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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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