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This is huge!

But, says Kaus, “the MSM really doesn’t want to report it”

Pop quiz: Say you’re a political blogger for a respected Web publication. You come across an article in a, well,... More

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…Robobug?

“A jet-black dragonfly hovering about ten feet off the ground, precisely in the middle of 7th Avenue…watching us.”

No, it’s not April 1. Just wanted to throw out that reassurance to readers of The Washington Post, who might... More

Dear John (Edwards)…

This is kind of awkward…but, um…it’s over. Sorry.

Love, Shakespeare wrote, “is an ever-fixèd mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken.” True—except when the love in... More

Diana, Princess of Tales

Ten years after her death, the media fascination with Diana lives on

Ten years ago today, the world awoke to the news that the car carrying Diana, Princess of Wales had crashed... More

The Narrative Imperative, Redux

In the presidential campaign, who’s spinning the yarns?

It came, this time, about halfway through Jon Stewart’s Daily Show interview with Barack Obama—that inevitable moment when the Witty... More

Baby Buttafuocos?

Sexing up a study, stoking parental angst

Parents! Big news! You know those videos you show your babies to make them smart? Well, hold onto your diaper... More

Rules of the Games

Beijing 2008: Time Trials for Press Freedom

Beijing has a new city anthem. “We Are Ready,” crooned by a chorus of 200 singers before a crowd of... More

Oval Office or Bust

The latest campaign frivolity analyzes Clinton’s other war chest

It’s possible for news organizations to keep their audiences a little too abreast of campaign-trail developments. To wit: an article... More

Blowing Off Steam

MSM and citizen journalism collide in coverage of Manhattan steam pipe explosion

In those rare, often tragic instances when the words “explosion” and “midtown Manhattan” make their way into same headlines, many... More

The Grim Tigris

The BBC travels “Iraq’s river of death”

As vital as are hard-news stories about the complex situation in Iraq, I’ve come to appreciate even more the coverage... More

The Trying Game

Can we please get Mars and Venus down to earth?

The latest symptom of Campaign Coverage Fatigue—the media malaise born of a too-early, too-intense presidential race—seems to affect the candidates... More

The Gorian Knot

The environment and Al Gore, not the same thing

Remember Al Gore, Press Pariah? The Al Gore derided as wooden and pompous and, worst of all, boring? Well, Press... More

How the Past Saw the Present

The future of journalism has always been on journalism’s mind

CJR knew about the iPad a good fifteen years before there was an iPad to know about. In a... More

Out of Style

The writers of @FakeAPStylebook transfer Twitter to the printed page

Write More Good: An Absolutely Phony Guide | by The Bureau Chiefs | Three Rivers Press | 272 pages, $13.00... More

Who Says

Narrative authority in a fragmented world

Great is Journalism. Is not every Able Editor a Ruler of the World, being a persuader of it?— Thomas Carlyle,... More

Who Says: Further Reading

Roland Barthes’s “The Death of the Author” is a classic in postmodern thought, and it underscores many of the ideas... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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