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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

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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