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Gabriel Sherman on Getting Thin-Skinned Journalists to Talk

The New York Observer reporter talks about cracking the New York Times and Conde Nast, and getting linked by Romenesko.

Gabriel Sherman is a media reporter at the New York Observer, where he has covered Judith Miller's resignation from... More

Saved by the Sobs

Bloggers want to know: Were Martha-Ann Bomgardner’s tears during her Supreme Court nominee-husband’s confirmation hearings for real, or staged for effect?

Had Martha-Ann Bomgardner not begun to weep in the middle of her Supreme Court nominee-husband's confirmation hearings yesterday, we're not... More

“World News Tonight” Fails to Implode, Critics Disappointed

Media watchers ponder whether “kiddos” Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff have the requisite “gravitas” to carry ABC’s flagship newscast, which they began hosting Tuesday.

"Good luck, kiddo." So said Charles Gibson (the 62-year-old almost-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight") to 43-year-old Elizabeth Vargas (who,... More

“If You Use My Name, They’ll Make Fun of Me”

The New York Times grants sources anonymity because they don’t want to be mocked for “the sumptuousness of their lives.”

Our most recent award for Best Explanation for Why A Source Requested -- And Was Granted -- Anonymity in a... More

Talkin’ ‘Bout MySpace Generation

Last month, BusinessWeek loved baby boomers. This week, the magazine loves another demographic group — young people. But why, exactly, that’s worthy of a cover story, we’re not sure.

Last month, BusinessWeek loved baby boomers. We know this because it published a cover story called "Love Those Boomers!" There... More

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like … Some Sort of Holiday

Last week, the Washington Times did some war reporting -- on the "War on Christmas," that is. Today, DC's other... More

Stan Tiner on Calling for Help in a Headline, Editing the Daily Disappointment, and Forming a “Newsroom Trust”

Stan Tiner Stan Tiner has been the executive editor and vice president of the Sun Herald in Biloxi, Mississippi... More

Bribing Iraqi Editors? Hey, No Big Deal

Buying the news: Big deal or no biggie? Of ongoing reports that the Pentagon hired a PR firm to offer... More

War and Teas

Yes, you've seen Seymour Hersh on television talking about his latest New Yorker piece. No, this does not justify your... More

Plenty of Access, No Intelligence

With the Bush administration back in campaign mode, we were hoping that the White House press corps would not also... More

Dropping the (Soccer) Ball

CJR Daily frequently laments the state of the morning network news shows. And just when we think these shows have... More

What Isn’t Reported Counts As Much As What Is

Yesterday, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an investigative report describing as "unusual" the process by which the Food... More

What’s That Flushing Sound at NBC?

The rules of morning television news, NBC's Katie Couric told Ken Auletta earlier this year, require -- among other things... 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


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

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.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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