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Q: When is a photo of Baghdad not a photo of Baghdad? A: When it’s Turkey. Plus, Hugh Hewitt shows the bravery of a true stateside blogger.
By Paul McLeary Mar 29, 2006 at 12:12 PM
Bloggers are raising questions about the authenticity of a photo -- purportedly of a Baghdad street -- posted on the... More
U.S. News and TNR look at Bush’s “CEO administration,” while others reminisce about Jack Abramoff and dig in to the psychology of writer Caitlin Flanagan.
By Paul McLeary Mar 28, 2006 at 01:17 PM
We find yet another chapter in the ongoing Jack Abramoff saga in this week's Weekly Standard, where writer Mark Hemmingway... More
Today in the ‘sphere, the debate over Ben Domenech’s “Red America” flameout continues, and Lara Logan draws praise for her spirited defense of the reporting being done in Iraq.
By Paul McLeary Mar 27, 2006 at 01:43 PM
The fallout from the newest young plagiarist to be exposed -- Ben Domenech -- and his resignation from the Washington... More
In his National Journal column today, William Powers questions the Washington press corps’ emotional engagement with the war in Iraq, but his point seems a little “Off Message” to us.
By Paul McLeary Mar 24, 2006 at 04:25 PM
Editor's Note: Paul McLeary reported from Iraq for CJR Daily in January. In his "Off Message" column in National Journal... More
The Washington Post’s new conservative blogger makes us wonder about the paper’s motivation for hiring him –- and about how newspapers cover conservatives.
By Paul McLeary Mar 22, 2006 at 12:17 PM
Simple fixes are rarely good fixes. Case in point is the Washington Post, which has admirably jumped into the world... More
Jon Friedman occupies a singular place in the world of media criticism - we’re just not sure what it is.
By Paul McLeary Mar 20, 2006 at 04:53 PM
Media critics are a strange lot. They're often better writers than they are reporters -- which may be why they... More
As long as the ends justify the means, and Arianna Huffington gets some free publicity out of the deal, all’s well in her backslapping celebrity blog bubble.
By Paul McLeary Mar 17, 2006 at 03:35 PM
The Arianna Huffington / George Clooney blog flap is still alive and simmering, mainly because of Huffington's post of yesterday,... More
Product placement, which before seemed to be confined to sitcoms and movies, has moved into the newsroom.
By Paul McLeary Mar 16, 2006 at 04:18 PM
Local television news is very much in the news today, and things aren't looking so good. First, the Hollywood Reporter... More
The coverage of Senator Russ Feingold’s proposal to censure President Bush has been pretty weak. Anyone paying attention?
By Paul McLeary Mar 15, 2006 at 02:43 PM
It would be counterproductive for us to try to tell reporters and editors what to cover and how to cover... More
Pundits ponder the foreign policy of both parties (or lack thereof), while The Weekly Standard brings us poolside coverage from Iraq.
By Paul McLeary Mar 14, 2006 at 12:40 PM
In this week's National Review, Rich Lowry writes about what he terms "To Hell With Them Hawks" Republicans. "These are... More
McClatchy CEO Gary Pruitt says the company currently has “no deals in place,” to sell the Knight Ridder papers that it wants to unload, “but we are going to try and move quickly.”
By Paul McLeary Mar 13, 2006 at 02:21 PM
Gary Pruitt, CEO of McClatchy Co. -- and journalism's golden boy of the moment -- moved quickly to speak to... More
By Paul McLeary Mar 10, 2006 at 04:09 PM
Interesting headline on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today, but one that almost seems like it was... More
A conference on blogging and politics reveals that blogs are increasingly serving as important political tools, but nobody seems to understand how, or why.
By Paul McLeary Mar 9, 2006 at 02:45 PM
I may be woefully behind in my understanding of the blogosphere's collective will, but one thing I took away from... More
This week at the “Politics Online” conference at Georgetown University, the usual suspects churned out the usual arguments about blogs, politics, and the media.
By Paul McLeary Mar 8, 2006 at 04:16 PM
The funny thing about conferences dealing with the blogosphere is that the more of them there are, the more everything... More
Congressional mid-terms are but eight months away - and the Washington press corps is already trying to concoct a smooth, clear narrative that magically ties the whole election campaign together.
By Paul McLeary Mar 6, 2006 at 03:45 PM
It's hard to decide who is going to have the harder time this Congressional election season: The Republicans attempting to... 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
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”
“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”
“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”
“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.