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The press asks the all-important question: Can a Mormon be elected president in an age when a TV series about polygamy follows “The Sopranos” in HBO’s Sunday lineup?
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 15, 2006 at 09:04 AM
Bostonians are not to be blamed if they failed to read beyond the following lede in Tuesday's Boston Herald: "Mitt... More
Asquith discusses the trials of freelancing in Iraq (which she did in 2003 and 2004) and her new book about the challenges of being a rookie teacher in a poor public school (which she was in 1999).
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 10, 2006 at 05:35 PM
Jack FairweatherChristina Asquith, a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, has 10 years of experience as an investigative journalist covering education... More
While editorial boards at newspapers of assorted sizes in assorted states went on record with a view of some sort on the high-profile doings of the South Dakota state government, the editorial page of South Dakota’s major newspaper sat it out — and offered a lame explanation for its silence.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 9, 2006 at 03:33 PM
On Monday, the governor of South Dakota signed a bill banning all abortions except in cases where a woman's life... More
Articles in the New York Times and the New York Observer reveal: the MSM no longer has a monopoly on reprinting press releases from PR people … because there are blogs now.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 9, 2006 at 11:40 AM
It must have stung a little, what Richard W. Edelman, president and chief executive of the public relations firm bearing... More
The press has taken on some hard-hitting stories this week, from the cleanliness of the president’s desk to Condi’s workout program.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 1, 2006 at 05:01 PM
The beauty of mainstream journalists hopping on the blogging bandwagon -- if there is beauty to be had -- is... More
Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Roger W. Ferguson Jr. resigned Wednesday. So, what does it all mean? That depends on which news source you’re reading or watching.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 24, 2006 at 10:22 AM
Roger W. Ferguson Jr., the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, resigned Wednesday. So, what does it all mean?... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 22, 2006 at 12:35 PM
When it comes to inane career advice, it's a buyer's market. You can't crack (or click on) a business publication... More
The Washington Post ‘s Olympics blogger chats about the convivial atmosphere at the Games’ Media Center, the questionable importance of curling, and his Cheese Lovers Newsletter.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 17, 2006 at 05:00 PM
Courtesy Washington Post Dan Steinberg is blogging about the 2006 Winter Games for the WashingtonPost.com. Steinberg described the blog,... More
We set out to write a Blog Report free of any mentions of the Cheney Hunting Incident. Alas, the blogosphere refused to play along.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 16, 2006 at 01:44 PM
Our aim was true. We set out to write a Blog Report free of any mentions of the Cheney Hunting... More
Forget about Harry Whittington’s assorted injuries - bloggers want talk about the enormous purple shiner the MSM is allegedly sporting.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 15, 2006 at 02:06 PM
Forget about Harry Whittington's assorted injuries, let's talk about the enormous purple shiner the MSM is sporting! It's "another black... More
The major newsweeklies mock Vice President Cheney, New York profiles “blog moguls” and The Washington Monthly discovers a new way of quantifying media bias.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 14, 2006 at 03:54 PM
Fresh off its finger-on-the-pulse report two weeks ago about "students with everything going for them engaging in orgy lite," as... More
This time of year, a certain amount of cringe-worthy Valentine’s Day-related reporting is to be expected. But just because you know it’s coming, doesn’t make it any easier to stomach.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 9, 2006 at 04:26 PM
This time of year, a certain amount of cringe-worthy Valentine's Day-related reporting is to be expected from practitioners of "service... More
Reuters and CNN.com report the “crazed media” have “reached the point of insanity” over coverage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - while failing to turn the same scolding gaze upon themselves.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 7, 2006 at 02:53 PM
At first we thought Reuters and CNN.com were making a confession of sorts with their report today (it's a Reuters... More
The Associated Press calls itself “the essential global news network.” We’d suggest adding “the official home of the 2008 election-related non-story.”
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 2, 2006 at 04:12 PM
The Associated Press calls itself "the essential global news network." Might we suggest an added tag: "The official home of... More
Some reporters must call a “certified movement analyst” to decipher politicians’ expressions. Others dispense with expertise and perform this sort of analysis all by themselves.
By Liz Cox Barrett Feb 1, 2006 at 04:09 PM
Some reporters must call a "certified movement analyst" to decipher politicians' expressions and gesticulations. Others dispense with expertise and perform... More
In advance of the president’s speech, the press produced endless (and pointless) State of the Union preview pieces.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 31, 2006 at 06:05 PM
President Bush will spend tonight addressing the nation. So how did the press spend today? Why, by producing endless (and... More
Katie Couric conspicuously failed to explain to her audience the specifics of the Abramoff scandal in a segment this morning — and then changed the subject to the human anatomy.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 26, 2006 at 01:54 PM
This morning, NBC's Katie Couric conducted a five-minute interview with Howard Dean touching on a range of timely topics. At... More
On a slow news day, reporting on the results of some scientific study or another - no matter how silly - can make for quick, easy filler.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 19, 2006 at 04:04 PM
On a slow news day, reporting on the results of some scientific study or another can make for quick, easy... More
In an article about two new obesity drugs, the paper omits a crucial detail about one of its sources.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 18, 2006 at 04:57 PM
About one-third of the way into her piece in the business section of Tuesday's New York Times, Stephanie Saul, it... More
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 18, 2006 at 11:03 AM
We're guessing it went something like this: New York Times reporter pitching story to editor: Everyone has a blog. In... 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.