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Pyramid Schemes

Newspapers should feel free to go long

We are, as a culture, growing ever more informal with each other. Traditional social hierarchies are compressing, and one effect... More

The Nation—Now with a Low, Low Introductory Rate!

To be clear, this is not from The Onion: (via Kevin Drum) Update: Thanks to Scott Klein, currently of ProPublica... More

A Heartbreaking Quirk of Staggering Genius

If you haven't already, I highly recommend checking out the A.V. Club's interview with McSweeney's founder/Panorama instigator/slow-word mover/all-around logophile Dave... More

Hey, I-Reporters—Get Your Props (And Also: Your $20,000)

The application deadline for the Nieman Foundation's Worth Bingham Prize for investigative journalism is this Friday, January 8. More

Ecstasy: In Tablet Form Since ‘94

As tech bloggers, media-watchers, and pretty much all the remaining members of the journalism profession rumor-monger and wax enthusiastic about... More

Yemen 101

"Face it," Ken Silverstein begins, "until recently many of you didn’t know for sure if Yemen was a country or... More

“Don’t Make Me Pull over This Commenting Platform”

The Pantagraph, local paper of Bloomington and nearby central Illinois towns, has turned off the commenting feature on its site's... More

Fox to History: ‘Get Me Rewrite’

Here is a declaration made by a panelist during the most recent episode of Fox News Watch--the media-criticism show that... More

Don’t Be Shy about the Lip Gloss, and Other Tips for Kevin Drum

So Kevin Drum, Mother Jones uber-blogger, is soon to make his television debut. And he is seeking advice before his... More

$0.0089 a Word

The HuffPo payment model--bloggers-blog-for-free--is one thing. This is quite another: (h/t Craig Silverman) More

Editor, Publisher, and Webmaster

So your 125-year-old media-industry magazine suddenly folds. Do you: A. Start a blog. B. Blog about starting a blog. C.... More

Best of 2009: Megan Garber

Garber picks her top stories from 2009

1) Common Knowledge Part of the first unit in CJR's Press Forward series of future-of-news dialogues, this essay explores the... More

Rebel with a Cause

Molly Ivins in high definition

Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life | By Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith | PublicAffairs | 360 pages, $26.95 On... More

Irony du Jour

Without further comment, check out the name of the latest publication to make an impassioned and apparently earnest attempted takedown... More

“Obama Overexposed?”: Upon Us Yet Again

Carr puts a new spin on the old question

Three words sum up, I think, the current state of our generally scenic but sometimes arid Media Landscape—three words manage... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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