might be to... More
Rare is the guest columnist or op-ed contributor who isn’t trying to sell something, be it a book or a company or a war.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 28, 2006 at 04:49 PM
Rare is the guest columnist or op-ed contributor who isn't trying to sell something, be it a book or a... More
The Dallas Morning News columnist discusses dealing with hate mail, the need for better education reporting and butting heads with Bill O’Reilly.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 24, 2006 at 06:59 PM
Macarena Hernandez joined the Dallas Morning News as an editorial columnist in August 2005. Prior to that, she was... More
Bloggers discuss press performance in Iraq (and CNN’s panel discussion on press performance in Iraq) and anticipate the demise of (almost) all media.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 23, 2006 at 01:23 PM
For the past two nights on "Anderson Cooper 360º," CNN's Cooper has convened a panel to discuss press performance in... More
Blogs weigh in on the relative success of President Bush’s press conference and the media’s distortions of the record of the Liberty University debate team.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 22, 2006 at 02:35 PM
President Bush threw caution to the wind during yesterday's press conference and took a question from Hearst News columnist Helen... More
Newsweek marks the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with a cover story marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud, while Time makes a play for worried parents (again).
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 21, 2006 at 01:49 PM
This past Sunday marked the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Six weeks and four days from now marks... More
While bloggers take on every story in sight, the paper itself goes blog wild, debuting two new ones.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 16, 2006 at 02:58 PM
Today is a day like every other in the blogosphere. That is to say: it's Trash the New York Times... More
Bloggers react to the Mark Warner New York Times Magazine cover photo, to the related Times “correction” and to the hang-ups of the reporter who wrote the accompanying profile.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 15, 2006 at 12:57 PM
If you're a one-term governor pondering a run for president against a well-known senator with a colossal war chest and... More
Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods
The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director
How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early
On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information
Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”
“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”
Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.
Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!
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.