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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

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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

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!

Bloggingheads

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

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