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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

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


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“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.”

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