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Too Good to Be True?

Do local TV news viewers prefer Jim Lehrer to Kent Brockman?

Journalists, and for that matter academics, relish a good plot twist. So it’s no surprise that some commentators in the... More

Too Good to Be True?

New research about what viewers want from television news

The decade-long collaboration between the Project for Excellence in Journalism and several academics led by Wellesley College political scientist Marion... More

Getting Bit

When sound bites get snack-sized

Anyone who buys the beltway complaint that television news reporting shrivels both politics and public discourse has two new reasons... More

One of the Guys

It’s still rare for a reporter to be both fierce and female

Veteran Washington post media critic Howard Kurtz is known for hurling slings and arrows at members of his own profession.... More

Leaps and Bounds

Paranoia: as American as your (possibly poisoned) apple pie

Perhaps not since colonial Salem have fears of conspiracy been so pervasive. And though old women are no longer persecuted... More

Who Hates the Press?

From Watergate to the present, confidence in the media has been spiraling down

A new study traces more than thirty years of changing public attitudes toward the news media, and unhappily finds... More

Edifice Rex

How newspapers lost their spots in the skyline

It was billed “The Fight of the Century” before a single punch was thrown: Jack Johnson versus Jim Jeffries, black... More

The News Deficit

Public television’s role in informing Americans

A Yank, a Brit, a Dane, and a Finn walk into a bar. . . . You’ve heard this one? Well, not the way... More

Luces in the Sky

Covering big pharma in the age of marketing

When Time magazine went culinary trend-spotting in July 1951, it bypassed usual suspects like new ice-cream flavors and found a... More

Feet to the Fire

Does journalism keep government honest?

For a profession that lives by the cynical adage, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out,” journalism... More

Voting for Glass Houses

Why government transparency may be a lofty goal

In February 2007, newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed the Internet as an “incredible vehicle for transparency” and declared... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

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

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