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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

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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