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Black Hawk Up

David Ignatius’s Helicopter Journalism

What a delight it must be to be a columnist for a major American newspaper. When traveling to distant, war-torn... More

Howard Kurtz, Missing in Action

Fox vs. the White House: Where’s Howie?

Howard Kurtz scored a coup on his CNN show “Reliable Sources” two Sundays ago when White House communications director Anita... More

Iraq’s Missing Iraqis

A good book’s great flaw

David Finkel’s book The Good Soldiers, about the experiences of a US Army battalion during the surge in Iraq, is... More

The Most Misreported Country

And the winner is…

Which country is most routinely miscovered in the U.S. press? There are clearly many candidates, but for me one stands... More

Eyes Wide Shut on Iran

Familiar sources sing a tired song

Listening to the CBS Evening News on Friday, I was roused from the slumber that program so often induces by... More

Katie and Diane: The Wrong Questions

Why can’t the print press treat TV news as news?

Michael Massing’s voice has long been part of the Columbia Journalism Review in print. He is a columnist, a former... More

Un-American

Have you listened to the right-wing media lately?

In the weeks following the election, the debate over the issue of media bias, and of whether the press was... 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


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

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