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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
The New York Observer reporter talks about cracking the New York Times and Conde Nast, and getting linked by Romenesko.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 13, 2006 at 04:30 PM
Gabriel Sherman is a media reporter at the New York Observer, where he has covered Judith Miller's resignation from... More
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?
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 12, 2006 at 12:06 PM
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
The Alito nomination may fall low on the public’s list of priorities, but it’s tip-top on the list of many a blogger this week, proving once again that bloggers are not like regular people.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 11, 2006 at 12:56 PM
The Alito nomination may fall "low on the public's list of priorities," but it's tip-top on the list of many... More
The New York-named weeklies have some scary news for members of the media, and a Time reporter decides to practice “performance-enhanced journalism.”
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 10, 2006 at 02:54 PM
In the event that members of the MSM were feeling at all optimistic at the start of this new year,... More
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.
By Liz Cox Barrett Jan 6, 2006 at 10:44 AM
"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
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
A bogus NY Post piece sets off a frenzy - Serious problems with column alleging Census rigged unemployment for Obama
GoldieBlox picks an unfair fight with the Beastie Boys - A dismal press performance on a clear case of aggressive copyright infringement
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
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Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.