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Some Creative Efforts to Take Back Foreign News

International news — who needs it? The American public, that’s who.

It's nearly five and a half years since the 9/11 attacks, which was supposed to be the day America woke... More

The Cheney Hokey-Pokey

Is Cheney up? Is Cheney down? The press corps can’t seem to get the story straight.

The job of political journalists is not only to report on Washington, but to discern which way the political winds... More

An Iraqi Journalist Spoils the Pentagon-Press Synergy

The rules of anonymous sourcing don’t always translate well in other countries.

The rules of the not-so-subtle game played between politicians, their aides, and reporters in Washington, as we've seen during the... More

Post Ombud Says “It Wasn’t Us! We Swear!”

In which we criticize Deborah Howell’s criticism of the Washington Post’s Web site.

In responding to a crisis sparked by a January 30 blog post by William Arkin on washingtonpost.com, the paper's ombud... More

Another Take on the Troop “Surge” Numbers

An email from a Pentagon correspondent makes us reconsider …

On Monday, I wrote a piece calling for reporters covering the Pentagon and military affairs to start talking about a... More

The Latest On Reporters and Subpoenas

Despite some good news, it has hardly been a banner week for journalism.

The last couple days sure have been uncomfortable for some reporters who are trying to keep their sources secret, and... More

British Stories We Shouldn’t Ignore

Taking a spin through the British press, we saw some stories that have been receiving scant attention stateside.

For a variety of reasons, we rarely comment on the foreign press. But that doesn't mean we don't read it,... More

Press Gives Bush’s CENTCOM Nominee A Pass on Iraq

What was left out in this morning’s papers …

With the flurry of congressional hearings, debates over nonbinding resolutions, strangely racist utterances by soon-to-be-ex-Democratic presidential hopefuls and the Libby... More

Michael Gordon’s Molehill Becomes A Mountain

When can reporters speak — and about what topics — without fear of being admonished by their employers?

In his Public Editor column in Sunday's New York Times, Byron Calame tackled a problem that he has dealt with... More

Insightmag, A Must-Read

A lesson in how easy it is — even for publications with no history of credibility — to start a scandal.

It's a pretty dubious distinction to be credited with publishing "the first anonymous smear of the 2008 presidential race," by... More

NYT’s Story Speaks Volumes About Iraqi Army

Two embedded reporters get to the heart of the issue.

"One Iraqi soldier in the alley pointed his rifle at an American reporter and pulled the trigger. There was only... More

Is Being Controversial More Important Than Being Right?

Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, which is being skewered by both the left and the right, probably won’t hurt his career in punditry.

Conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza has made a career of poking a stick in the eye of liberals, and he's done... More

My Kingdom For A Storyline

Is John McCain still a “Maverick?” According to the Wall Street Journal, the answer is a resounding “yes!”

As we've seen so often in horse race political coverage, once the press sinks its teeth into a certain storyline... 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.”

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