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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

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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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